Josie Long is a British comedian, she started performing as a stand-up at the age of 14 and won the BBC New Comedy Awards at 17. In 2006, she won the If.comeddies Best Newcomer award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for her show Kindness and Exuberance. Currently she hosts Short Cuts Podcast.
Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about letter writing - Mother’s Day cards travelling thousands of miles home, love letters that are cherished, hidden and lost, and a one-way correspondence bringing comfort during chemotherapy. Letters to My Dear Lovers Produced by Sofia Saldanha You Go First Featuring Helene Ishikawa Produced by Rachel Ishikawa Ursula Bloom speaking to Jack Singleton Home This Afternoon, BBC Radio, 1965 From Me To You Featuring Alison Hitchcock and Brian Greenley Produced by Helen Zaltzman First broadcast in The Allusionist podcast episode ‘66. Open Me part 1’ Production Team: Eleanor McDowall Produced by Andrea Rangecroft A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures that centre around acts of love - from the story of Ruth Coker Burks, who became a loving caretaker for hundreds of men during the AIDS epidemic, to the poet Nikita Gill's look at a love which ended in its beginning. Jewels from the Sun Written and read by Nikita Gill The Last Act Featuring Anita Barrows Produced by Phil Smith This interview first appeared in the documentary To Bear Witness on BBC Radio 3 in Between the Ears. Comet Dust Featuring Ruth Coker Burks Produced by Jodie Taylor and Chloe White Production team: Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
Alexi Pappas is an author, actor, screenwriter and Olympian to boot. You might have recently seen her in the film Olympic Dreams, alongside Nick Kroll, with whom she also co-wrote it. She competed in track and field for Greece in the 2016 Olympics and has just released her brilliant memoir Bravey, in which she talks about her life, drive and battles with depression. She joins Robin and Josie from the US to chat about the book, getting Maya Rudolph to write the foreword, juggling improv classes and Olympic training and a whole lot more. To hear an extended edition of this episode, as with all episodes, you can pledge at
Robin has often mentioned how much he enjoyed Cosey Fanni Tutti's book Art Sex Music so it was only right we finally get her on the show. She joins Robin and Josie to talk about Hull, the counter culture, finding your own path in art and feminism in the 70s. Josie was having all myriad of technical difficulties during this recording so please bear with her! And also please note that there is some discussion about the 'scene' in the 60s and 70s that people may find upsetting. To hear an extended edition of this episode subscribe to Patreon on
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Apr 17th, 1982
London E5, UK
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1 week, 6 days
Podchaser Creator ID logo 726067