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A weekly interview series created and hosted by Pandora Sykes, about the myths, anxieties and trends of modern life - from sex to sadness to self-care. (Spoiler: there‘s no such thing as the ‘right‘ life.)

Doing It Right with Pandora Sykes Pandora Sykes

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 715 Ratings

A weekly interview series created and hosted by Pandora Sykes, about the myths, anxieties and trends of modern life - from sex to sadness to self-care. (Spoiler: there‘s no such thing as the ‘right‘ life.)

    The nuances of grief, with Cariad Lloyd

    The nuances of grief, with Cariad Lloyd

    I'm so pleased to bring you this s2 bonus episode sponsored by Sage Appliances, with Cariad Lloyd, which we recorded in front of a live audience a month ago. Cariad is a comedian and writer and the creator of the cult podcast, Griefcast, where she interviews famous people (usually comedians) like Robert Webb, David Baddiel and Sara Pascoe about the human experience of death and grief, and which has won multiple British Podcast Awards. 
     
    I'm really interested in grief: why we fear it (especially other people's), why we expect grief to look a certain way, the lack of nuance in our understanding of grief. What I love about Griefcast is the way it democratises grief: there is no one way to grieve. Grief, as Cariad digs into, is not just very sad, it is funny, absurd, weird and life-expanding.
     
    You can listen to a new series of Griefcast now, on all good pod platforms and find Griefcast on Twitter @thegriefcast. Here are some helpful resources from Cariad:
    The Grief Network

    Let's Talk About Loss charity
    Dead Parent Club podcast
    The New Normal charity
    Bereavement Room podcast
     
    And some books I recommend: Grief Works by Julia Samuel, Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene, It's Your Loss by Robyn Donaldson and Emma Hopkinson, Languages of Loss by Sasha Bates, Sunset by Jessie Cave and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.

    • 47 min
    How to be sad, with Helen Russell

    How to be sad, with Helen Russell

    Helen Russell is a journalist, podcaster and author of How To Be Sad, a part memoir/ manifesto which argues that we can’t talk about happiness, without making space for sadness. But why are we so scared of being sad? We discuss ‘warm glow giving’, what we can learn about sadness from the Russians and why "money can't buy you happiness" isn't quite right.


    Buy How To Be Sad, here: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Helen-Russell/How-to-be-Sad--Everything-IVe-Learned-About-Getting-Happi/24958621

    • 48 min
    Re-thinking self-care, with Pooja Lakshmin

    Re-thinking self-care, with Pooja Lakshmin

    Pooja Lakshmin MD is a psychiatrist and writer, specialising in women's mental health. The founder of digital women's health platform Gemma, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times, where she writes about wellness and self-care (amongst other subjects) about which she is currently writing a book. We talk about what the business of wellness gets wrong, what real self-care looks like and the difference between burnout and despair. 


    Follow Pooja's work, here: https://www.instagram.com/womensmentalhealthdoc/


     


    Gemma's first all digital course on dealing with mom guilt, martyr-mode, and perfectionism can be found here: https://gemmawomen.com/unloadmomguilt 



    Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora

    • 45 min
    The lonely economy, with Noreena Hertz

    The lonely economy, with Noreena Hertz

    Noreena Hertz is an economist and thought leader and the author of The Lonely Century, a fascinating and sprawling study of the epidemic of loneliness. We discuss why loneliness is higher in cities where people walk faster, how robots can be a force for good in social care and how to reconnect communities.


    Buy The Lonely Century here: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Noreena-Hertz/The-Lonely-Century--A-Call-to-Reconnect/24115876


    Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora

    • 48 min
    Introverts and Extroverts, with Arthur Brooks

    Introverts and Extroverts, with Arthur Brooks

    Arthur Brooks is a social scientist, Harvard professor and author of multiple books, who writes a column for The Atlantic about happiness. After his column on introverts and extroverts caught my attention (I am fascinated in personality theories), I rung him up to discuss why introverts fared better during the pandemic and what extroverts and introverts can learn from one another. Plus, we take a little detour into why 'more' isn't always better. You can read that column here: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/05/introverts-extroverts-happiness-gap-pandemic/618925/

    Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora

    • 47 min
    What the law gets wrong, with Alexandra Wilson

    What the law gets wrong, with Alexandra Wilson

    Alexandra Wilson is a criminal and family law barrister, the founder of Black Women In Law and the author of Black & White: a young barrister’s story of race and class in a broken justice system. We discuss the bar’s diversity and access problem, Stop & Search, the over-representation of black people in prisons and what we get wrong when we talk about knife crime. Plus, she drops some deliciously archaic nuggets about the process of becoming a barrister.



    Buy In Black and White https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Alexandra-Wilson/In-Black-and-White--A-Young-Barristers-Story-of-Race-and-/25680126
     
    Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
715 Ratings

715 Ratings

Sile b ,

Love the themes and explorations

Love a podcast that is not scared to explore human issues and treat them with respect and compassion. Similar to the brilliant Where is my Mind podcast on Spotify

Thegingergrace ,

A great listen

Pandora is a great host who prompts really thoughtful discussion from her guests. Every episode leaves me pondering something new

PierluiGiNa ,

Yay- a topic I wanted to learn more about!

Doing it Right and Pandora in particular taps into issues or ideas that I am already thinking about but also asks questions from the same vantage point I am also considering. It’s wholly satisfying to get closer to the answers and sometimes make peace with no answer . . . But, best of all, the conversations always inspire further investigation/reading. Thoroughly recommend and love that it’s curiosity led — it really shines through ✨🧨

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