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Exploring the stories of people who live, work, and create in Somerset. From food and drinks pioneers, and creators of music and arts, to local lifestyle and culture experts; join us as we meet the fascinating individuals and families that call this beautiful county their home.

Somerset Stories Somerset Stories

    • Society & Culture

Exploring the stories of people who live, work, and create in Somerset. From food and drinks pioneers, and creators of music and arts, to local lifestyle and culture experts; join us as we meet the fascinating individuals and families that call this beautiful county their home.

    S5E2 Brad Burton

    S5E2 Brad Burton

    This week's guest is the UK's #1 motivational business speaker - Brad Burton. Born in Salford, Manchester, a series of big moments, and even bigger decisions led Brad to leave the North West as a young adult, and start his life again in Somerset. It's safe to say a lot has changed since then, and these days, you'll find him writing books, and speaking to business owners and big conferences, where his fresh, positive message is one that stands out amongst the buttoned-down corporate community.

    • 51 min
    S5E1 Andy Wrintmore

    S5E1 Andy Wrintmore

    My guest for our first podcast of the season is the former punk rock mayor of Frome, Andy Wrintmore. Andy's involvement in local politics embodies the town's well-documented independent and rebellious streak. But beyond just making great headlines for the likes of the New York Times, Kerrang, and The Sun, his connection and compassion for Frome mean that for him, it's been much more than a PR win. Andy's also a musician, a collector, and has his own podcast, The Giant Pod - all of which we cover in our chat that took place in December of 2022.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    S4E15 Christmas Special

    S4E15 Christmas Special

    This year’s Christmas Special has an amazing selection of five guests from all corners of the county, each with their own unique perspective on the festive season.
    We’re covering all elements of the Christmas celebration, from food and drink to music and decoration. So now’s the time to put on the mulled cider, and listen to my yuletide conversation with folk singer Cara Dillon, bake-off legend Val Stones, expert glass blower Will Shakspeare, from Thatcher’s cider – Eleanor Thatcher, and Jemima Marks, from the 100% organic Coombe Farm.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S4E14 Somerset Stories Retrospective, with Tom Corneill

    S4E14 Somerset Stories Retrospective, with Tom Corneill

    Over the last 14 weeks, we've shared the stories of some of the inspiring, creative, and successful individuals and families that make this beautiful county their home.
    And, in this season finale, we’re going to do something a little different. I’ll be spending some time with our very first podcast guest – musician Tom Corneill.
    We’ll be catching up on what’s keeping him busy, but we’ll also be turning the spotlight on the last 18 months of Somerset Stories, considering some of the highlights, challenges, and ambitions. And, we’ll be revealing the top ten most popular episodes so far, so stick around to find out if your favourite is among the top spots.
    And, for the last time, we’ll be playing Somerset Who’s Who, the mystery identity game based on people with a Somerset Connection.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    S4E13 Dr. Andrew Tressider

    S4E13 Dr. Andrew Tressider

    This week, Somerset Stories meets Dr Andrew Tressider, from the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, and co-host of the Somerset Emotional Well-being podcast. Growing up in the county, Andrew has spent the vast majority of his professional life both as a GP for the community in Chard, and also as an advocate of the health of healthcare professionals. At the start of the pandemic, he launched the podcast to offer support and discussion to those facing challenging times in their emotional and mental health. He’s also a champion of the role of nature in our well-being – championing the benefits of immersing ourselves in the natural world around us.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Somerset Shorts: 3 - Gavin Pretor-Pinney

    Somerset Shorts: 3 - Gavin Pretor-Pinney

    In this edition of our mini-podcast, we revisit an interview from earlier this season, where Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society successfully campaigned to have a new type of cloud classified by the World Meteorological Organization. It's a little nugget of cloud history!

    • 9 min

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