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Multi Story

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Personal stories from across England - each week, a new theme. Becca Bryers is your guide to the colourful characters and emotional experiences which make up a diverse country.

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Caring and Sharing

Sep 1 • 32:04
Three stories of people who have found themselves giving or receiving care.

Including 26-year-old Hannah who was recently diagnosed with FND, in conversation with her mum Alison - about the wide-ranging impact of the disorder on relationships, work and hobbies. And the importance of celebrating the small wins.

And Nina from Essex, who last year volunteered at a care home in ...

Carry On Campervanning

Aug 18 • 18:47
Marianne and Chris Fisher swapped their five-bedroom family house in Shropshire for Trudy the camper van back in 2018.

This is not a holiday, but a complete change in lifestyle - the married couple are aiming to step foot in every country in the world. But plans have been somewhat altered by a global pandemic.

Multi Story is presented and produced by Becca Bryers.

With thank...

Life and Lyrics

Aug 4 • 30:45
Two singers share how personal experience has shaped their song lyrics - from escaping a bad relationship, to long night shifts.

Jackie thought she'd found the man of her dreams, but his behaviour soon became suffocating - and even when they split, he wouldn't leave her alone. She now hopes her music will help empower other women in the same situation.

Spencer Flay has used ...

Only One Twin Can Win

Jul 21 • 32:45
Team GB athlete Jake Wightman and his actor brother Sam, talk identical twin rivalry and companionship, on and off the track.

Plus former Olympic runners, Angela and Susan reflect on the pros and cons of being known as "The Tooby Twins".

Presented and produced by Becca Bryers.

With thanks to British Athletics for commentary from the Muller British Athletics Championships 2021...

Legacy

Jun 23 • 33:07
Two stories of people making and continuing legacies - from making space in the equestrian world, to sharing the spiritual teachings of yoga.

Freedom found a passion for horse riding as a teenager, when his parents moved the family from Leicester, to the Caribbean island of Antigua. Returning to the UK five years later, he was struck by how much he stood out in the equestri...

The New Normal

Jun 9 • 39:37
Three stories of people adapting to new and changing situations.

Including Ewan, who lost his hearing following a surfing accident and channelled his energy into his passion for tennis; playing the game at the top level, representing Team GB in deaf tennis. Until another change in his hearing forced him to step away.

And Emilie, who was volunteering for a children's charity ...

Keeping Company

May 26 • 40:41
Three stories of the way technology can help us form connections and feel less alone.

Including Jo from Liverpool and Martin from Skelmersdale, single strangers who weren't looking for love - until they met in a virtual pub.

Plus Sheila and her daughter Lynn from Rotherham, who have both found comfort in a very low maintenance cat, called Willow.

And Dean, a retired psychiatr...

Within The Rules

May 12 • 41:17
Three personal stories reflecting on how we interpret and respond to the rules.

Including 81-year old Patricia, who has finally found her birth family after a 30 year search - right in the middle of a global pandemic. She's desperate to be reunited with her birth mum on her 100th birthday – but equally determined not to break national lockdown rules.

And Wayne, who lives in...

Single Story: Expectation vs Reality

May 5 • 08:04
After a year-long hiatus, Multi Story is back for a fourth series!

On 1st January 2020, we released "New Start" - a hopeful episode of the podcast, sharing positive stories of change as we looked forward to a fresh year, full of promise:
https://www.bbc.co.u…/programmes/p07yhrh0

And then the global coronavirus pandemic hit, and suddenly we all had to alter our expectations a...

Single Story: Piano Man

Apr 9 • 13:42
How a spontaneous duet between two strangers at a London railway station sparked a viral video and a valued friendship, bringing joy to uncertain times.

Last spring, Denis Robinson was playing one of the pianos at St Pancras International, when he was approached by passing musical theatre actor Ceili O'Connor. A video of their performance of Somewhere Over The Rainbow has b...

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