Feisty Productions
Podcasts and programmes from Lesley Riddoch and the team at Feisty Productions

A brief look back at 2012...topics include the economy, independence, the Olympics and some thoughts about the coming year.

It is not a best of, or a review of , just a meander with Lesley. 

Direct download: A_sideways_look_at_2012.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:30pm UTC

This week's podcast was recorded after the terrible shootings in Connecticut. Lesley reflects on the wide ranging debate that now must take place in America. It is also clear that the Scotland in the EU debate rumbles on and we learn some interesting things about the man in the thick of it. And finally, Alasdair Gray seems to have stirred up things with his comments about the English.

Direct download: Newtown_Barroso_and_You_English.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:51pm UTC

This week, we try and sum up the National Landscape Policy Conference, an exciting new coop in Owenstown, what Leveson means for Scotland and reflect on the 'Top Scot' by popular acclaim ( It's not a cyclist or a comedian.). Busy, busy , busy.

Direct download: LandscapeOwenstown_McLeveson_Trumped.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:09pm UTC

This week's podcast is recorded after Lesley spent Saturday in a hotel with 800 people at the Radical Independence Conference. She also muses about Kenny MacAskill's thoughts about local authorities and finally we touch on banking.

Direct download: RICLocal_and_Public_Banks.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:35pm UTC

The missing commas give the clue. This week Lesley is back from a flying visit to Copenhagen where she was looking at bikes, finding out about food and asking about Sarah Lund. This week's podcast will give some answers.

Direct download: Copenhagen_bikes_food_jumpers.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:53pm UTC

This week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast has a single subject; just the BBC. With scandals, ‘stepping asides’ and the resignation of the DG; there is a lot to talk about.

Direct download: Just_the_BBC.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:10pm UTC

To recycle or incinerate; these were some of the choices outlined in the recent Nordic Horizons meeting with Kim Olsson of NSR from Helsingborg Sweden. Lesley reflects on the key points and potential lessons for the Scots. Equally, she has some sage advice for the women of the opposition after some FMQ clashes.

Direct download: Recycling_opposition.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:57am UTC

Not the usual podcast this week, Lesley talks frankly about three people; the late Michael Marra, Jean Urquhart and Kathleen from Dundee. Three different tales which have emotional resonances. This is probably the most personal podcast, we have done.

Direct download: Michael_Jean_and_Kathleen.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:34pm UTC

In this week's podcast, Lesley relates her reflections about some of the proceedings at the SNP Conference in Perth last week.

The big topic was the paasionate debate around Nato and Lesley was there in the hall. 

Direct download: Really_Just_Nato.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:14pm UTC

Between BBC Radio 5Live and Al Jazeera TV this week, Lesley has been a busy journalist. She also wrote about Devo ( Max or Plus )  and offers some thoughts of the historic 'Edinburgh Agreement' before a theatrical review of 'Guid Sisters'.

Direct download: Al_Jazeera_Devo_and_Guid_Sisters.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:11am UTC

Back from holiday and up for her thoughts on the  'Universal Benefits' debate, Lesley and her podcast are back from holiday.

Direct download: Universal_benefits_MND_and_cycling_huts..mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:56am UTC

Lesley is back from travelling around Oslo on their public transport bike scheme. In the light of the triumphs of the Paralympics, there is a 'spirited' discussion about the current benefits cuts. Finally, Boris Johnson makes it along to the podcast, as well.

Direct download: Oslo_bikes_disability_and_Bojo.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:42pm UTC

Lesley was away this weekend at the Development Trusts Association Scotland annual conference and has come back with a tale or two. Everything you needed to know about what is happening amongst communities organising themselves – it is here...

Direct download: Development_Trusts_and_the_High_Streets.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:47pm UTC

 'The Scottish Six' has ended it run at the Edinburgh Fringe. In this week's podcast Lesley talks through some of the lessons and insights. We also briefly touch on communities, ahead of the annual Development Trusts Association Scotland conference, and NATO.

Direct download: What_happens_next._Communities_and_NATO.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:24pm UTC

In the pod this week, Lesley explains some of the background to a 'discussion' raging out there in 'blogistan'. It has been mostly about the role and number of women featuring in the 'constitutional' debates in the Scottish media. A list of notable Scottish women was produced and it provoked comment from different quarters. She also talks through the travails of being a fringe performer.

Direct download: Wimmen_and_that_list.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:10am UTC

It's been hard to miss the impact the Olympics have had. In this week's, Lesley Riddoch relates a World Services experience , reflects on the Olympic gender issues and helmets. For cyclists.

Direct download: Lympics_Leg_C.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:43am UTC

Andy Wightman and Lesley sat down in a sunny Edinburgh garden to chat through the themes and topics they will be covering in their show; the Scottish Six. From Vitamin D, bubbles, land reform, the sexism of 'shovel ready, opening ceremonies and equality are just some of the topics covered in this podcast.

Direct download: Previewing_the_Scottish_Six_.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:26pm UTC

If you didn't make it along to the Big Tent Festival at Falkland then don't worry, Lesley was there for you. She took part in a number of the talks, panel discussions and blethers that make up this uniquely Fife festival.

Direct download: The_Big_Tent_Special.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:12pm UTC

Between Devo Max, Margo MacDonald and Donald Trump, this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast touches all of the bases...and some.

Direct download: Devo_Donald.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:38am UTC

Lesley is just back from a number of different speaking engagements. There have been a series of issues which have 'surfaced'; 'gender balance', the role of experts, constitutional change ahead of votes and the climate in London. We cover a lot of ground in this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

Direct download: The_Gender_Thing_and_Deals.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:12pm UTC

In a week where the Honours' List is published, there was a spat between Alastair Campbell and Armando Iannucci. As the holiday season approaches, more deaths on the major road linking lowlands and highlands prompts Lesley to a few choice words.

Direct download: Honours_and_the_A9.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:37am UTC

Between the warmth of the west coast, the jubilee, Ed and Englishness and Olympic flames, there are plenty of subjects to get into.

Lesley needs no encouragement to get stuck in.

Direct download: Eigg_Weather_British_Flames.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:29pm UTC

After being hyped as the most important event for 300 years, Lesley attended the launch of 'Yes Scotland'.

Direct download: The_Yes.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:45pm UTC

A quick tour of the issues arounfd the Scottish Government latest inaction or action, depending on your viewpoint. Lesley also talks about the new kid on the block in late night current affairs Scottish TV.

Direct download: Mojo_Minimum_Pricing__and_Scotand_Tonight.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:29am UTC

Lesley comes hot foot from the Nordic Horizons meeting which featured Pasi Sahlberg talking about the Finnish education system. It was an amazing meeting and there's lots to report.

Direct download: Pasi_Sahlberg_and_Finnish_Lessons.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:28pm UTC

Between attending a meeting about "Community Councils" and the arrival of Donald Trump, it's a welcome return for Lesley to the pod this week.

Direct download: The_Last_of_The_Donald.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:39pm UTC

In a week where petrol, pasties and George Galloway's victory in Bradford were in the headlines, Professor Thor Gylfason from Iceland came to the Scottish Parliament to talk aout their 'crowd sourced' constitution.

Direct download: Thor_and_George.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:19pm UTC

Back in December 2011, Lesley wrote about Vitamin D, MS and clinical trials. Helga Rhein, an Edinburgh GP got in touch. She had a long standing interest in Vitamin D and its deficiency in her patients. It made a lot of sense to get together and talk through this issue. More information is posted on the Lesley Riddoch web sites .

Direct download: Vitamin_D_and_Helga_Rhein.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:11am UTC

This week Lesley meets up with Andy Wightman and the talk turns to land reform, land ownership, land usage and generally...well...land. It is a frisky encounter and well worth the listen. Recorded outside on Skye, this is the first Lesley Riddoch Podcast outside broadcast!

Direct download: Who_Owns_Scotlands_Land_Reform_Roadshow.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:40pm UTC

Lesley was a panelist at a couple of the political party onferences. She has blogged about her experience and has written about the marathon that is the referendum. Now she goes into a little more detail. Enjoy!

Direct download: The_Fringe_andTimetables.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:47pm UTC

Lesley is just back from Norway and on her way to a couple of party conferences. And that's just the start of this week's podcast.

Direct download: Sea_Eagles_Eric_plus_Plus.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:08pm UTC

In this week's podcast Lesley examines david Cameron's speech, Alan Sinclair's report and readers' letters.

Direct download: Whose_side_are_you_on__1.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:02pm UTC

As promised, here is the recording made of the Nordic Horizons meeting on February 7.  This section features contributions from Professor Mike Danson, Paddy Bort, Rob Gibson MSP and Sarah Boyack MSP. 

Direct download: McKommunes_Part_1.mp3
Category:Nordic Horizons -- posted at: 9:27pm UTC

This week Lesley wrote about the challenges of the islanders and their battles with SNH. It's mostly about seals, scallops and localisation.

Direct download: BarraSNH_Scallops.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:33am UTC

After a busy media week, Lesley explains the behind the scenes action and 'atmos' of last Burn's Night televised debate. It's a pretty straightforward dissection. And then there's Iceland and writing a constitution to discuss. A wide ranging Lesley Riddoch Podcast is here for everyone to enjoy.

Direct download: TV_versus_Radio_CrowdSourced_Constitutions.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:29pm UTC

It has been a funny old week and the topics have not been obvious. Daylight savings knocked back, social media lectures and dear old Simon Hughes.

Direct download: Clocks_trending_Simon_says.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:02pm UTC

Direct download: Any_Questions_Uncovered.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:22pm UTC

This week, there has been one developing story all week; the referendum. Who can call it? How many questions? Has David Cameron been out of line, has Alex Salmond been too smart for his own good? Or is this just old news for Scotland? Lesley has some thoughts.

Direct download: Neverendum_referendum.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:28pm UTC