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A weekly interview series created and hosted by Pandora Sykes, about the myths, anxieties and trends of modern life - from sex to sadness to self-care. (Spoiler: there‘s no such thing as the ‘right‘ life.)

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A weekly interview series created and hosted by Pandora Sykes, about the myths, anxieties and trends of modern life - from sex to sadness to self-care. (Spoiler: there‘s no such thing as the ‘right‘ life.)

    The many myths of fast fashion, with Venetia La Manna

    The many myths of fast fashion, with Venetia La Manna

    Have you ever wondered what greenwashing is? You know that fast fashion is bad for the planet, but you’re hazy on the details? Like, where do the clothes go the charity shop doesn’t want? If so, this episode is for you. 

     

    I’ve been wanting to do an episode on the many myths of fast fashion since I wrote an essay titled Get The Look, for my 2020 essay collection, HDWKWDIR (which this podcast series first spun off from). And Venetia La Manna, a presenter and podcaster campaigning against fast fashion and advocating for more mindful consumption, is the ideal guest to explore this issue with. She regularly organises protests against fast fashion brands, lobbying for them to pay fair wages and her Instagram account is a vital trove of statistics about what really lies behind that “sustainable” clothing tag.

     

    Venetia and I discuss overproduction - she says that brands need to produce 95% less clothing than they are currently - why luxury is as bad as the high street at underpaying their workers (80% of workers in the garment industry are women of colour, who earn under a living wage), the stigma of second hand (and how we can make it more inclusive) and why this isn’t an individual issue, but a corporate one. We also discuss the role of social media and influencer culture in maintaining fast fashion’s stronghold - after we recorded this episode, it was announced that Kourtney Kardashian had collaborated with BooHoo, whose worker conditions have been compared to modern slavery, on a ‘sustainable collection’. 

     

     

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    Hosted & Exec Produced by Pandora Sykes

    Production by Joel Grove

    • 44 min
    What we get wrong about knife crime, with Gary Younge

    What we get wrong about knife crime, with Gary Younge

    What do you know about knife crime? It’s something that happens in gangs and on the streets. It’s something you’ve never had to worry about. Right?

     

    Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and a professor of sociology at the university of Manchester. Formerly an editor at large of the guardian newspaper, he has written 5 books including Another Day In The Death of America, which chronicled the lives of ten children and adolescents who were shot dead on one day in November 2013.

     

    I’ve wanted to talk to Gary since his award winning investigation for the Guardian in 2018, Beyond The Blade, where he took a similar approach to another day in the death of america: except he took a year, not a day, and he told the stories of the 39 children and adolescents who had been stabbed to death, in 2017. Gary has lived in both America - where he wrote extensively about gun culture - and now, back in the UK, where he has written extensively about knife crime, and I don’t think there’s anyone who descontructs the myths around social violence, like Gary.

     

    We discuss why knife crime is a public health issue, why the term ‘knife crime’ itself is a social construct lacking in context, the ramifications of shutting down shared, free spaces for adolescents and how we won’t ever get on top of it until we understand that knife crime is about poverty, not race.

     

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    Hosted & Exec Produced by Pandora Sykes

    Production by Joel Grove

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    • 50 min
    The myth of gendered emotion, with Praga Agarwal

    The myth of gendered emotion, with Praga Agarwal

    Professor Pragya Agarwal is a data and behavioural scientist, a visiting professor of social inequities and injustice at Loughborough University and the founder of a research think tank, The 50% Project. She is also the author of five books, most recently Hysterical: Exploding The Myth of Gendered Emotions. 

     

    In this episode, we talk about whether women really do cry more; the myth of the hysterical woman; how emotional expression varies over cultures and societies; and why we need to talk more about the biases in science.


     

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    Follow Pragya on Twitter @DrPragyaAgarwal

     

    Hosted & Exec Produced by Pandora Sykes

    Production by Joel Grove

    • 41 min
    What we get wrong about dementia, with Wendy Mitchell

    What we get wrong about dementia, with Wendy Mitchell

    There are 50million people living with dementia worldwide. By 2050, it’s likely to rise to 152 million. But how much do you know about dementia? When it’s a disease so rapidly on the rise, why aren’t we talking more about it?

     

    Wendy Mitchell is a former NHS worker who was diagnosed with young-onset dementia at the age of 58. She’s written two books: Somebody I Used To Know and What I Wish People Knew About Dementia

     

    We talk about why dementia is so much more than memory loss; how the arts often falls back on stereotypes when featuring characters with dementia; and how Wendy thinks a diagnosis of dementia could be better broken by doctors - it’s not the end of life, she says, it’s the beginning of a different one.


     

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    Hosted & Exec Produced by Pandora Sykes

    Production by Joel Grove

     

    • 41 min
    The myth of good skin, with Jessica DeFino

    The myth of good skin, with Jessica DeFino

    Jessica DeFino is not your regular beauty journalist. After finding her pieces were regularly rejected from newspapers and magazines for being too incendiary, or dissing beauty brands who advertised, she founded her newsletter, The Unpublishable, where, in her own words she “dismantles beauty standards, debunks marketing myths and explores how beauty culture impacts people”. It now has 40,000 readers. 



    The Huffington Post once described her as “giving the middle finger to the entire beauty industry”. 

     

    Jess and I discuss why clear skin isn’t a health objective but an aesthetic one, the evolution of a tan, the explosion of celebrity makeup and skincare lines and why we’re at a tipping point in beauty.


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    Hosted & Exec Produced by Pandora Sykes

    Production by Joel Grove

    • 53 min
    The nuances of grief, with Cariad Lloyd

    The nuances of grief, with Cariad Lloyd

    I'm so pleased to bring you this s2 bonus episode sponsored by Sage Appliances, with Cariad Lloyd, which we recorded in front of a live audience a month ago. Cariad is a comedian and writer and the creator of the cult podcast, Griefcast, where she interviews famous people (usually comedians) like Robert Webb, David Baddiel and Sara Pascoe about the human experience of death and grief, and which has won multiple British Podcast Awards. 
     
    I'm really interested in grief: why we fear it (especially other people's), why we expect grief to look a certain way, the lack of nuance in our understanding of grief. What I love about Griefcast is the way it democratises grief: there is no one way to grieve. Grief, as Cariad digs into, is not just very sad, it is funny, absurd, weird and life-expanding.
     
    You can listen to a new series of Griefcast now, on all good pod platforms and find Griefcast on Twitter @thegriefcast. Here are some helpful resources from Cariad:
    The Grief Network

    Let's Talk About Loss charity
    Dead Parent Club podcast
    The New Normal charity
    Bereavement Room podcast
     
    And some books I recommend: Grief Works by Julia Samuel, Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene, It's Your Loss by Robyn Donaldson and Emma Hopkinson, Languages of Loss by Sasha Bates, Sunset by Jessie Cave and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.

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It comes at no surprise how much I enjoyed this podcast as I LOVE The High Low. Pandora is such a considered and articulate host. I look forward to the High Low coming out most Wednesday’s during lockdown in Melbourne and now I look forward to this coming out every Monday!

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