AUSPICIOUS PLASTIC is a podcast about ‘precious objects’ that bring meaning to our lives – and the stories behind them.

Presented and produced by broadcaster Megan Spencer, guests discuss the things in their lives that are precious to them, and the stories behind them – often those made of plastic and/or of the Tupperware variety!

When using my Mum’s old Tupperware containers after she passed away, I discovered how such simple ‘pieces of plastic’ could hold so much meaning – and emotion. I wondered how a gnarly old canister could help someone to grieve, and decided to investigate. Through Auspicious Plastic I’m discovering a plethora of stories about us: people, community, food, family, friendship, empowerment and more. Instead of being worthless containers bound for landfill, they become containers of fascinating intergenerational stories.–  MS

 

CREDITS

Presenter/Producer: Megan Spencer
Original Music: Jeremy Conlon/Cooperblack (used with permission)
Logo: Studio Ink
Thank you: Massimo Maio & Sarah Pepin for equipment loans and to my Auspicious Guests!

Contact: hello@themeganspencer.com
Facebook: @AuspiciousPlastic
Twitter: @Circus_Folk

Episodes are released monthly on iTunes and Soundcloud.

© 2017 Megan Spencer. All rights reserved.

Auspicious Plastic – Episode Fourteen

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Episode 14: Chris Waite Chris Waite is a meditation teacher with UK mindfulness organisation, Breathworks. He’s also a medical doctor, a ukulele teacher and he’s in the process of finishing…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Thirteen

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Episode 13: Darren Hutchesson Darren Hutchesson has had a lifelong love affair with plastic. A devoted Tupperware fan – and a distributor back in the 80s – he’s also a…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Twelve

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Episode 12: Simon Wilson Simon is a second-generation bow hunter who lives in regional Australia. As a kid he’d ‘go bush’ with his late Dad to hunt for ‘pests’ such…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Eleven

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Episode 11:  Lucia & Roly Lucia is an old friend – an Australian ex-pat who’s now ensconced in the beautiful English countryside, surrounded by animals and nature. Meeting in the…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Ten

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Episode 10: Carrie King Carrie King lives and works in Berlin. Originally from Ireland, she travels light – except when it comes to her beloved trove of personal diaries, which…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Nine

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Episode 09: Casey Jenkins Casey Jenkins is an “endurance performance artist” from Melbourne, best-known for her 2013 “craftivist” work “Casting Off My Womb”. During it she knitted a huge textile from…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Eight

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Episode 08: Vanessa Ellingham It’s the day before Vanessa Ellingham‘s birthday and the day after the 2017 German Federal Election. Immigration looms large for both: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing party loses…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Seven

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Episode 07: Danny Walsh While living in Berlin I had the good fortune to meet Melbourne musician, Danny Walsh. A mutual friend introduced us: she’d photographed Danny and partner Emma…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Six

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Episode 06: Sarah Pepin Sarah Pepin is a Berlin-based culture journalist who I met at the 2017 Berlinale. On visiting her apartment I encountered an impressive ornate old wooden sideboard…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Five

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Episode 05: Amy Brand Originally from Darwin, Amy Brand is a sustainability project officer now based in Melbourne. Amy is a passionate advocate for the environment and sustainable living –…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Three

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Episode 03: Michael Pieracci Michael Pieracci is an American “installed” in Berlin. A creative project manager, “photographer, presenter, traveller and drinker of tea”, Michael gave an engaging talk about ‘tools’…

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode Two

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Episode 02:  Anna Brownfield Anna Brownfield is a “feminist erotic” filmmaker, a ‘gun’ crafter and an old friend! She’s always inspired me with her resourcefulness, dedication to DIY and making….

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Auspicious Plastic – Episode One

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Episode 01: Delma and Katherine Calcagno I begin with one of my Mum’s contemporaries, my dear Aunty Delma and lovely cousin Katherine. The former is a five-decade-long “obsessed” Tupperware collector…

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