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quarantine Blues – Episodes 3 – 8

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Episode 8 – I had other plans for 2020

[This time] I purposely did not add an in- or outro. I have no words left to offer. – Precious Nnebedum, host of quarantine Blues.

quarantine Blues I had other plans for 2020
quarantine Blues I had other plans for 2020
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We are all aware of the situation with police violence and riots in the US that’s currently making the news all over the planet. Here is a text about how a young woman in Austria felt and still feels about these happenings. Absolutely vital! And because of the urgency of the message also published as a stand-alone, here on radioigel.at.

Please also visit the Instagram video version of the text presented here on this episode.

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Episode 7 – Life in the US during the pandemic
quarantine Blues Obineche Nnebedum
quarantine Blues Obineche Nnebedum
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On episode 7 Precious talks to her cousin Obineche Nnebedum. They discuss the impacts the pandemic has on the people in the States. A very insightful and unsettling account. An amazing voice. This episode was recorded before the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests against police killings of black Americans.

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Episode 6 – Ode to my love
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quarantine Blues Episode 6
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This week Precious is joined by a fellow spoken-word artist Elif Duygu. Together they speak about the „too foreign for home and at home in a foreign land“ phenomenon, the importance of mental health in an extraordinary situation as the one we find ourselves in and Elif’s newly found love. Brace yourself for a nice surprise there!
Elif Duygu is also a Ted Talk speaker as she performed at TedxVienna last year: https://youtu.be/iPqC-oWeYYw.
Listen in and enjoy!

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Episode 5 – A Provider in Every Sense
quarantine Blues - Episode 5
quarantine Blues - Episode 5
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On episode 5 Precious talks to her friend Benedikta, university student, mother of two, and of late also teacher to her older daughter. A provider in every sense. Das Gespräch wurde diesmal auf Deutsch geführt. Diese neueste Episode ermöglicht Einblicke in den Alltag einer Jungfamilie im Lockdown – unretouchiert und heiter.

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Episode 4 – Artivism
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quarantine Blues Episode 4 Artivism
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This time Precious talks to Lisette Ma Neza, a fellow artist and friend from the Netherlands. Together they will take you on a journey from Rainer Maria Rilke to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from cancelled shows in March to dreams of Brazil, and from Art and Activism to Artivism! This episode was recorded during the last week of lockdown in Austria. It’s as informative as it’s entertaining and even has a new jingle to it. Enjoy!

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Episode 3 – The Untold Blues of Quarantine
quarantine Blues Episode 3
quarantine Blues Episode 3
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On this episode, Precious performs a spoken word poem that elaborates on the untold blues of quarantine. In this poem she talks about how the concept of quarantine and self-isolation is nothing new to some people and herself even. It is a powerful piece with the intention of raising awareness to an issue that to some is commonplaced behind their closed doors and to others probably completely unfamiliar.

If you ever get the chance to attend a spoken word or poetry slam event, do so! If not, enjoy a recorded version!

Episode 3 of qB is also a valuable resource for teachers. As more and more students are intrigued by the idea of presenting their own texts on a stage, Precious‘ performance might offer the nudge they’ve needed to finally take the plunge.