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Welcome to our third Zoomcast - yes we're sticking with that word - where we're joined by comedian and author Jane Hill, and the writer and one third of Drunk Women Solving Crime, Hannah George. We talk about happiness, injuring yourself on the toilet, whether audio books are the ultimate in laziness, and if any of our clothes fit us anymore. You are welcome.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Dr Jess Taylor is a feminist psychologist, founder and owner of VictimFocus, and author of essential read, Why Women Are Blamed For Everything – an exploration of the many reasons women are blamed for male violence. Because aren't we just? She chats to our Mick about ‘victim’ versus ‘survivor’, how education and the media are letting us all down, and unpicking the tangle of reasons that leads us to blame women for sexual violence committed against them.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
How the hell is it September? Don't think too deeply about that and instead get your ears round this month's Outside The Box, where Hannah very much doesn't hate I Hate Suzie, and she and Mick chat the highs and lows of I'll Be Gone In The Dark. Plus - there's never been such times - we do some listener requests, watching Harlots, Almost Australian and The Umbrella Academy. You are welcome.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Big questions dominate this week’s episode. 1. Does building a house while singing and dancing make amends for outrageous sexism? No, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, no it does not. Still, nice moves. That’s just one of the old(er) films Hannah and our resident movie buff Yosra Osman tackle in a fascinating chat about what happens when your favourite film – and indeed novel, song or cartoon – becomes “problematic”. 2. Why do women stay silent in the face of abuse at the hands of powerful men? Mick catches up with author Hannah Begbie about this big topic, something Hannah tackles with skill and a delicate touch in her new book Blurred Lines. 3. What the feck’s happening with Brexit and indeed in America? Mick and Hannah give explaining those particular shitshows their best shots in the Bush Telegraph. And finally, possibly the biggest question of all… 4. Is 1995’s, Oscar-nabbing, Mel Gibson vehicle Braveheart rated or dated? Find out as a staple feature from our magazine years makes it onto the podcast. Altogether now: FREEEEEEEEEDDDDDOOOOOM!   See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week's Chops is Mick's full half-hour chat with the awesome Annie Nightingale: Britain's first female DJ, the longest serving woman at Radio 1, and a proper joy. They chat about Annie's latest book, Hey Hi Hello, 50 years of pop culture, the sadness of nostalgia, being awestruck by the mere mention of Miles Davis, and what happened when she found herself in a lift with Paul Newman.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Ah, Terence Malick, a Marmite maverick in cinema. Do you love his films? Do you hate his films? Perhaps you're prepared to have your mind changed either way, like someone who ran out of jam to put on their toast, but found an old jar of the yeasty brown stuff in the cupboard and gave it another shot. Find out whether it's "Malick on toast all round!" as Hannah gets Mick and Yosra to watch 1973's Badlands.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
We took the Bank Holiday off so there's no BT or DDD this week, but instead four - count 'em - FOUR great interviews with FIVE - *faints* - top women this week. Mick catches up with the one and only Annie Nightingale, Britain's first female DJ, longest serving woman at Radio 1 and an utter delight, to talk about Hey Hi Hello, her latest book, which charts five decades of pop culture. Hannah's talking to Nydia Hetherington about her debut novel A Girl Made of Air, fairies on the Isle of Man and the literary appeal of the circus. Mick chats with the excellent Liz Foley and Beth Coates about You Goddess! their follow-up to What Would Boudicca Do? – this time they’re gleaning useful advice and female solidarity from legendary (literally) women. And, last but not least, Hannah's found another ethical clothes shopping fan in journalist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett. Have at it!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
As kids return to schools, Lavinya Stennett of The Black Curriculum tells Mick why Black British history needs to be mandatory teaching within the national curriculum and chats about the #TBH365 campaign aiming to make that a reality. Hannah talks to award-winning novelist Elif Shafak about her new non-fiction book, How To Stay Sane In An Age of Division, and why we should all spend a bit more time engaging with people we don't agree with. There’s back-to-school confusion, hat drama and tail-eating snakes in the Bush Telegraph. And it's fishing – shit yeah! – in the final Dunleavy Does Disaster as we watch The Perfect Storm. Cue montage.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Journalist Hazel Davis got on the phone to Dr Kat Arney to talk about Rebel Cell: Cancer, Evolution and the Science of Life, Kat's book – out now – about the big bug in the system of life and how we get cancer because we can't not get it. They also chat cancer and Covid-19, Tasmanian devils, clams, Maud Slye and LOADS of mice.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
With the ever-pressing situation of refugees back in the headlines, Mickey gets on the phone to Ethiopia to talk refugees, camps and coronavirus, and how women and girls are particularly affected, with Betelhem Mengistu, a Community Wellbeing Initiative Co-ordinator for the International Rescue Committee. Hannah's been on the blower to Baltimore to chat to Kate Reed Petty about her amazing debut novel True Story and how her time on a jury in a rape trial inspired it. Then it's off to the Andes In Dunleavy Does Disaster, as we watch Alive. They thought they had problems, Hannah's lost her bingo card. Plus, in the Bush Telegraph, we're giving the Government a U in the A-Level shitshow and ask the Internet Watch Foundation about the true cost of child abuse images online. Thanks for listening.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Playwright and lawyer Rachel Mariner joins Mickey to talk about her new play, Recovering Misogynist, which you can stream courtesy of the Cambridge Junction (until Aug 26). They chat about everything from feeling sorry for Harvey Weinstein to Mary Beard, from an incredibly surprising blind date to the Kardashians, from sacrificial old goats to the orange dicksplash in the White House. Diverse as all that is, it pretty much all plays a part in Recovering Misogynist, which you can – and should – digitally stream from  See for privacy and opt-out information.
In this week's Chops, Hannah chats to author Kerry Hudson about her autobiographical book Lowborn: Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain's Poorest Towns, which is now out in paperback. They chat about how class politics has changed post Brexit. why the middle-class view of growing up poor is often wildly inaccurate and that thorniest of words, "privilege". Have at it.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Hannah and Mick are joined by excellent comedians Sophie Duker and Thanyia Moore for our second gig via the wonder of Zoom. Chat is wildly varied, taking in feet, anal hygiene for cats, true love for Michaela Coel, why powerful women get labelled as 'difficult', dungarees, silver wolves, woke foxes, the mum perspective, and the evergreen nature of fart jokes.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Glorious Rock Bottom is straight-talking journalist and author Bryony Gordon’s candid and compelling sobriety memoir. In this chat with our Jen, Bryony explains what made her realise her drinking was a problem, what it means to be an alcoholic, how she learned to tell the stigma around alcoholism to jog on, expectation vs reality when it comes to AA, why we need to take responsibility for our own actions, and why she decided to share her personal story with the world.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Fancy a weekend in front of the telly? Yeah, you do. So let us offer some suggestions in August's Outside The Box, where we chat Mrs America, There She Goes, Perry Mason and The Plot Against America. Open snacks on three, two...  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Everyone agrees that intimacy coordinators are a good idea, but what do they actually do? This week, Mick chats to Ita O’Brien about her work, including in Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You, to find out more. We're also catching up with Jen on maternity leave to see how she and Lyra are doing. In Dunleavy Does Disaster we watch The Last Sharknado because, well because one of you asked us to. Er, thanks? In the Bush Telegraph, we're talking about how Trump can't actually delay the next election, what the hell is going on with Coronavirus in this country and the "white men not nominated for a Booker" row. And in Sexism of the Week, we're pondering #challengeaccepted. Tuck in!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
In this week's Chops, Jen chats to Prof Linda Scott, internationally-renowned expert on women's economic development and author of hit new book The Double X Economy. They chat about women's spending power, who advertising is really aimed at and if the gender pay gap isn't all a massive ploy to keep mothers at home. Tuck in!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Our resident film buff Yosra Osman shares her pick this week. Find out why Barry Jenkins' 2016 Oscar-winner Moonlight is (one of) her favourite(s), what Hannah and Mick make of it and just how much Yosra loves Janelle Monáe.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Lessons from history, the life-changing power of confidence, lots of Scotch and a 90s revival all play big roles in this week’s podzine. Annabel Bligh of The Conversation UK and The Anthill Podcast tells Mickey about new podcast series Recovery, a fascinating six-parter looking at key crises through history, and society’s subsequent recovery, to see if any parallels can be drawn with what’s happening today. Hannah talks to Kate Nation, founder of Turtle Dove, a charity aiming to empower young women not in education, employment or training – NEETs – about what they do and the incredible difference self-confidence can make. And grab yourself a scotch and your best John Motson costume, as Dunleavy Does Disaster discusses the word “classic” in regards to 1979’s Meteor. Oh, and there’s not even the tiniest apology for Mick’s terrible Sean Connery impression. Plus there’s fat fighting, fundraising and a continuing lack of empathy on Twitter in the Bush Telegraph.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
We've some big hitters from the world of feminism for you in this week's podcast. You are welcome. First up, Mickey chats to Woman's Hour's Jenni Murray about fat shaming, changing attitudes and her new book Fat Cow, Fat Chance. Hannah talks to Labour MP and woman of action Stella Creasy about why she's working to make misogyny a hate crime. In DDD, we're less than rapturous about the Rapture as we watch Left Behind. Plus there's bona fide good news and a correct usage of the word hero in the Bush Telegraph. Tuck in!  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Journalist and documentary maker Jenny Kleeman talks to Mickey about her astonishing debut non-fiction, Sex Robots & Vegan Meat. Five years in the writing, Jenny delves into new innovations in technology on the frontiers of sex, food, birth and death that will, in the future, change the way we live (and die) forever.They talk about the impact these technologies will have on women, which tends to be – wait for it! – negative and also tends to outweigh any negative effect on men. They also chat about some positive outcomes, Terminator on the dark web, and Jurassic Park.Jenny is utterly engaging with a nicely dark sense of humour when it comes to the dystopia seemingly just around the corner. She’s also hopeful about the human race. Can she convince our Mick to feel the same?  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Period blood, poos stuck in windows, sex robots and death machines: squeamishness be damned in this week’s episode. Journalist and documentary maker Jenny Kleeman tells Mickey about her debut book, Sex Robots & Vegan Meat, a fascinating, terrifying and darkly funny look at technological innovations currently in the pipeline that could potentially change how we live (and die) forever. Hannah catches up with Kelly O’Sullivan, writer and star of new film Saint Frances, which opens in cinemas later this month, to talk drama-free abortion and why period-stained is definitely the new black.There’s impressive explosions and thoughtful casting in DDD – sorrywhatnow?! – as Hannah, Mick and Lucy watch 2016’s based-on-a-true-story Deepwater Horizon and feel the fear of being fully nude when disaster strikes. And thank Christ for animals, providing all the good news in the Bush Telegraph.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Lucy Nichol takes the Chops reins this week. Society loves to stigmatise, but more often than not, the whole story isn't in the public domain. Lucy talks to a woman who had her children taken into care. They chat about her very personal story, about how things went wrong, the assumptions we make about motherhood and mental health, and what it all meant for her and her (now back together again) family.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Sold on the idea of watching things filmed in lockdown yet? We weren't immediately, but in this month's Outside The Box, we talk about the roaring success of Talking Heads and the stupid fun of Staged. Plus we're chatting The Salisbury Poisonings, The Sinner, Athlete A, Roll Red Roll and What We Do In The Shadows. And there's early thoughts on Mrs America, which we'll cover in full next month. Along with Perry Mason. Because Hannah hasn't mentioned Matthew Rhys for at least 20 minutes.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
Lockdown and social distancing may have stopped our gigcasts, but that doesn't mean we can't try our best to replicate them for you*. So, as we had planned to go to Brighton this summer, we've instead made Brighton come to us in the form of excellent comedians Zoe Lyons and Jen Brister. We chat hardcore running, excessive drinking, using the toilet as an office and having a breakdown in the Co-op. Who doesn't want to listen to that?  * Over Zoom. Yes we miss seeing your faces and look forward to seeing them all soon.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Standard Issue
Podcast Status
Feb 2nd, 2016
Latest Episode
Sep 2nd, 2020
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