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GBA 302 Nicole Henriksen
19 Jul 2017 @ 10:05 am

In GBA 302 we get better acquainted with Nicole Henriksen. She talks about stripping, making comedy, making theatre, flyering and other forms of work and performance, being vulnerable and open in a world that discourages these qualities, living with anxiety and being a robot in human skin. I also go into some detail about my own journey through understanding my mental health covering self diagnosis, re-understanding self harm and suicidal ideation and struggling to get therapy on the NHS. All of which may make this episode sound pretty heavy, but it's actually full of laughter and fun and was a real joy to record. Content Note: Sex and Sexuality, Racism and Sexism, Mental Health Issues, Suicidal Thoughts, Self Harm, Self Destruction Nicole plugs: Robot In Human Skin at #Edfringe: Underbelly Medquad: http://www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk/whats-on/a-robot-in-human-skin Making It Rain at King's Head Theatre, Islington http://nicolehenriksen.com/ I plug: The next Smut Slam London: 13th September: https://www.facebook.com/events/827737554066972/ What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://www.mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ We mention: Smut Slam: http://www.camerynmoore.com/smut-slam/ Cameryn Moore: http://www.camerynmoore.com/smut-slam/ ELSC: http://ethicalstripper.com SWARM: https://www.swarmcollective.org/ Spark Sex Worker Stories: https://www.acast.com/sparklondon/special-sex-worker-stories https://www.acast.com/sparklondon/more-sexworkerstories-truestoriestoldlive Spark London: http://stories.co.uk/ Nicole's Stripper Stories: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxGO2ejzx6b2ewA_jn2gFxohi23yK1osY Aunty Margaret: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-125-margaret Seroxat: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/sep/16/seroxat-study-harmful-effects-young-people Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Beasts_and_Where_to_Find_Them_(film) 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 - Adulthood
12 Jul 2017 @ 10:48 am

This Getting Better Acquainted Extra features 3 stories I told at Spark London about various kinds of adulthood and various ways that I've grown up and grown out over the years. Content Note: Some references to trauma and discussion of sex, sexuality and substance use. Mentioned: Spark London: http://stories.co.uk/ The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ What About the Men? Mansplaining Masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity http://www.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!

GBA 301 Nira
5 Jul 2017 @ 09:26 am

In GBA 301 we get better acquainted with Dr Nira Chamberlain. He talks about the history of black mathematicians, his personal journey from being a child told by his careers adviser that he couldn't be a mathematician to getting a PHD in maths and becoming the first black mathematician to be included in the Who's Who, how the women from Hidden Figures could have been his role-models, the real world maths of mathematical modelling and so much more. I sat down with Nira in a quiet room at University of Greenwich where he was giving a talk. We met each other for the first time at a Spark London fundraiser for the Steve Sinnott Foundation. Content note: Racism, slavery Nira plugs: Success Looks Like You: Saturday 29th July: 1pm-4pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/success-looks-like-me-tickets-34548932788 @ch_nira: https://twitter.com/ch_nira His website: http://nirachamberlain.com/ Black Heroes of Mathematics: http://www.mathscareers.org.uk/article/black-heroes-mathematics/ http://nirachamberlain.com/the-black-heroes-of-mathematics/ We mention: Steve Sinnott Foundation: www.stevesinnottfoundation.org.uk/ Spark London: http://stories.co.uk/ Nira on Spark: https://www.acast.com/sparklondon/notaboxer-nira Greenwich University: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/ Babcock International Group: https://www.babcockinternational.com/ Ronaldo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristiano_Ronaldo Messi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Messi Science Council: http://sciencecouncil.org Who's Who: http://www.ukwhoswho.com/ Professor Phakeng: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamokgethi_Setati Black History Month: http://www.blackhistorymonth.org.uk/ Black Heroes Of Mathematics: http://nirachamberlain.com/the-black-heroes-of-mathematics/ Hidden Figures: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Figures Thomas Jefferson: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson Target Oxbridge: http://www.targetoxbridge.co.uk/ Aston Villa: https://www.avfc.co.uk/ JFK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy Euler: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonhard_Euler Paul Erdos: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Erd%C5%91s Thomas Fuller 1710 - 1790, Slave and Mathematician 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 300 Extra - Bread
22 Jun 2017 @ 04:28 am

To celebrate the 300th episode of GBA I'm putting out a season of 3 special episodes, which ends with today's GBA Extra. Most of today's episode was produced, performed and arranged by Martin Zaltz Austwick: http://www.martinzaltzaustwick.com/ The sample used in today's episode was taken from GBA 38 Karl James: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-38-karl-james 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 300 Matt
21 Jun 2017 @ 10:30 am

To celebrate the 300th episode of GBA I'm putting out a season of 3 special episodes, which continues with today's conversation. In many ways this feels like a regular GBA episode and is a good example for new listeners of what the show is usually like. It's also a conversation with someone who it's taken 299 episodes to persuade to come on as a guest. Part of the motivation for that is encourage people to donate to Refuaid which you can do here: http://stories.co.uk/ https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/sparkrefuaid In GBA 300 we get better acquainted with Matt. We talk about forming a theatre company together as students, 16 years of friendship, the different collaborations we have had over the years, who is actually the hardest working person in UK podcasting, the different interests and experiences that have led to him becoming a major force in British podcasting and how experiencing and healing from a spinal injury caused by a carcrash has influenced his outlook on the world. This episode also features a cameo from previous guest (and Matt's wife) Louise and contains the moment I met their child for the first time! He doesn't plug anything but you can find out about all the things he does via his website: https://rethinkaudio.wordpress.com/ I plug: Donating to GBA: http://bit.ly/2szNgUN The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ Freelance Stuff: http://www.davepickeringstoryteller.co.uk Mansplaining masculinit: http://www.mansplainingmasculinity.co.uk/ We mention: Lancaster University: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/ Jen: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/sets/the-jen-episodes Zoe: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/sets/the-zoe-and-gay-episodes Richard: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/sets/the-richard-episodes Pink Floyd: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Floyd Iraq War: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War Agitprop: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agitprop Proscenium Arch: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proscenium_arch Ged: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-31-ged Ringworm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringworm Helen Zaltzman: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-live-9-helen-zaltzman http://helenzaltzman.com/ Matt's true story at Spark London: http://stories.co.uk/podcasts/anatomy-of-a-road-traffic-accident-matt-hill-2/ Rethink Daily: http://archive.rethinkdaily.co.uk/ New York Times Daily: https://www.nytimes.com/podcasts/the-daily Radio 4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4 Kerrie: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-14-kerrie Four Thought: Liberating Men: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07x5vsh Louise: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/sets/the-louise-episodes-1/ South Park: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Park Cbeebies: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies Ministry of Stories: http://ministryofstories.org/ Private Eye Podcast: http://www.private-eye.co.uk/eyeplayer/podcast BAFTA: http://guru.bafta.org/series/the-guru-podcast Sachsgate: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Russell_Brand_Show_prank_telephone_calls_row British Podcast Awards: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/ Sony Radio Awards: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Academy_Awards Pete Price: http://ppmtelevision.com/ Crystal Maze: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crystal_Maze Knightmare: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knightmare Micheal Fenton Stevens: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/sets/the-michael-fenton-stevens Hackney Hear: http://www.hackneyhear.com/ Soho Stories: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/may/17/london-soho-stories-sex-drugs-rock-and-roll Adam Curtis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_Curtis Spark London: http://stories.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 300 - Episode 1 Revisited
19 Jun 2017 @ 10:01 am

To celebrate the 300th episode of GBA I'm putting out a season of 3 special episodes, starting with today's Episode 1 Revisited which is in some ways a conversation between two different versions of me, the 2011 Dave and the 2017 Dave. This episode contains the original audio from Episode 1 with a new commentary and reflection on that material. Episode 1 focused on introducing me, featuring audio pieces and performances. It contains the first two true stories that I ever told at Spark London. I found listening back to the past version of me a difficult thing to do and doing so inspired lots of different emotions in me. Content note: Mental Health Issues, violence against children, sex and sexuality, toxic masculinity and Christmas. The 300th season will continue on Wednesday with GBA 300. In that episode a friend who has resisted being a guest for 299 episodes finally comes on the show, and it will finish on Friday with a special musical GBA Extra. 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 299 - GBA Special: Visiting My Dad's Childhood: Day 2
14 Jun 2017 @ 10:23 am

In part 2 of this two part GBA special we join my 93 year old dad on the second day of a two day trip to some of the places where he grew up. My dad had wanted to take this trip for a while and me and my little sister (technically my half sister) managed to arrange to take him in February 2017. My 12 year old niece is the last member of the team on this roadtrip adventure. In this episode we visit the Bristol Museum, Bristol Zoo and The Downs. My dad learns why he was attracted to the Museum as a child and how much the city has transformed since he moved through it as a little boy, and bumps into a Gorilla that he used to know. It also includes an interesting moment involving an icecream van, a lack of appropriate ice-cream options for a 12 year old with very specific ice-cream tastes and a spontaneous outburst of Italian. Day 2 of the journey takes us through time, space, memory, dementia, old age, love, family and the ways places and people change. Next week will feature more podcast episodes than usual as I release some audio pieces that celebrate Getting Better Acquainted hitting 300 episodes. 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 299 - GBA Special: Visiting My Dad's Childhood: Day 1
7 Jun 2017 @ 04:08 am

In part 1 of this two part GBA special we join my 93 year old dad on a two day trip to some of the places where he grew up. My dad had wanted to take this trip for a while and me and my little sister (technically my half sister) managed to arrange to take him in February 2017. My 12 year old niece is the last member of the team on this roadtrip adventure. In this episode we travel from London to my dad's childhood home in Sea Mills which is now a suburb of Bristol. Day 1 of the journey takes us through time, space, memory, lost branches of the family tree, dementia and old age and the ways places and people change. Next week in part two of episode 299 of Getting Better Acquainted we travel into Bristol to the Bristol Museum and other places my dad visited as a child. 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 298 - Juliet Meyers And Homer
30 May 2017 @ 07:16 am

In GBA 298 we get better acquainted with Juliet Meyers and the flipping rescue dog that ruined her life, otherwise known as Homer. We talk dogs, wolves, comedy, dogs, storytelling, dogs and more dogs as we swap dog stories and consider the complexities of getting a dog and the love and anxiety dogs can bring to dog owners. Juliet plugs: Her show Juliet Meyers - This Flipping Rescue Dog Has Ruined My Life Edinburgh: Southside Social 2.30pm 3rd-22nd August https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/juliet-meyers-this-flipping-rescue-dog-has-ruined-my-life Buxton: http://www.buxtonfringe.org.uk/descriptions2017.html Oxford: https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/whats-on/all-shows/this-flipping-rescue-dog-has-ruined-my-life/ Ludlow: TBA Leyton: June 5th: https://www.facebook.com/events/1367130813376431/ I plug: The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ We mention: Nugget: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-247-nugget Sam: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-extra-the-partition https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-extra-out-of-the-window/ Sajeela: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-203-sajeela-kershi Spark London: http://stories.co.uk/ Proud Archivist: http://www.theproudarchivist.co.uk/ Immigrant Diaries: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/immigrant-diaries-sajeela-kershi-and-guests Borrow My Doggy: https://www.borrowmydoggy.com/ Odyssey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odyssey Simpsons: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simpsons Lack of touch for men article and podcast: http://upliftconnect.com/how-lack-touch-destroying-men/ http://www.cracked.com/podcast/why-our-society-engineered-to-make-us-feel-lonely/ Meadows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Meadows_(park) Arthur's Seat: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur%27s_Seat 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 297 - Andre
24 May 2017 @ 09:06 am

In GBA 297 we get better acquainted with Andre. He talks about transformation and change in his life and work. Our conversation covers education, dialogue, theology, writing, psychology, acting and so much more. He shares the "origin story" of how he exchanged his adopted name for the original one on his birth certificate, how he became a Priest finally (after being rejected first time round) only to find himself on a different path to the one he'd expected, what he does when practicing systemic therapy, and the relationship between therapy, spirituality, performance and narrative. Andre plugs: The book he is writing about transformation and change His website: http://www.andreradmall.co.uk @radmallandre: https://twitter.com/radmallandre The Shapeshifters: https://www.theshapeshifters.org/ I plug: The Family Tree: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/ We mention: Spark London: http://stories.co.uk/ Azariah: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-243-azariah Andre and Azariah on The Family Tree Cuttings: http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/cuttings/cutting-1-podcasts-and-priests/ http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/cuttings/cutting-6-the-big-questions/ http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/cuttings/cutting-8-stories-and-more-stories/ My show about masculinity: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sut-presents-what-about-the-men-mansplaining-maculinity Shock and Care - Harry Giles: https://harrygiles.org/2016/04/24/shock-and-care/ Stanislavski: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstantin_Stanislavski Stand Up Tragedy: http://www.standuptragedy.co.uk/ Theatre de complicite: http://www.complicite.org/ CS Lewis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._S._Lewis Narnia Books: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Narnia Church of England: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_England Wind in the Willows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wind_in_the_Willows Mr Toad: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Toad Guardians of the Galaxy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guardians_of_the_Galaxy_Vol._2 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!