108 episodes

BEST INTERVIEW PODCAST - British Podcast Awards 2019.
Amazing stories, emerging trends and sex advice - hosted by Olly Mann, with Alix Fox and Ollie Peart.
New episodes drop on the first of each month.
Get in touch or buy us a beer at modernmann.co.uk.

The Modern Mann Acast

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    • 4.8 • 551 Ratings

BEST INTERVIEW PODCAST - British Podcast Awards 2019.
Amazing stories, emerging trends and sex advice - hosted by Olly Mann, with Alix Fox and Ollie Peart.
New episodes drop on the first of each month.
Get in touch or buy us a beer at modernmann.co.uk.

    What To Expect When You're Transitioning

    What To Expect When You're Transitioning

    What’s the reality of male-to-female transitioning on the NHS? Listener Lexi Perry-Weston says the online resources she found didn’t relate to her experiences at all.


    In this interview with Olly, she explains how she’s been supported in her trans journey by her family, her workplace and the medical establishment - but also harassed by the public, fetishised by partners and discriminated against by businesses.


    From hormones to dating apps, vocal therapy to changing room etiquette, this is one Mann-fan’s experience of gender transitioning in 2020.


    CONTENT WARNING: interview contains references to rape, suicide, abuse, recounting of transphobic language and gender dysphoria.


    In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.


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    Meanwhile, in the Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart is testing out the ‘No Poo’ trend. Can he survive one whole month without washing his hair or body using soap or shampoo? 


    Along the way, he learns about sebum oil, microbiomes, and a surprising use for cornstarch. And washes his hands, because as we all know good hand hygiene is imperative at the moment. Stay Alert, kids.


    If YOU would like to challenge Ollie to investigate a contemporary trend, send your suggestion through now via the Feedback form on our website, modernmann.co.uk


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    Elsewhere, in The Foxhole, Alix Fox assists a listener who wants to be eco-friendly in the bedroom. Is there such a thing as a truly biodegradable condom? And how many air miles has her favourite vibrator travelled, before it heads down below? Alix consults Gabrielle Lods, founder of Green Condom Club, for advice.


    If YOU have a question of sex for Alix - you can remain entirely anonymous if you like - just fill out the Feedback form on our website, modernmann.co.uk


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    Music this month comes from Creeper, and their song, ‘Poisoned Heart’. You’ll find it on their compellingly theatrical rock album, Sex Death & The Infinite Void, out now.


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    Remember, The Modern Mann is a completely independent podcast, supported by listeners like you. If you can afford to contribute, we’d be astonishingly grateful. Just visit modernmann.co.uk to buy us a beer. 


    And/or, do tell your friends about us @themodernmann, or leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.


    We’ll be back with a new episode on October 10th.


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    Host: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Lexi Perry-Weston, Creeper. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Jenny Mann Design. Copyright: Olly Mann / Rethink Audio 2020.
     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Kinetic Effect

    The Kinetic Effect

    The British Army is recruiting gamers, 'phone zombies', and 'selfie addicts' as it broadens its skills for modern military ops. But who are the young men getting these jobs, and what impact does it have on their lives? 


    Former Grenadier Guardsman Julian Perreira served as a J-TAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) in Afghanistan. As he monitored a 60-inch TV screen relaying live feeds from surveillance balloons and drones, it was his job to decide when and where to deploy ‘kinetic effects’ that could, and did, kill people. 


    It was, he tells Olly, ‘a bit like playing a computer game’.


    The experience inflicted lasting damage on his mental health; now treated with CBT only thanks to the philanthropy of a fellow veteran. 


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    Julian is now a journalist who blogs at jakbrew.co.uk, where he has also established an outdoor drinkware company.


    If YOU have a story you’d like to share with Olly and our listeners, we’d love to hear from you: please reach out using the Feedback form on our website, modernmann.co.uk.


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    Elsewhere, for this month’s Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart chats to couples who are ‘child-free by choice’.


    Along the way he discovers ‘antinatalism’, swots up on some intriguing statistics about parental unhappiness, and disrupts a childfree sub-Reddit that definitely ISN’T ‘a movement’.


    If YOU would like to challenge Ollie to explore a current trend for a future edition of the show, get in touch via the Feedback form on our website, modernmann.co.uk
     
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    Meanwhile, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox - fresh from judging a talent competition that is unlikely to be televised - considers the dilemma of a listener who ‘bears down’ during orgasm, frequently finding herself the victim of inconvenient farts.


    If YOU have a question of sex you’d like Alix to answer on a future edition of the show, don’t be shy - send it in via our Feedback form on our website, modernmann.co.uk.


    Our thanks to pelvic floor physiotherapist Elaine Miller, AKA ‘Gussie Grippers’. If you think you may be suffering from a hypertonic pelvic floor, resources and support are available via the International Pelvic Pain Society and the Pelvic Pain Support Network.


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    Music this month comes from Modern Mann favourites Another Sky and their new song, ‘Fell In Love With The City’. 


    You’ll find it on their new album ‘I Slept on the Floor’, out Aug 7th.


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    If you enjoy the show, and value what we do, here are THREE GREAT WAYS to support us:
    1. Tell your friends! We’re @themodernmann on Twitter.
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    3. Send us a donation. We appreciate times are tight at the moment. Know that we are an independent podcast, and every contribution, no matter how small, helps us create the best show we can. 


    Buy us a beer now via our website, modernmann.co.uk. It’s completely secure and there are links to use PayPal if you prefer.


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    That’s it for the Summer - we’ll be back, as per our new release schedule, on September 10th.


    See you then!


    Presenter: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Julian Perriera, Another Sky. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Jenny Mann Design. Production Assistance: Rebecca Grisedale-Sherry. Copyright Olly Mann / Rethink Audio 2020. modernmann.co.uk
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    I Invented Friends Reunited

    I Invented Friends Reunited

    Four years before Facebook, long before anyone knew what ‘social networking’ was, Julie Pankhurst had an idea...


    What if, without trawling through message-boards or working your way through The Phone Book, you could reconnect with all your old school friends, via one simple database?


    Friends Reunited rapidly became one of Britain’s biggest ever start-ups, attracting 23m users at its peak, and a reputation for reigniting old flames.


    In her first ever podcast interview, Julie reveals to Olly how a family separation inspired her invention, why she’s spent the last twenty years shunning the limelight, and how rival bidders tried to woo her - before she and husband Steve sold, to ITV, for £120m.


    Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Julie recommends the programme from Overcoming MS - https://overcomingms.org/. 


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    Meanwhile, in this month’s Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart explores Britain’s burgeoning love affair with e-bikes. Can bone conducting technology alleviate the tedium of his two-wheeled commute? Why does a premium pedal-assist bicycle cost the same as a car? And was it really wise to chuck out his lycra?


    If YOU have a trend you’d like Ollie to test out on the show, just visit our website and fill out the feedback form.


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    Elsewhere, in this month’s Foxhole, Alix Fox advises a listener who fears his wife is addicted to sexting. What are the best ways to save their relationship? Should a text-only ‘affair’ be considered an act of betrayal? And, if you’re addicted to sexting, how can you give up?


    For her research Alix discussed the nature of addiction with Dr Suzi Gage, whose book Say Why To Drugs is out now, and sex and relationships therapist Sarah Berry. 


    If you have a question of sex you’d like Alix to answer on the show, fill in the Feedback form on our website - you can remain anonymous if you wish.


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    Our record of the month is the gorgeous ‘Roman Candles’ by Dizzy, freshly available to add to your Summer playlists NOW.


    You can listen back to every tune we’ve ever played on the podcast in our special Spotify playlist - check it out now.


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    In these uncertain times, it is YOUR SUPPORT of this show that makes it possible for us to make you a fresh podcast each month - please donate if you can. Just click ‘Beer Money’ on our website.


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    Stay safe, keep well, and we’ll see you with something new on August 1st!


    Host: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Julie Pankhurst, Dizzy. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Jenny Mann Design. Copyright: Olly Mann / Rethink Audio 2020.


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Night Before The Meeting

    The Night Before The Meeting

    Lottie Woods was in her early twenties when she was sent, alone, to meet a powerful buyer for a high street fashion brand in Guangzhou, China.


    They went out for a drink. The next morning, they had a meeting. In this interview with Olly, she recounts what happened in between.


    Along the way, she reveals the pressures of designing garments for the ‘fast fashion’ sector, the challenges of raising ethical standards, and the fallout from one fateful evening in a country she didn’t know, in a language she couldn’t speak.
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    Lottie is now a freelance designer, working with ethical brands, and blogs about slow fashion and sustainable awareness at intotheeco.com


    If YOU have a story you would like to share on the show, do what Lottie did - head to our website, modernmann.co.uk, and click ‘Feedback’.


    And, if you have been affected by this conversation - know that there is always someone you can talk to in confidence. A good place to start is Safeline [https://www.safeline.org.uk/].
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    Meanwhile, in this month’s Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart takes his first awkward steps into the world of videogame development. 


    Is a month long enough for him to develop a story that’s ‘credible, coherent and dramatically meaningful’? Has the opportunity afforded by a sprained ankle and a third month of lockdown given him enough time to to make a genuinely playable 2D platformer? (Spoiler: yes. If you head to our website, you can PLAY THE MAC VERSION NOW!).


    Thanks to ‘sprite’ designer Mr Gordo, Unity’s ‘Global Head of Evangelism Content’ Mike Geig, and online videos from Brakeys and Code Monkey for helping Ollie on his journey.


    If YOU would like to challenge Ollie to try out a trend in a future edition of the show, head to our website now and click ‘Feedback’.


    The Zeitgeist is remote-recorded on fabulous Yeti X microphones provided by our sponsors, Blue Microphones. Get yours here: https://www.blue-designs.co.uk/products/yeti-x/?utm_campaign=BL_FY21Q1-WILD-Blue_OPX_EN-UK&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=paid_social&utm_content=Post


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    Elsewhere, in this month’s Foxhole, Alix Fox has advice on Zoom-based dating, ‘Buddha machines’, lockdown libidos and low-effort BDSM for those who fancy an X-rated session but need to catch some ZZZzzzs.


    Such enquiries this month led her to consult professional Dominants Master Dominic and Moira Mona, and also the advice issued by the Faculty for Sexual and Reproductive Health for those using Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives, like coils and implants, during the Covid crisis.


    If YOU have a question of sex you’d like to chuck Alix’s way, visit our website, and fill out the form on the ‘Feedback’ page. You can remain anonymous if you like.


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    Our record of the month is ‘Begin Again’, by Mercury-nominated songwriter Nick Mulvey. It’s part of an EP of the same name, released on June 5th. You can find a Spotify playlist of every song we’ve ever featured on our website, modernmann.co.uk.


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    Stay safe, keep well, and we’ll see you with something new on July 1st!


    Host: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Lottie Woods, Nick Mulvey. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Jenny Mann Design. Copyright: Olly Mann / Rethink Audio 2020.


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    How To Be A Dad - In Lockdown

    How To Be A Dad - In Lockdown

    Comedians Tom Price and Stuart Goldsmith reunite with Olly Mann to compare parenting notes - this time, in lockdown...Can they turn mundane household tasks into games? What kids’ TV shows are best avoided? And how DO you explain the pandemic to a four year-old?In this laugh-out-loud, typically honest encounter, our trio of Dads share stories and support each other through a uniquely challenging milestone on their journeys through fatherhood.


    To catch up with the previous five conversations in our ‘How To Be A Dad’ series, visit modernmann.co.uk/dads.
    For even more from Tom and Stu, subscribe to their podcasts. Tom pores over the Amazon purchase histories of his guests in ‘My Mate Bought A Toaster’ - and a certain Olly Mann is his most recent victim. Find it at smarturl.it/toasterpod.Stu’s show, ‘The Comedian’s Comedian’, features in-depth interviews with the nation’s favourite stand-ups; check it out at comedianscomedian.com.


    Meanwhile, in The Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart turns his hand to making ‘luxury products’ at home, using ingredients sourced and foraged from around his house in Dorchester.Listen along as Olly unboxes a special delivery of Mr P’s best efforts: caramel chocolates, ‘accidental' tumeric bath bombs, a ‘Modern Mann’ sourdough loaf, cherry blossom-scented loo roll, and Stinging Nettle Pasta. It’s quite the ride.
    If you have a suggestion of a trend Ollie can test - whilst maintaining social distancing of course - reach out via the Feedback form on our website, modernmann.co.uk.
    The Zeitgeist is sponsored by Blue Microphones - we recorded this edition using Blue’s Yeti X mics. 


    Elsewhere, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox advises a listener who wonders whether CBD-enhanced lubricants can ‘get her vagina stoned’.Alix consulted Kathie Bishop, herbalist and founder of Into The Wylde; Daye, a female-founded company who make the world’s first clinically validated CBD tampons; ‘Cannasexual’ specialist Ashley Manta; sex educator Chelsea Cebara of Velvet Swing and ‘supersoaker’ Lola Jean, who’s been experimenting with Foria CBD arousal oil.
    If YOU have a question of sex for Alix to answer in a future edition of the show, just use the Feedback form on our website, modernmann.co.uk. You can remain anonymous if you wish.


    Our Record of the Month is the super-funky ‘Take Back The Track’, from The Magic Gang. It’s available to stream now - with a great Zoom-inspired music video also begging to be seen!


    Wanna be a Mannbassador? Buy us a beer, or leave us a review on Apple Podcasts - and then send us an email to tell us about yourself. All links on our website, modernmann.co.uk.
    Stay safe, keep well, and we’ll see you with something new on June 1st.
    Host: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Tom Price, Stuart Goldsmith, The Magic Gang. Theme Music: Django Django. Ad music: Jahzaar. Graphic Design: Jenny Mann Design. Copyright: Olly Mann / Rethink Audio 2020.


    This episode is supported by Beer52. To get a FREE crate of eight delicious beers, a snack and magazine delivered direct to your door, visit Beer52.com/Modern.
     
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    In The Crowd

    In The Crowd

    Blaine Harrison, lead singer of Mystery Jets, is also a ‘property guardian’, who lives and works in the capital’s empty commercial premises.


    For a while the entire floor of an office block on London’s Strand was his home. Each weekend he had a front-row seat as NHS marches, Brexit protests, Extinction Rebellion demos and Tommy Robinson rallies made their way past his window. 


    In this thoughtful interview with Olly, he explains how what he saw on the streets inspired his songwriting.


    Mystery Jets’ new album, A Billion Heartbeats, is released April 3.


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    Meanwhile, in The Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart considers how the current lockdown has prompted an unlikely rebirth for retro-gaming, VR, quiz apps and even ancient gaming platform Second Life. There’s also some chat about deckchair storage... 


    If you have a suggestion of a trend Ollie can test - from his home in Dorchester, for now - get in touch via the Feedback form on our website, modernmann.co.uk. 


    Thanks to our sponsors, Blue Microphones: we recorded this edition of the Zeitgeist on Blue Yeti X mics.


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    Elsewhere, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox advises a listener who wants to know what issues may present themselves if he sources the HIV prevention drug PrEP from online suppliers based abroad. 


    Alix consulted with the activist team at PrEPster, IWantPrepNow and Terrence Higgins Trust, and, for more about this topic, highly recommends checking out the work of Nathaniel Hall – who wrote a compelling play about contracting HIV via his very first sexual encounter – and following Jason Domino on Twitter.


    If you have a question of sex for Alix to answer in a future edition of the show, just visit our website, modernmann.co.uk and click Feedback. You can remain anonymous if you wish.


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    Our Record of the Month is Bittersweet by Lianne La Havas - and, if you like that, get ready for the album, which drops 5th June.


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    Wanna be a Mannbassador? Buy us a beer, or leave us a review on Apple Podcasts - and then send us an email to tell us about yourself. 


    The Modern Mann is an independent podcast, and we rely on listener contributions to continue. If you can afford to support us financially, please send us a donation via our website, modernmann.co.uk - we’d massively appreciate it.


    Stay safe, keep well, and we’ll see you on May 1st.


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    Presenter: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Blaine Harrison, Lianne LA Havas. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Jenny Mann Design. Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann, 2020. 


    This episode of The Modern Mann is supported by Beer52. 
    To get a free crate of ten delicious beers delivered straight to your door, visit Beer52.com/Modern
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min

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551 Ratings

551 Ratings

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Simply inspired

How is this not the top downloaded show every time it’s released. Amazing content, insightful real life interviews. Look forward to this every month. Like getting to spend time with good friends.

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Great alternative magazine show . Not just for men . Genuinely developing an affection for the presenters as I listen over time . Always delighted to see a new episode in my feed!

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