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  • UK’s first Zero Emission Zone begins in Oxford

    Monday, February 28th, 2022

    32 minutes

    <p>Oxford is starting to charge drivers up to £10 a day to use the UK’s first zero emissions zone.</p><p>It's part of an ambitious bid to tackle air pollution.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The zone will cover a small number of streets in the c

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  • Oxfordshire gets serious about tackling the climate emergency

    Monday, November 1st, 2021

    51 minutes

    COP26 will see officials from almost every country arrive in Glasgow to witness what’s being described as the last chance to save our planet. The news team have been finding out from a bunch of professors, campaigners, businesses and charities in Oxfordsh

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  • Men's mental health: Challenging the stigma

    Friday, August 6th, 2021

    32 minutes

    We investigate why some men have a harder time talking about mental illness. We’re challenging the stigma that stops many of them from seeking help when they need it most. Figures show men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives. O

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  • Sarcoma: The forgotten cancer

    Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

    17 minutes

    In the latest episode of the Oxfordshire news podcast, Health workers in Oxford are raising awareness about a very rare cancer. Our reporter Emma Kirwan has been finding out more about sarcoma, which has been described as the "forgotten cancer". Stream

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  • Freedom day, or is it?

    Friday, July 9th, 2021

    30 minutes

    From nightclubs to care homes, self-isolation to working from home, a lot of changes are incoming and we cover them all in this episode of the award-nominated Oxfordshire News Podcast. Boris Johnson has confirmed that England's so-called "Freedom Day" wi

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  • COVID-19: When symptoms don't stop

    Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

    42 minutes

    In this episode you will hear from an Oxford University Bursar who has been suffering from 'long covid' symptoms for over a year, plus experts from the post covid clinic in Oxford, a GP and an MP in Oxford who is calling for the Government to set up a 'lo

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  • We're all going on a ... GREEN holiday

    Thursday, May 27th, 2021

    30 minutes

    Should you travel to an amber-list country? What if your holiday destination doesn't 'go green' in time? The news team has been speaking to a bunch of local experts, including David Gambier from Great Experience Travel, Georgina Staines from Travel Couns

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  • NEWS SPECIAL: Back to school

    Monday, March 8th, 2021

    42 minutes

    Pupils return to schools in Oxfordshire this week as the roadmap out of lockdown gets under way. Parents have apparently spent 13 hours a week teaching their children ... and this podcast hosted by JACK's News Editor Jo Summerbell is celebrating all of t

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  • Coronavirus and the impact on Football Clubs in Oxfordshire

    Thursday, February 11th, 2021

    31 minutes

    Our Senior Broadcast Journalist Emma Kirwan and Broadcast Journalist Laoishe McCanna explore the impact of coronavirus on Oxfordshire's Football Clubs. This Episode highlights the positive things coming out of the pandemic - like Oxford City FC deliverin

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  • NEWS SPECIAL: Loneliness, you are not alone

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

    45 minutes

    It's been a really difficult year for many, especially those who live alone or in care homes. In this podcast we talk about loneliness and how it's not just elderly people who are suffering. Plus, how a bit of exercise and plenty of culture could be the

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  • Lockdown 2 and the impact on Remembrance Day in Oxfordshire

    Thursday, November 5th, 2020

    31 minutes

    The latest episode of JACK's Oxfordshire News Podcast is a special one mark Remembrance Day. We take a look back at last year's parade in Oxford (before coronavirus) and explore how Oxfordshire is commemorating our servicemen and women as England is lock

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  • NEWS SPECIAL: Oxfordshire weddings and the pandemic

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020

    42 minutes

    How are Oxfordshire's wedding businesses and suppliers navigating their way through cancellations, lost income and suddenly having to be 'Covid secure.' And how are Oxfordshire's happy couples dealing with the stress of having to postpone, uninvite guest

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  • Students returning to Oxford, the 'rule of six' and a big investment plan for Oxfordshire- 11-09

    Friday, September 11th, 2020

    25 minutes

    Find out about an investment plan to drive Oxfordshire's economy, how Oxford's two universities are preparing for students to return and why Oxford scientists are investigating the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on school-life.These stories and more in

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  • A Rockstar, the Mayor and Cats and Dogs - August 28th

    Friday, August 28th, 2020

    33 minutes

    In this week’s pod: Oxford’s Mayor, an LGBTQ+ bar, local charities, someone talking about cats and dogs as well as genuine Rockstar Alex James. All that and more in the latest 'VIRAL' podcast from the news team at JACK, download it now... See omnystudio.

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  • Exam results u-turn, continental Oxford and lonely footie fans - August 20th

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020

    29 minutes

    A local Vice Principal joins us to try and make sense of all the GCSE and A-Level grading drama this week. Even more of Oxford is going 'al-fresco' so we chat to some of the restaurants and cafes on George Street moving outdoors. Plus, we take a look at h

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  • A-Level results day, testing for antibodies and a virtual book club led by academics - August 13th

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020

    32 minutes

    Our journalist Alex Meakin gets his results after being tested for coronavirus antibodies in South Oxfordshire and we find out how Oxfordshire County Council is planning to save £16m after overspending because of the pandemic. These stories and more featu

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  • Mental health, research and Oxford Al fresco - August 7th

    Friday, August 7th, 2020

    33 minutes

    In this episode lockdown mental health is under the microscope, along with research being done in a City at the forefront of the fight against Covid 19.  We'll also be talking business and find out why Cornmarket, St.Michaels and some of the City Centre'

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  • School meals and Staycations - August 3rd

    Monday, August 3rd, 2020

    32 minutes

    New Covid-19 antibody testing, more free schools meals and less travelling abroad - that's what an Oxford University Professor recommends anyway. Bike repair vouchers, the transition back to school and another Oxford museum is re-opening this week. All th

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  • Face masks at the ready - 24th July

    Friday, July 24th, 2020

    34 minutes

    Hopefully you had your face covering on when you entered the iTunes store - or wherever you download your podcasts from. It's all about masks, gyms and answering the question everyone's asking us: What will become of Oxford's ice hockey team? It's all in

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  • Now with 50% off - 16th July

    Thursday, July 16th, 2020

    28 minutes

    Results from Oxford Uni vaccine trials, how a domestic abuse charity has adapted in lockdown, and a book shop's genius plans to open. It's all in JACKfm's semi-regular podcast, plucking out some of the local stories that have come out from the coronavirus

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  • Going great lengths at the pool - July 10th

    Friday, July 10th, 2020

    35 minutes

    Outdoor swimming is legal again from Saturday - it's not news, just a fair warning in case you spot Trev skinny-dipping. Also in this week's podcast, the beauty salons opening, the struggling performing arts freelancers, the local economic impac of COVID-

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  • Seeing scissors soon - July 3rd

    Friday, July 3rd, 2020

    37 minutes

    Landlords, hospitals, the arts and lockdown hair. If it happened in Oxfordshire (and is in some way related to COVID-19's effects) then you can bet your bottom it's all in JACKfm's semi-regular podcast! Plucking out some of the local stories that have com

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  • Emerging from hibernation - June 25th

    Thursday, June 25th, 2020

    35 minutes

    Hibernation comes to an end, what is and isn't opening, and the Ashmolean's rules for a safe and happy visit! It's all in JACKfm's semi-regular podcast, plucking out some of the local stories that have come out from the coronavirus pandemic across Oxfords

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  • Oxfordshire's leading the world, opening shops and back to business - July 18th

    Thursday, June 18th, 2020

    26 minutes

    Oxfordshire's been a world-leader this week as our scientists found "the only drug that's so far shown to reduce mortality - and it reduces it significantly". Get the local angle on this and other coronavirus stuff in JACK's Viral Podcast. Please keep two

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  • Shopping in Oxford, support bubbles and opening zoos - June 12th

    Friday, June 12th, 2020

    32 minutes

    Lockdown support bubbles, primary school pupils in class, 14 day post-holiday quarantine - zoos are opening - non-essential shopping. It's JACKfm's semi-regular podcast plucking out some of the local stories that have come out from the coronavirus pandemi

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  • #StandUpToRacism, school runs and cabin crew - June 5th

    Friday, June 5th, 2020

    27 minutes

    Chatting with local anti-racism groups on standing up to racism in Oxford, Oxfordshire County Council on improving safety during the school run, and the JR staff looked after by real life cabin crew! It's JACKfm's semi-regular podcast plucking out some of

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  • To infinity and just beyond the A34 - May 29th

    Friday, May 29th, 2020

    37 minutes

    Conspiracy theories, sleep remedies, returning classrooms and how Oxfordshire's space sector is coping with Covid-19. It's JACKfm's semi-regular podcast plucking out some of the local stories that have come out from the coronavirus pandemic across Oxfords

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  • Mental health, teachers and a million meals - May 21st

    Thursday, May 21st, 2020

    33 minutes

    Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week, Oxfordshire's teachers, and an operation in Bicester to deliver one million meals to the NHS. It's JACKfm's semi-regular podcast plucking out some of the local stories that have come out from the coronavirus pande

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  • Swapping Oxfordshire day jobs for viral volunteering - May 14th

    Thursday, May 14th, 2020

    36 minutes

    The volunteers, the Blenheim and the travel around Oxfordshire. It's JACKfm's semi-regular podcast plucking out some of the local stories that have come out from the coronavirus pandemic across Oxfordshire. Please wash your hands before downloading. See

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  • VE Day from 2 metres away - May 7th

    Thursday, May 7th, 2020

    23 minutes

    VE Day in Oxfordshire - like no year before it. It's JACKfm's semi-regular podcast plucking out some of the local stories that have come out from the coronavirus pandemic across Oxfordshire. Please wash your hands before downloading. See omnystudio.com/l

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