18 episodes

Hosted by Paris Lees, this science and storytelling podcast hears two stories from opposite sides of the coin and uses science to ask questions about elements of the human experience we take for granted.
From why we forgive or why we devote ourselves to a cause, to what makes someone family and what a new language can reveal about ourselves. With international stories explored through social science, Paris Lees reflects on what makes us human.

The Flipside with Paris Lees BBC Radio 4

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 27 Ratings

Hosted by Paris Lees, this science and storytelling podcast hears two stories from opposite sides of the coin and uses science to ask questions about elements of the human experience we take for granted.
From why we forgive or why we devote ourselves to a cause, to what makes someone family and what a new language can reveal about ourselves. With international stories explored through social science, Paris Lees reflects on what makes us human.

    8. Fangirlling All the Way

    8. Fangirlling All the Way

    Paris meets a disabled BTS super fan who finds community and connection with fellow fans and a My Little Pony bro who explains what happened when the right wing infiltrated their fandom.
    Speaking to clinical psychologist Dr Lynn Zubermis, Paris looks at how our passions for things can enrich our lives. Are only certain people able to become hardcore fans?
    Presented and Written by Paris Lees
    Produced by Sarah Myles
    Assistant Producer Hannah Uguru
    Sound Designed and mixed by Mau Loseto
    Production Manager Emily Jarvis
    Executive Producer Rubina Pabani

    • 29 min
    7. Ghosted by a Friend

    7. Ghosted by a Friend

    We hear the story of a man whose celebrity friend break up ruined his Hollywood career and another of a Drag Queen who stopped drinking and stepped away from friends that weren’t good for them.
    Dr Mariso G. Franco talks to Paris about the connections we form with other people and how that affects our health, our motivation and our sense of self.
    Presented and Written by Paris Lees
    Produced by Sarah Myles
    Assistant Producer Hannah Uguru
    Sound Designed and mixed by Mau Loseto
    Production Manager Emily Jarvis
    Executive Producer Rubina Pabani

    • 27 min
    6. Green-eyed Monster

    6. Green-eyed Monster

    Paris talks to YouTuber Contrapoints about the envy she felt for her as a fellow trans woman in the public eye and we meet someone in a polyamorous relationship who explains how to not feel envious of your partner's other partners.
    With the help of psychotherapist Rahim Thawer, Paris looks at what makes us envious, how we can recognise it in ourselves and what deeper meaning it reveals about what we want.
    Why do people feel envious and what is envy telling me about myself?
    Presented and Written by Paris Lees
    Produced by Sarah Myles
    Assistant Producer Hannah Uguru
    Sound Designed and mixed by Mau Loseto
    Production Manager Emily Jarvis
    Executive Producer Rubina Pabani

    • 28 min
    5. Procrastination Station

    5. Procrastination Station

    Paris meets someone using dating apps to procrastinate and speaks to Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina who gave up their smartphone to be more present in their own life. Dr Pragya Agarwal talks to Paris about procrastination being a form of unconscious bias and explores what it’s like to live with ADHD.
    Can avoiding the task at hand, ever lead to something good?
    Presented and Written by Paris Lees
    Produced by Sarah Myles
    Assistant Producer Hannah Uguru
    Sound Designed and mixed by Mau Loseto
    Production Manager Emily Jarvis
    Executive Producer Rubina Pabani

    • 27 min
    4. Moving Out, Moving On

    4. Moving Out, Moving On

    From an African American who moved to Taiwan and felt more aware of her race to a man who found Animal Crossing to be the perfect world to test out his interest in gender fluidity, Paris asks where we see our race and our sexual identity differently when our surrounding demographics change.

    Organisational psychologist Hajo Adam helps us to understand what impact our surroundings have on our decision making, creativity and identity.
    If we change our surroundings, is this a quick fix to changing who we are?
    Presented and Written by Paris Lees
    Produced by Sarah Myles
    Assistant Producer Hannah Uguru
    Sound Designed and mixed by Mau Loseto
    Production Manager Emily Jarvis
    Executive Producer Rubina Pabani

    • 27 min
    3. The Art of Persuasion

    3. The Art of Persuasion

    Paris speaks to a hostage negotiator who shares key takeaways from her role and a woman who was persuaded to join a multi-level marketing scheme where she started to phone people up to persuade them to sign up. Our expert is Dr. Alice Pailhes who looks at the psychology of illusory mind control, she can also do a few card tricks!
    Together they’ll look at exactly what makes some of us more easily persuaded than others.
    Presented and Written by Paris Lees
    Produced by Sarah Myles
    Assistant Producer Hannah Uguru
    Sound Designed and mixed by Mau Loseto
    Production Manager Emily Jarvis
    Executive Producer Rubina Pabani

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

StevenP1980 ,

Fascinating and entertaining.

Any podcast hosted by Paris Lees was never going to be a dud, but this is brilliant. The structure is brilliant, with the fascinating topic explained thoughtfully by Lees.

This approach is sensitive, frank, and balanced. Lees is the perfect person to lead a curious audience through a nuanced discussion - a refreshing departure from the BBC’s typically clumsy “both sides” approach to absolutely everything.

This is now on my must listen list. I look forward to hearing more.

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