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Hi, I'm Brendan Murphy a singer and songwriter with a band from Ireland called THE 4 OF US. Join me, as I chat to people who make a living in the creative world - I will be asking them how and why they do what they do, and some of the important lessons they have learned along the way and in particular around the big topic of Productivity and Creativity
 
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Wendy Morrill and Kevin May

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MetaPod unpacks the web's most interesting podcasts and the stories behind them. Presented by Wendy Morrill and Kevin May, each episode of MetaPod features an in-depth interview with a different podcast host or creator.
 
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"Sodajerker is a songwriting team from Liverpool, founded by Simon Barber and Brian O’Connor. The podcast Sodajerker On Songwriting features interviews with the world’s most successful songwriters." A "soda jerk" isn't normally associated with songs, unless of course, you ask Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor. It all started with something that Sydne…
 
Singer-songwriter, producer and actor Steven Van Zandt sits down with Simon and Brian in Manchester, UK, for an inspiring conversation about songwriting and arranging, his expansive musical history, and forays into other art forms. The E Street Band guitarist also talks about his creative partnership with Bruce Springsteen, early records with South…
 
Acclaimed jazz and blues singer Mary Coughlan’s first album “Tired and Emotional “ rocketed her to overnight fame in 1985. Since then, she has recorded 15 further solo albums, drawing heavily from her legendary heroes Peggy Lee, Edith Piaf and Billy Holiday (to whom she devoted a double album of her songs). In 2020 she released ‘Life Stories’ a col…
 
"The story of David Koresh: the prophet whose cult in Waco, Texas preached an apocalypse — and the 30 Britons taken in by his message.” End Of Days tells the story of the British victims of the deadly standoff between the US government and David Koresh in Waco, Texas in 1993. Published by the BBC in 2018, journalists Ciaran Tracey and Chris Warburt…
 
“MetaPod unpacks the web’s most interesting podcasts and the stories behind them.” “We made it!” – well, just about. After 36 shows featuring the finest podcasters in all the land, we decided to not take a breather to celebrate our first year, but produce a bonus episode of MetaPod. Maybe it’s a slightly vain idea that listeners might want to hear …
 
Decorated lyricist Sir Tim Rice chats with Simon and Brian about his writing process and his extraordinary career in musical theatre and film. In this wide-ranging conversation, Tim discusses the business of launching shows like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Chess, his illustrious collaborations wit…
 
“An entertaining look at some of the big issues in history by examining public apologies of the famous and infamous. Apologies Accepted looks at politicians, serial killers, actors, and you!” Apologies Accepted is a place to examine and debate the controversies that develop around public apologies, as well as the expressions of remorse, regret and …
 
“The story of Daniel Morgan’s killing moves from back streets of London, through the highest echelons of Scotland Yard, to the offices of Rupert Murdoch’s best selling newspapers, to the doors of Number Ten Downing Street. If you haven’t heard this story, ask yourself, why?” Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder is not a podcast to reassure a listener w…
 
“Almost a perfect crime. The hacking ring and an attempt to steal a billion dollars. Investigators blame North Korea. Pyongyang denies involvement. The story begins in Hollywood.” The Lazarus Heist is a BBC World Service podcast examining cybercrime and how modern nation-states are utilising such tactics. The story starts with the 2014 hack into So…
 
On this episode I’m joined by Hamlet Sweeney the man behind Dublin based music publishing and management start-up The Nucleus. On a mission to become the first Irish company to bring a modern model of collaborative songwriting to Ireland, The Nucleus provides a central place where professional songwriters, producers and recording artists can collab…
 
Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs sits down with Simon and Brian to discuss the band's latest record I Don't Live Here Anymore and how it was shaped and reshaped prior to release. During the conversation, Adam explains his creative process, his experimental approach to recording, and why it's important to have a very well-organised Dropbox.…
 
“Your weekly infusion of plant-based nutrition, lifestyle habits and mindset to live your best life possible!“ How many of your lifestyle habits are optimised for good health and wellness? Your sleep? Your physical activity? What you eat? All of the above? One? None? Dr Yami Carzorla-Lancaster is a podcasting paediatrician, lifestyle medicine physi…
 
To celebrate 10 years of the Sodajerker podcast, we sat down for a special tin anniversary Q&A hosted by podcasting megalodon and very nice man Adam Buxton. In this lively ramble chat, we answer listener questions and talk about everything from our favourite guests and their songwriting tips to PR shenanigans, TV's breastfeeding boyfriends and more…
 
“In 1996 French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier is found dead near her holiday home. There are no witnesses and no known motive. The police suspect one man in this community but they can’t make a charge stick and he refuses to leave, living under the glare of suspicion ever since.” In West Cork, Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde bring one of Ir…
 
October 15th 2021 sees the release of a remixed special edition of Let It Be, the final album by The Beatles. To celebrate the occasion, Simon and Brian sat down with the excellent Giles Martin to talk about his work remixing The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios, the songwriting of Lennon & McCartney, his work on Peter Jackson's forthcoming documentar…
 
“A podcast documentary about Cheltenham, the home of British spying, and the cracks of lying and deception that run through this seemingly perfect Cotswolds town.” The Town That Knew Too Much shines a light on the English town of Cheltenham and how the “pomp and ceremony” of this upper-middle-class town has been “subverted in the seedy world of esp…
 
Legendary songwriter, producer and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham joins Simon and Brian to discuss his fantastic self-titled new album, his Cubist approach to songwriting, and the art of the ‘Kevlar chorus'. During the chat, Lindsey touches on his work with Fleetwood Mac, standout tracks like 'Slow Dancing' and 'Holiday Road', and much more. This is …
 
“Seeing how it all started and seeing where I am now, one of the things that’s so different than before is that now it’s fancy.” If you had an iPod in 2006 and synced podcasts from iTunes, you might have seen Elsie’s Yoga Class. The class was one of the first female-led yoga podcasts available. Remember, this was a time when you could browse most o…
 
Bass player Dave Pegg “Peggy” has had a crucial role in the continuing story of Fairport Convention, the most influential and enduring British folk-rock act in history. He has also helped to grow their annual festival Cropedy as well as working with a who’s who of artists such as Jethro Tull, Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Nick Drake. On today's…
 
Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson joins Simon and Brian to discuss the writing of the band's latest album Detour de Force as well as classic BNL songs like 'One Week'. In this wide-ranging chat, Ed talks about collaborating with the likes of Kevin Griffin and Donovan Woods, writing in his car, and taking inspiration from everyone from Howard J…
 
“How did an American family end up in the heart of the ISIS caliphate?” Samantha Elhassani (nee Sally) insists, “I’m not a bad person — I’m not a monster”. Yet she lived in the ISIS caliphate. Her ten-year-old son could make a suicide belt and be featured in ISIS propaganda. She owned slaves. And travelled to Hong Kong to deposit large sums of cash…
 
"Some guys got it down, Leonard Cohen, Paul Brady, Lou Reed, secret heroes" - Bob Dylan Paul Brady’s songs have soundtracked Ireland since the 1970s, spanning folk, rock and everything in between. From his early days working with folk pioneers Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and a brief spell with Planxty to his transition to a more contemporary sound wit…
 
“Standup comedian, writer, and candlehead Selena Coppock talks with guests about their individual candle journeys, including candle stories, favorite scents and #wickpics.“ Who doesn’t like a candle burning away on their desk, on the kitchen table or while you’re having a bath?! Well, maybe the last one is more of a required taste but very few peop…
 
“Unexplainable is a science show about everything we don’t know, looking at the most fascinating unanswered questions in science and the mind-bending ways scientists are trying to answer them.” Dark Energy – what the heck is it? And what about UFOs – surely there’s some kind of analysis available that can shed some light on those mysterious objects…
 
“Permanent Record Podcast is a look back at albums from the New Wave and Classic Rock genres.” Think back to your favourite bands, songs and albums before the Internet – the songs you recorded off the radio or the albums that your friend let you borrow and copy with your dual cassette deck. How much do you really know about these beloved artefacts …
 
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