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Coronavirus! Climate! Brexit! Trump! Politics has never been more unpredictable, more alarming or more interesting: Talking Politics is the podcast that tries to make sense of it all. Every week David Runciman and Helen Thompson talk to the most interesting people around about the ideas and events that shape our world: from history to economics, from philosophy to fiction. What does the future hold? Can democracy survive? How crazy will it get? This is the political conversation that matters ...
 
Kites and Strings is a podcast about creativity, living creatively and excelling in the process. Co-Hosts, Steve and Catherine are both registered art therapists and licensed clinical professional counselors in Chicago and New York City, repectively. They talk a smidge about their practices, but they mostly discuss the processes of maintaining and balancing a creative life. Guests, who have found their own successes in these edeavors are also routinely featured.
 
Following Anne of Green Gables (1908), the book covers the second chapter in the life of Anne Shirley. This book follows Anne from the age of 16 to 18, during the two years that she teaches at Avonlea school. It includes many of the characters from Anne of Green Gables, as well as new ones like Mr. Harrison, Miss Lavendar Lewis, Paul Irving, and the twins Dora and Davy. (Summary by Wikipedia) Cast:Anne/Narrator: Arielle LipshawMrs. Lynde: Amy GramourMr. Harrison: AnthonyMarilla Cuthbert/Benj ...
 
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Holy Cow, it's out 50th episode! And it's a fun one. Our guest in this episode is Adam Gottlieb, who was one of the the featured poets in the film, "Louder than a Bomb," which documented the Lounder than a Bomb poetry slam competition facilitated by Chicago Youth Authors in 2009. In that amazing documentary, Adam was called a "rock star" while comp…
 
We’re back from our summer break with David, Helen and Adam Tooze exploring what the pandemic has revealed about politics, economics and the new world order. From Covid crisis to China crisis to climate crisis: how does it all fit together? And what comes next? Adam’s new book is Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy. Plus David talks about…
 
This episode, as much as any Kites and Strings episodes to date, looks at the process of creating creatives. Denise Clyne is a veteran art teacher who midway through her 31-year (and counting) career, recognized that the curriculum she was using was off-base. It focused on trying to convince the powers that be that there should be a place for art i…
 
This seemed like a no-brainer for Kites and Strings, bringing on an actual kite designer. So what took us so long to figure this out? At any rate, we are happy that we did because we learned so much about kite design from what many would consider the foremost authority on the topic, Glenn Davison, who has nine books published on the topic, has been…
 
Julie Carrick Dalton has written countless articles in Business Week, the Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter and many more, but what she is really passionate about is the environment, her forest, her farm and her kids. All the passions culminated into a pretty darn successful first novel, Waiting for the Night Song, which in 2021 was identified a…
 
Yes, maybe this episode should have been dropped at the very beginning of Season 2, but as we amply share in this episode, we're still learning. We do some reflecting, som e introspection, some looking forward and some planning, but more than that, we have a fun, funny and interesting discussions about the creative process and stuff. We share about…
 
In this episode, Steve is very clear in his sharing that he finds guitars to be the sexiest of all instruments, and we're pretty stoked that we were able to find Andy Manson, who makes arguably makes some of the sexiest guitars ever. We get to hear about how his creative journey started and where it has taken him. Andy's made guitars for John Paul …
 
In this episode of Kites and Strings, Steve and Catherine have the distinct pleasure of interviewing Lady Pink. Although she informs us that there were many women who came before her, she has been called the first lady of New Your City Graffiti Art back in the 80's, when street culture (think hip hop, break dancing and graffiti art) were just enter…
 
To start off Season 2 we're excited to introduce you to Dr. Cala Coats. She teachers art teachers to be art teachers, but you'd be hard pressed to find her teaching somebody the perfect pinch pot technique. You're more likely to catch her discussing ideas and how to develop creativity. Cala is an Assistant Professor of Art Education in the School o…
 
Our final session of answering your questions, starting with Trump and moving on to where we get our ideas from and what we've learned from all our failed predictions. Plus, were the 1990s really the decade of missed opportunity? After this, Talking Politics is taking a summer break. We will be back in September with lots of new things to talk abou…
 
The second part of our attempt to answer your questions, this week covering British politics. Helen and David tackle whether Labour can win, what happened to the Lib Dems, where the Greens are heading and what's in store for the Union. Plus, how much is being held together by the Queen and what will happen when she is no longer around? Next week, T…
 
In the first of a short series of episodes, Helen and David do their best to answer your questions about anything and everything. Here, it's the geopolitics of vaccines, Germany as a 'useful idiot', the Great Game in the 21st century, oil prices, green finance and the risks and rewards of 'Japanification'. Next week, they tackle UK politics and the…
 
David talks to Ed Miliband about the thinking behind his new book Go Big. What are the ideas that have the power to change British politics? If they have been shown to work elsewhere, why are they so hard to make happen? Is it the politicians or the public who are reluctant to make the shift? Plus, we discuss whether the Tories might be better at t…
 
In this episode we roll out the big welcome mat for Justin Lamb. He's dabbled in many creative endeavors but started off chasing music to the west coast and has over the last five years, jumped into podcasting. However, Justin has a hard time recognizing his podcast work as creative. Nevertheless, he initially produced and aired two seasons of the …
 
This week David and Helen take stock of the state of British politics, looking at how the big themes of the last year fit together. They try to join the dots between the pandemic and the fraying of the Union, the weakness of the Labour party and the fraught politics of climate change, along with the lingering impact of Brexit on everything. We are …
 
Today is a special episode. We interview Marci Mundo and Nicole Renee Dalton from Evoke Tattoos, one of the classiest tattoo shops in Chicago. They have each needled Catherine multiple times and it becomes quite evident in this episode that Catherine is a fan girl. Steve even declares that his next tattoo will be executed at Evoke. Marci is a co-ow…
 
David talks to historian Linda Colley about her new global history of written constitutions: the paper documents that made and remade the modern world. From Corsica to Pitcairn, from Mexico to Japan, it's an amazing story of war and peace, violence, imagination and fear. Recorded as part of the Cambridge Literary Festival www.cambridgeliteraryfesti…
 
We talk to the historians Robert Tombs and Robert Saunders about the history of England and the future of the Union. Is the size and complexity of England the real problem in holding the UK together? What can England's past teach us about the present state of British politics? Does England have a 'Northern Question' to go with its 'Scottish Questio…
 
Today's episode is with Lisa VonKurvink. She's been a finalist and and winner at the North American Hairstylist Awards (NAHA) twice, which is a big deal. NAHA has been called the Oscars of hair and its probably the most prestigious in North America. Lisa's work is amazing and just one look at her pics, especially her Avant Garde and her texture wor…
 
We talk to the historian Niall Ferguson about the politics of catastrophe, from pandemics and famines to world wars and climate change. Have we been worrying about the right things? Why have some countries done so much better than others with Covid? And what can history teach us about the worst that can happen? Plus, how likely is it that a cold wa…
 
Today's guest is Spike Spencer, he's a voice actor who has an impressive resume , including an extended, ten-year run voicing the lead character, Shinju Ikari, the lead character in the HUGE in Japan Anami francise, Neon Genesis, Evangelion. He has amazing range and his list of credits, include titles ranging from RainBow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty to…
 
David and Helen are joined by the historian Colin Kidd to try to make sense of last week's elections in England, Scotland and Wales. What do they mean for the future of the UK? What do they mean for the future of the Labour Party? Are either (or both) in terminal trouble? Plus we explore how Nicola Sturgeon and Boris Johnson are going to resolve th…
 
Today's guest is Megan Watters - she is a successful scenic artist making her way in New York City. In this episode we learn a great deal of how Megan's work has graced many a large and famous department stores' windows, stage , TV and film, but we also learn about the work itself, Megan's branching out into project management and how she considers…
 
We talk to Michael Lewis about his new book The Premonition, which tells the story of the people who saw the pandemic coming and asks why they couldn't get a hearing. It's a tale of short-term failures and long-term trends in US government and it follows on from his previous book about the risks America has been running in hollowing out the adminis…
 
We talk to Hans Kundnani about the prospects for German politics in the run-up to September's federal elections, now that the cast list of possible successors to Merkel is known. Can Laschet escape from her shadow and does he want to? Would a Green led government be radically different from the alternatives? Is the age of the 'grand coalition' over…
 
Happy Spring and Earth week - Today's episode features London-based Topiary artist, Darren Lerigo. He speaks candidly about the evolution of his creative process from when he was in his 20's to more recently when he feels the need to balance creative endeavors with paying the mortgage. He's been "editing" shubbery for 20+ years but he also has a hi…
 
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