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Telling the human stories that are happening all around us - stories that may be unusual but could be happening to your neighbour or the person next to you on the bus.

The Backstory Claire Mutimer and Suzy Coulson

    • Society & Culture

Telling the human stories that are happening all around us - stories that may be unusual but could be happening to your neighbour or the person next to you on the bus.

    A New Normal: Masha's story

    A New Normal: Masha's story

    We are bringing you a season of backstories with the theme - a new normal - telling the real-life stories of us all adjusting to life in the midst of the corona outbreak. We hope you find some comfort in hearing other people's new normals.


    This week we hear from Masha who lives in Buenos Aires with her husband. Masha's two sons are in Canda and her youngest, who's 19, is in his second year of university. When lessons were cancelled Masha and her husband made plans for him to come home but, as lockdown kicked in, things didn't go according to plan.


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    The Backstory Podcast is produced by Tin Shed Productions
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    Music credits:
    Main theme:
    Title: Nancy
    Author: Grimo (http://www.gosoundtrack.com/the-team/)
    Source: www.gosoundtrack.com
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    • 21 min
    A New Normal: Amy's story

    A New Normal: Amy's story

    We are bringing you a season of backstories with the theme - a new normal - telling the real-life stories of us all adjusting to life in the midst of the corona outbreak. We hope you find some comfort in hearing other people's new normals.


    We kick off with Amy who is in the midst of a very tricky time as her Mum was diagnosed with a brain tumour just at the start of all this madness - she managed to get her Mum operated on just before all non-emergency operations were cancelled - but now she is caught up in all the corona lockdown. She explains how it is all playing out and how Mother's Day is for her this year.


    This has been a fast turn-around podcast recorded remotely - so apologies for any sound issues - although it is pretty good given it was recorded on a phone.


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    Music credits:
    Main theme:
    Title: Nancy
    Author: Grimo (http://www.gosoundtrack.com/the-team/)
    Source: www.gosoundtrack.com
    License: CC By 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 18 min
    Backstory Mash-up - Recovery

    Backstory Mash-up - Recovery

    In this week’s mash-up we hear a selection of stories on the theme of recovery. First we hear from from Jilly Moss whose little girl Alba contracted what turned out to be measles before her first vaccination. Jilly tells how frightening it was when no -one could recognise the illness and her daughter became so ill. This interview is with Claire on the phone - so apologies for the sound quality. 


    We also hear from Dave who became obsessed by his weight and describes his recovery from anorexia (season 4 episode 2) and finally Tiff’s story of recovery which is absolutely remarkable as she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer (season 3 episode 4) but to the amazement of her rugby-playing husband Tom Youngs and her daughter Maisie and the rest of her family she was told that the cancer had gone. 
    Our podcast recommendation is Emily Eavis on BBC's Desert Island Discs and Jon Ronson's audible original: The Last Days of August.


    Trigger warnings for this episode: anorexia, cancer.
     
    Help and support:


    NHS website advice on measles
    Beat - eating disorders
    Macmillan -cancer support


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    Music credits:
    Main theme:
    Title: Nancy
    Author: Grimo (http://www.gosoundtrack.com/the-team/)
    Source: www.gosoundtrack.com
    License: CC By 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 29 min
    Backstory Mash-up - Transformation

    Backstory Mash-up - Transformation

    This week we’re talking ‘Transformation’ - experiences that can blindside or creep up slowly but that change your life. We hear from Marc who was diagnosed with HIV in the 80s, when treatment and prognosis were very different. HIV is a disease that has seen massive change in recent years, although as Marc explains, there’s still some way to go with reducing stigma. We also hear from Adele, whose life was transformed by an acid attack, and from brothers Michael and Robert talking about Michael’s major head injury following an assault and how that has changed the dynamic within their family.
     
    Our podcast recommendation is Modern Mann ‘Pupil A’ from 1st May 2019..
     
    Trigger warnings for this episode: HIV, acid attack, domestic abuse, head injury
     
    Help and support:
     
    Terrence Higgins Trust for HIV and sexual health support
    Acid Survivors Trust
    Headway - the brain injury association
    Samaritans Call free anytime: 116 123 (UK)
     
     
    You can support us with likes, shares and reviews.
     
    Music credits:
    Main theme:
    Title: Nancy
    Author: Grimo (http://www.gosoundtrack.com/the-team/)
    Source: www.gosoundtrack.com
    License: CC By 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Incidental music:
    Title: Tea Time
    Composer: Johnny Berglund
    Source: Epidemic Sound
    Title: Above It All
    Composer: August Wilhelmsson
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    • 29 min
    Backstory Mash-up: A Sudden Change

    Backstory Mash-up: A Sudden Change

    This week we have our second mash-up, this time our first story is from another podcast The Break-up Monologues and we hear from comedienne Jane Postlethwaite interviewed by host Rosie Wilby about a big break up she went through. Carrying on the theme we hear about Nick Little and how it was for him to lose his business partner and best friend to a sudden illness and finally we go right back in to the archives to our first ever backstory to hear about Jan and John's story of losing their daughter - killed by her husband the mayor of Cromer. If you want to hear either of the last stories then Nick's story is series 6, ep 1 and A moment of madness is series 1, ep 1.
    Our podcast recommendation of the week is ‘The Shrink Next Door’.
    You can hear the full Break-Up Monologue featuring Jane Postlethwaite here.


    Trigger warnings for this episode: Murder, domestic abuse.
     
    Help and support:
    Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline: 0808 808 1677
    Refuge Against Domestic Violence: 0808 2000 247


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    Music credits:
    Main theme:
    Title: Nancy
    Author: Grimo (http://www.gosoundtrack.com/the-team/)
    Source: www.gosoundtrack.com
    License: CC By 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Incidental music: For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 24 min
    Backstory Mashup - Altered States

    Backstory Mashup - Altered States

    Backstory is back!  This time we’re hearing from a mixture of new and familiar voices as we look at the theme of Altered States.  We hear from Pat, whose Parkinson’s Disease causes hallucinations that her family is there, from Jess and Matt who lived through Jess’s post-partum psychosis and from Natasha who had intrusive thoughts as part of her OCD.  All three have in common the experience of trying to live with an altered state of reality and the challenges that poses.
     
    Our podcast recommendation of the week is ‘Personal Best’.
     
    Trigger warnings for this episode: Parkinson’s, Post-Partum Psychosis, OCD, hallucinations
     
    Help and support:
     
    Parkinson’s UK
    Association for Post Natal Illness
    OCD Action
    Samaritans Call free anytime: 116 123 (UK)
     
     
    You can support us with likes, shares and reviews.
     
    Music credits:
    Main theme:
    Title: Nancy
    Author: Grimo (http://www.gosoundtrack.com/the-team/)
    Source: www.gosoundtrack.com
    License: CC By 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    Incidental music:
    Title: Thunderbird
    Author: Kevin MacLeod
    Source: incompetech.com
    Licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 Licence
    Title: Late Answer
    Composer: Indigo Days
    Source: Epidemic Sound
    Title: Tea Time
    Composer: Johnny Berglund
    Source: Epidemic Sound
    Title: Above It All
    Composer: August Wilhelmsson
    Source: Epidemic Sound For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 25 min

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