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Roger and out!

After 42 years at Radio Merseyside, legendary phone-in presenter Roger Phillips turned off his mic for the last time on 28 August. In this episode, Roger shares his memorable guests, explains how the phone-in works behind the scenes, and tells us how he felt about the reaction to this retirement announcement.

Furlough

Around 10 million workers in the UK have been unable to do their jobs because of covid-19 and they have so far benefited from the furlough scheme, which essentially means the government is paying the majority of their wages and redundancies can be avoided but with the scheme set to end on the 31st of October, what does that mean for workers? And what does it mean for employers who have real concerns about covering the costs when it's anything but business as usual at the moment.

Let’s Get Physical

We talk to two fitness professionals who embraced lockdown and went virtual with their classes. Leading Liverpool personal trainer Richie Swan and Natalie Butler who spotted a gap in the market and opened the city’s first over barre studio talk about how it has changed their profession, how physical and mental wellbeing go hand in hand and whether gyms reopening signal the end of this new normal.

Be Our Guest

As lockdown restrictions continue to be eased, the latest relaxation means parts of the hospitality sector can reopen their doors. We caught up with two award winning restaurant and deli owners who talk frankly about their lockdown experience and the stark reality they now face as a result of the health pandemic.

Racism – Why History Matters

In this episode Liverpool’s first black Lord Mayor, Councillor Anna Rothery, joins Bristol City Council’s Deputy Mayor Councillor Asher Craig to talk about the response their respective cities have shown to the Black Lives Matter campaign, their own personal experiences of racism and what plans are in place for each city to tackle racial inequality.

Liverpool’s Year of Reading

In this episode, we speak to Cllr Barbara Murray, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for education employment and skills, and the driving force behind #Liverpoolreads.

Opening Up

It’s been ten weeks since the UK went in to full lockdown, but with the easing of restrictions there is a glimmer of light at the end of the long Covid-19 tunnel....

View from the Frontline

This episode gives you the inside story from those on the frontline of fighting Covid-19. We hear from two nurses who have been caring for coronavirus patients as the pandemic reached Liverpool and the dark, difficult days that followed.

Liverpool life after lockdown

We talk to Professor Michael Parkinson who has chartered Liverpool's history to find out how he thinks a post-coronavirus Liverpool will look like for residents and businesses.

Joining up with Roger McGough

2020 is also Liverpool’s Year of Reading so as well as speaking to Roger about reading and writing he gives us advice on how to get reluctant readers to pick up a book.

Liverpool’s Coronavirus Community Spirit

Liverpool’s community spirit is in full force with 3,000 volunteers committed to tackling the coronavirus challenge but who is doing all the work behind the scenes? What will the volunteers really do for our communities and does this new initiative contradict national guidance to stay at home?

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Liverpool update

Following the Government’s announcement that the country is now in the delay phase, we look at the updated guidance and what people should do to keep themselves safe.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Liverpool Prepares

This episode looks at what it really means for the city, what plans are being put in place to keep people healthy and how organisations are working together to keep the city running.

China in Our Hands

Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe, dating back to 1834 when Chinese immigrants arrived at the port but what does it mean today and is the relationship standing the test of time?

What has Europe ever done for Liverpool?

As a city that decisively voted to remain in the EU, Liverpool is coming to terms with being part of a post-Brexit UK. What does this new era mean for the city, and was Liverpool ever really that reliant on Europe and the EU in the first place?

Mind over matter

It’s a new year and the time when we set our intentions for the year ahead. But should our main resolutions be to look after and be kinder to ourselves?

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