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A book podcast where you will discover new books and get reading tips, but we also talk about lifestyle, wellness, and self-care. So let's learn something new, feel encouraged and inspired, and have fun!
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A podcast dedicated to all things literary and bookish in Brighton & beyond. Anna interviews authors, publishers, people working in literature programmes, gets recommendations from booksellers and bloggers, and shares the best upcoming events. Follow @annamburtt on Twitter and @btnbookclub on Instagram for updates. Email btnbookclub@gmail.com for enquiries.
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Sonic Fields is a new 7-part podcast which tells the story of a year-long deep dive into the British Music Festival. Sam Tyler meets the people and learns about the forces that have shaped the story since the late '60s, before taking a dizzying summer adventure across festivals of today and trying to find his place within it all. This is a story of how we arrived at our modern festival landscape. What even is a festival in 2024? Who are they for, and what might we have lost (or gained) along ...
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Don’t miss the week’s most interesting stories from around the world. Join Georgina Godwin every week on Monocle on Saturday to delve into the latest global news and culture, with reports from regular guests in Monocle’s London studio and our international correspondents.
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Nailing the day with her distinctive dose of humour and edge, Jenn Zed tells it like it is and hears it back for real from the listeners and guests every weekday morning. Highlights from the daily radio show. Listen live weekdays 9am-12 on RTÉ 2FM.
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A Toast to The Arts

Big Blend Radio Network

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Celebrate The Arts with Big Blend Radio’s podcast conversations and expert interviews focusing on Music and Entertainment, Books and Poetry, Fine Art and Photography, Theater, Film and the Performing Arts.
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Master My Garden podcast with John Jones. The gardening podcast that helps you master your own garden. With new episodes weekly packed full of gardening tips, how to garden guides, interviews with gardening experts on many gardening topics and just about anything that will help you in your garden whether you are a new or a seasoned gardener. I hope you enjoy.John
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What's one thing you wish you had known when you began your career? On this podcast we explore honest conversations and stories from the likes of marketer’s, CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners and creative individuals, breaking the mould with an insight to their success. We dive deep into their journey’s from conception to the present day, exploring how they overcame hurdles, disrupted the market and eventually discovered their own version of success. You can expect new guests every month ...
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Due South

Jeff Tiberii, Leoneda Inge

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Due South is a source for news, information, and perspectives from across North Carolina and the South. It takes a panoramic view of politics, place, race, and southern culture, among other topics. The show takes deep-dives into the news - while also providing a break from the news cycle with conversations on topics ranging from food and music to arts and culture. Full episodes of Due South air weekdays at 10am on WUNC.
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Little by little the sink fills up… Filling the Sink is a podcast in English on all things Catalan. Every week the Catalan News team explores a different aspect of Catalonia, from news and politics, to society and culture. Whether you live in Catalonia and need some of the current issues explained, or you’re simply curious about what makes this place tick. Either way, Filling the Sink has got you covered. Don’t worry if you don’t know much about this corner of land nestled between the Pyrene ...
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An entertaining and informative Scotch whisky show from Ian Macleod Distillers featuring Gordon Dundas, International Brand Ambassador and Gordon Dallas, Experiential Ambassador. Whisky Unscripted is an approachable podcast for all, not just the whisky aficionados. Never taking itself too seriously, but offering an insider’s guide to the whisky industry via their ownership of the Glengoyne, Tamdhu and Rosebank distilleries with their accompanying brands of Smokehead, Sheep Dip, and Pigs Nose ...
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All The Small Things is a weekly interview series hosted by Venetia La Manna. Venetia will be speaking to inspiring people, thought leaders, writers and activists about the rituals that help provide structure when we need it most - or perhaps if creativity lies in the chaos if it all. We'll be learning about the small things that keep them in-check and uncover more about what makes their minds tick. What’s more, we’ll hear about the seemingly small moments that perhaps felt insignificant at ...
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On this episode of Big Blend Radio, Lance Laber, Executive Director of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, talks about southwest artist Ted DeGrazia's Murals, Mosaics (pictured), and Originals. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is a 10-acre historic landmark nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona. Opened in 1965, it is h…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's BIG DAILY BLEND with co-host Joey Stuckey, focuses on his new album, "Joey Stuckey - Live from Macon." This in-studio recording was done during the filming of "Vision," an 11-minute documentary by Michael Whalen that showcases Joey's music and inspirations. Joey Stuckey, Music Ambassador of Macon, Georgia "The Sout…
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Clare's County Dog Warden says he won't hesitate to issue fines to dog owners following a spate of attacks in the last week.At least five separate incidents involving dogs attacking people have been recorded in Clare in recent days, including a rottweiler knocking over a man, and a child being bitten by a german shepherd.Clare recorded the highest …
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It's claimed many businesses in Clare missing out on energy savings by failing to analyse output costs. It follows a new report from Urban Volt which found that 57% of Irish Small and Medium Enterprises identified cost as a barrier to adopting sustainable initiatives. While 4 in 5 businesses said their budgets could not afford climate friendly poli…
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On this month's show, we speak to two Brighton based writers Jo Furniss and Cassie Bruce about their new novels DEAD MILE and SIRENS BAY. We also speak to the excellent Sophie Flynn about her new novel WHAT STAYS UNSAID, a thriller set over a hen weekend Dartmoor. Follow the show over on InstagramBy RadioReverb
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A Clare-based conservation group admits there's much work to be done regarding the implementation of the Nature Restoration Law.The heavily-debated legislation has finally been approved by the EU Environment Council this week after previously having been passed in the Dáil by 121 votes to nine.The intention behind the law is to restore habitats and…
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A Clare Restaurateur is rubbishing suggestions that hospitality staff earning sub-minimum wage in this county are being exploited.It follows a protest held by Bar and Restaurant workers trade union, Mandate at Leinster House this week calling for the rates of pay below the hourly national minimum wage of €12.70 to be scrapped.Currently, workers und…
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Monocle brings Switzerland to Midori House. Alex Herrmann, UK & Ireland Director of Switzerland Tourism, joins Georgina Godwin to tell us all about the different regions and Swiss delicacies at Monocle’s Swiss Summer Market. Plus: Georgina and political journalist Terry Stiastny flick through the global papers and Monocle’s Helsinki correspondent, …
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Happy Hour Hang Out" Podcast features writers and authors, mostly of the mystery and crime genre, along with some historical fiction, travel writing and editing expertise to round out the discussion. FEATURED GUESTS: * Author Matt Cost who inspired this episode - https://www.mattcost.net/ * Travel Writer and autho…
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This year marks the 74th edition of the world’s largest motor racing event, the Formula One World Championship. Since 1991, the Spanish Grand Prix has been held at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit in Montmeló, half an hour north of the Catalan capital. However, this year could be one of the last times the Spanish race is held in Catalonia, as Madrid…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio's "Rants, Raves & Rock 'n Roll" Show features iconic drummer Carmine Appice, founding member of the blues rock band Cactus. Carmine is also a founding member of Vanilla Fudge and has performed and/or recorded with Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Ozzy, and Pink Floyd, amongst others. Cactus is as heavy, bluesy, and uncompromi…
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More than 2,000 jobs coming to Greensboro to build supersonic passenger jets, a heat wave welcomes in summer, and budget talks continue at the state legislature. Plus, a conversation about the U.S. Open at Pinehurst last weekend, and future plans for more big tournaments there. Join Due South co-host Leoneda Inge and a panel of reporters for discus…
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A group of Clare activists is hoping to make an international impact at a local level by opposing a controversial data centre development in Ennis.The Clare branch of BDS, which stands for boycott-divest-sanction, is rallying against the proposed construction of the Ennis Data Centre on the Tulla Road by Art Data Centres Limited.The group is agains…
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It is time for the eighteenth episode of our newest feature on Morning Focus, Village Tour, where Alan Morrissey paid a visit to Clonlara.With the Village Tour, we here at Morning Focus are aiming to highlight the smaller villages and townlands around the county.By doing this, we hope to showcase their unique character, while also bringing their di…
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Send me a text message Have you ever considered that aging could be the most exciting part of your life? In Clare Pooley’s How to Age Disgracefully, we meet Daphne, a 70-year-old woman who steps out of 15 years of isolation and joins a senior citizens club, uncovering friendship, love, and a mission to save their community center. So, in this novel…
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Alan O’Callaghan will be officially declared Mayor of Clare at the Council’s AGM today. He will succeed the Bodyke Fine Gael Councillor Joe Cooney as Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council. The Kilmurry-based Fianna Fáil Councillor has been elected in the Killaloe MD for three successive council terms and most recently served as Cathaoirleach of the…
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Clare's Green Party senator claims older people are being locked out of retrofitting grants while living in older homes. 24% of homes in Ireland were built before 1961 while a further 21% were constructed before 1980 and a further 10% prior to 1990. Of the 169 homes built in Clare built in 1977 or before, less than half have a Building Energy Ratin…
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A prominent Clare Car Dealer is calling for a scrappage scheme to be introduced to make electric vehicles more affordable. It comes as ESB has announced rate reductions of 8% on its standard power EV charging stations and 13% on it's high power charging stations nationwide. Last July, the SEAI slashed the EV purchase grant from €5,000 to €3,500, wh…
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Send us a Text Message. In this weeks episode John answers a listener question where the listener has been struggling to grow roses for a number of years. Struggling to grow the perfect rose garden? You're not alone, and in this episode, we reveal the secrets to cultivating healthy, blooming roses with ease. Discover why selecting disease-resistant…
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This episode of Big Blend Radio features Doug Kistner, keyboardist, singer, songwriter, and leader of the allstar project Studio D'Lux. Hear about their new single, "Not in a Million Years" featuring trumpeter Lee Loughnane of Chicago, guitarist Jon Herington of Steely Dan, and famed rock drummer Liberty Devitto who tours and records with Billy Joe…
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New $6.6 mil initiative to restore Sugarloaf Island is underway If you summer on the coasts of North Carolina, you may be familiar with Morehead City, a popular port town in Carteret County. But slightly less well-known is the barrier island adjoining the town: Sugarloaf Island. The man-made stretch of land is just off the waterfront and for years …
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A Clare Auctioneer claims the findings of the CSO's latest Property Price Index does not reflect what's happening on the ground in this county.According to the CSO, the average price paid for a new or existing dwelling in Clare was just over €257,000 in April, which is down over €40,000 from the figure recorded in March.The index also shows the num…
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A Government minister claims the majority of Ukrainian refugees being moved from Shannon next week will find accommodation in this county.It's now four days until Ukrainians living in Shannon's Phoenix House are due to be relocated to Lisdoonvarna, after the Government claimed the contract with the provider had been terminated "as part of the Gover…
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The Mayor of Clare has issued a call for the residents of three Clare towns to play a part in planning for their communities' futures.Clare County Council is in the process of forming Town Teams in Kilrush, Lisdoonvarna and Tulla, as the three areas have been named beneficiaries of a prestigious Government initiative.Sixmilebridge became the first …
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On this week’s episode of Taste Of The Week, Alan Morrissey welcomed TV Chef Jack O’Keeffe to the show.This week, Jack prepared sausage and veggie pasta bake.Recipe:Serves 4Ingredients: 8 Great Quality Sausages2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil4 Clery Sticks, Diced1 Onion Diced1 Large Carrot Diced4 Garlic Cloves, Chopped1 tbsp Fennel Seeds1 Pinch of Chi…
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On Thursday’s Morning Focus, Alan welcomed Kieran McMahon onto the show for the Fitness and Wellness slot.Kieran is an online personal trainer and is also the founder of KM Fitness and the Be A Better Man online coaching mentorship.This week, Alan Morrissey spoke with Kieran about the wellness and mental health behind Summer fitness goals.…
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The Falls Hotel & Spa in Ennistymon are currently refurbishing the hotel, and they’ve come up with an interesting way of tackling it! They are giving away a variety of items from the hotel to a good home that’s willing to take them. Giving away these items such as furniture and carpets, has a number of knock-on benefits, including supporting sustai…
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Today is World Refugee Day. Each year on the 20th of June, the world celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. Given the war in Ukraine and global geopolitics more generally, it is a pertinent time to be discussing the topic of refugees. For more on this, Alan Mo…
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This Friday,the 21st of June, the Samaritans Suicide Awareness Team will partake in a static cycle at the square in Ennis.To discuss this further, Alan Morrissey was joined by Peadar White, the organiser of the static cycle, and Pat White, the Director of Clare Samaritans.You can donate on their website here www.idonate.ie/cause/SamsClare. If you n…
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The Chair of the Clare Tourism Advisory Forum believes lowering the hospitality VAT rate in this region would benefit businesses and consumers alike. It follows the tabling of a Dáil motion by the Rural Independent Group to bring the VAT rate in the tourism and hospitality sectors down from 13.5% to 9% - while Cork TD Michael Collins has proposed r…
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Clare's IFA Chair claims the Nature Restoration Law can only viable if the Government puts appropriate compensation supports in place for farmers. Under the legislation passed by the EU Council of Environment Ministers this week, all member states will have to introduce measures to restore nature on 20% of their land and sea areas by 2030. Ireland …
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Reimagining land at the site of a former North Carolina plantation Durham County is home to what was once one of the largest slave plantations in the South. Today part of that former plantation is called “Historic Stagville.” This weekend, people of all backgrounds and even descendants of those enslaved there, will gather for “Juneteenth” – the fed…
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A Clare MEP elect has described as "profoundly undemocratic" a Dáil vote on the EU Asylum and Migration Pact today.TDs will this evening be asked to vote on the adoption of seven measures of the pact which Taoiseach Simon Harris says represents a "united effort across Europe" on the issue of migration.If the Government wins the vote as expected, it…
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The Education Minister is being called upon to recognise the independence of Clare's only post-primary Gaelcholáiste.Despite first opening it's doors in 1993, Gaelcholáiste An Chláir, which shares a building with Ennis Community College, still does not have a roll number of its own.As a result, up to 700 pupils from Irish language primary schools i…
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Clare's Water Safety Officer is reminding the public that when it comes to swimming, water and alcohol don't mix.National Water Safety Awareness Week is currently underway and the campaign is intended to highlight to need to give water safety the same attention as road safety over the summer months.There's been an average of 10 drownings every mont…
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Evangeline May Farr, a 24-year-old author based in Clare, has recently published her first book, "Love Conquers All." To delve deeper into her inspiration, writing process, and the journey of bringing her book to life, Evangeline joined Alan Morrissey on Wednesday's Morning Focus.The book can be found here:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-conquers-all…
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Eamon Ryan has confirmed he is stepping down as leader of the Green Party. His decision comes after the Greens lost both their seats in the European Parliament in the recent elections and although they did slightly better than expected in the locals, they still didn’t fare that well, losing half their seats. The Environment Minister announced the n…
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A North Clare senator is calling on the Integration Minister to provide a sustainable long-term plan for Ukrainian accommodation. It comes as 75 Ukrainian refugees living in Shannon's Phoenix House have been told they'll be relocated to Lisdoonvarna next Monday unless they find their own accommodation in the meantime. There are 5,581 Ukrainians ben…
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A leading Clare mental health support service has secured a new facility after an extensive search. The Haven Hub, which first opened in the Tracklands Business Park in Ennis in 2019 had been without a physical location for the last three weeks, but has now found a new premises at the Ennis Yoga Studio in the Friary Car Park. The peer support and s…
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