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The online magazine by women for women takes to the internet airwaves with its much-loved blend of opinion and humour. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/standardissuespodcast

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The online magazine by women for women takes to the internet airwaves with its much-loved blend of opinion and humour. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/standardissuespodcast

    SIM Ep 511 Pod 157: Unwell women, Hill without Bill, and RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

    SIM Ep 511 Pod 157: Unwell women, Hill without Bill, and RELEASE THE KRAKEN!

    Curtis Sittenfeld’s latest novel, Rodham, imagines an alternative history for Hillary Clinton – one in which she never married Bill – and she chats to Hannah about how exactly you go about blending fact and fiction, the highs and lows of 2016, and that time Hannah predicted a tit explosion in a political debate. 
    Rubbish research, wandering wombs and the ol’ “women are making shit up” come into play AGAIN, as Jen talks to Dr Elinor Cleghorn about women and medicine and the litany of ways women’s bodies and minds have been misunderstood throughout history, as covered in her new book Unwell Women. And in JOTB, Jen's chatting the Euros, the Paralympics and showing solidarity.
    The team are wearing sandals and ready to fight stop-motion beasties as Rated or Dated travels back to 1981’s Clash of the Titans to get misty-eyed over Ray Harryhausen’s creations and baffled by Laurence Olivier’s film choices. And there’s a quite frankly astonishing amount of good news in the Bush Telegraph. Also, y’know, some depressing business as usual, because the world's not tilted entirely off its axis.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    SIM Ep 510 Chops 209: Jane Thynne is in Widowland

    SIM Ep 510 Chops 209: Jane Thynne is in Widowland

    Best-selling author Jane Thynne's upcoming novel, Widowland, was inspired by reactions to Jane herself, after the death of her husband, fellow best-selling scribe Philip Kerr. She chats to Hannah about Widowland, and why some alternative histories are closer to reality than we might think, as well as the status of widows, in the past and today. Jane also chats refreshingly openly about her experiences of losing her husband, and how it has altered her attitudes to life, possessions and the wisdom of choosing computer passwords. Widowland, written under the pen name CJ Carey, is published on June 10.

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    • 32 min
    SIM Ep 509 Flicking #14: GoodFellas

    SIM Ep 509 Flicking #14: GoodFellas

    It's Jen's choice and this month she takes our intrepid film explorers on a well-trodden path through Martin Scorsese's 1990 classic GoodFellas. She's joined by resident film buff Yosra Osman and our Hannah, to talk toxic masculinity, the enduring appeal of the gangster movie, and whether or not GoodFellas still amuses them. Well does it, huh?

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    • 28 min
    SIM Ep 508 Pod 157: Isolation, celebration and parents who need to stay divorced

    SIM Ep 508 Pod 157: Isolation, celebration and parents who need to stay divorced

    Ever read a book and thought, "I'd love it if (child I know) could read it, but it's still a bit old for them?" Well, Victoria Hislop has solved that problem with at least one of those books, rewriting her novel The Island, as Maria's Island, a book for kids. Jen caught up with her to find out more, and also learned a lot about why leprosy is still a real problem in some parts of the world. Hannah's been chatting about the Celebrating City Women initiative with Wendy Hyde, from The City of London Corporation, and historian Virginia Rounding. Plus, Jen chats Naomi Osaka, mental health and the media, in Jenny Off The Blocks, and it's double Hayley Mills and piss-poor parenting ahoy as we watch 1961's The Parent Trap in Rated or Dated. Tuck in! 

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    SIM Ep 507 Chops 208: Heather Bandenburg vs Peppa Pig

    SIM Ep 507 Chops 208: Heather Bandenburg vs Peppa Pig

    In this week's Sunday Chops, Jen catches up with performance artist and author, Heather Bandenburg, to talk about her new show Mummy Vs. They had an excellent chat about getting into Luche Libre wrestling, the discovery that sport doesn't have to be shit, the hardships of lockdown parenting, and who would win a fight between Peppa Pig and, well, pretty much anyone.


    More info on Mummy Vs is avaialble at: https://heatherbandenburg.co.uk/mummy-vs


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    • 26 min
    SIM Ep 506 Pod 156: We are the stigmatists, journalists and weirdos, mister

    SIM Ep 506 Pod 156: We are the stigmatists, journalists and weirdos, mister

    It’s hard for teenage girls to make their voices heard at the best of times, let alone in the midst of a global pandemic. This week Mick chats to playwright and co-director of Illumine Theatre, Lisa Parry, who's written an excellent play, The Merthyr Stigmatist, about just this. They also talk about small-town Wales, and that time a cockatiel decapitated the baby Jesus. 
     
    Prepare for your mind to be blown as Hannah gets on the Zoom with writer Judith Mackrell, to talk about her new book Going With The Boys: Six Extraordinary Women Writing From The Front Line, a group biography of six incredible women working as Second World War correspondents. 
     
    In Jenny off the Blocks, Jen’s got beef with clay as she gives us the lowdown on the French Open, and in Rated or Dated, we're hailing the four corners of shite special effects as we watch 1996's The Craft.
     
    Dig in!

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    • 1 hr 5 min

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