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Broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove and Professor Eamonn O’Neill host Talk Media: a forensic analysis of how the media works, and who works the media. Packed full of candid commentary and informed opinion, Talk Media features a weekly guest commentator from the worlds of journalism, entertainment and politics.


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Broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove and Professor Eamonn O’Neill host Talk Media: a forensic analysis of how the media works, and who works the media. Packed full of candid commentary and informed opinion, Talk Media features a weekly guest commentator from the worlds of journalism, entertainment and politics.


Hour-long episodes are published weekly on Wednesday evenings via Patreon. Join now to listen for 99p per week (+ VAT): patreon.com.talkmedia

    The Dynamic Duo discuss Scotland, Ireland and the USA.

    The Dynamic Duo discuss Scotland, Ireland and the USA.

    Today the boys consider Sunak's extremist claims, Labour flying in candidates for Scottish seats, anti-immigration attitudes in Ireland and the latest polls for Trump/Biden in the USA.


    At the end of the show a question from James Doonan.


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    Stuart


    Every Move You Make - Book - C. L. Taylor


    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…


    Alexandra, Lucy, Bridget, River and Natalie. Five friends who wish they’d never met. Because the one thing they have in common is the worst thing in their lives: they are all being stalked.


    When one of their group is murdered, days after their stalker is released from prison, time stands still for them all. They know their lives could end just as brutally at any moment – all it takes is for the people they fear the most to catch up with them.


    When the group receive a threat that one of them will die in ten days’ time, the terror that stalks their daily lives becomes all-consuming. But they know they don’t want to be victims anymore – it’s time to turn the tables and finally get their revenge.


    Because the only way to stop a stalker is to become one yourself…


     The multimillion bestseller returns with her most propulsive and addictive book yet. A chilling and terrifyingly real thriller that will keep you up all night – and looking over your shoulder for days to come…


    Eamonn


    Ian Fleming: The Complete Man - Book - Nicholas Shakespeare


    A fresh portrait of the man behind James Bond, and his enduring impact, by an award-winning biographer with unprecedented access to the Fleming family papers.


    Ian Fleming's greatest creation, James Bond, has had an enormous and ongoing impact on our culture. What Bond represents about ideas of masculinity, the British national psyche and global politics has shifted over time, as has the interpretation of the life of his author. But Fleming himself was more mysterious and subtle than anything he wrote.


    Ian's childhood with his gifted brother Peter and his extraordinary mother set the pattern for his ambition to be 'the complete man', and he would strive for the means to achieve this 'completeness' all his life. Only a thriller writer for his last twelve years, his dramatic personal life and impressive career in Naval Intelligence put him at the heart of critical moments in world history, while also providing rich inspiration for his fiction.


    Nicholas Shakespeare is one of the most gifted biographers working today. His talent for uncovering new material that casts fresh light on his subjects is fully evident in this masterful, definitive biography.

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    Swinney’s Coronation, Al Jazeera Banned in Israel and “Podcasts are Sh*t!” / with Stephen Gethins

    Swinney’s Coronation, Al Jazeera Banned in Israel and “Podcasts are Sh*t!” / with Stephen Gethins

    At the end of the show 2 listener questions from Niall MacKay and Paul Hampton.


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    Stuart


    Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - book - Sly Stone


    One of the few indisputable geniuses of pop music, Sly Stone is a trailblazer who created a new kind of music, mixing Black and white, male and female, funk and rock; penned some of the most iconic anthems of the 1960s and 70s, from "Everyday People" to "Family Affair"; and electrified audiences with a persona and stage presence that set a lasting standard for pop culture performance. Yet he has also been a cautionary tale, known as much for how he dropped out of sight as for what put him in the spotlight in the first place. As much as people know the music, the man remains a mystery.


    In Thank You, his much-anticipated memoir, he's finally ready to share his story - a story that many thought he'd never have the chance to tell. Written with Ben Greenman, who has written memoirs with George Clinton and Brian Wilson among others, Thank You will include a foreword by Questlove. The book was created in collaboration with Sly Stone's manager Arlene Hirschkowitz.


    "For as long as I can remember folks have been asking me to tell my story," says Stone. "I wasn't ready. I had to be in a new frame of mind to become Sylvester Stewart again to tell the true story of Sly Stone. It's been a wild ride and hopefully my fans enjoy it too."


    Stephen


    Shogun - Drama - Disney+


    An original adaptation of James Clavell’s novel, FX’s Shōgun is set in Japan in the year 1600 at the dawn of a century-defining civil war. Lord Yoshii Toranaga is fighting for his life as his enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him. When a mysterious European ship is found marooned in a nearby fishing village, its English pilot, John Blackthorne, comes bearing secrets that could help Toranaga tip the scales of power and devastate the formidable influence of Blackthorne’s own enemies — the Jesuit priests and Portuguese merchants. Toranaga’s and Blackthorne’s fates become inextricably tied to their translator, Toda Mariko, a mysterious Christian noblewoman and the last of a disgraced line. While serving her lord amidst this fraught political landscape, Mariko must reconcile her newfound companionship with Blackthorne, her commitment to the faith that saved her and her duty to her late father.


    Ukraine Russia War Talk - podcast - Phillips P O'Brien


    A regular series of podcasts, with guests, in which we discuss the Russo-Ukraine war and larger geopolitical questions.


    Eamonn


    Pictures from Ukraine - documentary - David Pratt BBC


    Veteran photojournalist David Pratt travels to Ukraine after war breaks out. His goal: to bear witness to the biggest unfolding crisis in Europe since World War Two.


    Stuart


    NIGHT TRAIN TO ODESA - book - Jen Stout

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    Humza Folds, Contenders Ready?, Big Footing and Biden Roasts Trump / with Catriona Stewart

    Humza Folds, Contenders Ready?, Big Footing and Biden Roasts Trump / with Catriona Stewart

    An action packed episode taking a look at the SNP/Scottish Government developments and the SNP leadership reporting.


    At the end of the show a listener question from Ian Currie.


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    Stuart:


    Fragile Animals - book - Genevieve Jagger


    When an ex-catholic woman develops a sexual relationship with a vampire, she is forced to confront the memories that haunt her religious past.


    Struggling to deal with the familial trauma of her Catholic upbringing, hotel cleaner, Noelle, travels to the Isle of Bute. There, she meets a man who claims to be a vampire, and a relationship blooms between them based solely on confession. But as talk turns sacrilegious, and the weather outside grows colder, Noelle struggles to come to terms with her blasphemous sexuality. She becomes hounded by memories of her past: her mother’s affair with the local priest, and the part she played in ending it.


    Catriona:


    Night Train to Odesa - book - Jen Stout


    When Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, millions of lives changed in an instant. Millions of people were suddenly on the move. In this great flow of people was a reporter from Shetland. Jen Stout left Moscow abruptly, ending up on a border post in southeast Romania, from where she began to cover the human cost of Russian aggression. Her firsthand, vivid reporting as she travelled alone, hauling around body armour, brought the war to audiences back home, as she reported from front lines and cities across Ukraine. Stories from the night trains, birthday parties, military hospitals and bunkers: stories from the ground, from a writer with a deep sense of empathy, always seeking to understand the bigger picture, the big questions of identity, history, hopes and fears in this war in Europe.


    Eamonn:


    THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS - film 


    In 1896, a construction engineer from the British Army, J.H. Patterson (Kilmer) is sent to build a railway bridge across Uganda's Tsavo River for the British East African Railway. Soon after he arrives, workmen begin to disappear at night from their tents never to be seen alive again.

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    The Rwanda Bill finally pushed through, Labour - the “True Party of English Patriotism” and The Bute House Agreement / with Ruth Wishart

    The Rwanda Bill finally pushed through, Labour - the “True Party of English Patriotism” and The Bute House Agreement / with Ruth Wishart

    At the end of the show a question from Roger Hyam


    Recommendations:


    Ruth


    The Glasgow Girl (Paperback) - Aasmah Mir 


    A Glasgow Girl is the coming of age story of Aasmah Mir's childhood growing up in 1970s Glasgow. From a vivacious child to a teenage loner, Aasmah candidly shares the highs and lows of growing up between two cultures - trying to fit in at school and retreating to the safe haven of a home inhabited by her precious but distant little brother and Helen, her family's Glaswegian guardian angel.


    Intricately woven into this moving memoir is the story of Aasmah's mother, as we follow her own life as a young girl in 1950s Pakistan to 1960s Scotland and beyond. Both mother and daughter fight, are defeated and triumph in different battles in this sharp and moving story. A Glasgow Girl is a remarkable memoir about family, identity and finding yourself where you are.


    This book was previously titled A Pebble in the Throat.


    https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-glasgow-girl/aasmah-mir/9781472288554 


    Blue Lights - series - BBC


    For three police recruits in Belfast, the pressure is immense. Facing criminal gangs and divided communities, they don't know who to trust. The odds are, they won't all make it.


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p0f2cxpr/blue-lights 


    Hollyrood Sources Podcast


    The Holyrood Sources podcast analyses Scottish politics through the experiences of those who have lived and breathed it as Special Advisers to the Scottish Government, SNP and opposition parties. Join hosts Calum Macdonald, Geoff Aberdein (Chief of Staff to the First Minister, 2007-2014) and Andy Maciver (Former Head of Communications for the Scottish Conservatives). Their insight is second to none - they've been there. What does Scottish Politics look like after Nicola Sturgeon? Holyrood Sources bring you the insider information you need to navigate the next chapter.


    https://holyroodsources.com/ 


    Stuart


    When a struggling comedian shows one act of kindness to a vulnerable woman, it sparks a suffocating obsession which threatens to wreck both their lives


    https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81219887 


    Eamonn


    Living - film - netflix


    Overwhelmed at work and lonely at home, a council bureaucrat's life takes a heartbreaking turn when a medical diagnosis tells him his time is short. Influenced by a local decadent and a vibrant woman, he continues to search for meaning until a simple revelation gives him a purpose to create a legacy for the next generation.


    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9051908/ 

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    UK Jets Defend Israel, Westminster Votes on Smoking Ban and Trumpety Trump! / with David Pratt

    UK Jets Defend Israel, Westminster Votes on Smoking Ban and Trumpety Trump! / with David Pratt

    At the end of the show a question from John Daly.


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    Stuart 


    Riley - Netflix


    Scott’s Tom Ripley is a grifter scraping by in early ’60s New York. He’s hired by a wealthy industrialist to travel to Italy to try to convince the man’s dilettante son, Dickie Greenleaf (Johnny Flynn), to return home. Accepting the job is Tom’s first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud, and murder.  


    https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81678765  


    Eamonn


    imagine... Pet Shop Boys: Then and Now - BBC


    Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are the most successful duo in UK Music history. They have sold more than 50 million records, produced over 40 Top 40 singles, four UK number ones, performed in several world tours, and they are still making new music together.


    Their songs have often commented on Britain and the world around them with wit, sensitivity and intelligence driving the stories they want to share through some of the most memorable synth-pop music ever created. For their tours they have worked with the most innovative theatre personnel to create original and thrilling performances. Now for the first time they have allowed backstage access as imagine… accompanies them on their global Dreamworld tour, filming rehearsals in London and backstage in Helsinki. Contributors include fellow musicians Brandon Flowers, Jake Shears, Olly Alexander, Marc Almond; music journalist Miranda Sawyer, and creative collaborators Stuart Price, James Ford, Es Devlin, Javier De Frutos, Tom Scutt and Mark Farrow.


    https://www.bbc.com/mediacentre/proginfo/2024/16/imagine-pet-shop-boys 


    David


    The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of Gaza and the Occupied Territories - Ilan Pappé 


    A powerful, groundbreaking history of the Occupied Territories from one of Israel's most influential historians


    From the author of the bestselling study of the 1948 War of Independence comes an incisive look at the Occupied Territories, picking up the story where The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine left off.


    In this comprehensive exploration of one of the world’s most prolonged and tragic conflicts, Pappe uses recently declassified archival material to analyse the motivations and strategies of the generals and politicians – and the decision-making process itself – that laid the foundation of the occupation. From a survey of the legal and bureaucratic infrastructures that were put in place to control the population of over one million Palestinians, to the security mechanisms that vigorously enforced that control, Pappe paints a picture of what is to all intents and purposes the world’s largest ‘open prison’.


    https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-biggest-prison-on-earth/ilan-pappe/9781786073419 


    Strangers in the House - Raja Shehadeh 


    Raja Shehadeh was born into a successful Palestinian family with a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean. When the state of Israel was formed in 1948 the family were driven out to the provincial town of Ramallah. There Shehadeh grew up in the shadow of his father, a leading civil rights lawyer. He vowed not to become involved in politics or law but inevitably did so and became an important activist himself.


    In 1985 his father was stabbed to death. The Israeli police failed to investigate the murder properly and Shehadeh, by then a lawyer, set about solving the crime that destroyed his family. In Strangers in the House, Shehadeh recounts his troubled and complex relationship with his father and his experience of exile - of being a stranger in his own land. It is a remarkable memoir that combines the personal and political to devastating effect.


    https://www.waterstones.com/book/strangers-in-the-house/raja-shehadeh/9781846682506 

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    Whatsapp Honeytrap, Hate Crime Hysteria and Autism Awareness Month with Paddy Duffy

    Whatsapp Honeytrap, Hate Crime Hysteria and Autism Awareness Month with Paddy Duffy

    After two weeks with the brilliant Catriona Stewart and Shona Craven, the Boys are Back In Town!


    At the end of the show a question from J.P. Gallacher


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    Stuart:


    Bobby Fischer Goes to War: The most famous chess match of all time - Dave Edmonds


    Bobby Fischer Goes to War by David Edmonds and John Eidinow details the occasion when Bobby Fischer met Boris Spassky in one of the most thrilling and politically charged chess matches of all time.


    For decades, the USSR had dominated world chess. Evidence, according to Moscow, of the superiority of the Soviet system. But in 1972 along came the American, Bobby Fischer: insolent, arrogant, abusive, vain, greedy, vulgar, bigoted, paranoid and obsessive - and apparently unstoppable.


    Against him was Boris Spassky: complex, sensitive, the most un-Soviet of champions. As the authors reveal, when Spassky began to lose, the KGB decided to step in. . .


    https://www.waterstones.com/book/bobby-fischer-goes-to-war/david-edmonds/john-eidinow/9780571214129 


    Eamonn:


    Scoop - Netflix


    Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatization gives an insider account of how the women of Newsnight secured Prince Andrew's infamous interview.


    https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81600418 


    The Boys in the Boat - MGM


    The Boys in the Boat is a sports drama based on the #1 New York Times bestselling non-fiction book written by Daniel James Brown. The film, directed by George Clooney, is about the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that competed for gold at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. This inspirational true story follows a group of underdogs at the height of the Great Depression as they are thrust into the spotlight and take on elite rivals from around the world.


    https://www.mgm.com/movies/the-boys-in-the-boat 


    Paddy:


    Girls5eva - Netflix


    A one-hit wonder '90s girl group attempts a comeback while hilariously navigating family and relationships — plus the joys and pains of middle age.


    https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81630704 


    Round Britain Quiz - Radio 4


    Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions drawing on unpredictable fields of knowledge


    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qxpr 

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214 Ratings

tartanhamish ,

Welcome back

I was an avid weekly fan of the BBC Scotland media review, so disappointed when it was axed. I discovered this podcast a few weeks ago. Great listen.
Entertaining, informative and humorous. I find Radio Scotland news so disappointing now: viewers views; who cares, not me.
Perhaps a guest from the ‘other side’ would be a challenge.

mmjm90 ,

Shame

It’s such a shame they put this podcast behind a paywall as I really liked it. It’s a sensible view on topical issues which was good to hear. I’m absolutely not going to pay £4 a month for one podcast though. Purely out of principle more than anything. Too many subscription models these days and to pay one for a single show is ridiculous.

bryp07 ,

So disappointed

Listened to this cracking podcast every week but alas all good things come to an end with a charge now in place .. loved listening to These two guys .. too bad

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