The Documentary on OnePolonium and the Piano Player – Part 1

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A searing new insight into one of the world’s most notorious assassinations – the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. On 1 November 2006, ex-KGB spy Litvinenko was attacked with one of the deadliest substances known to man: polonium-210. At the time, he was in the piano bar of the five-star Millennium Hotel in London’s Mayfair. Polonium-210 is a highly radioactive material …

Ageism“When they discovered I was over 70 years of age, they said to me they couldn’t let me have it because the insurance wouldn’t cover me.”

As heard on liveline

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It seems, if the experience of callers to Wednesday’s Liveline are anything to go by, that, once you turn 70, insurance companies decide that you’re too much of a risk for certain activities. The man who got the ageism discussion started was Gerry, who told Joe that he had tried to hire a hoist so he could trim his (presumably very tall) hedges. …

The Doctor Who Fooled the World“It really rolled out from that hospital in North London all around the world.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Journalist Brian Deer spoke to Claire Byrne on Tuesday about his book, The Doctor Who Fooled the World. The doctor in question is Andrew Wakefield and Claire put it to him that said doctor is still fooling some of the world. Wakefield is the doctor who published a paper from the Royal Free Medical School & Hospital in London, concluding that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination …

Coping with a Stammer“People seem to think that it’s actually ok to treat a person with a stutter like they don’t matter.” 

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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There are a lot of ways you could talk about Sandra Kelly after hearing her on Tuesday’s Ryan Tubridy Show. You could say that she’s brave, she’s honest, that going on the radio to talk about her stammer has to be challenging and must have been nerve-wracking and isn’t she amazing for doing it? And all these things would be true, but they still come across as a little patronising of …

Documentary on OneAge, Sex, Location

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  Age, Sex, Location In the darker corners of the Internet, lurk predators – trying to seek out children to exploit and blackmail them into online abuse that is violent and humiliating. In the last twenty years online child sexual abuse has exploded. In this documentary we talk to a survivor and to the people who are trying to make …

Pandemic Maternity“It was just torture having Pat outside the door.”

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It’s not easy under “normal” circumstances to get the news that a longed-for pregnancy may not be viable. Pandemic measures in maternity hospitals have created a whole new set of issues, like the physical separation of women from their partners at a time when they both need support. Joe Duffy heard stories of recent miscarriages from several women on today’s …

Alison Arngrim“I was more the child who would have been the victim of a Nellie Oleson!”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Playing the role of Nellie Oleson was very liberating, as actor Alison Arngrim told Ryan Tubridy today. Alison, now 58, says she loved being TV’s original ‘mean girl’; who she played from the age of 12. Just how liberating it was to play the boldest child in the village only came out much later, long after  The Little House on …

Love in a Covid Climate“There’s something about being infected with a pandemic disease that just takes the romance out of things.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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It’s a story as old as time itself: you go out on a first date, end up back in your date’s house and then a coronavirus lockdown is declared, trapping you there for three days. This is what the dating scene looks like in the time of Covid-19, according to Brian O’Connell’s report for Wednesday’s Today with Claire Byrne. Brian spoke to people about their experience …