Krassivy

Reading Time: 2 minutesFrom Vanuatu’s Independence day, through butterfly conservation, Australian Prime Ministers, and a brief history of Capitalism, through to the apocalypse (with a few stops in between), the Ungagged collective are talking Krassivy…

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The Ungagged Collective are inspired this episode by the theme “Krassivy”, beautiful red, but as always, we haven’t all stayed on theme.

Last month saw Vanuatu celebrate their independence day, just as Thomas Morris was visiting, so he will tell us all about that, Nelly Neal will be along to talk about The Diggers, and land ownership, Laura Lundahl will be taking a meander through how three countries manage socialist ideas, and George Collins will be lamenting the unwillingness of many U.S. journalists to risk their careers for the truth and the effects on the overall quality of news in the corporate media.

Chuck Hamilton will be talking about social class in America and giving us a brief history of capitalism, Derek Stewart Macpherson discusses his home town of Clydebank, and promises to explain to why Australia has had seven Prime Ministers in just eleven years, Red Raiph talks about the people’s vote campaign in Scotland, and travelling within the EU, and Rachael Horwitz discusses reasons for the decline in the UK’s butterfly population, and how you can help.

Debra Torrance and Victoria Pearson are both (separately) talking about the apocalypse, after Theresa May’s insistence that this isn’t the end of the world left them worried. Debra presents a light hearted look at the many and varied types of apocalypse we might suffer, while V focuses on how to survive economic brexitocalpse.

With music from The Wakes, Steve McAuliffe & The Mighty Ur, Zoe MacPherson, Rufio G, Mullen, Marshall Chipped, Joe Solo, Jackal Trades, The Cundeez, The Kara Sea, The Hurriers, and Attila the stockbroker.

Pulled together, kicking and screaming, by Neil Anderson, with cat herding support from Neil Scott and Victoria Pearson.

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The Luxury Gap

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe Ungagged collective talk about the luxury gap – inc. interviews with Mhairi Black MP and Wee Skribbles

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On this episode of Ungagged, themed around “the luxury gap”, we’ll be giving you two separate interviews for your political fix: Sandra Webster and Neil Anderson interview  Mhairi Black MP at her Paisley constituency office. Mhairi gives us insights to the House of Commons and some of its characters, why she entered politics, along with her views on Donald Trump and Jacob Rees Mogg, and we’ll also have a listen in on a chat with Neil Scott  and Scottish Independence campaigner and artist,”Wee Skribbles” (Michael Larkin), who talks about his work and how he became an activist for independence.

As well as those, we’ll hear from Debra Torrance  on  Food Luxury, specifically about food production in the Netherlands, the second largest food producer in the world, Victoria Pearson ponders the psychological damage of poverty on children and why short breaks should be on the NHS, George Collins will be examining the conundrum of combating global economic injustice from an environmentalist standpoint, and the necessity of interdisciplinary thought among progressives, and Chuck Hamilton muses about the American white middle class and their view of the rest of humanity and Sandra Webster return to talk about how she was transported back in time by the title The Luxury Gap, reminiscing about Heaven 17 and The Clockwork Orange before discussing poverty and having enough food to eat.

Nelly Neal asks whether the evils of want and ignorance seen by Dickens and quoted in the 1942 Beverage report are still here now and if they’ve ever gone away, Laura Lundahl tells us we are ALL immigrants, and says we can help immigrants by changing the way we talk about them, and the possibilities of food shortages after Brexit is discussed by Red Raiph, who has been practising his bartering skills so he can trade for food.

With music to get you moving from Steve McAuliffe & the Mighty Ur, Madame So, Gallows Circus, Jackal Trades, Attila the Stockbroker, The Blackheart Orchestra,  Ethical Debating Society, Argonaut, Nervous Twitch, The Potentials, and Sharon Martin.

 

Pulled together, kicking and screaming, by Neil Anderson, Neil Scott, and Victoria Pearson.

 

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The People Spoke

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On this episode of Ungagged, themed around “The People Spoke” and introduced by Victoria Pearson, we will hear from Flavia Trudoreanu from Scottish CND on 10 reasons not to have Trident, Jason Travis on the left and Brexit – and what he feels socialists should argue and organise for, Laura Lundahl on why the US government doesn’t represent the will of the people due to its many undemocratic practises, and Joe Solo on the rise and rise of the right.

Paul Sheridan reflects on Scotland’s angry voice and the impact we can have, Debra Torrance will be giving a more positive view of how the people can use their voices, and Graham Campbell will be on chatting with Neil Anderson about Graham’s recent trip to Jamaica, Donald Trump and Pride. Teresa Durran gives us a personal reflection of the London anti Trump march, which you can see loads of pictures of here.

It wouldn’t be Ungagged without the wee man, we will of course be hearing from Red Raiph and  from the inimitable (and original) clever commie Chuck Hamilton, who will be talking about why jails profit from prisoners, and why bisexuals need to step up. The two are unrelated.

With music from Steve McAuliffe & the Mighty Ur, The Wakes, Robb Johnson, Argonaut, The Cundeez, Gallo Rojo, The BlackHeart Orchestra, CascadiaCreatures of Habit, and Joe Solo.

Pulled together, kicking and screaming, by Neil Anderson. With cat herding support from Neil Scott.

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On The Road Again

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In this episode, introduced by Neil Scott, we have news, views and analysis from; Debra Torrance, on the journey to Scottish independence and what that might look like, Em Dehaney on sexism within the music industry,  Damanvir Kaur with updates on jailed Scot Jagtar Singh Johal and Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa, Laura Lundahl, on what happens when there no body to bury, Thomas Morris on ethical travel,  Red Raiph on school holidays and mini-beasts Mhairi Hunter gives us an update on her work at Glasgow City council, Sandra Webster, talks about how it’s the journey that matters, Teresa Durran shares a poem, and we’ll be hearing from Chuck Hamilton. Our theme for this episode was “on the road again” and, as always, the collective have taken that theme in all sorts of different directions.

With music from Husky TonesArgonaut, The Merry Jaynz, Milton Star, Cascadia, Gallo Rojo, Phat Bollard, The Kara Sea, Faber Whitehouse, Thunder on the left, and The Bable Fish Project

Pulled together, kicking and screaming, by Neil Scott and Victoria Pearson

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Rip It Up And Start Again

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On this episode of Ungagged, themed around the idea of “rip it up and start again” and  introduced by Victoria Pearson, we’ll be hearing from Thomas Morris  with his piece “I am asexual, hear me roar,” we’ll have a round up of only the important public celebrations from Red Raiph, and we will hear Steve McAuliffe‘s Angel Wings.

Catriona Stevenson will be talking about Bannockburn, George Collins will be taking a more positive look at his specialist subject; the American manufacturing industry, Nelly Neal will be talking about our theme in relation to Ofsted, Debra Torrance will talk about ripping it up and starting again in relation to the UK, Derek Stewart Macpherson will be saying “Rip it up Donald” and Chuck Hamilton will assert that “the only away to improve capitalism is to set it on fire and burn that motherfucker to the ground.”

Along with our fab contributors we’ll have music from Thee Faction,The Babel Fish Project, Husky Tones, The Exiles, Robb Johnson, Girobabies, The Hurriers, Emma Flowers and Cascadia Fault Line.

Pulled together, kicking and screaming, by Neil AndersonNeil Scott and Victoria Pearson

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The Privilege Course

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On this privilege themed Ungagged, introduced by Neil Anderson, we will be hearing from Steve McAuliffe, who will be talking about islamophobia, George Collins will be talking with ethnomusicologist and African religious scholar Javoen Byrd about Christian privilege in the United States and the suppression of African spiritual practices in times of resistance, and Debra Torrance will be talking about how great privilege comes with great responsibility.

We’ll hear from Richie Venton on his unanimously passed policy proposal of guaranteed 16 hour contracts for all workers who want them in an attempt to bring income stability to part time workers, Red Raiph talking about the all under a banner march and naked gardening day, Julie will perform her spoken word piece The So Called Inclusive Movement, Thomas Morris will be talking cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation, and Chuck Hamilton will shock us all by sticking to the theme and talking about privilege.

With music from The Twisted MelonsCandidates, Rufio G, Faber Whitehouse, Joe Solo, Roy Møller, Pilgrims, St Christopher Medal, Stephen Smith, Steve White, Stuart McFarlane, The Eastern Swell, and Those Unfortunates.

Pulled together kicking and screaming, by Neil Anderson, Neil Scott and Victoria Pearson

 

 

 

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Left Life Hacks – For A Better Us!

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This episode, introduced by Victoria Pearson, the Ungagged Collective are (mostly) talking Left Life Hacks.

We’ll be hearing from Chuck Hamilton, with a follow up to his last piece, talking about the Egyptian Revolution, and why the poor are blamed for their poverty,  George Collins will be talking about Direct democracy and ranked choice voting, and  Debra Torrance will be telling us not to give abuse but give something of use, and running down her top left life hacks.

Francesca Testen, aka The History Twins (who you can find out more about in our newest Cuppa Minute Interview) will be talking about Scottish Independence, and her own independence, Mhairi Hunter will be giving us an update on her last ungagged podcast, about shooting galleries, and Graham Campbell will be talking about the Windrush scandal.

We’ll hear from  Nelly Neal  who asks if we should continue to protest and demonstrate, Richie Venton, will be talking about getting his union conference to adapt maximum wage, Laura Lundahl will make her Ungagged debut with a chat about student visas, Teresa Durran will be talking about political correctness revisited, and Red Raiph will be singing us his salty blues.

 

With music from Phat Bollard, Argonaut, Faber Whitehouse, Gallo Rojo, Jackal Trades, Louise Distras, Victoria Långstrump, Roy Møller, Stephen Smith, The Agitator, Thee Faction.

 

With thanks, as ever, to Neil Scott and Neil Anderson for their tireless work with sound editing and pulling the whole thing together.

 

 

 

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Peace, Cigarettes, and Conspiracy…

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On this episode we’ll be hearing from Red Raiph, talking about our theme “sure but they can afford to smoke”, Catriona Stevenson discussing state propaganda, and how it rewrites the horrors of the past and places the blame on the most vulnerable in society,  Debra Torrance talking about the anatomy of a conspiracy, and Joe Solo, talking about how the Tories fool working class people.

Victoria Pearson, Chuck Hamilton, and Jason Travis will all be talking about Syria, Damanvir Kaur will give us an update on the #FreeJaggi campaign, and Teresa Durran talks about optimism as a form of rebellion.

Paul Sheridan will be discussing how easy it is to punch down and blame people living in poverty for their own predicament, we’ll have Julie, aka Politicaiicious, talking about toxic elements in political movements, Sandra Webster asks how we can afford a royal family under Tory austerity, and, to commemorate 20 years of the Good Friday Agreement, we’ll have drama from Neil Scott, with his piece Grainne’s Soldier, read by Andrea Irwin.

 

With music from The Girobabies, The Wakes, Blackheart Orchestra, Chess Smith, Faber Whitehouse, Sharon Martin, Hands of Blue, Joe Solo, Little Fists, Stephen Smith, Steve McAuliffe & The Mighty Ur, and Rufio G

 

 

 

 

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You, Me, and the Digital Revolution

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On this episode, themed around Digital Activism, Liz Castro, the Catalan based writer tells us what is going on there, and we have contributions from around the world and from across the social media activist world from George Collins, who asks if Facebook is making us Radical, Nelly Neal, talking about videogames and her kids,  Debra Torrance on digital activism and clicktivism, Chuck Hamilton gives us his take on Jesus and the Easter story, Em Dehaney,  shares her Trump inspired  poem Dominoes, and Wee Raiph talking chocolate eggs,  as well as a beautifully moving performance from Raiph of Neil Scott’s story Resilience, which you can read here.

With music from Steve McAuliffe & The Mighty Ur, Stephen Smith, Derek Stewart Macpherson, Faber Whithouse, Marshall Chipped, Steve White, The Baby Seals and Andrea Heins.

 

 

 

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Wonder Women!

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We have a whole heap of goodies coming up for you on this International Women’s Day special episode of Ungagged.

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On this episode, introduced by Victoria Pearson, first time Ungagger Jessica Maybury is coming on to talk about the repeal the 8th movement, Sandra Webster will be discussing carers and nurses, the backbone of our health service, and Debra Torrance will be talking about the plight of the showman who are being forced from their homes because their land can be more profitable for the council without them on it. You can read Debra’s piece here.

We have a bit of a women travelling theme this episode with first time Ungagger Seanna Fallon sharing her personal experiences as a solo female traveller, Teresa Durran, who managed to record despite jet lag and being full of cold, talking about her recent trip to new Zealand, and Thomas Morris talking about some of the remarkable female travellers he has met as a backpacker.

No Ungagged episode would be complete without Red Raiph, so he’ll be along to share his thoughts on International Women’s Day,  Chuck Hamilton will be talking about women who are his heroes, and another first time Ungagger, Nelly Neal, will be talking about the reality of teaching for women.

Em Dehaney will be sharing a fabulously furious feminist rant, Brian Quail will be talking about his incarceration following his disruption of the trident nuclear convoy, Derek Stewart Macpherson will be asking who holds the (literal) power, and George Collins will be talking Brazilian jujitsu and Kenyan politics.

We’ll have all of that plus Neil Anderson and friends performing the winner of our winter short story competitionA Lefty Winters Tale, by Anthony Franksand music from Steve McAuliffe & The Mighty Ur, The Wimmins Institute, Petrol Girls, Dream Nails, Madame So, Grace Petrie, The Kara Sea, Ethical Debating Society, Desperate Journalist, The Tuts, Sharon Martin and Gallows Circus.

With thanks to  Neil Scott, for pulling the whole thing together.

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