Curious City

A podcast with brilliant guests, surprising objects and quirky connections
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Photograph showing an aerial view of Glasgow looking down over buildings at a crossroads, with the words Curious City over the image.

In each episode we travel across the city, discovering objects from our museums that link in surprising ways, meeting people and sharing stories as we go.

Curious City is available on SpotifyApple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Audible and on YouTube

Photograph of The Rehearsal by Edgar Degas

Episode 8 - Discovering Degas (part one)

Available now

As The Burrell Collection welcomes its Discovering Degas exhibition, in the episode we look at roles featured in his work and speak to modern day equivalents including auctioneers and horse racing trainers.

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Photograph of chef Julie Lin in The Burrell Collection

Episode 7 - Julie Lin at the Burrell

Available now

Chef, TV presenter and writer Julie Lin visits The Burrell Collection and shares her stories and passion for food, Glasgow and discovers how food is represented in the Burrell.

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Episode 6 - Paul Buchanan's Glasgow

Available now

Paul Buchanan gives an exclusive insight into his work and career as a solo artist as well as being part of The Blue Nile. In this episode Paul chooses his favourite objects and reveals the places in Glasgow which inspire him.

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Photograph of the fashion historian, writer and curator, Mairi MacKenzie, photographed inside the Burrell Collection

Episode 5 - Costume

Available now

How does costume influence a performance? In this episode the fashion historian, writer and curator Mairi MacKenzie, reveals her unique insights on a dress worn by Audrey Hepburn, a tutu designed for Swan Lake, horsehair boxing gloves and how armour works to fit the body.

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Photograph showing Glasgow Life Learning and Access Curator Caroline Currie with two pupils from St Convols

Episode 4 - Pollok Country Park

Available now

This we time get outside and head into Pollok Park with Rona Dougall. Along the way we meet runners from Parkrun, hear about the range of animals in the park and catch up with curator Ralph Moffat who gives us an insight into the Boar Hunt tapestry.

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Photograph of our guest Norry Wilson, from the Official Lost Glasgow Facebook page

Episode 3 - Disasters

Available now

A Clyde-built ship capsizes on the day of launch, the Great Fires of London and Glasgow, an early aviation crash and a railway disaster at St Enoch station. We meet Norry Wilson and discover stories from some of Glasgow's worst disasters.

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Photograph of the inside of Sheilds Road Subway station, with two people about to get on board.

Episode 2 - On The Move

Available Now

Comedian, writer and broadcaster Susan Morrison joins us to discover the history of Glasgow's underground, the story of a home-made record-breaking bike, a magnificent pair of boots once owned by Elton John and asks the question - why does the Duke of Wellington always wear a traffic cone?

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Photograph showing the actor, writer and presenter Sanjeev Kohli standing inside Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Episode 1 - Sanjeev Kohli's Kelvingrove

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As a lifelong visitor to the museum our guest the actor, comedian and writer Sanjeev Kohli, shares his favourite things about Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. From Floating Heads, a 120 year old Art Competition to Salvador Dali, Sanjeev reveals what it really means to him.

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*Coming Soon*

Photograph of the writer Chris Dolan standing outside in front of Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Episode 9 - Performance

Available 19 June

In this episode our guest the writer and cycling enthusiast, Chris Dolan offers us unique insights into his own writing process and Billy Connolly's influence on the city, as well as Rab C Nesbitt and the Theatre Royal.

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Photograph of the spoken word artist Oliver Robertson

Episode 10 - Glasgow Green

Available 3 July

In this episode our guest the Spoken Word artist Oliver Robertson shares his stories of life growing up close to Glasgow Green and discusses his own work.

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Photograph of the comedian, writer and broadcaster Susan Morrison standing inside Riverside Museum

Episode 11 - Games

Available 17 July

Comedian, writer and broadcaster Susan Morrison enjoys a closer look at games through the ages by the way of Star Wars, the ZX Spectrum home computer and traditional children's games.

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Photograph showing Faye, from the Some Great Reward record shop

Episode 12 - Music City

Available 31 July

Curious City regular Norry Wilson is back to take us on a musical tour round Glasgow stopping at some of our best-loved record shops, community choirs, concert halls and revives the ghost of some legendary lost venues.

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Photo of a Glasgow street dressed to look like an vintage street in the USA

Episode 13 - Film City

Available 14 August

In this episode film critic Alistair Harkness is our guide to Glasgow on film and we meet artist Thomas McGoran who takes us back to cinema's golden era.

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Also featured in the series

Photograph showing Faye, from the Some Great Reward record shop
Glasgow's Independent Record Shops
Photograph showing runners at the Parkrun 5k event in Pollok Country Park
Parkrun
Photograph showing Glasgow Life Learning and Access Curator Caroline Currie with two pupils from St Convols
Nature Trails
Photograph of Gary from Glasgow Boxing Academy and friends
Boxing
Photograph showing Susan Morrison looking at a Storm Trooper costume on display in Riverside Museum
Games
Cropped view of Salvador Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross focused on the figure on the cross
Salvador Dali
Coloured pencil drawing of eight taxidermy birds by Mariko Twaddle
Art Competition
Photograph of the Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom sign
Music Venues
Photograph showing a dress worn by actress Audrey Hepburn on display alongside an original Mini
Film Memorabilia
Photograph showing the Duke of Wellington statue outside the Gallery of Modern Art wearing a traffic cone
Coneheid
Darth Vader and an Imperial Storm Trooper from the 501st Legion, and Star Wars, outside Riverside Museum
Star Wars
Photograph showing some of the Curious City production team walking across a street in Glasgow. The team are David Scott, Michael MacKinnon, Laura Walker, Bryony Bates, Tracey MacDonald, James Gibson, Anthony Johnston, Caroline Currie, Debora Neto and Alan Braidwood.

Curious City team

This photograph shows some of the people who make the Curious City podcast. The team are David Scott, Michael MacKinnon, Laura Walker, Bryony Bates, Tracey MacDonald, James Gibson, Anthony Johnston, Caroline Currie, Debora Neto and Alan Braidwood.