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Get Your Glow Back (GYGB) podcast is a wellness podcast for mums. Each week, I, Madeleine Shaw (author, nutritional therapist and chef) will chat openly and honestly with a new guest. We’ll be covering the difficult task of navigating motherhood - from sleeping, to encouraging your kids to eat well to strengthening your pelvic floor, and of course loving and looking after your amazing self! #GYGB is an all-inclusive, supportive podcast where we will share actionable steps and tools to help y ...
 
Island Idylls riffs on books and life with Barry Menikoff. Author of Stone Mother, Brooklyn born and bred, retired Hawaii university professor, international scholar. Evangelical pastor Aaron Menikoff, author of Politics and Piety, spices this dialogue between father and son. Both chasing that elusive line in an old song, What's it all about, Alfie?
 
Tripping Up is a brand new comedy travel podcast that's all about celebrating the less talked about side of travel: when things go wrong. Each week, host Nina Clapperton chats with an interesting guest about a time when they tripped up in their travels. Maybe they got lost on your first solo trip. Maybe their skydive ended up with you yelling for the next two weeks when your ears wouldn't pop. Maybe they got rained in and discovered a hidden talent. There's only one way to find out! Subscrib ...
 
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Sign up for our mailing list! It’s another extinction event episode! This one’s about the end-Permian AKA the Permian-Triassic AKA the GREAT DYING. Further Reading: Ancient mini-sharks lived longer than thought Lystrosaurus’s fossilized skeleton: Lystrosaurus may have looked something like this but I hope not: This artist’s rendition of lystrosauru…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! It’s the 2021 brood of 17-year cicadas! Thanks to Enzo (and several others) who suggested it! Further listening: Varmints! Podcast – “Cicadas” Our local Brood X cicada (photo by me!): The holes that cicadas emerged from (photo also by me): Discarded cicada shells. My work keys and Homestar Runner keychain for scale: Sh…
 
Edward III should be much better known, Rosie tells Matthew Parris. He not only won great battles like Crecy in 1346. He also championed the flourishing of Perpendicular architecture; he understood the "branding" of England, and introduced the flag of St George; and he was ahead of his time in other ways - he was the first king of England to own a …
 
Talking animals! It’s not what you’re thinking about. No parrots here, just mammals. Our new logo is by Susanna King of Flourish Media! If you’d like to JOIN OUR MAILING LIST!, I’ll be sending out a discount code soon for merch with our logo on it–but only for people on the mailing list (and patrons). Further listening: The MonsterTalk episode abou…
 
Actor, comedian and Author Ben Miller discusses the colourful, complicated and uncompromising life of William Hazlitt.Born in 1778 William Hazlitt is considered one of the greatest critics and essayists in the history of the English language, but for centuries, his life and works were lost in the shadows. He was an advocate of universal rights and …
 
Thanks to Ruby and Tex for their suggestions this week! Diprotodon was big and had a big nose: Koala! The bush thick-knee looks like it has regular knees, actually: Show Transcript: Welcome to Strange Animals Podcast. I’m your host, Kate Shaw. This week let’s head to Australia for a short episode about three interesting animals. Thanks to Ruby and …
 
Singer-songwriter Arlo Parks has been nominated for three Brit Awards at just 20 years old. Her inspiration for her debut studio album is drawn from American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. Matthew Parris and Arlo Parks are joined by Elliott’s friend and former manager of his band Heatmiser, JJ Gonson. They also hear from writer and college profes…
 
Sign up for our mailing list! This week let’s learn about an amazing little fish and an awesome tortoise! All the pictures here were taken by ME at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga! Further Reading: Star tortoise makes meteoric comeback The astonishing elephantnose fish: Burmese star tortoises: Show transcript: Welcome to Strange Animals Podca…
 
On May 10 1940, the Germans invaded the Low Countries, Winston Churchill became prime minister, and Harry Hopkins moved in to the White House. This remarkable man was President Roosevelt's closest confidante until the end of the war. A principal architect of the New Deal, he was the president's first envoy to meet Churchill and was sent off to meet…
 
This week let’s learn about a couple of dangerous birds of New Guinea! They’re not what you might think. Join our mailing list! Further Reading/Watching: How Dangerous Are Cassowaries, Really? Inside the Cassowary’s Casque Breakfast Club Ep. 34: Jack Dumbacher on Poisonous Birds (a long video but a really great deep dive into the pitohui) The might…
 
Ivor Cutler is hard to categorise. Whimsical and uncompromising, depressive yet joyful, childlike and curmudgeonly, an 'outsider', championed by insiders like Paul McCartney, he's perhaps best known for his collection 'Life in a Scotch Sitting Room Volume Two" (there is no volume one) or his much-covered 1983 indie hit 'Women of the World'.Cutler o…
 
Thanks to Ella for this week’s suggestion. There may not technically be spiders in the Antarctic, but there are mites. A nunatak (note the size of the research vehicles at the bottom left): I don’t have any pictures of the Antarctic mites, so here are some red velvet mites, although they’re giants compared to their Antarctic cousins: Show transcrip…
 
Kenny Lynch was born in Stepney, East London in 1938. He toured with the Beatles, wrote best-selling songs, was a champion boxer in the army, and a regular face on British TV. He was also - at the start of his career - one of the very few black and British singers in the UK, but he's not really remembered as a pioneer. Out to change that is his nom…
 
This week let’s learn about a mystery panda and a few small panda mysteries! Join our mailing list! Further Reading: Mystery of the brown giant panda deepens The Qinling panda is not like other pandas: The giant panda is subtly different from the Qinling panda. Can you spot the difference? Show transcript: Welcome to Strange Animals Podcast. I’m yo…
 
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown picks Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart. With archive contributions from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Chinua Achebe himself. He was born in Nigeria in 1930 and Yasmin Alibhai Brown met him twice in Uganda in the 1960s and remains deeply impressed by both his books and his life.The presenter is Ma…
 
Thanks to Phoebe for suggesting the tarsier, this week’s strange and interesting primate! Further Reading: Decoding of tarsier genome reveals ties to humans Long-lost ‘Furby-like’ Primate Discovered in Indonesia Tarsiers look like weird alien babies: A tarsier nomming on a lizard: A tarsier nomming on an insect: The pygmy tarsier and someone’s thum…
 
Director Jonathan Kent was friends with Patricia Highsmith. He'd been playing Tom Ripley for a tv show, and staying in the hotel suite next door to her. She took a shine to him. Now he repays the debt with this revealing and intriguing programme to celebrate a hundred years since her birth in 1921. Although best known for the Ripley books, she firs…
 
So many interesting hoofed animals in this episode, so many awesome suggestions! Thanks to Page, Elaine, Pranav, Richard E., Richard from NC, and Llewelly! Further Reading: Meet the Takin: The Largest Mammal You’ve Never Heard Of New hope for the elusive okapi, the Congo’s mini giraffe The Resurrection of the Arabian Oryx Eucladoceros was not messi…
 
I am joined today by Chinese Medicine Practitioner, founder of the Hayo'u method and best selling author Katie Brindle. On today’s episode we talk all about the art of Yang Sheng or self care and the work we can do to nurture our body, mind and spirit simultaneously through qigong, gua sha and other ancient practices. We discuss Chinese philosophy …
 
This week we're going to look at three small mystery animals! Well, the mysteries are small. The animals are not particularly small.Further Reading:Long-Extinct Gibbon Found Inside Tomb of Chinese Emperor's GrandmotherAncient Egypt's Mona Lisa? An elaborately drawn extinct goose, of courseA case of mistaken identity for Australia's extinct big bird…
 
Let's learn about some of the biggest sharks in the sea--but not sharks that want to eat you!Further reading:'Winged' eagle shark soared through oceans 93 million years agoManta-like planktivorous sharks in Late Cretaceous oceansBefore giant plankton-eating sharks, there were giant plankton-eating sharksAn artist's impression of the eagle shark (Aq…
 
Joining me today is Amy Ransom, single mother and author of The Soul Soaring Virtues of Separation. Following the breakdown of her marriage in 2016 Amy has been keen to share how one relationship ending can actually be a wonderful new beginning. In today's episode Amy shares why divorce doesn't need to mean devastation, how we can reframe separatio…
 
Thanks to Lorenzo and Page for suggestions used in this week's episode, and a belated thanks to Ethan for last week's episode! Let's learn about some of the cutest invertebrates out there!Further reading:Photosynthesis-like process found in insectsMystery of the Venezuelan Poodle MothFurther viewing:Dr. Arthur Anker's photos from his Venezuela trip…
 
It's the next in our short series of episodes about mass extinctions! Don't worry, it won't be boring, because we're going to learn about a lot of weird ancient fish too.Further reading:Titanichthys: Devonian-Period Armored Fish was Suspension FeederBehind the Scenes: How Fungi Make Nutrients Available to the WorldDunkleosteus was a beeg feesh with…
 
I’m joined today by the amazing Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director of Women for Women International and author of Fears to Fierce. Brita is an advocate and promoter of women’s empowerment, rights and equality through her charity work and coaching. On today’s episode we spoke all about how we can step into our purpose and power and why self…
 
Thanks to Nicholas for this week's suggestion! Let's learn about the Australian stingless bee and its relatives!Listen to BewilderBeasts if you want more fun, family-friendly animal facts!Further reading/watching:Australian Stingless BeesWomen Work to Save Native Bees of Mexico (I really recommend the short video embedded on this page! It's utterly…
 
Thanks to Pranav for his suggestion! Let's find out what the river of giants was and what lived there!Further reading:King of the River of GiantsSpinosaurus was a swimming dinosaur and it swam in the River of Giants:A modern bichir, distant relation to the extinct giants that lived in the River of Giants:Not actually a pancake crocodile:A model of …
 
I’m joined today by the amazing Millie Gooch, founder of the Sober Girl Society. Millie hosts Sober Girl Society’s signature boozeless brunches and sober sweat classes across the country and works with organisations to encourage sober curiosity and spread the message that being alcohol-free is far from boring. On today’s episode we spoke all about …
 
This week let's venture into the ocean and learn about the fin whale!Further reading:The songs of fin whales offer new avenue for seismic studies of the oceanic crustFin whales' big gulpThe fin whale can hold a whole lot of water in its mouth (illustration from the second article linked above):A fin whale underwater. Look at that massive tail. That…
 
Does the Shreve's lightbulb lizard really emit light? (Hint: sort of.) Let's find out!Further reading:The Lightbulb Lizard of Benjamin ShreveShreve's lightbulb lizard, looking pretty ordinary really: A web-footed gecko in moonlight:A Jamaican gray anole showing off his dewlap:Show Transcript:Welcome to Strange Animals Podcast. I’m your host, Kate S…
 
I'm joined today by Katherine Sellery, 3x TEDx speaker and founder of Conscious Parenting Revolution for raising resilient, considerate and empowered kids who know their inner voice and honour it. Katherine has been coaching parents on conscious communication for over 16 years and shares her methods with me in today's episode. We spoke all about th…
 
Here's a 2020 retrospective episode that looks at the bright side of the year! Thanks to Page for the suggestion! Let's learn about some animals discovered in 2020 (mostly).Further reading:Watch This Giant, Eerie, String-Like Sea Creature Hunt for Food in the Indian OceanRare Iridescent Snake Discovered in VietnamAn intrusive killer scorpion points…
 
In 1960s California, Mexican-American Civil Rights Leader, Cesar Chavez led the United Farmworkers union in a series of strikes, boycotts and semi-religious processions, which inspired farmworkers, students and celebrities to join him in what he called 'La Causa' 'The Cause' was his struggle to force the landowners and growers - and the system in w…
 
On today's episode I'm joined by my old friend and the person who inspired my wellness journey, Melissa Ambrosini. Melissa is the bestselling author of Mastering Your Mean Girl, Open Wide and PurposeFULL, the host of the top-rated podcast The Melissa Ambrosini Show, a keynote speaker, content creator, and entrepreneur. On today's episode Melissa sh…
 
Thanks to Phoebe for suggesting the quokka and the wombat, two of the cutest, happiest-looking animals in Australia!Further Reading:Viral stories of wombats sheltering other animals from the bushfires aren't entirely trueSatellites reveal the underground lifestyle of wombatsGiant Wombat-Like Marsupials Roamed Australia 25 Million Years AgoFurther L…
 
The actor Caroline Catz chooses Delia Derbyshire, the musician and composer who is best known for her work at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop where she realised the theme tune to Doctor Who. With Dr David Butler from the University of Manchester who looks after Delia's archive.Delia was born in Coventry in 1937 and describes her earliest recollections…
 
Joining me again is the inspiring and endlessly wise Pandora Paloma, Intuitive Living Coach, Author, Mother and Podcast Host. Since Pandora first came on to talk all things intuitive eating she has switched her focus to intuitive business, coaching women to get in touch with their inner guide to maximise their potential. On today's episode Pandora …
 
This week we're on the cutting edge of science, learning about the brand new genetic study of dire wolves that rearranges everything we know about the dire wolf and other canids! Also, a bonus turtle update.Further reading:Dire Wolves Were Not Really Wolves, Genetic Clues RevealAn artist's rendition of dire wolves and grey wolves fighting over a bi…
 
Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat rose to fame in the 1980's Lower East Side New York arts scene. Andy Warhol was his friend and collaborator, Madonna a one time girlfriend and David Bowie a huge admirer. But beyond this club scene personality raged a prolific artist, writer and musician. During his short career Basquiat created no less than 1000 drawing…
 
Today I’m joined by Richie Bostock, breathwork coach and author of Exhale to talk all about the life changing possibilities of breath. Following years of study with some of the best known practitioners in the world, including Wim Hof Richie has been called “the best in the business” by the Sunday Times. On today’s episode Richie shares his journey …
 
This week let's learn about two birds of New Guinea, bowerbirds and the Victoria crowned pigeon! Both are beautiful and the bowerbird is kind of weird. Thanks to M Is for Awesome for the suggestion!Further Reading:The Women Who Removed Birds from People's HatsVarious bowers made by various species of bowerbird: The golden-fronted bowerbird:Not a bo…
 
Jessica Mitford was the fifth born of the notorious Mitford Sisters. Born into the aristocracy, as a child she had her own language, collected a running-away fund and fought to set herself apart from her fascist siblings. As an adult she was in turn a communist rebel, an investigative journalist, a civil rights activist and pop singer - opening a g…
 
I'm joined today by the amazing Dr Gemma Newman aka the Plant Power Doctor to talk veganism and health. Gemma has been passionately bridging the gap between western medicine and holistic health for the past decade, educating both those in the medical field and her own patients. On today's episode she offers her view on why eating a plant based diet…
 
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