Feisty Productions (general)
Podcasts and programmes from Lesley Riddoch and the team at Feisty Productions

It's two days until polling and we kick off with trying to work our way through yesterday's big stories around gaffes,punches, and gaming the media.

However we move on to go behind the headlines and question if this focus is obscuring the real issues, and if the resulting loss of public trust in the BBC and other institutions is fuelling the apparent drift towards the Tories in England.

Lesley was up in Cromarty where she spoke with Jon Snow of Channel 4. The London media seem to think that the next big story is Scottish independence. But Lesley asks what if the Tories win on Thursday, where can we go if Westminster says no to indyref2? Some surprising voices, including us, are saying that non violent civil disobedience would be justified.

We've championed Emma Barnett of the BBC but did she "jump the shark" on the BBC QT under 30s debate with her "nationalised sausages", and last minute "7% deficit" questions to Angela Rayner and Humza Yousaf?

Nicola Sturgeon has continually been grilled on the Scottish government's record during the campaign.Boris Johnson has tried to paint himself as an outsider hamstrung by a "Remoaner" Parliament. Lesley wonders who he'll blame if/when he wins on Thursday with an entirely Brexiteer set of Tory MPs.

I chip in on how can this new, reactionary Conservative Party,  keep its northern English, working class base onside.

 

 

 

 

Direct download: A_matter_of_trust.mp3
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There's only one place to begin this week and it's the, less than, surprise resignation of seven Labour MPs to form TIG-The Independent Group.

Lesley and I try to get our heads round why now, what for, and what next for this disparate group.

This speculation, inevitably for us, leads us down several highways and bye ways including proportional representation, and the founding of the Scottish Labour Party in 1888.

Just when you thought the hoo ha surrounding BBC Question Time had died down the National revealed the editing of Fiona Hyslop's reply to orange jaiket man. We draw on our past experiences in teaching, producing, and presenting to examine the ethics and editorial decisions behind it.

The Scottish Tories have been out in force across the streets and on social media fulminating about the Workplace Parking Levy. Lesley not only ripostes their arguments against it but widens the discussion to reflect on the nature of our relationships with private and public transport.

Finally, it's hats aff tae the inestimable Jim Spence new rector of Dundee University and Arab of good standing. Laborare et orare James.

Direct download: The_Secret_7.mp3
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Back in the days of Riddoch Questions we used to sit around post show and record our thoughts about the topics and podcast them as Aftermath.

Well...after today's podcast we suddenly found ourselves chatting about the meaning of identities ,specifically our own, and we decided to go back to the future and create our very own Aftermath.

We hope you enjoy this wee bonus.

Direct download: The_Aftermath.mp3
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After a bombshell of an opening, within which I tell possibly the most niche joke ever, we get back down to business with reflections on this week's shenanigans in the House of Lords.

Lesley's recent gig in Bearsden sparks a debate, wherein I defend the First Minister's softly softly approach, on whether the SNP leadership is playing it too safe on Indyref 2.

As May and the Brexiteers play fast and loose with the Irish border issue are there signs that "liberal unionists" are now thinking the unthinkable over Irish reunification?

All of this plus, evangelical Zionists, the discovery that Scotland is less popular than Gibraltar with English voters, tomorrow's Scottish Cup Final and Lesley's reaction to Willo Flood leaving Tannadice.

 

 

Direct download: Lords_save_us.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm UTC

I was away in Wales last weekend and Lesley decided that she had to do something equally spectacular. In her case it was attending the Sunday session of the Labour Party Conference in Dundee.

Stand by for some pretty trenchant thoughts from her on that experience in terms of the UK Labour leadership, its relationship with the party in Scotland, and John McDonnell's speech.

Corbyn's remarks on immigration and low wages sparked me to do some research on the reality of what links there are, if any, between the two.

I also discovered some surprising facts on Keir Hardie (note the spelling chums) in the course of the digging.

The Salisbury poisoning, who's to blame, and the political fall outs over it occupies the next part of our hour.

Lesley’s National article on the latest STV Ipsos Mori poll was an absolute necessity to discuss, if only to provide me with this week’s show title.

Finally, I have some thoughts on the deaths of Stephen Hawking and the uillean piper Liam O'Flynn

 

Direct download: Polls_Apart.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm UTC

We unashamedly spend the vast majority of this week's podcast on the continuing crisis in Catalunya.

Lesley was a first hand witness to last week's momentous events and gives a fantastic insight into what it was like on the streets of Barcelona as the drama unfolded.

She also, tells tall Castilian tales, recounts her experiences with anarcho-syndicalists and , most importantly, lets the world into the dark secrets of Brian Taylor's dancing.

I pitch in here and there but inevitably finish up talking about the fitba. Dinnae let on tae the Wee Ginger Dug!

There's also a plug for the Build:Bridges to Indy event this weekend in Edinburgh.

http://www.usherhall.co.uk/whats-on/build-bridges-indy

Direct download: Visca_Catalunya.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm UTC

This week sees the return of the podcast . Lesley tells all about ,her visit to the Faroe Islands , the significance of the number 49000, and why bigger ain't necessarily better . I, on the other hand fumble my big introduction but do manage to pronounce Caithness correctly.

Direct download: Lesley_Riddoch_Faroes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm UTC

This week we manage to record in two parts. The first is a meander through the week.  The big news is the Hillsborough verdict and its implications. We also briefly touch on 'Ken', Jackie the musical , and a hustings in Dundee. 

And the lack of vision in this election....then we come back after watching the last leaders' debate...what was it about ?

Direct download: Two_Parts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56pm UTC

The Commonwealth Games

In this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast and following Lesley's Scotsman column this week, we turn the Commonwealth Games upside down and give them a good shake. Men’s emotions, rugby support, the strength of TV pictures, the ‘new’ Glasgow kiss, amongst other things, get a good airing. We also talk cycling and badges.

Direct download: Commonwealth_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm UTC

It was hard not to talk about the Vickers' Report on Banking. Equally the moves of the Scottish Labour Party seem slightly strange. However, Lesley has a thought or two to share.

Direct download: Vickers_Banks_and_Scotlands_Labour.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm UTC

The Scottish Election is over and the result was surprising. Around the kitchen table, Lesley tries to unpick it and on the way, it does get a bit heated. You'll get repatriation, independence, and relaxing Iain Gray

Direct download: The_Well_that_was_an_election_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm UTC

Wendy, Hammerfest, AV and Land Giveaway

Lesley is in Norway up at the Arctic Circle. Over a crackling Skype connection, we explore Wendy Alexander's departure, what about AV and Hammerfest and briefly more land issues.

Direct download: Wendy_Hammerfest_AV_and_Land_Giveaway.mp3
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Lesley has had a busy week. The Scotsman column about Glentress has been the subject of some debate on the blog. Mountain bikers have been very vocal. Across in Norway, it is the year of Nansen and Lesley is full of this incredible story. Finally, Egypt and a movie get the Riddoch treatment. There is a spoiler alert...if you are going to see "Black Swan". And if you are curious about the logo here; it's the new Nordic Horizons think tank/community of interest...check it out at NordicHorizons.org

Direct download: Bikes_Nansen_and_swans_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53pm UTC

Huts, music and football scandals

It's been a tough week and this podcast reflects it all. Lesley reveals a little about her current studies and a lot about an amazing Bonnie Rideout concert and our current crop of scandals. Tough opinions are expressed, as you would imagine from the MD of Feisty Productions.

Direct download: Huts_music_and_football_scandals.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33pm UTC

This week, Lesley talks through the most recent bout of filming marine devices for the EquiMar project and demonstrates an unequalled grasp of facts and figures. Jonathan Woss makes a brief appearance and it's all downhill to social change as evidenced by Angry Birds.

Direct download: Marine_Miranda_and_Apps.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm UTC