What I listened to this week

1. Love and Radio

No Bad News

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Well, this is a story I never thought I would hear.  A hypnotist from America stopped reading the news and then in 2001 was invited to Iraq. Unreal plot twists mean this is a must listen. His narration is mixed beautifully with music, and supplemented with a webpage (above) including photos from his time in Iraq.

2. File on 4 – BBC Radio 4

Breaking Into Britain

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A compelling investigation into high street companies making money out of using fake documents to help migrants gain the necessary visas to live in the UK. After a tip-off, the story is researched using undercover reporters who find out just how easy this option could be.

3. On The Media – WNYC Studio

The Game Has Changed

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You’ve had enough of Trump, you aren’t shocked by anything he says anymore, so what next? This podcast was from before the inauguration and the most recent #MuslimBan which does mean the episode lacks recency, but many of the messages from the contributors are relevant. There’s an analysis of how Trump communicates and ways we can change how we talk about him to help move along the narrative. It’s a really positive listen.

 

Comment if you liked any of these or let me know your recommendations!

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What I listened to this week

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1. the mustards

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finding your creativity + throwing up in weird places

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I’ve been watching Jenny Mustard’s videos on minimalism, food and fashion for a few months. Now she has launched a podcast with her partner. I recommend this first one on creativity, it’s more than just a chat. Jenny and David ask each other questions on creative anxieties, finding your niche and that huge question…”what is creativity?”. Although it’s longer than podcasts I normally choose, the length (one hour) made me feel like I was a part of the conversation and gave my mind chance to wander and think of my own opinions.

2. The Media Show

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Theresa May and US Vogue, Fake News in Germany, Covering Northern Ireland

Presented by Andrea Catherwood this week’s The Media Show on Radio 4 looked at fake news (obviously), editorial policies in bulletins and Teresa May on the cover of US Vogue. This is an informative listen which focuses on why the UK Prime Minister would go on the cover of US Vogue, a proper look at “fake news” and what can be done about it, and editorial policies for TV news bulletins, particularly looking at news from Northern Ireland last week.

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3. The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads

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Why time management is ruining our lives, by Oliver Burkeman

We all have the same amount of time in the day. This cathartic long read addresses thought around efficiency, getting stuff done, and ever extending to do lists.

iTunes / web

And that’s that! Some productive and inspiring listenings this week, comment if you have enjoyed any of the suggestions.

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What I Listened To This Week

This week my listening list is as mixture of podcasts and radio.

1. StartUp by Gimlet

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#16 The Secret Formula and Happy Ending (Season 3, Episode 7) SoundCloud iTunes

StartUp is a podcast all about starting up a… start up. I’ve been binge listening from the beginning (it definitely helps to start from the beginning) where the podcast is about them launching the podcast company. Perfect for nerdy media people. It’s starts off really meta, but in later seasons it explores other start up stories. The one I’ve recommended is about a guy who’s first business ended with him going to prison where the idea for his next business was born. *EDIT* I’ve just listened to the second part of this and it gets cute. Listen to both, and then start at the beginning.

2. Ctrl Alt Delete Podcast with Emma Gannon

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Episode 40 with Laura Bates: Do We Need An Internet Police? iTunes acast

I listened to this chat while I was cooking, and I loved it. It was recorded live at Cheltenham Literature Festival. An honest chat and I could tell the audience were just in awe at the way that Laura Bates the Everyday Sexism Founder is able to put into words the sexist attitudes and actions girls and women experience everyday. Emma Gannon is the presenter and hosts some other brilliant interviews: worth delving into the back catalogue.

3. note to self WNYC Studios

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Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist: Thanksgiving Edition iTunes WNYC

This episode is pretty much about ranty people online, left or right.Presented by Manoush Zomorodi it made me think more about considering other people’s points of view since pretty much everyone now has a space where they can speak freely. I really recommend this for some perspective and thought on recent events.

4. Midweek BBC Radio 4

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Melanie C, Douglas Hodge, Howard Webb, John McAvoy BBC iPlayer Radio iTunes

I love Midweek. This week I caught the first 15 minutes before I left the house and Mel C was on with her new electronic album, cool. Libby Purves is also one of the classiest presenters ever.

5. Desert Island Discs

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Nicola Adams BBC iPlayer Radio iTunes

Also on Radio 4 I listened live to Nicola Adams‘ Desert Island Discs. She tells her story about becoming an Olympic champion as well as growing up and attitudes to being a female boxer. When I turned on my radio I thought I was on the wrong station because of the music choices…GO NICOLA!

 

Get listening!

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Audio Documentary / Cushions, candles and company: Hygge.

Exploring the Danish concept of living well.

But it’s not just about being warm and cosy with a cinnamon bun, however if you’ve got that you’re half way there!

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What I Listened To This Week

This list is made up of five audio beauties I enjoyed this week. There will be a range of dramas, podcasts, news programmes, individual interviews, playlists or small clips of audio that are nice, according to me.

1. Saint Helena- Joining the Rest of Us, BBC Radio 4, presented by Joe Hollins and produced by Sarah Jane Hall. (Listened to this on my DAB Radio)st helena

This is the best documentary I have listened to in a few months. Made up of two 30 minute programmes on BBC Radio 4, the programmes explore the heritage of the isolated island and the community that comes with not being connected by an airport.

The programmes are presented by the island’s vet who recorded snippets of island life from his unique angle with the the animals, to see how life will change as the airport construction nears completion.

The second episode concentrates on the Royal Mail Ship which, up until the airport, was the only connection the island had to the rest of the world. The vet turned reporter gets the most captivating interviews with his fellow ‘Saints’.

Thoroughly captivating, with a fantastic use of found audio intertwined in between interviews with passionate island dwellers. I am certainly listening to this again.

2. The Tell Show Ep. 04: Michael Ian Black – Home, presented by Summer Anne Burton and Isaac Fitzgerald and produced by Meg Cramer. (Listened to this on my phone)tell show

I’ve recently started to listen to The Tell show, which is a Buzzfeed podcast produced in the U.S., at first I have to admit I was a little bit sceptical on the format. Guests tell stories about their life starting with a warm up game of slumber party style game ‘Never Have I Ever”, something they have never told anyone else before as well each guest being asked the same three questions at the end of the podcast. At the end they also send out a reporter for voxpops to throw forward to the next episode but at this point I usually stop listening.

Podcasts need to have a good format, length and purpose to work as a podcast, and this one ticked all the boxes for me.

There are some great episodes of The Tell Show available but I chose this one not only because I listened to it this week but one section of conversation really resonated with me: “that moment of thinking that you didn’t want your life to be about your career or about waiting for your career to happen then you just wanted the life you wanted to start”.

3. Michael Fabbri’s Dyslexicon– School Days, written and performed by Michael Fabbri, and produced by Richard Melvin at Dabster Productions. (Listened to this on my analogue radio)

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I’m still laughing now and I listened to this yesterday. LOVED IT. Having grown up with family who are dyslexic I could relate to Michael’s struggles from my siblings’ stories, which are of course hilarious. For example: if you practice you might be able to read (dyslexia doesn’t really work like that) and the jokes about tinted glasses, and perspex sheets to stop the words “moving”.

I text my mum to tell her to turn the radio on, but she text back to say that she was walking the dog with my baby niece, however she corrected herself and said “the bog and the dady”. It was nice to listen to Michael taking the mic out of his own experiences which are so relatable to many people with dyslexia.

After looking into the production company behind this episode I noticed that it was also responsible for Terry Alderton’s Crazy Right Now, which was delightfully off the wall. So a big shout out to Dabster Productions.

I’m really looking forward to the next episode of Dyslexicon (next Friday 11.30am BBC Radio 4), and hope that this is listened to by those who work with dyslexic children and adults.

4. The Debrief’s Songs To Study To – Jess Commons (Listened to this on my laptop)debrief

This Spotify Playlist compiled by Jess Commons for The Debrief is curated “according to science”.

I was ready posed for a very odd listening experience, especially when I didn’t realise that the first track was just silence. I got frustrated, skipped the song and then read the accompanying article which explained that the first track was just silence.

Honestly when listening to this playlist I procrastinated more by reading and researching into the science behind the song choices which meant I wasn’t actually working at all.

Overall I loved the idea of this playlist, it was fun, and tongue in cheek, and a really eclectic selection of tracks.

5. The Mac Twins Virgin Show 21/05/16 Best Bits (Listened to this on my laptop)

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The Mac Twins, Lisa and Alana, are the Saturday night presenters on the newly launched Virgin Radio. This week for the first time they have produced a Best Bits package which is available on Soundcloud.

On the show was Fatman Scoop and Karen Harding fresh from Wembley Stadium singing the National Anthem at the FA Cup Final, where in fact she missed her cue. She talks about the technical issues she faced and what it was like singing in front of that many people.

The Mac Twins present well together and bounce off each other as if they can read each others minds, maybe they can.

That’s all for this week, keep listening and if you have any suggestions for things I should feature send them over to me on @cassiegalpin.

 

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Video Work

Below are online video trailers for podcasts that I have produced, shot and edited myself.

The Postbox Podcast

An Hour with Lauren

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Auto-cue for TV experience 

I spent today working with the third year TV students at Westminster with one of their final projects: a multi-cam show.

My job was looking after the auto-cue, setting it up in the right places for presenters and editing it as the script changed during recording.

It was great to learn a new skill, even though the TV students say it’s boring it was good to know something different.

Also worth noting that the dynamicand atmosphere of a TV gallery is completely different to working in radio. 

The processes are much longer, more people to run things past, and more things that can go wrong.

  

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From The QH: Installation of CCTV in prayer rooms leads to privacy concerns

This originally appeared on www.TheQH.co.uk on 13/02/16.

The University of Westminster has been criticised by students for installing cameras in prayer rooms on all campuses, after failing to consult the Students’ Union who oppose the move.

The cameras were installed in October 2015 in all prayer rooms and multi-faith quiet rooms as a “policy decision”, with no clear signage to warn students.

It is not clear if students were made aware of the changes which have been accused of intruding on privacy.

Jim Hirschmann, UWSU president, said: “the cameras were implemented without our input and as a Union we are naturally concerned about the privacy of our members and have made our opposition clear to senior University staff.”

He added: “the lack of understanding leads to a lack of trust, some anger and frankly a degree of fear.”

It is believed that the decision to install cameras in the prayer rooms was made following an alleged assault over the summer.

According to Jim, no consultation of students took place regarding the installation.

It is understood the footage from the cameras is not routinely monitored however the footage may be accessed by request on approval from the University within 30 days, at which point footage will be deleted.

Jim has been informed that footage from the female prayer room can only be accessed if it is approved by a senior female member of staff.

Some students have responded positively to the installation of cameras; Noor a first year student said: “I remember going into the prayer room the first time and saw the camera right away just above the entrance to the room, I think it’s very good because even I get worried going to the prayer room.”

Fiyaz Mughal of Faith Matters, who was part of an independent panel who informed a report on diversity for the University said: “This is very concerning and utterly ludicrous, students who want to reflect and pray should have the ability to do so without intrusion.”

Salsabil Sila, UWSU Vice President of Marylebone, said: “I dislike the cameras [the prayer room] used to be a safe space for the sisters to take their scarf off and make wudhu [wash] but now they don’t feel safe and they are unaware who can see them and are worried about their privacy.

“Some sisters now have to use the toilets for wudhu.”

The University of Westminster didn’t respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

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Ancient Trees: Mythical, Magical and Majestic

Trees have a large presence in British folklore, and legends, they carpet the landscape in a way that is often only noticed when they are gone. Ancient trees have the power to link the mythical with the biological to create stories which have inspired generations. These majestic giants are home to small creatures from insects to bats and squirrels, all of whom live within its hollow trunk and rotting base. Trees never want to die. Even when limbs flail and fall to the ground in high winds or due to old age, it is not uncommon for them to take root and shoot new growth.

The oral telling of stories passed between centuries are sometimes “lost in the mists of time”, folklorists would say, however some are more certain than others, the name of the Royal Oak Pub, for example. Stories enshrined with more mystery include that of dancing skeletons around tree roots at midnight, and the biblical thorns of Glastonbury, which reportedly remain to this day.

It appears that trees are cultural and historical icons which represent much of their own surroundings, but should they be protected and supported, or left to rot and wither as nature intended, or should they be showcased as if in a museum? Ancient trees are valued by few, but how will they fare in years to come?

This short documentary uses folklore and stories to illustrate the mighty power that ancient trees have. Experts describe these trees, detailing bulges and cracks, holes and imperfections, but should they be conserved for the future? How do we know about these trees? Does it matter?

Interviews with Dr Jacqueline Simpson (The Folklore Society), Ian Lamb (Brighton gardener), Jill Butler (Woodland Trust) and Andy Jesson (National Trust).

Tree pictured in the car park at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex (National Trust).

This was created as part of my University coursework in 2014.

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