28 episodes

Katy Balls speaks to women at the top of their respective games, about their passions, their battles, and what makes them tick.
Katy Balls is Deputy Political Editor of The Spectator.

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Katy Balls speaks to women at the top of their respective games, about their passions, their battles, and what makes them tick.
Katy Balls is Deputy Political Editor of The Spectator.

    The Ayesha Hazarika Edition

    The Ayesha Hazarika Edition

    Ayesha Hazarika is a journalist and comedian, and a former Labour advisor to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband. On the podcast, she talks about growing up in Glasgow, vetting Ed Miliband for Prime Minister's Questions, and the stand-up jokes that bombed the most.
    Presented by Katy Balls.

    • 36 min
    The Joanna Cherry Edition

    The Joanna Cherry Edition

    Joanna Cherry is the SNP's Justice and Home Affairs Spokesperson and a prolific QC, known for her successful legal challenge against the government over its decision to prorogue parliament. In the end, Boris Johnson's prorogation was declared unlawful. On the podcast, she talks to Katy about her Scottish Labour days, the misogyny she identifies in the current debate over trans rights, and taking the Prime Minister to court.
    Presented by Katy Balls.

    • 34 min
    Election Special: who would want to be an MP?

    Election Special: who would want to be an MP?

    Why would any woman want to be an MP in this general election? In recent years, parliament has been plagued by horror stories of abuse against MPs, especially female ones, with a number of them leaving the job before their time. So does parliament have a woman problem? Katy Balls speaks to a series of guests, especially a handful of the young women who are looking to join parliament this election.
    With Paul Goodman, Isabel Hardman, Inaya Folarin Iman, Rebecca Smith, Danielle Rowley and Claire Coutinho.
    Presented by Katy Balls.

    • 34 min
    The Nicky Morgan Edition

    The Nicky Morgan Edition

    Nicky Morgan is the Secretary of State for Culture, and former Conservative MP for Loughborough. Despite her success in Boris Johnson's cabinet, she announced that she'd be standing down at this election. On the podcast, she talks about student politics in Oxford with Dan Hannan, filling in Michael Gove's shoes as Education Secretary under David Cameron, firing herself for Theresa May when the latter became Prime Minister.
    Presented by Katy Balls.

    • 27 min
    The Katharine Birbalsingh Edition

    The Katharine Birbalsingh Edition

    Katharine is the headmistress of Michaela Community School, dubbed by some as 'Britain's strictest school'. She talks to Katy about why she regrets speaking at Conservative Party Conference, her school's 'tiger teacher' philosophy, and why she would ban smartphones for everyone under the age of 18.
    Presented by Katy Balls.

    • 26 min
    The Lynn Barber Edition

    The Lynn Barber Edition

    Lynn Barber is an award-winning journalist known for her incisive interviews and her best-selling books An Education and How to Improve Your Man in Bed. On this episode, she talks to Katy about her lifetime of interviewing the great and the good, from Salvador Dali to Katie Price; the death threats she received from Rafa Nadal's fans; and her favourite (and least favourite) BBC journalists.
    Presented by Katy Balls.

    • 26 min

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