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Cold Seas and Crossing the Street

Three conversations about losing weight, gaining strength and facing up to those who try and make you feel small. Fi Glover presents.

Tony and daughter Mandie discuss his ten stone weight loss. Teenage sisters Jess and Megan talk about the harassment they face and the choices they make. For Rachel and Helen, the best way to deal with pressure and stress is to walk into a cold sea. They share their love of swimming and the thrill of kicking back, breathing out and experiencing the exhilarating power of the natural world.

Fi Glover presents the omnibus edition of the series that proves it's surprising what you hear when you listen.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Most of the unedited conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Julia Johnson

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14 minutes

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Animated conversations

Animated conversations

Listening project conversations brought to life by talented young animators.

Fi Glover and Jane Garvey

Fi Glover and Jane Garvey

Fi Glover and Jane Garvey roam the fields of broadcasting talking to interesting people.

Find a conversation

Find a conversation

Broadcast across Radio 4 and on local radio stations across the UK and Northern Ireland.

The British Library

The British Library

The Listening Project is a BBC Radio & British Library partnership.