Listening Project, The [Radio Ulster]

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0120130107BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

0220130108BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

0320130109BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

0420130110BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

0520130111BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

0620130114BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

0720130115BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

0820130116BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

0920130117BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

1020130118BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

1120130121BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

1220130122BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

1320130123BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

1420130124BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

1520130125BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

1620130128BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

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An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

1820130130BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

1920130131BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

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An ambitious partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library which captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today.

0201Paddy And Diane - Wedding Or Campervan?20150713Paddy Nash and his partner Diane Greer live in Limavady and sing together in a band. They've been together for 20 years, so is it time to get married? They know they want a party, music and lots of friends, but where should they do it? And there's a complicating factor - they also want to buy a camper van, so can they do both?

If you'd like to take part in the Listening Project, or just find out more, contact conor.mckay@bbc.co.uk

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

0202Elaine And Marlene: Living With Loss20150714Elaine and Marlene live in the fishing port of Kilkeel, Northern Ireland. Both married to fishermen, they sing in the Fisherman's Wives choir and volunteer together in their local charity shop; but they have also both lost a son. They talk about dealing with such tragic loss, and how their friendship has helped them through tough times.

If you'd like to take part in the Listening Project, or just find out more, contact conor.mckay@bbc.co.uk

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

0203Peter And Amy: Ronnie's Recipes20150715Ronnie was Amy's godfather and grandfather, but he died when she was just 6 months old. Before he passed away, he wrote down some of his favourite recipes, and the family turned them into a book called 'Ronnie's Recipes'. Ronnie's son Peter inherited his love of cooking and has now passed that passion on to ten year old Amy; together they regularly cook up some of Ronnie favourite dishes, helping Amy discover the grandfather she never knew.

If you'd like to take part in the Listening Project, or just find out more, contact conor.mckay@bbc.co.uk

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

0204John And Fiona: A Second Chance20150716Jazz musician John Trotter talks to his daughter Fiona about the accident that ended her career as a top dancer in the West End of London. However, a shared love of music soon give Fiona a new career path.

If you'd like to take part in the Listening Project, or just find out more, contact conor.mckay@bbc.co.uk

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

0205Moira And Stephanie: Seeing Hope20150717Moira lost her sight after an operation, when her daughter Stephanie was just 11. The family found it very hard to adapt, but Stephanie gave Moira the strength to go on, inspiring her mum to live her life to the full.

If you'd like to take part in the Listening Project, or just find out more, contact conor.mckay@bbc.co.uk

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

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Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland.

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0211Dayle And Lorraine - Teach Our Children20150727Dayle and Lorraine both have children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and both have struggled to find educational support for their sons.

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

0212Claire And Emma - The Importance Of Being First20150728Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Claire and Emma McDermott from Moville in Donegal discuss the pros and cons of life as an identical twin.

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0301Kathy And Nuala From Omagh20160104Kathy and Nuala talk about friendship and confronting cancer. Introduced by Conor McKay.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Cathy and Nuala talk about their both friendship and confronting cancer.

0302Stephanie And John: View From The Bike20160105Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour of Northern Ireland. Stephanie and John talk about the North West Tandem Club.

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0303Pramod And Priya: Time Together20160106Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour of Northern Ireland. Pramod talks about his heart surgery with daughter Priya.

0304Sharron And Siobhan: Not Who I Am20160107Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Sharon and Siobhan discuss art and the impact of MS on their lives.

0305Georgina And Holly: Community Spirit20160108Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour of Northern Ireland. Georgina and Holly discuss bygone days in Sion Mills.

03062016011020160114 (RU)Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Omnibus edition featuring conversations from the week.

0307Danny And Roberta: Not One Bit20160111Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Danny and Roberta ponder life now their children have left home.

0308Gareth And Leon: Not Perfect20160112Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Gareth discusses his debilitating illness with son Leon.

0309Jilly And Stacey: Sailing Through Challenges20160113Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Jilly talks about anorexia with her friend Stacey.

0310Mary And Colette: Weddings Through The Years20160114Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Sisters Mary and Colette discuss how weddings have changed over the years.

0311Howard And Noel: Keep On Cycling20160115Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from the recent Listening Project tour. Noel and Howard discuss their shared passion for bicycles.

03122016011720160121 (RU)Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Omnibus edition featuring conversations from the past week.

0313Jim And Robin: Sailing Away20160118Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from the recent Listening Project tour of Northern Ireland. Jim and Robin find solace and friendship at sea.

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

0314Lynda And Alison: Animal Welfare20160119Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Lynda and Alison wonder if fighting for animal welfare cost them their identity.

0315John And Catherine: Health And Happiness20160120Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Catherine and her father talk about the impact of MS on her life.

0316Andy And Josh: The Garden20160121Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Andy and Josh discuss struggling with faith and overcoming life's challenges.

0317Dermot And Sinead: Access For All20160122Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

Conor McKay introduces encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Dermot and Sinead are determined to challenge disability discrimination.

0318The Listening Tour Omnibus2016012420160128 (RU)Compelling real life conversations recorded during the recent Listening Project tour.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

Compelling real life conversations recorded during the recent Listening Project tour.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

Compelling real life conversations recorded during the recent Listening Project tour.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

Recorded in The Listening Project booth as it toured Bangor, Omagh and Derry, Conor McKay delves into a collection of remarkable conversations. Jim and Robin talk about their love of the sea as a place of connection and salvation, while Andy and Josh have struggled with their faith and forged a new friendship from Bangor to Alabama. Lynda and Alison wonder about the personal cost of their fight for animal rights, Catherine talks about Multiple Sclerosis with her dad John, and Dermot has fought disability prejudice for his entire life, with his old friend Sinead by his side. Plus we meet two of the Listening Project's biggest fans - John Humphreys and Jon Snow.

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour of Northern Ireland.

0319Johnathon And Linda: A New Family20160125Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour of Northern Ireland.

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

0320Cathy And Caoimhe: Learning To Listen20160126Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from the recent Listening Project tour of Northern Ireland. Cathy had a communication problem with her teenage daughter Caoimhe - was the answer as simple as learning to listen to each other?

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

0321Wayne And Gregory: Small Steps20160127Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from the recent Listening Project tour of Northern Ireland. Wayne is the son of an ex-RUC man, and thinks the climate of fear in his childhood, growing up during the troubles, led to mental health issues in later life. His friend Gregory started a men's shed group in Bangor, a place for men to come and talk about their lives while learning new skills.

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

0322Debbie And Amy: Homeschool20160128Debbie in Eglinton decided to homeschool her children, starting with Amy the eldest. Now she's graduated from university, married and with a child of her own, was homeschooling a good idea? Recorded at the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry.

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

0323Cian And Naomi: Independence Of Mind20160129Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from the recent Listening Project tour of Northern Ireland. Cian had some tough times in school, but the classroom proved a safe haven. A passion for history, and a good teacher, helped him sail through all the way to Oxford University. That teacher was Naomi, and Cian wanted to say thank-you.

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

03242016013120160204 (RU)Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from during the recent Listening Project tour. Omnibus edition featuring conversations from the past week.

Conor McKay introduces real-life encounters and conversations from across Northern Ireland

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0401Anne And Nichola: The Way We Used To Talk20180108After Anne's stroke, she was left with Aphasia. It affects the way she speaks, the way she uses and understands language. She says herself that she tells the same stories over and over again.... but then, there's comfort in the familiar. Her daughter Nichola though, she misses the way they used to talk.

Nichola misses the way she used to talk to her mum Anne.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0402Billy And John: You've Got A Friend20180109John is like the brother Billy never had.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0403Kathleen And Ruby: Steeped Peas And Exploding Toilets20180110Kathleen and Ruby recall childhood in the Fountain estate.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0404Victoria And David: Anger Is The Stickiest Emotion20180111Now anger can be a good thing, says Victoria, but David reckons you have to careful how you use it, especially in the age of social media. When you can basically tell the whole world how annoyed you are - but for all that, David is a bit annoyed that the White House won't actually listen to his advice...

Victoria and David consider 'anger'.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0405Molly And Martin: Look, Smile, Chat20180112Molly was seriously ill when she was born. There were fears she'd never walk or talk - but she did. Even though Molly is profoundly deaf, a cochlear implant has transformed her life. Now a teenager, she lives by the motto "Look, smile, chat". Her dad Martin remembers the days when she did have problems with her speech - the family used sign language, but as Martin says, Molly already "had her own wee voice".

Molly and Martin on the joys of chatting and laughing.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0406Brian And Pat: Life With The Showbands20180115Brian and Pat have been friends since they were boys growing up in Omagh. Brian would became a showband star in the 60s, one of the highest paid entertainers in Ireland. He even toured America, where music star Chet Atkins asked him to go solo. His best friend Pat Chesters was (and is) football mad. He drives from Omagh to see Derry City play every single week, he never misses. Together they remember the good old days of the Omagh panto, and life on the road.

Brian and Pat recall the heyday of the Omagh Panto.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0407Nuala And Maria: Moving On20180116Nuala and Maria grew up in the same town. They got to know each other at university, but they didn't really become good friends until Nuala, to quote Maria, give her man the 'heave ho' - which Maria was delighted about. Nuala says she learned a lot from the experience, and it ultimately made her a better person.

Friends Nuala and Maria discuss moving on from past relationships.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0408Billy And Jim: The Secret Life Of Bees20180117Billy and Jim think we can learn a lot from bees.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0409Lauren And Taylor: Living In The Moment20180118Lauren and Taylor play in a band together, but look at life differently.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0410Tobin And Leonie: I'm Glad He's Your Dad20180119Tobin dreams of becoming a scrap mechanic - and a YouTuber - but he's not sure about marriage. Tobin has Autism spectrum disorder, and lives with his mum Leonie. He still sees his dad, but doesn't remember a time when all the family lived together - what he really wants to know though, is when Leonie is planning to break up with her boyfriend?

Tobin and his mum Leonie on life, relationships and scrap mehanics.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0411Muire And Carmel: Treading The Boards20180122Muire and her mum Carmel share a love of the stage, in fact the whole family once starred in a production of The Wizard of Oz. They now teach children at their own acting school where there's never a dull moment. One little girl told them off when her glitter blocked the family jacuzzi. But despite stage invaders, including the unclothed variety, they wouldn't change it for anything.

Muire and her mum Carmel share a love of the stage.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0412Callum And Gemma: An Eastern Fascination20180123Callum loves Eastern Europe. He loves the diversity of the languages and the huge variety of countries. He also redesigns metro systems of an evening, and just happens to be 12 years old. His mum Gemma wonders when his fascination with Eastern Europe first began. Callum thinks adults should take children's opinions seriously - and wants to know why children can't vote.

Callum and his mum Gemma discuss his love of Eastern Europe.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0413Declan And Luke: Tales From The Shop Floor20180124Declan and Luke's family ran Austins department store in the heart of Derry city for many years - it was the oldest department store in the world when it closed its doors for the last time in 2016. The brothers remember retail through some colourful chapters in the city's history - sailors brawling in the streets, hawking cheap cigarettes to the navy - and of course the dark days of the Troubles when community spirit shone through.

Declan and his brother Luke discuss retail through the years in Derry.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0414Erica And Lucia: The Gift Of Life20180125Friends Lucia and Erica met in the hospital in Coleraine, and it was the gift of life that brought them together. Lucia has had three liver transplants and Erica two. They've never stopped feeling grateful. They light candles for their donors and find joy in life where others might complain - even in the pouring rain.

Erica and Lucia reflect on how an organ transplant has transformed their lives.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0415Aine And Damian: Is Baptism Right For Charlie?20180126Aine and Damian met when they were children, and years later romance flourished. The relationship survived a long distance chapter and now they have a baby, little Charlie, but they're not sure whether to baptise him. Whether or not they do, they are definitely sure that having a child is one of the toughest tests for any relationship, and they're happy to report that it's just made them stronger - and now they're planning to tie the knot.

Aine and Damian discuss whether or not christening is right for their first child.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0416John And Victoria: Life Lessons From The Big Screen20180129Why do we watch scary movies, in the dark, with a bunch of strangers? John and his friend Victoria share a love of the cinema - especially horror films. In fact, they've made talking about films their careers, they're both academics in the field of Cinematic Arts. But for them, it's about much more than mere entertainment, they think cinema can talk teach us a lot of about life, and help us feel like we belong.

Friends John and Victoria think we can learn a lot from movies - even the scary ones.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0417Ursula And Fiona: I Never Got To Know Him20180130It can be difficult to talk about a brother you never knew. Ursula was only six weeks old when her brother Jim was killed. He had served time for planting a bomb and IRA membership. Then, in 1976, just six days after he was released from jail, he was shot by a British Soldier while travelling on a bus - the soldier served time for manslaughter. Her sister Fiona does remember Jim, she was just seven when he died. All these years later, they still think about him, but they both want life to move on, for the past to be the past, for their children to know a better, more peaceful world.

Ursula and Fiona often think about a brother who was killed when they were very young.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0418Doreen And Florence: Age Is Just A Number20180131Doreen and Florence are old friends, and they are getting older - but that brings its own freedom. When the kids have left home, you can do what you like; spend hours delving into the family tree, or maybe just have a boiled egg for dinner. Whatever you do with your 'golden years', Doreen and Florence just want to make the most of them.

Doreen and Florence are keen to make the most of their golden years.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0419Eddie And Jon: Controlled By Fear20180201Jon was three years old and Eddie was four when they were moved to St Joseph's Care home in Termonbacca in Derry. They had another brother and sister there too. They all suffered horrendous abuse, including being bathed in disinfectant. After years of campaigning they feel vindicated by the findings of a Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, and after such a horrific start in life, they're happy to have found each other, to be brothers once more.

Jon and his brother Eddie endured terrible abuse in a care home.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today

0420Cathy And Leah: Time To Travel20180202Leah wants to know if travel changed her older sister Cathy. She's asking, because she's thinking of going away herself - she even has the boyfriend's permission to go. Cathy says she doesn't regret a day of her travels, even though her biggest discovery was that the travelling didn't actually help her to find herself. It was a fridge magnet in Sydney that did that! But as Cathy tells Leah, travelling can be a wonderful thing - you just have to be brave.

BBC Radio captures the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today