34 episodes

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
    • 4.9 • 50 Ratings

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.

    034. Paris Lees. Class Transition. Gender And Identity.

    034. Paris Lees. Class Transition. Gender And Identity.

    Paris Lees is a prominent journalist and British Vogue columnist whose incredible memoir and debut book What It Feels Like For A Girl is published this week. Born and raised in Hucknall, near Nottingham, Paris has written for publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Telegraph and VICE, and presented programmes for BBC Radio 1 and Channel 4, as well as having been a vocal campaigner for the transgender community.


    What It Feels Like For A Girl is a boldly-written account of an extraordinary life story, and in our conversation we touch on everything from how Paris feels about being labelled as an ‘activist’, to her tumultuous teenage years, and her time as a sex worker; as well as topics such as class and code switching, and how acquiring privilege and money can make your life easier if you’re from a marginalised background. Plus – we discussed how vulnerable trans children and teenagers often are, and what it feels like to have your identity so heavily debated and politicised.


     


    Find Paris on Twitter and Instagram (@parislees)


    Buy What It Feels Like For A Girl https://www.waterstones.com/book/what-it-feels-like-for-a-girl/paris-lees/2928377038854


     


    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

    • 51 min
    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

    • 47 min
    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


     


     


     

    • 43 min
    031. Anna Wiener. Toxic Startups. The Truth About Tech.

    031. Anna Wiener. Toxic Startups. The Truth About Tech.

    Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker online, where she writes about Silicon Valley, start-up culture, and technology, and the author of tech memoir Uncanny Valley, which tells the story of Anna’s time working in Silicon Valley during her mid to late twenties.


     


    Despite its tech world setting, Uncanny Valley is very much an everywoman story that will be familiar to any woman who’s ever worked in a sexist environment, and it touches on everything from gendered discrimination and emotional labour in the workplace, to why your work will never be your family, and the lies that companies often tell their employees. It’s also a brilliant exploration of the often toxic nature of tech startups, and the ethical quandaries that many of those companies are struggling to address.


     


    Read Uncanny Valley (4th Estate) https://www.waterstones.com/book/uncanny-valley/anna-wiener/9780008296865


    Find Anna on Twitter (@annawiener)


     


    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

    • 41 min
    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

    • 38 min
    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.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Liz Brooklyn ,

Smart

I found this podcast through a fellow creative sharing It on their IG page and have been binging my way through all the episodes ever since. Otegha asks such interesting questions of her guests and I learn so much, even hearing episodes with folks I’ve heard on other shows! There’s also such a calming energy around this podcast, all while asking critical questions, that’s quickly made it one of my favorites.

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.

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