Posts tagged ‘Guardian’

November 11, 2014

just do it!

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Look, I wrote a piece about how to start a podcast, this time for the Guardian’s Do Something magazine. Here it is! Yes, there is overlap with my podcast tips posts here, but frankly, while the tech changes a bit, the tedious grind/joyous experimentation of making a show remains the same.

On the subject of starting podcasts:
1. THANK YOU for supporting the Radiotopia Kickstarter, because they raised enough money for me to make my new podcast! The Allusionist should start mid-January. Now I need to get on with making it…
2. If you’re thinking of starting a podcast, or you already make one and need to spill about it, or you want to hang out with podcasters, do come along to the Podcast Clinic on 24th November. It’s free! We’ll have a lovely time! Details are here.

The last time I was featured in Do Something, I was writing about patchwork. Today I’ve also got a piece in the Telegraph about starting/restarting crafting, which you can read here.

Apparently the message of both the podcasting article and the crafting article is the same: JUST GET ON WITH IT. This makes me sound a lot more proactive than I am. Most of the time, I’m so incredibly lazy, it’s embarrassing. But, you know, if I’m interrupting my slothing time, I try to make it count.

May 10, 2014

Doing Something

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Here I am in today’s Do Something supplement of the Guardian!

Click here for more of my patchwork; and here’s how I began it.

November 14, 2013

Little Atoms, and GBA live

wiggly sculpture

Congratulations to fellow podcaster and all-round good egg Neil Denny on reaching the 300th episode of the excellent Little Atoms. He commemorated this milestone by interviewing John Lloyd, but also by letting me talk about growing up with a sculptor, my dad Zack Zaltzman. Here’s the show. The picture above is of one of the huge plaster casts from dad’s gelatine-carving phase.

I’m very excited to be appearing on another of my favourite podcasts, Getting Better Acquainted. We’re recording live as part of the Writeidea Festival Fringe at the Ideas Factory this Sunday, 17th November. We’ll be on around 4.30pm, but come along for the afternoon because Wil Hodgson will be performing, and there’s a panel discussion about comics featuring Tom Humberstone, who makes Solipsistic Pop. One night a couple of years ago, my husband and I were sitting on the East London Line indulging in a little light bickering, when a gentlemen walked past, handed us a copy of a beautiful comic, then hopped off the train. This was an exciting mystery, and after some Twitter detective work, we discovered it was Tom himself. So I’m well disposed towards him. Altogether it’ll be a worthwhile use of your afternoon, I’m sure.

Also! This week I went along to the Houses of Parliament to attend the Rewind and Reframe panel discussion, about music videos being sexist and racist, and reported back to the Guardian’s Media Talk about it. Click here to hear.

August 2, 2013

manifold noises

I’ve already done three podcasts this month, and it’s only 2nd August.

Episode 4 of the Sound Women podcast is out now at iTunes and SoundCloud and is bursting at the seams with interesting radio stuff.

To hash over the findings of the Women on Air report, which I posted about before, I gathered together a crack team: founder of Sound Women Maria Williams; Emma Barnett, Sunday Drive presenter on LBC and Women’s Editor at the Telegraph; and Tony Moorey, director of content at Absolute Radio. As the token man in the room, I hope Tony didn’t feel too picked on.

Ruth Barnes interviewed Caroline Barker about her career as a sports reporter on BBC 5 Live and the World Service, amongst other stations, and why Father Christmas compelled her to start her own production company.

I also spoke to Camilla Pia, playlister at BBC 6 Music. I’m always really interested to learn about what goes on behind the scenes in radio (and TV, and film, and myriad other industries), and as Camilla says, if she’s doing her job properly, the listener shouldn’t even be aware that her job exists.

Next: Matt Hill, producer of the Guardian’s Media Talk podcast, let me host a special edition of the show all about podcasting, wherein I interviewed my brother Andy! Which was weird. We don’t really talk about our podcasts much in Real Life. The show also featured producer of Hackney Podcast Francesca Panetta, Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown and Richard Herring producer Ben Walker, Maximum Fun founder Jesse Thorn, 99% Invisible‘s Roman Mars, and some guy called Olly Mann.

Also, I should have mentioned earlier our spot on BBC 5 Live’s Saturday Edition last weekend, as we discussed Caroline Criado-Perez’s resilience in the face of vicious Twitter abuse. I went off on one about why I think it’s unwise to dismiss terrible online behaviour just as trolling; to me, ‘troll’ is a term through which one can dehumanise behaviour which is very human, unfortunate as that is.

I don’t mean that to say, “Guys, trolls are human too! Protect the trolls and their rights!” I mean: abusive, insensitive, dangerous, calculatedly offensive behaviour online is performed by actual sentient human beings, who possess the same faculties as the rest of us, and I don’t think the problem will be rectified if one loses sight of that and hides their actions under a blanket term, especially this one which sounds so childish and daft. Anyway, if you’re interested, you can download the podcast of the 27th July episode here.

On a more cheerful note, there is Answer Me This! Episode 265, where we learn about the origins of Amazon, hamburgers and straitjackets, and also why you should keep your genitals clean. I really don’t know why there’s any question about that.

PS A post I wrote last week about why I don’t like sport.

PPS My husband did a TEDx talk, which I’d better remember to watch.

November 23, 2012

half-hosting Media Talk

Because all the usual hosts were very busy covering the news of the replacement BBC DG, they let me take the wheel for the second half of this week’s Guardian Media Talk! This was a real thrill, and no hardship as I just had a nice chat with the marvellous Vicky Frost about the latest telly. Click here to get the episode.

Incidentally, if you took a shine to the vintage china used for the tea party on this week’s Young Apprentice, you can hire it from Vicky Frost herself. I’m assuming those young apprentices cleaned the cake off it before returning it.

October 8, 2012

Live 5 Live!

This is the closest I’ll ever get to being an air traffic controller.

Every Saturday evening, Olly and I discuss what’s been happening online on BBC 5 Live’s Saturday Edition with Chris Warburton. We don’t usually get to wear girlband-style headsets, but this Saturday the show was recorded in front of a Live! Studio! Audience! So a couple of dozen people crammed into the studio with us to observe the visual feast that is radio. Click here to consume that visual feast with your ears, which is really the best way to do it in this case.

In other recent fixtures, I also pipe up on the latest episode of the Guardian’s Media Talk; and I was interviewed by Persephone Magazine, so click here if you care to read me waffling on about feminism and my mum and such.