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Standing Places

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In this episode we meet the voice and the inspiration behind Blanco White, the stage name of Josh Edwards, a guitarist and singer-songwriter from London. Josh studied flamenco guitar in Cádiz in Spain, and later the Andean instrument the ch
What is happening to the soul of America? It’s a question the whole world is asking as Americans start voting in the most bizarre general election in their history. Yet regardless of who wins the 2020 Presidential race, it’s clear that somethin
So we’re all grounded for the foreseeable future. None of us will be travelling the way we used to any time soon. And so we wait, and remember, and imagine the open roads and open skies we crave and miss. In this episode I share a few poems ab
Most of the world is now in some form of pandemic lockdown, and everything around us is changing – politics, economics, international relations. How do we navigate this new terrain? What are the implications for liberal democracy? What might a
As the coronavirus lockdown is further extended here in the UK, it’s hard to know when or indeed how our lives will return to any sense of normality. In the meantime we wait, and we hope, and we tune in for news of better times. In this episode
Since recording my last episode it seems that I contracted the coronavirus. So here are some reflections on fighting ‘The Rona’, the silence of London’s traffic-less skies, and the poetry of one of New Zealand’s best writers, Brian Turner. If y
We're only just starting to accept the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic here in the UK. We've never lived through anything like this in our lifetimes, and everything is about to change dramatically. So how do we stay connected and hopefu
What does it mean to be a global citizen when walls and borders are back in vogue? How do you create a permanent home that’s a sanctuary? And what does permanence and sanctuary even mean when borders are being re-drawn and the ground is shiftin
How do you find home again when you’ve lost the person who was your home? And what does the idea of home even mean in the aftermath of grief? Home is more than a physical place. It's something very human shaped. Because so many of us find our s
What does home mean when you've always had a complicated relationship with the country you were born in? Piali DasGupta's personal story stretches from Kolkata, India to the prairies of Canada, to the town halls of England's cities and the bank
Londoners aren't always good at getting to know their neighbours. Sometimes it feels like even the city's suburbs are trying to avoid eye contact. In this episode we go out East to meet Freddie, James and Dan; three Londoners in their mid-20s w
Welcome to the first episode of Standing Places! In this episode we're just getting introduced. I explain what Standing Places is all about and the inspiration behind this podcast. And it all starts with a word that you'll only find at the utte
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