8 episodes

Hosted by Paris Lees, this science and storytelling podcast tells two stories that feel opposing. As the stories unfold, we’ll come to reflect on why we behave the way we do.

The Flipside with Paris Lees BBC Radio 4

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 17 Ratings

Hosted by Paris Lees, this science and storytelling podcast tells two stories that feel opposing. As the stories unfold, we’ll come to reflect on why we behave the way we do.

    Going to the extreme

    Going to the extreme

    Could you be radicalised?

    Paris Lees talks to a former yoga enthusiast who realised her community was a little too cult-ish for her liking, and a football fan who would go to extremes to see his team win the league.

    In this episode, we speak to cognitive scientist Dr. Nafees Hamid about sacred values and what happens when we prioritise a group’s wellbeing over our own.

    The Flipside is hosted by Paris Lees, and written by Hannah Varrall and Paris Lees.
    The Assistant Producer is Lucy Evans,
    The Production Manager is Emily Jarvis.
    Audio engineering is by Chris Carter and Nick Webb and it is mixed by Mau Loseto
    It’s produced by Hannah Varrall and the Executive Producer is Rubina Pabani
    It’s made by ITN Productions for BBC Radio 4

    • 34 min
    Stay Teenage

    Stay Teenage

    Should we think more like teens?

    From a 16-year-old CEO to a climate activist to a rebellious, teenage Paris Lees, we examine impulsivity and bad decisions.

    Dr. Frances Jensen speaks to Paris Lees about synaptic plasticity in a teenager’s brain during this active social phase, and why these formative years are key to establishing the adults we become.

    The Flipside is hosted by Paris Lees, and written by Hannah Varrall and Paris Lees.
    The Assistant Producer is Lucy Evans,
    The Production Manager is Emily Jarvis.
    Audio engineering is by Chris Carter and Nick Webb and it is mixed by Mau Loseto
    It’s produced by Hannah Varrall and the Executive Producer is Rubina Pabani
    It’s made by ITN Productions for BBC Radio 4

    • 31 min
    (Very) bad habits

    (Very) bad habits

    When do our bad habits become a problem?

    Paris speaks to an ex-drug and alcohol addict and a gaming addict both of whom slipped into unhealthy patterns of behaviour. One found professional help and a new focus, the other learnt his limits.

    Doctor Henrietta Bowden-Jones shares her research into behavioural addictions such as gambling and gaming.

    The Flipside is hosted by Paris Lees, and written by Hannah Varrall and Paris Lees.
    The Assistant Producer is Lucy Evans,
    The Production Manager is Emily Jarvis.
    Audio engineering is by Chris Carter and Nick Webb and it is mixed by Mau Loseto
    It’s produced by Hannah Varrall and the Executive Producer is Rubina Pabani
    It’s made by ITN Productions for BBC Radio 4

    • 35 min
    We are Family (aren’t we?)

    We are Family (aren’t we?)

    What makes someone family?

    Paris speaks to a woman who found out her father wasn't exactly her father and another woman who will probably never even meet her offspring.

    Dr. Rachel Farr shares her research into children born into diverse families, specifically those born with LGBTQ+ parents.

    The Flipside is hosted by Paris Lees, and written by Hannah Varrall and Paris Lees.
    The Assistant Producer is Lucy Evans,
    The Production Manager is Emily Jarvis.
    Audio engineering is by Chris Carter and Nick Webb and it is mixed by Mau Loseto
    It’s produced by Hannah Varrall and the Executive Producer is Rubina Pabani
    It’s made by ITN Productions for BBC Radio 4

    • 33 min
    Forgive me, not?

    Forgive me, not?

    Could you be radicalised?

    We hear stories from a Palestinian whose young daughter was killed by an Israeli soldier, and an Australian who killed a man in a car accident after a night of partying. Paris asks them questions about how they can forgive others and themselves.

    The Flipside is hosted by Paris Lees, and written by Hannah Varrall and Paris Lees.
    The Assistant Producer is Lucy Evans,
    The Production Manager is Emily Jarvis.
    Audio engineering is by Chris Carter and Nick Webb and it is mixed by Mau Loseto
    It’s produced by Hannah Varrall and the Executive Producer is Rubina Pabani
    It’s made by ITN Productions for BBC Radio 4

    • 37 min
    From swinging to celibacy

    From swinging to celibacy

    Are we obsessed with sex?

    Paris meets a female incel (involuntary celibate) and a woman who’s deep in the swinger lifestyle, and asks questions about what our intimate relationships with other people, tell us about ourselves.

    Professor Lisa Wade shares her findings from her studies into hookup culture on college campuses.

    The Flipside is hosted by Paris Lees, and written by Hannah Varrall and Paris Lees.
    The Assistant Producer is Lucy Evans,
    The Production Manager is Emily Jarvis.
    Audio engineering is by Chris Carter and Nick Webb and it is mixed by Mau Loseto
    It’s produced by Hannah Varrall and the Executive Producer is Rubina Pabani
    It’s made by ITN Productions for BBC Radio 4

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 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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