“Objects should not ‘touch’ [us] because they are not alive. You use them, put them back in place, you live among them: they are useful, nothing more. But they touch me, it is unbearable. I am afraid of being in contact with them as though they were living beasts.”  Jean-Paul Sartre

Auspicious Plastic is a monthly podcast about the precious things that bring meaning to our lives, and the stories behind them.

When using my Mum’s old Tupperware containers after she passed away, I found that  these simple, worn old pieces of plastic held an incredible amount of emotion for me. These objects touched me profoundly as if animated by something deeply mystical…

I wondered how my use of her beloved Tupperware could be so powerful and therapeutic? And why it is that we invest so much in ‘things’? I mean, how could gnarly old containers help someone to grieve?

With my own experience as a starting point I decided to find out, creating a podcast for conversations with other people about their experiences with “auspicious objects”.

Through this world of dearly held things I’m discovering a a plethora of stories and ideas about us: women, men, people, community, food, family, friendship, love, and more. Listen. Feel. Enjoy!

New episodes monthly

Got a ‘precious object’ or a story you’d like to tell me about? Or some feedback? Send mail.


  • Producer/interviewer: Megan Spencer
  • Original music: Jeremy Conlon/Cooperblack
  • Photos: Megan Spencer (c) 2017.
  • Logo: Studio Ink
  • Thank you: to my Auspicious Guests and to Massimo Maio and Sarah Pepin for the ‘trial’ equipment loans!


Auspicious Plastic podcast, theme, content & images (c) Megan Spencer 2017. Cannot be reproduced without permission. All rights reserved.