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Bournemouth Backchat Episode #33 — Con Artists, £5 Billion on Bournemouth, and Saving the Arts

Having tried to solve most of the bigger world issues and controversies already, our presenters were feeling a little more low-key this week, beginning with Dale contemplating a life of crime and starting a Hustle-style con artist family. James pulls us back into the realm of reality, debating how Boris' £5 billion nest egg could be spent on improving Bournemouth. Aaron rounds things off with a subject incredibly relevant to him -- about how important saving the arts is, and how our artistic venues can recover from the recent crisis...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #32 — Spirit, Independent Dorset Taking Over Southampton, and Universities

Aaron kicks off the fourth-from-last episode of this season of Bournemouth Backchat (only three episodes left now - can you believe it?) with an elongated discussion about various spiritual aspects. What can we do to engage our own spirit, and those of others who have passed on. Psychics, fortune tellers and meditation all get a mention as well...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #31 — Obesity, COVID-19: The Second Coming, and Heroes & Legends

It's among our numerous recurring themes on Bournemouth Backchat to think of ways to solve worldwide issues. This season, we have already debated ways to resolve racism, whitewashing history, and human stupidity. And it's the turn of obesity this week, courtesy of James...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #30 — Video Games, Autonomy, and Celebrities in Politics

This week, Dale tries to convert Aaron, who has never owned a games console, into a gamer. Aaron, in turn, ponders over other states and societies following suit with Capitol Hill, Seattle and becoming autonomous, policeless zones. Following examples also forms a trigger for James' topic, as he discusses if other celebrities should take a leaf from Marcus Rashford's book and get more involved in politics...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #29 — Whitewashing History, and Knowledge is Power

Aaron and James joined forces on a dual topic in this week's episode of Bournemouth Backchat, coming together to talk about the world's recent attempts at whitewashing history. Whether that's in the form of mobs ripping down statues (and the fears for local heroes such as Robert Baden-Powell), or taking down certain episodes of much-loved sitcoms and films, which were just products of their times...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #28 — Workplace Bullying, Racism, and A New Religion

It has been a bit difficult to be irreverent or make light of the issues affecting Bournemouth and the rest of the world this week when they've been so intense. But our podcasting trio gave it a good bash all the same. And so a discussion about racism, and what can and should be done about it, features as one of the segments for this week's episode...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode 27 — Free Speech, Literary Festival and Hypocrisy and Power

Looking back on previous episodes of our podcast, Bournemouth Backchat, where certain words needed bleeping for the sake of our own safety, sparked the idea for our first topic. That in which James reflects on one of the most recent tragedies in the journalistic world -- namely the Charlie Hebdo shootings on 2015 -- and the matter of free speech...

Bournemouth Backchat Episode #26 — Trolls, Exploiting a Crisis, and Emigration

Aaron begins proceedings with a discussion of trolls and social media addicts. What fuels such malicious behaviour on their part? Next up, James, ever the capitalist, looks into ways in which crises have been exploited in the past, and how we might take leaves out of their book for exploiting the current one. And then Dale, more and more disillusioned by the UK, contemplates emigrating... but to where, and why?

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