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Sharing things

Sharing things is about people and what makes them tick. It’s about their stories. Each episode is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. Sharing things also starts with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. The conversations are sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Subscribe now and get to know our community a little bit better.

Tracks

Sharing things trailer
A quick introduction to Sharing things, a new podcast from the University of Edinburgh. The first episode will be broadcast on Thursday 26 September 2019 so please join us then.
00:58 8/9/19
Prince and Kezia: Food and cultural identity, diversity in politics and family.
In this episode, guests Prince Chakanyuka and Kezia Dugdale talk about staple diets, bringing diversity to politics, Gordon Aikman, childhood and more.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected.Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
30:20 9/26/19
Lori and Russell: Fringe coping strategies, artistic choices and fish funerals.
In this episode, guests Lori Watson and Russell Jones talk about fringe coping strategies, pretty dogs, sci-fi nights, creative juices, video games and fish funerals. We also get a fiddle performance, on-the-spot interpretations and a small poetry recital.Each episode is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start Sharing things with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected.Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
33:27 10/3/19
Rosie and Melanie: Sensory memories, empowerment and self-expression.
In this episode, guests Rosie Taylor and Melanie Reid talk about poetry, animals, empowerment, hardship and more.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected.Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
33:24 10/10/19
Beth and Udita: Role models, women in leadership and voyages of discovery.
In this episode, guests Beth Christie and Udita Banerjee talk about adventure, creativity, role models, women in leadership positions and more.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected.Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
31:11 10/17/19
Srishti and Abrisham: Self-expression, dangerous women and writing things down.
In this episode, guests Srishti Chaudhary and Abrisham Ahmadzadeh talk about writing, creativity, dangerous women, bucket lists and more.Each episode is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start Sharing things with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected.Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
29:32 10/24/19
Anne and Hadrien: Internet wormholes, Starbucks and the CIA, and living without tech.
In this episode, Anne Miller and Hadrien Espiard talk about must-dos in Edinburgh, Starbucks and the CIA, Internet wormholes, weird knowledge and more. Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected.Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
30:09 10/31/19
Geoff and David: Slavery and the Scottish economy, questionable statues and favourite beers.
In this episode, Geoff Palmer and David Gray talk about Scottish-Caribbean relations and slavery, beer and a changing Edinburgh.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected.Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
26:34 11/7/19
Martha and Julia: Horror movies, spoilers and whether Canada produces the world’s best maple syrup.
In this episode, Martha Greenbank and Julia Calvert talk about patchwork quilts, maple syrup feuds, horror movies, spoilers and more.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected.Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
27:26 11/14/19
Beth and Catherine: Winning something, being nice and gender bias in bus routes.
In this episode, Beth Fellows and Catherine Wilson talk about winning, empowerment, challenges and more.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected.Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
26:37 11/21/19
Sharing things taster
A two minute taster of Sharing things, a new podcast from the University of Edinburgh. Subscribe now and get to know our community a little bit better.
01:56 11/28/19
Ross and Catherine (Christmas special): Seasonal rituals, pets and favourite festive tunes.
Settle yourself down with a mince pie and a mug of mulled wine because we have got a couple of University of Edinburgh folk together for a festive treat. In this seasonal special of Sharing things, Ross Nixon and Catherine Rayner talk all things Christmas, pets and favourite festive tunes.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
30:13 12/17/19
Sharing things: season one assortment. All the guests and some of the conversations.
To prepare for the launch of season two on Thursday 9 April 2020 we have gathered together everyone from season one in a bumper special edition of Sharing things. If you haven’t listened before, this assortment of conversational gems is a great way to welcome 20 new people into your life. If you are already a subscriber, then what better way to limber up for season two.Just in case voice recognition isn’t your thing; our season one assortment features (in order) - Martha Greenbank and Julia Calvert, Rosie Taylor and Melanie Reid, Anne Miller and Hadrien Espiard, Beth Fellows and Catherine Wilson, Beth Christie and Udita Banerjee, Ross Nixon and Catherine Rayner, Geoff Palmer and David Gray, Lori Watson and Russell Jones, Srishti Chaudhary and Abrisham Ahmadzadeh, and Prince Chakanyuka and Kezia Dugdale.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected.Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
48:47 4/2/20
Max and Melissa: Sexy science, flea market mysteries and early internet nostalgia
In this episode, guests Max Sanderson and Melissa Terras talk about sexy science, flea market mysteries, early internet nostalgia and more.Max is the lead audio producer for the Guardian where he produces the ‘Science Weekly’ podcast, among other standalone projects and podcast series. His media work has also featured on the Guardian Music Blog, BBC World Service Radio, BBC Radio 4 and live at the TEDMED Conference in the US.Melissa is Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage here at the University of Edinburgh. As well as leading digital aspects of research within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, she heads up the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society and directs research at Edinburgh Futures Institute. Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcastAll episodes of season two of Sharing things were recorded before the 23 March 2020 (COVID-19 lockdown in the UK).
37:47 4/9/20
Ellen and Rachel: Dying and not dying, familial love and ketchup splatters
In this episode, guests Ellen Blunsdon and Rachel Weiss talk about dying and not dying, familial love, ketchup splatters and more.Ellen is a fourth-year history and politics student and the Disabled Students’ Officer 2019/20 at Edinburgh University Students’ Association. In this role, she has campaigned for the inclusion of disability on the curriculum and created an online resource hub for disabled students. In her spare time, she oversees Europe’s oldest student newspaper as president of The Student. Rachel describes herself as a perimenopausal, park-running partner at Rowan Consultancy and parent of three. After graduating from Edinburgh with an MSc in Knowledge Based Systems in 1990, she trained as a teacher and gained a Diploma in Counselling, leading to the creation of her business offering counselling, coaching, workplace mediation and leadership training. Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcastAll episodes of season two of Sharing things were recorded before the 23 March 2020 (COVID-19 lockdown in the UK).
33:04 4/16/20
Shy and Jamie: Crossing borders, revisiting the past and comic book inspiration.
In this episode, guests Shy Zvouloun and Jamie Crawford talk about crossing borders, revisiting the past, comic book inspiration and more.Shy is a law student at the University going into her third year. When Shy’s not completing coursework, she enjoys engaging with law beyond the classroom. She is a legal researcher at the Edinburgh International Justice Initiative, where she works as part of a fabulous team to provide pro-bono legal research assistance in the field of international criminal law.Jamie is a writer, publisher and broadcaster. He chairs the board of Publishing Scotland and was appointed the first Scottish Ambassador for the Archive and Record Association’s ‘Explore Your Archives’ campaign in 2019. Jamie wrote and presented ‘Scotland from the Sky’, a BBC Scotland documentary series which explores the history of Scotland’s landscapes through aerial photography. It was nominated for the ‘Best Documentary Specialist Factual: History’ at the 2019 Royal Television Society Scotland Awards.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcastAll episodes of season two of Sharing things were recorded before the 23 March 2020 (COVID-19 lockdown in the UK).
35:53 4/23/20
Peter and Christine: Early memories, unexpected generosity and maritime meanderings.
In this episode, guests Peter Mathieson and Christine De Luca talk about early memories, unexpected generosity and maritime connections. Christine also treats us to a poem in English and Shetlandic.Peter joined the University of Edinburgh as Principal and Vice-Chancellor in February 2018, having led the University of Hong Kong for several years.Educated at a state grammar school in Penzance, Peter was the first in his family to go to university. He studied medicine at the London Hospital Medical College before gaining a PhD from the University of Cambridge. After moving to Bristol in 1995, he held several positions at the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust over the years, culminating in his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in 2008.Christine is a Scottish poet and novelist from Shetland. She has lived in Edinburgh since the 1960s and served as the city’s Makar (poet laureate) between 2014 and 2017.After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1969 with an MA in Geography, Christine entered the teaching profession before returning to undertake an MEd in Educational Research. She later worked at the Scottish Examination Board, specialising in assessment research and development. Since retiring, Christine has been able to devote more time to writing poetry, both in English and Shetland dialect (a blend of Old Scots with much Norse influence). Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcastAll episodes of season two of Sharing things were recorded before the 23 March 2020 (COVID-19 lockdown in the UK).
36:04 4/30/20
SJ and Mona: The flying frisbee of death, evocative smells and taking ownership of faith.
In this episode, guests SJ Sandhu and Mona Siddiqui talk about the flying frisbee of death, evocative smells and taking ownership of faith.Sanjeevan, aka SJ, is a second-year medicine student at the University of Edinburgh. He’s originally from London, although according to everyone who knows him, he’s actually from Essex.When he isn’t studying or attending his 9am classes, SJ loves to play sports and represents the University at futsal. Along with six of his closest course mates, he is currently creating his own podcast, ‘Medic Matters’, as part of a second-year project. Mona is Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She also holds the position of Assistant Principal for Religion and Society, and Dean International for the Middle-East. Mona studied Arabic and French at the University of Leeds, followed by a Masters in Middle-Eastern Studies and PhD in Classical Islamic Law at the University of Manchester. She is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Thought for the Day’ and became a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s award-winning ‘The Moral Maze’ in 2016. Her contributions to interfaith services were recognised with an OBE in 2011 and she was awarded the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation in 2019. Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcastAll episodes of season two of Sharing things were recorded before the 23 March 2020 (COVID-19 lockdown in the UK).
33:50 5/7/20
Niamh and Hollie: Social media trolls, changing paths and finding confidence in yourself.
In this episode, guests Niamh Martin-McGarrigle and Hollie Davidson talk about social media trolls, changing paths, finding confidence in yourself and more.Niamh is a second-year French and Linguistics student at the University of Edinburgh. She is also the Projects Manager at FreshSight, a student-led consultancy that aims to create positive social impact through the provision of practical, sustainable and innovative business solutions. Hollie is Scottish Rugby’s first contracted female referee. She had played for Scotland U20 but after a shoulder injury, she hung up her playing boots and picked up the whistle instead.After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 in Economic History, Hollie worked in finance for two years. She has refereed in a number of major tournaments including the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Rugby World Cup Sevens, and the 2019 Women’s Six Nations Championship. Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcastAll episodes of season two of Sharing things were recorded before the 23 March 2020 (COVID-19 lockdown in the UK).
29:32 5/14/20
Andrew and Jennifer: Linguistics, widening participation and dog borrowing.
In this episode, guests Andrew Wilson and Jennifer Culbertson talk about linguistics, widening participation, dog borrowing and more.Andrew is the President of Edinburgh University Students’ Association for 2019/20. Pausing his studies in English Language and Linguistics this academic year, Andrew’s instead been focused on widening participation to higher education and making the cost of student living more affordable. Jennifer is a Reader in the Centre for Language Evolution at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on understanding how languages are shaped by learning and use. In 2019 she won the Chancellor’s Award for Rising Star, recognising outstanding contribution towards enhancing the research reputation of the University.She received her PhD in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcastAll episodes of season two of Sharing things were recorded before the 23 March 2020 (COVID-19 lockdown in the UK).
31:27 5/21/20
Sharing things: season three trailer
Sharing things is back and embracing the world of remote recording, technical gremlins and unexpected guests. Join us from Thursday 24 September for season three and a very special opening episode featuring a proper Sharing things send off for Amalie, 2020 graduate and our departing Sharing things host. In the meantime, here is a sneak preview of what to expect from season three.Subscribe now for University of Edinburgh community exploration and really good chat.You can find more information on the Sharing things website.
01:29 9/17/20
Richenda and Amalie: New skills, impostor syndrome and sudden departures
Season three embraces the uncertainty and unpredictability of 2020 by playing fast and loose with the Sharing things format. In our opening episode we bid a fond farewell to 2020 politics graduate Amalie, our first and now former host, and say a big hello to our new host and conversational guide, Richenda. Join our hosting duo as they talk about new skills, impostor syndrome and sudden departures.Richenda is a final-year medical student and your Sharing things host for season three. She's interested in health economics and global health priority setting and is a student researcher with the Global Health Governance Programme.She took a step out of her comfort zone and joined Edinburgh University Shinty Club as a complete beginner in her third year at university and is now its President.Amalie hosted and produced the first two seasons of Sharing things. Whether through her contributions to university radio or as a facilitator for student council, she's always been curious about people and their lives.Having graduated with a degree in politics this summer, we invited her back to kick off season three and finally reveal what her own special object is.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
37:18 9/24/20
Charles and Rianna: Woolly mammoths, deep sea gigantism and knowing your place in the family hierarchy.
In this episode, guests Charles Cockell and Rianna Walcott talk about woolly mammoths, deep sea gigantism, knowing your place in the family hierarchy and more.Charles is Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh. His group focuses on the study of life in extreme environments and understanding the diversity, processes and biosignatures of life in extremes, and the potential habitability of extraterrestrial environments.Rianna is a PhD candidate at King's College London researching Black women's identity formation in digital spaces, and a graduate twiceover from the University of Edinburgh.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
35:54 10/1/20
Daisy and Dalia: Childhood excitement, happy folders and love over hate.
In this episode, guests Daisy Narayanan and Dalia Al-Dujaili talk about childhood excitement, happy folders, love over hate and more.Daisy is Director of Urbanism at Sustrans, a charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. While on secondment to the City of Edinburgh Council between 2018 and 2019, Daisy led the Edinburgh City Centre Transformation project. Dalia is a final year English Literature student who has recently started a platform and newsletter showcasing emerging creatives called MISFiT. She was formerly editor-in-chief at Mxogyny, an online platform for marginalised creatives to share poetry, art and writing related to prevalent social issues. Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
32:57 10/8/20
Claire and Rowland: Vintage stuff, lost meanings and viral transmission.
In this episode, guests Claire Askew and Rowland Kao chat about vintage stuff, lost meanings and viral transmission.Claire is an award-winning poet and novelist. Her debut novel, 'All the Hidden Truths', featuring the character DI Birch, won the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress, and was selected as a Times Crime Book of the Month. The second novel in the DI Birch series, 'What You Pay For' was published in August 2019 and the latest, 'Cover Your Tracks', came out this summer. Rowland is Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology and Data Science at the Roslin Institute, part of the University of Edinburgh. He is a member of the Science Advisory Council at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and is working with Public Health Scotland on coronavirus modelling.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
47:01 10/15/20
Helen and Daniel: Gifts that mean something, the concept of home and being out there.
In this episode, guests Helen Bond and Daniel Mutia talk about gifts that mean something, the concept of home, being out there and more.Helen is Professor of Christian Origins and Head of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. Her published works include 'Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation' (1998), 'Caiaphas: High Priest and Friend of Rome?' (2004), and more recently, 'The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark's Gospel' (2020). She has acted as historical consultant and contributor for a number of television programmes and presented 'Jesus’ Female disciples: the New Evidence' for Channel 4 (2018). Daniel is an Electronics and Electrical Engineering student and Mastercard Foundation Scholar at the University of Edinburgh. He is the Vice President Inclusion at Edinburgh University Sports Union for 2020/21, having previously served as International Participation Officer in 2019/20. He was named as one of the Queen's Young Leaders of 2018 for his efforts towards fighting for education and equal opportunities for young people. Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
31:17 10/22/20
Svenja and Shannon: Data biases, the danger of apathy and saucepan-enabled smuggling.
In this episode, guests Svenja O'Donnell and Shannon Vallor discuss data biases, the danger of apathy, saucepan-enabled smuggling and more.Svenja is a writer, journalist, commentator and  freelance adviser on Brexit, and UK and EU Politics. She previously worked as a foreign, economics and politics correspondent at Bloomberg News and Businessweek. Her articles have appeared in various publications, including the Financial Times, Sunday Times and Independent. She was awarded the Washington National Press Club Breaking News Prize in 2017 for her coverage of the Brexit referendum and her first book, ‘Inge’s War: A Story of Family, Secrets and Survival under Hitler’ was published in August 2020.Shannon is the Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence at the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI), and Professor in Philosophy.Prior to joining the University, Shannon was a Visiting Researcher and AI Ethicist at Google. Her research explores how new technologies, especially AI, robotics, and data science, reshape human moral character, habits, and practices. Her first book, ‘Technology and Virtues: A Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting’ was published in 2016, and she is currently working on ‘The AI Mirror: Rebuilding Humanity in an Age of Machine Thinking’.  Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
36:27 10/29/20
Tom and Kirsty: The joy of listening, extreme expeditions and the Portuguese concept of longing.
In this episode, guests Tom Raine and Kirsty Duncan talk about the joy of listening, extreme expeditions, the Portuguese concept of longing and more.Tom is a fourth-year Spanish and Portuguese student and Head of Music at FreshAir student radio. Putting his language skills to good use, he presented El Norte Inglés, a radio show focused on the best Indie bands, while on exchange in Salamanca, Spain, last year. At the start of 2020, Covid-19 cut short his time studying in São Paulo, Brazil, but during self-isolation, he launched Saudade, a radio show exploring all aspects of Brazilian music, spanning years, genres and cultural scenes. Kirsty is Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-North and Deputy House Leader of the Government of Canada. She previously served as Minister of Science and Sport and is committed to strengthening science and evidence-based decision making and fostering a culture of curiosity in Canada.  Before entering politics in 2008, Kirsty worked at three universities in Canada over 16 years. A medical geographer, she spent a decade leading an expedition to remote Svalbard, Norway, to search for the cause of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed upwards of 50 million people worldwide. Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
32:48 11/5/20
Doug and Nikki: Paradiddles and flams, the pitfalls of perfectionism and weird left turns.
In this episode, guests Doug Johnstone and Nikki Moran discuss paradiddles and flams, the pitfalls of perfectionism, weird left turns and more.Doug is a Scottish crime writer, musician and journalist based in Edinburgh. He spent four years designing radar and missile guidance systems for planes and helicopters, before deciding to pursue his ambition of becoming a writer. After taking a diploma in journalism, he now writes and reviews for a number of newspapers and magazines, primarily covering music and literature.  His twelfth novel, 'The Big Chill', was published by Orenda Books in August 2020. His previous novel, 'A Dark Matter', was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Nikki is Senior Lecturer in Music at Edinburgh College of Art. She joined the University of Edinburgh in 2007 after receiving her Master’s degree from Cambridge and her PhD from the Open University. During her undergrad, Nikki studied classical viola and North Indian sitar performance. Much of Nikki's research focusses on the cognition of music performance, stemming from her fascination between musical performance and social interaction. She is the presenting lecturer and co-author of the free online course ‘Fundamentals of Music Theory’.  Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
38:44 11/12/20
Aisha and Barbara: Black Lives Matter, speaking up and the mystery of time.
In this episode, guests Aisha Janki Akinola and Barbara Becnel talk about Black Lives Matter, speaking up, the mystery of time and more.Aisha is an architecture student and a Mastercard Foundation Scholar from a small town called Ede in Osun State, Nigeria. She is Co-Director at BlackED Movement, which was established to work with the University of Edinburgh to improve support for Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) students. BlackED was birthed in 2020 by seven Black female students following a successful petition to update the University’s anti-discrimination policy.  Barbara is a social justice activist and author who was the inaugural Being Edinburgh Award runner-up. Being Edinburgh is an award that recognises Edinburgh alumni who make our University community proud. She has over 20 years of experience working for prison reform in the state of California and has writen 11 award-winning gang- and drug-prevention books. From leading an international media campaign aimed at preventing the judicial execution of reformed black gang leader Stanley Williams, to organising an ‘Occupy San Quentin’ rally attended by hundreds in front of the state prison that houses California’s death chamber, she has often shown inspiring leadership and tenacity. A graduate of the University's online MSc in Social Justice and Community Action, Barbara has returned to Edinburgh to pursue a PhD.Each episode of Sharing things is a conversation between two members of our university community. It could be a student, a member of staff or a graduate, the only thing they have in common at the beginning is Edinburgh. We start with an object. A special, treasured or significant item that we have asked each guest to bring to the conversation. What happens next is sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always unexpected. Find out more at www.ed.ac.uk/sharing-things-podcast
30:36 11/18/20