The Family of Things

15 EpisodesProduced by Athena Media

The Family of Things is an audio transmedia project from award winning production company Athena Media about ideas, life and how we live it. In the audio podcast series, Presenter/Producer Helen Shaw talks to people about their life journey, what forms them, informs them and what drives them forward… read more

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E15 - Frank Berry

December 14th, 2018

49:38
Helen Shaw's guest in this episode of The Family of Things is film-maker Frank Berry whose work tells stories of social realism in often tough …

E14 - Tony Bates

November 19th, 2018

54:15
In this episode of The Family of Things Helen Shaw’s guest is the psychologist and author Dr Tony Bates. Tony founded Headstrong, (now Jigsaw), the …

E13 - Peter Gallagher

August 17th, 2018

42:14
Helen Shaw’s guest in this edition of the The Family of Things podcast is Irish scientist and astro physicist Professor Peter Gallagher. The Family …

E12 - Vivienne DeCourcy

August 17th, 2018

32:20
Vivienne DeCourcy, the writer and director of the new feature film ‘Dare to be Wild’ is Helen Shaw’s guest in episode 12 of The Family of Things. ‘Dare to be Wild’, is based on the true story of Irish wild garden …

E11 - Rory O’Neill

August 17th, 2018

40:29
Helen Shaw’s guest is performer and accidental activist Rory O’Neill AKA the Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss. Rory talks about his memoir ‘Woman in the Making’ (Hachette 2014) and his personal journey from growing up in …

E10 - Eleanor Fitzsimons

August 17th, 2018

42:19
Author and researcher Eleanor Fitzsimons is our latest guest in The Family of Things. Eleanor’s acclaimed biography of Oscar Wilde from the perspective of the women in his life ‘Wilde’s Women‘ opens new windows on both …

E9 - Nóirín Hegarty

August 17th, 2018

37:24
Nóirín Hegarty found her calling as a news reporter but moved into news management at just 25 years of age. She was editor of the national sunday newspaper The Sunday Tribune at a time when there were very few women …

E8 - David Gillick

August 17th, 2018

52:09
In Episode 8 of The FAMILY of THINGS, Helen Shaw’s guest is a man known for his winning speed and more recently his winning food – it’s champion sprinter and Celebrity Masterchef David Gillick. David Gillick, who is now …

E7 - Linda Buckley

August 17th, 2018

43:25
Helen Shaw’s guest this episode is Cork born composer Linda Buckley who writes contemporary music drawing inspiration from the world around her, from the soundscape of her childhood growing up on a diary farm …

E6 - Mark O'Halloran

August 17th, 2018

53:39
Helen Shaw meets actor and writer Mark O’Halloran the creative force behind the darkly comic films Adam and Paul and Garage. Mark talks about growing …

E5 - Iarla Ó Lionáird

August 17th, 2018

51:30
Sean nós singer and songwriter Iarla Ó’Lionáird is Helen Shaw’s guest in this edition of The Family of Things. Iarla is the voice of the acclaimed Irish ensemble The Gloaming whose album by the same name has received …

E4 - Hans Zomer

August 17th, 2018

40:32
Helen Shaw’s guest is Hans Zomer, Director of Dóchas, a development network, and lead organisation on the European Year of Development in Ireland. Hans talks about being shaped by his Dutch presbyterian roots, his …

E3 - Shane Bergin

August 17th, 2018

49:13
In Episode 3 of our podcast series The Family of Things presenter Helen Shaw talks to Trinity based physicist Dr. Shane Bergin. Shane says people often think science is ugly but necessary, while he thinks it is …

E2 - Denise Deegan

August 17th, 2018

40:18
In the second episode of the series, Helen Shaw speaks to Irish writer Denise Deegan, author of the hugely popular Butterfly Novels for teenagers. …

E1 - Nessa O'Mahony

August 17th, 2018

44:38
In this first episode of ‘The Family of Things’ series presenter Helen Shaw talks to Irish poet Nessa O’Mahony about her life, poetry, what inspires her. Having spent 15 years in journalism and public relations, Nessa …
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