18 episodes

Positive Negative creates discussion with a wide range of people around the same set of questions, building a picture of how a certain topic or event is affecting them.
In series one we’re discussing the Coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. With COVID-19's sudden and dramatic spread across the globe, we'll be connecting with people from varying personal and professional backgrounds to see what impact the virus, and its repercussions, are having on them personally, professionally, economically, emotionally, physically and more
Beginning with those within our own broad networks of friends and colleagues, we'll spread the net as far and wide as we can, to help capture stories that shine a light on the breadth of experiences going on in the world around us in this unusual and challenging time.
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Positive Negative Josh Brown & Laurence Hall

    • Society & Culture

Positive Negative creates discussion with a wide range of people around the same set of questions, building a picture of how a certain topic or event is affecting them.
In series one we’re discussing the Coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. With COVID-19's sudden and dramatic spread across the globe, we'll be connecting with people from varying personal and professional backgrounds to see what impact the virus, and its repercussions, are having on them personally, professionally, economically, emotionally, physically and more
Beginning with those within our own broad networks of friends and colleagues, we'll spread the net as far and wide as we can, to help capture stories that shine a light on the breadth of experiences going on in the world around us in this unusual and challenging time.
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    Ep16| "The solutions need to be structural" - Dr Sara Reis, Women's Budget Group

    Ep16| "The solutions need to be structural" - Dr Sara Reis, Women's Budget Group

    Josh speaks with Dr Sara Reis, Head of Research & Policy for the Women's Budget Group (WBG). They discuss the impacts the lockdown has had, is having and will continue to have on women.

    Episode Links

    Dr Sara Reis: Twitter
    Women's Budget Group: Website | Twitter

    The blog that Josh stumbled across was Personal debt is a feminist issue on the Brave New Europe website.

    The WBG also produce a weekly newsletter providing updates on the gendered impact of Covid-19. 

    The briefings Sara sent us on the impact of Covid-19 on women:
    On the impact of Covid-19 crisis on women (including pre-existing inequalities and how they’re exacerbated now)What to take into account as lockdown is easedYou'll also be able to hear Sara give a Q&A for Bureau Local's #NewsYouCanUse fortnight on June 19th at 1pm.

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    Special thanks to

    Artwork by George Hall @geogeohall
    Animations by Emily Turvey @digeoproductions

    About Us
    Positive Negative creates discussion with a wide range of people around the same set of questions, building a picture of how a certain topic or event is affecting them.
    With COVID-19's sudden and dramatic spread across the globe, we'll be connecting with people from varying personal and professional backgrounds to see what impact the virus, and its repercussions, are having on them personally, professionally, economically, emotionally, physically...

    Beginning with those within our own broad networks of friends and colleagues, we'll spread the net as far and wide as we can, to help capture stories that shine a light on the breadth of experiences going on in the world around us in this unusual and challenging time.

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    • 40 min
    Bonus | “It’s about the years and years and years of being stood on and stamped on” - Black Lives Matter Protest in Cardiff

    Bonus | “It’s about the years and years and years of being stood on and stamped on” - Black Lives Matter Protest in Cardiff

    Today we hear from the voices from the crowd at the Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Cardiff's Bute Park on Saturday, June 6th 2020.

    Black Lives Matter is an international human rights movement which began in 2013 with the #BlackLivesMatter in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer and has been active ever since. The killing of George Floyd on May 25th sparked international protests, such as the one held in Cardiff.
    In this episode, Laurence took a microphone, on a makeshift boom pole (to enable social distancing) and listened to what people in the crowd had to say.

    Thanks to all those who contributed to the episode, we are very grateful for you sharing your words with us. 

    This special episode replaces our regular episode that would have been published today.

    Episode Links

    Black Lives Matter
    Black Lives Matter Twitter
    Black Lives Matter Cardiff Twitter

    The story of the Cardiff Three is mentioned in this episode, the interviewee mentioned she learnt more about them from a BBC Sounds podcast series The Cardiff Three (Podcast)

    Another contributor talks about his blog which you can find here his name is Jafar Iqbal and you can follow him on Twitter @_JafarIqbal_

    If you want to see some amazing ariel images of the protest check out Cardiff Eye in the Sky on Instagram, you can see the crowd are peacefully protesting whilst following social distance guidelines.

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    Special thanks to

    Artwork by George Hall @geogeohall
    Animations by Emily Turvey @digeoproductions

    About Us
    Positive Negative creates discussion with a wide range of people around the same set of questions, building a picture of how a certain topic or event is affecting them.
    With COVID-19's sudden and dramatic spread across the globe, we'll be connecting with people from varying personal and professional backgrounds to see what impact the virus, and its repercussions, are having on them personally, professionally, economically, emotionally, physically...

    Beginning with those within our own broad networks of friends and colleagues, we'll spread the net as far and wide as we can, to help capture stories that shine a light on the breadth of experiences going on in the world around us in this unusual and challenging time.

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    • 22 min
    Ep15| "It's amazing that we're having to issue guidelines about face masks" - Melissa Lee, Aerospace Project Manager & Pole Dance Instructor

    Ep15| "It's amazing that we're having to issue guidelines about face masks" - Melissa Lee, Aerospace Project Manager & Pole Dance Instructor

    In this episode, Laurence chats to Melissa Lee, an Aerospace Project Manager and award-winning pole dancer and instructor. They discuss life in lockdown just as restrictions begin to ease, as well as adjustments Melissa has had to make by working and teaching from home.

    Episode recorded on May 26th.

    Episode Links

    Melissa on Instagram: @melee.x
    Watch: Dancing for NHS Charities Together
    Donate: Dancing for NHS Charities Together

    This article from The Independent highlights further the issue of racism in the UK during the pandemic  Coronavirus: Hate crimes against Chinese people almost triple in the UK during the pandemic, police data shows

    Black Lives Matter Links
    blacklivesmatter.comJustice for George Floyd petitionDemand Racial Data on COVID 19 Positive Negative Links
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    Special thanks to

    Artwork by George Hall @geogeohall
    Animations by Emily Turvey @digeoproductions

    About Us
    Positive Negative creates discussion with a wide range of people around the same set of questions, building a picture of how a certain topic or event is affecting them.
    With COVID-19's sudden and dramatic spread across the globe, we'll be connecting with people from varying personal and professional backgrounds to see what impact the virus, and its repercussions, are having on them personally, professionally, economically, emotionally, physically...

    Beginning with those within our own broad networks of friends and colleagues, we'll spread the net as far and wide as we can, to help capture stories that shine a light on the breadth of experiences going on in the world around us in this unusual and challenging time.

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    • 31 min
    Ep14| "There's power when we work together" - Kirsty Haigh, Social Justice Activist & Chef

    Ep14| "There's power when we work together" - Kirsty Haigh, Social Justice Activist & Chef

    Josh talks to social justice activist and chef, Kirsty Haigh. She's currently working for Edinburgh's Food For Good Coalition, who've - to date - cooked around 30,000 meals for the people of Edinburgh (the "second cash richest city in the UK", at £16.9bn in 2017 figures).

    They also talk about the need for a better work-life balance, zero-hours contracts, changes to the food system and a positive side effect of the lockdown; that men are talking more about their feelings and mental health.

    Episode Links

    Edinburgh's Food For Good Coalition:
    From their crowdfunder website: "It started with a group message and has now evolved into a coalition which makes and distributes meals. We now have a team of volunteer chefs and delivery drivers working in donated kitchen spaces and supporting community organisations. The coalition partners are:"

    - Edinburgh Food Social
    - Edinburgh Food Festival
    - Nourishing Change
    - Slow Food Scotland

    You'll find Kirsty on Twitter @KirstyEHaigh where she's a constant source of interesting posts on issues around social justice.

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    Special thanks to

    Artwork by George Hall @geogeohall
    Animations by Emily Turvey @digeoproductions

    About Us
    Positive Negative creates discussion with a wide range of people around the same set of questions, building a picture of how a certain topic or event is affecting them.
    With COVID-19's sudden and dramatic spread across the globe, we'll be connecting with people from varying personal and professional backgrounds to see what impact the virus, and its repercussions, are having on them personally, professionally, economically, emotionally, physically...

    Beginning with those within our own broad networks of friends and colleagues, we'll spread the net as far and wide as we can, to help capture stories that shine a light on the breadth of experiences going on in the world around us in this unusual and challenging time.

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    • 30 min
    Ep13| "I feel it's going to shape the future in a very positive way" - Godwin Josiah, The Critics Company, Nigeria

    Ep13| "I feel it's going to shape the future in a very positive way" - Godwin Josiah, The Critics Company, Nigeria

    In today's episode Laurence speaks with Godwin Josiah, one member of The Critics Company; a group of young filmmakers in Nigeria.

    Last year they gained global recognition for their work on the short film Z: The Beginning which went viral mainly due to the skills they showed in creating visual effects on a very low budget.

    Laurence and Godwin discuss filmmaking and the effects Covid-19 is having on Nigera.

    This interview was recorded on April 26th.

    Episode Links 
    The Critics on YouTubeThe Critics on Twitter Godwin Josiah on TwitterThe Critics on Instagram
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    Special thanks to

    Artwork by George Hall @geogeohall
    Animations by Emily Turvey @digeoproductions

    About Us
    Positive Negative creates discussion with a wide range of people around the same set of questions, building a picture of how a certain topic or event is affecting them.
    With COVID-19's sudden and dramatic spread across the globe, we'll be connecting with people from varying personal and professional backgrounds to see what impact the virus, and its repercussions, are having on them personally, professionally, economically, emotionally, physically...

    Beginning with those within our own broad networks of friends and colleagues, we'll spread the net as far and wide as we can, to help capture stories that shine a light on the breadth of experiences going on in the world around us in this unusual and challenging time.

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    • 19 min
    Ep12| "The planet will not keep going if we don't make changes" - Kelly Edney, Owner & Managing Director of The Dust Dolly

    Ep12| "The planet will not keep going if we don't make changes" - Kelly Edney, Owner & Managing Director of The Dust Dolly

    Josh speaks with Kelly Edney, Owner and Managing Director of The Dust Dolly, to find out the impact that the pandemic and lockdown has had on her as a small business owner and employee of 10. As well as the financial and administrative hoops, she also talks about the challenges of being in the process of moving house, the community spirit that's inspired her...and a surprise Victoria Sponge!

    Episode Links

    The Dust Dolly website.
    The Dust Dolly Facebook.

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    Special thanks to

    Artwork by George Hall @geogeohall
    Animations by Emily Turvey @digeoproductions

    About Us
    Positive Negative creates discussion with a wide range of people around the same set of questions, building a picture of how a certain topic or event is affecting them.
    With COVID-19's sudden and dramatic spread across the globe, we'll be connecting with people from varying personal and professional backgrounds to see what impact the virus, and its repercussions, are having on them personally, professionally, economically, emotionally, physically...

    Beginning with those within our own broad networks of friends and colleagues, we'll spread the net as far and wide as we can, to help capture stories that shine a light on the breadth of experiences going on in the world around us in this unusual and challenging time.

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    • 28 min

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