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How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better.

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How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better.

    S14, Ep8 How To Fail: Asim Chaudhry

    S14, Ep8 How To Fail: Asim Chaudhry

    As well as being a stone-cold legend, Asim Chaudhry is probably best known for co-creating the BAFTA-award-winning mockumentary sitcom People Just Do Nothing and if you’ve ever been on a British Airways flight and paid attention to the safety video, you’ll recognised him instantly as the inept director of a sketch involving national treasures Sir Michael Caine and Olivia Colman. He's an actor, writer, director and musician. And he's also hilarious.
    He joins me to chat about failing drama class and being kicked out of school with two GCSEs, the time he got deported from America (no, really) and a vicious mugging that left him questioning what life was all about. Along the way we discuss comedy as a defence mechanism, using his dad as creative inspiration and why he wasn't sure about the jeans he was wearing on the day he came to my house.

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    How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Naomi Mantin and Chris Sharp. To contact us, email howtofailpod@gmail.com

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    How To Fail @howtofailpod 

    Asim Chaudhry @asimc

    • 1 u. 6 min.
    S14, Ep7 How To Fail: Benjamin Zephaniah

    S14, Ep7 How To Fail: Benjamin Zephaniah

    Benjamin Zephaniah was the author of the first poetry collection I ever owned. For many of us, he was the chronicler of our youth: a novelist and poet who made language exciting and funny and told stories full of action and hilarity.
    I was so excited to get to speak to him for today's episode, and he didn't let me down. We talk about his failure as a 'gangsta' - and his early brushes with the law (he served a prison sentence for burglary) as well as what being incarcerated taught him. We talk about his failures at school, his dyslexia and leaving mainstream education at the age of 13. And, in one of the most emotional conversations I've ever had on the topic, we talk about his failure to have children and his own journey with male infertility. It's the first time I've spoken about fertility struggles with a male guest, and it's a conversation I'll never forget. Just a note to say: we both get emotional and if you're feeling in a fragile space yourself because you're going through something similar, you might understandably want to come back to this episode later. On the other hand, it might be exactly what you need to remind you that you're not alone.

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    This episode is airing on Windrush Day in the UK, 22nd June, a legacy Zephaniah explores in his latest book for children, We Sang Across the Sea: The Empire Windrush and Me, available to order here: https://www.waterstones.com/book/we-sang-across-the-sea-the-empire-windrush-and-me/benjamin-zephaniah/onyinye-iwu/9780702311161

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    How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Naomi Mantin and Chris Sharp. To contact us, email howtofailpod@gmail.com

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    How To Fail @howtofailpod 

    Benjamin Zephaniah @BZephaniah

    • 1 u. 3 min.
    S14, Ep6 How To Fail: Warsan Shire

    S14, Ep6 How To Fail: Warsan Shire

    TW // eating disorders

    I'm biased but oh my goodness, I love this guest and this episode SO much. Ahead of Refugee Week, which runs 20-26th June, it is my honour to welcome the poet Warsan Shire to the podcast. Warsan was born in Kenya to Somali parents. She migrated with her family to the UK at the age of one and her powerful poem Home - which opens with the line ‘no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark - has become the unofficial anthem to raise awareness of the refugee crisis. She's also a frequent collaborator with Beyonce - her poems are featured in the singer's seminal visual album, Lemonade. Now, at the age of 33, Warsan’s first full length collection, Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head, has just been published to critical acclaim.

    Warsan joins me to talk about her failures in everything from breastfeeding to maths. We also talk about her eating disorder and her 'failure to control it'. We discuss what 'home' really means and what it is to be a refugee. And yes, we OBVIOUSLY talk about Beyonce.

    Warsan is a beautiful, powerful communicator and this interview made me think and understand better. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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    Warsan's poetry collection, Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head, is available to order here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1119216/bless-the-daughter-raised-by-a-voice-in-her-head/9781784743703.html

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    How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Naomi Mantin and Chris Sharp. To contact us, email howtofailpod@gmail.com

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    How To Fail @howtofailpod 

    Warsan Shire: @warsanshiree

    • 55 min.
    S14, MID-SEASON BONUS! How To Fail: Caroline Stanbury

    S14, MID-SEASON BONUS! How To Fail: Caroline Stanbury

    Look, anyone who knows me knows of my love for reality TV. And anyone who knows anything about reality TV realises that when you get the chance to interview a bona fide Real Housewife, you jump at it. Which is why today's special bonus episode is with Caroline Stanbury.
    Now, if you're not versed in your Bravo TV herstory or your pre-Selling Sunset heritage, you might not have heard of Caroline. She first appeared on our screens in 2014 as one of the cast members of the (sadly) short-lived Ladies of London. Viewers were either riveted by her ice-maiden ways or really quite scared. I was one of the latter, but I couldn't stop watching.
    This is a woman born into privilege and old English money who went on to make her name in a completely different - and some might say, antithetical - world. Now she's back on our screens as part of The Real Housewives of Dubai.
    I've never interviewed anyone quite like Caroline. She is impressive almost *because of* her lack of self-reflection: she just dusts herself down and gets on with it. Which is kind of hilarious when your podcast is all about failure. But it also caused me to reflect on how rare it is to see a woman inhabit this emotional space. And I came away thinking I had things to learn from her about inner strength. This is a long way of saying: it's not a typical HTF episode. But it is a wildly entertaining one as we talk about everything from surviving divorce (and then getting married to a much younger man), failing to go to university, the loss of her first business, IVF, boarding school, the power of manifestation and yes, of COURSE, the highs and lows of reality television.
    Thank you Caroline - you're one in a billion.

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    Caroline's podcast Divorced Not Dead is available to listen to here: https://dearmedia.com/shows/divorced-not-dead/

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    How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Naomi Mantin and Chris Sharp. To contact us, email howtofailpod@gmail.com

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    How To Fail @howtofailpod 

    Caroline Stanbury @carolinestanbury

    • 47 min.
    S14, Ep5 How To Fail: Michael Rosen

    S14, Ep5 How To Fail: Michael Rosen

    My sound engineer Chris is a lovely man, but he is not easily impressed. After an interview, if Chris says 'yeah, that was good' I know I've struck GOLD. Today's episode garnered TWO SEPARATE 'yeah that was good'(s) from Chris which is why I know it's a very special one. And of course it would be, because my guest is the truly wonderful Michael Rosen. He is the author of more than 200 books, including some of the most beloved children’s stories of all time. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is one of his, a book which is now (terrifyingly) over 30 years old.
    When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, Michael was one of the first to be hospitalised. He spent 47 days in Intensive Care, some of them in an induced coma and on a ventilator. He returned home in June to discover that his poem, These Are The Hands, had become a viral anthem for NHS care workers.
    He joins me to talk about all of this, as well as his failures in cricket, academia and health. In one of the most moving conversations I've ever had on this podcast, we also talk about the death of his beloved son Eddie from meningitis at the age of 18 and how Michael still feels (misplaced) guilt over what happened.
    Thank you Michael for being so open and vulnerable. This is a wonderful listen - but do have tissues nearby.

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    Michael's latest book, Please Write Soon: a story of Two Cousins in World War II is out now an available to order here: https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Please-Write-Soon-by-Michael-Rosen-author-Michael-Foreman-illustrator/9780702303180

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    How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Naomi Mantin and Chris Sharp. To contact us, email howtofailpod@gmail.com

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    How To Fail @howtofailpod 

    Michael Rosen @michaelrosenyes

    • 58 min.
    S14, Ep4 How To Fail: Natasha Brown

    S14, Ep4 How To Fail: Natasha Brown

    Natasha Brown is the author behind one of my favourite novels of recent years. Assembly runs to 100-pages and has already been compared to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway. It was shortlisted for both the Folio and the Goldsmiths Prize, as well as being named the Foyles Bookshop Book of the Year. It tells the story of an unnamed Black British woman working at a bank in the city, who is confronted with the numbing aggression of racist encounters and systems as she confronts a life-or-death decision.
    When I first met Natasha, I knew I had to get her on the podcast. She is so wise, clever and emotionally intelligent. She talks to me about failures in social media, learning French and a tele-sales job that taught her about the power of language itself. We also discuss how she feels about failure given her objective levels of success, the concept of separating your own identity from what it is you do, race as a construct and what 'privilege' really means (if anything). Also: what she learned from studying Maths at university (yes, she's one of a select bunch of novelists with a Maths degree, including David Foster Wallace...).

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    Assembly by Natasha Brown is now out in paperback and available here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/444/444275/assembly/9780241992661.html

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    How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Naomi Mantin and Chris Sharp. To contact us, email howtofailpod@gmail.com

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    Social Media:

    Elizabeth Day @elizabday

    How To Fail @howtofailpod 

    Natasha Brown @wordsbynatasha

    • 55 min.

Klantrecensies

4,8 van 5
101 beoordelingen

101 beoordelingen

Marghe•rita ,

Probably the best podcast there is

I don't remember what it was that led me to this podcast but I remember going for morning walks at the end of the summer of 2020 and literally binge listening to all the episodes I had missed so far. I was really enjoying each and every one of them without even knowing most of the people being interviewed ( I'm a Dutch woman living in the Netherlands).
It thought me so much! Not only did it help me manage my own deep rooted fear of failure and got me on my way to become the artist that I secretly always wanted to be, I've also learned to be way easier on myself and on others.
I love Elizabeth's way of interviewing. I laugh with her, I cry with her. She's there with me in my studio talking while I'm creating my artwork. It feels like she has become a very dear friend and she inspires me greatly.

Dubbelwaardeloos2 ,

A blessing in hard times

I’ve listened to the podcast for over a year now. In my mind I replay many wise words of your guests and yourself whenever the ongoing Covid lockdown starts depressing me. My all time favourite is still the episode with Alain de Botton. Thank you Elisabeth.

lea_startup ,

What a brave group of interviewees!

Fantastically diverse group of interviewees all connected by such a universal theme. All the discussions are eloquently delivered and contain such interesting and relevant content. Each guest is incredibly honest. My new favourite podcast and one I’ll definitely share with others! Presently I’m listening to the one with Daisy Edgar-Jones and the things she is saying is as if she has jumped inside my mind and reading aloud! Thank you all!

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