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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 86 Ratings

The online magazine by women for women takes to the internet airwaves with its much-loved blend of opinion and humour. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/standardissuespodcast

    SIM Ep 503 Chops 206: The joy of Rakie Ayola

    SIM Ep 503 Chops 206: The joy of Rakie Ayola

    You’ll no doubt recognise award-winning actor Rakie Ayola from her wide-ranging stuff on the telly – from Black Mirror to EastEnders to Doctor Who to Noughts + Crosses to Holby City – or you may have seen her at the theatre in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime or as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child or, most recently, in her award-winning turn as Noni in On Bear Ridge at the Royal Court. 


    As of tomorrow, Monday 17 May, you can catch Rakie as DS Holland in The Pact, Little Door’s new six-parter for BBC Wales. It's a tense, gripping thriller about a mysterious death and its impact on a group of four female friends who make a terrible decision. You can watch it on BBC One each Monday at 9pm or, if you’re an impatient telly watcher, the whole series will also be on iPlayer from May 17. 


    Our Mickey caught up with Rakie to chat about the enduring pull of crime dramas, how the boring trope of dead, naked woman needs to jog on, the need for more menopausal women on telly, the joy of Wales, learning Welsh – and underestimating Wales at your peril. 

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    • 28 min
    SIM Ep 502 Outside The Box #33

    SIM Ep 502 Outside The Box #33

    Lots of returning BBC comedy series this month, but we still had time to take a look at the finale of Line of Duty, Viewpoint and its ensuing shitshow, Kate Winslet in Mare of Easttown and Ian Wright's Home Truths. We tackle one of those newly-returned series, This Time With Alan Partridge, and Hannah's also been laughing at Leonardo, although not sure that's what they were hoping when they made it. And Mick's been learning about makeup and its glamorous history in, er, MakeUp: A Glamourous History. Tuck in!

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    • 47 min
    SIM Ep 501 Pod 154: High hopes, low take-up and driving off a cliff at the end

    SIM Ep 501 Pod 154: High hopes, low take-up and driving off a cliff at the end

    The old world slowly returns, so Hannah's been on the blower to Standard Issue fave and new comedian Vix Leyton to chat about how she's salvaged a good year from a very bad one and our gradual reset to "normal". With Covid vaccine take-up still low among black and ethnic minority communities, Jen's been chatting to the Runnymede Trust's Halima Begum to find out why, as well as what the proposed Covid passport (er, no thanks) might mean for those groups. There's maternity rights in Jenny Off The Blocks, and in Sexism of the Week, Mickey's got some startling figures about how harassment affects women while jogging. We're all about last week's election, and reactions to it, in the Bush Telegraph and in Rated or Dated, we watch one of the boss's favourite films, Thelma and Louise. No pressure.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    SIM Ep 500, Chops 205: In the picture with Dr Catherine McCormack

    SIM Ep 500, Chops 205: In the picture with Dr Catherine McCormack

    For millennia, men have written the narrative around women's bodies and sexuality, and this applies to visual representations too, says Dr Catherine McCormack, art historian, independent curator, and author of the new book Women In The Picture: Women, Art And The Power Of Looking. Jen caught up with Catherine to talk about just that, as well as the debate around censorship and whitewashing history, the difference between liberation and exploitation, and errrr, Nuts magazine.


    Catherine refers to historic allegations of abuse made against film director and actor Woody Allen. Allen has vehemently and consistently denied these.

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    • 37 min
    SIM Ep 499 Pod 153: Slugs, space and the need, the need for speed

    SIM Ep 499 Pod 153: Slugs, space and the need, the need for speed

    Masturbation, owed orgasms, shame, grief and the word 'moist': all of them get a look-in during Mick's wide-ranging chat with excellent poet Hollie McNish, whose brilliant new book, Slug is a bona-fide gem. Hannah catches up with Julie Gearey, writer and creator of new SkyOne sci-fi series Intergalactic, to chat the joys of a feminist Con Air in particular, and women in sci-fi in general.


    In Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen's loving the work of Katie Taylor and Emma Hayes, and there’s a need for greater respect the American taxpayer in this week’s Rated or Dated, Top Gun. Plus there’s dodgy ‘dos, dodgy deeds, and generally too much news in the Bush Telegraph.

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    SIM Ep 498 Chops 204: Magic, pum-pums and the glory of f**k

    SIM Ep 498 Chops 204: Magic, pum-pums and the glory of f**k

    Leone Ross’s incredible third novel, This One Sky Day (published as Popisho in the US), is a joyous magic realism adventure into self-acceptance and the power of people. 
    It led to Leone and our Mick having a wide-roaming natter, which covers self-discovery, self-acceptance, the joy of sauce, the food we need, workaday magical powers, the power of pum-pums (vulvas, if you’re wondering), transformative sex, politics with a big and a small ‘P’, imagining an island with no colonial history and the evergreen glory of the word ‘f**k’. 
    Before you dig in, an apology: at the time of the interview, Mick didn’t notice Leone’s jewellery jangle, which you will hear throughout the chat (despite her best editing). You will get used to it though, promise.

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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

SheBunni ,

Always enlightening ...

And interesting, and funny! So many terrific guests- Standard Issue is for ALL women- but not just for women!

elixb ,

New Favorite Podcast

I just discovered the Standard Issue from the episode with Anna Newton of the AnnaEdit. I love the premise of the podcast and its women focused mission. Between that and awesome guests, I'm hooked! Definitely worth a listen.

SnadG ,

SIM might even compel me to listen to something about sport

I've just started listening and find SIM informative and entertaining. It helps this American woman understand more about the current state of politics and government workings here at home as well as in the U.K.

I may even start listening to the bit about sport.
And thank you for swearing.

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