Incredible conversations with the Mancunians - born, bred and adopted - who put the heart into Modern Manchester.
We Built This City focuses on how these extraordinary Mancunians have built something that impacts lives and the purposeful relationships that have helped steer them, the values that have driven them to do it, and the legacies they plan to leave behind.
Celebrate human grit, determination, loyalty, and diversity across culture, arts, politics, sport, music and business.
Lisa Morton interviews Mancunian icons like Andy Burnham, John Thomson, Gary Neville, Sacha Lord, Stacey Copeland, Clint Boon, Sir Richard Leese, Diane Modahl MBE, Ged King, Chris Brindley MBE, Carl Austin-Behan OBE, Karina Jadhav, Joanne Roney OBE and Sir Howard Bernstein.
*Special* The Students Building This City
“Manchester is a place where young people come, to find their feet and then fly.” Manchester has hosted graduation ceremonies for thousands of students recently, who have reached the end of their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. It’s a good time to celebrate everything Manchester has to offer its students, from the amazing creative and tech industries to the ever-growing music scene and nightlife.
Manc 72: Bev Craig - The Leader Creating A City For Baristas To Barristers
Bev Craig is the leader of Manchester City Council, a job she describes on her Twitter biog as “running the best city in the world”.
You’ll hear about Bev’s plans for housing in Manchester, her thoughts on the government’s current proposal for the HS2 integration into Manchester Piccadilly, and you’ll get an insight into Bev’s thoughts on the past few weeks of turmoil in Westminster.
Manc 71: Emma Goswell - The Proud Storyteller
Emma Goswell is a broadcaster, podcaster and author who champions the stories of LGBTQ plus people. Her podcast and book, “Coming Out Stories', shines a light on the experiences of 100’s of people of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world.
Manc 70: Will Lees-Jones - A Brewer and a Legacy Builder
William Lees-Jones took over the family’s brewing company, JW Lees, in 2004 and now owns pubs across the North-West of England and Wales. His forward-thinking and proactive approach has earned him a reputation for invoking radical changes within his industry whilst sticking to traditional values and championing the culture that surrounds the local.
*Platinum Jubilee Special* Mancunians For The Greater Good
"If you can see the poverty in Greater Manchester or anywhere and not act, I'm worried.” - Vikas Shah MBE
Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Friday 3rd June, we are taking a look back at those, of our guests, who have been recognised for their acts of service to others, to their communities and to causes they hold close to their hearts.
Join us for a special episode in which we will hear the inspirational stories of the Mancs who have been awarded MBEs, OBEs, Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff and the reasons for which they have chosen to devote their lives to service.
Your host, Lisa Morton, started PR company Roland Dransfield in 1996, one month after the fateful IRA bomb that tore apart the city centre. From that point, the business, and its team members, have been involved in helping to support the creation of Modern Manchester – across regeneration, business, charity, leisure and hospitality, sport and culture.
To celebrate the 25 years that Roland Dransfield has spent creating these bonds, Lisa is gathering together some of her Greater Mancunian ‘family’ and will be exploring how they have created their own purposeful relationships with the best place in the world.
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Manc 69: Figen Murray - The Mum Putting Forgiveness First
“I’m going to publicly forgive the terrorist who killed Martyn, because anger breeds anger and hate breeds hate - somebody needs to break the cycle.” Figen Murray practises kindness and teaches resilience in an effort to build a safer, united community in which people trust and respect each other. After losing her son, Martyn, in the Manchester Arena attack she gave up her career working as a therapist to study counter-terrorism and now speaks to young people about the dangers of online radicalisation.