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Clive, Nat and Liv present their own unique take on the world according to their own generations. Clive is a "Baby Boomer" who was a teenager in the late 1960s and early 1970s and Liv and Nat are "Millennials" so teenagers in the 21st Century. Each week they try to identify the differences and similarities of being a young adult now and in the past. Plus they introduce each other to the music of their youth and all the time in between.
 
The Parents' Show was launched in October 2010 by local parents from St Albans with the aim of providing parents or anyone who cares for kids with up-to-date information and resources on the issues that matter to them. The show is broadcast live every Thursday evening from 8-9pm. Each week, we select a theme, as suggested by one of our listeners, and each week we get a top expert in the studio responding to listener questions and concerns. We also discuss local resources available to parents ...
 
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This week's Parents' Show continues the theme of last week's show on Covid vaccination for 12-15 year-olds, as we speak to local GP Dr Alison Cowan about the myths currently circulating. We also speak to Jessica Smith from our sponsors Rayden Solicitors about how to progress a career in the Legal profession and recent changes to the process for stu…
 
Back in August, Rothamsted Research was granted permission by Defra to run a series of field trials of wheat that has been genome edited, and, very soon, that wheat will be planted. This will be the first trial of its kind in the UK or EU.Project Leader Professor Nigel Halford explains what makes this wheat special and how it might make our toast s…
 
The Remarkable World of Trees is a beautiful and fascinating new exhibition at St.Albans Museum and Art Gallery.It’s the brain child of local tree enthusiast and author of the sell out book, the Remarkable Trees of St.Albans, Kate Bretherton, who, in this week’s show, talks about the inspiration behind the exhibition, the wonderful people involved …
 
We don’t often dwell on the smelly world where everything we pour or stuff down our sinks, drains and toilets ends up, but in this week’s podcast we hear from Richard Leigh of Lanes Group, a company that spends a lot of time dealing with our drain based bad habits. Richard explains their yearly reminder to treat our drains with more respect, talks …
 
This week, we're talking about the covid vaccination.Vaccinations have opened up to 12–15-year-olds in the UK. How do our young people feel about that?Are they being sucked into anti-vaccination disinformation? We speak to Finn, Tara and Sarah from Verulam School, Beaumont School - St Albans and St George's School respectively. They talk us through…
 
In this podcast Clive discusses with Anna the delights of exploring your family history, which he thinks is mainly of interest to older people. His sister started finding out about his family when she was a teenager and Anna has asked her grandparents about their lives as a way of starting to do so as she is also interested. So proving Clive wrong!…
 
Whilst we know that there are good reasons for walking or cycling, with so many cars on the roads around here it can just feel too dangerous. But this could all change with a new agreement aimed at creating better cycling and walking networks in the DistrictWe'll hear from Cllr Chris White, leader and Chair of the Policy Committee at St.Albans Dist…
 
Young people born in this century - Generation Z - are understandably concerned about the implications of Climate Change. Following the recent publication of the latest IPCC report on Climate Change Clive talks to Gen Z Anna about the implications for her and her generation and what she thinks they and everyone else should be doing about them.…
 
Saving the planet can take many forms – from setting out on an eco pilgrimage to just spending less time in the shower.Hannah Eves explains why young people are joining an eco pilgrimage relay passing through St.Albans and Jane Bellard sheds light on why we need to Save Our Streams, even in a soggy summer.To find out more about the eco pilgrimage t…
 
Trees are an asset for every street – for the environment, our health and even increase the value of the houses. Hear how Kingsbury Avenue residents have negotiated the hurdles for more trees on their street and Peter has tips to share.Plus, spurred on by alarming recent severe weather events, Nigel from St.Albans Extinction Rebellion explains prot…
 
Could learning how to work with nature be the secret to success in your garden?Rothamsted PhD student, Tessa, shares her findings about beneficial soil bacteria and artificial fertilizer, and Steve Shelley of Earthworks explains how they keep the pests at bay in a holistic way sticking to organic principles.You can read about more findings from Rot…
 
The journey to a Wilder St.Albans has started and Heidi Carruthers of Herts and Middx Wildlife Trusts wants your help finding spaces with potential to become better for wildlifeYou can nominate a space near you to become wilder on the Wilder Spaces page of the Wilder St.Albans websiteWe also hear about a well deserved win for Danni Jefferson of Jef…
 
It’s the last Parents’ Show this Thursday before we all spend the summer holidays with our children. In this episode we speak to Chris Gomez From TryTime Rugby St Albans about rugby for kids and Heather Birt from Baby College Mid-Herts about some of the key baby development insights they cover with parents at the Baby College, and how they have ada…
 
We spoke to David Bevan from Best Theatre Arts about how the past 18 months have been and their exciting plans for the summer #BestFest and #Olympiaganza. Then in the second part we spoke to Lehna Gardiner from Rayden Solicitors here in #StAlbans about Collaborative Law - a positive and constructive approach to divorce. Sponsored by Rayden Solicito…
 
Having drawn a blank saving the former Butterfly World site, Butterfly World 2.0 are creating butterfly friendly areas further afield. Lindsay McRea explains what they’re up to and how you can help take the ‘take the pulse of the natural world’ with this year’s Big Butterfly Count.Butterfly World 2.0 welcome new volunteers. You can get in touch via…
 
Clive and Hannah discuss the future of cars. From 2030 - less than 9 years away - you will no longer be able to buy a new petrol or diesel car. So electric cars will be dominant but will everyone want to own their own car in future or will they be mainly rented or perhaps shared with neighbours? And, will we trust the future "autonomous" self drivi…
 
Feeding bellies not bins is the aim of Watford's amazing Random Cafe - Sustainable Watford . Be inspired by manager, Jane, who talks about the origins, achievements and plans of this awesome organisation.CLASH are opposing development on Green Belt land behind the houses on Harpenden Road by Hunston Properties and DLA Town Planning for 150 houses a…
 
Do young people listen to radio or do they prefer PodCasts? That is the question Clive put to Anna who is perhaps unusual for her generation as she does listen to radio programmes but also to PodCasts. They compare the world today of multiple choices of what to listen to with when Clive was young and there were only a handful of radio stations alth…
 
St.Albans Sustainability Festival Working Group chair, Jill Watson, shares some of the difficulties and successes of this year’s festivalTo support the Herts and Middlesex Trust Astonbury Wood appeal go toTo support the campaign, visit hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/astonburywoodYou can download the tree trail from the link on the St.Albans Environment …
 
The results of the St.Albans District Residents Climate Survey are in and Catherine Ross, trustee of Sustainable St.Albans, explains the findings.She also talks about why we're being to asked to take 16 steps to cut our carbon in the lead up to the Glasgow Climate talks.You can book to join the Count Down to COP event here https://us02web.zoom.us/m…
 
Anna has started working at an Independent coffee shop in St Albans and so is learning everything about coffee. She talks to Clive about the environmental issues surrounding the production of coffee, Fair Trade, the history of coffee shops (which go back 400 years!) and the differences between Independent coffee shops and the big international chai…
 
From 1st July St.Albans District residents will have to pay if they want their green waste collected.So, even if you have a garden, how easy is it to manage without a green bin?Experienced composter, Andy, and newby composter Danielle share their tips and experiences and Amanda will have more ideas about how to put your green waste to good use.For …
 
We dedicated this week's show to SustFest21. We handed over the microphone to St Albans student Lilly Golding to explore the topics around the Climate crisis. She spoke to Simon Grover from St Albans Green party about the role he is playing. She also spoke to Eliza Lau-Johnston from Twenty_Outfits, and then chatted to a selection of young people fr…
 
We’re back to the “Your Forests” project and focusing on a few of the many creative responses to woodlands and forests. In this podcast, it’s Nicola Davies, writer and poet. A joint effort by ‘Wild Rumpus’ and ‘England’s Community Forests’, the project has been funded by Audio Content Fund and broadcast by ten local community radio stations around …
 
Local activist Farhat Zia explains how she hopes that the Herts Asian Women's Association Sustainability Festival event at which she is speaking will enable communities from around the world to learn from each other about environmental issues that ultimately affect the whole world, and how she's taking steps to help reduce plastic pollution in her …
 
This week we’re talking openly & honestly about #suicideprevention with Debi Roberts from The OLLIE Foundation& Alice Hendy, Founder of Ripple Suicide Prevention. We also chat to Suzy Moody from Home-Start Hertfordshire about how they are planning the coming months and returning to ‘normal’.Painful but essential listening for #parents Proudly spons…
 
Heidi Carruthers of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trusts asks us to take a questionnaire to take a closer look and report back on the wildness around us and local business woman Kate Cherry explains how her Sustainability Festival event could help individuals and businesses recycle more.To find out more about St.Albans Sustainability Festival and to…
 
As in previous years Clive gets together with fellow Eurovision fan - and Millennial - Amy to discuss the entries for this year's Song Contest being held in Rotterdam on 22 May. Having both listened to all of this year's 39 entries they feel qualified to rate them into ones they like and don't plus which ones they think will do well this year. And …
 
Nina Vinther, one of the young organisers of Activism and Optimism explains about the event and why it's so important that young people are politically engaged on the issues around the climate crisis. You can book your ticket hereAnd Kate Swindells of Grow Community Sopwell share details of their community garden launch. More details and how to boo…
 
This week's Parents' Show looks at the many effects of sugar on obesity in children, when Steve Simpson talks to June O'Sullivan MBE of the London Early Years Foundation. Also in the show, solicitor Helen Lafferty from our sponsors Rayden Solicitors joins Lydia El-Khouri and Seema Barker to talk about domestic violence. The Parents' Show is sponsor…
 
Hear how gardening has been a lockdown lifesaver for volunteers at the Marshalswick Community Garden.And Chris Thorne of Aylett Nurseries gives tips on choosing and using peat free composts.If you'd like to be involved in the Marshalswick Community Garden contact Sandridge Parish Council on 01727 831871 or email clerk@sandridge-pc.gov.ukFor tips fr…
 
Recently there’s been reports around the District of privately owned land that had become known as a site rich in nature has suddenly been stripped of vegetation and worse.In this podcast Mark Park-Crowne, spokesperson for the Save Napsbury Wildlife Sanctuary Group talks about what's happened on the site near him, and Matt Dodds, planning and Biodi…
 
Our show this week touches base with our community about lockdown and the strangeness of the past year. We speak to local mum Charlotte Story and mum-to-be Victoria Grey about their lockdown challenges and silver linings. Our wonderful Parents’ Show contributor Claire Healy from Raring2go St Albans and Harpenden keeps our fingers on the pulse of wh…
 
The fourth part of the "Your Forests Project" looks at accessibility to these vital green spaces. This project involved Radio Verulam and nine other Community Radio Stations across England in encouraging all of us to visit our nearest woodland or forest (for most of us, that's Heartwood Forest, just outside Sandridge), record a minute of the sounds…
 
Clive and Honor discuss how clever dogs are with particular reference to Honor's dog Max as an example. Developers of Artificial Intelligence systems say that they have now reached a level equivalent to the intelligence of a two year old dog or perhaps a human toddler. But what does this actually mean? The discussion also takes in cats, gerbils and…
 
Hear from local 6th former Olivia who talks about her petition aimed at keeping coffee cups out of landfill.Newly appointed Wilder St.Albans Project Officer Heidi Carruthers (heidi.carruthers@hmwt.org) talks about how she’s getting started and how we can help.And Ali Insall invites us to the Hertfordshire Environment Hustings.You'll also hear about…
 
Michael has launched 2 petitions to try and save trees – he’ll tell us all about them and how we can help.You'll find the petitions here Require home owners who fell conservation area trees to fund urban tree planting Require developers felling trees to fund reforestation projects Michael also mentioned the Trees of St.Albans Facebook group of whic…
 
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