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Guests Tom Raine and Kirsty Duncan talk about the joy of listening, extreme expeditions and the Portuguese concept of longing.

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About our guests

Tom and Kirsty

Tom Raine

Chosen object: a band of ‘Our Lady of Pilar’

Recording location: Edinburgh

Tom is a fourth-year Spanish and Portuguese student and Head of Music at FreshAir student radio. 

Putting his language skills to good use, he presented El Norte Inglés, a radio show focused on the best Indie bands, while on exchange in Salamanca, Spain, last year. At the start of 2020, Covid-19 cut short his time studying in São Paulo, Brazil, but during self-isolation, he launched Saudade, a radio show exploring all aspects of Brazilian music, spanning years, genres and cultural scenes. 

Hailing from County Durham, Tom is a proud member of NorthSoc and running club Hare and Hounds. 


Tom's MixCloud page

Kirsty Duncan

Tom's ‘Our Lady of Pilar’ band and an illustration of an eagle feature
Hear about the special objects our guests have chosen.

Chosen object: eagle feather 

Recording location: Toronto, Canada

Kirsty is Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-North and Deputy House Leader of the Government of Canada. She previously served as Minister of Science and Sport and is committed to strengthening science and evidence-based decision making and fostering a culture of curiosity in Canada.  

Before entering politics in 2008, Kirsty worked at three universities in Canada over 16 years. A medical geographer, she spent a decade leading an expedition to remote Svalbard, Norway, to search for the cause of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed upwards of 50 million people worldwide.  

She contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an organisation which, jointly with Al Gore, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. 

Being a highland dancer, Gaelic speaker and piper, Kirsty had dreamed of studying in Scotland, which she fulfilled by pursuing her PhD at Edinburgh, graduating in 1993. 

Kirsty's government profile

Kirsty's alumna profile (from our archive)

Kirsty's 2018 TED talk, 'Scientists must be free to learn, to speak and to challenge'

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Host: Richenda Rae

Theme music: Nathan Webb

Producer: Kate Stewart