The Louder Than Words Podcast

The Louder Than Words podcast is about ideas that improve lives. Professor Jules Pretty has crea ... more

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February 03, 2022 00:40:05
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Immersion in Theatre

Theatre and drama can be entertainment, but they can also unstick difficult social problems by promoting empathy, encouraging us to see life from different perspectives and nurturing links between people. The latest Louder Than Words looks at how theatre can bring insights, bring people together and unlocks issues. Theatre writers and creators Professor Liz Kuti and Annecy Lax, from the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre talk to Professor Jules Pretty. They suggest that telling stories, expressing ideas through performance and watching performances in the theatre, online and on television is in many ways as natural as breathing and an essential part of being human. At the same time theatre and drama offers space to transform people. Annecy says: “The kind of theatre I work in can have a really transformational effect on people. I’ve been in the room where that has happened and been involved in projects where theatre has had a huge benefit on people’s lives.” ...

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January 27, 2022 00:36:48
My Body, Many Images

My Body, Many Images

What is the impact of our perception of our own body? How does it impact our wellbeing? How does our understanding of our body differ across cultures and change over time? Psychology researcher Dr Helge Gilmeister and art historian Dr Matt Lodder join Professor Jules Pretty. ...

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January 20, 2022 00:38:59
Indigenous Voices

Indigenous Voices

Louder than Words looks at the experience of indigenous people around the world from the reclaiming of cultural identities, activism and the struggle for rights to the challenges indigenous communities still face. Professor Jules Pretty speaks to Professor Colin Samson and Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna from the Department of Sociology plus Dr Julian Burger, Visiting Professor at the Human Rights Centre. He will also be joined by explorer and President of Survival International Robin Hanbury-Tenison. Professor Samson and Dr Gigoux Gramegna said: "Understanding the relationships between indigenous peoples and their lands has been at the heart of our research. Having worked, visited and lived with indigenous groups in subarctic North America, the Southern Cone of South America, the Asia-Pacific region, and southern Africa the common factor linking the peoples we know, whether they be farmers, hunters or pastoralists is a resilient attachment to the natural environments which they call home." ...

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January 13, 2022 00:38:44
Patient Involvement Improves lives

Patient Involvement Improves lives

Research and practice in health and social care needs patients to be meaningfully involved in gathering evidence and making the decisions that impact their lives. This approach improves decision making and delivers better outcomes. Professor Jules Pretty speaks to Senior Research Officer Tracey Johns, Research Officer Sally Burrows and Professor Peter Beresford from the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex. As Sally and Tracey say: "Our work is about brokering conversations between everyone who has an interest in health and social care, especially those with the greatest needs and vulnerabilities. We listen to people in the streets, in cafes and in community centres. We listen to people through their trusted intermediaries." You can read more about their work in their blog at: www.essex.ac.uk/blog  Peter adds that COVID-19 has not helped patient involvement: "Among the many massive consequences of COVID-19 is its highlighting of the fragility of public and patient involvement in health and social care research. When we most needed the crucial evidence that comes from inclusive involvement, it wasn’t being collected." Again read more at: www.essex.ac.uk/blog  ...

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December 16, 2021 00:34:46
The Babylab, children and nature

The Babylab, children and nature

Baby and child development are the focus of the latest episode of the Louder Than Words Podcast. Professor Jules Pretty looks at the work of the Babylab at the University of Essex, how it helps us understand the development of children and reflects on the impact of nature on children throughout their development. He speaks to Dr Maria Filippetti and Dr Silvia Rigato from the Department of Psychology and Dr Jo Barton from the School of Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. They discuss how babies learn, the importance of fun, the impact of parental attitudes, the value of nature and offer advice and insights to listeners stemming from their research. ...

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December 09, 2021 00:38:04
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Saving our Seas

Professor Jules Pretty investigates the double crisis facing our seas - the climate crisis and the threat to biodiversity. He speaks to Dr Michelle Taylor and Dr Natalie Hicks from the School of Life Sciences at Essex and Essex graduate Simon Walmsley, Head of the WWF-UK Marine Programme. He also chats with writer and BBC presenter Tom Heap about his new book 39 Ways to Save the Planet and how we can all take action. ...

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