The Eddie Mair Interview

The Eddie Mair Interview

United Kingdom

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

Episodes

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  

Earlier this year Steve Hewlett, presenter of Radio 4's The Media Show, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus, and has been telling us over the last few weeks about his treatment. In this podcast he talks 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.

I went through the menopause at 25  

Journalist Lucy Pasha-Robinson suffered with endometriosis, a disease where cells like those in the womb appear elsewhere in a woman's body. It can cause severe pain, and in some cases infertility. As part of her treatment Lucy was given injections to cause her - temporarily - to go through the menopause. She tells Eddie Mair how that felt at the age of just 25. (Photo: Lucy Pasha-Robinson. Credit: Lucy Pasha-Robinson)

Steve Hewlett: 'I discovered there are not many jokes about cancer'  

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 his consultant restricting him to one type of drug "to see how his body reacts". Also about the invitation to his local rugby club Christmas lunch, where he was unexpectedly asked to do a speech and discovered "there are not that many jokes about cancer".

Steve Hewlett: 'The intensity of the applause made my spine tingle'  

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 fantastic feeling he had when he hosted an evening reflecting on his career, and how amazed he's been at hearing from over 4,000 listeners following his appearance on PM.

Steve Hewlett: 'I see my condition as a bit of a story'  

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 the benefits of talking openly to the media about his condition.

Steve Hewlett:'I've been dehydrating myself for weeks'  

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 importance of drinking fluids and how, with hindsight, he realises "that ever since the radio therapy started, I haven't been eating and drinking enough". He says it's now a critical time and he hopes that on his next visit to the hospital, his condition will have "sufficiently improved, so that I can have the chemo".

The lives changed by bullying  

After suffering years of bullying at school and online, Lucy Alexander's son Felix killed himself earlier this year. Ben Smith ran 401 marathons in as many days, raising awareness for LGBT and anti-bullying charities after he suffered bullying at school for his sexuality. They discuss their experiences of bullying with Eddie Mair.

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