8 episodes

Tricky questions of right, wrong and in-between.

Every week 4 guests spend half an hour discussing the issues facing society. Nothing is off limits and no one goes unheard.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.0 • 6 Ratings

Tricky questions of right, wrong and in-between.

Every week 4 guests spend half an hour discussing the issues facing society. Nothing is off limits and no one goes unheard.

    Why is Depression Still Stigmatised?

    Why is Depression Still Stigmatised?

    Tricky is the place to discuss difficult questions away from the bear pit of social media.

    Musician James Alexander Graham, film maker Harleen Nottay, yoga teacher Finlay Wilson & artist Ruby Streek discuss the stigma around depression and what people don't get about it.

    Despite more information being available than ever, depression is still a subject people are reluctant to talk about. Our panel explore why that's still the case and how they live with depression. They've all had experiences that show there's still plenty people don't understand and this can lead the uneducated to make blunders big and small.

    Producers: Myles Bonnar and Peter McManus
    Editor: Anthony Browne
    A BBC Scotland production for Radio 4

    • 38 min
    Are Pronouns Important?

    Are Pronouns Important?

    Tricky is the place to discuss difficult questions away from the bear pit of social media.

    Gray Crosbie (they/them), Lawrence Chaney (she/her), Katy Montgomerie (she/her) and Victor Lockhart (he/him) discuss the importance of pronouns.

    Our panel represent a diverse range of gender identities, including trans men and women and non- binary. For all them being addressed with the correct pronoun, be it he, she or they is a basic demonstration of respect and acceptance.

    So how do they handle it when people get it wrong; is it worse when someone deliberately misgenders them as an attack, or when it happens accidentally in day to day life?

    Producers: Myles Bonnar and Peter McManus
    Editor: Anthony Browne
    A BBC Scotland production for Radio 4

    • 35 min
    The Karen Meme

    The Karen Meme

    Tricky is the place to discuss difficult questions away from the bear pit of social media.

    Drag artist Vanity Von Glow, poet Iona Lee, relationship & sex educator, Esther De La Ford and actor Karen Bartke discuss the 'Karen' meme.

    Karen is a slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, and often racist middle-aged white woman, who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people's behaviours. It’s similar to the male term 'Gammon' in that they both refer to furious opinionated white people. ‘Karen’ began as shorthand in the US's black community but was popularised right across all sorts of service industries.

    For the Karen on our panel it puts her off complaining about anything, in case she's accused of ‘being such a Karen' especially because that's her name! But is it now being used simply as a means to shut women down when they express an opinion that usually a man doesn't like? Who is the arbiter of when the meme is being correctly used or is that simply the nature of these things that once they're out they take on a life of their own?

    Producers: Myles Bonnar and Peter McManus
    Editor: Anthony Browne
    A BBC Scotland production for Radio 4

    • 30 min
    Who is Paying the Price for Lockdown?

    Who is Paying the Price for Lockdown?

    Tricky is the place to discuss difficult questions away from the bear pit of social media.

    Gaming journalist Jordan Middler, poet Iona Lee, drag queen Lawrence Chaney and visual artist Sekai Machache discuss lockdown.

    As restrictions tighten again across the UK we ask if young people are being blamed for the latest surge in cases of COVID 19 while also suffering the most economic hardship. The first lockdown devastated hospitality and retail as well as the arts and entertainment sectors, all areas where young people form the majority of the workforce and it seems the worst is yet to come.

    While schemes like ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ encouraged everyone to get back out it’s young people’s ‘house parties’ and pub visits that seem to have been singled out as one of the main reasons for these latest restrictions - is that fair?

    Our panel discuss how confusing and seemingly contradictory messages have left us unsure about what we can and can’t do, with the result that the finger of blame is pointed firmly at the younger generation.

    Producers: Myles Bonnar and Peter McManus
    Editor: Anthony Browne
    A BBC Scotland production for Radio 4

    • 25 min
    Black Lives Matter: A Moment or a Movement?

    Black Lives Matter: A Moment or a Movement?

    Tricky is the place to discuss difficult questions away from the bear pit of social media.

    Musician Ransom FA, visual artist Sekai Machache, writer Vanessa Kisuule and David Chukwujekwu from Intercultural Youth Scotland discuss where Black Lives Matter goes from here.

    The needless death of George Floyd seemed to signal a new phase for those campaigning to end racism both in the US and here in the UK. As a hashtag and a slogan Black lives Matter is the latest in a long succession of rallying cries but have recent events marked a tipping point. Our panel use their own experiences of racism to explore this crucial question and give their thoughts on how to keep up the momentum that's come at such a high cost.

    Producers: Myles Bonnar and Peter McManus
    Editor: Anthony Browne
    A BBC Scotland production for Radio 4

    • 29 min
    Is Sex Work Just a Job?

    Is Sex Work Just a Job?

    Tricky is the place to discuss difficult questions away from the bear pit of social media.

    Online sex worker Amber Reed, dominatrix Megara Furie, Onlyfans content creator Ross and retired 'full service' sex worker 'Lucy' discuss the cons and surprising pros of sex work.

    Working in the sex industry comes with a lot of stigma. And while there are many dark aspects to it there's a much wider range of experiences than you might expect. Our panel all made the deliberate choice to become sex workers either for financial reasons or to pursue their fascination with sex. For many of them it is literally a business and comes with all that that entails; health and safety, marketing, tax returns. But for a job that skirts with illegality there are all sorts of obstacles - staying safe is a priority but if you share a property with another sex worker you run foul of the law of 'brothel keeping', it can be a minefield.

    Sex work can also take its toll on your other relationships; it can take a particular type of partner to see past society's and their own hang ups to accept that sex can be something you also just do for a living.


    Producers: Myles Bonnar and Peter McManus
    Editor: Anthony Browne
    A BBC Scotland production for Radio 4

    • 29 min

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Discussion topics and some content are interesting but I frequently find the panel jumping to conclusions and deductions that have no challenge from others on the show which really doesn’t do justice to “tricky” subjects. If it’s tricky then it’s very unlikely to be unanimous.

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