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The enquiries of a butterfly mind. Rhod Sharp, Up All Night on BBC 5 Live for 26 years, hears from creatives cut adrift by Covid in the opening numbers of a podcast aimed at putting him back in the conversation.

The enquiries of a butterfly mind. Rhod Sharp, Up All Night on BBC 5 Live for 26 years, hears from creatives cut adrift by Covid in the opening numbers of a podcast aimed at putting him back in the conversation.

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United Kingdom

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The enquiries of a butterfly mind. Rhod Sharp, Up All Night on BBC 5 Live for 26 years, hears from creatives cut adrift by Covid in the opening numbers of a podcast aimed at putting him back in the conversation.

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@rhod_sharp

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English

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07956157595


Episodes

Our Town - Chris Hood: The rich yachting history of Marblehead Massachusetts

9/2/2021
Rhod Sharp gets into the rich yachting history of Marblehead Massachusetts with the yacht designer and builder CHRIS HOOD.

Duration:00:27:25

Risk! Heather Cairns and Rick Boyd: Further adventures of The Google Lady and the Bitcoin Guy.

7/29/2021
An extraordinary gamble in early 2020 made RICK BOYD rich. But since we spoke back in March of 2021, it’s been a torrid spring for Bitcoin investors. Would you be OK with it? Is he? And whatever happened after HEATHER CAIRNS realized some of the torrent of wealth that came her way when Google went public? It’s all about risk, after all.

Duration:00:18:57

Our Town - Heather Cairns: How it all began, with Google Employee Number 4

7/22/2021
It all began with… a Chinese dinner? Or did it begin when HEATHER CAIRNS would invigilate the tests taken by two “child prodigy” graduate students in the engineering faculty at Stanford. Anyway, one thing led to another. Heather eventually returned to her home town on Boston’s North Shore where people still call her The Google Lady.

Duration:00:35:08

Our Town - Bette Hunt: A visit to Old Burial Hill in Marblehead, Massachusetts

6/10/2021
One hot day in June, Rhod joins BETTE HUNT, the emeritus historian of Marblehead, Mass. for a walk through the town’s almost 400 year old graveyard. Old Burial Hill connects the living with the dead in some strange ways as they discourse on Thornton Wilder’s famous play, George Washington’s favorite general, the Marblehead woman convicted at the Salem witch trials and the fairly undiscussed existence of a “negro” burial site in this quintessentially Yankee town.

Duration:00:33:43

When America Stopped Being Great - Nick Bryant: The BBC’s former New York correspondent says goodbye

5/24/2021
The BBC’s New York correspondent sees the USA that so excited him as a youth sapped of vitality, politically divided against itself but in an old saying, always headed to hell and never getting there. When America Stopped Being great merges Bryant’s reporting experiences with a historian’s perspective in a way which, as the Washington Post said, gives foreign laments a fresh arc.

Duration:00:34:07

Our Town - The Missing Paintings (part 2): The works of JOJ Frost emerge from the shadows

5/4/2021
He tried to hawk them from his wheelbarrow and even built a backyard museum for them without success. After his death some of his paintings were used as building material by his cash-strapped son. And yet as his huge output of historically significant work became better known in the 1950s, “a pretty big shadow” was cast over the art of JOJ Frost. What prevented people who owned his paintings from coming forward? Rhod hears from one of the mother and daughter team who have done more than...

Duration:00:18:42

Our Town - The Missing Paintings: It starts when a painting is found hidden in a wall

4/30/2021
Who hid the painting in the wall of that old house? Rhod delves into the story of the eccentric artist JOJ Frost, who tried unsuccessfully to sell his pictures from a wheelbarrow, and whose paintings were worth less during the Depression than the boards they were painted on. Yet he left an incomparable account of a vanished way of life. And his paintings keep on turning up.

Duration:00:27:54

Once Upon a Rhodcast: The unheard pilot for a podcast that never was

4/20/2021
Rhod Sharp discovers the pilot of a never-to-be-made podcast series. This cornucopia of offbeat stories from the first week of July 2008 may be of special interest to fans of Rhod’s appearances on BBC 5 Live’s Up All Night.

Duration:00:30:32

Bitcoin Millionaire - Rick Boyd: A Florida resort manager’s spectacular gamble

3/26/2021
The outrageous success story of RICK BOYD. Since being furloughed by the pandemic from his job managing a small resort in southern Florida, he has done so well trading Bitcoin that he says neither he nor his wife he will ever have to work again.

Duration:00:20:32

London’s Cycle Wars - Jeremy Vine: BBC Radio 2 host bicycles through Covid

3/11/2021
As city planners ponder the possibilities of leaving lockdown, London has become Ground Zero for improving the experience of commuting on two wheels. But at whose expense? The UK government has already committed over half a billion pounds, but one London council removed a brand new cycle lane a mere seven weeks after it opened. Join Jeremy Vine and me as we explore London’s looming Cycle Wars.

Duration:00:27:55

Land - Simon Winchester: Mankind’s tearstained history with terra firma

2/25/2021
At high noon, April 22.1889, a remarkable thing happened. The “Unassigned Lands” of Oklahoma which had not been “assigned” by the federal government to either of the traditional owners, the Cherokee or the Chickasaw, were thrown open to settlers from the east on a first-come basis. They came “like Zulu warriors” writes Simon Winchester at the start of one of many gripping stories in his new book, Land. Is land something to be owned, or just taken care of? What’s the answer to Tolstoy’s...

Duration:00:31:58

Republic of Broken Windows, 4 - John Nichols: The far right picks its fights

1/19/2021
The American ultra-right is back in the shadows, or at least keeping its powder dry. Seeing a massive show of state force with 25,000 National Guard packing Washington DC, and high alerts in state capitals, the far right is picking its fights. Nor will it have the country’s Chief Executive and his enablers minding its back. RHOD SHARP looks to the Wednesday’s Inauguration of President Biden and beyond with The Nation magazine’s National Correspondent JOHN NICHOLS.

Duration:00:16:44

Republic of Broken Windows, 3 - Patt Morrison: From January’s Covid epicenter, Los Angeles

1/15/2021
In the City of the Angels, one in three people have now been tested positive for Covid. America’s Covid epicentre - by numbers - is testing its citizens at Dodgers Stadium and vaccinating them at Disneyland. From Los Angeles, LA Times senior staff writer PATT MORRISON.

Duration:00:13:54

Republic of Broken Windows, 2 - Ethan Zuckerman: Internet guru on deplatforming a president

1/14/2021
A president bound over to the Senate for impeachment yet who said not a word about it in his latest video. What really sent President Donald Trump ballistic in the words of a senior aide quoted by Politico was the decision by Twitter to block his output permanently. ETHAN ZUCKERMAN is associate professor of public policy and information at U Mass Amherst and he has studied social media since it was in diapers (nappies to you). What does it mean to “deplatform” a president, and where do his...

Duration:00:22:31

Republic of Broken Windows, 1 - Rep. Seth Moulton: The day after the assault on the US Capitol

1/12/2021
RHOD SHARP reports the American Insurrection of 2021 in the countdown to the inauguration of President Biden. Representative SETH MOULTON relates his own experience of the Congressional invasion and discusses Monday’s first steps by the House of Representatives towards the second impeachment trial for President Donald Trump.

Duration:00:13:47

A Christmas Celtic Bubble - Brian O’Donovan: The show must go on

12/22/2020
We were walking in the woods the other week when we came across this mother and daughter decorating this random little tree. We had noticed its handsome red bow before, but it was purely by chance that we came across their stealthy celebration. BRIAN O’DONOVAN has hosted the traditional music show A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH for enough years for it to qualify for a police pension. Every Christmas since 2003 he has delighted his audience with a live Christmas version. This year it’s online and...

Duration:00:45:57

A Love Letter to America, 2 - Jim Naughtie: Starting with a Kennedy family party on Martha’s Vineyard

12/10/2020
Many thanks to those who have written to express intense feelings about hearing JIM NAUGHTIE and I on a virtual park bench discussing the state of America. With a new revised edition of Jim’s memoir On the Road in the offing, we continue with some thoughts on presidents from Reagan to Trump and Jim’s regular encounters with the best of America. Including the afternoon when most of the population of a small New Hampshire town turned out to help him rescue the keys of his hire car from the...

Duration:00:47:42

A Love Letter to America, 1 - Jim Naughtie: A beloved correspondent’s 50 years On The Road

11/25/2020
The people have spoken, and American democracy, feeling less timid now, is almost ready to exhale. JIM NAUGHTIE started visiting the USA in 1970 when one political crisis was brewing, and his coverage of the 2020 presidential campaigns for BBC Radio 4 has depicted a people in the throes of another. Throughout it all, Jim’s dedication to reporting America’s cause aright, as Hamlet tasked Horatio, has been unstinting. As has our friendship. There’s a lot to talk about, so haul on your...

Duration:00:44:22

Beyond the Red Sofa - Graham Stuart: The Graham Norton Show’s Executive Producer

11/5/2020
Take the most popular chat show on British television and take away the red sofa, and what’s left? Still arguably the funniest TV in or out of lockdown. The Graham Norton Show’s executive producer GRAHAM STUART talks about what Michael Sheen can get up to with a torch (flashlight) and his own adventures in a pair of muddy shoes fronting one of the longest running sports shows in the world.

Duration:00:42:01

The Boy in the Field - Margot Livesey: Transplanted novelist’s taut psychological thriller

10/22/2020
When a young man is found lying unconscious and motionless in a field just outside Oxford (England, that is) it’s time for Rhod to sit down in his garden (back yard) with the author of this fiction. The Boy In The Field is Margot Livesey’s ninth novel and her first and last (we hope) to be released in Covid time.

Duration:00:37:17