10 episodes

What makes us who we are: Is it what we do? Our family? The things we love?
Having the surname "Human" has led to a lot of - mainly bad - jokes over the years and being asked "Ha! Are you HUMAN?" I took to answering with "ish." I thought it would be a decent name for the conversations I have with people about their worlds, stories, and their realities.

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    • Society & Culture

What makes us who we are: Is it what we do? Our family? The things we love?
Having the surname "Human" has led to a lot of - mainly bad - jokes over the years and being asked "Ha! Are you HUMAN?" I took to answering with "ish." I thought it would be a decent name for the conversations I have with people about their worlds, stories, and their realities.

    Rebroadcast Movie

    Rebroadcast Movie

    Special effects in movies are an aspect of the creative process that we often take for granted. Sure, we appreciate the big "gasp" moments, or tut something doesn't quite look right, but for the most part, we might not notice the many extra bits of digital effects that build up the sense of story and character. Like toggles.
    Digital Visual Effects Artist Juan-Luis Sanchez joins me to chat about his inspirations and how it works behind the scenes. He has plenty of experience to draw from having worked on films like Harry Potter, Gravity, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Paddington.

    Music:
    "Elemental" and "Stoosh" by Dlay.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Dlay
    "Gods Among Men" by Prox-C.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-SA 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Prox-C
    "Conurbation" by Phopha.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Phopha

    • 40 min
    Beyond: Space Special

    Beyond: Space Special

    This is an education bonus episode. In the episode "Beyond", I spoke to Professor Martin Barstow about looking into the past using the Hubble Telescope and about Mars. He also answered some questions from primary school children. In this bonus special we have more of those questions and include some extra material. You can listen to the episode and then use the questions at www.thehumanish.co.uk/space to follow up.

    Music:
    "Gods Among Men" by Prox-C.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-SA 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Prox-C

    "Elemental" by Dlay.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Dlay

    • 14 min
    Beyond

    Beyond

    How often do you look up at the moon and think "people walked there?" It's not just a a technical, scientific achievement, but a testament to human imagination. Astrophysicist Professor Martin Barstow explains the achievements of Hubble in its 30years and how we are looking further into our Universe and into the past and our search for life. Poet and author Dom Conlon talks about the connection of art and space and how it inspired his book of poetry, This Rock That Rock. Join us for a voyage of beginnings and endings and imagination. To add to the childlike wonder of staring up at the stars, there are some questions from the children of Greenfield Primary School.

    Dom Conlon website: https://domconlon.com/

    Music in the episode:
    “Flower Drops”, "Stoosh" and “Storytime” by Dlay.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Dlay

    “Deleted Water”
    by A Ninja Slob Drew Me.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/A_Ninja_Slob_Drew_Me

    "Gods Among Men" by Prox-C.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-SA 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Prox-C

    “Kawaii City” by Phopha.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Phopha

    • 49 min
    More than One Good Thing

    More than One Good Thing

    Rachael Smith is a comic creator who has contributed to existing titles such as Doctor Who, as well as building up an impressive catalogue of her own with books like Wired Up Wrong, and The Rabbit. She has often confronted her depression and anxiety through her work and continues to build a loyal fan base. Over the last few weeks she has been sharing #QuarantineComix online – her daily observations of Lockdown life. This seemed like the perfect excuse to catch up and chat about her work and find out what gardening has got to do with comic creation.

    *PLEASE NOTE this is an uncensored recording that contains one moment of explicit language.

    You can read the full transcript on the episode page at www.thehumanish.co.uk.

    RACHAEL SMITH LINKS:
    Website: rachaelsmith.org
    Facebook: facebook.com/rachaelsmithillustration
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/rachael_
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flimsy_kitten/

    Music:
    "Elemental" and "Stoosh" by Dlay.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Dlay
    "Gods Among Men" by Prox-C.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-SA 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Prox-C
    “Kawaii City” by Phopha.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Phopha

    • 31 min
    4. Victorians, poetry, and cannibalism

    4. Victorians, poetry, and cannibalism

    Back in the old world of September 2019, I met up with award winning transgender poet Jay Hulme in the beautiful surroundings of historic Bradgate Park in Leicestershire. Our conversation started about Jay's new book and poetry and for young people before we we dived head first into Victorian history, the scandal of the tabloids, and ...cannibalism. Amidst the wild absurdities, we discuss the awfulness of Victorian Britain and how it is slightly baffling that the era is often held up as a time to aspire to or seen as boring.
    Links to Jay's website and twitter are below.
    A transcript of the episode is available at www.thehumanish.co.uk

    Jay Hulme website: jayhulme.com
    Jay Hulme on twitter: twitter.com/jayhulmepoet

    Music:
    "Elemental" and "Stoosh" by Dlay.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Dlay
    "Gods Among Men" by Prox-C.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-SA 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Prox-C
    "Conurbation" by Phopha.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Phopha

    • 35 min
    3. Comfort Stories

    3. Comfort Stories

    Often how we make sense of the world around us is through stories and creating a narrative. Right now, it might be that you're turning to familiar stories and re-watching, or re-reading your favourites for comfort. What do we get from this? And what stories that might be produced in the months and years ahead to reflect this time? This episode I'm joined by writer and TV producer Jonathan Gilbert as we talk comfort viewing, the warmth of predictability, and the joy of our favourite characters.
    *PLEASE NOTE this is an uncensored recording that contains one moment of explicit language.

    More info and transcript of the episode available at www.thehumanish.co.uk


    Music:
    "Elemental" by Dlay.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Dlay

    "Gods Among Men" by Prox-C.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-SA 4.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Prox-C

    "Conurbation" by Phopha.
    Creative Commons: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
    freemusicarchive.org/music/Phopha

    • 30 min

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