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.

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Recent Shows

31 May 2020

First of all, due to the lock down and the fact that issues relating to the Corona Virus seem to be the only talking point in the news these days, I have decided that, until the beginning of the end of the lock down so to speak, each week will be an open forum, which will allow us to respond to the latest twists in this whole strange affair.

So, in keeping with this philosophy, On this week's show, it's open forum, where anything is up for discussion. If you have something you would like talked about you can either bring it up during the show or drop a line to:
attitude.test@theglobalvoice.info

24 May 2020

First of all, due to the lock down and the fact that issues relating to the Corona Virus seem to be the only talking point in the news these days, I have decided that, until the beginning of the end of the lock down so to speak, each week will be an open forum, which will allow us to respond to the latest twists in this whole strange affair.

So, in keeping with this philosophy, On this week's show, it's open forum, where anything is up for discussion. If you have something you would like talked about you can either bring it up during the show or drop a line to:
attitude.test@theglobalvoice.info

17 May 2020

First of all, due to the lock down and the fact that issues relating to the Corona Virus seem to be the only talking point in the news these days, I have decided that, until the beginning of the end of the lock down so to speak, each week will be an open forum, which will allow us to respond to the latest twists in this whole strange affair.

So, in keeping with this philosophy, On this week's show, it's open forum, where anything is up for discussion. If you have something you would like talked about you can either bring it up during the show or drop a line to:
attitude.test@theglobalvoice.info

10 May 2020

First of all, due to the lock down and the fact that issues relating to the Corona Virus seem to be the only talking point in the news these days, I have decided that, until the beginning of the end of the lock down so to speak, each week will be an open forum, which will allow us to respond to the latest twists in this whole strange affair.

So, in keeping with this philosophy, On this week's show, it's open forum, where anything is up for discussion. If you have something you would like talked about you can either bring it up during the show or drop a line to:
attitude.test@theglobalvoice.info

3 May 2020

First of all, due to the lock down and the fact that issues relating to the Corona Virus seem to be the only talking point in the news these days, I have decided that, until the beginning of the end of the lock down so to speak, each week will be an open forum, which will allow us to respond to the latest twists in this whole strange affair.

So, in keeping with this philosophy, On this week's show, it's open forum, where anything is up for discussion. If you have something you would like talked about you can either bring it up during the show or drop a line to:
attitude.test@theglobalvoice.info

26 April 2020

First of all, due to the lock down and the fact that issues relating to the Corona Virus seem to be the only talking point in the news these days, I have decided that, until the beginning of the end of the lock down so to speak, each week will be an open forum, which will allow us to respond to the latest twists in this whole strange affair.

So, in keeping with this philosophy, On this week's show, it's open forum, where anything is up for discussion. If you have something you would like talked about you can either bring it up during the show or drop a line to:
attitude.test@theglobalvoice.info

19 April 2020

First of all, due to the lock down and the fact that issues relating to the Corona Virus seem to be the only talking point in the news these days, I have decided that, until the beginning of the end of the lock down so to speak, each week will be an open forum, which will allow us to respond to the latest twists in this whole strange affair.

So, in keeping with this philosophy, On this week's show, it's open forum, where anything is up for discussion. If you have something you would like talked about you can either bring it up during the show or drop a line to:
attitude.test@theglobalvoice.info

12 April 2020

I must admit I am finding it difficult to come up with subjects that do not eventually come back to the problem of dealing with the fallout from the Corona Virus which we are all suffering from, so this week I'm asking the question how are you doing with social isolation? Do you have any tips for those that might be struggling with the whole thing of staying at home? How can we help people that are lonely at this time: without someone to talk to, and not seeing anyone from one day's end to the other?

5 April 2020

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 March 2020

I've tried to pick a subject that is away from that of which we are all thinking and are probably now beginning to get fed up with, so here it is. On this week's show, we ask the question how can we improve both the image of disabled people to the able bodied, and vice versa? How many of us blind and visually impaired people have been talked to in a loud voice as if we can't hear? On the other hand how many of us blind people have thought that, for example, people can see round corners?

22 March 2020

On this week's show, following on from our discussion last week concerning COVIC-19, we ask the question how will blind people manage in a post-Corona society, when possibly more and more jobs and services will be on-line, or will things be worse for us?

15 March 2020

On this week's programme, we debate how the Corona virus (COVID-19) will affect society in general and blind people in particular. Are we all dealing with this in the best possible way? How do blind people manage when the various services they rely on may be closed? Is this whole thing going to force a change on society as to how people work and play?

8 March 2020

The day of first airing, March 8, is International Women's Day and on this week's show, we debate women's role in modern society. With people often taking up entrenched positions, either vehemently feminist, or equally vehemently pro men, what is the current status of women in our modern society? Are women doing their cause very little good by often, especially in the work place, trying to be more like men than men are, not taking full advantage of the skills and attitudes , for example, women naturally are more inclined to be co-operative and less power hungry than men, or have women been so often put down by men, that we need this vehemence to redress the balance in society. In this debate, what is the position of transgendered people these days? Ladies, this is your chance to express your views and we would very much welcome more women taking part in the show.

1 March 2020

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.

23 February 2020

On this week's Attitude Test, we're asking the question are the days of the landline telephone numbered? With the increasing use of mobile phones, has the humble landline phone outlived its usefulness? Also we'll look back to the days of phone phreaking - which meant making free phone calls by various means.

16 February 2020

Via the crowd sourcing website Zooniverse.org there are millions of citizen scientists participating in 1 or more of the currently 100 plus projects. From identifying galaxies to counting wild life to transcribing hand written texts to digital form, most of these projects are dependent on people who can look at the screen. There are a few, however, that are audio-based, and so are accessible to screen reader users who want to contribute. This week on The Attitude Test, we we'll be talking to Chiara Semenzin of Edinburgh University, who is the lead researcher of one such project, The Maturity of Baby Sounds, that was just in beta, and is about to go public on the site. In this project, volunteers listen to short audio clips, and classify them into 1 of 4 types of vocal baby sounds, or as junk: breathing sounds or sounds not made by the child. The goal of this project is to study the developement of speech as children get older, including adding data from speakers of various languages. A lot can be learned about their language development from some of the very first sounds that they make. With at least a few thousand people all working on the same data, many hours of recording can be more quickly combed through and each bit of baby babble classified for easy indexing and study.

9 February 2020

On this week's programme, we look at facial recognition. Here in the UK the Metropolitan Police in London have said they will begin to use facial recognition software in the near future and that tests have already been carried out using such software; the idea being that there is a watch list that the software compares faces against. Here in the UK we are one of the most watched countries in the world with CCTV cameras everywhere. With this new software are we going too far, and what about possible misidentification of people?

2 February 2020

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 January 2020

On this week's show we debate computer security. Many of you will have heard of the major attack on the firm Travelex which deals with international money transfers and has links to many of the major banks. They were attacked with Ransomware, the hackers having mined large amounts of data from the company and threatened to pass on this data unless they were paid a large amount of money. What can large companies do to avoid this type of malicious attack? Also what precautions can the average person take to be as safe as possible?

19 January 2020

On this week's show, we look at a subject that we all somewhat take for granted: our use of language. How many people take the trouble to learn a foreign language, and are you one of them? We look at the differences in English spoken throughout the world. Why does English have so many quirks, like, for example, silent letters in some words?

12 January 2020

Here in the UK our Royal Family has come under considerable scrutany as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announce that they wish to step back from royal duties and also become financially independent. In 2020, is this announcement of any real relevance? Are we in fact seeing that the Royal Family is just like any other family with factions and differences of opinion? Is this perhaps a storm in a teamcup and just something for the world's media to make a story out of, or do they have a real relevance in today's world, and if so, if you're not in the UK, would having a Royal Family be any better than what you have at present?

5 January 2020

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 December 2019

On this week's programme, we're looking back on the year almost over. What have been the main points of the year for you? Is society in a better or worse state than at the beginning of 2019? What do you hope for 2020 and the next decade?

22 December 2019

We've had some pretty heavy topics recently, so on this week's show, I thought we should have something a little lighter, so we're discussing all things Christmas! From memories of Christmases past, to the current state of Christmas music, or indeed anything Christmassy you'd care to bring up.

15 December 2019

This week's Attitude Test, is another one of our occasional specials. We'll have a special guest on The programme. Lynn K Russell is a keynote speaker, Unitarian chaplain, and author who has researched 2500 purported near death experiences. According to her book, all NDE's are unique to the individual but always include certain elements like a tunnel, bright light, the universal oneness, and an almost overwhelming love. Whatever your views on this New Age view of the afterlife, these reports have been made more common by 20th and 21st century medical advances able to bring some people back from the quote unquote dead after minutes and even hours. From at least the 1980s to today, you couldn't watch the local news in America for more than a year without seeing a report on NDE's at some point. Like UFO's and ghosts and big foot they are a part of American popular culture and probably are part of Eurocentric western culture in general. When I was a kid I ate this stuff up, though I was sceptical. I'm far more sceptical now. Our guest is also very interested in science, and the science aspects of her field. She knows all about scientific studies on the subject, the dissenting theories of NDE's that they are a dying brain's way of coping or understanding its own random neuron firings, and the experiments to simulate NDE's using Ketamine and other drugs. So it's not going to be exclusively a religion discussion, it should be a rousing debate.

8 December 2019

On this week's programme, we ask the question are changing listening and viewing habits leading to the slow death of linear radio and television? By linear I mean that a radio or television station puts out programmes, one after another, and people watch or listen at the time of airing. In the case of television, are hosting companies like Netflix and Amazon, which make it easy for people to watch on demand rather than at the time of initial transmission, slowly killing off the major networks, and is podcasting doing the same for radio?. Also on a lighter note, what have been your favourite radio and/or television programmes throughout the years, and what currently is your favourite podcast?

1 December 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 November 2019

Just over a week ago, HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York gave an in-depth interview to the BBC, during which he admitted to knowing, and befriending Jeffrey Epstein: The financier charged with sex trafficking, though he denied having sex with any of the women allegedly procured by Jeffrey Epstein. This has resulted in him losing patronage of various organizations who are distancing themselves from the Prince. On this week's Attitude Test, we ask whether the Prince has, in fact done anything wrong? Are we becoming a much too censorious society when it comes to people in the public eye, or should those in that position expect to be above reproach, and if so, how many of us would pass that test?

17 November 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, we discuss the impeachment enquiry going on in the US against President Trump. We'll be asking questions such as, is there a need for such an enquiry? Is it right for a serving president to use Twitter to intimidate a witness whilst they are actually giving evidence?

10 November 2019

On this week's programme, we look at the international trade in people - normally called people trafficking. Here in the UK 38 Vietnamese people were found dead in a refrigerated truck, and these poor people are only just the tip of the iceberg in trafficking. What can be done to stop this trade? Are many people from developing countries only too willing to be involved in order to get to the place where they feel life will be better?

3 November 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 October 2019

20 October 2019

13 October 2019

6 October 2019

29 September 2019

22 September 2019

On this week's show, we ask the question are we, both as a society, and individually too easily offended by things these days? This week, we've seen the spectacle of the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being pilloried in the media for using makeup to darken his face and hands and perform on stage. One has to remember that the incidents that are being talked about occurred a good number of years ago, yet it's now being brought up as though it were happening just yesterday. Admittedly, views on things like racism have changed considerably since these incidents occurred, but should we hold someone accountable for something that happened a long time ago, when they were much younger?

15 September 2019

On this week's show, which is co-hosted by Steve Matzura, we are departing from our normal 1 hour format to bring you an extended discussion about digital audio work stations (daws.) If you've ever been interested in sound recording and what can be done with the very latest software, and the history of how we've got to where we are with the daw, then you won't want to miss this open-ended discussion.

We've gathered together a bunch of people who use daws on a regular basis, be it professionally, or as an amateur, with a wealth of knowledge concerning the various platforms and the digital audio software that runs on them. The first hour will be live on The Global Voice as usual, however any subsequent discussion will be recorded and the whole extended programme will be available from our Programme Gallery.

8 September 2019

On this week's programme, at the request of one of our regular contributors, we ask the question are we leaving a better world to the next generation, than was left to us? Will the next generation have a better life generally than we have, or have we messed things up so badly that it is just not possible?

1 September 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.

25 August 2019

Approximately a month ago there was a meeting of UK regional police commissioners - the top people in each police force - to discuss the overall strength of the regional police forces after the severe cuts made by the current Conservative Government, and their final report stressed that the cuts had been far too severe and that we needed many more police on the street to combat the rise in crime, especially knife crime. The current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has already pledged a considerable sum of money to increase the numbers of police, and furthermore, the recommendation has been made that all police that wish to, should now be able to carry Tasers as a matter of course. On this week's Attitude Test, we ask the question will a larger number of police help bring down the levels of crime, and is the carrying of Tasers, the first step to getting an armed police force?

18 August 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, we ask the question is compromise a dying art? These days from the top politicians downwards we tend to see a marked inability to even want to compromise over just about anything. In both the UK and the US society is becoming more and more polarized with no one prepared, often even to listen to the other side's point of view.

11 August 2019

During the last few weeks on the show we have covered some serious topics, so I thought we might discuss something perhaps a little lighter. On this week's show, we ask the question is life better for blind and visually impaired people now than it was, say 20 or 30 years ago? For example, are there the same work opportunities now or was it better some years back? What about socially?

4 August 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 July 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, we discuss the Mueller Report and it's consequences. To what extent was President Trump involved and has President Trump been, to say the least economical with the truth?

21 July 2019

This week's show is taken from the archives and first aired on Sunday 5th May 2019. Being the first Sunday of the month, this week's Attitude Test was an open forum.

14 July 2019

This week's show is taken from the archives and first aired on Sunday 8th July 2018. On the weekend of June 30th 2018, in London, there was the 'Gay Pride' march which set me wondering whether, and this was the subject for this edition of The 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?

7 July 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 June 2019

On this week's show, we return to a subject we debated some time ago, namely the future of Braille. Recently many blind and visually impaired subscribers to weekly and monthly magazines published by the Scottish Braille Press were told that their magazines were being immediately discontinued due to the lack of subscribers and the high cost of production, and this set me wondering exactly what is the future of Braille and is it as necessary with today's technology as it was?

23 June 2019

On this week's Attitude Test, we debate the question, how far is it permissible for individuals and organizations to protest? This week we had the case of a Greenpeace activist, who had infiltrated a black tie dinner at the Mansion House where the Chancellor of the Exchequer was due to speak, being "manhandled" by a Government Minister as soon as she began to make her protest. Like the old saying "All's Fair in love and war," should anything go when it comes to people's right to protest?

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.


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