It is ridiculously hard to get people into the studio in the first week of January, because most of them won’t even look at their email until that Monday. So I was happy to have a bunch of interviews pre-recorded that I could run for this week’s radio show. It was good for Ben too because we have moved studios. While the new desk has all of the same controls, they are in different places, and that takes a bit of getting used to. It is like switching from a left-hand-drive to a right-hand-drive car.
The first hour of the show had an interview with Tade Thompson that I recorded at FantasyCon, and one with Joy Francis from an organisation called Words of Colour, which was recorded when she was in Bristol to give a talk in December.
In the second hour I have the interview I did with Maria Dahvana Headley when she was in Oxford. This is pretty much solid feminist ranting from both of us. And finally there is an interview with Joanne Harris that I recorded at FantasyCon.
The show is available through the Ujima Listen Again service here. The raw interviews were all longer than I had time for in the show, particularly the one with Maria. I’m planning to post longer versions on Salon Futura once the Listen Again links have expired.
The play list for this week’s show was:
- Janelle Monáe – I’m Afraid
- Angélique Kidjo – Once in a Lifetime
- Des’ree – You gotta be
- The O Jays – Love Train
- Janelle Monáe – Heroes
- Bruce Springsteen – Badlands
- Bat for Lashes – Seal Jubilee
- Camel – La Princess Perdue
The February show will, of course, be an LGBT History Month special.