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Simon Munnery – creative comedy

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Simon Munnery is often considered one of the most inventive and intelligent comedians of his generation. His character comedy has appeared on TV and radio, but he’s perhaps best-known for his live shows – an unpredictable mixture of original insights delivered through stand-up, poetry, solo sketch performance, visual art, songs and more.

Simon is so unassuming in person that it would be easy to overlook just how hugely influential he has been on contemporary comedy writers, artists and performers over the last few decades. We reminisce about his work in the 90s, discuss audiences, making and fixing things, raising teenagers, and the influence of avant garde art movements – among other things.

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Part 2: Mary Turner Thomson – I married a psychopath

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This is the second half of a long chat I had with the incredibly inspiring Mary Turner Thomson; check out part 1 first, if you haven’t already.

Mary’s tale of living with a sociopathic liar is unlike anything you’ve heard before – but the way she has overcome this appalling experience makes her the true star of the story.

Raising children without their dad, writing books, giving talks – Mary is fuelled by a determination to help others. Find out how she has turned her experiences into ‘gold clouds’ in this episode; we could all take a leaf out of her book.

You can check out Mary’s story on her website maryturnerthomson.comand buy her book on Amazon. She’s also on Twitter and Facebook and always up for chatting to anyone who wants to talk about, well, anything really. She replies to all emails.

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Mary Turner Thomson – I married a psychopath

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This is the first half of a long chat I had with the incredibly inspiring Mary Turner Thomson; tune in next week for the second episode.

Mary’s story of living with a psychopathic con artist is truly extraordinary, but not as extraordinary as the way she has overcome this appalling experience. She emanates positivity and dignity, determined to help others who have been affected by trauma and heighten awareness of the psychopaths and sociopaths in our midst.

You can check out Mary’s story on her website maryturnerthomson.com and buy her book on Amazon. She’s also on Twitter and Facebook and always up for chatting to anyone who wants to talk about, well, anything really.

Don’t forget to come back next week for Part 2 of this chat!

If you enjoy Hack Circus please rate or review on iTunes, or just tell a friend about it!

Hack Circus goes up every Monday and Thursday, and you can glimpse behind the curtain by following us on Facebook (hackcircus), Instagram (hackcircus), Twitter (hackcircus) and Snapchat. It’s also a magazine.

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Art & Medicine with Sarah Smizz

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Sarah Smizz is an artist, medic and PhD student, based in Sheffield. Sarah was recently awarded Radiography Student of the Year, and – in separate news – has just begun a PhD all about creative practice in medical care.

Sarah is a creative across the board, with experience as a writer, rapper, graffiti artist, cartoonist, comedian and poet. She has an amazing work ethic and is committed to changing the system from the inside, and using creative practice to address inequality wherever she finds it.

Her approach to life is incredibly inspiring, and it was a privilege to spend some time talking to her for this episode.

You can find Sarah on Twitter @smizz and her blog is smizz.wordpress.com

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Creativity Clinic: boredom to leadership

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A special ‘creativity clinic’ episode this week, where I have a go at answering a few listeners’ questions on everything from world domination to favourite colours.

For my creativity credentials, check out my portfolio website – and if I don’t know something, I probably know someone who does.

Keep sending those questions in! I would love to help people out on here if I can, even if it’s just as a second opinion or sounding board. Email is editor@hackcircus.com or you can leave them on any of the HC social media channels.

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Flamenco and the body with Rosa Cisneros Kostic

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Flamenco dancer Rosamaria Cisneros Kostic discusses her craft, how to stay grounded, calm and physically aware in a hectic world, and the fascinating dance/tech research she’s involved with at C-DaRE in Coventry. Rosa grew up in the U.S. but has lived and worked all over the world. She’s a professional dancer, dance historian and critic, Roma scholar, Flamenco historian and peace activist.

If you want to check out her beautiful Flamenco skills for yourself, Rosa’s dance film Saeta: The Mourning is online here. See Rosa’s website to find out more about her. She’s on Twitter too.

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Get good at stuff, with Steve Faulkner

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This week I chat to Sheffield-based leadership coach and award-winning close-up magician, Steve Faulkner. Steve advises businesses and individuals, helping them to find their direction, and build good habits into their working lives.

Steve is also a highly accomplished performer whose fascinating background spans circus training, street performing in Covent Garden, cruise ships and even dance.

Find out more about Steve’s leadership training on his website getgoodatstuff.com and his magic at stevefaulkner.com.

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Helsinki Makers

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This week Leila is in Finland, investigating Helsinki’s creative technology community. You’ll meet Rambo of the Helsinki Hacklab, Ashish Mohite – a designer 3D printing with ceramics at the Aalto University Digital Design Laboratory, and Erik Parr, an artist working with all sorts of cool stuff, including glass-smashing audio tones.

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Simon Ings

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This week we chat to writer and editor Simon Ings. Simon has recently written a non-fiction book about science research under Stalin’s regime; out next month. We talk about the plight of the scientists, the problem of evidence-based governing, and why Russia’s plans were often far more rational than they later seemed.

These complex issues and many more are brought to life brilliantly by Simon – who is also a science fiction author, and the culture editor of New Scientist magazine. You can order Stalin and the Scientists on Amazon.

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Performing and Writing Science Comedy, with Helen Keen

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This week we meet science comedian Helen Keen, who you may know from her Radio 4 series It Is Rocket Science. As well as being an established comedy writer and performer on the circuit, Helen is the author of The Science of Game of Thrones, which is out today.

Helen is a highly experienced writer and performer. We chat about performing, alternative comedy, audiences, comedy influences, the Edinburgh festival, the challenges of writing a book, and more, in this half-hour episode recorded on the fly between meetings. Hope you enjoy it!

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