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Episode 106
September 24 , 2020

106. Charles Spencer; Historic Monarchs, Worldwide News Reporting and the Ghosts of Althorp

Earl Spencer, best-selling author and historian, has a superb talent for bringing history to life. His new book, The White Ship, explores England’s worst ever maritime and royal disaster, a tragedy that changed the course of European history forever.
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Episode 105
September 15 , 2020

105. Justin Somper: Bestselling Vampirates Author on Australian Beaches, New York’s Studio 54, Magical Coincidences and Not So Magical Prejudices

The year is 2505. The oceans have risen. A new era of piracy has dawned…Justin Spmper’s vision of a future world in the bestselling Vampirates books has been very much infiluenced by his passion for Australiia, which has lead…
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Episode 104
August 31 , 2020

104. Loyd Grossman CBE; 1960s New York, Ecclesiastical Sock Makers and How Food Completes Travel

Loyd Grossman, entrepreneur, author and broadcaster is well-known for presenting MasterChef, Through the Keyhole and much more. His lifelong passion for history and the arts has led to leading roles in cultural institutions from English Heritage, to The Arts Society, the…
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Episode 103
August 19 , 2020

103. Lemn Sissay MBE; Lancashire Care Homes, Life’s Language of Travel and How Poetry Gave Him Wings

Lemn Sissay, BAFTA nominated writer and one of the world’s most brilliant poets, was taken from his Ethiopian mother at birth against her will and after a stinging rejection from foster parents spent his childhood in care. He published his…
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Episode 102
August 7 , 2020

102. Laura Hamilton; A Place In The Sun, Quarantine, Coffee Shop Owning and The Wombles

A Place in the Sun presenter, Laura Hamilton, and Lisa are having a coffee in the ‘new normal’ in Spain, masks at the ready, with a lively conversation about property abroad, bargain cave houses, lack of tourists in Spain, Greek…
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Episode 101
July 28 , 2020

101. Iain Dale; Communist Russia, Italian Coach Trips, the SAS in Beirut and the Decline of Social Discourse

A school trip to Communist Russia left LBC’s Iain Dale hooked on travel. He’s since learned fluent German, been chased to the Austrian border by a Hungarian prostitute, been guarded at gun-point in Lebanon, done things he doesn’t feel he…
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Episode 100
July 15 , 2020

100. Dr Hassan Shehata; World-Leading Miscarriage Expert on Torture in a Sudanese Prison, Bob Marley in Jamaica and Donald Trump on Medication

Pioneering obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Hassan Shehata grew up in Khartoum in Sudan. As a junior doctor he was thrown headlong into revolution, military Islamic extremism, beatings and torture. We talk about his horrific time in ‘ghost house’ prisons, life…
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Episode Array
July 2 , 2020

99. Eulanda Shead Osagiede; Travel’s Colonial History, Japanese Kimonos and Tanzanian Seaweed Collectors

Award-winning travel and food blogger from Hey! Dip Your Toes In Eulanda Shead Osagiede grew up in Colorado, balancing beautiful forests and mountains with growing gang violence and police oppression, studied dance in New York City then moved to…
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Episode 98
June 17 , 2020

98. Boutique Hotelier, Francesca Eyre; Parisian Au Pairing, Irish Stately Homes and the Accident That Wiped Her Memory

Growing up with two terminally ill siblings Francesca Eyre, chef and co-owner of Chilly Powder holidays in the Alps, learned independence and adventure at a young age. After losing her sister aged 16 and mother aged 21 a chance…
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