Feisty Productions (The Lesley Riddoch Podcast)
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This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast is an outside broadcast from the Western Isles, recorded in the ‘Mediterranean’ swelter of Luskentyre. Lesley has touring the Western Isles with Angus Brendan MacNeil MP as part of the “Blossom and Bu Choir’ tour.

Together they cover the topics of remote communications on islands, including an interesting insight into how UK telecoms works and what 4G could do. Both are learning Nordic languages and are taking different things away from that experience.

With 8 weeks to go; what’s the temperature of Westminster about the #indyref ? Will the Commonwealth Games have an effect ?

And finally, the role of boiler suits in politics?  This podcast is full of the craic.

Direct download: Heb_Med.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:14 AM

We are trying to catch up on a busy week which included appearances on the Daily Politics , ‘Any Questions’, a hutting rally and some powerful writing about national security and child abuse at Westminster.

Lesley takes us behind the scenes and explains what it’s like to prepare for these types of political programmes and offers an insight as to why some panels are more amenable than others and why you need panda jokes.

Direct download: Last_week_this_week.mp3
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This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast starts by trying to unpick BBC2’s “Scotland:For Richer or Poorer?”  and Channel4’s “The Great British Break-Up?”.

Both programmes seem to illustrate a couple of problems which are leading to ‘debate fatigue’. There is also a mention of intimidation which Lesley wrote about and we examine that in a bit more detail. Lesley also offers a few thoughts about how this malaise in the #indyref could be addressed.

Which in turn leads to some views about transport infrastructure priorities and Glasgow Airport Rail Link.  

We also talk about  “Time To Dump Trident For Good" and Lesley reveals more of the  background to why the polls don’t always reflect the reality of Scots’ opinions about nuclear weapons.

Direct download: Intimidation.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:08 AM

At the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, we met up with Kay and Brian. Both are keen 'skiffers' and involved in the local Portsoy community. It was good to get them into the pod to talk about the Festival, skiffs and, inevitably politics. If this referendum debate is about anything, it’s about understanding ourselves and listening to different voices.

 

 

We hope you enjoy this ‘special podcast’ and we’ll be back around the kitchen table momentarily.

Direct download: Kay_and_Brian.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:12 AM

Lesley spent a few days in Belfast with academics and wrote about how a commentator said  “Whatever the result, Scotland has already won.” Here she explains a bit more detail behind the headlines.

We also manage to squeeze in references to Farr, Newtonmore, Mark Cousins and the forthcoming ‘Words from the Wild ‘ Book Festival on Knoydart. There is also a quick review of ‘A Dangerous Game’ , Anthony Baxter’s follow up to ‘You’ve Been Trumped’.

 

We also will be releasing a wee treat mid week; a short interview Chris did in Portsoy with some skiffers. Watch out for that.

Direct download: Belfast_and_Portsoy.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:19 PM

John Major comes north and seems to be the latest heavyweight to offer advice as an opinion. And who should be the next poster person to appear?  Lesley also reflects on what it takes to talk to farmers at the Royal Highland Show. Surprisingly, it’s not all subsidies.

And we had to talk about it. BBC Radio Scotland’s new programme; Crossfire.

There were a number of opinions expressed and Lesley explains her thinking about the shortcomings of the format and more problems in the MSM.

Direct download: Major_and_Crossfire.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:08 AM

Lesley is back from the Geiteberg Folk Festival just outside Oslo. Whilst there, she managed to grab a few words with one of the Directors; Brian Ó hEadhra. Both share a love of all things Norwegian and Scottish for different reasons.

Arriving back home, as the row over JK Rowling seems to continue to rumble along; Lesley has a few thoughts.

Finally, this is a short 'start the week' podcast; we will be back at longer length later this week to catch up on more of the week's topics and issues.

Direct download: Geiteberg_and_Rowling.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:30 PM

It’s ‘100 days until’ and we’ve had ‘hope to nope’ from Obama, glorious leader jibes and the inevitable countdown to 18 September .We discuss these topics along with ‘Devo More’ and how the Queen deals with fainting. 

Lesley is also frustrated by the media coverage and we learn which European country has the highest IT workers per capita.

Direct download: 100_Days.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:38 PM

Popular BBC Scotland presenter Gary Robertson  is about to leave  and ‘Scotland 2014’  arrives – Lesley has written about her concerns. In this podcast, she explains why she thinks things have been going wrong.

We also touch briefly on Blair and Bush and Tory tax proposals. And oddly enough, end on some good news …yes , you will have to listen to the very end.

Direct download: Ranty_at_Aunty.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:04 PM

This week we are in Stromness on the ‘Blossom trail. In the light of the European election results, does this shed any light on Scottish politics? And you would have noticed that the Land Reform Review Group has reported and Lesley has blogged and written about it, but here she talks through some of the issues. Finally, there is a new proposal for a ‘national council’ – what is that all about?

 

Lots of questions and some answers in this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast.

Direct download: Stromness.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:02 PM