18 episodes

Welcome to The North in Numbers, the podcast that gets the human stories behind the stats. Each fortnight, The North in Numbers will be looking at the figures that particularly affect the north, whether that’s the rise in knife crime in Merseyside or the boom in restaurants seen in Newcastle. We’ll be joined by experts and those most affected to get their take on the issues facing northern communities.

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Welcome to The North in Numbers, the podcast that gets the human stories behind the stats. Each fortnight, The North in Numbers will be looking at the figures that particularly affect the north, whether that’s the rise in knife crime in Merseyside or the boom in restaurants seen in Newcastle. We’ll be joined by experts and those most affected to get their take on the issues facing northern communities.

    The importance of local news during the pandemic, with Michael Sheen, Jen Williams and Dion Jones

    The importance of local news during the pandemic, with Michael Sheen, Jen Williams and Dion Jones

    In the final episode of the series, host Annie Gouk takes a look at the importance of local journalism and why local news has been so vital during the pandemic in particular.

    Annie is joined by actor and activist Michael Sheen, Jen Williams, the Politics and Investigations Editor for the Manchester Evening News and Dion Jones, Brand Editor of the North Wales Daily Post.

    • 49 min
    Distilleries: The Northern ginaissance

    Distilleries: The Northern ginaissance

    This episode is all about the resurgence in gin that has led to an ongoing boom in distilleries across the north. To find out more, we spoke to industry experts, as well as gin brands and craft distillers from across the region.

    According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, since March 2010 the number of distilleries in the north has exploded from around 15, to closer to 125 in March 2020. Most of that growth has been seen since 2015, with the number more than quadrupling in the last five years alone.

    The increase in distilleries has largely been driven by a revival in the popularity of gin, dubbed the ‘ginaissance’ - with the drink overtaking whisky and more recently vodka to become the most popular spirit in the UK.

    Written and presented by Annie Gouk and produced by Mark Magill.

    • 34 min
    House prices: High demand, low supply and a frenzied market

    House prices: High demand, low supply and a frenzied market

    This week we’re taking a look at house prices, which have been soaring during the pandemic - particularly in the north.

    You’ll hear from people across the region about their experiences of buying and selling in the last year, while a South Manchester real estate agent and a property expert from Zoopla offer their thoughts on what’s driving these trends - as well as giving hints and tips for people looking to buy or sell right now.

    Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by Mark Magill.

    • 37 min
    Below the breadline: The rising tide of child poverty gripping the North

    Below the breadline: The rising tide of child poverty gripping the North

    This episode is all about the rising tide of child poverty that has been gripping the north over the last few years, while also taking a look at how the pandemic has been affecting the situation.

    We spoke to a single mum struggling below the breadline, a teacher who encounters the reality of child poverty in the classroom every day, as well as experts from anti-poverty charities and Trussell Trust Foodbanks, to put these shocking figures into perspective.

    As of March 2020, just before Covid-19 hit, there were estimated to be 1.1 million children living in poverty across the North. That was up by around 300,000 children compared to March 2015.

    It means that in the five years before the pandemic, the proportion of children living below the breadline had risen from 28% to 33% - affecting one in every three northern kids.

    Written and presented by Annie Gouk and produced by Mark Magill.

    • 45 min
    Data Special: The Sensemaker project

    Data Special: The Sensemaker project

    Each series, we dedicate an episode to looking behind the scenes of data. In this episode, we showcase the work of the data journalism project, Sensemaker.

    For the project, the Manchester Evening News partnered with the University of Central Lancashire to co-create data sensors for journalism and community engagement.

    One of these was a pollution sensor, which was deployed in schools and businesses across South Manchester.

    Annie Gouk spoke to John Mills, Associate Professor at UCLan and one of the academic partners on the Sensemaker project, and Louise Taylor, who was the assistant headteacher at Cringle Brook school at the time.

    Hosted by Annie Gouk and produced by Mark Magill.

    • 15 min
    Football: Why does the North produce so many England internationals?

    Football: Why does the North produce so many England internationals?

    When it comes to producing players for the England national team, the North has always punched above its weight.
    A total of 1,259 players have played for the men’s senior team since the first international match back in 1872.
    The North West of the country has produced more of those stars than any other region, with 282 to date.
    We spoke to respected football journalists David Prentice and John Gibson, England Under 19s coach Ian Foster, David Wetherall, Head of Youth development at the EFL and David Raven, ex-Liverpool youth player, currently at Marine and someone who came through the ranks as an England youth player, playing with Wayne Rooney.

    Written and presented by David Dubas-Fisher and produced by and music by Mark Magill.

    • 23 min

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Fantastic podcast

Interesting, informative, and very well produced. An excellent podcast that I’ll be listening to frequently.

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