iPM: We Start With Your Stories

iPM: We Start With Your Stories

United Kingdom

A weekly companion to PM where the expertise and insights of the BBC Radio 4 audience shape a programme that sees news differently. Presented by Jennifer Tracey and Eddie Mair.


'I'm don't want HIV, but I've stopped using condoms'  

A listener on why he's paying for PrEP pills to avoid the sexually-transmitted virus, but not following the safe sex messages he grew up with in the 1980s. With Eddie Mair. And Woman's Hour's Jane Garvey reads the bulletin of listener's stories, Your News. iPM@bbc.co.uk

'I'm not the sort of person who wants to live to 100, so 56 doesn't sound so bad'  

A listener talks about the cancer he's been told will kill him and the effect that's had on him and his family. Presented by Eddie Mair and Jennifer Tracey. And Today programme legend John Humphrys reads the bulletin about the lives of listeners, Your News. iPM@bbc.co.uk If you're looking for the details of organisations offering information and support in dealing with cancer they're available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time, to hear recorded information on 08000 560 190.

Why drinking fountains have dried up  

iPM investigates why there aren't more usable drinking fountains in the UK. Dame Jenni Murray reads Your News. iPM@bbc.co.uk

Living in Antarctica  

After hearing weatherman Peter Gibb's adventures in Antarctica on PM, listener Doug Stacey decided to quit and job to take a job at the end of the earth. iPM joins him at a training day. Radio 3's Sarah Walker reads Your News.

The listener who fought for her pacemaker to be turned off  

The listener who fought for her pacemaker to be turned off and the US doctor who helps to stop his dying patients' hearts. With Eddie Mair and Jennifer Tracey. Plus Barry Cryer's favourite parrot joke. iPM@bbc.co.uk

"I'm not a boy or a girl. I'm both." A ten-year-old talks about being gender non-binary.  

For most of his life, Leo has lived as a girl, but this summer he began to speak openly about his sense that that gender identity wasn't quite right. With research help for his parents, he's decided he is non-binary - both masculine and feminine - though for the moment he dresses as a boy and has taken a male name. With Jennifer Tracey. iPM@bbc.co.uk

'I can't switch off my army brain, so haven't slept properly in 30 years'  

A soldier and an aid worker share stories of how their experiences in Northern Ireland and Rwanda left them with mental scars. With Jennifer Tracey. And LBC's Steve Allen reads the bulletin compiled from listeners' lives, Your News. iPM@bbc.co.uk

'I'd rush home from school to start on the red wine.'  

How alcoholism crept up on a teacher, how she finally hit rock bottom and then rebounded. With Jennifer Tracey. iPM@bbc.co.uk

"I wanted to explode." Women with binge eating disorder share their secret stories.  

"I wanted to explode." Women with binge eating disorder share their secret stories as iPM visits a unique therapy group. Reporter Becky Milligan goes to see listener Zoe Hepburn who brings patients together to explore the roots of what makes them eat to incredible excess. For advice on binge eating disorder: https://www.b-eat.co.uk/ Presented by Paddy O'Connell iPM@bbc.co.uk

How a wife's heart attack returned her husband to World War Two  

How a wife's heart attack returned her husband to World War Two. iPM listener and clinical psychologist Janie Penn-Barwell remembers the fear, guilt and sadness her patients carried with them for decades. And Mishal Husain reads the bulletin about our listeners, Your News. Presented by Eddie Mair. iPM@bbc.co.uk

'I loved the boogie woogie, but hated my wartime life'  

Listener John Barnes suffered bereavement, separation, scorn and worse growing up during World War Two. He takes Eddie Mair on a bittersweet musical trip back to "the worst years" of his long life. And Radio 2 star Ken Bruce reads the Your News bulletin - keeping you updated on what's happening in the lives of fellow listeners. iPM@bbc.co.uk

'After the war I found peace as a pig farmer'  

An ex-serviceman explains the trouble he had adjusting to civilian life after a tough tour of Afghanistan. With Eddie Mair and Jennifer Tracey. iPM@bbc.co.uk

Orson Welles, Judi Dench... Eddie Mair: Actress Thelma Ruby looks back over 70 years.  

From performing for wounded servicemen to showing her legs on stage at 91, Thelma's stories inspired one iPM listener to write in demanding that we interview the star. Neil Nunes reads the bulletin made up of news sent in by the Radio 4 audience. Presented by Eddie Mair and Jennifer Tracey. iPM@bbc.co.uk

The dead should be names not statistics  

Reporter Hugh Sykes on assignment in Turkey considers an email from an iPM listener asking why the victims of terror attacks are seldom named. With Eddie Mair.

How to listen; becoming a good Samaritan  

An iPM listener talks about his experiences as a volunteer for the Samaritans over the past twenty years. He describes how he got into the Samaritans by accident, after discovering the power of emotion following a traumatic incident at sea. His time with the charity has taught him that active listening can often give people all the support they need.

'He came home from Iraq and he was dead behind the eyes'  

Listener Jean Lord's son was serving in the Navy in Iraq when he was involved in an explosion that killed his colleague and friend, Matthew Bacon. She describes his ongoing trauma after returning, and gives her views on the Chilcot report into the Iraq war.

How traumatised jury members can seek help  

iPM listener and retired judge The Honourable Peter Morrell explains how he kept lines of communication open to jurors who might be finding the evidence in a case distressing. He also advises jury members to consult a medical professional after a trial has concluded, if they're still experiencing difficulties as a result of hearing gruesome details of a crime.

"There is nothing that prepares you for the horror you face". Trauma after jury duty.  

Is there enough support available for jurors in cases of extreme violence? An ipm listener describes the trauma he experienced after serving on the jury of a murder trial, and listening to graphic details about the crime. He's concerned that unlike other people in the courtroom, jurors are left alone to deal with what they've seen in evidence, and he believes more should be done to prepare them for "the horrors they'll face".

Finding evidence for historic abuse cases  

A QC explains the difficulties of prosecuting historical sex abuse cases. Radio 2's Steve Wright reads Your News.

'Learn the art of patience'  

One iPM listener's story of becoming a full time carer for his grandfather with dementia.

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