Coffee & Flowers: A podcast about The National

15 EpisodesProduced by Christopher Hooton and David Rapson

In season 1, the band guide us through their dark but hopeful album, 'Boxer'.

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Season 1 Teaser

February 12th, 2019


Season 1 will be available 4 March on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other listening thingys!

S1 Ep0: Welcome & Why

March 3rd, 2019


A warm welcome to Coffee & Flowers, explaining who, what and why.

S1 Ep1: 'Fake Empire'

March 3rd, 2019


We begin exploring 'Boxer' with a tiptoe through the album's melancholic first track, exploring the real, the fake, and the big opener that almost …

S1 Ep2: 'Mistaken For Strangers'

March 3rd, 2019


We consider the unmagnicifcent lives of adults and the reluctant deal we all make with the world as we leave youth.

S1 Ep3: 'Brainy'

March 3rd, 2019


We follow the footsteps of two people in a game of cat and mouse with help from Brainy herself, Carin Besser.

S1 Ep4: 'Squalor Victoria'

March 3rd, 2019


We consider the unheavenly travails of white-collar employment in a track that, for Matt, was all about restraint.

S1 Ep5: 'Green Gloves'

March 3rd, 2019


This episode we find a tender exploration of humans, their objects, and the connections we form.

S1 Ep6: 'Slow Show'

March 3rd, 2019


The album hits its mid-point and a fork in the roads: to go to the party, or to stay in? We explore the pros and cons of socialising and the curious lure of home.

S1 Ep7: 'Apartment Story'

March 3rd, 2019


Unpacking 'Slow Show's "fraternal twin", we consider relationships within four walls. How do we enjoy comfort when it all too often rubs up against claustrophobia?

S1 Ep8: 'Start A War'

March 3rd, 2019


The (im?)possibility of reconciliation is explored in 'Start A War', and when the right time is to walk away. Plus, how identical twins approach guitar harmonies.

S1 Ep9: 'Guest Room'

March 3rd, 2019


We enter "prison for jerks" and find two people struggling to escape this relationship jail of their own making.

S1 Ep10: 'Racing Like A Pro'

March 3rd, 2019


Boxer's young professional takes a look in the mirror and asks us: "What is it all worth?"

S1 Ep11: 'Ada'

March 3rd, 2019


Ada lets us all have her neck. "The touching of a person's neck is much more intimate than kissing them on the mouth, don't you think?" - Matt Berninger

S1 Ep12: 'Gospel'

March 3rd, 2019


We consider what it means to end the album in a garden, beneath holiday rainbow lights and with a nice icy drink in your hand.

S1 Ep13: Reflections

March 3rd, 2019


The myriad stories that interweave throughout 'Boxer' and beyond all come together as we take a final look at the record as a whole.

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