What’s the weather like? 2014

Every time I interview someone I ask them what the weather is like to test the levels on my microphone. Here’s what the weather was like according to every person I interviewed in 2014.

The Collectible Toy Trade

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“Well if you happen to be in possession of any Toy Story figures it might be wise to hide them away from the kids as they could be worth a tidy sum some day. It seems that vintage toys can be a clever investment as our own toy boy reporter Liam Geraghty has been finding out.”

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GIY for Business

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“It’s the time of year when garden centres will be packed to the rafters again with green-fingered people eager to start planting and pruning. Our own evergreen reporter Liam Geraghty has been getting to the root of a new initiative which is aimed at encouraging businesses to bed down in the Grow-It-Yourself movement.”

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Shyness is Nice!

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“Professor Bernardo Carducci has made it his life’s work to study shyness. He is the Director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University. He joins us to discuss how shyness can impact on our working lives. But first, Liam Geraghty has been searching out some stories of shyness.”

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Feeding the 5000

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“Tonnes and tonnes of fruit and vegetables never make it to the supermarket shelves because, we’re told, people only want to buy perfectly-shaped produce. Ultimately however, it means that we’re paying more for our weekly shopping. We sent our reporter Liam Gerraghty off to find out how Cork is highlighting this issue.”

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The Espresso Economy

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“This week coffee chain Starbucks announced a 47% increase in profits in Ireland while Nespresso sold more than €6 million worth of its coffee capsules here last year. So it seems that coffee is still a hot commodity, despite tough economic conditions. We sent tea-drinker Liam Geraghty out to lift the lid on the coffee business.”

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The Fine Art of Foley

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Movie-making is a really expensive business – you just have to look at the long list of credits at the end of any film to see that. The processes involved can be incredibly layered, intricate, and very time-consuming. One such area is in movie sound. Our reporter Liam Geraghty has been sounding out some Irish Foley Artists.

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Update: Delighted to say this report was short-listed for Best Short Feature at the 2014 PPI Radio Awards.

 

The Booming World of Business Cards

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“There’s one thing that remains an ever present part of the business landscape everywhere, and that’s the giving and receiving of business cards. There has been no shortage of digital companies and app developers attempting to replace the traditional sturdy little three-and-a-half inch by 2 inch cards. But they’re not getting very far with all those efforts, as Liam Geraghty has been finding out.”

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The Doodle Revolution

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“Have you ever looked back through an old notebook and seen it covered in scribbles and scrawls of maybe trees, faces, random shapes or other kinds of doodles? Well if so, it seems, there’s no need to be embarrassed or ashamed. Our own doodler Liam Geraghty caught up with one woman who wants to break the stigma of the doodler.”

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