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Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

The former breakdancer helping young men to ‘man up’ and talk about feelings, mental health worker 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

Bristol History Podcast: The Mystery of Princess Caraboo

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

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

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: What makes a 'Bristolian', and racism against East Asian communities after Covid-19 with musician Makala Cheung

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: Hartcliffe born Green Party activist Tony Dyer on south Bristol, class politics and never joining Labour

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Trinity Centre CEO on fighting for arts and grassroots culture in the time of Covid

Emma is at the forefront of the struggle to defend and champion the sector as a whole, and stick up for grassroots community culture.

Bristol History Podcast: The Pneumatic Institute in Hotwells

At the end of the eighteenth century, ‘pneumatic’ (gas) chemistry was at the forefront of scientific knowledge. In 1799 the remarkable physician Thomas Beddoes opened...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked, with Zakiya McKenzie on Black in the green movement and why people shouldn't be so polite

As a leader of Bristol’s Black and Green project, Zakiya is bringing a background in broadcasting and research to connect the inner city with the...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with poet Lawrence Hoo, on decolonising education, and if he's now in the establishment

As part of the Cable's Black History Month coverage, Neil and Lawrence talk about the renaming of Colston Hall to Bristol Beacon, how education and the arts are key to building positive paths for young people and the role a poet plays in the political process of the city.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Extinction Rebellion activist Chloe Naldrett, on getting arrested and where next for XR

Chloe's recent arrest has helped put XR back in the headlines, but how can the movement sustain itself in rebellion against climate catastrophe?

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Paul Smith, the council's housing boss, and how a socialist can be ‘credible’ with developers

The famously humorous Hartcliffe local was a city councillor in the 1990s, and then getting re-elected in 2016, bringing professional experience to the role of...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Desmond Brown, on knife crime, the justice system and being called a ‘police informant’

Desmond has been accused by some of being a police informant, due to his work with local institutions and the police, a claim he strongly refutes as ridiculous.

Bristol History Podcast: Centuries of slavery and the city, and how enslaved people helped abolish the trade

Bristol's long involvement in trading enslaved human beings, and the overlooked history of how it was brought down.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Sam Williamson, head teacher on education in one of the UK's most deprived areas

Children's futures almost stolen, inequality made worse by algorithm and education in the time of COVID-19 in some of the UK's most deprived neighbourhoods.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Krazy, the local hip-hop heavyweight who punched a racist

As a white man he has been accused of cultural appropriation, despite growing up in the scene.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with David Goldblatt, on how sport can help save us from climate change

Local football clubs are gonna need gondolas to get supporters to flooded pitches and sports fans are untapped climate change champions, says the leading voice on sport and society.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Jimmy Galvin, the artist who hadn't read a book at 20

Growing up in poverty on north Bristol council estate Lawrence Weston, Jimmy didn’t read a book until he was 20. His life changed when his girlfriend took him to the Tate gallery in London.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Marti Burgess, the first Black Merchant Venturer

Marti is the first Black person to join the Merchant Venturers, the 500 year old club of slave trader Edward Colston.

Bristol History Podcast: The Bristol Bus Boycott

This week I met with Professor Madge Dresser to discuss the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963. The boycott against the Bristol Omnibus Company over its racist employment policy was the first black-led protest against racial discrimination in post-war Britain. We explored race relations in Bristol aroun...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Delroy Hibbert

Delroy Hibbert is a Black Lives Matter backer. But he also attended the ‘All Lives Matter’ demonstration in Bristol the week after Colston fell.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Cleo Lake

Season 1, Episode 1: Founding member of Countering Colston, Green party city councillor and former Lord Mayor, Cleo Lake has a lot to say on the big questions of politics, race, history and the future of Bristol and beyond.

Bristol History Podcast: 'Know Your Place' and Planning in Bristol

This week I spoke with Pete Insole, Historic Environment Officer for Bristol City Council, to discuss the historical mapping tool ‘Know Your Place’. We also...

Bristol History Podcast: Bristol and the 1918 'Spanish' Flu Pandemic

Arriving at the end of the First World War, the 1918 ‘Spanish’ Flu was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, killing between 40...

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