Recently we’ve had an opportunity to survey the world we’ve created and the society we’re all a part of and ask ourselves: is this what makes me happy? And what is happiness anyway? In this series of The Wellcome Collection Podcast, broadcaster and journalist Bidisha and guest presenter Moya Lothian-Mclean explore the meaning of positive emotions. Each month they are joined by guests including artists, activists, neuroscientists, anthropologists, and people with inspiring stories of positivity and transformation, and talk about ways of being happy, rising from hope and joy to tranquillity and resolve, all the way to ecstasy and euphoria.
About the contributors
Bidisha is a British broadcaster, film-maker and journalist specialising in international affairs, social justice issues, arts and culture, and international human rights.
Debbie Kilbride is a Sony Gold Award-winning producer who worked at BBC Radio 4 before leaving to pursue a freelance career. Debbie has extensive experience making arts, factual and entertainment programmes and podcasts. She produced many flagship Radio 4 and 3 shows including ‘Free Thinking’, ‘Loose Ends’, ‘Saturday Live’, ‘Woman’s Hour’ and ‘Last Word’, made documentaries for Radio 4 and the World Service, and curated Radio 3’s 2019 Free Thinking Festival. She’s currently producing the weekly podcast ‘After The Tone’, presented by Scottee.
Sinem Erkas is a graphic artist with an appetite for experimentation and a good sense of fun. Her practice ranges from 3D paper-cut illustrations to digital flat art, always creating playful and bold imagery that makes you look twice. Based in London, she graduated from Central St Martins in 2008 and has since acquired numerous design awards and clients that include Profile Books, Penguin Random House, Google, SHOWstudio, Boots and Warp Records, among many others.