Dirty Mother Pukka with Anna Whitehouse

Dirty Mother Pukka with Anna Whitehouse

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Dirty Mother Pukka is the intelligent, gritty, humorous podcast that airs the dirty laundry of its brilliant guests. Hosted by Anna Whitehouse AKA Mother Pukka, each week I’ll be uncovering the highs and lows of the humans behind the big names. Unfiltered. Unashamed. Unapologetic. Listen and subscribe now on Global Player.


Jen Brister on IVF stress and being the other mother

If you want to laugh through the pain of procreation, Jen Brister is your woman. From taking the piss out of herself as the seemingly ‘awkward friend’ next to her wife at the birth of her twins to acknowledging the madness of an IVF pregnancy, this is a one-woman-show that brings everyone else in. From same sex parenting to raising the next generation to truly understand inclusion, this episode is a reminder of how to be, well, human.
23/03/23·39m 44s

Quickie: Queen of the rampant rabbit

This episode pays tribute to Jacqueline Gold, a woman who sat at the helm of Ann Summers all her working life. She single-handedly changed the face of the sex toy industry, removing shame and pioneering the iconic rampant rabbit. Anna and Polly only spoke to Jacqueline last year before she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She sadly passed away last week and the girls wanted to take a moment to hold onto her words.
21/03/23·15m 45s

Christine McGuinness on neurodiversity and her autism diagnosis

This is one for anyone wanting to understand autism. In adults or kids. This isn’t one to gloss over because you haven’t been diagnosed or feel it isn’t relevant. We all need to understand neurodiversity to truly be inclusive and this is a heartfelt, informed conversation between three women - one who has been diagnosed, one whose son is going through the process - and what to consider - and one who truly wants to understand more. The language to use, the nuance and the way forward in education.
14/03/23·39m 57s

Quickie: This is hard to say…

The backdrop to Dirty Mother Pukka is, well, more than a podcast. We decided to start it in - quite frankly - our lowest moment. To give each other structure and accountability week-in-week-out. Isolation and loneliness happens in the least likely places sometimes. Whether in a marriage, in a home, in motherhood, this episode is our love story to you. Our love story for each other. Because no matter how something looks, how popular someone appears, how shiny their Instagram, you never know the full story.Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
14/03/23·18m 0s

Suzanne Shaw on wine o’clock and grey area drinking

God we love this woman. From dancing to Hear’Say in our student unions to partying - what felt alongside her - in sticky-floored nightclubs, Suzanne Shaw was the girl-next-door who knew how to party. But at what cost? And who was she underneath what the music label had decided? In this open-hearted episode Anna and Polly talk about the complexity of binge-drinking and how grey area boozing wasn’t helping her in motherhood. Listen in if you are thinking about wine o‘clock as soon as you get up.Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
09/03/23·42m 45s

Quickie: My husband had an affair

When Helen Thorn’s husband cheated on her, she found love with her best friend and work wife Ellie Gibson. This episode is the happily ever after we were never sold. The one where woman falls for women amid the pain of infidelity.Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
07/03/23·25m 14s

Malin Andersson on Love(less) Island and recognising abuse

This episode cracks open the reality of abuse in a relationship. Physical and non-physical. What are the signs? And how do you support someone going through it - and how to get out of it. Malin talks to Anna and Polly about rebuilding after Love Island and finding her inner strength outside of the male gaze.Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
02/03/23·38m 27s

Quickie: This sex position works

Bored of missionary? Done with doggy? There are no words for what Polly says in this episode. Left complete tumble weed as we discuss new sex positions to try. But there’s ONE that truly works and after raking through a list of 48 others, it’s time to mix it up. Let’s talk about sex, indeed. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
28/02/23·16m 26s

Anna Williamson on raging at your partner and birth trauma

In this episode Anna and Polly go deep into the postnatal trenches and talk about the impact kids have had on their relationship. From birth trauma to pure anger, this episode is a cathartic listen for anyone with pent-up maternal rage with nowhere to put it - other than on your partner.
23/02/23·47m 12s

Quickie: To anyone who has miscarried…

It’s been exactly a year since Dirty Mother Pukka launched and the first episode with Myleene Klass landed. She spoke so beautifully and openly about her experience of miscarriage and the one thing she said in that episode has stayed with me - and so many of you - since. It’s given me peace where there was pain and emptiness. So many of you keep asking for this clip so here it is for you to share with anyone that might need it. Thank you for your support over this year and here’s to many more heartening and, also, heartbreaking chats. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
21/02/23·15m 21s

Mel Schilling on saving your marriage and when to get out

In this episode Anna and Polly bare their relationship souls to Married At First Sight’s relationship coach Mel Schilling. There is no stone left unturned in this open-hearted chat about what it is to make a marriage work - and when to get out. The one piece of advice she gives here has already turned Anna and Polly’s relationships around. Til death do us part indeed. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
16/02/23·44m 4s

Quickie: Let us be your fantasy

From the ick factor with a long-term partner to extreme fantasies with fictional folks, how can reality and fantasy be so poles apart? Anna and Polly open up about the biggest turn ons and turn offs in their relationships - and where sexual fantasy might lead them. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
14/02/23·9m 25s

Ola Pelo on ‘daddy daycare’ and reversing gender roles at home

This episode is about all those moments you’ve been made to feel ‘lucky’ your partner is doing the bare minimum of childcare. Those moments ‘daddy daycare’ is mentioned or it’s insinuated he’s somehow babysitting his own child. This is about the domestic load and what equality looks like in the home. Whether he picks up the childcare slack or you do. Strap in for the domestically-loaded ride. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
09/02/23·41m 59s

Quickie: How toxic is your family?

This episode heads into the heart of the family unit and looks at what toxic behaviours might lie within. Anna and Polly look at their own behaviours within that family dynamic and what a boundary looks like with your blood relatives. Happy families, indeed. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
07/02/23·19m 9s

Matt Farquharson on toxic masculinity and being a typical man

Quite a turnaround, Anna's husband Matt joins the team this episode to talk about his new platform Typical Man. A place for those who want to break the toxic masculinity mould. The trio talk Andrew Tate, misogyny and how to raise sons and daughters in a world that's still telling 'boys to be boys'. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
02/02/23·54m 42s

Quickie: Why don't you want sex?

Due to popular demand, we’ve got sexologist Karen Gurney back on the podcast to strip back your/our sex lives. The big issue is: how do you stop griping and start fancying someone who you’ve seen on the toilet, in birth and snoring in bed with you? Listen in and, well, hop on. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
31/01/23·18m 35s

Jo Elvin on redundancy, not ‘having it all’ and actual success

If you’ve ever been pushed out of work or made redundant - usually for having a baby - then this episode is for you. The former editor-in-chief Jo Elvin speaks about the moment she was made redundant after 17 years at the helm of Glamour. The crisis of identity that ensued and how she has redefined success. Anna also speaks about the power of ‘average’ and how ‘having it all’ is really just code for ‘doing it all’, which equals burnout and essentially losing everything. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
27/01/23·47m 7s

Quickie: Sort your sex life out

In this episode Anna and Polly strip down to their undercrackers and lay their sexual souls bare to sex therapist Dr Karen Guerney. How much is ‘enough’ sex? Should you worry if you aren’t doing it at all? Is the ‘maintenance shag’ a healthy tool or just another way to quash true sexual connection? So many questions and so many sexually-charged answers from a woman who has helped thousands of couples wade through the sexual quagmire. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
24/01/23·21m 36s

Cariad Lloyd on ripping up the grief rulebook and her ideal wake

This episode digs into life’s biggest common denominator - death. We’re all going to exit stage left at some point so why don’t we talk about it? Author and comedian Caria Lloyd opens up about the death of her Dad and the complicated grieving process that hit her. Far from morbid this episode looks at your life after someone else’s death and how to pick up the probate pieces. An episode that will make you (hopefully) laugh as much as you cry. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
19/01/23·49m 53s

Quickie: Are you ‘too’ emotional?

Anna has been described as ‘over’ emotional her whole life, while Polly describes herself as an ‘unmoving statue’ emotionally. Anna cries at everything, while Polly struggles to shed a tear in even the toughest of moments. The duo dig deep on how they’re really feeling and what emotional health looks like. This is - as it says on the tin - a very emotional episode that sees Polly digging into the postnatal trauma around the medical complications her disabled twins navigated. Bring tissues. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
17/01/23·21m 59s

Illana Gambrill on when to divorce and how to rebuild yourself

Ooof, this one hit hard. Illana Gambrill, founder of Dancebox, opens up about the moment she divorced her husband. The exact moment she knew it was the end and had to walk out and learn to love herself again. And the years it took to shake off and dance through the pain of losing herself. She speaks about wishing there was some easy ‘out’ like an affair or something more dramatic. But the reality was they were just not meant for each other and that’s sometimes harder to leave. This is one woman who is empowering other women through dance to be themselves. Live their lives. However that looks. Whoever they want that to be with. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
12/01/23·43m 45s

Quickie: Take this boundary test

BOUNDARIES. We need them. Anna and Polly take the boundary test and find out they are eternal people pleasers who will take whatever a friendship throws at them. (Anna more than Polly, perhaps). But maybe 2023 is time to break up with the notion that every friendship is, in fact, friendly. Take the boundary test in this episode and work out if your friendships are two-way. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
10/01/23·17m 46s

Prue Leith on sex at 82, living life and gang bangs

This is a complete one-off. Prue Leith dusts off the Great British Bake Off apron and gets down (and relatively dirty) with Anna and Polly. The trio talk sex in your 80s and what’s needed to make it work (an IKEA sheepskin rug among other accoutrements) and THAT story about Prue attending a gang bang. Beautifully honest, searingly open and quite the start to 2023. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
05/01/23·42m 58s

Quickie: Is 40 too old to go clubbing?

Anna and Polly are here to party like it’s 1999. Kinda. On hearing that anyone clubbing over 40 is ‘tragic’, your Dirty Mother Pukka hosts ask if their clubbing days really are over? And reflect on years gone by with sticky floors, alcopops and getting down and dirty on the podium. Free entry. Everyone welcome. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
03/01/23·11m 19s

Christmas special: The Box, shitty clubs and you Dirty Mother Pukkas

Good God where to start? For our Christmas party we decided to go to The Box - a club that has been described as ‘intensely hedonistic’. Polly once went and a man pooed on stage so the Dirty Mother Pukka team wanted to see if it was all it was cracked up to be. Let’s just say we won’t be likely to get an invite back. Listen in to find out why and a huge Merry Christmas you Dirty Mother Pukkas. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
29/12/22·33m 4s

Quickie: The Christmas mental load is real

If you find yourself wondering when the joy begins for you at Christmas, we’ve got you. Sure it’s lovely to see the kids whipped up into an excited festive frenzy but where do you come in? In this episode Anna and Polly are feeling mentally overloaded and, well, download the reality. If you are lying up at 3am wondering if you’ve bought an equal number of presents for the kids, this one’s for you. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
27/12/22·14m 43s

Lauren Mahon on checking yer tits, Dame Deborah James and living

She describes herself as having a ‘gob like Dyer and hair like Demi’. She’s now clear of breast cancer but having forged a friendship with co-hosts Rachel Bland and Deborah James through the podcast ‘You, Me and The Big C’, she speaks openly about her diagnosis and how to practically check your boobs for breast cancer. This episode looks at a woman who has lost two mates in the cancer process. And is here to explain what it is to truly live life. Expect tears, laughter and a significant amount of tit jiggling.
22/12/22·44m 50s

Quickie: Are you lonely in your marriage?

‘Loneliness’ has long been attached to old age, but this week Anna and Polly dig into feelings of disconnect in motherhood, marriage and beyond and how they have never felt more alone than when they seemed fine. Alone in a relationship. Alone despite a following online. Alone in a group of mates. This episode is a huge hug in podcast form for anyone feeling lonely despite appearances. This is our ramshackle 21st century women’s healing circle and we are so glad you are in it ♥️ Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
20/12/22·18m 28s

Lou Featherstone on shopping addiction, ‘retail therapy’ and credit card debt

Money allegedly makes the world go round. It can make or break a person. But getting your cash flow wrong can come at a huge cost as Lou Featherstone found out. By the time she was 17 she had court orders for unpaid credit cards. She’s been in the red as long as she can remember and she speaks to Anna and Polly about the effect her shopping addition had on her life, relationships and future. This is a no holds barred chat on how there’s two sides to the shopping coin. The buying high and the crushing financial low. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
15/12/22·50m 9s

Quickie: Are you meant to be together forever?

Have you cheated? Has your partner? In this episode Anna and Polly talk about James Corden’s new sitcom ‘Mammals’ that questions if marriage is truly resistant to infidelity. Are you meant to be with one person until ‘death do us part’ or are we polyamorous mammals searching for love and lust at every corner? One quote from the series is: “aren’t faithful couples just watching porn separately and exchanging logistics together?” Listen in to see where Anna and Polly sit… Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
13/12/22·16m 51s

Keith Lemon and Lucie Cave on 90s celeb culture, love rats and boob jobs

This is a trip down memory lane into a world of 90s celebrity. Beach body-shaming? Or celebrity profile-boosting? Lucie Cave, the former editor of Heat Magazine strips back the front cover to reveal what was really happening under the glossy, celeb surface. This is Lucie and her best mate Keith Lemon taking you back to The 90s. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
08/12/22·43m 5s

Quickie: Are you broken by work?

Have you had your flexible working request denied? In this episode Anna opens up about the new Flex Appeal app she’s launched with co-founder Tim Grimes called ‘Work Your Way’. It’s a human approach to business and this episode is a call to arms for businesses to get with the flexible working programme - before they lose talent. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
06/12/22·15m 47s

Becky Adlington on swimming through pain and men and miscarriage

In this episode Anna and Polly talk to four-time Olympic gold champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington on life outside of the swimming pool. She speaks about the heartbreak of miscarriage and how her partner opening up about his grief helped her heal. Losing a baby isn’t just something women go through and this episode tackles what it means to grieve the loss of a little life. Together. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
01/12/22·44m 13s

Quickie: This is why you're burnt out

This is no man-bashing exercise but good GOD the mental load women carry compared to men is skewed. From meal planning, kids party-planning to school What’s App-grouping, Anna and Polly are feeling the strain. And that’s before even mentioning Christmas. Join us for a vent/ therapy session to clear away some weighty inequality cobwebs. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
29/11/22·16m 1s

Alex Light on heroin chic, fat shaming and anorexia

Who else remembers Special K suggesting you’ll get skinny by eating a couple of bowls a day? What is diet culture? And why did we so easily buy into it? Anna and Polly sit down with journalist and author Alex Light to shine a light on eating disorders and the grimness of an industry that told us ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’. The trio talk body shaming, body dysmorphia and how to raise the next generation of girls to love themselves. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
24/11/22·40m 35s

Quickie: Gabrielle Union on work/life imbalance

Hollywood star Gabrielle Union - who starred in Bring It On and now voices Meridian in Disney’s Strange World - talks the eternal parental juggle, trying to do it all and accepting what you can do. She also opens up about the first gay teen romance in a Disney film and how we shouldn’t need to normalise what’s already normal. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
22/11/22·17m 34s

Lorraine Candy on raising teens, the menopause and female rage

There’s no stone left unturned in this frank chat about what it is to raise teenage girls while going through the menopause. Former editor of Elle, Lorraine Candy, opens up about her menopausal symptoms that went undiagnosed. The rage that lands unexpectedly. And how to steel yourself against the teenage rage when you’re left wondering where your little baby went. Honest but uplifting, this is an episode that shines a light on a parental arena barely anyone speaks about. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
17/11/22·41m 27s

Quickie: Would you go on Naked Attraction?

In this quickie Anna and Polly delve into the surreal world of reality TV. With Strictly and I’m A Celeb firmly on screens, they look at the reason we need trash TV in our lives. But also the dark side… Who finds the guests on Naked Attraction? And one word: Brideoplasty. Brides getting cosmetic surgery before the big day. No more words. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
15/11/22·16m 33s

Kate Lawler on marriage counselling, sex after a baby and being a ladette

This is one of the most open-hearted episodes to date. Anna and Polly talk to Big Brother winner and broadcaster Kate Lawler about how babies can blow up a relationship - and no one really tells you that before sperm hits ovum. It’s a brutally honest conversation about how hard it is to hold on to the one you love - when there’s another person to love, too. It’s a tale of light and dark, triumph over parental adversity and how marriage counselling is, perhaps, the happily ever after. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
10/11/22·45m 3s

Quickie: Do you have a toxic boss?

In light of Liz Truss’s political team going against her, Anna and Polly ‘deep dive’ and ‘circle back’ on toxic workplace culture. From Anna’s editor clicking in her face to Polly questioning the militant direction of a former headteacher, the duo discuss what it takes for work to, well, work. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
08/11/22·18m 25s

Anna Mathur on comparison culture, pandemic stress and not being ‘fine’

Anna and Polly chat to psychotherapist and Sunday Times Bestselling Author of ‘Mind over Mother’ Anna Mathur on the way the Internet impacts her mood. How you never feel enough when comparing yourself to an Internet’s-worth of people. This episode digs deep on the complexity of our feelings. How you can feel gratitude and pain in the same moment; the duplicity of being human. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
03/11/22·39m 29s

Quickie: Have you been pregnant then screwed?

In this episode Anna speaks to ‘The Erin Brockovich of Bradford’ Donna Patterson - the woman who took on Morrison’s for maternity discrimination and WON. They talk about how charity Pregnant Then Screwed supported her fight and how she did it for all of us. And for our daughters. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
01/11/22·26m 21s

Anna and Polly on Holly and Phil being booed at the NTAs

In this half-term special - a little shorter than usual because of The Kids and their unending needs - Anna and Polly chat about Phil and Holly being booed at the NTAs for allegedly queue-jumping to see the Queen lying in state. Have we gone too far? Is Holly’s ‘nation’s sweetheart’ status just making her ripe for a fall? What part do you play in online pillorying? Listen in team for our thoughts. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
29/10/22·11m 46s

Quickie: Are yer boobs ok?

Anna and Polly chat tits, bangers, boobs, baps, wangers and udders to get you in the zone for checking them out for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More than anything this is an ode to the ladies and how they now fail the pencil - and pencil case - test.
27/10/22·14m 0s

Seyi Akiwowo on Tattle, kid’s online safety and cancel culture

In this episode Anna and Polly go into the dark depths of the internet with online safety activist Seyi Akiwowo.The trio talk about Tattle, comparison culture and the abusive nature of the internet. This is not a pity party for anyone who operates online but it’s a deep dive into the inhuman way social media pits humans against each other. They talk Andrew Tate, keeping your kids safe online and how to be a good digital citizen. Two words: love bombing. Instead of picking someone apart, try throwing energy and emojis at someone you really like. More than anything this episode is a call to arms to big social media giants hiding behind a big pixelated wall. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
20/10/22·42m 52s

Quickie: Do you judge women for casual sex?

Polly signs up to a new app called TapDat that promotes casual, consensual sex with strangers. She doesn’t get tapped (despite someone called ‘BigSchlong’ hovering) but we question why casual sex makes women sluts and men ‘lads’ to be championed. Oh and there’s also a chat about rampant sex in care homes and how STDs are on the rise in the silver-haired shaggers. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
18/10/22·19m 30s

Poppy Jay and Rubina Pabani on arranged marriages, sexual liberation and their worst shag

From the critically-acclaimed ‘Brown Girls Do It Too’ podcast, Poppy and Rubina get under the covers with Anna and Polly. The foursome cover worst shags, their ‘number’ and how to have a ‘danger wank’. Like with every episode it’s light and shade with Poppy talking openly about her arranged marriage that ended in divorce and how Asian girls need somewhere to speak freely about pleasure; a place that removes the shame put upon young girls for not playing the arranged marriage game. Poppy and Rubina’s live show ‘Brown Girls Do It Too: Mama Told Me Not To Come’ will be at Soho Theatre from 18th October, before touring the UK from Southampton to Salford! Buy tickets at www.browngirlsdoittoo.com Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
13/10/22·44m 3s

Quickie: This is why you don’t need FemFresh…

Anna and Polly ask what’s the male equivalent of FemFresh. BollockBreeze was offered up by one listener. But jokes aside why are women made to feel their vagina is unclean? It’s self-cleaning. It has a perfect PH balance. Gynaecologists and doctors say stop believing the feminine hygiene product hype. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
11/10/22·13m 30s

Nicola Chapman on masking pain, her MS diagnosis and learning how to live

This is one of the most open-hearted episodes to date where beauty YouTube queen Nic Chapman talks about her MS diagnosis and the light she’s found in a traumatic darkness. She’s one of the few people to speak up about not feeling attached to her baby initially and she also breaks down the stigma of reaching out for help in that maternal fug. It’s a story of love, loss and unending optimism from a woman who built an empire on papering over the cracks with make-up and is now fully laid bare. Prepare to laugh and cry in equal measure. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
06/10/22·55m 32s

Quickie: Do you need a threesome?

Anna and Polly dig deep on threesomes, foursomes and swinging as they uncover that you probably know someone doing someone - consensually - alongside their partner. But is it worth the sexual excitement and how to know if your relationship can take another person in the bedroom? Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
04/10/22·11m 54s

Oloni on fake orgasms, bad sex and your erotic fantasies

Stop faking orgasms and get with Dami ‘Oloni’ Olonisakin’s sex programme. In this no-holds-barred chat, Anna and Polly strip down the misogynistic layers stopping them from coming. From re-educating your partner on sex toys to stopping with the whole ‘spicing things up in the bedroom’ chat – which makes them collectively cringe – it’s about owning YOUR pleasure. Whether you’ve just met someone off Bumble or you’ve been married for 25 years. Oh and the big question: Why is there only FemFresh? Why not MenFresh? Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
29/09/22·43m 56s

Quickie: Is it PMT or peri-menopause?

In this episode Anna and Polly talk hormones with Dr Sohere Roked from your first period to the peri-menopause your hormones could be messing with mind, body and soul. This episode is like a hug in podcast form. It’s not you, it’s your hormones. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
27/09/22·17m 18s

Bryony Gordon on hair loss, ditching the booze and finding herself in the darkness

There’s tears of laughter and tears of sadness in this episode where author and journalist Bryony Gordon opens up about her alopecia. She speaks about a world that defines women by how they look; how their hair looks. How her self worth and self loathing started at just 12 years old and how she wants to break the cycle for her own daughter. She speaks about her relationship to men, alcohol, work and friends in this uplifting but unveiling chat about what it is to navigate the world as a woman in 2022. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
22/09/22·57m 17s

Quickie: When is it ok to pierce a child’s ears?

After getting their first tattoo together last week, Anna and Polly deep dive into a world of piercings and tattoos. The average age of girls getting ears pierced is 7 and there’s a current petition to get child piercings banned. What side of the fence do you sit on? And, more importantly, does having a tattoo at 41 mean you are on the verge of a midlife crisis? Original music from Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
20/09/22·11m 34s

Sophie Morgan on life after a car crash, ableism and otherism

Sophie Morgan speaks openly and powerfully to Anna and Polly about navigating life after a car crash - she’s clear it wasn’t an ‘accident’ - at the age of 18. Overnight her life changed and her access to the world shifted. She speaks clearly about her strength as a Disabled woman but also the weakness of a world not set up for basic access. Access to the London Underground. Access to an EasyJet flight. She wants to open the world to otherism - not patronising or Molly coddling anyone who is Disabled. To treat her as a human. She’s vehemently against shaming anyone who makes a mistake and wants to open your eyes and heart to growing, to understanding Disability and to centre her outside of her mobility aid. It’s a heartfelt - and in places heartbreaking - call to arms for humans to be, well, human. And for the world - at the very least - to be more accessible to everyone. On a personal note, this episode meant a great deal to us as Polly opens up about her experience as a mother of beautiful Disabled twins, Fox and Lili. Expect to laugh as much as you cry and - on an essential level - to learn how to raise children that aren’t ableist. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
15/09/22·48m 30s

Quickie: Do you have WhatsApp Group Anxiety (WAGA)?

Do you wake up and feel overwhelmed by the little red number detailing how many unread messages you have? Like a ticker tape of expectation. The family WhatsApp groups, friends WhatsApp groups, the WhatsApp group that’s 1,456 comments deep about a vague friend’s baby shower present? The overwhelm is real and Anna and Polly deep dive into WAGA (WhatsApp Group Anxiety). Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
13/09/22·10m 33s

Dr Martha on back to school anxiety, bullying and dealing with school pressure

If your child - of any age - has gone back to school this week, this episode is for you. After joining us for an amazing Quickie on dealing with parental rage, psychologist Dr Martha is back for a full episode after your requests. She chats to us about how to deal with separation anxiety, how to support your child if they're being bullied and the mounting pressure the education system puts on our children. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
08/09/22·47m 6s

Quickie: Do you need a marriage sabbatical?

In light of Celia Walden admitting she took 6 weeks off from being around Piers Morgan (understandable) to ‘help their marriage’, this episode looks into the marriage sabbatical. Do you need some time out? Grab a chair and listen in. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
06/09/22·11m 53s

Joeli Brearley on maternity discrimination, brutal childcare costs and online hate

If you’ve ever been fooked over at work for daring to have a baby, this one’s for you. Campaigner and founder of the charity Pregnant Then Screwed (but we're a podcast, so we're using the original name Pregnant Then Fucked), joins us to discuss why childcare is on the brink of collapse, the shocking stories of maternity discrimination she's dealt with and how women are now choosing to abort wanting pregnancies because they can't afford the costs. She also talks about how campaigning for vulnerable women took a toll on her mental health and the online abuse she's faced. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
01/09/22·53m 8s

Quickie: How to keep your kids safe online

Natasha Devon speaks frankly and informedly about the very real issue of online safety among kids. From Andrew Tate misogynist hate to pyramid schemes among teens, she’s breaking down - instead of trying to break - the internet for parents, teachers and the next generation. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
30/08/22·17m 21s

Jacqueline Gold on on rampant rabbits, orgasm gaps and sex after trauma

The orgasm gap is real and Anna and Polly are here to bridge it with an Ann Summers dildo. Jacqueline Gold, CEO of the multi-million pound sex emporium speaks up about finding the right sex toy and centring female pleasure in a world that’s historically focused on the penis. They talk sex after trauma, wielding your sexual power in the bedroom and boardroom and the first ever dildo to land in Ann Summers stores in the 70s. It’s called ‘The Hermit’ and it’s a world away from the rampant rabbit. This episode well and truly hits the G-spot. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
25/08/22·36m 37s

Quickie: Are you properly raging?

Why is it more socially acceptable for men to rage and not women? Is a rage revolution coming? This week we also chat to the director of the new film She-Hulk, Kat Coiro. Original music by Matt Brown at WeAreOK.com
23/08/22·17m 6s

Louise Broadbridge on mum shaming, PND vs ‘baby blues’ and mucus plugs

Louise Broadbridge from @thehonestmidwife joins us for an in-depth interview. Catch the previous episode for our audience Q+A with her. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
18/08/22·48m 54s

Quickie: Call the midwife

Louise Broadbridge @thehonestmidwife answers your knocked-up questions. She covers babies screaming blue murder, tongue-tie, colic, leaky boobs, knackered souls and when the ‘baby blues’ crosses the line to PND. Just to preface for any soon-to-be-parents: the smell of your baby’s head is worth all the above. Original music from Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
16/08/22·14m 0s

Caroline Hirons on Botox, ageing and taking on Gwyneth Paltrow

What happens when a renowned skincare expert meets Polly, the woman who uses sudocrem (and once anusol) as moisturiser? Tune in to find out. Caroline Hirons chats to us about the dangers of unregulated cosmetic procedures, how she tackles misinformation online and her beef with Gwyneth Paltrow. PS: Sorry Caroline, we should have warned you about Pol. Check out Caroline's new app (the Google of skincare) here: skinrocks.app.link/download_the_skin_rocks_app Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
11/08/22·51m 37s

Quickie: How to not lose your sh*t at the kids

This week's episode is the not-so-quick-quickie. Have you got to that stage of the summer holidays when you're losing your shit at your kids? If yes, then this episode is for you. Anna's joined by clinical psychologist Dr Martha to talk us through how to deal with the pressure of the school holidays, be a better parent and look after ourselves. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
09/08/22·27m 36s

Cilla Raie on single parenting, maternity discrimination and singing her heart out

This week's guest is the singer-songwriter Cilla Raie. She speaks about how the music industry pushes women and mothers out. (Over the past decade women make up just 12.7% of songwriters and only 2.8% of producers.) How this has to change and how all industries need to recognise this biological juncture. The leaking breasts, the postnatal depression, the separation anxiety. The reality of what your mind and body goes through when you leave your child to go back to work. This is a story about a woman singing her heart out in an industry that closes the door to women. Especially Black women. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
04/08/22·32m 8s

Quickie: How to actually #bekind

It all started with a message Anna received by a woman called Jessie. It showcased the beautiful kindness from a stranger and restored our faith in the world. This week we're reading out some of the most liked messages from you. It's not the 'Be Kind' hashtags and t-shirts - but what kindness really means. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
02/08/22·11m 19s

Helen Thorn on sex, finding her libido and life after divorce

You might know her as one half of the comedy duo Scummy Mummies but she's also the Sunday Times bestselling author of Get Divorced, Be Happy. This week's guest is Helen Thorn and you do not want to miss this episode. She talks to us about getting divorced after 20 years of marriage, the moment she found out her husband was having an affair and how her best friend picked her up during the heartbreak. She also chats about finding her sexuality and libido after divorce. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
28/07/22·46m 44s

Quickie: Caught in the (sex) act

What's the weirdest place you've had sex? This week we're talking about getting caught in the act after a vicar has been caught performing a sex act with Henry the hoover (yes really). Original music by Matt J Brown.
26/07/22·10m 34s

Louise Boyce on plus size modelling, ageism and panic attacks

TW: This episodes contains references of eating disorders. Today we're joined by Louise Boyce, also known as Mama Still Got It on Instagram and TikTok. She's a model and founder of 'Push It Out’ which campaigns for brands to disclose the use of fake bumps for models in maternity wear. She started this amazing campaign after she was told she’d no longer be able to continue working as a model after she became pregnant. Original music by Matt J Brown.
21/07/22·37m 14s

Quickie: The hungover games

It's estimated you waste 252 hours per year being hungover. This week we're discussing alcohol and hangovers, after our interview with Cat Sims. Why do Brits love drinking so much? And does the new hangover pill work? We put it to the test. Original music by Matt J Brown.
19/07/22·15m 39s

Poorna Bell on grieving, powerlifting and racism in journalism

This week's guest is journalist, author and powerlifter Poorna Bell. We discuss the challenges of breaking into the journalism and publishing industries as a south Asian woman, why she decided to become a competitive powerlifter and navigating dating in your 40s. Original music by Matt J Brown.
14/07/22·50m 5s

Quickie: Closing the orgasm gap

Have you ever faked an orgasm? Apparently if you shudder saying the word ‘clit’ you’re likely to fake orgasms. In this week's quickie we're chatting about how we can close the orgasm gap and why SO many of us are faking it. Original music by Matt J Brown.
12/07/22·14m 55s

Natasha Devon on toxic friendships, #womensupportingwomen and bitchin’

Have you experienced a toxic friendship? This week we're joined by campaigner and LBC presenter Natasha Devon to discuss her new book 'Toxic' - which explores such friendships. We chat about how to spot a coercive friendship, how to break up with a toxic friend and how you can support your children if you suspect it's happening to them. Original music by Matt J Brown.
07/07/22·49m 58s

Quickie: Sex clubbing and Killing Kittens

Ever wondered what it's like to go to a sex club? This week we're joined by Emma Sayle, CEO of Killing Kittens, the social network where women come first - it's a shame-free community for dating, sex ed and so much more. We ask her everything you've wondered: Who goes? What's it like inside? Do you have to participate? Can you bring your own sex toys? Original music by Matt J Brown.
05/07/22·18m 53s

Ashley James on big boobs, tabloid shame and not being Made in Chelsea

Presenter Ashley James joins us this week. She chats about being bullied into ditching her Geordie accent and why she's on a mission to stop the tabloids from shaming women's bodies. Original music by Matt J Brown.
30/06/22·36m 19s

Quickie: Ageing gracefully/disgracefully

Is it true that women start to feel invisible at 45? This week we’re discussing ageing - why is there more pressure for women to look younger? And what lengths would you go to look more youthful? We’re putting viral TikTok anti-ageing hacks to the test. We try a face tape which apparently gives an ‘instant face lift’ (and we see if you can do it cheaper with gaffer tape). We also try the most terrifying anti-aging mask and a jaw sculpter. You don't want to miss this. Original music by Matt J Brown.
28/06/22·18m 54s

Cat Sims on alcoholism, AA and gin O'clock

TW: This episode contains references of sexual assault. Cat Sims - also known as Not So Smug Now - grew a huge following on TikTok for her hilarious parenting videos during the pandemic. But during that time, she also came to terms with her relationship with alcohol. Now 7 months sober, she talks to us about the moment she realised she was an alcoholic and needed help, and challenges along the way. Original music by Matt J Brown.
23/06/22·53m 11s

Quickie: Passing wind in space with Tim Peake

Did you know that during production of Toy Story 2, Pixar accidentally deleted the whole film? It was saved by a new mother who worked from home and had the movie saved on her computer. That woman was Galyn Susman and she joins us on the podcast this week. We also speak to the British astronaut Tim Peake, who answers your kids' burning questions. Original music by Matt J Brown.
21/06/22·21m 7s

Demi Rose on OnlyFans, shame and Ayahuasca

Ever wondered about how OnlyFans works? We’re joined by model Demi Rose who shares why she decided to join the platform. Plus we chat to her about her life: from caring for her disabled mother, losing both parents and being bullied at school, to becoming an Instagram star with nearly 20 million followers. We also discuss shame, unrealistic beauty standards and her experiences with Ayahuasca. Original music by Matt J brown.
16/06/22·46m 25s

Quickie: The Spiderman monkey face sex position

Have you ever heard of the Spiderman monkey face sex position? No, nor did Anna. This quickie is all about sex positions - including the ones you've never heard of (and probably don't want to try). Original music by Matt J Brown.
14/06/22·12m 3s

Anna Whitehouse and Polly Hazlewood on Love Island v Love Handle Island

Love Island is back on our screens. Would anyone watch our remake Love Handle Island? It's the same premise - but for divorced, perimenopausal women to find love (or a shag). Any takers? We also chat about the documentary 'The man with a penis on his arm', micropenises and labiaplasties. Original music by Matt J Brown
09/06/22·23m 29s

Quickie: How good is feminist porn?

Today's quickie is all about porn. While many lambast it for degrading women, is there a space for feminist porn? Anna reviews one of Erika Lust’s films - the director who creates porn for women. Plus find out what happened when Anna and Polly tried to make a porn film club. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
01/06/22·14m 7s

Polly Hazlewood on the best and worst one-night-stands

One night stands are in decline, according to researchers. So we thought we'd treat your ears to our best and worst (spoiler: guess who was accidentally pissed on). Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
26/05/22·30m 49s

Anna Whitehouse on Flex Appeal and breaking down the 9-5

This week we're doing something a bit different. On top of speaking to inspirational women, this podcast is also a place for us to discuss the topics that are close to us. Anna has been campaigning for flexible working since 2015 - the goal is to make it the norm. Flexible working is not solely for parents, it’s not something only for ‘mummies that want to see more of their babies’. It’s about a fundamental shift in how we work. It’s about giving humans – all humans – the flexibility to do the job they need to in a way that works for both employer and employee. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
19/05/22·25m 25s

Quickie: Handjob tips from the pros

The news you've been waiting for! We are launching an extra weekly bonus episode: the Dirty Mother Pukka Quick & Dirty. Every week we'll be testing all the things you might be too scared to: think sessions with a divorce coach and what it's like to attend a sex party. But first we bring you the handjob workshop; Anna shares the top tips she received while attending the workshop in Amsterdam. We're finally putting the dirty in Dirty Mother Pukka. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
17/05/22·11m 43s

Sophie Walker on trolling, people pleasing and women in politics

In this episode we're joined by former leader of the Women's Equality Party, Sophie Walker. She shares the challenges of being a woman leader of a political party during such a divisive period; from online hate to why she needed to enter an interview through the backdoor to avoid potential confrontation. She also discusses the basic changes we need for make society fairer for women. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
12/05/22·36m 46s

Rachel Riley on upskirting, misogyny in the media and motherhood

Today’s guest is none other than the Countdown co-presenter and author of ‘At Sixes and Sevens’ Rachel Riley. In this episode she shares how she deals with the torrent of abuse she receives on social media and how social networks can do more to protect women. Plus we discuss the fallout from public shaming and her experiences of misogyny and objectification as a young woman in the TV industry. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
05/05/22·46m 42s

Cathy Reay on ableism, raising her voice and polyamory

In this episode we're joined by the writer and journalist Cathy Reay. She shares how she's navigating the world of motherhood, the challenges of building a platform as a person with a disability, experiences of ableism and what led her to try polyamory after a decade-long monogamous marriage. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
28/04/22·32m 53s

Alice Liveing on domestic abuse, adult acne and exercising for herself

TW: This episode discusses domestic abuse. This week’s guest is the personal trainer and fitness author Alice Liveing; she chats about her challenges with body image and diet culture and shares her experience of domestic abuse and giving evidence in court to put her abuser behind bars. If you are in immediate danger of domestic abuse please call 999. For more support you can contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
21/04/22·36m 9s

Zoe Hardman on menopause, misogyny and losing Caroline Flack

TW: This episode discusses eating disorders. This week's guest is Heart presenter Zoe Hardman where she shares her experience with anorexia after being on the hit TV show Playing It Straight, what it's like going through the early menopause in her 30s and how the press needs to change after losing her close friend Caroline Flack. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
14/04/22·41m 32s

Natalie Lee on body confidence, calling a vulva a vulva and feeling herself

In this episode we're joined by blogger and author Natalie Lee, aka Style Me Sunday, whose debut book Feeling Myself is out in June. We discuss reframing divorce and how you come to terms with ending a 24-year relationship, her recent ADHD diagnosis and shedding the shame of self-pleasure. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
07/04/22·34m 57s

Giovanna Fletcher on postnatal depression, bullying and being queen of the castle

TW: This episode discusses post-natal depression. This week we're joined by author, podcaster and presenter Giovanna Fletcher. In this emotional episode, she opens up about maternal mental health and experiencing post-natal depression after giving birth to her third child Max. She also shares how she juggles work and family life, plus why being bullied as a child means she no longer cares what strangers think about her. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
31/03/22·35m 44s

Florence Given on orgasming, being queer and dumping boys

She's one of the youngest authors to write a Sunday Times bestseller; she's also an activist, illustrator and podcaster. This week we're joined by Florence Given and it's a juicy one. She shares her tips for better sex, tells us how her friends' experiences of sexual harassment in clubs motivated her to start her platform and chats about the moment which led her to finally dump her boyfriend. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
24/03/22·25m 39s

Mary Portas on dismantling the 9-5, green washing and single parenting

In this week's episode we're joined by brand guru and broadcaster Mary Portas. She tells us why she ditched her iconic red bob and how the pandemic was cataclysmic for her and her business; forcing her to re-assess everything she once knew. We also discuss how she navigated raising her younger brother after the death of her parents, plus what gave her the courage to share her relationship with a woman with the world. Original music by Matt J Brown.
17/03/22·34m 42s

Stella Creasey on maternity discrimination, trolls and babies in Parliament

TW: This episode discusses baby loss. This week’s guest is none other than the Labour legend who is standing up for all mums every day, voting for women’s rights in parliament and doing it in style with her baby in a sling. Stella Creasy MP joins me to talk about the highs and lows of being a politician and a mother, and to talk about the lesser-known shoe fetish requests she receives from strangers online. Yes, you read that correctly. Original music by Matt J Brown.
10/03/22·25m 50s

Quickie: How to date after divorce

Our chat with Cherry was SO good we couldn't cut it all - so here's a little bit extra for you. In this bonus episode she shares her three golden dating rules, tells us the worst date she's been on and answers that burning (quite literally) question we've been wanting to know since reading her book: does she still bleach her bum hole?
07/03/22·9m 47s

Cherry Healey on divorce, bad Tinder dates and beauty standards

This week we’re joined by TV presenter Cherry Healey. She’s presented documentaries like Ten Years Younger and written the book Letters to My Fanny. We discuss the shame around masturbation and her journey of self-pleasure, plus the importance of consent and how it feels when that line is crossed. The pain - and equal relief - of divorce is also covered as Cherry details the judgement she faced when she separated from her husband. Original music by Matt J Brown.
03/03/22·33m 56s

Myleene Klass on miscarriage, misogyny and her #metoo moment

It’s here and it’s dirty. Well, that’s a lie, it’s not as filthy as co-hosts Anna and Polly had hoped because they’re exhausted, disillusioned mothers with limited time. Congealed ketchup on plates and fruity pet names are as X-rated as the pair get in the launch episode. But their guest Myleene Klass dishes the dirt on the music industry in a post #metoo era. Directors asking her to take clothes off in an ‘audition’ and songwriters getting too close and personal by the piano. In this no holds barred chat Myleene talks about getting booed off stage, her first snog, what it's like to be kissed and have someone tell on you. And the heartbreaking experience of losing a baby - and, in turn, losing a part of yourself. There’s highs, there’s lows, there’s light and shade. Welcome to Dirty Mother Pukka: Strap in for the ride. Original music by Matt J Brown.
24/02/22·42m 27s

Dirty Mother Pukka is back!

Dirty Mother Pukka is back - and this podcast will show the full 360-degrees of women. This is where women turn up, show up and be themselves. Women who stand up in the House of Commons and love a Jilly Cooper novel. Women who are tired of being compartmentalised and boxed up. Think feminism with a side of Mills & Boon filth. Listen and subscribe now on Global Player.
16/02/22·1m 36s
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