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Breaking Britain is a podcast produced by the Europe's Borderlands Research Group at the European and International Studies Department in King's College London. Hosted by Russell Foster and Alex Clarkson, it will explore the pressures unravelling the unity of Britain and reopening the future of the island of Ireland in a European context. In each episode we will discuss the challenges reshaping a disunited kingdom as well as a wary republic with scholars and commentators who can provide expe ...
 
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Who was the iconic woman depicted on Irish banknotes from 1927-1977? Why was she so integral to the story of Irish independence? And what lies behind her inscrutable stare? In our latest Halfpint episode, we discover the extraordinary life of Lady Lavery - a Chicago-born debutante who would go on to become the face of an independent Ireland. This h…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Max Barry Max Barry is an Australian author known for novels such as 'Syrup,' 'Jeniffer Government,' and his most recent novel, 'The 22 Murders of Madison May.' A high school friend of Wil's, Max was on of the first guests to ever appear on WILOSOPHY way back in 2015. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: WILOSOPHY with Todd Sampson WILOSO…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Bridie Jabour. Bridie Jabour is a writer and journalist who had her life changed during a near death experience in a truck accident that nearly killed her whole family. She speaks about her new book, 'Trivial Grievances' and how she became better at what's important. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: WILOSOPHY with Clem Bastow WILOSOPH…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Suren Jayemanne. Suren Jayemanne is a writer and stand-up comedian, as well as a qualified (but not practising!) accountant. Suren speaks to Wil about getting into comedy after working as an accountant, and his experience being raised Catholic. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: WILOSOPHY with Dilruk Jayasinha WILOSOPHY with Jan Fran…
 
Food shortages are hitting Britain hard, and things are set to get worse - but why are shelves still fully stocked in Northern Ireland? Naomi explains the ins and outs of Brexit’s effect on UK supply chains, and how traders and consumers are going to have to adapt to some new (and pricey) post-Brexit realities. We also look at how changes to data r…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Dave Woodhead. Dave Woodhead is a comedian and radio announcer, who currently hosts the Lunch shift on Triple J. Dave talks about his experience growing up in Darwin and getting into comedian in his teens, to where he is now. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE WILOSOPHY with Linda Marigliano WILOSOPHY with Alex Dyson…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Luke Heggie Luke Heggie is a stand-up comedian who was recently nominated for Best Show at the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He speaks with Wil about his stand-up journey and balancing working another job while doing comedy. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: WILOSOPHY with Osher Gunsberg WILOSOPHY with Becky Lucas…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Danielle Walker. Danielle Walker is a stand-up comedian and writer from Townsville who won the Best Newcomer award at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She speaks about her journey into stand up comedy and her life growing up in the country. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: WILOSOPHY with Nina Oyama WILOSOPHY with Tom …
 
Special guests Naomi's sister Molly May O'Leary and her musical collaborator Fionn Ó hAlmhain visit the podcast to play songs from and discuss their new album, Lambent Flame. It was recorded with the famed Hothouse Flowers singer and multi-instrumentalist Liam Ó Maonlaí over a difficult period when the Covid-19 pandemic shut down much of the music …
 
This year, a whistleblower revealed a shocking secret. A popular British holiday camp business kept a 'blacklist' of Irish surnames, distributed to staff to bar customers from booking. In this episode, Naomi and Tim dig into the incident to explore how a policy meant to exclude Travellers inadvertently swept up a large part of the general Irish pop…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Vic Zerbst Vic is an Australian TV writer, actor and comedian best known for her work as one half of comedy duo Freudian Nip with her writing partner Jenna Owen. Vic has performed for SBS's The Feed as well as co-directing The Chaser's WAR ON 2020 web series, which was acclaimed for its break out sketch, 'The Contact Traci…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Clem Bastow. Clem Bastow is a screenwriter, autism advocate and cultural critic who has written regularly for The Saturday Paper and The Guardian. In 2018, she wrote an article for the age with the headline, "I was diagnosed as on the spectrum at 36, suddenly things made sense," and expands on this headline in her new book…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Dara O'Briain Dara O'Briain is an Irish comedian and television presenter best known for his work on the satirical panel series, "Mock the Week." As a friend and colleague of Wil's since 1999, the two talk about comedy's changing landscape over the last two decades, as well as the effect of the pandemic on the industry. YO…
 
In the wake of its departure from the EU and its growing internal tensions, the UK's relationship with the wider world is undergoing a process of transformation. Still coming to terms with longstanding legacies of the British Empire as well as a recent merger of the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, …
 
Getting Wilosophical with Anita Heiss. Anita Heiss is an Indigenous author, poet, activist and social commentator and a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales. Anita speaks with Wil about Australia's Indigenous heritage, and her new novel Bila Yarrudhanggalalangdhuray: River of Dreams. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: WILOSOPHY with Shelley …
 
Getting Wilosophical with Christian O'Connell... again! Christian O'Connell is a British radio presenter who currently presents The Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show on Gold 104.3 in Melbourne. His new book, "Nobody Listens to Your Dad's Show," talks about moving his life and family to Australia to have a shot at radio down under. YOU MIGHT ALSO L…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Owen Eastwood. Owen Eastwood is a writer and performance coach originally from New Zealand. His new book, "Belonging: The Ancient Code of Togetherness" talks about fostering success within groups based on Owen's experience consulting for sports teams and other team environments. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE WILOSOPHY with Titus O'R…
 
After months of campaigning, voters in Scotland, Wales and parts of England went to the polls on 6 May 2021. While local elections and a byelection signalled that the Conservative Party is still dominant in England, strong results for the Scottish National Party in Scotland and the Labour Party in Wales indicate a very different picture for two oth…
 
Anarchist clubs, public assassinations, and secret rebel meetings in a notorious vegetarian restaurant - all these feature in this fascinating episode on the historical links between Ireland and India at the beginning of the 20th century. UCD's Conor Mulvagh explains why Ireland and India were so symbolically important to the survival of the Britis…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Alex Lee Alex Lee is a writer, actor, comedian and journalist who has worked on shows such as SBS's The Feed and Michelle Law's play, Single Asian Female. Her new show, Win the Week, will air on the ABC, will pair every day Australians with comedians in a news quiz format. Alex speaks about her journey as a comedian and wo…
 
Chaos hits the Democratic Unionist Party, Northern Ireland's largest pro-British bloc, as new leader Edwin Poots is deposed in a revolt just 20 days after taking up the position. Naomi and Tim hear why the woman he usurped Arlene Foster is laughing, the Irish language dispute at the centre of Poots' downfall, and what it all tells us about dynamica…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Damien Power. Damien Power is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and podcast from Australia. In this long form WILOSOPHY episode, Wil & Damien chat the Australian and international comedy circuit, their approaches to comedy and Damien's approach to finding excitement in life. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: WILOSOPHY with Geraldine H…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Karen O’Leary Karen O’Leary is a writer, actor, comedian and former teacher from New Zealand. She played Officer O’Leary in Taika Waititi’s 2014 film, ‘What We Do in the Shadows,’ and is now reprising the role in the spin-off series, ‘Wellington Paranormal.’ She talks about her experience as a teacher, how she thinks the e…
 
For the past half decade, British political parties and state institutions have struggled to formulate a new geopolitical role for the United Kingdom. Faced with the twin challenges of departure from the European Union and internal pressure on the unity of the British state, the UK government has recently set out an integrated review of foreign and…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Akec Makur Chuot Akec Makur Chuot is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Richmond Football Club as part of the AFLW Division. Akec tells the story of her journey - from her birth in South Sudan, spending twelve years in a refugee camp and her eventual AFLW premiership. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE WILOSOPHY with Tony A…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Andrew McCarthy Andrew McCarthy is an American actor, writer and television director best known for his roles in various films from the 1980s including St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink, and of course, one of Wil’s favourites, Weekend at Bernie’s. Wil and Andrew talk about his experience being a star as a member of “The Brat…
 
The Irish Passport brings you an interview with Jer O'Leary: actor, activist, artist, orator of Jim Larkin speeches and Dublin legend who recorded these tapes before he died in 2018. Jer discusses growing up in the Irish capital and how it changed over his life, and how he ended up in the national art college despite leaving school at 14, and his w…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Anna Piper Scott Anna Piper Scott is a stand up comedian and writer originally from Perth and currently based in Melbourne. Anna and Wil speak about her experience in the world of stand up comedy as a trans woman and the changing landscape of comedy. HELP ANNA PIPER SCOTT GET TOP SURGERY YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE WILOSOPHY with …
 
Getting Wilosophical with Peter Helliar… again! Peter Helliar is a comedian, writer and television presenter from Australia. His television series, “How to Stay Married” has just entered its third season. Peter and Wil discuss the Australian television industry, writing for television, and talking about difficult subject matter to children. YOU MIG…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Linda Marigliano Linda Marigliano is a podcaster, television and radio presenter who is perhaps best known for her work on Triple J. More recently, she can be seen on ABC's "The Set" with Dylan Alcott, as well as in her new podcast project, "Brooke & Linda's Dream Club" with Brooke Boney YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE WILOSOPHY with …
 
Getting Wilosophical with Melissa Doyle. Melissa Doyle is an Australian journalist and television presenter. Her new project, "Age Against the Machine" explores the different cultural attitudes and beliefs around ageing, particularly looking at how women are perceived as they age. SUPPORT US Patreon TOFOP.com Merch Follow on Instagram Follow on Twi…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Amy Shark Amy Shark is a musician and songwriter from Australia well known for songs such as "Adore" and "I Said Hi." Her second studio album "Cry Forever" launched in 2021. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE WILOSOPHY with Vance Joy WILOSOPHY with Jimmy Barnes SUPPORT US Patreon TOFOP.com Merch Follow on Instagram Follow on Twitter Wil …
 
In March 2021, the UK government released an integrated review of foreign and defence policy outlining the strategic foundations for its interactions with the wider world. In this week's episode with Bleddyn Bowen, we will discuss how the UK's geopolitical position on the global stage is being affected by pressures on the unity of the British state…
 
A profound industrial dispute rocked Dublin in 1913, playing into a rising tide of nationalism and shaping the unique political landscape of Ireland of the following century. In this episode, Naomi and Tim tell the story of the 1913 Dublin Lockout led by firebrand trade unionist James Larkin. We hear from Jer O'Leary, an artist and actor who portra…
 
Getting Wilosophical with Julia Morris Julia Morris is an Australian television presenter and comedian who currently hosts the reality television show, "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!" Julia speaks about her new book, "Julia Morris Makes It EASY" and her comedy career over the years. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE WILOSOPHY with Judith Lucy WILOSOPHY wi…
 
Does the recent unrest in Northern Ireland betray a growing disconnect between the DUP, loyalist paramilitaries, and the communities they claim to represent? How have the protests been influenced by the international scrutiny of police oppression in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement? And why are class politics more central than ever to fa…
 
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