23 episodes

Latest series: We've all seen the headlines... In the 1990s, criminal cases and Irish government enquiries established countless acts of abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church. With public outrage leading to rapid social change, how much power does the Catholic Church still hold over modern day Ireland? In this one off-documentary, Rory Boyle examines the shift in public opinion that led to landslide victories in recent marriage equality and abortion referendums, ultimately asking if the Irish Catholic Church still has a prayer...




Previous series:
In Touch: In this documentary series, sex educator Ruby Rare draws on her own personal and professional experience to offer an intimate and playful education around the different ways we connect to our bodies and to each other. Ruby speaks to experts, porn creators and even her parents to explore and understand the very unique ways that we each approach sex and sexuality.

The Stitch Up: Fashion. It’s big business. But it’s also got big problems. In this one off documentary, Bea Duncan examines how we got here. What are the pressures causing us to overconsume, and how can we begin to curb them? How is lack of transparency causing confusion for consumers? And what can we do about a fashion industry that prioritises profits over people and planet, all the while utilising clever marketing tactics and greenwashing to convince us otherwise. Well, as it turns out, all it takes is for us to pull on the thread a little harder...for the whole thing to unravel.

We Were Always Here:
2021 marks 40 years since the first cases of HIV or as it was known then 'Gay-Related Immune Deficiency', were identified. It would go on to become one of the most impactful and stigmatised global pandemics in history. This series brings together the unheard voices and the untold stories of those who were most affected but are often missing from the mainstream narratives. The experiences of women, Black People, Trans Community, Sex workers. Clinicians on the front line, People of Colour, volunteers who built helplines from their bedrooms, that rallied together so that no one had to be alone. These are stories of loss, activism, rage, resilience, and - most importantly - community.

The series is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown and hosted by Marc Thompson who has lived with HIV since 1986. He has been on the frontlines of social justice activism and education and is one of Britain’s most prominent HIV activists.

Living On A Prayer Broccoli Productions

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 88 Ratings

Latest series: We've all seen the headlines... In the 1990s, criminal cases and Irish government enquiries established countless acts of abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church. With public outrage leading to rapid social change, how much power does the Catholic Church still hold over modern day Ireland? In this one off-documentary, Rory Boyle examines the shift in public opinion that led to landslide victories in recent marriage equality and abortion referendums, ultimately asking if the Irish Catholic Church still has a prayer...




Previous series:
In Touch: In this documentary series, sex educator Ruby Rare draws on her own personal and professional experience to offer an intimate and playful education around the different ways we connect to our bodies and to each other. Ruby speaks to experts, porn creators and even her parents to explore and understand the very unique ways that we each approach sex and sexuality.

The Stitch Up: Fashion. It’s big business. But it’s also got big problems. In this one off documentary, Bea Duncan examines how we got here. What are the pressures causing us to overconsume, and how can we begin to curb them? How is lack of transparency causing confusion for consumers? And what can we do about a fashion industry that prioritises profits over people and planet, all the while utilising clever marketing tactics and greenwashing to convince us otherwise. Well, as it turns out, all it takes is for us to pull on the thread a little harder...for the whole thing to unravel.

We Were Always Here:
2021 marks 40 years since the first cases of HIV or as it was known then 'Gay-Related Immune Deficiency', were identified. It would go on to become one of the most impactful and stigmatised global pandemics in history. This series brings together the unheard voices and the untold stories of those who were most affected but are often missing from the mainstream narratives. The experiences of women, Black People, Trans Community, Sex workers. Clinicians on the front line, People of Colour, volunteers who built helplines from their bedrooms, that rallied together so that no one had to be alone. These are stories of loss, activism, rage, resilience, and - most importantly - community.

The series is produced and sound designed by Hana Walker-Brown and hosted by Marc Thompson who has lived with HIV since 1986. He has been on the frontlines of social justice activism and education and is one of Britain’s most prominent HIV activists.

    Living On A Prayer

    Living On A Prayer

    We've all seen the headlines. In the 1990s, criminal cases and Irish government enquiries established countless acts of abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church. With public outrage leading to rapid social change, how much power does the Catholic Church still hold over modern day Ireland? In this one off-documentary, Rory Boyle examines the shift in public opinion that led to landslide victories in recent marriage equality and abortion referendums, ultimately asking if the Irish Catholic Church still has a prayer...





    Living On A Prayer was presented and produced by Rory Boyle. It was mixed by Ben Williams. This is a Broccoli Production.





    RESOURCES

    Unplanned Pregnancy | HSE My Options - https://www2.hse.ie/unplanned-pregnancy/



    Belong To | LGBTQ Resources Ireland - https://www.belongto.org/youngpeople/help/



    Educate Together | Ireland's Equality-Based Schools - https://www.educatetogether.ie/



    Christine Buckley Centre | Learning & Support for Insititutional Abuse Survivors https://www.christineb.ie/



    CONTRIBUTORS



    Aine Hyland



    Steven O'Riordan



    Wallis Hamilton-Felton



    Patrick Kelleher



    Caelainn Hogan
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    • 28 min
    Pleasure

    Pleasure

    Pleasure impacts so many areas of our lives, yet there’s so much shame about the things that bring us pleasure. In this episode, Ruby unpacks the act of experiencing pleasure, but also the many things, societal and internal, that get in the way, as well as thinking about how our relationship to pleasure can evolve and change throughout our lives. They talk to Emily Nagoski about what pleasure actually is and the things that might prevent us accessing it, as well as exploring the ways that different people have connected with their own pleasure.



    Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TfKP9vwOVLSyLDe3s3Ugi3jQvgfRk3_K/view?usp=sharing



    CREDITS:

    Host: Ruby Rare

    Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan

    Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown

    Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West

    Social Assets: /Forward Slash

    This is a Broccoli Production



    RESOURCES:

    Brook

    The UK's leading provider of sexual health and wellbeing for young people under 25

    Service directory: https://www.brook.org.uk/find-a-service/

    Website: https://www.brook.org.uk



    The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge

    Free and confidential helpline.

    Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day)



    Galop

    Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people

    Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm)

    Website: http://www.galop.org.uk



    LINKS & FURTHER READING:


    Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski https://www.waterstones.com/book/come-as-you-are/dr-emily-nagoski/9781925228014


    Self Esteem Prioritise Pleasure https://www.musicglue.com/self-esteem/products/prioritise-pleasure-standard-cd-2


    Kenny Ethan Jones https://www.instagram.com/kennyethanjones/?hl=en


    Eliza https://www.youtube.com/c/DisabledEliza


    A Curious History of Sex by Dr Kate Lister https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50773748-a-curious-history-of-sex



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    • 40 min
    Survivors

    Survivors

    TW: This episode contains multiple discussions between survivors. There will be discussion of sexual violence, child abuse and domestic abuse.



    In this episode, Ruby speaks to two other survivors, Lilly and Andreena, as well as Amy Roch from Galop, a charity supporting LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence. They’ll be unpacking the realities of processing abuse, as well as how we move forwards in their lives, work, relationships and sex lives. These are just a few stories out of millions from across history and the world. All of our experiences differ, but we are all united.



    CREDITS:

    Host: Ruby Rare

    Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan

    Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown

    Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West

    Social Assets: /Forward Slash

    This is a Broccoli Production



    Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VpewsOnp2jvXvuPswXbNGzRVCRqlGUx1/view 



    RESOURCES:

    Galop

    Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people

    Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm)

    Website: http://www.galop.org.uk



    The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge

    Free and confidential helpline.

    Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day)



    Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Support

    A range of support options to help those who identify as men recover from experiences of sexual abuse or rape.

    National Helpline: 0845 122 1201

    Website: https://www.survivorsuk.org

    Webchat available Monday-Sunday 12:00 - 20:00



    NAPAC

    Offering support to adult survivors of childhood abuse and training for those who support them.

    Website: https://napac.org.uk

    Support line: 0808 801 0331 (10am-9pm Mon-Thurs, 10am-6pm Fri)
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    • 37 min
    Gender Non-conformity

    Gender Non-conformity

    TW: This episode contains discussion of transphobia



    In this episode, Ruby is exploring how their own gender feels to them, speaking to her sibling and partner as well as other gender non-confirming and non-binary people about their experiences. She also hears from Meg-John Barker about what gender even is, the ways that we all go on a journey with gender throughout our lives, and the impacts these conversations are having.



    Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RgDeoCT8XbfTMWd4YzcFd5afRwbnPaKK/view?usp=sharing 



    CREDITS:

    Host: Ruby Rare

    Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan

    Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown

    Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West

    Social Assets: /Forward Slash

    This is a Broccoli Production



    Full transcript available here: 



    RESOURCES:

    Gendered Intelligence

    Increasing understandings of gender diversity and improve trans people's quality of life

    Phone: 0330 355 9678 (Mon, Tues, Thurs 2pm-7pm / Wed, Fri 10am-3pm)

    Website: http://genderedintelligence.co.uk



    The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge

    Free and confidential helpline.

    Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day)



    Galop

    Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people

    Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm)

    Website: http://www.galop.org.uk



    Switchboard

    LGBT+ Helpline to discuss things including sexuality, gender identity, and emotional wellbeing.

    Website w/chat: https://switchboard.lgbt

    Phone: 0300 330 0630 (Every day 10am - 10pm)



    LGBT Foundation

    Helpline run by LGBT health charity.

    Phone: 0345 3 30 30 30 (Weekdays 9am-9pm, Weekends 10am-6pm)

    Website: http://lgbt.foundation/helpline



    LINKS & FURTHER READING:

    Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between by Alex Iantaffi & Meg-John Barker https://www.waterstones.com/book/life-isnt-binary/alex-iantaffi/meg-john-barker/9781785924798
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    • 36 min
    Pornography

    Pornography

    TW: This episode contains discussion of sexual assault



    For most of us, our relationship to porn is very secretive - just us and the dim light of our phone screen. Which is interesting given the fact that every single one of us has a relationship to porn - whether we watch it or not. In this episode, Ruby unpacks the realities of making and consuming porn. She speaks to porn performers about why people are so reluctant to pay for their pornography and the benefits and limitations of ethical porn, as well as unpacking the impacts watching porn can have on the self esteem and sexual experiences of adults.



    CREDITS:

    Host: Ruby Rare

    Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan

    Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown

    Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West

    Social Assets: /Forward Slash

    This is a Broccoli Production



    Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18NAxsEo_y2Qjj_CpydS5B724xVXpEJtv/view?usp=sharing



    RESOURCES:

    Brook

    The UK's leading provider of sexual health and wellbeing for young people under 25

    Service directory: https://www.brook.org.uk/find-a-service/

    Website: https://www.brook.org.uk



    The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge

    Free and confidential helpline.

    Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day)



    Galop

    Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people

    Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm)

    Website: http://www.galop.org.uk



    LINKS & FURTHER READING:

    Rufai and Erika Lust joint statement https://www.hellorooster.club/joint-statement-by-erika-lust-films-and-hello-rooster/
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    • 37 min
    Non-monogamy

    Non-monogamy

    Non-monogamy isn’t new, and is also just one of the many ways of doing relationships. There’s a cultural curiosity here, but there’s still a whole host of misconceptions and assumptions that people make of the reality of being non-monogamous - in this episode Ruby tackles these head on. From chatting to her nesting partner about their relationship, to hearing from others within the community about the ways they’ve made non-monogamy work for them.



    CREDITS:

    Host: Ruby Rare

    Producer, Editor and Sound Design: Bea Duncan

    Executive Producer: Hana Walker-Brown

    Production Assistants: Rory Boyle and Mars West

    Social Assets: /Forward Slash

    This is a Broccoli Production



    Full transcript available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EQZ4rNv9Uv06qIOlRcRHu6zvRLOLYqHk/view?usp=sharing



    RESOURCES:

    The National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge

    Free and confidential helpline.

    Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day)



    Galop

    Hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support service for LGBT+ people

    Helpline: 0800 999 5428 (Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm / Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-8pm)

    Website: http://www.galop.org.uk



    LINKS & FURTHER READING:

    DK Green http://dkgreen.co.uk

    Polyphilia https://www.polyphilia.blog

    Blackfluent Polyamory Hub https://m.facebook.com/groups/2367623383504854/

    Minka Guides https://www.minkaguides.com
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

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Eye-opening podcast on fast fashion

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Lyon-Lynch ,

Beautiful podcast

I’ve just finished listening to this, & it will stay with me. Beautiful moving stories told with warmth & compassion. Thank you for your efforts in bringing these experiences to the wider world.

tristanjbarber ,

Essential personal histories of HIV and AIDS

This podcast series is just brilliant. It features some true warriors in the field of HIV and AIDS and the personal stories are real, raw, brave, and incredibly moving. Don’t miss!

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