Justin Webb

Justin Webb

One of the BBC’s leading broadcasters, Justin Webb joined Radio 4’s Today Programme in September 2009, having been based in Washington DC, as the BBC’s North America Editor for the previous 8 years. He was the first non-American journalist to interview President Obama in the White House. He is the author of several books. As a leading news anchor, he has interviewed many senior politicians including former UK Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair.

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  1. Speakers Corner: X Questions with Justin Webb
    Speakers Corner: X Questions with Justin Webb

    In X Questions with...your favourite historians and authors will discuss ten questions submitted by the public. We would love you to submit a question in advance via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. This event will be held at the Storage Works Speakers Corner tent.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

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  2. 76. THIS BOY AND THE GIFT OF A RADIO: GROWING UP IN THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES
    76. THIS BOY AND THE GIFT OF A RADIO: GROWING UP IN THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES

    Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual - particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many living in Britain's post-war slums, but in its transition from being part of a two-parent family to having a single mother and then to no parents at all... And, likewise, Justin Webb's childhood was far from ordinary. Between his mother's undiagnosed psychological problems, and his stepfather’s untreated ones, life at home was dysfunctional at best. But beyond the personal, this discussion will reveal the national background of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s – strikes, inflation and IRA bombings. A time in which attitudes towards mental illness, parenting and masculinity were worlds apart from the attitudes we have today.

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