Bantercast 18: Jon Ronson

Last month’s Banter with journalist, documentary maker, humorist and author Jon Ronson was packed to the rafters. Between books like Them: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats to great documentaries like Dr Paisley, I Presume and Crazy Rulers of the World, we’ve long been fans and admirers of his work. Jon talks at great length about Frank Sidebottom and the true story which inspired the forthcoming Frank film.

Bantercast 17 Other Voices: Pat Leahy

It’s time to head to west Kerry, with a Bantercast from our visit to Other Voices in Dingle last December. This time joining us fireside is Pat Leahy – the Sunday Business Post’s deputy editor and political editor. Pat is the author of two of the finest books about Ireland’s recent history, “Showtime” (2009) and this year’s “The Price of Power: Inside Ireland’s Crisis Coalition”.

Bantercast 16 Other Voices: Maeve O’Rourke

One of the most enjoyable Banters we’ve conducted during our trips here, there and everywhere with Other Voices was this conversation with campaigner and activist Maeve O’Rourke. Recorded in London in April 2013, Maeve spoke to us about her work with  the Justice for the Magdalenes campaign, her interest in civil liberties and human rights and how she first got involved with campaigning.

Bantercast 15: Fr Peter McVerry

Taken from the fourth installment in our Living for the City series, Banter was delighted to welcome Fr Peter McVerry for an indepth conversation on his life and work last January. The latest freeman of Dublin has been working with the city’s young homeless for more than 30 years. During this time he has campaigned tirelessly for the rights of these young people, opening a hostel for the young homeless in 1979. Our interview features Peter talking about how his early life, his move to Dublin, his anger at what he sees at neglect  of our fellow citizens and how he sees his role today.

Bantercast 13: Mark Yarm

A music-related Bantercast this week with author Mark Yarm, who joined us during the Kilkenny Arts Festival last summer to talk about his book Everybody Loves Our Town. When it comes to the story of the Seattle grunge explosion, his fantastic oral history is one of the definitive reads on that fabled city and such bands as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Mudhoney and more. The Guardian called it “a Herculean work of interviewing and editing which gives everyone a voice, from the biggest stars to the lowliest foot soldiers”.

Bantercast 12 Other Voices: Michael Moynihan

We revisit the Banter Salon at Other Voices from last December where Michael Moynihan joined us at the fireside of Foxy John’s pub in Dingle Co. Kerry. The Irish Examiner sports journalist is the author of the fascinating “GAAconomics” book about the secret life of money in the GAA. Like all great investigations, “GAAconomics” follows the money in hurling and Gaelic football to come up with an absorbing tale about our national games.

Bantercast 11 Other Voices: Eimear McBride

An interview with Irish-born author Eimear McBride taken from our trip to Kerry last December for the Banter Salon at Other Voices. Eimear is the author of the fantastic debut novel “A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing”. Written nine years ago, the novel was rejected by mainstream publishers and was eventually published by Galley Beggar Press in Norwich. Acclaimed by reviewers, it was the winner of the first ever Goldsmiths Prize for fiction as well as being shortlisted for the inaugural Folio Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Bantercast 08 Other Voices: Ed Vulliamy & Mary Fitzgerald

This Bantercast is taken from our very first trip to Derry for the Banter Salon at Other Voices in February 2013. Foreign correspondents Ed Vulliamy from The Observer and Mary Fitzgerald from The Irish Times joined us for a discussion on the role of war correspondents and roam from Mexico to Syria, from Libya to Egypt and everywhere in-between. It was without a shadow of a doubt one of the best Banters it has been my pleasure to oversee so I look forward to hearing what you make of it.

Bantercast 05 Other Voices: Donal Ryan

As regular Banter fans will know, we work with the amazing Other Voices TV show and music festival and have hosted sessions with them in Dingle, Derry and London. This is the first of many Bantercasts to be taken from those adventures and features Jim chatting to fellow Tipperary man and award-winning author Donal Ryan. The man behind two of the best Irish books of the last decade spoke to us about the art of writing, Russian gangsters, rural Ireland, language, his day job – and his prowess as an arm wrestler.

Bantercast 03: Housing in Dublin

This Bantercast is from our current Living in the City Series which looks at living, working and playing in the Irish capital. This episode, recorded in October 2013, looks at the Dublin property market, the two-track property game and if we’ve learned anything from the recent boom and bust.

Taking part are Ronan Lyons (economist at and Trinity College Dublin), Colette Browne (Irish Independent columnist), Karl Deeter (adviser and analyst at Irish Mortgage Brokers and and Dr Lorcan Sirr (lecturer in housing studies and urban economics at DIT).

Bantercast 02: Review of the Year

The best Banters of any year often turn out to be the last Banters of the year when we rewind on the previous 12 months. The 2013 Review of the Year features views on the news stories, newsmakers heroes and villains of the year from Aine Lawlor (presenter of RTÉ Radio One’s News At One, RTÉ TV’s The Week In Politics and Facing Cancer), Alison Curtis (Today FM DJ and producer), Paddy Cosgrave (Web SummitF.ounders) and Ciaran Walsh (managing editor Le Cool Dublin and co-founder Sweatshop). All you ever wanted to know about twerking, horse burgers, Pope Francis, the Anglo tapes, Martin O’Nell, selfies, hurling and much, much more.