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What started off as academic chit-chat over drinks has now evolved into chit chat over a range of topics. But don’t worry, the espresso machine and cocktail bar are still running! So grab your favorite drink and have a listen.

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Support us on Patreon for just £1 per month!
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    Ep. 43: Workplace Taboos- Breastfeeding and Menstruation

    Ep. 43: Workplace Taboos- Breastfeeding and Menstruation

    ‘Bodily functions’ are not normally brought into discussions meant for the general public. But what happens when those ‘functions’ take place in the workplace and/or around one’s working environment? In this episode with Dr Chiara Cocco, we discuss taboo topics like ‘menstruation’ and ‘breastfeeding’ and why these basic, normal aspects of the reproductive process can be seen as disruptive to the workplace. With some companies offering policies like ‘period leave’ for those with more serious biological conditions, the shame, disgust and concealment associated with periods means that some employees suffer in silence. This is made that much more difficult when some female employees are less sympathetic to those colleagues who are struggling.

    If you have found yourself in a similar position, feel free to leave a comment below or write us directly if you would like to share your story so that others know that they are not alone.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 42: The UK's Forgotten Students

    Ep. 42: The UK's Forgotten Students

    Whenever anyone hears of students who are ‘kicked out’ of school, the responses as a whole tend to be negative towards students who are viewed as ‘troubled’ rather than towards educational government policies that have been put in place. With the UK's Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) showing mixed results, their effectiveness is not always guaranteed, resulting in many students feeling like they are ‘forgotten’ leading to more disruptive student behaviour.

    In this November episode with anthropologist at UCL, Dr Alison Macdonald and Secondary teacher, Sally Dennehy, we discuss the uncomfortable truths that school exclusions have on students, particularly amongst England’s rural youths, and how permanent exclusion from mainstream education can affect students’ identities and their place within society.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Ep. 41: Stigma, Silence, and Sexual Abuse

    Ep. 41: Stigma, Silence, and Sexual Abuse

    Warning: This episode contains stories involving child sexual abuse. Listener discretion is strongly advised.

    ‘Stigma’ and ‘silence’ are two powerful reactions when it comes to child sexual abuse, so much so that the lack of response from society has had lasting effects on victims into adulthood. In this important episode with Dr William Tantum of the University of Bristol, we discuss his recent work on the largest independent inquiry into child sexual abuse cases of children in England and Wales, while we explore the institutional failings that were designed to protect children in education and other professional environments. Working on the back of the Jimmy Savile case, which affected hundreds of children over several decades, Tantum’s work on ‘The Truth Project’, the ‘Network for Promoting Change’, and ‘Challenging Silences’ should be a reminder that regardless of the taboo, reports of child sexual abuse should never be ignored, and victims of trauma should always have a space where they are listened to and reminded that their voice matters.

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    • 1 min
    Ep. 40: Pakistan's identity crisis

    Ep. 40: Pakistan's identity crisis

    The West’s understanding of Pakistan is largely based on (social) media portrayals of a country in conflict, effected by terrorism and continued brutality. Women’s rights, it is said, are infringed upon, especially when it comes to education, as evidenced by Malala who survived an attack that almost left her for dead.

    But what if we were to tell you that there is more to Pakistan than initially meets the eye? And that the country is steeped is a multicultural layout that extends well beyond its city borders? This multilingual, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious country has largely been overlooked by its leaders who have tried to impose a monolithic identity in response to its empire-based past. The result is a Muslim, Urdu (and English)- speaking identity established by the garrison state, which sweeps under the rug Pakistan’s diverse identities that exist within.

    With cultural influences coming from India, other parts of South East Asia, Saudi Arabia, as well as Turkey, anthropologist Sonia Gulzeb Abbasi explains to us what it means to be Pakistani today.

    • 49 min
    Ep. 39: Mexico’s inequality, wages, and working conditions

    Ep. 39: Mexico’s inequality, wages, and working conditions

    According to Eugenia:

    'Mexico, a high middle income country, is the place where professionals work more hours than anywhere else in the world (OCDE), and 60% of its population lives in poverty (CONEVAL). Working 8 hours, six days a week, with a daily commute of 3 hours means people are exhausted, and their remaining time is just sufficient to do chores and rest a bit, forget about checking on children, socialising, exercising, cultivating other interests and caring for others. Imagine the stress levels and the socioeconomic impact of this on society as a whole. On top of that, 40% of people with formal jobs cannot even afford proper food for their families, and we have not even reached the conversation about clothing and housing. Furthermore, four years ago I moved to the South, Mexico´s poorest region, where I encountered realities that are as harsh as in Africa, and the number of them are kind of overwhelming. It feels like a breaking point for me. I cannot help but raise awareness about these issues, and hope that more people will join in transforming these realities for the best.

    A CLARIFICATION NOTE

    During the show I mentioned how Mexico was dubbed “the perfect dictatorship” as the electoral bodies were subjected to the government, which is true. As a result, we had a one-ruling party for over 70 years. However, I forgot to mention during the show that in 1990 a new system was negotiated and by 2020 it was considered one of the most robust in the world. This system has overseen the rotation of power among the three main political parties, and it is now under threat as the current dominant party relentlessly tries to pass unconstitutional law reforms taking advantage of their majority in the legislative cameras, influencing judicial decisions, and blocking the operations of both the electoral and transparency institutions, by slashing their budgets and failing to allocate enough representatives to reach quorum.'

    • 52 min

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