Artur Vidal and Hannah White from the East London Sonic Meditations study group explain why they became interested this practice inspired by Pauline Oliveros.
This month Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson meet Stephen Wilson founder of Hackney based recipe kit company Make Kit, Ella Hollowood curator at Rainbow Pilgrims an oral histories project around LGBTQI migrants, Danielle and Emmet explain why everyone should try Bike Polo, Jessie continues her starting conversations series by asking East Londoners about street harassment and Dutch East London based singer-songwriter Gitta De Ridder plays live in the studio.
This month Jessie Lawson and Pearl Wise are joined by Hackney based youth campaigner Matteo Bergamini founder of the platform Shout Out Uk, performer Warren Gordon-Scott from Raincrew ahead of Duckie Family Legacy celebrating LGBTQ people of colour at Richmix, Jessie gets political and asks East Londoners their views on ‘hair’, and love is in the air (sort of) with The Trilogy of Ella from the podcast Swipe Left Swipe Left and acid rock collective Future Sound Cartel perform live in the studio.
This month Pearl Wise and Jonny Virgo meet Number 90 events manager Petra Kluk ahead of a new female-centric event series and Madeleine Dunnigan from feminist glossy mag Ladybeard, Jonny reports on unsung black hero; 1948 olympic gold medalist Arthur Wint and Jessie Lawson twins the show with East Glasgow via voices from the Sigoha Project. Rising UK guitar phenomenon John Fairhurst performs live.
This month Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson introduce some of their other audio adventures with an episode with Dalston legend Newton Dunbar from Jessie’s new podcast Now Then – stories of and told by people over 70 and at the other end of the life scale; teenagers from Spotlight Radio Club discover a R-Urban Poplar, a sustainable neighbourhood hub in a local carpark, Pearl takes a tour with The Lower Clapton Tales author Carolyn Clark and revisits The Posh Club where you’ll find plenty of ooh la la and Hackney Wick based band based King Tides play live in the studio.
This month Jonny Virgo, Pearl Wise and Jessie Lawson are joined by Ed Cooke founder of Memrise tool to help you learn better and some men who are disrupting gender stereotypes via their Great Men initiative. Jessie Lawson continues her starting conversations series and asks East Londoners about The Menopause, we learn how Dalston Cola is quietly changing perceptions of fizzy pop and Celia Robbins reveals why you shouldn’t burn your diary as The Bishop Gate’s Institute’s Great Diary Project may be interested in your musings.
Studio Interview: Ed Cooke from Memrise
Jonny Virgo talks to Ed Cooke about his amazing memory and his award winning language learning app Memrise.
Studio Interview: David Brockway from The Great Men Project
Jessie Lawson stumbled upon a website called Great Men, and wanted to find out more. The Great Men Project is an organisation that delivers workshops to young men in schools with the aim of disrupting gender stereotypes. She talks to David Brockway, who runs the project.
The Story of Dalston Cola
Pearl Wise met Duncan O’Brien and Graham Walker at the Dalston Cola HQ to discover how this soft drinks company has grown from its humble beginnings at East London venue Passing Clouds (RIP) to competing with the fizzy pop heavyweights around the country.
Starting Conversations: The Menopause
This month, Jessie Lawson walked down Kingsland Road asking people what the menopause was. She ended up in Stoke Newington, where she spoke with Eileen Bellot about her project Reclaim the Menopause.
Reclaim the Menopause are starting a new round of workshops on Monday October 16th. They also run a fortnightly support group for people who can’t commit to a full 12 week programme. To find out more, visit reclaimthemenopause.com. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
The Great Diary Project
Hear about a unique archive of peoples’ history that anyone can add to – telling the stories of Londoner’s lives for future generations. East Cast contributor Celia Robbins met Irving Finkel and Stef Dickers to find out about the Great Diary Project at The Bishopsgate Institute.