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News, pop culture and Pinot Noir in podcast form with magazine editors and best friends Isabelle Truman & Grace O’Neill.

After Work Drinks Isabelle Truman & Grace O'Neill

    • Society & Culture

News, pop culture and Pinot Noir in podcast form with magazine editors and best friends Isabelle Truman & Grace O’Neill.

    Can You Meditate Your Way To Better Orgasms? With Liz Goldwyn

    Can You Meditate Your Way To Better Orgasms? With Liz Goldwyn

    Hello lovely humans and welcome to another weekend edition of After Work Drinks With… This week we’re speaking to the remarkable Liz Goldwyn. Liz is a member of Hollywood royalty—her grandfather, Samuel Goldwyn, helmed the iconic MGM studio and her father, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. was one of the industry’s most celebrated independent producers. But Liz took a slightly different path from the rest of her family. She has dabbled in everything. She’s directed documentaries; contributed as a writer for Vanity Fair and The New York Times; served as the New York editor of French Vogue and lectured at UCLA. She’s also worked collaboratively as an artist with brands like MAC, has curated a documentary program for LACMA, worked as a curator at Sotheby’s, she had a stint at Planned Parenthood and is a muse to designers like Zac Posen… But the thing we most love about Liz is The Sex-Ed, the a shame-free space she launched in 2018 to explore the relationship between sex and mental and physical health. The Sex-Ed deep-dives on everything from the effects of cannabis on sexual enjoyment, to how meditation leads to better orgasms, and what us vanilla heterosexuals can learn from the kink community, while the Sex-Ed podcast, hosted by Liz, features amazing interviews with artists and creators, people like David Lynch and Natasha Lyonne. She was more than open to field our many questions about sex, like—Is watching porn anti-feminist? What if our sexual fantasies are problematic? And can you really meditate your way to better orgasms? We can’t wait for you to listen and, if you do, rate, review and subscribe on iTunes. Love you all.
     
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    • 50 min
    Is It Empowerment Or Exploitation?

    Is It Empowerment Or Exploitation?

    Welcome everyone to the first proper AWD episode in six (!) whole months, where we’re seated in the same room drinking from the same bottle of wine and ready to tell you all about our drunken emails to our idols and a very exciting celebrity sighting. Then it’s onto the two biggest digital events of the week: the Emmys and the A-list Zoom call featuring Brad and Jen, an incredible Shia LaBeouf and a hot Henry Goulding (who Grace may or may not have once flirted with). On Friday, the iconic feminist Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away age 87. We discuss why her legacy is so important, why we all need to add Marty to our vision board, and why it’s so scary that she passed away during a Trump presidency. Last but certainly not least, Emily Ratajkowski penned a moving essay for New York Magazine, which quickly went viral, detailing the night she alleges she was sexually assaulted by a photographer and the nuances of owning her own image and power as a model and public figure. We discuss why it’s okay to want to protect Em Rata from disgusting men and support her as a woman, but also take a slight issue with what she dubs feminism. What’s the line between exploitation and empowerment? And just because you may feel empowered by something, does that make it a feminist act? Listen now for all this and more! 


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    Recommendations:
    Schitt's Creek
    Honey Boy
    Peanut Butter Falcon
    RBG (Netflix)
    The Daily's recent two-part special on RBG
    https://www.thecut.com/article/emily-ratajkowski-owning-my-image-essay.html
     
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    Making Rap A Women's Sport With JessB

    Making Rap A Women's Sport With JessB

    Hello lovely angels. Welcome to another episode of After Work Drinks With… This week we’re speaking to JessB, who, over the last couple of years, has been building a reputation as one of the most promising and thoughtful rappers to emerge out of New Zealand - a spotlight usually dominated by one of her male peers. 


    Jess has already won a bunch of awards including the Best New Zealand Act at the 2019 MTV Music Awards. She had her Triple J debut earlier this year, has played Splendour in the Grass, Laneway and Splore - including gigs alongside Future, Grace Jones and Young Thug and some of her biggest tracks have racked up over a million streams on Spotify each. PLUS, in her spare time, Jess co-runs Filth, the coolest club night in Auckland - a safe space for queer folks and people of colour in New Zealand. Basically, she’s a fucking legend. 


    We talk to Jess about drastically switching careers midway through your 20s, tall poppy syndrome, the Wet Ass Pussy controversy, the unique experience of being a woman in rap, and working out what it is that really fulfils you. As always, please rate, review and subscribe. 3
     
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    • 35 min
    Is It A Boy, A Girl Or A Raging Wildfire?

    Is It A Boy, A Girl Or A Raging Wildfire?

    Up this week, we discuss the legend that is Naomi Osaka, how Katie Holmes is seemingly dating a Type-A F*****y and how Zac Efron found a cute Aussie girlfriend at a cafe. Then it’s onto the new Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, which proved what we already know (that we’re all addicts who need to go to phone rehab), while revealing some pretty scary insights into how much these apps know about us - and what they do with that knowledge. Plus, Man Repeller has dropped Leandra Medine and now they've dropped the 'Man' from their name, in a somewhat confusing rebrand, catered to its audience of ‘banana nut loaves and curiously spicy sweet potato fries’. You've got questions? Us too. Of course, we couldn’t ignore the biggest pop culture news of the week: Keeping Up with the Kardashians is over after 20 seasons. Why did the Kardashians stay making KUWTK for so long? And what will their new media empire look like, sans TV? And finally, a mishap at a gender reveal party in California set off a huge wildfire that has already burnt through 10,000 acres of land and caused thousands to evacuate their homes. When the woman who accidentally kicked off the gender reveal trend is telling people to stop, why are we still taking these family celebrations to such extremes? And when did our generation, as one Atlantic journalist put it, start 'over-celebrating' life events?


    As always, rate, review and subscribe - and we'll see you Saturday.


    Recommendations 


    Raven Smith - Trivial Pursuits 
    An American Marriage 
    The Social Dilemma (Netflix)
    Keeping Up With The Kardashians Gave America Its Real First Family by Hadley Freeman in The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/sep/11/keeping-up-with-the-kardashians-kim-kylie-kendall-family
    'The Growing Horror Of The Gender Reveal Party' by Raven Smith in Vogue
    https://www.vogue.com/article/the-growing-horror-of-the-gender-reveal-party
    'Are Gender Reveals Cursed?' by Taylor Lorenz in The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/10/style/gender-reveal-parties-cursed.html
    'Why Are We Over-Celebrating Life Events' by Alia Wong in The Atlantic
    https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/11/gender-reveal-parties-life-events/577075/
     
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    • 54 min
    We All Misunderstood Alexis Neiers

    We All Misunderstood Alexis Neiers

    This week we’re talking to Alexis Haines, who you will probably know her by her maiden name, Alexis Neiers. Alexis was a pop culture sensation in the late noughties - star of the reality TV series 'Pretty Wild', and best known for her involvement in the infamous ‘Bling Ring’, a group of LA teens who were sentenced to prison for a string of burglaries of high profile celebrities in 2009. The case was immortalised by Sofia Coppola’s 2013 movie, 'The Bling Ring', in which Emma Watson starred as Alexis - portraying her as a superficial, materialistic teen with no substance. It was a description first made by Nancy Jo Sales in her article for Vanity Fair, 'The Suspects Wore Louboutins' - but it wasn’t exactly accurate. In fact, viewed ten years after the fact, we think Alexis is one of the most misunderstood women in modern popular culture. Portrayed as a fame-obsessed teen and mocked by the internet, Haines was actually a trauma-informed sexual assault survivor and teenage drug addict. Now, at 29, she's a drugs and alcohol councillor and a public advocate for youth addiction and sobriety. With her husband, Evan Haines, she co-runs the Alo House Recovery Centre, which has helped thousands of people achieve sobriety. She has written a book and launched a podcast on the same topic, both called Recovering From Reality, and is a registered doula - helping advocate for the racial gaps in maternal mortality. Alexis was really open with us about the sexist treatment she faced in the media and court system, and talks about how it feels to have the public’s perception of you be so at odds with who you actually are. We think you’re going to love this conversation.


    If you want to find out more about Alexis, listen to her podcast, Recovering from Reality.


    Just a warning this episode discusses drug addiction, mental health, sexual assault and suicidal ideation and may not be appropriate for everyone.
     
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    • 50 min
    Should You Ever Get Back With Your Ex?

    Should You Ever Get Back With Your Ex?

    Hello our favourite batch of humans. Welcome to another cross-country episode! This week, Izzy is officially back in London but Grace is galavanting in Italia. We have a frank discussion about revisiting places where you've experienced trauma, what growing up religious taught us (if anything?) and whether or not you should ever get back with your ex, a la Khloe Kardashian. Then, it's into a New Yorker profile of Tik Tok's hottest teen star, Charli D'Amelio - is the secret sauce to viral success being 'normal'? And why Miley Cyrus' Joe Rogan podcast has us seeing the megastar in a new light. As always, rate, review and subscribe, and we'll see you on Saturday.


    Recommendations:
    New York Times: When It's Either Your Ex, or Nobody, for Months
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/24/style/modern-love-coronavirus-single-your-ex-or-nobody-for-months.html
    Mercy (2019)
    Educated by Tara Westover
    Who Gets To Vote In Florida By Dexter Filkins in The New Yorker
    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/07/who-gets-to-vote-in-florida 
    Miley Cyrus on the Joe Rogan podcast
    How Charli D'Amelio Became The Face of Tik Tok in The New Yorker
    https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/how-charli-damelio-became-the-face-of-tiktok
     
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    • 52 min

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