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When podcast producer Dave Pickering is approached by his dad with a mystery from the life of a long-forgotten friend, he decides to investigate it in the only way he knows how: by having conversations. Mark Sullivan, who went missing 15 years ago, has been found dead. His body still has the arm he should have lost in a car accident and seems to have died eight years before he disappeared. In a series of 12 episodes, Dave tries to uncover this mystery through conversations with Mark’s family and friends. As he gets to know them, his questions lead to more questions… the mystery runs deeper than anyone imagined. The Family Tree is a magical realist drama about family, belonging, change and identity.
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Jul 16, 2019

In the fourth Cutting of Season 3, Dave considers different forms of and approaches to therapy; talks to poet, playwright and performer, Tanaka Mhishi about consent, masculinity and recovering from trauma; and plays some clips from the Meg-John and Justin podcast, which consider social and personal scripts, staying with our feelings, and power.

CONTENT NOTE: rape, sexual assault, suicidal ideation, mental health issues, racism, violence, trauma

The Family Tree’s Cuttings discuss the real issues raised in the show with special guests from podcasting, journalism, religion and the arts.

Find our Guests!

Tanaka Mhishi: https://tanakamhishi.co.uk/

Tanaka’s work around sexual violence: https://www.angles.org.uk/profiles/tanaka-mhishi/

The Consent Collective: https://www.consentcollective.com/

Meg-John and Justin (podcast, book, zines): https://megjohnandjustin.com/

Meg-John Barker (writing, zines):  https://www.rewriting-the-rules.com/

Justin Hancock’s sex and relationship education for young people: Bish

https://www.bishuk.com

https://bishtraining.com/

Tanaka’s episode of Getting Better Acquainted: https://soundcloud.com/gettingbetteracquainted/gba-347-tanaka-mhishi

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