Podcast: Band on the run

Suede perform at the Pentaport Rock Festival in Incheon, South Korea, in 2013. Image: Getty.

So, there are two different reasons why this episode is particularly exciting. One is that it's the first with new co-host Stephanie Boland. The other is that we're joined by an actual, literal rock star.

Honestly: I write about maps for a living, and now this. My 17 year old self would be so impressed.

Anyway. Neil Codling plays with Penguin Cafe, but his best known work has been as keyboard player and backing vocalist in Suede.  (For boring legal reasons, the music used in the show is from neither band, I'm afraid.) 

Neil tells us about life on tour, and how you engage with a new city when you're seeing six of them every week. He also discusses the hollowing out of London’s music industry, and even reads from his tour diaries. You can find Neil on Twitter here

Elsewhere in the show, journalist Steffan Storch tells us about Swansea, the second city of Wales (a fact for which it will never forgive its larger rival Cardiff). You can follow Steffan on Twitter here; check out his podcast Well Thanks, too.

Finally, Stephanie and I talk about the origins, history and our more infuriating experiences of busking (it involves an accordion), and we discuss whether it's a good thing for cities. And, somehow, she manages to get me to sing. It's awful.

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.


 
 
 
 

Podcast: SPQR

Rome celebrates its birthday in 2014. Image: Getty.

It’s just me this week, which is a problem, because there’s no one to stop me from indulging his sillier ideas. For example: an entire podcast about Ancient Rome.

Our guest is Kevin Feeney, a historian of the late Roman Empire based at Yale University, Connecticut. He gives us a whistlestop tour of Imperial Rome, with occasional side trips to other ancient cities. We also discuss other important matters such as the nature of Roman emergency services; whether the Emperor Claudius was all that Robert Graves made him out to be; why ancient Britain sucked; and, inevitably, why the whole enterprise fell apart.

Then we round off with the audience participation bit. This week we’re asking: which cities or places from history would you like to visit and why?

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Oh – and if you’d like to give us a nice review on iTunes, we’d really like that very much, thanks. Enjoy.

 

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