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Join Sandi Toksvig for a daily perusal through her room of books, as she provides some succour for the soul whilst celebrating some forgotten (and unforgotten) characters in history; some heroic, others comedic and a few who are just downright idiotic.
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We Will Get Past This Sandi Toksvig

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Join Sandi Toksvig for a daily perusal through her room of books, as she provides some succour for the soul whilst celebrating some forgotten (and unforgotten) characters in history; some heroic, others comedic and a few who are just downright idiotic.
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    52 Popping-In To Say 'Hello...

    52 Popping-In To Say 'Hello...

    Welcome back to Sandi's book of rooms!
    It's been a while, so Sandi thought it high-time to check-in and see how you're doing, and what a welcome sight that is as we find ourselves in lockdown part 2 of 2020. 
    In this one-off episode, Sandi explores the date of 12th November, which happens to be the day that gave birth to the World Wide Web and changed our lives forever.
    We also learn who Pudge Heffelfinger was, that Emperors shouldn't be called 'Michael', and that blowing-up a whale is never a good idea. 
    We also, as usual, will hear about some amazing women the history books have neglected to document - so thank heavens that Sandi has written her own almanac - inspired to do so by this very series. 
    So sit back and relax once more in the warm glow ... you were missed.  
     
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    51 Get Your Motor Running

    51 Get Your Motor Running

    Hello there, hope you're doing OK? In this episode, we can practically hear the engine revving, as Sandi prepares to take to the road and enjoy the kind of freedom we could have only dreamed of in recent times. 
    In order to spend time with much missed family and to take a well earned break, this shall be the final episode in the current series of We Will Get Past This. 
    Today, Sandi thinks about the women who blazed a trail on the roads, allowing us the privilege of independence today - it's a privilege not lost on any of us right now.
    As always, we hear about women who have been forgotten - or worse, removed from the annals of history.
    Even the overlords of Wikipedia seem to feel strongly about which women should be included on their pages, feel free to change that opinion, because you are indeed free to do so, whenever you like. 
    But for now at least, Sandi bids a fond farewell and thanks you for stopping-by to say hello during these difficult few weeks and months.
    If you think you might miss these snippets of calm, why not go back and listen to them again - surely there will be things you would have forgotten?
     You can also WATCH this series on Sandi's YouTube channel, Vox Toks. 
    Also, if you think a friend might benefit from the escapism of this series, then please do pass it along.
    Take care, be kind ...We Will Get Past This. 
     
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    50 Who Wears The Trousers?

    50 Who Wears The Trousers?

    Hello, how are you? Most of us have been living life in lockdown in elasticated waistbands, slouchy sweatshirts and no bra. Our bodies will go into shock the next time we put on a pair of jeans, or suit and tie! Today Sandi is pondering the clothes we wear and what is deemed acceptable attire for women. It's very difficult to ride a bike in skirts and corset - let alone fight the patriarchy, But who decided that women shouldn't wear the trousers and which countries have been the slowest in allowing the freedom of allowing the female species to don a pair of strides? 
    Most of us are beginning to wear 'normal' clothes again as we emerge into the new world, so Sandi is doing the same and will begin to ease this show. She'll take a break for a few days and release the last episode on Friday 4th July 2020 .... just in time for the pubs to reopen. 
    Until next week, take care ...We Will Get Past This. 
     
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    49 A-Hoi Hoi

    49 A-Hoi Hoi

    Hello there, how are you? Chances are, that you're listening to this very programme on your phone. It seems we do just about everything on our phones now, except the thing it was invented for - making phone calls.
    If Alexander Graham Bell could see how his invention has shaped our lives, wouldn't he be thrilled? I think we can all agree that we're grateful to those who pioneered the technology which has enabled us to stay in touch during times of isolation and in this episode, Sandi pays homage to those some of those characters...a fair few of them women would you believe?
    Take care and remember ...We Will Get Past This.
     
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    48 Common Dust.

    48 Common Dust.

    Hello, come on in ... When Sandi says that at the start of each episode, doesn't it actually make you think that you're stepping-in to her room of books? 
    It's amazing the places one can travel to in the mind, and I'm sure many of us have imagined ourselves somewhere far-away and in easier times than the ones we see ourselves in now. 
    White people have always lived in an easier world than those with darker skin and much of history has been written by that white, privileged hand. 
    The history books need to be re-written to include the stories of black people in history and of those now, who are making it.
    Today, Sandi talks about some of the people who worked tirelessly for civil rights and who should be remembered for doing just that. 
    What a shame those in privilege still haven't learnt that sharing it doesn't mean there will be less to go round. 
    One day let's hope that ... We Will Get Past This. 
     
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    47 He's Still Trump In A Powdered Wig

    47 He's Still Trump In A Powdered Wig

    Hello there, fancy a beer? Well, it's 5pm somewhere in the world isn't it? 
    As much as it's nice to sit down for a refreshing tipple, a lot of women would have found their work loads vastly increased with having to look after children 24/7, as well as managing the home and probably a job too. The lion's share of domestic duties still always seems to fall on the female of the species, no wonder men are able to still dominate in just about every aspect of life, as they are free to pursue learning, ambitions and creativity. 
    Despite the imbalance, there are so many women who have innovated, invented and inspired - most of whom aren't given the credit for their endeavours, or dismissed altogether. As always, Sandi does her bit to redress this injustice and today's episode is no different. 
    Wouldn't it be marvellous if everyone could take this time to redress imbalance, admit mistakes and vow to be better? 
    Well, one can dream...but, We Will Get Past This. 
     
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