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Presenter: Neil Maggs

Audio producer: Rosa Eaton

Executive producer: Adam Cantwell-Corn

Illustration: Jazz Thompson

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

The Labour MP for Bristol South Karin Smyth talks about her background and her eventful six years in parliament.

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

The Society of Merchant Venturers is often talked about in conspiratorial tones.

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

The government are introducing a new law claiming to defend freedom of speech, amid an alleged crisis on British university campuses of ‘cancel culture’ and...

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

Chris Brian was a anarchist activist in Bristol and south Wales in the 90s and early 2000s. Unknown to him and fellow activists, deep undercover in in their groups were police officers.

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

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