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Ungagged! A lefty podcast produced in Scotland featuring voices - and unsigned music - from across the world…


April 30, 2017

May’s Day Celebrations?

In this episode, Mark Little will be leading us in one minute of hate, we'll hear part one of The Meaning of Life according to Chuck Hamilton,  Teresa Durran will remind us that seven weeks is a long time in politics, Joe Solo talks about how optistic he is feeling in the run up to this electionRed Raiph reminds you that if you vote Tory, you're a Tory, Artist Taxi Driver shares his poem on the zombification of Britain, Nick Durie discusses "nationalism" in the UK, and Victoria Pearson asks people to think carefully before throwing the vulnerable people under the Brexit bus.

Neil Scott will be giving us a short reprieve from the election by talking about the red Elvis, Debra Torrance talks Scelection scelectrix and playground politics, Steve McAuliiffe gives us a #fakenews Conservative party political broadcast, Eric Joyce draws parallels between May's brexit mandate and Scotland's independence mandate, George Collins discusses his part in the struggle, Simone Charlesworth talks about staying engaged in politics, despite voter fatigue, and why the Scots are the most political aware country in the UK, Mara Leverkuhn talks about the importance of nagging with people outside of your echo chamber, Derek Stewart Macpherson gives us the Hitchhikers Guide to Local Elections,  and we have an Independence Live interview with Roza Salih and Euan Girvan.

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April 17, 2017

Fight the Power!

On this episode of Ungagged, presented by Neil Scott, we’ll hear from Chuck Hamilton, on how we sold our revolution for a pair of trainers, Em Dehaney, talking about how she has never been to America, but America is in her, George Collins, and Eileen Eddie of Radio KRFP talking about cultural and political imperialism.

Red Raiph asks just what exactly happened to that Big Onion,  Debra Torrance casts her mind back to the 80s and finds that we’ve not come along very far. Simone Charlesworth makes her debut on Ungagged, jumping in at the deep end with a brief history of Sarin, and Steve McAuliffe presents his poem America First.

In this episode of Ungagged we are joined by guest speaker Priya, who volunteers at Umbrella Lane in  to tell us about the current laws in the UK regarding sex work, and why she thinks the Nordic model is dangerous.

With Music from XSLF, The Babel Fish Project, Argonaut, Joe Solo, Bratakus, Dolls, IDestroy, Bugeye, and Lilith Ai.

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April 1, 2017

From No to Yes!

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The Ungagged team give their view on the Scottish Referendum, Brexit, George Galloway and much, much more!

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On this episode we'll have Christopher Graham, Nick Durie, Eric Joyce, Derek Stewart Macpherson, Debra Torrance, Victoria Pearson, Ruth McAteer, Teresa Durran, Chuck Hamilton, George Collins, Paul Sheridan, Red Raiph and poetry from Steve McAuliffe.

With music from The Wakes, Girobabies, Stuart McFarlane, Kes' Conscience, Babel Fish Project, Roy Møller, Sharon Martin, Dream Nails,  James king & The Lonewolves, Husky Tones, Argonaut, Victoria Långstrump, Joe Solo.

Intro - Neil Scott

Girobabies – What could go wrong?

Derek Stewart MacPherson - Hearts and Minds 8.35

Music: Babel fish Project will ye go lassie go

Christopher Graham Yes Bikers  - "I voted no in 2014... I'll vote Yes next time." 28.50

Music: Huskytones One Good Reason

Teresa Durran - Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Bef4 -  43.00

Music: King James and the lone wolves- pretty blue eyes

Eric Joyce - From No to Yes 55.27

Music: Roy Moller - Captivity

Debra Torrance - It has to be yes... 1.02.42

Music: Stuart MacFarlane - The Medal

Paul Sheridan – What will Scotland be like, dad?  1.12.35

Music: The Wakes- Never Again.

Ruth McAteer – Inclusivity – 1.20.00

Music: Dreamnails- deep Heat

Victoria Pearson - Think for yourself! 1.26.11

Music: Sharon Martin – Girl

Raiph – Kurt's Precious Onions... 1.40.30

Steve McAuliffe - Panic Room..!  1.43.05

Music: Joe Solo – Summer Fields and Riot Shields

Nick Durie – The conversation towards Yes... 1.49.02

Music: Victoria Långstrump - From Mexico to Calofornia

George Parks - The Tragic Mistake of Henry Tandey - 2.01.06

Music: Kes’s Conscience – First Train South

Chuck Hamilton -  2.13.36

Music: Argonaut weekending

Eric Joyce in conversation with Steven Purcell via independence live. 2.29.10

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March 12, 2017

Loud Women!

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On this International Womens Day special of Ungagged, we'll hear from Amber Daniels  on the progress of women's rights, and why International Women's Day is still needed, Ruth Hopkins with a #NoDAPL update, Debra Torrance with a Dear John letter, and Ruth McAteer on women finding their voices.

Nick Durie  will be speaking about women in community groups, Red Raiph  will discuss racism, Victoria Pearson will talk about the different struggles we face under the current system and some of the forgotten women from history. Mara Leverkuhn will be discussing what she sees as the problems of feminism, and the struggle we should really be focusing on, Eric Joyce will talk about women in the media, and  Steve McAuliffe  will share his poem An End to Time and Motion.

We'll be hearing from new contributor Teresa Durran with a piece on the Icelandic strikes in 1975 and how they link to women’s marches today, as well as special guest speakers Daniellé Dash, on trying to achieve your dream, Em Dehaney on how feminism is not a dirty word, Zareen Taj, secretary of Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh talking about uniting communities, and about the toxicity of Prevent, and Natalie Washington on the journey to becoming yourself, and how  everyone has an equal right to be wrong.

With music from Derek Stewart Macpherson, Dream Nails, Madame So, Gladiators Are You Ready, Fight Rosa Fight, Argonaut, Deux Furieuses, The Ethical Debating Society, Little Fists, Nervous Twitch, Petrol Girls,  Fightmilk, GUTTFULL, and The Potentials .


As always here on Ungagged we don't always agree with each other, but we do respect each others right to speak, and to be heard.

If anything on the pod made you want to shout, get yourself onto the comments section, or onto our twitter, and get Ungagged.

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On this episode of Ungagged we will be hearing from Victoria Pearson, Red Raiph, Debra TorranceGeorge Collins, and Nick Durie on the subject of national health, Dr Bruce Scott on free association, and Eric Joyce on bad chemicals. We'll have Neil Scott with a piece called "Happy birthday 2000AD, some of your dystopian characters are in power," Chuck Hamilton commenting on both Standing Rock and the NHS, and an Independence Live interview with Simon Malzer from Inform Scotland.

With music from Joe Solo, Girobabies, Gerry Mulvenna, Roy MøllerThose Unfortunates, Joe Bone & The Dark Vibes, The Eastern Swell, St Christopher MedalDefences and Here are The Young men and the Argonauts.

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On this pod we have Red Raiph talking about fake news, Eric Joyce on pacifism and nukes and giving his view on ideas discussed by Tommy Sheppard MP at the Independence Convention, including ideas on currency, Victoria Pearson discussing an Independent Scotland within the EU, Amber Daniels talking about the importance of collective unity against the contemporary uprising of bullies, Steve McAuliiffe with his poem False Dichotomies Hold Back Our Dreams of Peace, Debra Torrance discussing War by Numbers - taking a look at major and minor conflicts across the globe, and George Collins discussing the global rise of right wing nationalism, and how that's tied to the global economic system and we hear from our regular contributers Neil Scot and Chuck Hamilton. With music from music Roy Møller, Guttfull, Argonaut, Kes's Conscience, Pilgrims, Huskytones.


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January 29, 2017

The Bard and the Bastirts…

On our Burn's themed podcast:

Max Newland on the anti-Trump protests in Idaho, his fears and the difficulties in reaching those who are supporting Trump and working together to create a better politics.

Victoria Pearson on the political gobbledegook now legitimised by Mays Brexit and Trump.

Chuck Hamilton raging on what is going on in Neverland and May’s visit… and his hopes for Scotland.

Mara Leverkuhm on the hijacking of the Labour Party and the Scottish Labour Party – (Mara mentions this link-

http://momentumunofficial.freeforums.net/thread/70/nec-hijack-paddy-lillis )


Debra Torrance recites one of Burns best.

Steve Macauliffe in a tribute to Burns tells us of Liberty - do or die.

Paul Sheridan, lead singer of the Wakes, on what Burns means to him.

Wee Red Raiph tells us about the less painful burns night and no fond kiss and a wee poam for Trump…

Music – The Babel Fish Project – Ae Fond Kiss; The Wakes -Venceremos; Jackal Trades -Need the Character (s);  The Hurriers Faith to Fight; Kes’s Conscience – Fluid; Guttfull; Arsehole; Huskytones - One Good Reason.

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January 15, 2017

The Great Sweary-ing In…

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The theme for our first podcast of 2017 is Hope and, as usual, the Ungagged team have come up with a vast array of different interpretations.

In this episode Max Newland reminds us that the tide always goes out before a tsunami, Debra Torrance talks about the hopeful start to 2017 in Scotland, and Andrew McPake asks what the real aims of unionism in regards to Scotland are and we have an update from Ruth Hopkins.

Joe Solo talks about the erosion of hope through the politics of despair, Chuck Hamilton reminds us that white + poor does not = bigot, Matt Geraghty discusses hope in hopeless times and Victoria Pearson urges us to fight to regain our home ground in Hope is a Revolutionary Act.

We have Steve McAuliffe with his poem Rejecting Soma,  Oor Raiph, Eric Joyce,  Tommy Ball and Allan Grogan also talk about hope, and we have music from Husky Tones, Chess Smith, Pilgrims, Argonaut, Babelfish Project, Victoria Långstrump, The Agitator, Dream NailsThe Kara Sea, Colour Me Wednesday, and Thee Faction.


Keep an eye on our twitter and facebook over the next couple of weeks for Partially Ungagged - bitesize pieces of this pod for when you're in a hurry!

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In this bumper festive episode, Roy Møller interviews Stiff Little Fingers singer Jake Burns, Chuck Hamilton talks about what Jesus would be like were he around today, Red Raiph treats us to anite afor chrismas (Scottish style), and Victoria Pearson fixes the rip in the fabric of space-time to restore normality before 2017.

Debra Torrance discusses the redistribution of reality, Fuad Alakbarov speaks about Syria, we hear from Amber Daniels, And  Steve McAuliffe treats us to his poem Toasting the Bloody Queen.

Matt Geraghty talks the joyless joy of commercialmas, Mara Leverkuhn discusses the Snoopers Charter, we hear from Beinn Irbhinn with a message from Kazakhstan, and John McHarg tells us the true story of the time he ended up in a jail cell in San Phillips, Mexico.

With music from Attila the Stockbroker, Steve White and the Protest Family, Roy Møller and Sporting Hero, Victoria Långstrump, Frank WalnArgonaut , David Rovics and The Wakes, The Kara Sea, Jackal Trades, and Thunder on the Left.

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December 4, 2016

Liberty or 2016!

The death of a year of deaths... and we look at Liberty!

It's a bumper December episode... take your time, savour and reflect and then troll us on Twitter - where we are opening our Activists Advent...

On this episode, themed around Liberty, we have the former guitarist with Stiff Little Fingers, Henry Cluney, on the politics in his and the bands songs, Debra Torrance on Takening a liberty, Eric Joyce and Neil Scott on Fidel, Matt Geraghty with "A Monster Calls”.

Dr Bruce Scott talks to us about Free Speech and the Liberation of the Psyche, Joe Solo on a song that should be in your Christmas songlist, and on liberty.

Julie Bindel discusses the international sex trade, Chuck Hamilton talks about bisexuality from the point of view of a bisexual, Amber Daniels on the liberation of extreme self consciousness, Mara Leverkuhn on fake news.

We have Raiph talkin aboot tryin tae lissen tae uvvars views oan twittar, an no jus bein insultin!, Steve McAuliiffe with A Full Scale Apocalyptic Meltdown, Ruth Hopkins gives us an update on the stand off in North Dakota between Native American water protectors and the state working on behalf of the oil companies, Fuad Alakbarov speaks about the dreadful reality of the immigration crisis, Tommy Ball on the disasterous 2016 and the rise of racism and the right, and Victoria Pearson asks what it means when we say "It's a free country", and Atilla the Stockbroker treats us to Prince Harry's Knob.

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