Dougald Hine

The things you hear

The closest I ever got to a proper job was as a local radio journalist, and I still love it as a medium. These days, I'm trying to get into the habit of recording my talks, as well as conversations with interesting people I meet.

And, for a bit of fun, I've dug out some old radio pieces, the kind of silliness I used to inflict on the people of Sheffield over their cornflakes.



  • The Return of 'The Vernacular' - a conversation with Sajay Samuel, a friend and student of Ivan Illich, about the increasing relevance of Illich's understanding of life beyond the production and consumption of commodities. The Hague, 2 July 2011.
  • Kick the Bastards Out: Comparing Collapsonomics Elections - a conversation with futurist Justin Pickard about his reading of elections in the aftermath of economic crises in Ireland and Iceland, and their lessons for the UK.
  • Has politics reached its Napster moment? - a podcast for New Public Thinking. Vinay Gupta and I kick around ideas about the connections between protests around the world. Brussels, 17 February 2011.
  • Avoiding the Starbucks version of informal learning - part of a conversation (8min) with Fred Garnett and friends about the desirability and dangers of making informal learning more visible and fundable. School of Everything: Unplugged, 3 November 2010.
  • The Open Teacher - an interview with Drew Buddie (57min) about being a school teacher and an ardent user of Twitter. What happens at the interface between his institutional and networked lives? Recorded at School of Everything: Unplugged, 27 October 2010.
  • Cuts for Contraction? - talking Collapsonomics on a Wednesday morning at School of Everything: Unplugged with David Jennings, Clodagh Miskelly, Tony Hall and Patrick Hadfield, 18 August 2010.
  • A Tale of Two Crises - sovereign debt and the music industry with Pat Kane, Vinay Gupta, Alex Fradera and Mike Bennett, Brixton Village, 28 April 2010.
  • Talking Impro - a conversation with Lloyd Davis, 14 September 2009


  • Things that go bump in the night - a piece I did for BBC Radio Sheffield about an encounter between the Yorkshire UFO Society and a paranormal investigator.
  • Tea or coffee? - a journalistic investigation into the social and political implications of one's choice of hot drink.
  • I love Hummers - a rant about the offensiveness of the stretch Humvee, live on the Radio Sheffield breakfast show, some time in 2005.