Category Archives: Edinburgh

Episode Fifteen: Live! From Ben’s Living Room! (March 30, 2012)

Two of the many historical signs around Edinburgh

Today we were recording in Ben’s living room, and unfortunately had some technological problems which is our excuse for the poor sound quality!

Mike Shmidt & Other Musical Trivia
By: Jake Barber
Jake offered him up to Ben’s whim today, and had his feature’s topic given to him right before he presented. It led to a discussion about Billy Ray Cyrus, and other nonsense.

Estrogen in Fish
By: Ben Garlick
Ben had a very-well original research piece today on the show about the history of estrogen in fish, a report that was definitely not entirely made up. From the early research of Bernard Matthews, to his later hanging in Luxembourg, Ben talked about it all. Then, Jake corrected just a few minor mistakes he had made.

Street Signs Around Edinburgh
By: Henry Hawkins
Based on a recent call for more historical plaques around Edinburgh, Henry talked about a few of the plaques around the city. Plaques for the Ratho murderer, Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, Charles Darwin, & The Hammer of the Witches are just a few of the many interesting plaques around the city that were highlighted on the show today.

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Episode Four: Hidden Histories of Edinburgh II (November 21, 2011)

Arthur’s Seat & The Salisbury Crags

Today on the show we had the second episode of our series on Edinburgh, looking at the Real Mary King’s Close, heard from special guest Moolten Glacyass about the geology of Arthur’s Seat, as well as a brief talk about Germaine Greer.

Local Knowledge & Germaine Greer
By: Jake Barber
Jake went on a bit of a rant this morning, talking about his problems with Germaine Greer and a particular town she has made some controversial statements about.

The Geology of Arthur’s Seat
By: Moolten Glacyass
Best known as the multi-talented lead singer/rhythm harmonica/3rd tamborine player in Holy Era of the Astral Lobotomy, Glacyass was a major player in the late 1970s early 1980s metal scene in Britain. Moolten stopped by the studio this morning to promote his latest record, called Satan’s Lukewarm Glacier. He played a song called “Arthur’s Seat at Lucifer’s Table” which was inspired by the geomorphology history of Edinburgh’s local extinct volcano.

The Real Mary King’s Close
By: Henry Hawkins
Mary King’s Close is located just off the Royal Mile, and was closed up in the 17th century due to the plague spreading through the city. Many people believe that victims were sealed inside its tenement buildings, which gave rise to the many reported supernatural experiences and ghost sightings. The close was sealed until 2003 when it was opened up, and is now a popular tourist destination.

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Episode Two: Hidden Histories of Edinburgh (November 7, 2011)

Greyfriars Bobby, The South Bridge Vaults, The Meadows

Greyfriars Bobby: Human-Animal Relations
By: Ben Garlick
This morning on the show we heard about some of the hidden histories of Edinburgh. First, Ben looked at the story of Greyfriars Bobby, the dog who supposedly sat by his master’s grave for 18 years, and he deconstructed what this story represents to human-animal relations.


Green Spaces in Edinburgh: An Accidental History
By: Jake Barber
Jake talked about the evolving history of green spaces in the city, focusing on the Meadows and Princes Street Gardens from their beginnings as Lochs to treasured green spaces within a busy city.


The Edinburgh Vaults: Storage, Squalor & Serial Killers
By: Henry Hawkins
Henry discussed the Edinburgh vaults, located in the foundations of the South Bridge near Cowgate, and their varying uses over the years, from storage spaces, to cramped dwellings, the haunt for serial killers, and a modern-day tourist destination.

Jake also brought us three quick stories from the week’s environmental news, and we had another edition of our Environmental Song Analysis with Bruce Cockburn’s If A Tree Falls.

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