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Between cups of tea and a lot of dithering, Richard and Carola try to understand what it means to be a European family and live in the UK. For podcasting geeks: our gear includes the versatile and cute Zoom L-12 LiveTrak, the sexy-sounding EV RE20s, a couple of handy SM58s where needed, some sturdy Rhode PSA1s, an old 50s table, my mom’s quilts on the walls, some squeaking chairs (sorry…), one iPhone, speed-conscious GarageBand, gorgeous sounding ThumbJam and a bit of creative NodeBeat. That’s right, no laptop for recording, but straight to SD card. But for editing and uploading, Hindenburg on the handy Lenovo Yoga 510, which also supports ‘paperwork’ and research. Hosting by Audioboom. Organising, co-creation, co-documentation via MS Notebooks. All tea-cup sounds made with 50's Villeroy & Boch Burgenland Blau Cups and Saucers, inherited from Carola's mother. This is all so Culture 3.0, and if you want to really know what that is, read up in this pdf (http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/3185/1/3185.pdf).

Between cups of tea and a lot of dithering, Richard and Carola try to understand what it means to be a European family and live in the UK. For podcasting geeks: our gear includes the versatile and cute Zoom L-12 LiveTrak, the sexy-sounding EV RE20s, a couple of handy SM58s where needed, some sturdy Rhode PSA1s, an old 50s table, my mom’s quilts on the walls, some squeaking chairs (sorry…), one iPhone, speed-conscious GarageBand, gorgeous sounding ThumbJam and a bit of creative NodeBeat. That’s right, no laptop for recording, but straight to SD card. But for editing and uploading, Hindenburg on the handy Lenovo Yoga 510, which also supports ‘paperwork’ and research. Hosting by Audioboom. Organising, co-creation, co-documentation via MS Notebooks. All tea-cup sounds made with 50's Villeroy & Boch Burgenland Blau Cups and Saucers, inherited from Carola's mother. This is all so Culture 3.0, and if you want to really know what that is, read up in this pdf (http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/3185/1/3185.pdf).
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Between cups of tea and a lot of dithering, Richard and Carola try to understand what it means to be a European family and live in the UK. For podcasting geeks: our gear includes the versatile and cute Zoom L-12 LiveTrak, the sexy-sounding EV RE20s, a couple of handy SM58s where needed, some sturdy Rhode PSA1s, an old 50s table, my mom’s quilts on the walls, some squeaking chairs (sorry…), one iPhone, speed-conscious GarageBand, gorgeous sounding ThumbJam and a bit of creative NodeBeat. That’s right, no laptop for recording, but straight to SD card. But for editing and uploading, Hindenburg on the handy Lenovo Yoga 510, which also supports ‘paperwork’ and research. Hosting by Audioboom. Organising, co-creation, co-documentation via MS Notebooks. All tea-cup sounds made with 50's Villeroy & Boch Burgenland Blau Cups and Saucers, inherited from Carola's mother. This is all so Culture 3.0, and if you want to really know what that is, read up in this pdf (http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/3185/1/3185.pdf).

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Episodes

E18 - Ursula Von Der Leyen’s Political Guidelines (4/6): Protecting our European Way of Life

9/8/2019
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Carola and Rich join across two seas, Carola connects from Turku in Finland, and Rich is still in dizzyingly chaotic Brexitland. But they don’t let the current stunts by Boris Johnson, a parliament prorogation and (non-)constitutional battles phase them and they keep focussing on EU Commission President Von Der Leyen’s Political Guidelines, including chatting about how open and closed borders should be, border and internal security, and whilst ranting about supermarkets and Amazon, they make...

Duration:00:27:18

E17 - Ursula Von Der Leyen’s Political Guidelines (3/6): Europe fit for the Digital Age

8/26/2019
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Having just come off recording the third take of this episode (yes, finally this has also happened to us), Rich provides a silly start to the show. They both explore Von Der Leyen’s agenda for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, including 5G Standards, Internet of Things, Digital Service Act, Cyber security and the European Education Area, including Erasmus. Main Source Ursula Von Der Leyen: Political guidelines for the next Commission (2019-2024) - "A Union that strives for more: My agenda...

Duration:00:21:39

E16 - Ursula Von Der Leyen’s Political Guidelines (2/6): Who keeps our banking system in check? A vision of an economy that works for people

8/18/2019
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Rich and Carola discuss the published priorities ("Political Guidelines") of incoming EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen and cover her vision of an “EU economy that works for people”. Many feel-good policies are mentioned, such as fairer taxes, social rights, and strengthening the social in a market economy, but Rich and Carola also scrutinise and voice their concerns – albeit with some acknowledged lack of expertise – over the suggestion of completing the EU Banking Union by...

Duration:00:32:48

E15 - Ursula Von Der Leyen’s Political Guidelines (1/6): Who buggered up the planet? The EU Green Deal and Ursula Von Der Leyen

8/9/2019
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Rich and Carola are discussing the published priorities of incoming EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen. As they have different views on her leadership, this discussion should be interesting, especially has they get stuck into the EU Green Deal. They cover the EU Emissions Trading System, Carbon Border Taxes, the EU Circular Economy, the frictions between Green and Global, and what this all means for individual households. On top of all these feel-good policies, they discuss if the...

Duration:00:51:06

E14 – EU Charter (7/7) and five wishes for the European Union Fairy

8/2/2019
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Last chapter! Rich and Carola are celebrating with an extra-long episode (sooorrrry)….bickering about the ‘bindingness’ of charter articles and which of these have to be respected (rights) and which have to be observed (principles). They then get into a stroppy argument about Ursula von der Leyen, the new president of the European Commission. They chat about their own personal EU wishes for the next five years, all happen to be related to the climate change crisis. In short, that might just...

Duration:00:29:36

E13 - The European Union is under Construction (Ulrike Guérot)

7/26/2019
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Rich and Carola chat about Ulrike Guérot’s concept of a future “Republic of Europe (still under construction)”, exploring contradicting meanings of the concept of sovereignty in the context of a European Union (state vs people). Guérot’s concept of a sovereignty of the people is based on decentralisation to regions as anchors for identity, productivity and equality, and Rich and Carola discuss how this type of devolution might just be what we need in the UK to resolve some of our socially...

Duration:00:19:45

E12 – The EU Charter (6/7) and tackling Justice

7/19/2019
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Rich and Carola tackle their most challenging EU Charter article yet, the one about Justice. The amount of silences, fumblings and ditherings demonstrate how much they feel out of their depth but, as loyal EU citizens (still), they have a go. The dithering also does not stop Rich in criticising how our UK application of the law fails to meet these EU Charter standards and the blooper reel at the end shows that attaining justice in a European-wide context is simply hard to attain and even...

Duration:00:19:48

E11 – The EU Charter (5/7), EU Top Jobs and Citizen Rights

7/10/2019
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Rich and Carola chat top jobs, EU ones, and provide a handy cheat sheet of the top 5 EU jobs currently being agreed and negotiated. Then they move to cover the Chapter 5 of the European Charter, including whether Carola might lose her right to vote in local elections (gulp) once Britain exits the EU. Sources: Carola and Rich’s EU Top Job Cheat Sheet (https://twitter.com/DitheringE/status/1147805689978511365) European Parliament The European Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU...

Duration:00:28:34

E10 – EU Charter (4/7), James Bond on the Eurostar, Flight-shaming and Solidarity

7/7/2019
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Rich is a bit grumpy and Carola has “Flugscham”, as Carola has just flown back from a working trip to Switzerland, encountering a new terminology on signs around airport passport control. Both of them have a bit of a lengthy spat whether chapter 4 applies or not, attempting – probably without success – to make this rather convoluted issue less complicated. Rich puts forward the idea that everyone will need to channel their innter James Bond. But they also tackle the European Charter’s...

Duration:00:46:47

E09 – The EU Charter (3/7), Equality, Windrush, and News in Latin

7/6/2019
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In this Episode Rich and Carola are not dithering around…. well, actually they are. They can’t help it, so this episode is longer than usual but with less tea. Whilst covering Chapter 3 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (Equality), they rant about UK detention centres, Windrush, and how the UK’s political shift to the right is threatening basic human rights. On a more pleasurable note, they cover some more interesting linguistic titbits, from the end of Finland’s News in Latin to the...

Duration:00:32:09

D01 - Short Dither: The Sound of Dithering

6/30/2019
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One of our short 'ditherings'. Nothing particularly illuminating here, just us trying to decide on sound effects for the podcast. So…… what does ‘dithering’ actually sound like. If you know, let us know on Twitter @DitheringE (https://twitter.com/DitheringE) All tea-cup sounds made with 50's Villeroy & Boch Burgenland Blau Cups and Saucers, inherited from Carola's mother. For pictures see this antique shop (http://www.christine-heinsohn.de/porz-vb-burg-blau-kaffee.htm) or read up on the 1748...

Duration:00:04:08

E08 – The EU Charter (2/7) & Freedom…..freedom…..freedom

6/24/2019
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Rich and Carola continue their exploration of the EU Charter but end up chatting about curtailing their son’s freedoms whilst advocating for EU fundamental rights. Their meanderings cover liberty, GDPR, freedom of expression, education and the four freedoms of the EU single market. Sources: European Parliament The European Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf) Department of Exiting the European Union Factsheet 6: Charter of...

Duration:00:24:11

E07 - Checking our EU Pulse: the Citizenship Barometer

6/16/2019
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Between cups of tea and checking out their own EU pulse, Rich and Carola dissect the Euro Barometer Number 89 – European Citizenship. Pondering about some surprising statistics: that BREXIT-land’s attitudes towards immigration is more positive than the EU average, as well as that the UK generally values cultural exchanges. Freedom of movement and Peace remains an ultimate priority and only 7% of European Citizens surveyed have expressed spontaneously that there were no achievements of the EU...

Duration:00:17:08

E06 – Dithering at a Spring Conference: Green Party Conference, Green New Deal, MEP Gina Dowding

6/10/2019
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Dithering on the Edge of Europe reports back from the Spring Conference of the Green Party of England and Wales, held in lovely (mostly) sunny Scarborough. Rich and Carola cover how much Brexit featured (or not), they joined in the celebrations of green waves, green surges, and green MEPs, and they have a good tip for campaigning against library closures. They report back from a panel discussing the Green New Deal and relish the fact that the Greens new tax and fiscal policy was passed to...

Duration:00:22:27

E05 – The EU Charter (1/7) and The Beauty and Dignity of being European….

6/2/2019
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Between cups of tea and some more dithering, Richard and Carola try to understand what it means to be a European family and live in the UK. In this episode, Rich and Carola gush over the EU Charter, its beautiful preamble and the first chapter “Dignity”. Source: The European Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf)

Duration:00:21:21

E04 – Eurovision or European Parliament Elections?

5/28/2019
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Between cups of tea and a lot of dithering, Richard and Carola try to understand what it means to be a European family and live in the UK. Carola and Rich still have clinking cups of tea but they could not resist and record their first reactions to the EU parliament elections. They ponder over election mathematics and what the share of the votes means for popular opinion about leave vs remain. They dissect the D’Hondt system, still not being as proportional representative as they would like,...

Duration:00:25:42

E03 - Try saying 'citizenship-test' multiple times….

5/26/2019
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Between cups of tea and dithering paper noises (yes, we are experimenting with what 'dithering' actually sounds like, this time with German Potteries’ Burgenland teacups) Rich and Carola talk citizenship; Carola's application for permanent UK residency; citizenship tests; passport differences; melting pot vs multi-diversity; and various stumbles over the word citizenship (try saying it 10 times…). And we have a chat about the fact that Richard is not exactly a UK citizen but a subject whilst...

Duration:00:21:39

E02 - European Parliament Elections and a very exciting Annex...

5/19/2019
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We make a good attempt to understand how European Parliament Elections work in the UK. Rich reconnects with his inner Math-Teacher and explains (at length...) the D'Hondt method and what this means for UK regions, and we each get our three points in just under 40 minutes. Bare with us.... we missed our tea this time and will need to make up for it next time...... Sources being used are EU European Parliament Elections FAQ (http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/faq) A guide to the European...

Duration:00:35:32

E01 - Dithering on the Edge of Europe (4 min Teaser)

5/19/2019
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Join Richard McCarthy and Carola Boehm in this new podcast about what it feels like to be a multi-national European family and live here in the UK. Between cups of tea and a lot of dithering, this husband and wife team tries to make sense of political bits and pieces that invade their daily lives and the little multi-cultural incidents that allow them to explore what it means to be European. In the process of talking about it, they hope to tether themselves a little bit more firmly to Europe...

Duration:00:03:54