The Attitude Test

Presented by Steve Matzura sitting in for 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

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.

27 May 2018

This week's Attitude Test is a music technology special. We'll be discussing all aspects of music technology, its history and current state. As well as people involved in the production arm of The Global Voice, TGV Productions, we'll have a special guest Andre Louis, well-known in the music technology field. This will be your chance to ask all those questions about music technology you've always wanted answered, and maybe we'll have a demonstration or two of some of the latest technology.

20 May 2018

This weekend the UK is buzzing with royal wedding fever so to speak, and on this week's Attitude Test we ask the question do countries that have such things, really need a royal family in these modern times? And also we ask the wider question what should be the function of a head of state, and are they really necessary?

13 May 2018

AS we all are sometimes painfully aware, technology is moving on at a rediculous pace. On this week's Attitude Test we ask several questions related to technology. Is there still a place for old technology in our current society, and if so, what worked better then than it does now? Also, if there's one bit of technology you're glad to see the back of, what is it? Finally if you could make a case for keeping one bit of old technology, what would it be?

6 May 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 April 2018

On this week's Attitude Test, we ask the question are charitable organizations fit for purpose? Recently the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) has been under investigation by Ofsted, the body which is responsible for the quality of education in the UK, and the CQC (Care Quality Commission), the body which deals with the quality of care in residential places such as care homes and even boarding schools after allegations of inappropriate sexual misconduct at the Pears Centre, a residential home for blind children near Coventry were brought to their attention. There have been other problems at the RNIB resulting in the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer. The RNIB is not the only charity that has recently been under investigation by the Charities Commission. We ask, are charities, especially those dealing with and supporting blind and visually impaired people really fit for purpose? Are you, as a blind person, getting the services you feel you need, or are many such organizations more interested in bringing in money than providing an actual service?

22 April 2018

On this week's programme, we ask the question is there such a thing as a private life any more? With the rise and rise of companies like Facebook with their attendent data gathering companies, are we merely fodder for their data mining activities, or is this the price we pay for what we often erroneously think of as a "free" service? No matter what we try and do to avoid our data being spread worldwide, is there any way of keeping one's life private these days? For example by deleting one's Facebook account are you free from having your data spread around the world?

15 April 2018

On this week's Attitude Test, we debate the question is amateur radio a diing hobby? The original intention of becoming a radio amateur or 'hamm,' as it is often called, was to learn about and experiment with radio. Nowadays one can simply buy an off-the-shelf transceiver stick up some sort of antenna and away you go. Where now is the experimentation? Also with ever-increasing availability of good communications software for computers that allow people to easily speak worldwide, where is the necessity for amateur radio and all the trouble of obtaining a license? Are the authorities restricting what can be done with amateur radio too much to encourage experimentation?

8 April 2018

On this week's programme, we ask the question should charity begin at home? In many of the developing countries, various services are crumbling, for example health and social care in the UK are really up against it financially, and yet, we seem capable of helping refugees to come to this country, often providing housing and social services. We also, for example in 2016 spent some 14.4 billion on foreign aid, money that could well have been spent on the UK's own citizens. Much the same is being spent by other developed countries too. For instance, if you feel that we should spend the amount we do, or even more on foreign aid, ask yourself this question. Would you rather spend money you had on your family, or give it to a stranger?

1 April 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 March 2018

On this week's show we're talking accessible technology for the blind and will have a very special guest, Jeff Bishop reporting on his visit to the Assistive Technology Conference at California State University known to many as CSUN.

18 March 2018

On this week's programme we discuss the subject of debt: from the debt of countries and organizations to personal debt. In terms of a country's debt, is it possible for any country not to be in debt these days? In terms of personal debt, is it too easy to obtain credit, what with credit and debit cards almost given away? What happens when personal debt becomes too much and the bailiffs are called in? On this matter we hope to speak to someone who had that experience recently over a small sum of money. Are companies often too quick to employ harsh measures to recover small debts yet are often reluctant to pay for goods and services themselves?

11 March 2018

On this week's Attitude Test, at the request of one of our participants from last week's show, we debate the question of how blind and visually impaired children are, and should be educated in a modern society. Should there be schools specifically for blind children where they can be educated alongside other blind children, or is it possible to integrate them into the standard school system? What were your experiences if you are blind or visually impaired? Do you consider you got the best education possible?

4 March 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 February 2018

On this week's Attitude Test, at the request of a listener, we ask the question why are we often very superstitious? What are the origins of many of our superstitions and why do we often treat them so seriously?

18 February 2018

On this week's show, we debate the subject of free speech. What exactly is free speech? Does it mean that anyone has the right to say anything? If so, are we prepared for the consequences: if not what should not be allowed? Should what we can and cannot say be allowed simply by consensus, or should there be regulation?

11 February 2018

On this week's show, we ask the question is society today too obsessed with winning? Are political parties and corporations too obsessed with their own gain that we're losing any humanitarian aspect? Is that filtering down to what we're teaching our young people - win at almost any cost?

4 February 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.

28 January 2018

On this week's programme, we discuss conspiracy theories. As an example, there are many people who believe that Man never walked on the moon, and that the whole thing of the first moon landing was shot in a film studio somewhere.

21 January 2018

At the request of a listener, this week's Attitude Test, discusses the "#me too" movement which, mainly due to social media, has received much support and some opprobrium throughout the world. Oprah Winfrey delivered a rallying cry to women and hope for a new day when receiving the Cecile B. DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes. This followed many women coming out on social media telling of their experiences at the hands of often powerful men. On this week's programme we ask; has this movement's time come? Have men for far too long taken advantage of women's position in society, often expecting to get their own way whether the woman has consented or not?

14 January 2018

On this week's Attitude Test, at the request of a listener, we look at the question of care for those who have problems such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

7 January 2018

On this week's Attitude Test we discuss whether literature can affect world events, or is it merely a means of reporting such events? This subject has been thrown into sharp release with the release this week of Michael Wolf's book "Fire and Fury - Inside the Trump White House," available as an audio book from
https://audiobookstore.com/publishers/macmillan-audio/

31 December 2017

On this week's Attitude Test, we look back on 2017. What are the main events of the year and how do you view them? What sort of a year has it been for you personally? Also what would you like to see happen in 2018?

17 December 2017

At the request of a listener, this week's Attitude Test, will ask the question how do many of us as blind and visually impaired people relate to people with other disabilities? Are we sometimes just as prejudiced as the able bodied population when it comes to other disabilities?

10 December 2017

On this week's Attitude Test, at the request of a listener we discuss the Media: do we control it, or does it control us? Can we really tell the difference between real and fake news? Are we being simply manipulated in all sorts of ways, both by the official media and social media?

3 December 2017

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 November 2017

Over the past few weeks we've debated some fairly heavy topics so on this week's show, we debate the noble art of shopping. With Black Friday, and now Cyber Monday trying very hard to persuade us to buy, buy, buy and tempting us with major discounts, did you succumb this year? How as a blind person do you get on with shopping and what tips would you have for others? How do you manage shopping online - are you comfortable with it or not?

19 November 2017

On this week's Attitude Test, we discuss the subject of gender fluidity. Early this week the Church of England released a document called All God's Children, dealing with the subject of being transgendered. One of the points made in the document was that children should be allowed to explore gender fluidity - the example given was that a boy should not be discouraged if, for example he wished to ware a tiara. Needless to say the Media has jumped on this saying, Ah, the Church is happy for children to choose their gender.

12 November 2017

On this week's programme, we'll be discussing the issue of inappropriate sexual behaviour. We've all probably heard of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and others that have followed, both in the entertainment industry and in politics, but is this beginning to go just a little too far? I was always under the impression that people were innocent until proven guilty, yet we're seeing films withdrawn and politicians being removed from their parties just on the say so of others. Are we in danger of ceating a witch hunt: and how can sometimes 40 year old indiscretions be proved?

5 November 2017

On this week's Attitude Test, our subject will be taxation. Our special guest on the show will be Chris Coverdale who for a considerable number of years has refused, where possible to pay any tax: his reasoning being that, for example under the United Nations Charter no person should pay money to a terrorist organization, and he regards the British Government as supporting terrorism by virtue of their armed incursions into places like Iraq and Afghanistan over the last few years. He is happy to answer questions from listeners.

29 October 2017

Normally on the last Sunday of the month we have an open forum, however, this time, being so close to Halloween, we thought we'd ask the question do you believe in the paranormal? Have you ever had a paranormal experience, and if so what was it? Do you have any good short ghost stories to share?

22 October 2017

On this week's programme, at the request of one of our regular contributors, we ask the question is it too easy to be fired from a job these days? He quoted the case of a man who is the blind manager of a store in a federal building in Saint Louis in the middle of all the protests and riots going on there. his wife worked as his helper, and she was accused by some random customer, an African American lady, of making racially charged comments to her that she never made. The woman filed a federal police report about it. The director of the vending program told my friend he had to fire his wife. It's great that people feel more comfortable reporting things like sexual harassment, but have we gone too far?

15 October 2017

On this week's programme, we ask the question do you, as a blind or visually impaired person feel disadvantaged in social situations such as parties, meetings, and even one to one encounters with our sighted counterparts, and if so, does this have an effect on things such as employment, and making friends? What can be done to make it easier for blind people to interact with society in general, and why does society seem to have often what I would call a strange attitude to blindness and blind people?

8 October 2017

On this week's programme, we ask the question can we ever have an equal opportunity society? Is there destined to always be a pay gap between the genders? What about disabled people: can they ever achieve an equal opportunity situation?

1 October 2017

Most people know that if you smoke Cannabis you get high but did you also know there are many medical benefits to Cannabis? On this week's Attitude Test, we'll have a special guest, Edison Carter, who has considerable knowledge on the many benefits derived from Cannabis. We'll also consider the legal position of Cannabis today.


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