The Eddie Mair Interview

The Eddie Mair Interview

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Eddie Mair speaks at length to people with interesting things to say, for Radio 4's PM.

Episodes

Steve Hewlett: Our tribute  

In the middle of September last year, Steve Hewlett, the presenter of Radio Four's The Media Show was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. He thought it might be of interest to PM listeners to detail his treatment on air. Sadly Steve has died. Here is our tribute to Steve Hewlett, a collection of moments from the times he generously spent talking to us about his illness.

What really happened to Scott Johnson?  

The death of a family member is one of the most traumatic things a person can experience. For Steve Johnson, his brother Scott's death almost 30 years ago is still a source of pain. Scott Johnson was outwardly happy, about to finish a PhD and he was in a long term relationship. Police said his death was suicide. But now, thanks to Steve, doubt has been cast on not only what the police said but what they did in response to Scott's death, and many others. (Photo: Steve Johnson and his brother Scott (right). Courtesy of Steve Johnson)

Steve Hewlett: How do you live every day as if it's your last?  

In 2016 Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, was diagnosed as having cancer of the oesophagus, and has been telling us about his treatment. Steve has had to continue his stay in the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, so Eddie Mair went to visit him again. Last week, he told us how some of his options were no longer there. No more drugs trials, no more chemo: his liver was in a state that would not allow any of that. During their conversation this week, Steve told Eddie about the options for palliative care and what living every day as if it's your last, means to him.

Steve Hewlett: I was told I have weeks, possibly months..."  

In 2016 Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, was diagnosed as having cancer of the oesophagus, and has been telling us about his treatment. Steve has had to continue his stay in the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, so Eddie Mair went to visit him again. During their conversation, Steve told Eddie that his consultant had said his liver would not be able to handle any more treatments and that the outlook in the long term was not good. On a happier note, he and his partner Rachel decided to get married.

Steve Hewlett says he's continuing with the trial, despite his liver 'misbehaving'  

In 2016 Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, was diagnosed as having cancer of the oesophagus, and has been telling us about his treatment. This week Steve had to stay in London's Royal Marsden Hospital, so Eddie Mair went to visit him. During their conversation, Steve told Eddie that because his liver is "misbehaving", and they are unsure if the new drug is working, he could end up with his "liver being so damaged it's no longer capable of dealing with any further treatment". Despite that, he's decided to continue with the drugs trial.

Steve Hewlett: 'All I could do was cry, I was so overwhelmed'  

In 2016 Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, was diagnosed as having cancer of the oesophagus, and has been telling us about his treatment. In this podcast he tells Eddie Mair what happened when he heard that he had finally been accepted on the drugs trial, "as soon as I put the phone down, all I could do was cry, I was so overwhelmed by it."

Steve Hewlett: 'I'm a victim of Sod's Law'  

In 2016 Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus, and has been telling us about his treatment. In this podcast he tells Carolyn Quinn about the stress of waiting to start a clinical trial with an immunotherapy drug that was denied to AA Gill.

Steve Hewlett on his fears about losing his drug trial place  

In 2016 Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus, and has been telling us about his treatment. In this podcast he tells Carolyn Quinn about how a setback - which resulted in him being kept in hospital for 2 days - may put his place on a drugs trial in jeopardy.

'Six weeks before my son was born we were sent a letter bomb'  

Editor of the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, Gerry Gable, has been working against far-right groups for decades. As he told Eddie Mair six weeks before his son was born he received a parcel at home. It turned out to be a letter bomb. Whilst he was waiting for the bomb squad to arrive he says "I just kept my hand on the thing because I thought if I lifted it, something might be released and it might go off."

Two people whose lives were changed by the Iraq conflict  

In 2005, Roger Bacon's son Matthew was one of the many British service personnel killed whilst serving in Iraq. Jason Clasby worked with Matthew and was sitting next to him when he died. As they told Eddie Mair, despite meeting briefly at the Chilcott inquiry, the two men had never sat down to talk about what happened, until now, ten years after Matthew's death. In the second part of this interview, they discuss how they deal with day to day life. The first part of this interview was posted as a podcast on 2 January 2017. (Photo: British troops patrolling in Basra, Iraq Credit: Getty Images)

Steve Hewlett: 'I got to A&E before the New Year's Eve deluge'  

Earlier this year Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, was diagnosed as having cancer of the oesophagus, and has been telling us over the last few weeks about his approach to treatment. In this podcast he talks about being taken ill and arriving in A&E "just before the New Year's Eve deluge" where he was given the all clear at about 1.30 in the morning. Unable to get a cab, he made his way home by tube, something which, he says, will not please his consultant. (Photo: Steve Hewlett Credit: BBC )

Two men from different generations discuss the event that bonds them  

In 2005, Roger Bacon's son Matthew was one of the many British service personnel killed whilst serving in Iraq. Jason Clasby worked with Matthew and was sitting next to him when he died. As they told Eddie Mair, despite meeting briefly at the Chilcott inquiry, the two men had never sat down to talk about what happened, until now, ten years after Matthew's death. (Photo: British troops patrolling in Basra, Iraq Credit: Getty Images)

'Guantanamo Bay has been a stain on America's honour'  

As President Obama prepares to leave office, people are reflecting on the fact that his promise to close Guantanamo Bay within a year of taking power never came to pass. Dr Elspeth Cameron Ritchie is a former Army colonel and psychiatrist, she was sent to Guantanamo Bay in 2002 after a spate of suicide attempts by detainees. She told presenter Eddie Mair that in its early years, Guantanamo posed no ethical issues for medics. (Photo: A camp entrance at Guantanamo Bay. Credit: Reuters)

'Our ads put doubt in the minds of the guerrillas'  

A peace deal which ended half a century of armed conflict was signed between the Colombian government and the rebel group, the FARC in 2016. One man who played a role in helping bring about the ceasefire is Jose Miguel Sokoloff. He's not a politician or a military expert, but an expert in advertising. In this second part of an interview he explained to Radio 4's PM programme, it was his unusual campaign that helped demobilize the FARC rebels. Part One of this interview 'How ads persuaded guerillas to lay down arms' was broadcast on 23 December 2016 and is available as a podcast. (Photo: Xmas lights on trees Credit: Getty images)

Learning from the death of Baby P  

In 2017 it will be 10 years since the death of Peter Connolly (Baby P), a 17-month-old who was found dead at home in north London. A serious case review that investigated what social workers, the police and GPs did, found "the practice of the majority, both individually and collectively... was incompetent", and his death "could have been prevented". Sharon Shoesmith was the head of Haringey children’s services at the time of Peter's death. She was sacked in December 2008 by the then children’s secretary Ed Balls, but claimed she had been unfairly dismissed and the Court of Appeal ruled in her favour in 2011. Ms Shoesmith has since written a book, Learning from Baby P, based on a PhD she has completed. She spoke to Eddie Mair about the book and her experiences of being public enemy number one. (Photo: Sharon Shoesmith. Credit: Getty Images/AFP)

The British man bringing free health clinics to the US  

For the latest Eddie Mair podcast we hear from a man who has personally worked to bring healthcare to many hundreds of thousands of Americans who have no health insurance. Stan Brock founded Remote Area Medical (RAM) in 1985. He told Eddie Mair his story. (Photo: Stan Brock. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

How ads persuaded guerillas to lay down arms  

A peace deal which ended half a century of armed conflict was signed between the Colombian Government and the rebel group, the FARC in 2016. One man who played a role in helping bring about the ceasefire is Jose Miguel Sokoloff. He's not a politician or a military expert, but an expert in advertising. As he explained to Radio 4's PM programme, it was his unusual campaign that helped demobilize the FARC rebels. (Photo: Xmas lights on trees Credit: Getty images)

Steve Hewlett: My cancer has been rock-climbing  

Earlier this year Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, was diagnosed as having cancer of the oesophagus, and has been telling us over the last few weeks about his approach to treatment. In this podcast he talks about the delight of being offered a place on a new drugs trial and how people are continually telling him that because he has been so open about his illness, "it has enabled them either to talk about it, or to understand why relatives or friends they may have lost, did not."

The Alberta wildfire evacuation  

In May 2016, residents of Fort McMurray in Canada were evacuated due to a raging wildfire. The chief of Fort McMurray's fire department, Darby Allen talked to presenter Eddie Mair about the evacuation. He said "It ate me up, I couldn't sleep even if I wanted to" due to worrying about getting everyone out of danger.

Steve Hewlett: 'Once I hit oncology it was like running into invisible sand'  

Earlier this year Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, was diagnosed as having cancer of the oesophagus, and has been telling us over the last few weeks about his approach to treatment. In this podcast he discusses AA Gill's last column which is about his views on cancer treatment and the NHS. Steve is joined by the Chief Executive of NICE Sir Andrew Dillon and GPs Dr Rosemary Leonard and Dr Jeanette Dickson.

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