West Midlands Stories

West Midlands Stories is a collection of documentaries and features produced by students from the Birmingham School of Media.

The series draws together an eclectic range of stories from across the West Midlands, tackling contemporary issues, introducing unique characters and showcasing the region’s rich cultural history.

The first season of West Midlands Stories was broadcast in 2012 on Switch 107.5 in Castle Vale, North Birmingham and went on to win the Bronze award in the Community Radio category of the New York Radio Awards.

The series has now relocated to Birmingham Eastside Radio, with an all-new season of documentaries, hosted by Matt Barnard and Georgia Price.

If you have a story idea for the next season – please email us at Radio@bcu.ac.uk.

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West Midlands Stories – episode 12

The final episode in this series of West Midlands Stories focuses on the difficult subject of drug and alcohol addiction – listener discretion is advised.

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West Midlands Stories – episode 11

The Long Road to Recovery by Naomi MacKenzie investigates the psychological toll caused by the Iraq and Afghan campaigns on returning British Army personnel and speaks to veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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West Midlands Stories – episode 10

This edition of West Midlands Stories includes a documentary titled Caste: Real or Redundant? about the Indian Caste system and whether or not it exists in the UK. There’s also a feature about lying – and finally, a short documentary about student travel.

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West Midlands Stories – episode 9

This edition of West Midlands Stories focuses on arranged marriages and the pressure of cultural expectation in immigrant families. This documentary, titled Pressured Pakistanis was produced by Huma Mian.

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West Midlands Stories – episode 8

This episode of West Midlands Stories features two in-depth  documentaries. The first examines the ground breaking HMP Grendon – and its unique approach to prison rehabilitation. The second investigates retirement.

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West Midlands Stories – episode 7

In another eclectic episode, students from the Birmingham School of Media explore a range of subjects, including student travel, Bournville, student sobriety, the controversial Rainbow venue in Digbeth, the Mission to Mars project with the Birmingham Astronomical Society and mental health.

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West Midlands Stories – episode 6

This episode starts with a documentary that investigates recycling in Birmingham. Next up, there’s a profile which explores the role of the emergency services in Birmingham. Finally, we end with a short documentary called Inside a Dark Mind which looks at the problem of mental health from one young man’s perspective.

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West Midlands Stories – episode 5

In this edition of West Midlands Stories, we take a closer look at the growing sport of Roller Derby – and explore the challenging world of Digital Dating

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West Midlands Stories – episode 4

This episode includes a wide cross section of topics – including Oxfam charity shops, women in trades, amateur theatre, control room operators in the fire service, living with disability, alcohol abuse and finally, the Pop Punk scene in Birmingham.

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West Midlands Stories – episode 3

This episode includes a wide cross section of topics – including Oxfam charity shops, women in trades, amateur theatre, control room operators in the fire service, living with disability,
alcohol abuse and finally, the ‘Pop Punk’ scene in Birmingham.