Full Scottish – 17th April 2016

Programme starts at 12:30 PM on Sunday 17th April 2016

Welcome to your Full Scottish, live from the YES Bar in Glasgow.

What a great lineup of guests we have for this week’s Full Scottish.

Joining Full Scottish hosts Michelle Rodger and Richard Walker are writer and musician Pat Kane, singer songwriter Megan Airlie and comedian Viv Gee.

We’ll be reviewing the papers with Elaine Livingstone and Lynn McAdam. Elaine is a former picture editor with the Sunday Herald and has carried out a range of freelance projects from Brooklyn to the Congo. She’s just started an online project, Glasgow Lives, which is proving a big hit.  Lynn is head of communications with the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice in Glasgow and a successful PR executive.

Kristina Woolnough will be talking to the Full Scottish about the effects of the PPP debacle in Edinburgh on pupils and families. A journalist and former Edinburgh representative on the National Parent Forum,  her son is at Edinburgh Royal High, one of the affected schools.  Seventeen schools in Edinburgh were closed amid safety fears, and Edinburgh Council was forced to cancel students’ practical exams. About 7,600 pupils missed the first two days of the new term following the Easter break and while most are now back in alternative classrooms, the remaining primary and special school pupils will have to wait until Tuesday.

Foreign journalist David Pratt returns to the Full Scottish this week, and will be talking about Boko Haram and the second anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 school girls. The social media outcry – #bringbackourgirls – has faded and the rest of the world has moved on, yet hundreds of families are still waiting for their daughters to be returned. Just a couple of days ago CNN broadcast a video showing 15 of the missing girls, prompting anger and questions as to why the Nigerian government — believed to have been in possession of the video since mid-January – had failed to inform the families of the missing girls it had the film, and has still failed to negotiate their release. It’s a tragic, emotive story, and one David has followed since the girls were captured.

Kathleen Caskie of Women for Independence will be sharing the outcome of an extensive listening exercise carried out across WFI branches throughout Scotland.  It’s not a manifesto, but women’s thoughts, hopes and wishes for Scotland and the Scottish Parliament.  From fracking to mental health, independence to education and ending poverty to land reform, some of the issues raised are bound to raise a few eyebrows!

You can join the conversation using the hashtag #FullScottish.

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