Getting Better Acquainted
About This Show
A weekly podcast: Join Dave Pickering on his journey to get better acquainted with the people he knows. There are lots of shows about famous people. This is a show about the rest of us.
Part interview show, part oral history project, the show was nominated for a 2012 Radio Production Award, goes out regular on Resonance 104.4 FM and was featured on the Radio 5 Live podcast special, Helen and Olly's Required Listening.
Most Recent Episode
GBA 190 Christmas
1 day ago
In GBA 190 we get better acquainted with Christmas (again). It's the 2014 Christmas Special and this time we focus more on the complicated than the uplifting. The majority of the episode is a conversation between me and my friend Nina, two people with a complicated relationship with Christmas swapping our war stories. Also so featured in the episode is a story of recent Christmas joy from Connor and a song from Martin Austwick. The episode also contains my father's voice speaking to his granddaughter in the past and providing some Tove Jannson style Christmas spirit.
This episode hopes to offer solidarity to the seasonally afflicted and an explanation to those who love Christmas for why many of us might not. It does touch on upsetting family dynamics and mental health issues, including specific reference to traumatic events, depression and violence against children but in an actually pretty light and seasonal way.
For other GBA flavours of Christmas see the past 3 Christmas Specials:
Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year!
To hear the contributors at length in a none Christmas context listen to these episodes:
Stand Up Tragedy: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy
Full Tragic Christmas: https://soundcloud.com/standuptragedy/sets/tragic-christmas
Tove Jansson: http://www.tovejansson.com/
The Fir Tree: http://tygertale.com/2013/12/01/december-1st-the-fir-tree-by-tove-jansson/
The Moomins: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moomin
The Mum Episodes: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/sets/the-mum-episodes-1
(There will be no GBA next week. It will return in January 2014.)
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