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The Comfortable Spot

The Comfortable Spot

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The Comfortable Spot is a series of conversations with interesting people from different walks of life. You may not know all of them, but you might find them intriguing, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us.
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The Comfortable Spot with Sandy Kaye
Today I'm joined by broadcaster Sandy Kaye. Sandy has built up an impressive reputation as a journalist in both radio and television in Australia and recently embarked on a new venture as a host of A Breath of Fresh Air which is a radio show featuring conversations with legends in pop and rock music. What started out as a Covid project is now a weekly, hour-long show that is broadcast on radio stations right across the world and as a podcast on all the leading podcast platforms. Sandy took some time out to chat with me about her life, her stories as a journalist in Australia, and her fast paced radio show, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, you acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
51:01
July 24, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Dr. Johanna Vos
Today I'm joined by astrophysicist Dr. Johanna Vos. Originally from Dublin, Johanna is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Her specialty is atmospheres of brown dwarfs and exoplanets.  Science is incredibly exciting right now and I invited Johanna to chat about her career and her work in general as an astrophysicist, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, you acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
40:23
July 17, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Michael Lewis
Today I'm joined by journalist Michael Lewis. Michael is based in the state of New York and has over forty years experience as a soccer journalist. Michael has covered all levels of US soccer, which includes the World Cup, Olympics, Major League Soccer and North American Soccer League, among other competitions. He writes about the beautiful game for Newsday, is the editor of frontrowsoccer.com, and has written eight books on the sport. I have long been fascinated with soccer in North America and was delighted to have Michael on the podcast to chat about its history, the success of the women's game and the future of the sport there, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us.  By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
52:43
July 09, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Carole Coleman
Today I'm joined by author and broadcaster Carole Coleman.  Carole is an Irish journalist and is currently a presenter of This Week on Irish state broadcaster's RTÉ Radio One. In 2021 Carole published News from Under a Coat Stand which was her personal account of working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. I had been planning to chat with Carole for a while, but we never manged to tie down a good time until now, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
43:29
July 03, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Eimear Ní Bhraonáin
Today I'm joined by broadcaster and journalist Eimear Ní Bhraonáin.  Eimear cut her teeth in regional Irish media before moving to the national scene where she worked as a print journalist. These days, Eimear presents a mid-morning talk show on Irish regional radio station Kildare Carlow Local Radio, where she has the highest listenership across the station. While she covers all the serious topics of the day, Eimear has a quirky sense of humour and enjoys getting out and about, meeting her listeners. She took some time out from her busy schedule to join me for a chat, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
43:39
June 26, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Nick Duerden
Today I’m joined by writer and journalist Nick Duerden. Nick has written widely on the arts, family and health. I chat with Nick about a number of his books and also his latest publication called Exit Stage Left – The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars . It’s an intriguing read with interviews with over forty musicians about life away from the limelight, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
52:24
June 19, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Aoife Noonan
Today I’m joined by Aoife Noonan. Aoife is an award winning pastry chef from Dublin, with a history as Head Pastry Chef and Executive Pastry Chef positions in some of the best restaurants in the country. She has also worked as a culinary consultant and brand ambassador for major global brands, with her most recent tenure as a weekly columnist for the Irish Times Saturday magazine. Aoife’s recipes have long been favourites in our house and I was delighted to have her as a guest. So I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
36:18
June 12, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Joe Gonzalez
Today I'm joined by activist Joe Gonzalez. Joe is one of the founders of The Project Solution which is a non-profit organisation that gives people an opportunity to donate to community infrastructure projects around the world. Joe has spent his professional career in a multitude of fields, including work in television, film, and theatre.  Joe has been a tireless volunteer his whole life and I was very interested in chatting with him about his organisation and also in discussing the similarities of non-profit models in the US and Europe. So I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
53:08
June 05, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Mark Piesing
Today, I'm joined by author and journalist Mark Piesing. Mark specialises in writing about technology, culture and everything in between for some of the biggest names in the media, and has recently published his first book, N4 Down : The Hunt for the Arctic Airship Italia. This book tells the story of the largest polar rescue mission in history: the desperate race to find the survivors of the glamorous Arctic airship Italia, which crashed near the North Pole in 1928. I was intrigued by premise of the book and decided to give it a read, and having enjoyed it immensely, I invited Mark to join me as a guest, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
45:15
May 22, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Midge Ure
Today, I'm joined by musician Midge Ure. With a career spanning over forty years, Midge has been one of the most influential artists of his time. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Midge enjoyed enormous success in a number of bands, including Slik, Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage and as the frontman of Ultravox. Along with Bob Geldof, he was also a key figure in the now historic charity project Band Aid which raised millions of pounds for Africa during the 1980s. Midge has also had an equally successful solo career and he still records and tours regularly. I have always been a fan of his music and I thought it would be great to have a chat with him about some aspects of his career, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
01:05:57
May 15, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Moe Dunford
Today, I’m joined by actor Moe Dunford. A native of Waterford in Ireland, Moe has built up an impressive career in both television and film. His standout role for television was the History Channel drama The Vikings and recently, Moe was the lead role in the acclaimed Nexflix film Nightride, in which his character, Budge, spends a hyper stressed night driving across the city of Belfast in an effort to complete one last job and escape the criminal underworld. I met up with Moe in his home town of Dungarvan for a chat about his career. This episode is slightly longer than usual, as we covered a lot of ground, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
54:05
May 08, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Rob Lilley
Today, I'm joined by audio producer and podcaster Rob Lilley. Rob is one half of a duo who host the increasingly popular podcast The Euro Trip Eurovision Podcast. With his co-host James Rowe, their podcast has managed to capture the fun and excitement that arrives on our television screens every May in the form of the Eurovision Song Contest which is a pan-European song competition that has been running since 1956. Having been a fan of the event for a long time, I was delighted have a chat with Rob about the competition and run through its history and also what we can expect in this year's show. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
45:55
May 01, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Mat Kaplan
Today, I’m joined by American radio personality, Mat Kaplan. Mat is the host of Planetary Radio, a radio talk show about space exploration produced by the Planetary Society. The role of the Planetary Society is to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the general public to inspire and educate people from all walks of life. I wanted to chat with Mat about his career in radio, his love of all things space, as well the work he does for the Planetary Society. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
52:37
April 24, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Yannis Karamitsios
Today I’m joined by author and political commentator, Yannis Karamitsios. Originally from Thessaloniki in Greece, since 2006 Yannis has been living in Brussels and is a legal officer at the European Commission. Yannis dedicates a considerable part of his public action to the promotion of European and international federalism and has recently written book on the subject. I thought it would be good to have him on our podcast today and talk about his new book and his views on the current issues in Europe. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
46:46
April 17, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Brian Milne
Today I’m joined to by author and academic Brian Milne. Brian is a social anthropologist who has extensive field experience in human and civil rights for all ages, environmental issues and has been politically active most of his life. I have known Brian for many years now and we have often worked together on media projects, so I thought it would be nice to meet up and chat about his career and his love for politics, social issues and, in particular, our mutual passion for European affairs, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
43:57
April 03, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Tristan Hughes
Today I’m joined by historian, author and podcaster Tristan Hughes. When I was in the early stages of creating the concept for The Comfortable Spot, I always had Tristan on my list as a guest. Tristan’s podcast, The Ancients, is an amazing series that not only covers vast swathes of early history, but also perfectly manages to do this without ever taking the listener for granted as it explores subjects in an easy to follow format. Tristan is crucial in the series because of his bounds of enthusiasm, and his choice of guests is astounding. Recently Tristan has published a book, The Perdiccas Years, 323-320 BC, which covers the fallout from the sudden death of Alexander the Great and we chat about the story behind his book, as well as about a number of other great topics so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
57:22
March 27, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Kim Insuk
Today, I’m joined by Author and blogger, Insuk Kim. Insuk is a native of South Korea but is an extensive traveller who now resides in Greenland. Insuk’s love for Japanese and French culture initially took her to Japan before she embarked on a journey to Europe and in particular, France in order to follow her passion for all things French, including historic figures like Marie Antoinette. While studying there, she began her love affair with the island of Greenland and today, she is a permanent resident of the island. So I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
37:39
March 20, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Tina Lee
Today I’m joined by journalist Tina Lee. Originally from the USA, Tina is based in Berlin and specialises in migration, human rights, politics and the far right. Tina has previously worked for Human Rights Watch and The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. Nowadays Tina is editor-in-chief of Unbias The News which is a space for journalists who experience structural barriers in the field. Tina offers training in cross-border and collaborative journalism and was editor-in-chief of the 2019 Unbias The News book. I knew Tina would be a perfect guest for this podcast, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
50:42
March 13, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Dr. Fergal Lenehan
Today I’m joined by Dr. Fergal Lenehan. Fergal is based at the University of Jena, Germany, where he is a full-time researcher at the project called ReDICo: Researching Digital Intercultureality Co-operatively. A believer in Social Europeanism, he is an author and recently also a co-editor of Reclaiming the European Street by President Michael D. Higgins. I decided to sit down and talk to him about this recent book as well as out mutual appreciation of all things European. So I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
41:55
March 06, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Dr. Jennifer Cassidy
Today, I’m joined by Irish author and academic, Dr. Jennifer Cassidy. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Jennifer is based at the University of Oxford. Having received her doctorate in 2016, Jennifer specialises in researching international development and digital diplomacy. A proud advocate of gender and human rights, Jennifer has spoken at TEDxOxford and is a regular media contributor, and I was delighted to get the opportunity to have a chat with her, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
43:05
March 06, 2022
The Comfortable Spot with Katja Hoyer
Today, I’m joined by historian, writer and podcaster, Katja Hoyer. Katja’s podcast, Tommies and Jerries, has a unique style that not only manages to inform us about the similarities and differences between British and German, but also has a combination of fun and form. Katia has also recently written an amazing book, Blood and Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German Empire 1871-1918 which tells the story of a country that is just as influential now as it was when it was first created. Her style is to keep you reading, even if you know the end; as if it was some high stakes drama with the characters jostling for power and influence along the way. Now having read her book a few times, I felt it was time for us to have a chat, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this podcast are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
34:39
March 06, 2022
The Comfortable Spot Trailer
The Comfortable Spot is a series of conversations with interesting people from different walks of life. You may not know all of them, but you might find them intriguing, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us. By accessing this podcast, I acknowledge that the entire contents and design of this Podcast, are the property of Ken Sweeney, or used by Ken Sweeney with permission, and are protected under Irish and international copyright and trademark laws. Except as otherwise provided herein, users of this podcast may save and use information contained in the podcast only for personal or other non-commercial, educational purposes. No other use, including, without limitation, reproduction, retransmission or editing, of this podcast may be made without the prior written permission of Ken Sweeney.
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March 03, 2022