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The North in Numbers
56 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
Fly tipping: A tsunami of waste sweeping the North
A tsunami of fly tipping has been sweeping the North, with a spike in cases during the pandemic accelerating a trend that has been creeping up for years. The latest figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs reveal nearly 310,000 incidents of fly-tipping were recorded by councils across the North in 2020/21 - the equivalent of 35 every hour. Annie Gouk investigates this scourge of illegally dumped waste in the latest episode of The North in Numbers, speaking to campaigners, councillors, and volunteers. This podcast is a Laudable production for Reach, and it is presented by Annie Gouk and produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
36 minutes | May 13, 2022
Why are fans starting to flock to non-league football in the North?
In this sports special, David Dubas-Fisher is behind the mic, as he looks at the increase in popularity of non-league football in the North, specifically tiers nine and 10 of the English football pyramid. Football clubs in those tiers have a combined attendance of almost 550,000 this season with crowds increasing in recent years - particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic. David speaks to the fans involved in non-league football, including the Northern Football League's Mike Snowdon, Hallam FC's Ian Jones, and West Didsbury and Chorlton's Gray Ellwood, to find out how the pandemic has impacted the game. He also discusses how non-league clubs are supporting their communities, how the 3pm broadcast blackout affects these teams, and why football fans are turning away from professional clubs. This episode of The North in Numbers is presented by David Dubas-Fisher and produced by Daniel J. McLaughlin.
58 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
Mental health: The hidden pandemic
This week’s episode is all about the surge in mental health issues seen across the UK in the wake of the pandemic - and the massive strain this is putting on services, with unprecedented demand and huge backlogs. We spoke to some of those who have been affected in the north - including a teenager who saw her eating disorder “blow up” during lockdown, and a young man with bipolar disorder who ended up in hospital after struggling to access treatment for his worsening symptoms - as well as experts from mental health charities, working on the front line. Written and presented by Annie Gouk and produced by Mark Magill. Mental health crisis helplines: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/helplines-listening-services Find your local Mind: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/local-minds Beat eating disorders helpline: 0808 801 0677 / email@example.com
50 minutes | Apr 8, 2022
Levelling Up: What it really means for the north
The North in Numbers podcast tells the human stories behind various statistics for the north of England. In this episode - the first of series three - host Annie Gouk gets to the bottom of levelling up, speaking to policy experts and people working in some of the key areas the strategy targets. 'Levelling Up' was a strategy set out by the Conservative party in their 2019 manifesto and has huge implications for the north. However, recent polling by YouGov reveals that 74% of people don’t actually understand what “levelling up” is - including one in four people who have never even heard of it.
50 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
The importance of local news during the pandemic, with Michael Sheen, Jen Williams and Dion Jones
In the final episode of the series, host Annie Gouk takes a look at the importance of local journalism and why local news has been so vital during the pandemic in particular. Annie is joined by actor and activist Michael Sheen, Jen Williams, the Politics and Investigations Editor for the Manchester Evening News and Dion Jones, Brand Editor of the North Wales Daily Post.
34 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Distilleries: The Northern ginaissance
This episode is all about the resurgence in gin that has led to an ongoing boom in distilleries across the north. To find out more, we spoke to industry experts, as well as gin brands and craft distillers from across the region. According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, since March 2010 the number of distilleries in the north has exploded from around 15, to closer to 125 in March 2020. Most of that growth has been seen since 2015, with the number more than quadrupling in the last five years alone. The increase in distilleries has largely been driven by a revival in the popularity of gin, dubbed the ‘ginaissance’ - with the drink overtaking whisky and more recently vodka to become the most popular spirit in the UK. Written and presented by Annie Gouk and produced by Mark Magill.
37 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
House prices: High demand, low supply and a frenzied market
This week we’re taking a look at house prices, which have been soaring during the pandemic - particularly in the north. You’ll hear from people across the region about their experiences of buying and selling in the last year, while a South Manchester real estate agent and a property expert from Zoopla offer their thoughts on what’s driving these trends - as well as giving hints and tips for people looking to buy or sell right now. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by Mark Magill.
46 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Below the breadline: The rising tide of child poverty gripping the North
This episode is all about the rising tide of child poverty that has been gripping the north over the last few years, while also taking a look at how the pandemic has been affecting the situation. We spoke to a single mum struggling below the breadline, a teacher who encounters the reality of child poverty in the classroom every day, as well as experts from anti-poverty charities and Trussell Trust Foodbanks, to put these shocking figures into perspective. As of March 2020, just before Covid-19 hit, there were estimated to be 1.1 million children living in poverty across the North. That was up by around 300,000 children compared to March 2015. It means that in the five years before the pandemic, the proportion of children living below the breadline had risen from 28% to 33% - affecting one in every three northern kids. Written and presented by Annie Gouk and produced by Mark Magill.
15 minutes | May 20, 2021
Data Special: The Sensemaker project
Each series, we dedicate an episode to looking behind the scenes of data. In this episode, we showcase the work of the data journalism project, Sensemaker. For the project, the Manchester Evening News partnered with the University of Central Lancashire to co-create data sensors for journalism and community engagement. One of these was a pollution sensor, which was deployed in schools and businesses across South Manchester. Annie Gouk spoke to John Mills, Associate Professor at UCLan and one of the academic partners on the Sensemaker project, and Louise Taylor, who was the assistant headteacher at Cringle Brook school at the time. Hosted by Annie Gouk and produced by Mark Magill.
23 minutes | May 7, 2021
Football: Why does the North produce so many England internationals?
When it comes to producing players for the England national team, the North has always punched above its weight. A total of 1,259 players have played for the men’s senior team since the first international match back in 1872. The North West of the country has produced more of those stars than any other region, with 282 to date. We spoke to respected football journalists David Prentice and John Gibson, England Under 19s coach Ian Foster, David Wetherall, Head of Youth development at the EFL and David Raven, ex-Liverpool youth player, currently at Marine and someone who came through the ranks as an England youth player, playing with Wayne Rooney. Written and presented by David Dubas-Fisher and produced by and music by Mark Magill.
34 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Pets: The rise of puppy love in lockdown
We take a look at the huge rise in pet ownership seen during the pandemic - and in particular the soaring number of dogs being bought and adopted across the North. With the help of animal charities and new pet owners, we explore the ups and downs of puppy love in lockdown, as well as offering tips and advice from experts, to help with training and pet care during these strange times. Written and Presented by Annie Gouk. Produced and music by Mark Magill.
32 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Pubs and bars: The heart of the community, fighting for survival
To kick off the new series of the podcast, in this episode we’ll be exploring the state of pubs and bars in the North - from the long-term decline in the number of boozers across the region, to the recent boom in major cities, and of course the ongoing impact of the pandemic. We discussed industry trends with hospitality experts and people running pubs and bars up and down the north. Written and presented by Annie Gouk and produced by and music by Mark Magill.
1 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
The North in Numbers - Series 2 Trailer
Welcome to Series two of The North in Numbers, a podcast that gets the human stories behind the stats. In this series we'll be looking at subjects such as child poverty, waiting times for mental health services and the effect of Covid lockdown on pet ownership.
34 minutes | Mar 6, 2020
In this final episode of the series, we look at the boom in breweries across the North - part of a craft beer revolution that is sweeping the country. We speak to brewers, bar owners and beer festival organisers from all over the region to find out what's been driving the trend. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
32 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
In this episode, we explore the introduction of Universal Credit, and the impact the controversial new benefits system is having on families across the North. We travelled to Teesside - an area with a high number of people on Universal Credit - to speak to claimants about their experiences. You’ll hear first hand how some people are desperately struggling under the system, as well as from charities and experts who want to see it improved. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
27 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
Annie Gouk takes a break as sports data journalist David Dubas-Fisher steps in for a look at the state of football in the north. He explores the financial gulf that exists between the Premier League and the Championship, speaking to academics, experts and local sports journalists about how the industry is evolving. Written and presented by David Dubas-Fisher. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
31 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
This episode takes a look at the huge rise in knife crime seen across the north, and the devastating effect it's had on communities in Merseyside in particular. We spoke to a mother who tragically lost her teenage son, the locals campaigning to make a difference, the Chief Inspector of Merseyside Police and the Liverpool ECHO's crime reporter. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
14 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
Data Special: David Ottewell and Tom Forth
This week is a special episode, where we take a look behind the scenes with data experts David Ottewell and Tom Forth about how numbers impact our world. We discuss what makes data important, why it needs to be accessible, and some of the pitfalls when it comes to statistics. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
29 minutes | Dec 20, 2019
This week takes a look at the effects of austerity when it comes to council spending and what that meant in terms of cuts to local services. We looked at the north as a whole but focused on Hull as an area that has been hit particularly hard. We spoke to local councillors, union members, teachers and library campaigners as they delve into the devastating impacts of these cuts. Written and hosted by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
31 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
The Foodie Boom
This week we're looking at the boom in restaurants and cafes seen across the north of England. We met some of the chefs and entrepreneurs in Leeds and Newcastle that have started food businesses in the last few years, as well as hospitality industry experts. Written and presented by Annie Gouk. Produced by and music by Mark Magill.
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