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The Family of THINGS with Helen Shaw

24 EpisodesProduced by Athena Media Website

A podcast about life, one life at a time. The Family of Things is an independent podcast production, hosted by Helen Shaw, edited by John Howard and released by Athena Media. In these conversations Helen talks with guests about their life journey, what formed them, informs them and inspires them. 'I… read more

24 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

S2 E9 : Lauren Arrington (2021)

July 22nd, 2021


The Family of Things S2 E9 : Lauren Arrington #TheFamilyofThings

Professor Lauren Arrington is a Florida native who has made Ireland her home, and the focus of her research and writing. In …

S2 E8 : Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan (2021)

July 8th, 2021


The Family of Things S2 E8: Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan #TheFamilyofThings

The Dublin based Indian poet and arts manager, Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan is Helen Shaw's guest in this episode of The …

S2 E7 Paddy Woodworth (2021)

June 24th, 2021


The Family of Things S2 E7 Paddy Woodworth #TheFamilyofThings

Helen Shaw's guest in this episode is journalist, author and environmentalist Paddy Woodworth. Paddy is the author of 'Our Once and …

S2 E6: Steafán Hanvey (2021)

June 10th, 2021

52:41 #TheFamilyofThings 

Helen Shaw's guest in this episode of The Family of Things is Steafán Hanvey an Irish singer-songwriter and poet, from Downpatrick, who has long found his home in Finland. …

S2 E5 : Gerardine Meaney (2021)

May 27th, 2021


The Family of Things : S2 E 5 Gerardine Meaney #TheFamilyofThings

Today's guest in The Family of Things with Helen Shaw is writer, feminist, digital humanities leader and researcher, Professor …

S2 E4 : Jack Lukeman (2021)

May 13th, 2021


The Family of Things: S2 E4 Jack Lukeman #TheFamilyofThings

Today's guest with host Helen Shaw is modern troubadour Jack Lukeman, singer, songwriter and one time leader of the 90s band Jack L …

S2 E3 Kathleen Turner (2021)

April 29th, 2021


The Family of Things: Dr Kathleen Turner - S2 E3 (released April 30th 2021)
Season 2 is being recorded remotely due to the pandemic.

Dr Kathleen Turner says she sang her …

S2 E2: Robert John Hope (2021)

April 16th, 2021


The Family of Things S2 E2 : Robert John Hope ( released April 16 2021)

The Family of Things is a podcast about life, and how we chose to live it, hosted by Helen Shaw and created by independent podcast makers, Athena …

S2 E1 : Ruth Smith (2021)

April 2nd, 2021


The Family of Things : Season 2 E1 : Ruth Smith Released April 2 2021  

The Family of Things is a podcast about life, and how we chose to live it, hosted by Helen Shaw and created by the award winning independent …

S1 E15 - Frank Berry (2018)

December 14th, 2018


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 …

S1 E14 - Tony Bates (2018)

November 19th, 2018


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 …

S1 E13 - Peter Gallagher (2016)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

S1 E12 - Vivienne DeCourcy (2016)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

S1 E11 - Rory O’Neill aka Panti Bliss (2016)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

S1 E10 - Eleanor Fitzsimons (2016)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

SI E9 - Nóirín Hegarty (2015)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

SI E8 - David Gillick (2015)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

S1 E7 - Linda Buckley (2015)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

S1 E6 - Mark O'Halloran (2015)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

S1 E5 - Iarla Ó Lionáird (2015)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

S1 E4 - Hans Zomer (2015)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

S1 E3 - Shane Bergin (2015)

August 17th, 2018


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 …

S1 E2 - Denise Deegan (2014)

August 17th, 2018


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

S1 E1 - Nessa O'Mahony (2014)

August 17th, 2018


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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