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Begin The World Over Again

Storytelling Podcasts

These are radical times. In a truly turbulent year, the Begin The World Over Again podcast brought together artists and writers to delve into the archives and stories held within Salford's Working Class Movement Library. Exploring collective action, gender equality and women's rights, the welfare state, public access to green spaces, racial discrimination and more; what can we learn from the radical thoughts and actions of the past to prompt new thinking for today? Because as the activist Thomas Paine said in 1776, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” From October 2022 episodes will no longer be available on podcast platforms but will be free to listen to at https://www.mixcloud.com/wcmlibrary/

These are radical times. In a truly turbulent year, the Begin The World Over Again podcast brought together artists and writers to delve into the archives and stories held within Salford's Working Class Movement Library. Exploring collective action, gender equality and women's rights, the welfare state, public access to green spaces, racial discrimination and more; what can we learn from the radical thoughts and actions of the past to prompt new thinking for today? Because as the activist Thomas Paine said in 1776, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” From October 2022 episodes will no longer be available on podcast platforms but will be free to listen to at https://www.mixcloud.com/wcmlibrary/

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United Kingdom

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These are radical times. In a truly turbulent year, the Begin The World Over Again podcast brought together artists and writers to delve into the archives and stories held within Salford's Working Class Movement Library. Exploring collective action, gender equality and women's rights, the welfare state, public access to green spaces, racial discrimination and more; what can we learn from the radical thoughts and actions of the past to prompt new thinking for today? Because as the activist Thomas Paine said in 1776, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” From October 2022 episodes will no longer be available on podcast platforms but will be free to listen to at https://www.mixcloud.com/wcmlibrary/

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 6: Addressing the British Empire - A Conversation About Institutional Racism.

12/7/2020
Created by artist Lae Carbon-Wilson and Jemma Bromley. 2020 has been an important year for the Black Lives Matter movement and the voices speaking out against racism are louder than ever. In this episode, artist Lae Carbon-Wilson and Jemma Bromley explore the relevance of black activists from Manchester’s history, such as Len Johnson, examining what the facts and actions of the past might tell us about institutional racism in modern-day Britain. Introduced by Reece Williams. Additional...

Duration:00:38:02

Episode 5: Can solidarity make a comeback?

12/3/2020
Created by artist Alison Surtees working with Tracy Drysdale. This conversation gives voice to the last great National Crisis faced across sectors with the General Strike of 1926, and looks at the growth in thinking around collectivism and community support. We move through the Pit and Factory Papers as a means of educating the working classes as to what was happening in the world of industry and how it affected them, and the role of arts in telling the stories of the struggles and issues,...

Duration:00:29:05

Episode 4: The Establishment and the Welfare State. How much Paine before we change the world?

11/30/2020
Created by composer and sound designer Dan Steele working with Peter Wright Today we meet Thomas Paine. A man who stands out as a beacon, who walked and talked with George Washington, Mary Wolstencroft and Benjamin Franklin, who narrowly escaped the guillotine and in today's terms was a social influencer at the same level as Christiano Ronaldo or Ariana Grande. He was a rebel who challenged the monarchy and aristocracy, and thought it was a Government’s duty to provide pensions, free...

Duration:00:35:16

Episode 3: How can Engels show us the way forward beyond 2020, as we ensure that "an ounce of action is worth a ton of theory"?

11/26/2020
Created by composer Alan Williams working with Christina McAlpine. "An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory." So says Friedrich Engels, philosopher, linguist, artist, poet and revolutionary socialist. What does that mean for today? Perhaps it’s just about time that we started taking some steps forward... Your trusted guides in today’s episode will be musician Alan Williams and Christina McApline who take us to visit some of the places that Engels visited during his time in Manchester...

Duration:00:28:12

Episode 2: Is there grass growing in-between the cobbles? Roaming in and around the WCML archives

11/23/2020
Created by artist Danielle Porter working with Hilary Friend. In his memoir Benny Rothman (b.1911), who led the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass in 1932, says that the only grass he saw as a child in Hightown Cheetham Hill North Manchester was the grass growing in-between the cobbles. How far could this still be said today? Is our right to fresh air and unhindered walking under threat? But are there shoots of new grass growing and reviving a defiance and awareness of the importance of green and...

Duration:00:40:20

Episode 1: Inspiring Women and Women Who Are Inspiring

11/19/2020
Created by composer and sound artist Sarah Llewellyn working with Helen Jackson. During the time of COVID-19 this duo have been interviewing girls and women with a connection to Salford as well as exploring the library’s collection including Lancashire Women Against Pit Closures, Manchester & Salford Women’s Trades Council and activist Betty Tebbs. Their episode, in 3 parts, is a collage which weaves together these voices revealing some of the many stories, themes and inspiring women...

Duration:00:31:40

Coming soon... Begin The World Over Again podcast

11/11/2020
Begin The World Over Again will launch on Thursday 19 November 2020

Duration:00:00:30