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Sharp End March 30th

As Wales continues to adapt to life in lockdown, Adrian Masters was joined by First Minister Mark Drakeford to talk coronavirus testing, working with the UK Government and how Welsh communities are pulling together to get through the crisis.

Elsewhere Owain Phillips spoke to Spanish journalist Dorothee Fischer about how Spain is coping with the pandemic.

And in these uncertain times, we hear from Rhondda MP Chris Bryant who is trying to bring a bit of joy to people's lives with the power of social media.

Sharp End March 23rd

As the Prime Minister announced strict measures in a bid to stop the spread of Coronavirus, Adrian Masters was joined by Health Minister Vaughan Gething to explain how it will effect Wales.
Before the announcement, Owain Phillips spoke to Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price from his second-week of self-isolation about staying safe and how parties should work together in this crisis.
And it's a time of great uncertainty for employers and employees alike as everyone is told to stay home, so we asked employment lawyer Bethan Darwin for some advice.

Sharp End March 16th

As the first Coronavirus death in Wales is confirmed and the Prime Minister advises us all, and the most vulnerable in particular, to avoid all but essential travel, social contact and going to work, Adrian Masters speaks to Dr Mair Hopkin from the Royal College of GPs about the impact its having on frontline services. We also hear from Amy Bainton from the Federation of Small Businesses on the support needed for businesses here to weather the Coronavirus storm.

Elsewhere, a month on from Storm Dennis, we hear from the leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council leader and the Welsh Local Government Association, Cllr Andrew Morgan on how the communities are recovering from the floods and the new challenge of handling the Coronavirus outbreak.

And as the Welsh Government published a new bill aimed at improving bus services, we hear from Labour AM Hefin David who is on the Assembly infrastructure committee and David Beer from passenger group Transport Focus on what needs to change when it comes to improving the way we travel.

Sharp End March 9th

As the number of Welsh cases of Coronavirus rises, Adrian Masters talked to Chief Medical Officer Dr Frank Atherton about how worried we should be about the virus.

Elsewhere conference season is underway, with the Welsh Conservatives gathering in Llangollen - Owain Phillip takes a look at whether the party can build on the success from the General Election for next year's Assembly election. You can hear the full interviews with Assembly Group leader Paul Davies AM and the Prime Minister on the Sharp End podcast.

And Adrian was joined in the studio by Plaid Cymru's Helen Mary Jones, Labour's Carwyn Jones and David Melding from the Welsh Conservatives to discuss what impact the collapse of Flybe will have on Cardiff Airport.

Sharp End March 2nd

As the the UK government's started talks with the EU about our future relationship, Adrian Masters speaks with the First Minister about those talks.

Also on the programme, Owain Phillips reports on the Erasmus Plus scheme and asks whether warnings about it ending is scare-mongering.

And are we doing enough to tackle air pollution? Adrian speaks to Transport Secretary Ken Skates AM about the issue.

Sharp End Special: Crisis in Care?

Adrian Masters is at Ely Court Care Home in Cardiff to discuss two things that are part of all our lives - getting older and the NHS. Around eight hundred thousand people here in Wales are over 60 and that number is rising. We're living longer and while that is a good thing, it's also something that presents challenges to the health service and social care providers here. Prof Dame June Clark, the Emeritus Professor of Nursing at Swansea University, Jeff Richards from the National Pensioners Convention, Angela Burns AM and Health Minister Vaughan Gething AM share their views on social care in Wales.

Sharp End February 24th

As the political fallout from the recent floods continues, Adrian Masters asks who should pay what and which government should take responsibility for which part pf the clean up and repair work.

Also on the show, why hospital cutbacks will always be a political as well as a medical issue. Adrian speaks to AMs Huw-Irranca Davies and Leanne Wood, who have been campaigning about A&E department at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

And Owain Phillips asks what will the jobs of the future look like in Wales?

Sharp End February 17th

After two storms in two weeks, Adrian Masters is joined by Conservative AM, Andrew RT Davies and Pontypridd MP Alex-Davies Jones, as they talk about whether Wales is prepared for wild weather being the new normal. Plus, the Welsh Government has suggested firefighters should take on extra medical duties when it comes to call outs which has led to a row with the union representing firefighters.

And, Rob Barker from the addiction charity, Barod, and Katy Holloway from the University of South Wales discuss if a minimum unit price for alcohol will reduce the amount people drink, as a new law comes into force in March.