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Coffee & Geography

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== About the 'Coffee & Geography' podcast == The aim of ‘Coffee & Geography’ is to get to know, explore and celebrate the diverse & intersectional range of people and their love for the world. We’ll have fun exploring all the myriad of ways that connects your life to geography. Wait – you don’t think you’re a ‘geographer’? Well, that’s ok! If you have a love and passion for the world then you probably are more than you know. If you're interested in being a guest or want to find out more, the ...
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In this episode we talk all things heavyweights! Guests: Hillary VanOrnum, Delana Maule and Shannon Menees Hosted & Curated by: Torrie O'neil of The Mighty Dames Learn more about Girls in Gis: Homepage: https://www.girls-in-gis.com Events: https://www.girls-in-gis.com/events/ Shop: http://www.girls-in-gis.com/shop/ Donate: http://www.girls-in-gis.c…
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Special #ClimateAmbassdors mini-series! Learn more about the scheme and get to know each of the England regional teams. Joining Kit Marie from the East Midlands hub is Matilda Crane. Drinking some Dragonfly Tea, they chat about faith and the environment, Jane Austin, and more!Matilda is the Climate Ambassadors East Midlands Regional Hub Manager. Sh…
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Special #ClimateAmbassdors mini-series! Learn more about the scheme and get to know each of the England regional teams. Joining Kit Marie from the Northwest hub is Cormac Lawler. They sip a Yorkshire Tea and chat about how Irish life changed during the ‘Celtic Tiger’, staring into ponds, amongst other things!Cormac is the Climate Ambassadors Northw…
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Special #ClimateAmbassdors mini-series! Learn more about the scheme and get to know each of the England regional teams. Joining Kit Marie from the Southeast hub is Gemma Bailey. Sticking with juice, they and chat about the influence of local authorities, reintroducing bison to Kent, baking, amongst other things!Gemma is based in Kent, but works at …
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Kit Marie and Will Duffy sit down and discuss science & religion, free-diving, snorkeling, veggie-free diets, amongst other things!Will is a pastor in a small town in Colorado* and the creator of 'The Final Experiment', a venture to bring together prominent #FlatEarth touters and their detractors to #Antarctica. You can find out more by visiting ht…
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Kit Marie and Aidah Nakku enjoy a hot chocolate, and chat about climate justice for women and girls in the Global South, logistical language barriers, dancing ears and more!Aidah Nakku is a climate and gender Justice activist from Kampala Uganda. She is the founder of Hold Her Hand Initiative, an Initiative that focuses on empowering women and girl…
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Kit Marie and Dr Adam Brett with some Yorkshire Tea chat about hetero- and cis-normativity in education spaces, spatial representation, cat puns, and more!Adam is a former secondary school teacher and leader, and now researcher and lecturer at the University of Derby. He is the co-founder of Pride & Progress which works to support schools to be LGB…
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Kit Marie and Andy Funnell sip some fresh orange dilutin’ juice, and chat about learning from who you meet to cover blind spots, working in partnership with young people, Bluey and more!Andy is a Geography Teacher and head of department in Northern Island. A ‘GIS convert’ and an unexpected blend of Cheshire, Yorkshire, Nottingham, Qatar, Slovakia a…
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This week, Shama sits down with Maddie Morales! a 13 years old at Fighting Chance Academy, Maddie hasbeen training Jiu Jitsu with her dad at I was 6 years old at Fighting Chance Academy in Kerrville, Texas. "He opened the gym because he has always been a huge martial arts nerd and so that my sister and I had a place to learn how to defend ourselves…
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Kit Marie and Katie Hall enjoy some Yorkshire Tea and chat about accents, using GIS to enhance access to nature, archaeology, table-top role play games, and more!Katie rambled their way into a career with GIS via archaeology and geography teaching! Katie stills look at their feet when they are out field walking as grubbing in the dirt turns out to …
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Kit Marie is joined by previous guest Hermione Miao, for a special mash-up between the 'Coffee & Geography' and 'Mapping Inspirational Women' podcasts!You can *watch* this discussion between Hermione and Kit Marie over on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm9xVNjsHd4'Mapping Inspirational Women' is a project to discover inspirational women a…
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Kit Marie and Miriam Lancewood grab some thyme to brew from outside and chat about being ‘place-centred’ rather than ‘time-centred’, travelling and living in the wild with husband Peter, busking, and more!Miriam Lancewood lived for 7 years with her husband Peter in the wilderness of New Zealand. They roamed around like nomads, cooked on a fire, sle…
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In this episode we talk about the realties and experiences of training in your 70’s Guests: Elaine Wynn, Lily Pagel and Marion Gimbel Hosted by: Shama Ko Learn more about Girls in Gis: Homepage: https://www.girls-in-gis.com Events: https://www.girls-in-gis.com/events/ Shop: http://www.girls-in-gis.com/shop/ Donate: http://www.girls-in-gis.com/donat…
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Kit Marie and Regan Mudhar chat about the power of music to evoke emotion, diversity and inclusion initiatives at the Royal Meteorological Society, PhD research into how Arctic warming is changing weather patterns and more!After doing an MSci in physics with astrophysics in Bristol, Regan worked in finance for a couple of years. But they returned t…
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It's the 100th episode (well, technically, the 100th upload!) of the Coffee & Geography podcast! We've been on an incredible journey, with Kit Marie speaking to over 100 people from over 22 countries. The weekend of the 100th release coincided with the weekend after the Geographical Association Annual Conference 2024, so Kit Marie took the opportun…
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Kit Marie and Ayesha Tandon brew up a hot drink and chat about the social factors that impact migration, culture and identity through food, early careers and diverse voices in science, climate journalism, being sporty in a sporty family, and more!Science journalist at Carbon Brief. Ayesha is the 3rd generation of woman to study physics in her famil…
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Kit Marie and Dave Wynn have a late night brew and chat about climate advocacy, admiration for 2000AD comics, learning the harp, stereophotography, and more! Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a special musical treat.A/S/L Dave? Old, neutered, lost. An old joke, but getting more accurate by the year. Otherwise, climate advocate, stereo-photog…
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Kit Marie is joined by Sam and Simon Fox to chat about science communication, school trips, Essex origins, the amazing Youth STEMM Award, and more!Dr Samantha Fox is a scientist and social entrepreneur. She spent many years hanging out with plants at The John Innes Centre, an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetic…
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In this episode we talk about all things related to being in your 60’s and training Jiu Jitsu. Guest: Betty Broadhurst, Kim Blake & Karen Burns Hosted by: Shama Ko Learn more about Girls in Gis: Homepage: https://www.girls-in-gis.com Events: https://www.girls-in-gis.com/events/ Shop: http://www.girls-in-gis.com/shop/ Donate: http://www.girls-in-gis…
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‘Espresso’ & Geography is a podcast short where Kit Marie and special guests talk current geographical affairs for a maximum of 15 minutes. This shot of geography-laden caffeine welcomes Nona, Louise and Hope in reflecting on the first 'Gathering' of the Decolonising Geography collective that took place in March 2024 at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre…
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On this episode of Ask aBlack Belt, Shama sits down with Nattie Boss! Based in Texas, Nattie Boss is a holistic performance coach and registered dietitian for athletes. She is the owner of Body By Boss, LLC. Her company uses a trauma-informed approach to support BJJ athletes in healing trauma, expanding consciousness, optimizing health, and enhanci…
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Kit Marie and Catherine Walker time their Ozzie coffee with a chat about flight shame, UK high-school subject options, a gap-year in Chile, researching climate change from the perspective young people from migrant families, and more!Known as Catherine by some, Cate to others but to everyone, a deep thinker with a passion for exploring, analysing, r…
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Kit Marie and Andrew Caine enjoy a chat over enthusing young people and non-scientists about marine biology, being a self-published author, being a northerner from the south, rummaging through Victorian rubbish dumps, and more!Andrew is a teacher, a self-professed idiot and likes a laugh! He is an author of three books to help people without a scie…
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Kit Marie and Shabnam Anam sip a coffee and chat about lived experiences between rural and urbam communities, anti-racist education, Sunderland, the hesitation of getting tattoos, and more!Shabnam is an Antiracist Educator; passionate about authenticity, equality and empowerment. She has been in Primary Education for over 20 years, serving diverse …
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‘Espresso’ & Geography is a podcast short where Kit Marie and special guests talk current geographical affairs for a maximum of 15 minutes. This shot of geography-laden caffeine is a break-time chat at the Geography Teachers Educators Conference, that took place at the end of January 2024 in York. Discussed are the importance of such conferences; w…
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This week Shama sits down with, Alex Enriquez! Alex began her BJJ journey in 2009. She is a black belt at Atos Atlanta under Professor Bruno Frazatto. She also has six years of experience in wrestling at Cambridge High School under Don St. James and Life University under Ashley Sword and Christian Flavin. Among her accomplishments are being a multi…
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This week, Shama sits down with Joslyn Molina Joslyn Molina started doing jiujitsu when she was 5/6yrs old. She competed in her first Pankids in 2020 in California. She is a 3x gold pan champ now going for her 4th gold this year. She has won 7 Jitz Kings Kids superfights, 1 fight 2 win, 1 submission hunter pro. She just start competing at ADCC in J…
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Kit Marie records their chat while undergoing electrolysis treatment from Abigail Best! All the while they chat about electrolysis treatment, the geography in voice and language, access to treatment on the NHS, and more!Abigail is a fully licenced electrolysist with over 30 years’ experience and offers permanent hair removal to everyone including t…
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Kit Marie and Ilan Kelman take a deep dive into the human element of progress (or not) in tackling and contributing towards disasters, the challenges of catering for diverse values and voice, photography, and more!Ilan is Professor of Disasters and Health at University College London, and a Professor II at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Nor…
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Kit Marie and James Riding sip a Pink Lane Coffee Americano and chat about exploring perceptions through art in a post-conflict context; examples of 'counter-maps'; imaginary towns;, amongst other things!James is Newcastle University Academic Track Fellow - a cultural geographer who uses creative methods. He works mainly in Bosnia & Herzegovina, an…
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This week, Shama sits down with Landrie Joseph Landrie began her jiu jitsu journey in March of 2015, and continued her training under professor Bruno Mendes with Soul Fighters Martial Arts Training Center in Allen Texas. Landrie began competing at 5.5 and won Pan Kids at the young age of 7! She has stayed on the competition scene throughout the yea…
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Kit Marie and a mystery guest kick off Season 4 of Coffee & Geography, talking about Artificial Intelligence, how it is impacting education, and its potential for teaching and learning in Geography.Some links to things mentioned in the chat:- Pi AI (https://pi.ai/talk) - ChatGPT (https://chat.openai.com/)- Grammarly (https://app.grammarly.com/)- Ka…
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On this episode of Ask a Black Belt, GIG Ambassador, Kelly Moore sits down with 10th Planet black belt, Nora Mora. Training jiu jitsu since 2011 at 10th Planet, she's been running the women’s jiu jitsu program for 7 years at 10th Planet San Diego. Learn about her Jiu Jitsu journey and lessons she’s learned as she offers advice for those with Autism…
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On this episode of Ask a Black Belt, Shama sits down with Nicholle Stoller, the first homegrown (white to black) female black belt under Shawn Hammonds. She is currently the head ladies' instructor for her team association's headquarters academy in Nashville, TN. Learn about her Jiu Jitsu journey and lessons she’s learned as she offers advice for t…
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In this episode, our guest panel discusses training jiu jitsu when you're over 50. We discuss longevity in the sport, how menopause impacts training, the importance of diet for women in their 50’s, training strategies, and injury prevention Panel Guests: Michelle Wagner, Deanna Yohe and Gretchen Brocard Hosted by: Shama Ko Learn more about Girls in…
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Another season of Coffee & Geography comes to a close. This special episode, Kit Marie replays their Teachmeet performance at the 2023 Geographical Association's Annual conference, titled "Nothing About Us About Us."Links:- "Nothing About Us Without Us" lyrics and video of performance (https://geogramblings.com/2023/04/18/nothingaboutuswithoutus-th…
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On this episode of Ask A Black Belt, Shama sits down with black belt champion, mother, wife and academy owner Victoria Maciel Antelante She talks about those that have inspired her, coming back after pregnancy and overcoming hardships Learn more about Girls in Gis: Homepage: https://www.girls-in-gis.com Events: https://www.girls-in-gis.com/events/ …
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Kit Marie and Zak Nelson go easy with a banana and coconut smoothie and chat about buses, Europe and Eurovision, license plates from around the world, amongst other things!Zak is a bus enthusiast from Norfolk, who grew up obsessed with all things countries, capitals and flags. He has a collection of over 600 number plates from over 70 countries. Za…
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Kit Marie and Conor Rutland are on the UEA campus with their brews chatting about PhD’s, tectonic activity, origami, higher education, amongst other things!Conor is a PhD student at the University of East Anglia’s School of Environmental Sciences, researching seismic hazards in the Tibetan Plateau. He has a background in teaching high-school physic…
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In this special episode, Kit Marie and Catherine Owen tell us about the Reteach Project, a free-to-use resource providing teachers with user-friendly guides, reading lists and recommendations written by subject experts. For the 2023 Geographical Association Annual Conference, Catherine and Kit Marie gave a lecture about Reteach, and you can hear sn…
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Kit Marie and Katie Nickolaou bond over hot chocolate, geeking out about meteorology, particularly of the Great Lakes, sci-fi fandom, voice acting and do a bit of improv for you all!Katie is an AMS Certified Meteorologist at WLNS in Lansing, Michigan. When she was 5, Katie was in a tornado, which launched her lifelong love of weather. Beyond meteor…
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This week, Shama sits down with Divana Sandoval AKA “Divana The Beast”, a 12 years old and currently a yellow/black belt training out of GFTeam Orange, CA. Divana is extremely active and loves any sports she comes across but most she loves God! Divana takes sports seriously and is very competitive. She participates in Jiu-jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Tha…
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‘Espresso’ & Geography is a podcast short where Kit Marie and a special guest talk current geographical affairs for a maximum of 15 minutes. This shot of geography-laden caffeine looks at the latest news that the case for marking a new geological epoch the 'Anthropocene', one which defines human influence on the planet, is stronger than ever.Kit Ma…
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Kit Marie and Rebecca Osborne sensibly sip some water and chat about graphic recording and representation, being an LGBTQIA+ family, amongst other things!Rebecca's job title is ‘Graphic Recorder’. An unstoppable creative and Mum to 3 amazing offspring. She may not call herself a geography specialist but through her work Rebecca has had the pleasure…
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Kit Marie and John Cook share a glass of Aussie wine and chat cognitive biases & misinformation, drawing cartoons, writing cli-fi amongst other things!John is a scientist who researches how to fight fake news. Before becoming a scientist, he was a cartoonist. He now combines his science and art in the Cranky Uncle game, using humour, cartoons, crit…
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Kit Marie and David Preece sit down with a cuppa and chat about the what is ‘home’, Sahara desert, data visualisations, amongst other things!In the world before YouTube and the internet, the opportunities to be inspired were different and rare. In 1995, Dr James Jackson gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, called "Earth: An Explorer's Gui…
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Kit Marie and Professor Chris Jackson chill with a non-alcoholic beer and chat about how geography shapes experiences based on who you are, helping black students into higher education, academic pre-prints, twitter trolls, amongst other things!Professor Chris Jackson is Director of Sustainable Geoscience with Jacobs, an organisation that supports s…
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This week, Shama sits down with first-degree Black Belt and school owner (Vien Jiu Jitsu), April Parks. April is an educator and mom of four. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY April has always been driven by sports and competition With a background as a Division 1 Track athlete behind her April ventured onto the mats for the first time in 2011, and n…
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Kit Marie and Jasmine Isa Qureshi share a mocha with soy milk chatting about intersectionality, poetry, life in Bristol, Taylor Swift, amongst other things!Jasmine is a little punk storytelling powerhouse of trans brown Muslim non binary Activist know-it-all monster energy. She loves bumblebees and beetles, writes about queerness, marine mammal int…
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In this special episode, Kit Marie takes part in a day-long event for primary school pupils learning about Malawi. The conference is part of the work by the Norfolk-Dedza Schools Links (previously Norwich-Dedza Partnership). The Norwich-Dedza Partnership was a charity that developed and supported practical links between Norwich, UK and Dedza Distri…
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