Ham & High Podcast

Ham & High Podcast

Hampstead & Highgate Express journalists meet some of north London's most-notable residents. We'll be speaking with stars of the screen, political heavyweights, cultural icons, charity heroes and many more about their lives, their careers and what makes life around Ham&High so special.


April 26, 2022 31 min
On the 50th anniversary of the International Wages for Housework Campaign, Frankie Lister-Fell spoke to activist, writer and campaigner Selma James.
Selma co-founded Kentish Town’s Women's Crossroads Road Centre in 1975, and it is the longest standing women's centre in London.  Selma speaks about the campaign’s success, initial resistance from feminists, and how, if at all, things have improved for women and unpaid carers a...
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Speaking to André Langlois this week is writer, comedian, bibliophile, scientist’s foil and creator of this April’s biggest Christmas celebration Robin Ince.
Familiar to a wide audience these days through the Infinite Monkey Cage, with Professor Brian Cox, Robin constantly has other projects on the go, from stage and radio shows to a new book in the works.
The comedy, music, science and arts show Nine Lessons and Carols for Curio...
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March 8, 2022 28 min
In this episode of the Ham&High Podcast, marking International Women's Day, André Langlois chats with engineer Dame Jo Da Silva. 
With vast experience working in disaster zones, Muswell Hill’s Dame Jo is currently global director of sustainable development at the company Arup. 
She received her damehood, and previously a CBE, for work in international development and for her contribution to humanitarian relief. 
We recorded...
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December 15, 2021 23 min
On the Ham&High Podcast this week, Sally Patterson talks to Dr Ally Jaffee, who is a working junior doctor and the co-founder of Nutritank, which promotes the importance of food and nutrition in medicine. Earlier this year, she received a Diana Award, a scheme launched in memory of Princess Diana. Here, Ally discusses the role of food in medicine and some practical tips for good eating.
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November 4, 2021 21 min
On this week’s podcast we turn our attention to Glasgow (slightly to the north of the Ham&High’s distribution area) to discuss the COP26 climate summit. Sally Patterson talks to professor of earth system science Mark Maslin, and André Langlois hears from Laura Marks, founder of Mitzvah Day, chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and an interfaith consultant.
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October 20, 2021 45 min
This week André Langlois speaks to Crouch End's Phoebe Morgan. As well as being the author of four novels to date – including this year’s The Wild Girls – Phoebe is editorial director at Harper Collins, responsible for crime novels and thrillers. We discuss her career, as well as the million dollar questions: How do you write a book and how do you get published?
Visit phoebemorganauthor.com and, of course, www.hamhigh.co.uk
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October 8, 2021 51 min
In the first episode of season 3 of the Ham&High Podcast, Bridget Galton speaks to former Labour leader, and current shadow business secretary, Ed Miliband. A Camden stalwart, Ed has a book out titled Go Big: How to Fix Our World. He’s also a podcast veteran, recording the long-running Reasons to be Cheerful with Geoff Lloyd. In this interview he discusses the big issues of the world today, as well as his north London upbringin...
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André Langlois speaks to journalist and former Number 10 communications chief Alastair Campbell and journalist and education campaigner Fiona Millar about life with serious mental health challenges, as documented in Alastair's book, Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression.
This episode is an interview from the live online event Ham&High: Our Community's Mental Health, held on May 21, 2021. 
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On May 21 we held Ham&High: Our Community’s Mental Health – a day of online events around wellbeing. 
We’ll be releasing some of the sessions in the coming weeks and we start with a really fun discussion around comedy.
Joining Ham&High editor André Langlois were stand-ups Charlie George and Rich Wilson, Tash Alexander from the social enterprise Head Held High, and comedy star in the making Ro Dodgson.
The discussion covered...
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May 13, 2021 18 min
In this episode, Michael Boniface chats with the amazing composer, singer, songwriter and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson. 
Ayanna lives in Hornsey and this year released an EP, Rise Up, featuring Akala, as a celebration of her Jamaican heritage. 
She talks about the music she loves, her path to success and the important roles her school and teachers played. 
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May 6, 2021 27 min
Our guest this week is L’myah Sherae, founder of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Race Equality in Education, which launched in February. 
We discuss L’myah’s journey to Hampstead from Nottingham via Cambridge, what it’s like working in Westminster, and what needs to be done to improve equality in education. 
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May 1, 2021 29 min
In this episode, Sally Patterson speaks to Mandu Reid, leader of the Women’s Equality Party and the party’s candidate for mayor of London. 
Mandu discusses her manifesto, her route into politics, and the party’s role in the current political landscape. 
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April 27, 2021 17 min
In this episode Sally Patterson speaks to another of London’s mayoral hopefuls.  He doesn’t represent one of the major political parties, he believes our democracy has come under attack, and he’s not originally from this country, which might explain his idiosyncratic look. Our guest is Count Binface. 
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April 22, 2021 24 min
Speaking to Sally Patterson for this episode is another of the candidates in May’s election for the Mayor of London. 
Many listeners will recognise Hampstead's Brian Rose. In his own words, he’s “on the billboards and in the suits”, but he’s also behind the self-proclaimed free speech digital channel London Real, which has come under fire for giving a platform to dangerous conspiracy theories. 
Despite single-digit polling, he ...
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April 20, 2021 45 min
In this episode André Langlois discusses the musician Prince with rock journalist Barney Hoskyns.   April 21 marks five years since the artist’s death at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis. Although that city was an integral part of Prince’s identity, he also had an affection for London, visiting often to play shows in both arenas and small clubs. In 1994 he opened his Sign o’ the Times shop in Camden. 
Barney Hoskyns is edito...
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April 15, 2021 48 min
This week we are launching a revamped Ham&High newspaper and, to coincide with that, editor André Langlois here interviews Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq, Labour’s shadow minister for children and early years. 
They spoke on March 4 about a whole range of subjects, from Tulip's fears for the future of nurseries, to the Royal Free Hospital, and how emergency staff there saved her son’s life. 
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April 8, 2021 34 min
Our guest this week on the Ham&High Podcast is the first of the candidates from the main political parties in the forthcoming London mayoral election. 
The Liberal Democrats’ Luisa Porritt is a Belsize councillor in Camden and a former MEP. 
Among the topics for discussion are threats to our liberty, housing and low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs). 
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March 25, 2021 17 min
This week Bridget Galton meets Camden’s Conrad Khan, who is currently filming for a new series of Peaky Blinders. 
Conrad is nominated for the EE Rising Star award at this year’s BAFTAs for his performance as vulnerable teenager Tyler in the film County Lines
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March 18, 2021 21 min
This week, André Langlois meets Tom Bright, who is not only a solo musical artist but heads up Islington Radio and, with Box Media, is one of the team behind Crouch End Studios and the Archway Tavern. We touch on working with Mick Jones from The Clash, and discuss what the future holds for music in London.
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March 11, 2021 43 min
This week Sam Volpe meets DJ and broadcaster Edward Adoo, covering topics from the loss of the best pistachio flavour in London to the roots of knife crime. And from working in a profession with preconceptions about what voices “fit” to the joys of spinning records for packed rooms and A-list celebrities. 
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