27 episodes

The fight for women’s rights is unfinished business. But where do we begin? Join incredible women, including actor and activist Jameela Jamil, Sex Education writer Laurie Nunn, Nubian Skin founder Ade Hassan, Olympic gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton and feminist icon Susie Orbach, as they talk to British Library curator Polly Russell about all things sexual liberation, intersectionality, mental health and more. Find out about the long history of women fighting for justice, discover remarkable characters from the past and hear from women today who are challenging and changing the world for the better.

Creating a space for in-depth conversations on issues that matter across the world, this brand new podcast accompanies the British Library’s major new exhibition Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights, open in London until 21 February 2021.

Unfinished Business podcast series is generously supported by Joanna and Graham Barker and The Eccles Centre for American Studies. A Pixiu production.

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    • 4.6 • 59 Ratings

The fight for women’s rights is unfinished business. But where do we begin? Join incredible women, including actor and activist Jameela Jamil, Sex Education writer Laurie Nunn, Nubian Skin founder Ade Hassan, Olympic gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton and feminist icon Susie Orbach, as they talk to British Library curator Polly Russell about all things sexual liberation, intersectionality, mental health and more. Find out about the long history of women fighting for justice, discover remarkable characters from the past and hear from women today who are challenging and changing the world for the better.

Creating a space for in-depth conversations on issues that matter across the world, this brand new podcast accompanies the British Library’s major new exhibition Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights, open in London until 21 February 2021.

Unfinished Business podcast series is generously supported by Joanna and Graham Barker and The Eccles Centre for American Studies. A Pixiu production.

bl.uk/unfinished-business

    The Politics of Pleasure

    The Politics of Pleasure

    Does pleasure exist outside of politics? Can we have feminist sex? And how has the online realm affected young people’s views on the subject?

    Professor Amia Srinivasan, a philosopher at The University of Oxford, is delving into these thorny questions with British Library curator Polly Russell. They’re laying things bare with Laurie Nunn, the creator of TV drama Sex Education, examining some unusual objects from the past with historian Zoe Strimpel and heading to a school to hear from a group of 16 year old students.

    Unfinished Business podcast series is generously supported by Joanna and Graham Barker and The Eccles Centre for American Studies.
    A Pixiu Production.

    • 45 min
    Pants, Pageants and Protest

    Pants, Pageants and Protest

    For generations women of colour were unable to buy nude lingerie to suit their skin tone. In 2014 entrepreneur Ade Hassan decided to fix this by setting up Nubian Skin, an underwear company catering to people of colour. Three years on Nubian Skin is going strong but Ade still has unfinished business. In this episode she’s joining British Library curator Polly Russell to explore the relationship between race, beauty and feminism with Jennifer Hosten, the first black winner of Miss World and academic Dr Rochelle Rowe.

    Unfinished Business podcast series is generously supported by Joanna and Graham Barker and The Eccles Centre for American Studies.
    A Pixiu Production.

    • 40 min
    Introducing Unfinished Business

    Introducing Unfinished Business

    Curator Polly Russell introduces Unfinished Business, a series exploring the fight for women’s rights, from the British Library.

    • 2 min
    Libraries under lockdown

    Libraries under lockdown

    Amid the pandemic, we hear from the British Library team ensuring crucial documents are delivered to public health services, a library that has exchanged books for food parcels, and a bridal studio, supported by our Business and IP Centre, who pivoted to ‘something new’ when the crisis hit.

    • 28 min
    Joining the library: Steve Berry

    Joining the library: Steve Berry

    New York Times best selling Author Steve Berry joins us to talk about one of his favourite books, The Twisted Claw #18 in The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon.

    This episode was recorded before the current global outbreak - we hope you are all staying safe.

    • 7 min
    Uncovering mysteries and secrets

    Uncovering mysteries and secrets

    Hear how a Librarian solved a 33 year cold case, why the British Library is currently researching some mysterious toilet paper and how a library in Manchester is helping it's patrons uncover the secrets of their own past.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

ktkfodifdi ,

The Politics of Pleasure

Informative, intrepid and inspiring, shining a most welcome and much needed light into areas kept in the dark for far too long.
Wonderful!

samiandfredandcallum ,

Great Podcast

Listening in September 2020. Good luck to that guy going to see his kids.

rickburin ,

Warm, funny, fascinating

I loved this. Disparate but themed stories from the world of libraries, told with authority, insight and a complete lack of stuffiness. Episode one, ‘The library is open’, takes in a storytelling scheme for prisoners and their kids, a remote Nepalese library that’s fighting people-trafficking, and a very pleasant man explaining why Magna Carta can’t get you off a parking ticket.

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