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Welcome to gal-dem's first ever podcast, Growing up with gal-dem. Over the course of the series Liv Little and Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff invite a different guest to respond to old diary entries, text messages, or letters from their younger selves - nurturing important conversations about growing up.

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Welcome to gal-dem's first ever podcast, Growing up with gal-dem. Over the course of the series Liv Little and Charlie Brinkhurst Cuff invite a different guest to respond to old diary entries, text messages, or letters from their younger selves - nurturing important conversations about growing up.

    The women of The Receipts on keeping us company for five years (and counting!)

    The women of The Receipts on keeping us company for five years (and counting!)

    It’s the final episode of this season of Growing up with gal-dem, and our last episode with Charlie! We’re rounding out the season with a special episode featuring everyone’s podcast dream girl-group, The Receipts. Joined by Tolly, Milena, and Audrey, we dig up old facebook statuses, blog posts, and recap the inevitable learnings (and cringes) that come as you grow up online. 
    Covering everything from their upcoming book Keep the Receipts, to bride prices, motherhood, and “unleashing the beast”, this is is a beautiful conversation to close out our series. 
    You can listen to The Receipts on Spotify, and find pre-orders of their book here.
     
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    • 31 min
    Dr Christine Checinska on Windrush fashion, black style, and why you should take your kids to museums

    Dr Christine Checinska on Windrush fashion, black style, and why you should take your kids to museums

    This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Charlie are joined by Christine Checinska, curator at the V&A and fashion historian. Christine talks us through her childhood as a creative child, teacher reports and advice on nurturing her skills, and how her interest in blackness, fashion, and self-imaging started. 
    Covering everything from diasporic fashions, respectability politics, and the nuances of black womanhood, this week’s episode is a beautiful journey into conversations and areas that deserve our attention and interest. Listen through, and if you’re able - visit some of Christine’s curated work at the newly re-opened V&A in London.
     
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    • 41 min
    Priya Ragu on vision boards, vogue, and 'weird-kid' vibes

    Priya Ragu on vision boards, vogue, and 'weird-kid' vibes

    This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Charlie and Natty are joined by Sri Lankan musician Priya Ragu, who’s work fuses her Western influences with her South Asian origin and merges intercultural accumulation of traditional rhythms and contemporary r&b and soul. Raised in Switzerland by refugees of the Sri Lankan Civil War. Ragu and her brother, Japhna Gold, were not encouraged to pursue music, however Ragu did it anyway. 


    Priya joins Natty and Charlie to talk through her vision board - our first ever vision board for Growing up with gal-dem! What at the time felt like distant dreams came to fruition for Priya over an incredible year, with vogue features, NPR tiny desk appearances, and record label attention. Through the episode Priya talks to Natty and Charlie about trusting and investing in your dreams, collaborating with friends and family, and balancing international musical success with a day-job in accounting.
     
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    • 34 min
    Nesrine Malik on respecting the textures of our own experience

    Nesrine Malik on respecting the textures of our own experience

    This week on Growing up with gal-dem, Natty and Charlie are joined by award winning British Sudanese economist and writer Nesrine Malik. Reflecting on her upbringing and travel to the UK, Nesrine talks to Natty and Charlie about what it means to navigate the worlds of education and work having grown up in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and how our need to mythologise, create stories, and sometimes delude ourselves is a universal trait. 


    Nesrine reads an extract from an article written 9 years ago, and discusses how her own approach to criticism and writing has changed over the years, and how important it is to recognise and respect the ways our own experiences and advantages have shaped the way we think. Natty and Charlie reflect on this within the context of group-think, communities, and safe spaces. How do our attempts to create spaces of comfort or recognition based on shared experience potentially push us into damaging or limiting ways of thinking, and how can we prioritise inclusivity without inadvertently becoming exclusionary?
     
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    • 47 min
    Staceyann Chin on the gifts that daughters can give

    Staceyann Chin on the gifts that daughters can give

    Content warning: mentions of assault. 


    This week we’ve brought you a bumper 50 minutes worth of podcast, a beautiful conversation between Natty, Charlie, and the incredible poet, activist, writer and actor Staceyann Chin. Covering everything from motherhood, queerness, creativity and growing up in the Caribbean, Staceyann brings us into her world and how her upbringing and experiences in both Jamaica and the United States have informed her creative and activist organising. 


    Reading her powerful poem “Common Truths or Why I Love My Pussy”, Staceyann, Natty, and Charlie talk about girlhood growing up under patriarchy, the violence that exists in so many young women’s upbringing, and what it means to fight for a future that you might not yourself benefit from.
     
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    • 53 min
    Liv Francis-Cornibert on burnout in social justice work

    Liv Francis-Cornibert on burnout in social justice work

    This week Natty and Charlie are joined by Liv Francis-Cornibert, writer, Advocacy Academy alumni, and co-founder of the group Legally Black to discuss burnout and mental health within activist and social justice work circles. 
    Reflecting on a poem written for an online diary, Liv, Natty, and Charlie talk about how hard it is to reconcile intersectional politics and work with our capacity to work and hold multiple stories at once, and how often we sacrifice our mental health in the process. 
     
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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510 Ratings

510 Ratings

Recidivist2018 ,

Really enjoyable

The presenters are immensely charming for starters. The concept is really appealing. The guests are interesting and give perspectives on their lived experiences which are really fascinating. All round thumbs up!

polly_Mos ,

Absolutely love this podcast!

Growing up with Gal-dem has become my go-to podcast. Amazing & inspiring guests & great chat. Thanks guys 🙏🏻💖

AmeePodcaster ,

Expected no less from Gal Dem !

Wonderful content, hosts, guests. Love it all :D

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