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A culture and ideas podcast covering everything from work and feminism, to race and money, hosted by bestselling author Otegha Uwagba, and featuring interviews with some of the most exciting cultural voices of the moment.

In Good Company Otegha Uwagba

    • Society & Culture
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A culture and ideas podcast covering everything from work and feminism, to race and money, hosted by bestselling author Otegha Uwagba, and featuring interviews with some of the most exciting cultural voices of the moment.

    033. Pandora Sykes. Modern Dilemmas. Ambition And Success.

    033. Pandora Sykes. Modern Dilemmas. Ambition And Success.

    Pandora Sykes is a journalist, podcaster and author of the Sunday Times bestselling collection of essays How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right?, which attempts to dissect and give some shape to the infinite choices that modern life presents us with.
    Previously an editor at the Sunday Times Style (you may remember her days as the magazine’s Wardrobe Mistress), Pandora is also the former co-host of the wildly successful podcast The High Low Show, which during its 4-year duration grew to become one of the biggest podcasts in the UK.
    In this episode we discuss several of the essays from her book, touching on everything from ambition and ‘comparisonitis’, to the wellness industry and the psychology of fast fashion. We also discussed Pandora’s own career – the beginning and end of the High Low, her time as a fashion journalist, dealing with criticism, and her personal definition of career success – as well as her thoughts on the likely ramifications of our global annus horribilis.
    Find Pandora on Twitter (@pinsykes) and Instagram (@pandorasykes)
    Pre-order the paperback of How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right? https://www.waterstones.com/book/how-do-we-know-were-doing-it-right/pandora-sykes/9781786332073
     
    Pre-order my forthcoming book We Need To Talk About Money (4th Estate) via Amazon or Waterstones
    Get tickets for my FANE digital event A Night In With Otegha Uwagba on 7 July
    Produced by Chris Sharp and Naomi Mantin

    032. Amy Fraser. Building A Community. Recovering From Trauma.

    032. Amy Fraser. Building A Community. Recovering From Trauma.

    Amy Fraser is the founder of OKREAL, a self-development platform for women that’s focused on providing the community and resources that women need to build the lives they want - both in the office and outside of it - offering everything from panel discussions and workshops, to digital content and group mentoring sessions.
    In this episode we discuss the importance of building a career around your life (as opposed to the other way round), how to use career uncertainty to your advantage, the secret to cultivating a thriving community, securing brand partnerships and much more.
    We also dive into a pretty traumatic period of Amy’s life – the sudden end of her marriage when she was 5 months pregnant with her first child – and how she found the resilience to cope with that situation, and her advice for anyone who is “facing the unfaceable”.
    Find Amy on Instagram at @fr.amy, and OKREAL at @heyokreal
    Discover OKREAL’s resources at okreal.co
     
    Pre-order my forthcoming book We Need To Talk About Money (4th Estate) via Amazon or Waterstones
    Get tickets for my FANE digital event A Night In With Otegha Uwagba on 7 July
    Produced by Chris Sharp and Naomi Mantin
     
     
     

    030. Emma Dabiri. Inventing Whiteness. From Allyship to Coalition.

    030. Emma Dabiri. Inventing Whiteness. From Allyship to Coalition.

    Academic, activist, broadcaster and SOAS university teaching fellow Emma Dabiri joins me to discuss her latest book What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition.
    Written in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder last year and the subsequent conversations on racism and anti-racism that followed it, What White People Can Do Next is a simultaneously radical and practical essay aimed at changing the way we talk about racial injustice, and featuring some incredibly nuanced and thoroughly original analyses of race, class, privilege and capitalism.
    A thoroughly illuminating read – and now a Sunday Times and Irish Times bestseller – it tackles the subject of race through a very different lens to the prevailing narrative, and in our discussion Emma shares why she felt so compelled to write this essay, the problems with the current anti-racist framework, the role that social media plays in learning about anti-racist theory and her thoughts on coalition building and the importance of finding common ground across racial lines.
    Find Emma on Twitter and Instagram (@EmmaDabiri)
    Read What White People Can Do Next: From Allyship to Coalition (Penguin Books) https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Emma-Dabiri/What-White-People-Can-Do-Next--From-Allyship-to-Coalition/25378182
    Audiobook extract courtesy of Penguin
     
    Get tickets for my FANE digital event A Night In With Otegha Uwagba on 7 July
    Pre-order my forthcoming book We Need To Talk About Money (4th Estate) via Amazon or Waterstones
    Produced by Chris Sharp and Naomi Mantin

    029. Sirin Kale. Career Pivots. Government Accountability.

    029. Sirin Kale. Career Pivots. Government Accountability.

    Journalist Sirin Kale is a features writer for the Guardian, Observer, British Vogue, Wired UK, VICE, GQ, and many other publications, and was previously an editor at VICE UK, where she launched their award-winning anti-stalking campaign Unfollow Me. Sirin authors the Guardian's flagship longform series on Covid-19 deaths, Lost to the Virus, which tells the stories of the individuals who died of Covid-19 in the UK, and the structural and systemic factors that contributed to their deaths.
    In this episode we covered everything from corporate lobbying and how it influences politics, to pivoting careers in your late twenties and how Sirin knew it was time to quit her corporate job and pursue journalism. We also discuss media precarity and the overall direction of the journalism industry, as well as what motivates Sirin on a day-to-day basis, and what she considers the role of journalists to be in our current political climate.
    Find Sirin on Twitter (@thedalstonyears) and Instagram (@sirin_kale)
    Read Sirin’s Lost To The Virus series for the Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/series/lost-to-the-virus
    On the end of girlboss culture for Tortoise https://www.tortoisemedia.com/2020/12/02/wing-women/
    Reporting from the Sarah Everard vigil for The Cut https://www.thecut.com/2021/03/police-violently-broke-up-a-vigil-for-sarah-everard-photos.html
     
    Get tickets for my FANE digital event A Night In With Otegha Uwagba on 7 July
    Pre-order my forthcoming book We Need To Talk About Money (4th Estate) via Amazon or Waterstones.
    Produced by Chris Sharp and Naomi Mantin.

    028. Sarah Jaffe. Hustle Culture. Exploitative Bosses.

    028. Sarah Jaffe. Hustle Culture. Exploitative Bosses.

    Journalist Sarah Jaffe’s work focuses on the politics of power, especially within the workplace, and her writing has appeared everywhere from the New York Times and the Atlantic to the Guardian and many, many more.
    Most recently she’s written a deeply compelling new book called Work Won’t Love You Back, which seeks to examine what Sarah calls the ‘labour-of-love myth’ – the idea that certain work isn’t really work, and should be done out of love or vocational passion, and how that myth is then used to exploit workers, allowing work to encroach on almost every part of our lives.
    We discuss everything from the fetishisation of busyness and hustle culture, to the impact of a year spent working from home, and how the pandemic is likely to change workplace structures in years to come. Plus, Sarah has some fascinating thoughts on the gig economy and self-employment, the role that personal brands play in creative careers, and how unionising might just be our way out of many of the workplace ills we discuss in this episode.
     
    Find Sarah on Twitter and Instagram (@sarahljaffe)
    Buy Sarah’s book Work Won’t Love You Back out now
     
    Get tickets for my FANE digital event A Night In With Otegha Uwagba on 7 July
    Pre-order my forthcoming book We Need To Talk About Money (4th Estate) via Amazon or Waterstones.
    Produced by Chris Sharp and Naomi Mantin.

    027. Marjon Carlos. Working In Fashion. Conversations About Race.

    027. Marjon Carlos. Working In Fashion. Conversations About Race.

    Journalist, public speaker, creative consultant, talk show host, fashion icon – there is nothing Marjon Carlos can’t – or does not – do.
    As a journalist, Marjon’s works sits squarely at the intersection of style and culture, and covers a range of really fascinating topics and personalities, from Cardi B to intersectional feminism. She was previously a Senior Fashion Writer at Vogue, and is now the Editorial Director at lingerie brand CUUP, and her work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Refinery29, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, Porter Magazine and many more. She’s also the host of the quarantine break-out hit IGTV talk show Your Favorite Auntie, billed as advice “from someone you actually listen to”.
    In this episode we get into it – discussing everything from fashion as self-expression to critical race theory and the corporatisation of activist causes (hello Allyship Industrial Complex). Marjon outlines the career choices that got her to where she is, her experiences at Vogue, and racism and diversity within the fashion industry as a whole – we’re talking colourism, light skin privilege, ‘palatability’… the works. Plus, how she adapted to freelance life and has built a deeply enviable portfolio career.
    Find Marjon on Twitter (@Marjon_Carlos) and Instagram (@marjon_carlos)
    Catch up on Your Favorite Aunty on Instagram (@yourfavoriteauntieshow)
    Some of Marjon’s recent work:
    Cardi B profile (Elle)
    www.elle.com/culture/music/a33537374/cardi-b-interview-september-2020/
    FKA Twigs profile (Elle)
    www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a35460385/fka-twigs-shia-la-beouf-abuse/
    Fashion Was Super White In 2009. It Still Is (The Cut)
    www.thecut.com/2019/09/fashion-was-super-white-in-2009.html
    White Women Fear (No Man’s Land)
    www.marjoncarlos.com/no-mans-land-article
    Some context for our ‘Dannileigh’ conversation at 39.35:
    www.bossip.com/1992773/danileigh-yellow-bone-colorist/
     
    Pre-order my forthcoming book We Need To Talk About Money (4th Estate) via Amazon or Waterstones.
    Produced by Chris Sharp and Naomi Mantin.
     

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

katerinanicole ,

One of my favourites

Otegha is a brilliant and thoughtful interviewer who always seems to ask what’s on the tip of my tongue. I particularly adored the episode with Penny Martin. Highly recommended!

besosbecca ,

Beautiful

Beautiful voice and what a phenomenal podcast to stumble upon! 💕 also a huge fan of Jia! We are all here.

jkadjo ,

Beautiful Soothing Voice Consistently Dropping Bars

I love this podcast so much. Otegha’s interviewing skills are something to admire. I have listened to her interview with Jia Tolentino no less than 3 times and will keep coming back to it as it a wonderful conversation between two powerhouses. Listen to this if you want career advice, an exploration of the complexities of feminism, want to support Black creative or are just doing the dishes or laundry and want a soothing voice in your ears.

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