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For women by women: a podcast magazine (podzine) championing women's voices, founded by Sarah Millican, and packed with interviews, news, film, opinion and humour.

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    • 4.7 • 942 Ratings

For women by women: a podcast magazine (podzine) championing women's voices, founded by Sarah Millican, and packed with interviews, news, film, opinion and humour.

    Loretta Lynn, Tanya Franks and – whose hand is that? – oh, Tracy Flick

    Loretta Lynn, Tanya Franks and – whose hand is that? – oh, Tracy Flick

    You’ve seen Sharon Horgan’s brilliant sitcom Pulling, right? If you haven’t, please do go watch it immediately *waits impatiently, tapping foot* Okay! How good is Tanya Franks in it?!? SOOOO good. Which means you’ll understand why our Hannah has been champing at the bit for nigh on a decade to get an interview in. And here she is: Tanya Franks chatting to Hannah about accents, marathons, free speech, her current role in Power of Sail at the Menier Chocolate Factory and, of course, the joy and chaos of Karen in Pulling. 
    Another brilliant woman? But of course – have two. It’s been a while, but Liz Buckley, our resident font of all music knowledge, is back and she’s explaining to Mick why we should all love Loretta Lynn. Lynn might not have called herself a feminist, deeming the label too exclusive, but sweet Lordy, she was a shot in the arm for women in the very male, very conservative world of country music. 
    Get your camel toe out for the lads! In Jenny Off the Blocks, Jen’s looking at Nike’s new Olympics wear for Team America (fuck yeah!). And in Rated or Dated, can a satire satirise something before it’s even happened? Here’s looking at you, 1999’s Election.
    Power of Sail is at the Menier Chocolate Factory until May 12
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Elaine Lin Hering is Unlearning Silence

    Elaine Lin Hering is Unlearning Silence

    Harvard Law School lecturer, consultant and speaker, Elaine Lin Hering, was frustrated in her professional life by the realising that having a seat at the table isn't enough if no one can hear what you're saying. This inspired her to write Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent and Lead With Courage, and she chats to Jen about it in this week's Chops. They talk about how we learn silence, how we actively silence others, why that disproportionately impacts certain groups, and the myth of imposter syndrome.
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    • 34 min
    Outside The Box #64

    Outside The Box #64

    Having a busy April? Why not have a nice sit down and turn on the telly? This month, Hannah and Jen are talking about Passenger, Manhunt, The Gone, The Dry, Masters of the Air, Mary & George, The Regime and Tell Them You Love Me. 
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    • 39 min
    Glass cliffs, tragic magic and TOP THAT!

    Glass cliffs, tragic magic and TOP THAT!

    We’ve all heard of the glass ceiling, right? But what about the phenomenon befalling the high-flying women who have dared to smash through it? It’s known as the glass cliff, and Sophie Williams has written a book about it. Sophie joins Mick this week, to talk about how and why it happens – and why the issue matters to all women.

    Meanwhile, Jen is on the Zoom with theatre company Dirty Hare, to talk witches, history and their play Gunter, which is showing at The Royal Court Theatre until April 25.
     
    In Jenny Off The Blocks, there’s rugby, cricket and more. And in Rated or Dated, there’s more witchcraft afoot, but will 1989 “cult classic” Teen Witch be cinematic magic or a curse on the eyes, ears and emotions?
     
    Meanwhile, in unrelated news *cough*, Hannah's wading through a river of jobbies in the Bush Telegraph. 
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Hadley Freeman and the Good Girls

    Hadley Freeman and the Good Girls

    According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, hospital admissions for eating disorders have increased by 84% over the past five years. And yet, for so many of us, anorexia remains very hard to understand. Hannah chats to author, journalist and recovered anorexic Hadley Freeman about her memoir Good Girls: A Story and Study of Anorexia, about her experiences, as a teenager and now a mother, and about why so many women have a complicated relationship with food.
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    • 34 min
    All aboard the flying bath mat!

    All aboard the flying bath mat!

    Experts - we should listen to them, right? RIGHT? Well, maybe not all of them. That's what Hannah learned while talking to Dr Julia Shaw, a criminal psychologist and the host of new Radio 4 show Experts on Trial. Jen's been on the Zoom with Heather McCalden to talk about her genre-bending debut book, The Observable Universe, which is about losing both her parents to AIDS in the early '90s, and grief in the internet age. And in Rated or Dated, having not seen it as kids, what will Mickey and Hannah make of 1984's The NeverEnding Story?
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
942 Ratings

942 Ratings

Cheapthrills! ,

Always a great listen!

Great pod-hosts and so many interesting interviewees, and it covers everything : sport, entertainment, history, literature, politics etc. This is the podcast I listen to as soon as it drops!

NicolaBK ,

Recommended To All Women

I’ve been listening since the beginning, and before that, I read it as an online magazine. I love it! It’s so informative.
I love the fact that each episode something for everyone, no matter what your taste.
For example: I don’t have any interest in sport and fast forward through that bit (sorry Jen). Even so, there are plenty of other really really interesting bits.
I’ve found many great films and tv shows to watch, books to read and plays to look out for, whilst listening to this podcast. As well as being made aware of so many social issues I may never have learned about.
I look forward to every episode.

M23682368 ,

Listen, learn and be informed

If you’re a busy person and want to know all the latest info with humour, clarity and wit then this podcast is for you. Hosted by down to earth intellectuals living real lives themselves and taking honestly. Loved this episode but wished I’d listened on Tuesday rather than Wednesday.. what are the questions at the local pub quiz was “what does RAAC mean” of course it’s reinforced aerated autoclaved concrete…!

Article with Gemma Whelan was excellent….

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