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GBA 322 Oliver
17 Jan 2018 @ 11:03 am

In GBA 322 we get better acquainted with Oliver. He talks about the cathartic experience of failure, sounds and shows that influenced and inspired him and making the new podcast Kane and Feels: Paranormal Investigators. We compare our experiences of making audio and making audio drama, discuss the landscapes of podcasting and radio, and reflect on both the isolation and the community that can be found from messing around with sound. Oliver plugs: Kane and Feels: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kane-and-feels-paranormal-investigators/id1291486608?mt=2 https://twitter.com/kaneandfeels A Poem and Mistake: https://poemistake.bandcamp.com/ https://twitter.com/poemistake https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL-9IEGkN9R6RUjJprIJg7g I plug: What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad: https://medium.com/@goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ We mention: Kobi: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-293-kobi Podcasters Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/571436979623574/ Camilla Byk: https://twitter.com/camilla_byk Podium: http://podium.me/ Matt Hill: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-300-Matt Gorillaz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorillaz Hellboy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellboy Hellboy folklorist: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Corrigan Dirk Maggs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirk_Maggs Radio Production @ Bournemouth: https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/courses/ma-radio-production Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy Douglas Adams: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams Terminator 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminator_2:_Judgment_Day Clerks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clerks The Social Network: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Social_Network Aaron Sorkin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Sorkin What-a-Mess: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What-a-Mess Netflix: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix Thor Ragnarok: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thor:_Ragnarok What We Do In The Shadows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_We_Do_in_the_Shadows Radio 4: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Radio_4 Punk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punk Lead Belly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_Belly Studs Terkell: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studs_Terkel Charles Parker: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Parker_(producer) Ewan McColl: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewan_MacColl Peggy Seeger: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peggy_Seeger Radio Ballads: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-ballad The Ballad of John Axton: https://www.mixcloud.com/daijones77128/radio-the-ballad-of-john-axon-a-radio-ballad-by-ewan-maccoll-peggy-seeger-and-charles-parker/ Manchester Rambler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YENYMwuCG2Y Dirty Old Town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wj7xZf8xm8 The Pogues: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pogues Auteur: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auteur Welcome To Nightvale: http://www.welcometonightvale.com/ Numbers: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/numbers-an-audio-drama/id1290324649?mt=2 Family Guy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Guy South Park: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Park Damon Albarn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damon_Albarn 99% Invisible: https://99percentinvisible.org/ Unforgiven: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unforgiven A Fistfull of Dollars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Fistful_of_Dollars Jungian: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analytical_psychology Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!

GBA 321 Helen
10 Jan 2018 @ 10:25 am

In GBA 321 we get better acquainted with Helen. She talks about the worst job she ever had, training to be a teacher, art, finding a new career path after leaving teaching, photography, her podcast Flixwatcher that reviews the films available on Netflix , how she came to love film, hating Adam Sandler films and more. We also talk about watching and loving films in the context of #MeToo. The conversation was recording while swinging on a swing in the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. Content Note: Bullying, Toxic Work Environments, Domestic Violence, #MeToo. Helen plugs: Flixwatcher: http://flixwatcher.tv I plug: What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad: https://medium.com/@goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ We mention: Tate Modern: http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern Turbine Hall: http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/turbine-hal http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/hyundai-commission-superflex Kobi: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-293-kobi Felix: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-258-felix-trench Helen: http://helenzaltzman.com/ Podcasters Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/571436979623574/ Jen: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/sets/the-jen-episodes Song By Song: http://www.songbysongpodcast.com/ The J & D Flixwatcher Episodes: http://flixwatcher.tv/ep-007-little-prince-dave-jen-family-tree-podcast/ http://flixwatcher.tv/ep-013-lobster-w-jen-dave-family-tree/ Ben - @TopFilmTip: https://twitter.com/topfilmtip Bigger Boat Film Quiz: http://www.film-quiz.com/ Gareth - Sabotage Times: https://sabotagetimes.com/ Argus Photography Club: http://www.theargus.co.uk/photos/camera_club/ NESTA: https://www.nesta.org.uk/ The Welsh Club: https://clwb.net/ Gwdihw: http://gwdihw.co.uk/ Method Acting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Method_acting The Pool: https://www.the-pool.com/ "Allegations" https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/11/lars-von-trier-production-company-zentropa-allegations https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/dec/15/dustin-hoffman-denies-fresh-allegations-sexual-misconduct http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/meryl-streep-dustin-hoffman-slap-kramer-vs-kramer-a8140471.html http://www.vulture.com/2013/10/timeline-blue-is-the-warmest-color-controversy.html http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/last-tango-in-paris-butter-rape-scene-maria-schneider-marlon-brando-bertolucci-a7457251.html https://www.ranker.com/list/jared-leto-joker-method-acting/jakebaumgart http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/russell-crowe-jacqui-mckenzie-romper-stomper-aacta-sodomy-comments-joke-a8096716.html http://www.indiewire.com/2017/12/spike-lee-nate-parker-casey-affleck-armie-hammer-1201906015/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2017/12/07/dylan-farrow-why-is-woody-allen-exempt-from-the-storm-of-sexual-assault-allegations/ http://people.com/movies/ellen-page-woody-allen-regret/ https://www.avclub.com/the-ticks-griffin-newman-says-he-regrets-working-on-new-1819492316 http://www.vulture.com/2017/01/mel-gibson-best-director-oscars.html http://time.com/4645846/what-to-know-about-the-casey-affleck-oscar-controversy/ https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/6/23/15861794/johnny-depp-assassination-joke-domestic-abuse-amber-heard https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/12/8/16746844/jk-rowling-johnny-depp-fantastic-beasts-fan-backlash http://ew.com/movies/2017/11/28/fantastic-beasts-director-defends-johnny-depp/ Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!

GBA Extra - New Year 2018
3 Jan 2018 @ 10:45 am

In this Getting Better Acquainted Extra I continue the tradition of beginning the new year with a round up of how the last year panned out for me. And I talk about my plans and resolutions for 2018. Next week the format of the show will be back to normal! I mention: The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ https://www.patreon.com/thefamilytreepodcast My series of personal essays about my dad: Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad https://medium.com/goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ The Restart Project: https://therestartproject.org/podcast/ Spark London: http://stories.co.uk/ Smut Slam: https://www.facebook.com/camerynmoore https://www.facebook.com/smutslamlondon/ http://www.camerynmoore.com/ GBA 300: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/sets/gba-300 Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!

GBA 320 Christmas Special 2017
20 Dec 2017 @ 04:29 am

In GBA 320 we get better acquainted with Christmas (again). It's the 2017 Christmas Special! This episode is contains three visits from clips of nearly Christmas past as I consider Christmas from the perspective of my 6 year old self and my 36 year old self. It also features my brother when he was 12 and my dad when he was 63. I mention my series of personal essays about my dad: Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad https://medium.com/goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 And this piece by the brilliant Meg-John Barker: Rewriting the Rules of the Festive Season http://www.rewriting-the-rules.com/self/rewriting-rules-festive-season/ Image for the episode by Paul Williams: http://www.sketchymagpie.com/ The episode ends with a Christmas song I wrote a few years back called "Time to be Nice" Here it is in video form: http://youtu.be/UiPXNO7WJAQ This is my other Christmas song in video form: Ghosts of... http://youtu.be/XqCKfOwA9vE Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year! (There will be no GBA for the next week or two. It will return in the 1st week of January 2016.) Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!

GBA Replayed - GBA 33 And 34 Eric
12 Dec 2017 @ 11:57 am

It's another episode of GBA Replayed which showcases some of the conversations recorded in the early years of Getting Better Acquainted. This episode is being re-released because Eric sadly passed away last Saturday and I wanted to mark his passing by remembering his life. After the replayed episode 33 there are some clips from episode 34 featuring my dad and Eric talking about their friendship. ---------------- In GBA 33 we get better acquainted with Eric. He talks about his extensive BBC career, film making, writing, how he met my father, the effect of national service and the physical and sensual process of typing. And a lot more. He also has a very interesting approach to the process of being recorded. Eric deconstructs the process and purpose of plugging. And in GBA 34 we get better acquainted with both Eric and my father. It's late at night after dinner and we’ve had a few drinks. We talk about their friendship (which is older than me) and how Eric influenced me when I was a young writer. I plug: What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad: https://medium.com/@goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!

GBA 319 Laura And Sarai From The JewCL Podcast
6 Dec 2017 @ 11:39 am

In GBA 319 we get better acquainted with Laura and Sarai from the JewCL podcast. They talk about making the podcast and doing the research which inspired it. The concept of the podcast is: "Three Jewish students and their teacher chat about their research project into Jewish life at UCL, what they discovered, how they discovered it and what they think about it all." Laura and Sarai plug: JewCL podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-jewcl-podcast/id1288986374?mt=2 Reading more about the history of other people, specifically the history and experiences of Jewish people. Listening better to each other. I plug: What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad: https://medium.com/@goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ We mention: Liberating the Curriculem: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/education-initiatives/connected-curriculum/liberating-curriculum Cathy: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-283-cathy-elliott UCL: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ Teach First: https://www.teachfirst.org.uk/ Discourses and Practices of International Development: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/political-science/teaching/undergraduate/modules/courses/dpd "Qualitative Research": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qualitative_research Iraq War: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War Apartheid: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apartheid Zionism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zionism Anti-Zionism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Zionism #MeToo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Me_Too_(hashtag) Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!

GBA 318 Dexter
29 Nov 2017 @ 10:38 am

In GBA 318 we get better acquainted with Dexter. He talks about combining goth and cabaret influences to create the drag queen Count Addiction, navigating sex, gender and sexuality, being an Amanda Palmer mega fan, how being the son of a funeral director influenced him, finding friends, creating communities and so much more. Dexter plugs: Count Addiction: https://www.facebook.com/CountAddiction https://twitter.com/CountAddiction Bitter Sour Presents: Jingle Hell 9th December - bymonthly: https://www.facebook.com/events/1588517787870952/ The Tuck Shop: Back Up - Last Saturday: https://www.facebook.com/events/185211392040308/ I plug: Smut Slam: Next Smut Slam: 13th Jingles and Tingles: https://www.facebook.com/events/663459157190793/ What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad: https://medium.com/@goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ We mention: Cameryn Moore: http://www.camerynmoore.com/ Caroline of Brunswick: http://carolineofbrunswick.co.uk/ Genderqueer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genderqueer West Side Story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Side_Story The League of Gentlemen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_League_of_Gentlemen Little Britain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Britain Dir En Grey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dir_En_Grey Visual Kei Scene: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_kei Marilyn Manson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Manson Evanescence: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evanescence Amy Lee: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Lee Arch Enemy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arch_Enemy Otep: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otep Opath: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opeth Amanda Palmer: http://amandapalmer.net/ Dresdon Dolls: http://dresdendolls.com/ Union Chapell: http://www.unionchapel.org.uk/ Timewarp: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Warp_(song) Richard O'Brien: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_O%27Brien The First Orgasm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Su7VOpsl4E Brett Ratner: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/nov/02/director-brett-ratner-rape-accusations-sexual-harassment-claims Harvey Weinstein: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41594672 Missed Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5jtmIddb7k Neil Gaiman: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Gaiman Kate Bush: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Bush Bjork: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bjork Depeche Mode: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depeche_Mode The Cure: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cure Siouxsie and the Banshees: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siouxsie_and_the_Banshees Miner Self Indulgence: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindless_Self_Indulgence Pearl Jam: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Jam Roundhouse: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/ Grand Theft Orchestra: http://amandapalmer.net/category/the-grand-theft-orchestra/ Joe Black: http://www.misterjoeblack.com/ Voltaire (Caberet Voltaire?): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabaret_Voltaire_(band) Bitter Ruin: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_Ruin Look Mommy No Hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgujsG0Bk8k "We Are the Media": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcoreV10hI8 Ninja Gigs: http://wesleying.org/2011/09/17/q-what-is-an-amanda-palmer-ninja-gig/ Cherry Fakewell: https://www.facebook.com/cherry.fakewell Queer Alternative: https://queeralternative.org.uk/ Tragic Christmas: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/selected-tragedy-vol-5-tragic-christmas Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!

GBA 317 Minds And Bodies
22 Nov 2017 @ 10:33 am

GBA 317 is a Getting Better Acquainted special featuring a true story I told at Spark London about therapy, anxiety and depression, and conversations with my dad about living with dementia and my brother, Tony about making art about being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad: https://medium.com/@goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ My brother's art: http://pick-art.co.uk/ Spark London: http://www.stories.co.uk Smut Slam: https://www.facebook.com/events/663459157190793/ Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!

GBA 316 Kas
14 Nov 2017 @ 03:33 am

In GBA 316 we get better acquainted with Kas. She talks about her journey through performance, from playing the White Witch in primary school, to dancing in Pride and Prejudice, to working with Teatro Vivo to make immersive theatre that engages with locations and communities. When we recorded this conversation last week Kas was 8 months pregnant so we also talk about how that has intersected with performance and life. The conversation was recorded in a rehearsal room at the Rich Mix in Shoreditch. Kas plugs: Twistov at Rich Mix: https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/theatre/twistov Christmas Sing-A-Longs: http://www.teatrovivo.co.uk/up-next/ Teatro Vivo: http://www.teatrovivo.co.uk/ I plug: The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad: https://medium.com/@goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ We mention: Black Box Theatre: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_box_theater Rich Mix: https://www.richmix.org.uk/ Mark Stevenson: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-114-mark Storylines: http://www.ampersandmedia.co.uk/Storylines.php Brechtian: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Brechtian Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosencrantz_and_Guildenstern_Are_Dead The White Witch: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Witch Lamda: https://www.lamda.org.uk/ Sofie Austen: https://twitter.com/sophiejanesays Pride and Predjudice: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pride_%26_Prejudice_(2005_film) Tom Hollander: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Hollander Punchdrunk: https://www.punchdrunk.org.uk/ Deptford Lounge: http://deptfordlounge.org.uk/ After the Tempest: http://www.teatrovivo.co.uk/after-the-tempest/ Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!

GBA Replayed - GBA 51 Sonia
8 Nov 2017 @ 09:54 am

It's another episode of GBA Replayed which showcases some of the conversations recorded in the early years of Getting Better Acquainted. ------------ In GBA 51 we get better acquainted with my niece, Sonia. She talks about giving birth to her two children which were very different experiences to each other, her feelings about motherhood, having a strong friendship group, smiling at strangers, experiences of Australia, the desire to work with her hands and lots more. We touch on becoming like our parents, what that means and how it can be embraced. I'm also revealed to be a Buncle, uncover her hatred for Chickens and discuss her influence on me when I was growing up. It’s a really open and wide ranging conversation that was a joy to record. Sonia Plugs: Romance, reality and positivity! I plug: I plug: The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ Down to a sunless sea: memories of my dad: https://medium.com/@goosefat101/down-to-a-sunless-sea-memories-of-my-dad-d1d2d3a61360 What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ Help more people get better acquainted. If you like what you hear why not write an iTunes review? Follow @GBApodcast on Twitter. Like Getting Better Acquainted on facebook. Tell your friends. Spread the word!