The Attitude Test

Presented by Chrissie Cochrane

Airs Sunday at 18:00 UTC, repeats Monday at 11:00 UTC and Tuesday at 05:00 UTC

A weekly program on which we discuss, but often stray from, a given topic. Listeners are very welcome to join in the discussion or raise a topic of their own.

Please note: We've replaced TeamTalk with Zoom for those wishing to join us live on Sunday's edition of the show. The details for accessing Zoom and the meeting room are as follows:

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Recent Shows

16 June 2019

Here in the UK the BBC is funded by a licence fee. For many years people over 75 have been exempted from paying this. The BBC now propose to have almost everyone pay, as the UK Government has ceased to subsidize older peoples' free licence. Here in the UK there are several things the older person gets free - the bus pass and free prescriptions are just two. On this week's Attitude Test, we ask the question has the economic balance tipped too much towards the older person, and is there an economic conflict brewing between the old and young?

9 June 2019

On this week's show, at the request of one of our regular contributors, we discuss interaction between blind and visually impaired people and their sighted counterparts. How does a blind person get through to someone sighted that they can do something that the sighted person thought they couldn't? What happens when a close sighted friend effectively tries to take over something that you know you can do perfectly well? We will begin the programme by discussing a specific case that happened to our contributor.

2 June 2019

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

26 May 2019

On this week's show, we debate the state of the English language. English, like any other modern language is constantly being modified with new words and phrases, however with English being as widely spoken as it is throughout the world, is there a danger of it fracturing to the extent that there will no longer be a common, wel understood English in the future? You've only got to listen to some of the language in some of the rap songs around at present and one readily begins to realize that one doesn't understand half the words being said.

19 May 2019

This week, I had planned to discuss the state of the English language, however I feel there is a much more important matter that I would like to discuss. This week, the Governor of Alabama signed into State law antiabortion legislation that in effect removes a woman's right to an abortion in virtually every circumstance, including if she has been raped. Similar legislation is being possibly adopted in several other States in the USA, and could, if it goes to the Supreme Court, be nationwide. Are these draconian laws interfering with basic human rights, or should the rights of the unborn child be paramount? As most of the legislators are men, do they really understand the feelings of women, and what part does religion play in all this?

12 May 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, we discuss digital privacy. Here in the UK the police are asking the UK Government for permission to seize mobile phones of rape victims. They say that if they can't do that, cases against rapists may not go ahead. Is this the thin end of a very nasty wedge in that victims of crime will have to give up their digital privacy in order to get justice, or is this the logical progression as we live more and more of our private lives on digital platforms? Would you be willing to hand over your mobile phone and passwords if you were a victim of a crime? Could this be extended to things like job interviews, before you buy a new house, or anything that needs details of your private life in any way shape or form?

5 May 2019

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

28 April 2019

On Wednesday May 1 The Global Voice will celebrate 10 years on air. On this week's Attitude Test, we ask the question is radio alive and healthy these days? Does linear radio still have a future, or will podcasts and other on demand programming be more what people want? What was your favorite radio era?

21 April 2019

On this week's show, we ask the question is it more difficult nowadays for blind and visually impaired people to get work than it was in the 1990s or even the 1980s, and if so, why? On a more personal note, what would be your dream job - one you think you could actually do?

14 April 2019

On this week's show, we ask the question are we falling out of love with politics and politicians? If so, what would you put in its place, or are we stuck with what we have but need to reform the whole system?

7 April 2019

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

31 March 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, our discussion revolves around the subject of gender. Most people are happy within the gender they find themselves, but what if you're firmly convinced that your brain feels you are physically not in the gender your brain thinks you should be?

24 March 2019

Recently we have been discussing some pretty heavy topics so I thought it time for something a bit more light-hearted on the Attitude Test this week. The question this week is, if you could invite 6 people from history, or our current time, to a dinner party, who would you invite and why?

17 March 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, we discuss the shooting in two mosques in New Zealand. With most recent terrorist acts being ascribed to people purporting to be of the Islamic faith, was a terrorist act against Muslims inevitable? How much influence do extreme right wing websites and YouTube videos have on gullible people? Should the communications companies be more tightly regulated, or is this even possible considering the huge amount of information uploaded daily?

10 March 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, at the request of a listener we discuss whether a Less Religious America Will Be a Less Generous America. Religion in the United States is in a slump. Since 1990, the share of Americans who reject any religious affiliation has climbed sharply, from 8 percent to more than 22 percent. Among younger Americans, the trend is especially pronounced. According to the Public Religion Research Institute, 38 percent of Americans under 30 describe themselves as having no religious identity.

3 March 2019

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

24 February 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, we debate the future of the guide dog. With the proliferation of gps technology, sensors and cameras, and the use of apps like AIRA and Seeing AI, will there, in the future, be a need for guide dogs, or are dogs more than just a guide?

17 February 2019

Often on the Attitude Test we debate current items in the news, moving possibly more mundane subjects to the following week, and this time is no exception. Four years ago, three teenage girls defied their parents and went to the Middle East after being groomed on the internet, to live in the Islamic State. Now, four years later one of them, Shamima Begum, now 19 and pregnant, wishes to return to the UK. She says she has no regrets at having gone to live in the Islamic State but feels her child will have better care in the UK. What should be the policy over both men and women returning from such places? Should we treat them with compassion - perhaps they have been brainwashed - or should we be wary of their return?

10 February 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, we discuss what could be described as the world's best computer, and we all have one: we discuss what is known about the human brain. How much do we know about our own brains? Can one learn things as well later in life as we do in childhood? Can we do anything to possibly stave off such diseases as dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

3 February 2019

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

27 January 2019

This week's Attitude Test, which first aired in November 2018, looks at work place disasters. This subject is prompted by a listener who writes in: My county that I worked for for the last 30 years as a social worker is now making changes that would not only eliminate my position but neatly also my department as a whole. Top down management is decreeing that nothing that I've done so far is "professional by today's standards." And the funny part is: they do not know my job. Do I retire? Do I transition? We've all had work disasters. How have we dealt with them, what has helped us through to get to a new place?

20 January 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, we discuss the problem of dyslexia. Can blind people suffer from Dyslexia? If so, has it been very much of a hinderance in your life? What strategies have you used to get round the problem?

13 January 2019

On this week's show, taken from the archives, we look at the problem of adiction. When we think of adiction we normally think of drug adiction but the human being can be adicted to all sorts of things, plus have different types of adiction: chemical and psychological. This show first aired in November 2018.

6 January 2019

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

30 December 2018

This week's show, being the last one of 2018, we'll take a look back at the year. Apart from the big stories of the year we want to know what sort of a year have you had? Have you had any major events in your life, and has 2018 been good to you or not?

23 December 2018

This week's Attitude Test is the Attitude Test Christmas Party. We'll be discussing all things Christmassy in a light-hearted way. What are you doing for Christmas? What food and drink do you enjoy over the Christmas season? What memories do you have of Christmas past? And anything else related to Christmas.

16 December 2018

On this week's Attitude Test we ask the question are we becoming too reliant on our telecommunications networks, and if so what can we do to make sure we have communications when things break down, as happened a week or so ago to one of the major mobile phone networks in the UK? It's not just a question of the ability to talk to other people by phone or whatever, but we rely heavily on the internet for things like online shopping, banking and many other things. Have we now reached the stage when we just can't live without our mobile phones etc?

9 December 2018

On this week's show, we debate the question have we lost faith in our politicians? With both the US and the UK seemingly very divided countries politically, what with Brexit here in the UK and President Donald Trump in the US, and all the current media attention being focused on our politicians, have they grown 'too big for their boots,' so to speak? How can we remind them that they are there to serve the public, not the public to serve them?

2 December 2018

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

25 November 2018

On this week's Attitude Test, at the request of a listener, we ask the question has Christmas got out of hand? Around this time of year people are madly buying Christmas presents the cost of which seems to be spiraling to an extent where people often pay hundreds of Pounds or Dollars and even run themselves into serius debt. Have we lost the simple meaning of Christmas giving and has it become a 'one upmanship' race to see who can buy the biggest and best? Is this being fed by radio and television advertising and pestering children? On a personal note, what's the most expensive present you've ever bought for anyone?

18 November 2018

This week's Attitude Test, looks at work place disasters. This subject is prompted by a listener who writes in: My county that I worked for for the last 30 years as a social worker is now making changes that would not only eliminate my position but neatly also my department as a whole. Top down management is decreeing that nothing that I've done so far is "professional by today's standards." And the funny part is: they do not know my job. Do I retire? Do I transition? We've all had work disasters. How have we dealt with them, what has helped us through to get to a new place?

11 November 2018

On this week's show, at the request of a listener, we look at the problem of adiction. When we think of adiction we normally think of drug adiction but the human being can be adicted to all sorts of things, plus have different types of adiction: chemical and psychological.

4 November 2018

Firstly: don't forget the clocks go back in most of the US this weekend.

Next: Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

Finally: This week, again we're testing Zoom. The details for accessing Zoom and the meeting room are as follows:

1. To join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android,:
use the following link, or, copy and paste the URL into your web browser
https://zoom.us/j/7636264363
If you don't already have the Zoom client installed this link will take you to the web page where you'll be shown the link to download the client and after you've filled in a few details you'll be automatically entered into the room.

2. You can also access the room by phone in the USA: Dial +1 669 900 6833
or:
+1 646 558 8665
You will need the 10 digit meeting ID, which is:
7636264363

As per last week, the Zoom meeting room will be open an hour before the show so that we can help you sort out any problems you may experience.

28 October 2018

Firstly, don't forget the clocks go back in the UK and Europe this weekend.

Next, on this week's show, we talk all things Halloween. Do you believe there are such things as ghosts? Have you had any strange experiences relating to possible ghosts? Do you in fact celebrate Halloween or do you think it has become merely another way for companies to get money from people?

Finally, this week, we're testing a new way for you to talk on the show. We'll be trying out Zoom. The details for accessing Zoom and the meeting room are as follows:

1. To join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android,:
use the following link, or, copy and paste the URL into your web browser
https://zoom.us/j/5284241295
If you don't already have the Zoom client installed this link will take you to the web page where you'll be shown the link to download the client and then be automatically entered into the room.

2. iPhone one-tap in the USA:
+16699006833,,5284241295#
or:
+16465588665,,5284241295#

3. You can also access the room by phone in the USA: Dial +1 669 900 6833
or:
+1 646 558 8665
You will need the 10 digit meeting ID, which is:
5284241295

The Zoom meeting room will be open an hour before the show so that we can help you sort out any problems you may experience.

21 October 2018

at the end of last week's programme I did announce the subject for this week's Attitude Test, However, I have postponed that in order to discuss the fate of the Washington Post correspondent jamal khashoggi, who, it would appear, was murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey. we'll discuss the political fallout from this alledgedly brutal murder by Saudi Arabian operatives. Why is it that a huge political outcry is created when one person is killed, yet when that same country, and in fact other cuntries kill thousands, they are mere statistics? Are we also often content to overlook serious crimes if they could possibly interfere with international business?

14 October 2018

On this week's show, we'll talk about one of the larger pink elephants in the room--how to tell someone something they need to know that's sensitive or uncomfortable in nature. Of course, we'll also talk about being the potential receiver of such information. Ever had to tell someone something as innocent as the fact that a passing bird just ruined their fifty-dollar hairdo, or that they'd just splashed ink on their brand-new tie? Have you ever said or done something that came back to bite you later, from something as innocent as ordering a cheeseburger at a kosher restaurant to passing gas in a crowded elevator? How about giving someone bad news they probably should have heard from another closer source, or being the receiver thereof? Or maybe you had to tell a good friend that some attribute of their personality or physical presence bothered you in some way? Let's get more comfortable with the uncomfortable on this week's Attitude Test.

7 October 2018

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

30 September 2018

On this week's programme, we talk all things book related. What are peoples' preferred method of reading these days: Braille or print, e-book, or talking book? How do people feel about graphic audio - are they books or drama? Do some genres work better in different formats, for example do you like listening to crime fiction rather than reading it? Also who is your favourite author and why?

23 September 2018

On this week's Attitude Test, with the proliforation of touch screens on much new technology, which can be very difficult if not impossible for blind and visually impaired people to use, we ask the question will the use of artificial intelligence, especially the use of machines that you can interact with via speech, give blind and visually impaired people a more level playing field than they are used to? With new devices like Amazon's Alexa and google Play, what interesting things have you got them to do and what would you like to have them be able to do?

16 September 2018

On this week's Attitude Test, we ask the question how well can you cook? Do you enjoy cooking or is it a chaw that you need to do? Have you any interesting recipes you can pass on to other people? Do you have any tips for people just learning to cook?

9 September 2018

Many blind and visually impaired listeners have spent quite a few of their formative years at bording school. The question we're discussing this week is, what effect do you think this had on you in later life? For example did you lose the close family ties that children going to day school keep? Were you bullied at school? Did you find bording school a useful experience for later life? Also, on a lighter note, what funny things happened to you at school?

2 September 2018

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

26 August 2018

On this week's programme, we debate "news!." Are we really as interested in the news as the media would have us believe? Would politics in fact work better if what politicians did wasn't always seen as major headline news? What is "fake" news and does it serve a purpose? How much of what we hear in news bulletins is actual news, and how much mere opinion? These and any other questions relating to the subject of news are up for debate on this week's show.

19 August 2018

Recently on the programme we have had some pretty heavy topics for discussion, so this week on the show, we give you the chance to have a good old moan! What are the little things in life that really get you annoyed - the container that spills liquid on you as soon as you open it; the hermetically sealed package there's no way to open without a sharp knife, which of course you don't have readily to hand just when you need it, or something else?

12 August 2018

Here in the UK this week, there has been quite a stur over remarks made by one of our Members of Parliament, Borris Johnson, when he likened Islamic women who ware the full face vale to "a letter box" or a "bank robber." and on this week's Attitude Test, we ask the question are we offended too easily? Is it in order for a comedian to remark on something, and a politician not to? Are we losing our sense of proportion?

5 August 2018

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

29 July 2018

On this week's programme, we ask the question which we have briefly touched on before, but this time bring it into sharp relief, are we letting our young people down? We've all heard about the sharp increase, both here in the UK and in other countries, of knife crime and many adults blame this on things like gangs or young people running wild, but are we as adults often responsible for putting young people in difficult and often dangerous positions in society?

22 July 2018

On this week's Attitude Test, we debate the subject of the prison system. Should prisons be a place merely for punishment, or should they be more of a rehabilitation centre? Are we sending too many people to prison who just shouldn't be there? What of the effects on prisoners' families - do they effectively receive a sentence as well? And finally how can we reduce the prison population which costs the taxpayer a large amount of money each year?

15 July 2018

At the request of a listener, this week's Attitude Test, asks the question is modern life causing more and more people to suffer from problems such as obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and even depression? Have any of you suffered from any of these, and if so how, if you have, have you either cured them or learned to live with them?

8 July 2018

This weekend in London there will be the 'Gay Pride' march and it set me wondering whether, and this is the subject for this week's Attitude Test, we are pigeonholing people into distinct groupings, for example many women feel that men in general are often too predatory, LGBT people feel that the rest of society are somehow marginalizing them, and of course there is racism, not to mention disabled versas ablebodied.. Is society concentrating too much on difference and not enough on similarity, or is putting people into distinct groupings beneficial to people who sometimes aren't heard much in society in general?

1 July 2018

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.

24 June 2018

This week on the Attitude Test, we revisit the topic of dreams. A mixed bag of prophecy and fortune-predicting, re-creations of childhood memories with different characters, conflict resolution, fantasy fulfillment and just plain weird stuff. What do you think of dreams? Why do we have them? Can we learn from them? Do you set a lot of store by them? How long do you remember your dreams?

17 June 2018

On this week's programme, at the request of a listener we ask the question How can people who consider themselves Christians go along with Trump and his policies that seem to go against Christian values, and what does it mean for the future of our culture, Christian and secular alike. We're swinging back towards values that made the Spanish Inquisition so great for humanity, not! For those interested in acquainting themselves further with this, read
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/18/donald-trump-evangelic

10 June 2018

On this week's show we debate a subject which everyone knows about but most people just shrug their shoulders and say "Oh that again." The topic is climate change. Can we afford to go on living in the way we do today, using vast amounts of fossil fuels, polluting the atmosphere to the extent that it is difficult for it to recover? Do commercial considerations take precedent over good stewardship of the planet? Can we, as ordinary members of society influence things in any way whatsoever, or are we now at the stage where it's too late to do anything about the rise in world temperatures and the consequent effect this will eventually have on our society?

3 June 2018

Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test is an open forum. If you've got anything that's bugged you over the last month, or even something that's been really good but you'd like to discuss, then this is the place for you to do so.


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