Billy Bragg, John McCarthy at the Arirang Games, Debbie Wiseman plays snooker, Dawn O'Porter's Inheritance Tracks
Sian Williams & Richard Coles with musician Billy Bragg who also plays live; Bernadette Russell who did a good deed every day for a year and photographer Giles Duley who lost three limbs on assignment in Afghanistan. John McCarthy looks in on the Arirang Games in North Korea, composer Debbie Wiseman plays snooker with JP Devlin; a listener tells us about her discovery of Chicken Spectacles and writer and broadcaster Dawn O'Porter shares her Inheritance Tracks.
Producer: Corinna Jones.
STUDIO GUEST :: BILLY BRAGG
The Bard of Barking joins us to talk about writing from the heart, songs as therapy and sings live in the studio.
Billy’s new album, Tooth and Nail, is released on March 18. More details at http://www.billybragg.co.uk/
366 DAYS OF KINDNESS :: BERNADETTE RUSSELL
Following the London Riots Actress Bernadette decided that she should spread some goodwill. She decided to do a year of random acts of kindess to strangers, and record the results. She joins Sian and Richard to tell us about her project.
SECRET LIFE :: DEBBIE WISEMAN
TRAVEL :: ARIRANG GAMES
John McCarthy hears about the Arirang or Mass Games in North Korea’s capital Pongyang; a dazzling display by thousands of marching, dancing, skipping, gymnastics and… flip charts. He talks to visitors to the games photographer Jeremy Hunter, former diplomat James Hoare and tourist Tony Pletts.
RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN :: GILES DULEY
INHERITANCE TRACKS :: DAWN O'PORTER
Journalist, author and television presenter Dawn O'Porter chooses Speed of the Sound of Loneliness by Nanci Griffith and Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.
Her first novel Paper Aeroplanes is out on 2nd May.
I FOUND SOMETHING THAT ENDED UP IN A MUSEUM :: CHICKEN SPECTACLES
Last week we asked for your stories about items you have that should be in a Museum. Listener Tracey Lloyd contacted us about an extraordinary find - Chicken Spectacles. She tells Sian and Richard about her discovery and where they have ended up.