Best of Talkback

Best of Talkback

Talkback was Northern Ireland's first news phone-in programme and has been on air for more than 20 years. For many years it was a sounding board for the public to react and comment on the sectarian violence of the troubles and the development of the peace process. Today the agenda reflects the changing shape of Northern Ireland - topics like anti-social behaviour, hospital cleanliness and devolution issues are now high on the agenda. It is presented by Wendy Austin, one of NI's best known broadcasters.

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  • Talkback:

    Tue, 22 Jul 14

    16 mins

    30 days remaining

    Wendy hears from an entymologist on the plethora of bugs that are biting us this summer.

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  • Talkback 21 July 2014: Gaza

    Mon, 21 Jul 14

    16 mins

    29 days remaining

    The Gaza conflict has continued to escalate this month and it's strongly divided opinion in Northern Ireland. We spoke to local woman Orla Devine who spent three months in the West Bank as a human rights monitor and to David McIlveen, the DUP MLA who helped set up a Friends of Israel group. Also on the podcast, are city seagulls getting out of control?

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  • Talkback 17 July 14: Symphysiotomy

    Thu, 17 Jul 14

    16 mins

    25 days remaining

    Patients were "operated upon wide awake and often screaming" that's what the UN Human Rights Committee were told earlier this week by a group reprsenting the Survivors of Symphysiotomy. The medical procedure meant that women had their pelvises broken either before or during childbirth, without consent. Conor Bradford spoke to one survivor...

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  • Obesity

    Wed, 16 Jul 14

    30 mins

    24 days remaining

    Obesity amongst children in Northern Ireland is on the rise and needs to be tackled according to a report by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. It found that a fifth of children are now overweight or obese before they reach primary school. We got reaction from parents and experts.

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  • Clash of the cartoons

    Tue, 15 Jul 14

    9 mins

    23 days remaining

    The wooly animated star Shaun the Sheep has made the cartoon hall of fame- the best Kid's TV show. It beat off competition from Postman Pat and Sooty and Sweep in a poll by the Radio Times. He first made his debut in a 1995 episode of Wallace and Gromit and stole the nations heart. Is he your favourite? A worthy winner? We spoke to Marc Silk, the voice behind Johnny Bravo, Pingu and the American version of Bob the Builder, as well as Drew Roper who started his career in animation on none other than Shaun The Sheep.

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  • 14 July 14: Female Bishops

    Mon, 14 Jul 14

    19 mins

    22 days remaining

    The Church of England's governing body, the General Synod, will vote this afternoon on whether to allow women to become bishops. 'Talkback,' presented today by Conor Bradford, looked at the issue.

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  • 11 July 2014 Magaluf

    Fri, 11 Jul 14

    8 mins

    19 days remaining

    Authorities in Majorca are bringing in new laws to crack down on drinking marathons after a video emerged of a drunk woman from Northern Ireland performing a sex act on more than 20 men. We spoke to journalist Humphrey Carter with the Majorca Daily Bulletin.

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  • 10th July 2014 Garth Brooks - What next?

    Thu, 10 Jul 14

    17 mins

    18 days remaining

    There could still be light at the end of the tunnel for Garth Brooks fans... Dublin City council are meeting at 5pm on the 10th of July to discuss the concerts - the same time as Garth Brooks is live streaming a press conference from Nashville. That comes on top of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny requesting a mediator to organise talks with Dublin city manager - and in another bizarre twist - The Mexican Ambassador has offered his services, even Richard Haass tweeted he would do it for two Pina Colada's... So we ask - what now?

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  • Talkback 09 Jul 14: Student Loan refusal

    Wed, 9 Jul 14

    20 mins

    17 days remaining

    Julie McVeigh is a single mum of five boys who is hoping to accept her place at Queen's University this autumn. She has been turned down for a student loan because she got a bursary a decade and a half ago when she trained to be a nurse.

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  • Abuse inquiry 'should include Kincora'

    Tue, 8 Jul 14

    26 mins

    16 days remaining

    Claims continue of an establishment "cover-up" over allegations of paedophile activity at Westminster and the Home Secretary has announced a new investigation into how government handled the claims. Amnesty International is calling for that inquiry to also include Belfast's Kincora Boys' Home. Three senior care staff at the east Belfast children's home were jailed in 1981 for abusing 11 boys. We talked to Amnesty International's Northern Ireland director, Patrick Corrigan, and the MP for East Belfast Naomi Long. We reported the breaking news that a group of businessmen have come together to buy out manufacturing businesses formerly owned by Sean Quinn - we spoke to one of them, John McCartin.

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