Thu, 29 May 2014
In this episode Irish political blogger Jason O' Mahony talks to us about what sparked his interest in politics, his experience as a candidate, and his fear that we may eventually be ruled by a wealthy and exceptionally good looking elite!
Last year Jason won the award for Best Irish Political Blog, an honour for which he didn't even know he had been nominated. It is a blog that I found last year and have frequently returned to since for two reasons. First, it informs as well as entertains, a winning combination. Second, there is a healthy dose of cynicism but this sits comfortably alongside Jason's optimistic humour.
Jason describes himself on his site as a 'Bloke with a beard poking politics and stuff with a pointy stick.' He is that, but he's also much more. He has written satirical political articles for magazines and newspapers on both sides of the atlantic. His satirical take on politicians is refreshing and you get the sense that while he enjoys poking them with his stick he also has a bit of sympathy for the difficulties of the job they have chosen. Enjoy
Wed, 14 May 2014
In this episode we speak to Dublin born, and Meteor Choice Award nominee Ronan Hession. Ronan is known artistically as Mumblin Deaf Ro and made for a fascinating interview.
The interview is the longest yet but Ronan was as fascinating a guest as he is beautiful a singer. His singing talents are put to the test when he sings two songs live in the acoustic graveyard that is the kitchen at Inspireland towers.
Ronan discusses his process, success, inspiration, honesty, Buddhism, and curse! This episode is released on international Buddha day and I'm sure if he was still around the Buddha would be proud of Ronan.
Much of Ronan's latest album, Dictionary Crimes, focuses on the challenges of early middle age, a subject often neglected by mainstream pop. His searing honesty on the album can't but move the listener as he describes losing a child to miscarriage, caring for his late Mother through her illness, and becoming a Father to two young boys.
It's a long one but a good one, like a bank holiday weekend. Enjoy