Podcast

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Tory Police and Crime commissioner Mark Shelford, on crime, riots and institutional racism in policing

The new PCC on the Police and Crime Bill, the riot and protests in Bristol and how policing can be just and effective.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Bristol South MP Karin Smyth on 'undemocratic' mayoral system, Labour's past failings, and why the Merchant Venturers must go

Listen: How local industry profited from the slave trade

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Campaigning parent and councillor for Hartcliffe Kerry Bailes on the Special Educational Needs crisis

Kerry Bailes is a longstanding campaigner for Hartcliffe and a leading voice among parents seeking a solution to the Special Educational Needs and Disability provision crisis in the city.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with the Master of the Merchant Venturers, on whether they are an all powerful elite club, or just charitable business people

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Neil Maggs

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on the 'free speech crisis' at universities with Bristol Uni Free Speech Society's Harry Walker

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on undercover police spying on activists with anarchist and investigator Chris Brian

For years, the officers immersed themselves with the activists, got stuck into direct actions and even had long term relationships and parented children under false...

Listen: Healthcare in Bristol before the NHS

This week I met with Dr Michael Whitfield to discuss Bristol's dispensaries. For the two hundred years or so before the creation of the NHS in 1948, the dispensaries were one of the main providers of healthcare in Britain, especially for its poorest people. We discussed how the dispensaries opera...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on whether white working class people are shut out of the equality debate, with Hartcliffe's award winning filmmaker Paul Holbrook

Paul Holbrook is an award winning filmmaker from Hartcliffe, south Bristol. His diverse films range from horror to comedy, and are often rooted in the experience of council estates and working class communities.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked Pride special on all things LGBTQ+ with Ivan Jackson

Ivan Jackson is a gay broadcaster on BCFM'S One Love Breakfast Show and is a big part of ShoutOut, an LGBTQ+ show that has been running for 7 years and is syndicated on 12 stations - from the local to the international.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked on kneeling at the Euros, and nurturing diverse football talent with leading local sports coach Rayan Wilson

Season 4 of Bristol Unpacked kicks off with a conversation with local sport coach Rayan Wilson, who has been involved in training amateur and elite athletes.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with independent and smaller party Bristol Mayor candidates

A pub landlord, a socialist, a porn producer, an anti-lockdown advocate, and a tree lover: The five candidates from smaller parties or independents running for City Hall.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Labour Bristol Mayor candidate Marvin Rees, on his record, style and politics

In this robust interview Neil and Marvin discuss his successes and criticisms and what is the driving and guiding the Labour candidate.

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Lib Dem Bristol Mayor candidate Dr Caroline Gooch, on scrapping the mayor and winning from the centre

Caroline Gooch is hoping for a dramatic improvement on the party’s 2016 result of 8,000 votes to clinch the mayoralty, and then work to scrap...

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Green Party Bristol Mayor candidate Sandy Hore-Ruthven on the battle for the city's progressive voters

Sandy says he is the candidate to ‘get things done’ in the race for city hall’s top job

Listen: Bristol Unpacked with Conservative Bristol Mayor candidate Alastair Watson on law, order and scrapping the mayoral system

Its hard to say that the Conservatives have a strong electoral record in the city, but the businessman and former councillor Alastair Watson thinks he...

Bristol History Podcast: State Surveillance in Bristol and Beyond

This week I spoke with Colin Thomas and Tim Beasley of the Bristol Radical History Group to discuss the history of state surveillance in their...

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...

Bristol History Podcast: The Bristol Blitz

2020 marked the eightieth anniversary of the Bristol Blitz, which saw 77 Nazi air raids on the city, with six major raids taking place in the winter of 1940-41. I spoke with Eugene Byrne of the Bristol Post to discuss the origins of the Blitz and how Bristolians coped with being bombed. We also e...

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.