Liz Nolan's Classic Drive

    Weekdays, 4 - 7pm


    Tuesday 26th May

    Culture File: Rehabilitating Peig Sayers

    Artist, Ken Bolger and poet, Dairena Ni Chinnéide enlist slate to salvage Peig Sayers from her status as leaving Cert pariah.

    Monday 25th May

    Culture File: Empathising Brands

    Brand wrangler, Eoghan Nolan, on what happens to brands in the era when our devices want to know how we feel right this minute.

    Friday 22nd May

    Culture File Weekly No. 19

    This Weekly, we wander the kitchens and lecture sheds of Ballymaloe Literary Festival, where some of the world's greatest food pros have been munching and wandering among the mortals. We break bread with Chez Panisse founder, Alice Waters, glug with Beer oracle, Garrett Oliver; and hear about what's on breakfast tables from East Cork to Burgundy.

    Culture File: The Scent of the '90s with Odette Toilette

    Odette Toilette leads us into the '90s, when perfume was all about diffusion - of global brands, rather than precious molecules.

    Thursday 21st May

    Culture File - Breakfasts in Burgundy

    Breakfasts in Burgundy and East Cork, in the final report from this year's Ballymaloe Literary Festival.

    Wednesday 20th May

    Culture File - Garrett Oliver on Beer

    Some people call him the “Robert Parker of beer” - but don’t hold that against brewmaster and US craft beer guru, Garrett Oliver.

    Tuesday 19th May

    Culture File Weekly No. 18

    This weekly, we visit 'urban opera' set in St Teresas Garden in Dublin and a 'terror noise opera' performed in a shed in Leitrim, and enjoy Pigtown Scratchings, which isn't an opera at all, but an experimental cabaret. Plus, we hear why the sounds of hammering coffin nails is filling the streets of Cobh. Again.

    Culture File: Food Visionary, Alice Waters

    Alice Waters, founder of world's-greatest-restaurant contender, Chez Panisse, on her 'delicious revolution'.

    Monday 18th May

    Culture File: Writing for Children

    Killer first lines, and other strategies of the successful children's book writer, with literary agent, Julia Churchill.

    Friday 15th May

    Culture File: Odette Toilette on Rare Blockbuster Scents

    Were you a Body Shop White Musk lurker? Or sweating/whispering in a cloud of Obsession. Odette Toilette on some retro blockbuster scents.

    Thursday 14th May

    Culture File: Recalling the Lusitania

    Coffin carpentry and headstone carving spill out of Sirius Arts Centre, for an exhibition which recalls some of those aboard The Lusitania's final voyage.

    Wednesday 13th May

    Culture File: Pigtown Scratchings

    Cries, whispers and a touch of satanism at the latest edition of Limerick's works-in-progress, ideas-in-flux cabaret night, Pigtown Scratchings.

    Tuesday 12th May

    Cullture File - St Teresa's Gardens Opera

    Outlandishtheatre Platform’s Maud Hendricks on the company’s St. Teresa’s Gardens, Dublin-set “urban mini opera” EX-hib-IT-US 2015.

    Monday 11th May

    Culture File: My Weekend As A Performance Artist

    Gareth stack recalls 'My Weekend As A Performance Artist' at Leitrim's boutique Goth festival, Species.

    Friday 8th May

    Culture File Weekly No. 17

    This week we remember Wexford's own El Zorro, find the crossovers between nature documentaries and dance films and recall, with the help of restaurateur, Giorgio Casari, the Po Valley when the Neo-Realist rice was handpicked.

    Culture File: Odette Toilette & the Scent of Poison

    Odette Toilette leads us deeper in the scents of the 1980s, where dwell the possibly fecal joys of Dior’s zeitgiesty, Poison.

    Thursday 7th May

    Culture File: Dance Artist, Mary Wycherley

    Mary Wycherley on the history of bodies on screens, the power of the bell and her film collaboration with choreographer, Joan Davis.

    Wednesday 6th May

    Culture File - Foraging in Italy with Giorgio Casari

    Restaurateur, Giorgio Casari, on the pure joys of Italian spring cooking, and the link between foraged greens and budgie smugglers

    Tuesday 5th May

    Culture File - William Lamport aka El Zorro

    The tale of Wexford's swashbuckling Jesuit hero, William Lamport, who some prefer to call...El Zorro.

    Monday 4th May

    Culture File Weekly No 16

    Wool, tape and an electric guitar played with a knife sharpener all have their role this time, as we get some stitch tips at Cork's legendary knitting-as-art project, The Knitting Map, meet the man behind a cassette only music label and enlist a charming company of West End Men to help decide what exactly 'legit' currently means.

    Friday 1st May

    Culture File - The Scents of the 80s

    Odette Toilette's journey through the scents of the 20th century makes a stop at the power-suited, iron-pumping, calorie counting 1980s.

    Thursday 30th April

    Culture File - Cork's Knitting Map at the Glucksman Gallery

    Jools Gilson organised knitters from all over Cork to sit down over the course of a year to produce The Knitting Map.

    Wednesday 29th April

    Culture File - The West End Men

    What makes 'legit' legit?...and other riddles of the contemporary musical, with the stars of The West End Men.

    Tuesday 28th April

    Culture File: C60 & C90s Still Recording!

    C60 and C90 lover Phillip Marshall, on the enduring attractions of wow and flutter for his cassette-only record label, the Tapeworm.

    Monday 27th April

    Culture File Weekly No 15

    The Culture File Weekly this time goes to Castledermot in search of the sound of wood, turning on the lathe of Emmet Kane, to Camden Town with the vaguest of hopes of finding an alternative to end-stage capitalism, with comedian, Liam Williams and to Leitrim for the lowdown on lattes, bus routes and The Heart Sutr, with writer, Michael Harding.

    Culture File: The Dodeca Cycle

    Ed Devane takes us for a ride on the Dodeca Cycle, a 12-player instrument cum time machine asking fundamental questions about making music.

    Friday 24th April

    Culture File: The Liberating Scent of the '70s

    'Liberating and patronising at the same time' says Odette Toilette of 70s superscent, Charlie, in the latest stage on our journey through perfume.

    Thursday 23rd April

    Culture File: Comedian, Liam Williams

    Comedian, Liam Williams, on his show Capitalism and the almost equally powerful attractions of revolution and apathy. --

    Wednesday 22nd April

    Culture File: Woodturner, Emmet Kane (P2)

    Woodturner Emmet Kane find inspiration in the ancient stones of a churchyard in Castledermot. (Part 2 of 2)

    Tuesday 21st April

    Culture File - Emmet Kane Wood Turner

    Emmet Kane, helps us capture the sound of holm oak on the lathe, and other treasures of the woodturners craft.

    Monday 20th April

    Culture File Weekly No. 14

    This week printmaking, turntablism and the not-so-secret ingredient of some of the worlds most 'effective' perfumes, as we visit the studio of artist, Daniel Lipstein, put the needle 'pon the record with DJ Yoda and take our latest sniff of the scents of the 20th century with perfume historian, Odette Toilet.

    Culture File: Michael Harding on The Field

    Actor, playwright and columnist, Michael Harding's rulings on lattes, water rights, bus routes and The Field.

    Friday 17th April

    Culture File: Odette Toilette - Patchouli v. Chanel

    The progressive power of patchouli v. the persistence of Chanel, as Odette Toilette's history of the scents of the 20th Century meets the counterculture.

    Thursday 16th April

    Culture File: Newspapers in a Virtual Age

    Brand whisperer, Eoghan Nolan, on how newspaper brands are dealing with a new world in the latest in our series, What We Talk About When We Talk About Brands.

    Wednesday 15th April

    Culture File - DJ Yoda

    A career in cut 'n' paste, with the guru of British turntablism, DJ Yoda.

    Tuesday 14th April

    Culture File: Daniel Lipstein, printmaker

    Printmaker, Daniel Lipstein on his family history, as well as Rembrandt, Degas and the arts of aquatint and bite.

    Monday 13th April

    Culture File: Daniel Lipstein, Artist

    A bathtub, some acorns, a printing press and a theory of everything: the special world of artist, Daniel Lipstein.

    Friday 10th April

    Culture File Weekly No. 13

    This week we divide our time between discovering what vocalist, Jennifer Walshe does when it comes to singing emojis in Brian Irvine's 13 Vices, and hearing some very familiar words on love, loss and what’s left behind, with Tess Gallagher, poet, muse and window to Raymond Carver.

    Culture File: The Scents of the Twentieth Century Contd.

    Like a waft of hyacinth from the municipal flower display, Odette Toilette, returns to continue her journey into the scents of the twentieth century.

    Thursday 9th April

    Culture File - Hank Shocklee

    Most Of My Heroes Don't Appear On No Podcasts: Luke McManus meets his teenage hero, hiphop grandmaster, Public Enemy's Hank Shocklee

    Wednesday 8th April

    Culture File - 13 Vices

    How should a soprano sing a crying-face emoji? Brian Irvine & Jennifer Walsh's on their classical-jazz-improv chamber opera, 13 Vices

    Tuesday 7th April

    Culture File Weekly No 12

    This week: we are spend time with banjo hero, Rhiannon Giddens, who been researching some of the lost histories of Black musician in the united states; have a cup of tea in Pearse Street fire station to hear about the degrees of gusto with which fires were quenched by the Dublin Fire Brigade in 20th century Dublin, and take opera to the streets.

    Thursday 2nd April

    The Great American Feminist Songbook

    Rhiannon Giddens on uncovering a feminist version of the 'Great American Songbook'.

    Wednesday 1st April

    Culture File: The History of the Banjo with Rhiannon Giddens

    Rhiannon Giddens on the lost history of black music in the American, the Minstrelsy and the special place of her favourite instrument: the banjo.

    Tuesday 31st March

    Culture File: Composing for Computer Games

    Game music maestro, Craig Stuart Garfinkle, on the evolution of a new stage for composers.

    Monday 30th March

    Culture File: Irish Opera in Edinburgh

    Wide Open Opera's Fergus Sheil on casual opera users, and his Edinburgh Festival opera collaboration with Enda Walsh.

    Friday 27th March

    Culture File - Dublin Fire Brigade History

    The unexpectedly activist past of the Dublin Fire Brigade in the city's blazing early 20th century.

    Thursday 26th March

    Culture File Weekly No.11

    If your laptop got to choose what you'll watch tonight, would you end up with American Beauty again? How is a DJ like a Ulster weaver? Which side of Dublin's historical fires were the Fire Brigade really on? And what exactly should one do with a Golden Olive? All questions essayed this week and now answered in The Culture File Weekly No. 11.

    Wednesday 25th March

    Culture File: Lough Mask Ghillie

    Easy oars on Lough Mask with a ghillie who knows all the underwater lakescapes that will never make it to Google maps.

    Tuesday 24th March

    Culture File: Why do computers love the Oscars?

    What would win best film if the Oscar’s were decided by computers? Aisling Kelliher on the algorithms’ favourite art.

    Monday 23rd March

    Culture File - Sampling Sounds and Textiles

    Finding (and even weaving together) the common threads of sound art and the Ulster linen industry, with David Littler.

    Friday 20th March

    Culture File Weekly No. 10

    This week, a special from FutureFest2015, London, a futurology fair at which Edward Snowden dropped in electronically, George Clinton appeared in a coat covered in golden flames to talk about adding funk to democracy, there was a neurological fairground ride, and everyone attempt to decode one of the event’s keywords: blockchain.

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