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The Cov Pod

The Cov Pod

By The Cov Pod
Hosted by Aaron Ashmore, The Cov Pod is a celebration of the city of Coventry and an honest and transparent look at some of the issues being faced by the city, such as homelessness and climate change.

We will also be inviting people close to the city to share their Coventry story, what they love about the city and their hopes for the future. In partnership with Coventry City Council.
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13. International Children's Games
You will no doubt know that Coventry is a host city for the Commonwealth Games in 2022 but did you also know that city is hosting the International Children’s Games this year. In August, more than 1500 of the best young sporting talents from around the world are travelling to the city for 6 days of completion across 7 sports. We kick the episode off by speaking to Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, and Jon Hunt, Service Manager Sport, Physical Activity & Wellbeing, Coventry City Council about the benefits that hosting the games brings to the city and how local people can get involved in the games. I then speak to John Timms, Event Director of the Games who tells me all about the journey of Coventry becoming host city, the huge amount of planning that has gone into preparing for a huge event and the lessons learned since we last hosted the Games in 2005. Finally, I'm joined by Sophie and Eve, two Team Coventry swimmers who share their excitement in representing the city at the games and share some tips on how other young people in the city can begin to get involved in swimming. Host: Aaron Ashmore Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes In partnership with Coventry City Council. 
32:35
July 08, 2022
12. Laura McMillan MBE
In this episode of The Cov Pod, I sit down with Laura McMillan MBE, Director of Audience Strategy, Coventry City of Culture Trust who tells me about her history in the city, how she first became involved with Coventry's bid for UK City of Culture and we take a look at a momentous year for Coventry. Laura shares why there was a commitment to making sure that co-creation was at the heart of the Coventry 2021 activity and why it was important for new voices to be heard across the city. We also talk about Laura's recent MBE award as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours and what Laura's plans are going forward. Host: Aaron Ashmore Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes In partnership with Coventry City Council.
36:41
June 28, 2022
11. A Coventry conversation with...Former Lord Mayor Cllr John McNicholas
Have you ever wondered what the role of Lord Mayor entails? Or how the next Mayor is decided? I sat down with former Lord Mayor Cllr John McNicholas during his last week in term to look at some of the highlights and challenges of his time as Lord Mayor from raising money at the Charity Dog Show to the restrictions caused by COVID Host: Aaron Ashmore Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes In partnership with Coventry City Council.
25:11
May 23, 2022
10. Elections
Coordinating fair and well-run local elections is obviously a crucial role for any Council and Coventry is no exception with a huge amount of work taking place to facilitate local people registering their vote. In this episode, I speak to Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council, about his role as Returning Officer and the legal responsibility he has to ensure the local election is managed effectively, to Liz Read, Electoral Services Manager, Coventry City Council about the behind-the-scenes planning of both polling stations and election night itself, and finally to Alan Cox, a Presiding Officer who is a member of the public who once a year is called upon to manage a polling station. Host: Aaron Ashmore Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes Outro music: Don't Fall Apart by Duke Keats  In partnership with Coventry City Council.
35:17
April 15, 2022
9. A Coventry conversation with...John Kiely MBE
It was a pleasure to sit down with John Kiely MBE - one of the cogs that help to make the Coventry business world turn. I speak to John about how he came to be a franchisee of a number of McDonald's in the city, the work he is involved in to support Coventry homeless people and young people to access training and employment, plus how it felt to be awarded an MBE as part of The Queen’s New Year Honours List for his philanthropic work in the city of Coventry, helping disadvantaged youth. Host: Aaron Ashmore Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes In partnership with Coventry City Council.
19:19
April 08, 2022
8. Council Tax and managing budgets
You’ll no doubt be aware of Council Tax but do you know how and where that money is spent? I sat down with Cllr Richard Brown, Finance Lead for Coventry City Council and Paul Jennings, Senior Finance Manager at Coventry City Council to talk about the council’s annual budget, Council Tax, and the balance between the funding of local services and investing in commercial opportunities. The conversation is informal and is a great introduction to how the council manages its budget and the legal responsibility the council has to balance the books each year. Host: Aaron Ashmore Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes In partnership with Coventry City Council.
33:34
March 18, 2022
7. A Coventry conversation with...Trish Adudu
Award-winning BBC radio and TV presenter, journalist, awards host, and all-round Coventry champion, Trish Adudu joins me on the latest episode of The Cov Pod. We talk about the racism faced by Trish's family after first moving to the city, working her way up in a career in journalism, her love for the city, and take a closer look at the businesses of her two boys, Tyler and Kennedy. Host: Aaron Ashmore Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes Outro music: Bobby Bastardo by The Bad Divine  In partnership with Coventry City Council.
25:23
February 17, 2022
6. A Coventry conversation with...Debbie Isitt
A special Christmas-themed episode of The Cov Pod with a festive interview with Coventry film director, Debbie Isitt. The Nativity films play a special part in many Coventrian's Christmas and it was great to hear about how the films came to be, the essential role Coventry plays in the series and what it was like dangling a child off the Cathedral Spire!! I hope you enjoy it! I just wanted to take the chance to wish you a Merry Christmas and a huge thank you for your support for the podcast so far! Host: Aaron Ashmore Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes Outro music: Silent Night by Stylusboy In partnership with Coventry City Council.
26:59
December 24, 2021
5 - Coventry UK City of Culture
2021 will be looked back as a historic year for Coventry and this episode I speak to some of the people behind Coventry 2021. After being awarded UK City of Culture in 2017, we are currently halfway through a year of events and community projects which have looked to put Coventry on the cultural map. In this episode, I speak to Chenine Bhathena, Creative Director of Coventry City of Culture Trust about the vision of the 2021 programme, some highlights of the past six months plus a look forward to what's still to come.  I also speak to Molly Adkins, Producer, South East, Collaborative City about some of the projects that have been delivered so far and the impact COVID has had on the 2021 programme. Finally, I speak to local creative, Roze Navab who tells me about the Coventry Twin Studios Project project and how the Trust has supported local creatives. Host: Aaron Ashmore Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes Outro music: Judas Kiss by The Broken Rebels In partnership with Coventry City Council. Episode photo: Dylan Parrin
41:33
December 20, 2021
4. A Coventry conversation with...David Moorcroft OBE
A huge honour to speak to Coventry legend, David Moorcroft OBE for this episode of The Cov Pod. David was kind enough to share his Coventry story with me which included running in 3 Olympic games and winning gold two times at the Commonwealth Games. Enjoy!  Host: Aaron Ashmore Aaron's Twitter Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes Outro music: William F Cody and the Foleshill Blues by AncientCrackedVoice In partnership with Coventry City Council.
34:36
December 07, 2021
3: Climate Change
It is more apparent than ever how important it is to take meaningful action to address climate change and this episode takes a closer look at what work is taking place in the city to help combat it.  We speak to Cllr Jim O’Boyle who tells us about the range of projects underway in the city to work towards a greener, sustainable future. This is followed by an interview with Nicola Small from Coventry City Council who talks about the Very Light Rail project which looks to bring a tram system to Coventry.  Host: Aaron Ashmore Aaron's Twitter Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes Outro music: We Are The City Of Spires by David Goody In partnership with Coventry City Council.
35:53
November 11, 2021
2. A Coventry conversation with...Pete Chambers
Episode 2 of The Cov Pod is an interview with the brilliant Pete Chambers; the oracle of Coventry music and mastermind behind The Coventry Music Museum! The interview takes a look at the impact The Specials and 2 Tone made on the city, what the Coventry music scene was like in the 70s and 80s and we even find out how the famous Ghost Town car made its way to the upstairs to the first floor of the Music Museum. Enjoy! In partnership with Coventry City Council. Host: Aaron Ashmore  Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes Outro music: Journey into the Night by Jay Tennant
34:43
October 28, 2021
1: Homelessness
To time with World Homeless Day, the first episode of The Cov Pod takes a look at homelessness and rough sleeping with interviews in the city with Coventry City Council representatives, Louise from The ARC; a drug and alcohol outreach support who support people to achieve a better quality of life, and finally a chat with John who has a history of rough-sleeping in the city who now has permanent housing. Host: Aaron Ashmore Aaron's Twitter Intro music: Heal in Time by The Institutes Outro music: Out Upon The Ocean by Stylusboy 
33:24
October 11, 2021
Trailer: An introduction to The Cov Pod
The trailer for a brand new Coventry podcast, hosted by Aaron Ashmore in partnership with Coventry City Council. In The Cov Pod, we will be taking a look at some topics related to the city and interviewing notable figures about their Coventry story. Keep an eye out for episodes releasing in the next few weeks. Host: Aaron Ashmore Aaron's Twitter Music: Intro and outro music by The Institutes The Institutes' Twitter
05:48
September 21, 2021