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Research radio: second series of arts and humanities podcasts launched

Stories of research, impact and entrepreneurship are uncovered in the second series of the Possible Podcast, which explores the big ideas and impact potential from our world class arts and humanities work.

Across five episodes, academics, creatives and entrepreneurs share stories, innovation and research that is shaping society after the pandemic. The series features global contributions and new ideas around culture and society in the North East of England, too. The series takes in a broad sweep of arts and humanities work, featuring research from our philosophy, theology, and English departments.

Each episode examines social change and the impact of the pandemic in perhaps unexpected ways. In one episode, called Faithbook, our researchers discuss changing attitudes to faith and worship in the digital age. Another episode, Stranger than Fiction, examines sci-fi storytelling asking what we can learn from science fiction literature.

In New Eulogy, we talk about grief and mourning, examining how the rapid pace of technological change and the social issues around the pandemic are changing our attitudes. Contributions come from California’s Silicon Valley, from Lagos in Nigeria, and from local people in County Durham (UK) with big ideas on how life is changing here.

The podcast series is hosted by Paul Drury-Bradey, produced as part of his Entrepreneur in Residence time in the Arts and Humanities faculty. Since March 2019, Paul has been working with Durham academics, students, and professional support staff on a wide range of entrepreneurial and impact-focused ideas. These have included Durham Soup, a series of ideas-pitching events; leading sessions on social enterprise; and one-on-one coaching for staff and students.

The first series of the Possible Podcast was successfully launched two months ago, reaching international listeners and featured in arts magazines.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all podcasts have been recorded and produced without face-to-face contact.

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