FOMO

I am currently working on a new series called Fear of Missing Out, all about the history we wish we’d learnt at school. 

Fear of Missing Out is an accessible, in depth look at the UK’s colonial, religious and political history, through the eyes of those it impacts the most. In each episode, a 16-24 year old presenter embarks on a journey through a part of British history that they have to learn for themselves. A list of episodes:

Atlanta
16 year old Atlanta spent the first few years of her life living in Uganda, where her mum is from, then they both moved to Glasgow when Atlanta was 4. Atlanta thinks a lot about the legacy of the British Empire, and how it affects both places she’s called home. Atlanta wants to look into this history, and think about how it impacts migration policy in the UK today.

Felix
Felix is a 20 year old playwright, poet and performer from Liverpool. He came out as trans when he was 14 and, in his words, it has got harder to be a young trans person in the public eye, not easier. Felix wants to look at the history of moral panics centring on queer people in the UK.

Beth
Beth is 16 and goes to a Catholic secondary school in Belfast. She knows that the history she’s taught is different to that taught in the Protestant secondary school down the street. Beth wants to look into the history of education segregated by religion in Northern Ireland.

India
India is a 20 year old activist and advocate from Bath who specialises in anti-racism and campaigning against sexual violence. Sometimes India feels like she’s making it up as she goes along when it comes to activism, so India wants to look at the history of activism in Britain, and see what they can learn from it.

Tom + Mikaela
Dundee-based Tom and Mikaela are 20 and 21, meaning they were too young to vote in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum. With it looking likely that Nicola Sturgeon will announce another referendum on independence in 2023, Tom and Mikaela look back at Scotland’s recent history of democratic engagement by speaking to people involved in the 1979, 1997 and 2014 referendums.

Halima
After the wave of BLM protests in summer 2020, Hertfordshire-based 21 year old Halima found many resources that looked at the history of institutional racism in the police in the USA, but struggled to find much that looked at British police. Halima wants to look at the history of the police’s relationship to black communities in the UK.


FOMO is Audio Content Fund supported, and will be broadcast in June 2022 on a network of Community Radio Stations across the UK, and on its own podcast stream.

I am very lucky to be working with an incredible production team. Anton Ferrie and Hanna Adan are the Assistant Producers, and Steve Urquhart is the Executive Producer.

I have a budget to commission one young person to create our series artwork! If you are an artist / graphic designer interested in this, get in touch at audiofomo [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line ARTWORK – let me know your name, age, where you live in the UK, and send some examples of your work.

If you are interested to know more, I’m always up for a chat! Get in touch at audiofomo [at] gmail [dot] com.