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Presenter: Neil Maggs

Audio producer: Rosa Eaton

Executive producer: Adam Cantwell-Corn

Illustration: Jazz Thompson

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on media, Meghan, racism and the Bristol History Commission facing up to the city’s past with Dr Shawn Sobers

Shawn has been at the forefront on conversations on history, race and media in the city.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on ageism and intergenerational divides with Bristol Older People’s Forum lead Ian Quaife

Ian is organising 3,000 of Bristol's older people to fight for their rights, but there's also some tension between the generations.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on Bristol City FC and the highs and lows of the beautiful game with football journalist Gregor MacGregor

Big appointments, fan dissent and the trials and tribulations of covering Bristol City FC with Bristol Live’s dedicated club reporter, Gregor MacGregor.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on the ‘war on woke’ and can patriotism be inclusive with St Pauls Carnival director, LaToyah McAllister-Jones

The government has stepped up their so-called ‘war on woke’ in the ongoing contest for Britain’s historical memory. Bristol is at the centre of the debate.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on campaigning for transparency at the council with recently retired Green councillor Clive Stevens

A self-declared thorn in the side of the mayor’s administration, Clive Stevens has just stood down as a Green Party councillor in the city, due...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on the city's struggle to reach net-zero carbon with council cabinet lead on climate, Councillor Afzal Shah

With nine years to go until Bristol's net-zero carbon pledge, Neil and Afzal - old school mates from decades ago - discuss the successes and criticisms of the administration’s work on climate so far.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on emotions when giving Covid jabs, and ‘vaccine hesitancy’ in BAME communities, with pharmacist Ade Williams

Ade Williams is a bit of a celebrity pharmacist. Both around his pharmacy in Bedminster, South Bristol and speaking up in the media for a community minded approach to healthcare

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on staying married after gender transition and the dispute over transgender rights with Steffi Barnett

Steffi made national news with her story of transitioning gender later in life to officially becoming a woman while deciding with her wife to stay together.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on confronting dodgy landlords and why we need diverse working class solidarity, with Nick Ballard of ACORN

The community union are confrontational, successful and controversial.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with the former breakdancer helping young men to ‘man up’ and talk about feelings, Desmond Richards

It's dark, it's wet, there’s a pandemic on. It's taking its toll, particularly on mental health. So listen up, particularly men and boys.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on the crisis in special educational needs and if women are better politicians with Labour councillor Helen Godwin

Helen recently lost the Labour election to be the candidate for West of England Metro Mayor but is still a big player in local party politics.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on being Black, conservative and proud with Tory Bristol mayoral candidate Samuel Williams

Some conservatives of colour are speaking up in rejection of what they see as the dominant ‘woke’ views in raging debate on the legacy and current effects of racial injustice

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