Standard Issue Podcast

Standard Issue Podcast

By Standard Issue

The online magazine by women for women takes to the internet airwaves with its much-loved blend of opinion and humour.

Episodes

SIM Ep 378 Pod 111: Sex, lies and the worst film of all time

As you probably know, we love old people here at Standard Issue, so our Jen got on the phone to Meryl Davies, chief executive of Re-engage, about respecting your elders and what we can do to help those who are socially distancing right now. We asked journalist and folk music fiend Hazel Davis to get on the phone with musician and ethnomusicologist Dr Fay Hield to chat about how the pandemic is affecting musicians and the inventive ways in which they’re surviving.Hannah chats to Dr Alyson McGregor about her new book Sex Matters and how Covid-19 presents an opportunity to change how we conduct health studies and collect statistics. Jen's talking big money and the chances of skipping the Tokyo Olympics entirely in Jenny Off The Blocks and in DDD, we watch classic bad filmPlan 9 From Outer Space. And in the Bush Telegraph, we're – er - let's just say, we're furious. You can probably guess why.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/201h 32m

SIM Ep 377 Chops 162: Han & Lou Solo

Millions of people in the UK are doing Lockdown alone, but you'd be mistaken for thinking they don't exist if you listened to the Government or the media. So, Hannah got on the phone to comedian Lou Conran to swap stories of Solo Lockdown. They chat about filling the hours, irrational and rational fears, and what this whole shebang can tell us about the value we put on childless or single women. Have at it!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/05/2031m 56s

SIM Ep 376 Pod 110: R&R, consumer queens, and monstrous donkeys

Maytree is a respite centre for people who are feeling suicidal, and this week our Jen chats to its director, Natalie Howarth, about the impact of lockdown on our mental health and how to help someone you’re worried might be suffering. Mick catches up with consumer rights queen Vix Leyton about what’s what in the time of coronavirus, how Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act remains the consumer’s friend and the places online that can help you chase claims.Sport is (sort of) BACK in Jenny off the Blocks, there are some strange hues of leather and shaky cameras galore as Dunleavy Does Disaster takes on Earthquake, and some absolute bastard donkeys in the Bush Telegraph. The bastards.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/05/201h 19m

SIM Ep 375 Chops 161: Antigone Rising with Helen Morales

What can we learn from the ancient Greeks? And what should we probably unlearn from them? In this episode, Jen chats to Professor Helen Morales, classicist and Argyropoulos Chair in Hellenic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They chat about Helen's new book Antigone Rising: The Subversive Power of the Ancient Myths and how ancient misogyny still underpins modern society, as well as some pilgrimages to Dollywood, among other things.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/05/2034m 33s

SIM Ep 374 Gig 53: McLynn and Hazarika

Back on February 14 this year, Mickey and Hannah were joined by actor and one-woman cat herd Pauline McLynn and journalist, political commentator and comedian Ayesha Hazarika. Now then, there’s some stuff in here that is clearly just jokes and lols – we absolutely do not endorse alcoholism or stalking. But hopefully you already knew that. And it’s very much worth remembering this was recorded back in February before we were officially in a global pandemic.And so, please get ready for topics including the turn of a man’s ankle, Riverdance, some genuinely excellent advice, and Hannah’s rubbish, mud-covered, fully nude birthday. Among many other marvellous tangents. We recorded this in front of a live audience at King’s Place in London, so thanks to them, thanks to Emma Corsham for all things tech, and thanks to our lovely audience. They had a great time. And when we can host live gigs again, you should come along and have a great time, too. Oh, just one more thing: is Pauline the Nigel Farage of this panel? Tweet us: @StandardIssueUK  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/201h 2m

SIM Ep 374 Gig 53: McLynn and Hazarika

Back on February 14 this year, Mickey and Hannah were joined by actor and one-woman cat herd Pauline McLynn and journalist, political commentator and comedian Ayesha Hazarika. Now then, there’s some stuff in here that is clearly just jokes and lols – we absolutely do not endorse alcoholism or stalking. But hopefully you already knew that. And it’s very much worth remembering this was recorded back in February before we were officially in a global pandemic,And so, please get ready for topics including the turn of a man’s ankle, Riverdance, some genuinely excellent advice, and Hannah’s shit, mud-covered, fully nude birthday. Among many other marvellous tangents. We recorded this in front of a live audience at King’s Place in London, so thanks to them, thanks to Emma Corsham for all things tech, and thanks to our lovely audience. They had a great time. And when we can host live gigs again, you should come along and have a great time, too. Oh, just one more thing: is Pauline the Nigel Farage of this panel? Tweet us: @StandardIssueUK  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/05/201h 2m

SIM Ep 373 Flicking #2: Kindergarten what?

Since cinemas are consigned to the list of things we used to do in these coronavirus-y times, we decided to have a watch of some of our own favourite films. Jen chose first, and opens this series with "classic" 90s comedy, Kindergarten Cop. Yes, we were surprised too. But can a man looking after children sustain the interest of the rest of our intrepid viewers for an hour and 50 minutes?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/05/2024m 42s

SIM Ep 372 Outside The Box #22

Young love, epic drugs binges, basketball, a golden box and an orange Michael Sheen - this month's Outside The Box has it all. We chat the highs and lows of Quiz, Normal People, Mike Judge Presents Tales From The Tour Bus, The Last Dance, Unorthodox, Devs and The A Word. Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/2037m 10s

SIM Ep 371, Pod 109: Hugging, homelessness and Handsy Joe

We all miss hugging our friends, right? But will we ever feel safe to do it again? This week, Mickey got on the phone to psychotherapist Jane Watson to find out why all our emotions are clamouring to have a go in lockdown and how we can prepare ourselves for the outside world again. Hannah chats to Sarah Halls of Wintercomfort, an outreach service for rough sleepers, about how they are coping in the current chaos. Plus she's talking about Biden vs Trump with comedian Kate McCabe. In Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen looks at the equal pay issue for the US national football teams and in Dunleavy Does Disaster, we watch Sharknado. Seriously, though, what the fuck?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/201h 33m

SIM Ep 370 Chops 160: The answer is quizzes

Quizzes are helping make Lockdown UK a bit more bearable, but you already knew that, right? Have a point! Hannah got on the phone with quiz enthusiasts and hosts of the excellent podcast Fingers on Buzzers, comedian Lucy Porter and The Chase's Jenny Ryan. They chat about why we just love getting questions right, how quizzes are the perfect tool for socially-distanced socialising and what the nation's favourite quiz shows can tell us about society at any given time.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/2031m 59s

SIM EP 369 Pod 108: Helping refugees, saving businesses, and not counting calories

In this week’s podzine, Mick chats to Sam Hudson of the charity Women For Refugee Women about how women refugees in the UK are faring in the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, on the business side of the coronavirus crisis, Jen chats to Hannah Turner-Voakes, founder and director of small business Paper Dress Vintage, about the impact of the virus and lockdown. Following on from BBC programme The Restaurant That Burns Off Calories, writer Lucy Nichol catches up with campaigner and author Hope Virgo to talk about how to have a responsible conversation about diet and eating disorders. In Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen ponders the prospect of two becoming one in tennis, and women be screaming as Hannah takes on The Poseidon Adventure in Dunleavy Does Disaster. Over in the Bush Telegraph, BoJo’s back, Pearson’s out, and Trump is, well, inexplicable to be honest.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/04/201h 22m

SIM Ep 368 Chops 159: Women, COVID-19 and spotlit inequality

The Fawcett Society has been fighting sex inequality since 1886. Mick caught up with its CEO, Sam Smethers, to talk specifically about women and Coronavirus, and how the pandemic is further highlighting structural inequality. Which is bad, yes, but Sam does have hope that this means those at the top might realise things need to change when it comes to moving forward post-Coronavirus.https://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/04/2024m 48s

SIM EP 367 Pod 107: Beauty Bankssss, Shakesssspeare and snakesss

Snakes on a podcast! It's almost a theme this week. But not quite. We'll get to the reptiles in odd places, but first journalist, author and beauty guru Sali Hughes chats to Mick about her work as co-founder the excellent Beauty Banks charity and #HelpingHands, its sibling initiative getting essential toiletries to people in need during the pandemic.Ahead of Shakespeare Day, Hazel Davis chats to Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Oxford, about why the Bard enjoys such longevity, and how his women fare. Jamie Chadwick, winner of last year's inaugural W Series, joins Jen in Jenny Off The Blocks to talk life in the fast lane, the physicality of motor racing and her bid for F1. And where are those snakes? Well they're on a plane in Dunleavy Does Disaster, as Hannah, Mick, Jen and Sarah Millican watch 2006's Samuel L Jackson-starring internet sensation.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/201h 23m

SIM Ep 366 Chops 158: pet care in a pandemic

We don’t know about you, but animals are playing a big part in keeping us sane (sort of) in these unsettling times. And so, Hannah and Mick got on the Zoom to Dr Judy Puddifoot – TV vet and all-round top woman – to ask her advice on looking after your pets in the lockdown and put those myths about animals spreading the virus to bed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/04/2022m 6s

SIM Ep 365 Pod 106: Remembering Brexit, coping with stress and massive worms

With reports of domestic violence soaring in LockdownUK, Mickey gets on the phone to Dawn Redshaw, who runs two women’s refuges in Salford, to learn how they are coping and what we can do to help. We've all lost track of what's happening with Brexit, so Hannah asks Best For Britain CEO and Remainiacs host Naomi Smith for the latest. Writer and mental health campaigner Natasha Devon tells Mick and Jen about her new book Yes You Can: Ace Your Exams Without Losing Your Mind. The boss, Sarah Millican, joins us for another Dunleavy Does Disaster as we watch Tremors. Plus we chat Priti Patel's unorthodox counting method and the plight of local newspapers in the Bush Telegraph. Yes, we are spoiling you.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/04/201h 18m

SIM Ep 364 Chops 157: Rebecca Schiller on Birthrights in the time of Corona

The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the NHS and among users of the healthcare system, including pregnant women. Currently up the duff, our Jen caught up with Rebecca Schiller co-founder and trustee of Birthrights, and author of the very excellent book Your No Guilt Pregnancy Plan: A Revolutionary Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and the Weeks That Follow. They chatted about what Birthrights is doing to help provide advice to, and advocate for pregnant women, what impact coronavirus is having on antenatal and postnatal services, and how to navigate these very anxious times if you're expecting.You can find more information and advice on the Birthrights website: https://www.birthrights.org.uk/    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/04/2031m 23s

SIM Ep 363 Outside The Box #21

Got a huge amount of time to watch TV? Struggling to watch TV? Either way, we feel you. In this month's Outside the Box, we chat Tiger King, In My Skin, Trigonometry, The Nest and The English Game. Plus Hannah and Mick finally catch up with Tim Minchin's Upright *chef's kiss*. Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/2035m 22s

SIM Ep 362 Pod 105: Child birthing, soul baring, and top jobbing.

In this episode, Jen chats to Rebecca Schiller, co-founder and trustee of Birthrights, about what they’re doing to help pregnant women during the coronavirus outbreak. Mick has a natter with Kayleigh Llewellyn, writer and creator of award-winning BBC comedy drama series In My Skin. Rachel Reeves, now shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, spoke to Jen back in March about her book Women of Westminster, and why we need to see more women in the top jobs in government.In Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen recaps the many cancellations in women’s sport, Hannah stretches the meaning of disaster a bit, but has a lovely time as Dunleavy Does Disaster takes on Con (H)Air. Plus in the Bush Telegraph there are some Judgey McJudgetons, unlikely scapegoats and an unwelcome headline about domestic abuse as the UK Lockdown rumbles on. Thank Christ for marauding goats.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/201h 48m

SIM Ep 361 Chops 156: Layla Saad and White Supremacy

In this episode Jen chats to Layla Saad, teacher, speaker and author of new book White Supremacy and Me: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism, and Change the World. They talk about white supremacy and why white people need to dismantle it, the intersection of privileges, performative wokeness and, er, Laurence Fox.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/04/2031m 2s

SIM Ep 360 Pod 104: Recovering from coronavirus, understanding autism and keeping fit

Sarah Millican, Rachel Parris, Nacoa, front room personal training, autism, Coronavirus, unsexy disaster, and tit slings: it is a BUMPER episode. Hannah catches up with Hilary Henriques from charity Nacoa to find out how they're continuing to provide support to children of alcoholics in Lockdown UK, and she also talks to comedian Rachel Parris, who explains what it's like to have Coronavirus, as well as what's coming up for fans of The Mash Report. And it’s World Autism Awareness Week, so Mick chats to artist and author Charlotte Amelia Poe about their book How To Be Autistic. In Jenny Off the Blocks, Jen talks to personal trainer and media fitness expert Anna Reich about how you can stay fit during lockdown. The boss joins the team for Dunleavy Does Disaster and totally cheats while watching 2003 journey to the centre of the Earth, The Core, and there are acronyms aplenty in BT but a dearth of bras in SOTW. Get jigg(l)y with it!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/04/201h 46m

SIM Ep 358 Chops 154: Shaping the future with Niamh O'Keeffe

In a time where the need for a steady ship couldn't be greater, and ahead of an anticipated announcement about the result of the Labour Party's leadership contest, Jen caught up with leadership adviser Niamh O'Keeffe. They talk about her new book Future Shaper: How Leaders Can Take Charge in an Uncertain World, what makes a good leader, and who's running the coronavirus show on the world stage, right now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/2034m 7s

SIM Ep 359 Chops 155: Workplace bullying and harassment

With the world in chaos, there's never been a more important time to look after your staff, so Hannah's been talking to The Royal Society of Chemistry CEO Dr Helen Pain and Laura Norton, Senior Programme Manager (Inclusion & Diversity), about its new support line. They chat about the advice and support they are providing for people experiencing (or indeed witnessing) bullying and harassment in the workplace, why it's needed and why it's vital to reach those guilty of bullying as well those being subjected to it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/03/2022m 23s

SIM Ep 357 Pod 103: School closures, stress and the back of Mia Farrow's head

If you've found the last few weeks stressful - and who hasn't? - we're here with some help. Mick talks to Katya Jezzard-Puyraud of Lighthearts UK to get some tips on dealing with anxiety, and long-time home edder Hazel Davies gives us some tips for coping now that schools have all been shut. We've also got Abortion Support Network’s Mara Clarke filling us in on what’s happening to women needing to access abortion services in the time of coronavirus. And in Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen chats to journalist Carrie Dunn about what the abrupt end to the football season means for next year's Women's Euros. Hannah's having the time of her life, watching Avalanche, very much the Crossroads of disaster films. Plus there's trolley trolls, pregnancy and the Windrush scandal in the Bush Telegraph. Tuck in. Stay safe. And socially distance. Until next week!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/201h 34m

SIM Ep 356 Chops 153: #NotYourPorn

Kate Isaacs is the founder of the #NotYourPorn campaign, whose mission is to hold porn companies to account. She believes revenge porn should not be a porn category, and consent should come before profit. Which you'd think would be hard to argue with. However, as you’re about to hear in this chat she had with our Mickey, Pornhub – very much the Johnny Big Balls of commercialised porn – isn’t making it easy for victims of non-consensual porn to get justice. Or indeed, videos taken down. You can help by visiting notyourporn.com and following and sharing the campaign on social media, where you’ll find it on Twitter with the handle @notyourporn.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/03/2049m 18s

SIM EP 356 Pod 102: Bugs, boys and books.

This week's podcast comes straight from our respective self-isolation bunkers, because frankly, we can't sustain this rate of hand-washing.Joining us - and you - is our resident music guru Liz Buckley, who brings us some much needed joy by way of the Pet Shop Boys. Hannah goes to author Claire Allan for some advice on what to get our reading chops around during these most-long of days.We're herding nans and chomping on budget apples in the Bush Telegraph, while in Jenny off The Blocks, Jen is chatting about renowned unskilled footballers the US Women's national team. Last but by no means least, there are incongruous sporting and indeed geological references in Dunleavy Does Disaster as Hannah takes on Gladiator, sorry, Pompeii.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/03/201h 27m

SIM Ep 355 Chops 152: Gilded cages and glass ceilings in art

The art world's not exactly been what you'd call welcoming to women over the years, as you can discover at London's Guildhall Art Gallery's latest exhibition Enchanted Interiors. In this week's Chops, Hannah chats to curator Katty Pearce about the gilded cages women have been kept in, the glass ceiling facing female artists and whether or not the Pre-Raphaelites deserve all the side-eye Hannah's been giving them.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/2022m 7s

SIM Ep 354 Outside The Box #20

There's probably never been a better time to stay inside and watch some TV, so let us give you some pointers in March's Outside The Box. We talk Inside No 9, This Country, Bojack Horseman, Home, Last Tango in Halifax, Night on Earth, Rio and Kate: Becoming A Step Family, The Stranger, The Trials of Gabriel Fernadez and Locke and Key. Yes, that's a whole lot of telly. * If you're looking for that link Hanah promises on Reconstruction, look no further: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7ypw_mNn8A  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/2044m 58s

SIM Ep 353 Pod 101: sexual feeling, groundbreaking feats and shit pie

With very clean hands, this week's podzine brings you Sex and Lies, as author Leila Slimani tells Jen all about her new book looking at the secret sex lives of women in Morocco, a country that still expects its women to be virgins or married.Part of the brilliant Vaults Festival, Miles Apart Together is a new play charting world-beating feats accomplished by women you've never heard of. But you're hearing about them now, as actor Meg Kubota tells our Hannah about Annie "Londonderry" Kopchovsky, Bessie Coleman and Junko Tabei. In Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen’s wondering if it’s time for Phil Neville to sling his hook as far as his management of the Lionesses is concerned, and in the Bush Telegraph the team talks COVID-19, convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein and #WeToo, and the problem with the Labour leadership race. Well, one of them anyway. And there are more fun and games in Dunleavy Does Disaster, as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson saves what's left of the day while his on-screen daughter goes tits akimbo in 2015's San Andreas.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/03/201h 12m

SIM 352 IWD20 #7: Samra Habib's Queer Muslim Memoir

It's the last in this year's International Women's Day series (although, in truth, every day is IWD at Standard Issue) and Hannah has been to chat to writer and photographer Samra Habib. They talk about her book We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir, and about what it's like both to be LGBT in Muslim communities and a Muslim in LGBT communities. Don't forget to listen to all our our IWD20 series, where we talk to brilliant women including Amelia Bullmore, Sophie Walker, Helen Lewis, Vivienne Hayes and Su Pollard. And Happy IWD to you all.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/2029m 0s

SIM Ep 351 IWD20 6: Vivienne Hayes and the Women's Resource Centre

For this, the International Women’s Day Eve episode in our series of IWD 2020 interviews, Mick caught up with fierce feminist, relentless activist and CEO of the Women’s Resource Centre, Vivienne Hayes. They chat challenging systemic sexism, class, the power of solidarity, the vital importance of women’s spaces and Pay Back The Tampon Tax – the Women’s Resource Centre’s excellent campaign for the government to give the cash raised by VAT on tampons and sanitary pads to the women’s sector. Which it promised to do. Then didn’t. No, we're not surprised either. It’s a campaign well worth getting behind, we're sure you’ll agree, and you’ll find ways to get involved at www.wrc.org.uk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/2043m 32s

SIM Ep 350 IWD20 #5: Difficult Women with Helen Lewis

In part five of our series for International Women's Day 2020, Jen and Mick talk to Helen Lewis, journalist and author of the new book Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights. They talk about speaking up, erasing history, cancel culture, and the #oneballcampaign, among many other things.Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights is available now, published by Jonathan Cape.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/2046m 38s

SIM Ep 349 IWD20 #4: Andrea Heaton

Smile Club, the new play from theatre-maker and actor Andrea Heaton, follows Lisa, an attendee of Smile Club – Smile Club being the government drive that exists to tame unruly women in Andrea’s imagined dystopian future. Although, as she and Mickey touch on, that dystopia feels closer than is comfortable. Smile Club is a Red Ladder production and opens at Leeds Playhouse on March 5 before going on tour.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/03/2017m 32s

SIM Ep 348 IWD20 #3: Su Pollard

On day three of our International Women's Day 2020 series, we give you the gift of Su Pollard, actor and national treasure, best known as Hi-de-Hi's Peggy, and now starring in one-woman show Harpy. Jen chats to Su about mental health, ageing stars, wedding singers and upsetting passengers from the mighty Harwich Ferry. And parrots, obviously.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/2028m 27s

SIM Ep 347 IWD20 #2: Sophie Walker

Inspiring force of nature and all-round top woman Sophie Walker chats to Mickey about: activism and how we can all get involved; being an optimistic feminist (and how we can all be one); how being the founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party changed her life; her recent appointment as CEO of The Young Women’s Trust, and her brilliant book, Five Rules For Rebellion: Let’s Change The World Ourselves.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/03/2037m 35s

SIM Ep 346 IWD20 #1: Amelia Bullmore

In the first of our special interviews celebrating International Women's Day 2020, Hannah and Jen chatted to actor and writer Amelia Bullmore about her varied career. They talked about working with such excellent women as Sally Wainwright and Val McDermid, the joy of costumes, Coronation Street and - of course - I'm Alan Partridge, as well as how to write crime drama responsibly. Loads more bonus IWD podcasts to enjoy this week, so don't forget to press subscribe wherever you are listening to this to make sure you don't miss any of them.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/03/2047m 59s

SIM Ep 345 Chops 151: Molly Aitken's Island Child

In this episode Jen catches up with author Molly Aitken to chat about her debut novel, The Island Child. They talk about motherhood, mental health, mythology, and why women don't ever seem to catch a break when it comes to complicated characters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/2024m 24s

SIM Ep 344 Gig 52: Ellis and Lexx

At last year's Edinburgh Fringe, Mick, Hannah and Jen had a bloody lovely chat with comedian Laura Lexx and presenter and author Janet Ellis. They talked about finding a thing's peril (but doing it anyway!), the joy and revelation of napping, Goldie the dog, Goldie the musician, and the importance of the Night Stool Man. You’re probably going to have to listen if you want to know what that means.Our next gig is on March 29 as part of Podfest Birmingham, where we’ll be joined by bloody excellent actor and writer Helen Monks, comedy legend Janice Connolly aka Mrs Barbara Nice, and our very own flipping boss, Sarah Millican. Check out our website standardissuepodcast.com for info on all of our gigs, including where you can buy tickets.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/2052m 22s

SIM Ep 343 Chops 150: The truth about romantic fiction with the RNA's Alison May

From Marian Keyes to Jilly Cooper, Joanne Harris to Toni Morrison, Barbara Cartland to Gabriel Garcia Marquez: romantic novels are a broad church able to tackle a lot of big topics and hot potatoes. And yet a lot of people still get sniffy when it comes to romance. We chatted to the bloody smashing Alison May, Chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association – this year celebrating its 60th anniversary – about changing hearts and minds, inclusivity, literary love stories, that time Cliff Richard played Heathcliff, why Same Girl by Usher and R Kelly would make a terrible romantic novel, and the intriguing sounding “banging” line of Mills & Boon books called Dare. Crikey Moses.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/02/2038m 6s

SIM Ep 342 Chops 149: Pregnant Then Screwed

Ever wondered why some of the women around you just can't seem to catch a break in the workplace? In the fourth and final episode of our series on pregnancy, Jen catches up with Aceil Haddad, head of comms at the pregnancy and maternity rights charity Pregnant Then Screwed. They chat about the problems facing women in the workplace who are pregnant, on maternity leave or have returned to work after having kids, as well as the "comedy" tropes associated with motherhood and older women, feeling seen, and just how many children Boris Johnson may or may not have.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/02/2037m 10s

SIM Ep 341 Pod 100: The Mercies, Teatime and Closed Lands

FANFARE PLEASE. It's our 100th podzine and, woman oh woman, is it a bumper banger. (Yes. Yes it is.) Kiran Millwood-Hargrave writes beautifully of women's experiences from history and The Mercies, her debut adult fiction (although don't think you're too old to read her children's and YA books), is no different, charting a 17th Century real-life devastating storm and imagining what happened in the three years between that and a real-life devastating witch hunt. She tells Jen all about The Mercies and its inspiration.Comedian, actor and writer Katherine Jakeways joins the team to talk spending rather too much time with family, what it's like writing for radio, the art of audio spoon balancing and her new Radio 4 sitcom, Teatime. Becka McFadden tells us about Legal Aliens Theatre Company's play Closed Lands, and we chat why the West is so keen on building walls, both literal and metaphorical. There's really bad wind as Dunleavy Does Disaster tackles Twister and the stomach-churning effect of Bill Paxton's character within it. And in the Bush Telegraph, Jen has some excellent words on how we can all be better at the media and why that's necessary. Among other stuff. So cover yourself in tampons for warmth (see SOTW for more details) and get stuck in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/02/201h 24m

SIM Ep 340 Chops 148: Is it normal? Mental health in pregnancy with Mumsnet

We hear quite a lot about the joy and wonder of pregnancy, rather less about the stress of wondering if something's wrong or you just need to fart. In part three of our series on pregnancy, Jen talks to Anna Cook, team member at Mumsnet, about mental health in pregnancy, the anxiety around growing a human, and what you can do to help yourself and others experiencing it.     See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/02/2035m 10s

SIM Ep 339 Chops 147: When Hazel (Davis) met Nina (Stibbe)

Journalist Hazel Davis had The Best Time when we sent her to the British Library to chat with author and all-round hilarious woman Nina Stibbe. Chat veers delightfully wildly from Nina's first book, Love, Nina, to wayward mothers, prudish teens, being first published at 50, and when it's okay to risk pissing off your entire family. Nina's novel Reasons To Be Cheerful is out in paperback now.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/02/201h 11m

SIM Ep 338 Flicking #1

In the first of our new film podcast, Flicking *sniggers*, we're off to the Oscars where there is laughter, terror, some really old white dudes, and not a lot for anyone else. That's right, this month we watch the winners (Parasite, Joker, Jojo Rabbit), the losers (The Irishman) and the not-even-nominated (Just Mercy and Queen & Slim).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/02/2037m 22s

SIM Ep 337 Pod : Drugs, reality bubbles and the sea

Looking for a clever woman? Well, lucky you, we've four of them for you and that doesn't even include us. This week, Mick catches up with photographic artist Mandy Barker to talk about her exhibition Our Plastic Ocean, a retrospective of her work addressing the global crisis of marine plastic pollution. Jen talks to science journalist Ziya Tong about her book The Reality Bubble and society's blindspots. And Hannah's chatting to Dr Suzi Gage about her new book Say Why To Drugs and what the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special can teach us about attitudes to recreational drug taking. In Jenny Off the Blocks, Jen's speaking to Kait Borsay, one of the hosts of The Offside Rule, about how the podcast's new sponsor has saved the day, and in Dunleavy Does Disaster we watch Independence Day. America! Fuck yeah!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/02/201h 32m

SIM Ep 336 Chops 146: Anne Miller, Hannah, Jen, Mickey and the Animal Spies

QI Elf, Museum of Curiosities producer and our resident bookworm Anne Miller came round to Mick's to chat to the team about her new kids' book, Mickey And The Animal Spies. Talk covered spies, animals we’d like to live with, the joy of kids books, and that time Dunleavy worked in Harrods' swimwear section. It was delightful.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/02/2023m 16s

SIM Ep 335 Chops 145: Getting physical with the Active Pregnancy Foundation

The internet can be a nightmare for women trying to navigate the dos and myriad of don'ts for pregnant women, especially when it comes to staying active during pregnancy. Now that she is very much up the duff, Jen wanted to find out more about what she should be doing to stay fit, and fortunately Dr Marlize de Vevo and Sally Kettle of the Active Pregnancy Foundation were on hand to advise. Spoiler alert: there's no such thing as "should".Just to add, while these birds know their stuff, every pregnancy is different and you should always talk to a GP before you embark on a new exercise regime during pregnancy or if you have any concerns.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/02/2046m 5s

SIM Ep 334 Outside The Box #20

2020 has started with a bang on TV, so we've watched loads so you can get away with just watching the best bits. You are welcome. In this episode we chat Deadwater Fell, Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez, Cobra, Sex Education, Messiah, The Outsider, You and Cheer. Plus Hannah wants us to make Lucy Worsley a National Treasure. The campaign starts here!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/02/2044m 17s

SIM Ep 333 Pod 98: Sticky doors, misdiagnosis, and adult playtime

This week, we chat to actor and writer Katie Arnstein about the final play in her It’s A Girl! trilogy, Sticky Door, which covers her year-long journey of sexual exploration. Journalist and author Susannah Cahalan tells Jen about her book The Great Pretender, about understanding “madness” and the blurring of lines between physical and mental health. In Jenny Off the Blocks, personal trainer and author of Train Happy, Tally Rye, tells us about giving #fitspo the middle finger, and it’s a right old pa-lava in Dunleavy Does Disaster as we scale the dizzy heights of Dante’s Peak. Plus there’s Brexit, Stateside shit-housery and sports bantz in the Bush Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/02/201h 15m

SIM EP 332 Chops 144: Portraying Pregnancy at the Foundling Museum

Women's bodies are a constant source of controversy and debate, during pregnancy as much as any other time in our lives. In the first of a series about pregnancy running throughout February, Jen checked out the Foundling Museum's Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media exhibition, and caught up with its curator Karen Hearn, as well as the museum's director Caro Howell, to find out why this stage of a woman's life has historically been so shrouded in mystery, and precisely what an art historian makes of those famous Beyonce snaps.(Picture credit: Beyonce/Instagram)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/02/2033m 46s

SIM Ep 331 Gig 51: Stevenson and Haggard

Multi-hyphenates Daisy Haggard and Tiff Stevenson joined Mick and Hannah at Kings Place on the eve of the general election – oh heady days of hope! – for a cracking gig, which involved some very entertaining politics chat that led to us all living on an island with talking sharks. Ahh, we wish. There’s also a whirlwind lesson in yoga for Mick and Hannah, a lot of sweating when it comes to thinking of things we like about ourselves, crying in the tax office, Googling big gardens, passive-aggressive presents, full-on aggressive presents, and a whole mess of crisps. Our next live event is at Kings Place is on February 14, with excellent women Pauline McLynn and Ayesha Hazarika. Some people know that date as Valentine’s Day, but whether you’re into hearts and flowers or not, laughter is good for the soul and the loins. Honest. Get your tickets here: www.standardissuepodcast.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/201h 0m

SIM Ep 330 Chops 143: Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

It's Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, so in this episode of the Sunday Chops we speak to Kate Sanger, head of communications and public affairs at Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, and Mercedes, one of the charity's volunteers. We chatted about the #SmearForSmear campaign, HPV and how it is linked to cervical cancer, and what we can all do to help encourage those who can to have a smear test.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/01/2023m 54s

SIM Ep 329 Pod 97: Lovesick, loving Europeans and learning to love sweating

It's our last podzine before that big Brexit date, so this week we're talking to Maike Bohn, from campaign group The 3 Million about how EU27 citizens feel about life in a post-Brexit Britain, what their chances of staying here are and what we can all do to make life a bit easier for them. Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, Mickey chats to composer Na'ama Zisser about her new work Lovesick, which is part of a special performance at Manchester Jewish Museum on Monday 27 January. In Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen chats to Sport England's Director of Insight, Lisa O'Keefe, about the 5th year of their This Girl Can campaign and the joy of public sweating, and to netball star Ama Agbeze about body image.  And get out your face masks, because we're watching Contagion in Dunleavy Does Disaster. NO PEANUTS!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/201h 12m

SIM Ep 328 Chops 142: The Internet Watch Foundation

Child abuse isn't most people's first choice of conversation topic, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it. Last week, Hannah went to the Internet Watch Foundation to meet its CEO Susie Hargreaves to learn more about what the charity is doing to remove images of child sexual abuse online, why we shouldn't ever call it child pornography and how they look after the mental health of their staff whose job it is to see such videos.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/01/2032m 53s

SIM Ep 327 Pod 96: Believing women, being brave and breaking records.

No Bush Telegraph or Dunleavy Does Disaster this week but, instead, a whopping four interviews with top women. Hannah chats to Joan Smith, Chair of The Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Board, about the recent horrendous Cyprus rape case and why it doesn’t end there when it comes to the legal difficulties facing victims of sex crimes. Mick talks to Kiley Reid about her excellent book Such a Fun Age, a whole host of privileges, and life in Trump’s US. Jen catches up with Standard Issue favourite, adventurer and author Paula McGuire, to talk about finding adventure in even the little things, as well as former British No 1 turned Eurosport pundit Annabel Croft, about the Australian Open – surely it’s Serena’s time, right?(And for those of you who want to watch it, all courts and all matches of the Australian Open are live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/01/201h 13m

SIM Ep 326 Chops 141: Getting on your bike with the Croydon Cycle Theatre

Fancy zipping around town on a bike rather than sitting in endless traffic jams? Well, there may be politics on those there streets, but there are still plenty of reasons to start cycling. In this episode, comedian Vanessa Hammick and teacher Amy Foster, founders of the Croydon Cycle Theatre, tell us the whys and hows to getting on your bike.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/01/2033m 33s

SIM Ep 325 Outside The Box #19

Need to save some money in January? Then stay in and watch the telly. Hannah's got some news on what's coming up this month, including another Jonestown documentary, because yes, we still need them. We also talk Dracula and The Trial of Christine Keeler. And Mickey has finally finished Succession, so we can discuss the worst aspects of Shiv (spoiler alert, it's all of her) and why there is so much to love about intergenerational power couple Boss 'n' Toss. And finally, FINALLY, the last series of The Deuce is here. Hooray! Oh wait *cries forever*.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/01/2044m 53s

SIM Ep 324 Pod 95: Fuck no! Yes dogs! And a sinking feeling

Ever wanted to harness the power of ‘No’? Yes? Thought so. In that case, Hannah’s chat with the ever-excellent guide to giving no fucks and sweary delight Sarah Knight is for you, as she talks through ways to make saying no easier. Her book Fuck No! is absolutely worth your yes.Tour de force Rosalind Blessed currently has two plays in rep at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London, and she tells us about The Delights Of Dogs and the Problems Of People and Lullabies For The Lost, both of which cover hefty topics, including domestic violence and mental health issues. That doesn’t mean we don’t get quite rightly distracted by how much we bloody love dogs. DOGS!In the Bush Telegraph, we’re trying to stay upbeat in the face of a world quite literally on fire. BUT there is potential joy to be had in certain MPs running in the Labour leadership race, and Ricki Lake’s inspirational take on female hair loss. Jen’s chatting exciting events in the 2020 women’s sports calendar, while the plaster is firmly ripped off in Dunleavy Does Disaster as the team watches 1997 epic Titanic. Hurry, Jack! And we’ll leave you with the news that rumours Dunleavy is enjoying sexy time with some oiled-up kale remain unconfirmed.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/01/201h 23m

SIM Ep 323 Quiz 2: Jenny Off The Blocks' quiz of the year

We begin 2020 by looking back at a great year of women's sport in the time-honoured tradition of a bloody great big quiz. Jen makes like Sue Barker to host, as we discover just how much attention Hannah and Mickey have been paying to the weekly JOTB, as they answer questions alongside our special guests, journalists Kelly Welles and Natasha Henry. Contains pies, cheese and more than a pinch of Jamie Redknapp.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/01/2050m 32s

SIM Ep 362: Outside The Box Quiz of the Year

It's Boxing Day, so why not gather those members of your family you're still talking to and join in with our TV Quiz of The Year. Team captains Mickey and Jen are joined by TV critic Julia Raeside and writer and one third of Drunk Women Solving Crime Hannah George, as our Hannah asks the questions about what's been on the box in 2019. Happy quizzing!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/12/1946m 6s

SIM Ep 321 Gig 50: Kumar, Lycett, Parkinson and Millican

Joe Lycett, Nish Kumar, Craig Parkinson and the boss herself, Sarah Millican? What. A. Lineup. Yep, in one last aural treat before Christmas, we bring you three wise men (and one woman) from our IMD gig recorded back in November. Oh, and also Mick and Hannah. Chat involves solo volleyball, climate change, peer pressure, being Buzz Killington in a WhatsApp group, sharing feelings and just how much Mummy has been drinking. Whatever you’re up to over the festive period, we hope you have a smashing time. As our Christmas present, please do book to come see a live show. We can’t keep doing them if there’s no audience and, as you’re about to hear, they are stupid amounts of fun. Visit www.standardissuepodcast.com for gig details.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/12/191h 3m

SIM Ep 320 Chops 140: Being Priya Basil's guest

When Priya Basil was asked to write a book about hospitality, she was struck by how many forms this could take, something she explores beautifully in her book Be My Guest. Jen caught up with Priya to talk the joys of generosity, food, shelter and the general warmth of humanity - because it's out there somewhere, right?   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/12/1931m 37s

SIM Ep 319 Pod 94: Smashing stigma, a deadly downstairs and our women of the year

#SmashAbortionStigma is the new campaign from Marie Stopes UK, aiming to make people feel more comfortable talking about their abortion experiences – that includes the healthcare professionals, too, as Dr Yvonne Neubauer, associate clinical director at Marie Stopes UK, explains to Mickey. We're also chatting to comedian Amy Vreeke about her one-woman comedy show, The Year My Vagina Tried To Kill Me, which covers her experiences with endometriosis and the fun and games* of being misdiagnosed, dismissed and definitely not cured. In the Bush Telegraph, we're bigging up our women of the year, which include Caroline Criado-Perez, Greta Thunberg and Ayesha Hazarika. There are more excellent women in Jenny Off The Blocks's very own SPOTY. And there's way too much calamity to handle as Dunleavy Does Disaster checks out 2009's 2012. Nature, you absolute bastard!*No actual fun and games  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/12/191h 0m

SIM Ep 318 Chops 139: Pain and Prejudice with Gabrielle Jackson

Journalist Gabrielle Jackson’s personal dealings with endometriosis led her to explore how women – historically and through to today – are underserved, sometimes fatally, by the systems that are supposed to keep us healthy. The resulting book, Pain And Prejudice: A Call To Arms For Women And Their Bodies, reveals how there’s very little research into women’s bodies and therefore medicine quite often gets it wrong or shrugs its shoulders and calls us hysterical. Gabrielle chats to Mickey about how we got here, what it means and where we go next. There's hope and power in collective anger, people!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/12/1928m 9s

SIM Ep 317 Pod 93: Hysteria and space dementia (don't forget to vote!)

With the General Election just a day away, we talk to Chi-chi Shi and Rosa Caradonna of campaign group FCK Boris about why young people are rallying against the Tories. Mick chats to Gabrielle Jackson, author of new book Pain and Prejudice, about the pain gap and Jen's talking all things sport in Jenny Off The Blocks. Hannah's been charming babies at train stations, which goes some way to excusing her tantrum about having to watch Armageddon. Plus, we chat the Peloton advert in Sexism of the Week. Have at it. (And please, people, use your votes tomorrow.)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/12/191h 1m

SIM Ep 316 Chops 138: Five Steps To Happy with Ella Dove

Since it was World Disability Day on Tuesday, Jen caught up with author and journalist Ella Dove, who was left 'temporarily incapacitated' after an accident led to her leg being amputated below the knee. They chatted about Ella's book Five Steps To Happy, which is partly based on her experience of becoming an amputee, processing trauma, and the perils of online dating, among other things.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/12/1927m 36s

SIM Ep 315 Outside The Box #18

Got a load of Christmas wrapping to do? Then why not park yourself in front of the telly and get viewing? We talk Watchmen, The Crown, His Dark Materials, Ladhood, Guilt and War of The Worlds in this month's Outside The Box. Have at it!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/12/1928m 2s

SIM Ep 314 Pod 92: Elections, abuse and awareness

In this episode we chat to Fiona Mackenzie of We Can’t Consent To This, a campaign highlighting the alarming trend of men claiming ‘rough sex’ as a defence against injuring and killing women. Author and journalist Ella Dove tells us about being ‘temporarily incapacitated’ after an accident led to her leg being amputated below the knee at the age of 25.There are single mothers, sly tactics and “weapons-grade shithousery” in the Bush Telegraph, and it’s awards season in Jenny Off The Blocks. Plus, is it a dinosaur? Is it a gorilla? No, it’s Godzilla you idiots, in Dunleavy Does Disaster.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/12/1957m 33s

SIM Ep 313 Chops 137: The (feminist) little mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a much-loved fairy Hans Christian Andersen tale that became a Disney film classic. But boy oh boy is it problematic. Author Louise O’Neill has written The Surface Breaks a cracking retelling of the story, in which our protagonist learns a few things about the silencing of women, and the sea witch is truly a hero for our times. Louise chats to our Mickey about weak but controlling men, strong but ostracised women, and the joys and strengths of self-acceptance.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/12/1922m 30s

SIM Ep 312 Gig 49: Cairney and Jones

Gemma Cairney and Rosie Jones join Hannah, Mick and Jen to chat fighting with furniture, sledging for Brexit, starting a commune, pissing yourself on Mastermind, the kindness of strangers, and ham on the back of Jen’s jeans. Release the cats!This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at The Stand Comedy Club, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe back in August.Our next show is at London’s Kings Place on December 11, where we’ve got the excellent telly star and crisp addict Daisy Haggard and brilliant comedian/inspirational cowboy-boot wearer Tiff Stevenson. Come! Tickets for all our gigs are available via our website: www.standardissuepodcast.com.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/11/1949m 1s

SIM Ep 311 IMD 19 #7: Buses4Homeless

Getting solutions to homelessness on the road (well, in a secure site) has become businessman Dan Atkins' passion. Mickey caught up with the founder of Buses4Homeless to find out more about this low-cost, holistic approach to homelessness and to discover the ins and outs of upcycling four double deckers into sleeping, eating, wellbeing and learning spaces for previously homeless guests, with a long-term goal of getting them back on their feet. www.buses4homeless.org  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/11/1929m 54s

SIM Ep 310 IMD 19 #6: Lemn Sissay's Name Is Why

Lemn Sissay's no. 1 Sunday Times' bestseller My Name Is Why tells the story of the poet and broadcaster's childhood in the care system. For the sixth episode in our International Men's Day series, Jen and Lemn chat about why the records detailed in his book inspired him to take the government to court, how we can all improve our lived experiences by listening to others, and saying the wrong – or right – thing in Urdu.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/11/1959m 30s

SIM Ep 309 IMD 19 #5: Chris Spencer's Cold War Steve

Hot on the heels of yesterday's political animals comes Chris Spencer, the man behind radical figure, Cold War Steve. Jen chats to Chris about how Phil Mitchell became the poster boy for Britain's political turmoil, seeking solace in a hellscape and fighting for Bungle.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/11/1928m 37s

SIM Ep 308 IMD 19 #4: Chris Addison and Femi Oluwole

Politics has become very macho and very toxic in recent years, so in the fourth of our International Men's Day interviews, we invited political activist Femi Oluwole and comedian and writer Chris Addison in to find out what they thought about politics becoming literally a load of old balls.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/1958m 43s

SIM Ep 307 IMD '19 #3: Rich Wilson is Insane In The Men Brain

Putting the men into mental health, treating yourself as an ongoing project, accepting your parents as people, being a "woke feminist geezer", and when it's absolutely inappropriate to windmill – there's a whole maze of chat as Mick catches up with Rich Wilson, comedian, bloody lovely fella and host of the excellent Insane In The Men Brain podcast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/11/1957m 23s

SIM Ep 306 IMD '19 #2: George Alagiah

In the second of our International Men's Day 2019 specials, Hannah and Jen caught up with George Alagiah – journalist, author, and main dude at the BBC News at Six. They chatted living in a relentless news cycle, the masculinity of a newsroom, and George's new book, The Burning Land.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/1941m 17s

SIM Ep 305 IMD '19 #1: Paterson Joseph

In the first of this year's International Men's Day interviews, Hannah and Mickey went to London's Old Vic to meet actor Paterson Joseph, who is about to appear on stage as the Scrooge in Jack Thorne's version of A Christmas Carol (opens on Nov 23). They chatted about why writers are still drawn to Dickens, the state of the world, The Leftovers and, of course, Johnson. Because Johnson.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/1944m 23s

SIM Ep 303 Chops 135: Who you gonna call? Vagina-myth buster Dr Jen Gunter!

Dr Jen Gunter, gynaecologist, expert on women’s health, and author of bestseller The Vagina Bible, chats to Mickey and busts some myths about the vulva and vagina. From Greek statues to white knickers, "dirty" vaginas to bullshit about the hymen, and what porn is teaching kids, you might want to take notes/buy the book. You definitely want to follow her on Twitter @drjengunter.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/1928m 32s

SIM Ep 304 Chops 136: Other mothering with Jen Brister

In this episode, we're joined by comedian and Standard Issue fave, Jen Brister to chat about her new book The Other Mother. We talked about what it's like to be the "other" or non-biological mother of twin boys, not feeling guilty, and novel uses for all those jars of teeth*.*Not as weird as it sounds. Probably.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/1933m 41s

SIM Ep 302 Pod 91: Best buys, big hitters and busy bees

In this week’s podzine Hannah chats to author Anna Cosslett about her new book Your Life As I Knew It, about bringing up her severely autistic son, Huw. We’re joined in the studio by our resident consumer expert and all-round lovely person Vix Leyton to give us the lowdown on bagging a Black Friday bargain and what the Brexit is happening in the world of retail. There’s electoral Wacky Races, questionable gynaecological procedures and some cheeky identity theft opportunities in the Bush Telegraph, homage paid to boxing great Nicola Adams in Jenny Off The Blocks, and quite the buzz (sorry not sorry) about Dunleavy Does Disaster this week as we watch The Swarm.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/11/191h 21m

SIM Ep 301 Chops 134: She Said with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey are the two Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporters that broke the Harvey Weinstein story back in October 2017. It kickstarted the #MeToo movement, which continues to this day. Their new book, She Said, is a powerful page-turner that tells the story behind the breaking of the story – and what happened next for some of the women involved in the allegations against Weinstein, as well as other powerful men. Mick caught up with them to chat investigative journalism, Weinstein intimidation, loopholes, turncoats, brave-ass women, and where Me Too goes from here.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/11/1933m 8s

SIM Ep 300 Outside The Box #17

It's dark out, so best stay in and watch some TV. And man, is there a lot to choose from. We talk Succession, Bojack Horseman, Motherland, Young Offenders, The Accident, Seven Worlds, Dublin Murders and a tiny bit of His Dark Materials in this month's Outside The Box. Have at it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/11/1938m 24s

SIM Ep 299 Pod 90: Greenham, Blue Peter and the bright white of another Ice Age

Radical women, bloody-minded women, successful sports women: there's loads of positive stuff in this week's podcast – hurray! Hannah learns all about the excellent Greenham Women Everywhere project from its co-coordinator Rebecca Mordan, who explains the work of, and shares anecdotes from, the extraordinary campaigners of the Greenham Common peace camp of the 1980s. Mickey has a lovely natter with author and erstwhile Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis about her latest novel, How It Was, and they cover loads of ground including the joys of being invisible, Blue Peter (obvs), and mother-daughter relationships. Jen's got a lot to applaud in Jenny Off The Blocks, and even our resident northerner's got her big coat on as Dunleavy Does Disaster talks 2004's The Day After Tomorrow.It's not all highs, mind, because there is of course the news, and this week's Bush Telegraph has sexism galore, with more depressing ongoings in Parliament, the BBC, and with reproductive rights in America. But also a naked man under a table. Possibly.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/11/191h 19m

SIM Ep 298 Chops 133: women smashing it in business with Anna Jones and Debbie Wosskow

Fiercely successful business brains Debbie Wosskow and Anna Jones, founders of leading women’s network The AllBright and authors of Believe Build Become, chat to Mickey about the power of failure and risk, the benefits of a poor short-term memory, the huge boost women can and need to give other women, and how a serendipitous meeting led to the formation of a monster global sisterhood of kick-ass women who’ve got each other’s backs.You may have already heard of The AllBright as a swish women-members only club with spaces in Fitzrovia and Mayfair, as well as LA, which may draw you in or indeed put you off. But, however you feel about members clubs, that’s just one aspect of what The AllBright’s about, and there’s a lot of free information, help and solidarity made available on the website for anyone who wants to get involved, whether that’s signing up as a member or getting solid advice on how to ask your boss for a payrise. www.allbrightcollective.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/11/1941m 20s

SIM Ep 297 Gig 48: Stella Creasy and Taylor Glenn

It's rare we open a gigcast with the question "WTF?" but as our guests last month were MP Stella Creasy and US comedian Taylor Glenn it seemed rather fitting. We also talked about what we'd change if we were in charge of the world, "liberal bros", disastrous driving tests and foam shrimps. Because foam shrimps.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/10/1955m 2s

SIM Ep 296 Chops 132: Venus with Sophie Duker

Last week, Mick and Hannah went to the pub with comedian Sophie Duker to find out if life has changed since she became one of the first women of colour to be nominated for an Edinburgh Award. Spoiler alert, it has. They also chatted about her show Venus, making Oxbridge more accessible to minorities, and lesbian cruises. You are welcome.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/10/1929m 39s

SIM Ep 295 Chops 131: Jemma Neville's Constitution Street

Back in August Jen caught up with Jemma Neville, author of Constitution Street, which charts the real-life stories on one Edinburgh Street. With Brexit looming – possibly, probably, who knows? – now seems like as good a time as any to share Jemma's thoughts on the UK's current political shitstorm, why democracy needs reframing, and the good that can come from the act of listening.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/10/1931m 18s

SIM Ep 294 Pod 89: People power, split screens, and blood lust

On this week’s pod, Mick chats to Alliance For Choice’s Danielle Roberts about some good news on reproductive and gay marriage rights in Northern Ireland, following changes to the law this week. Hannah speaks to former Conservative, now Lib Dem MP Heidi Allen about what’s going on in Parliament about Brexit this week and how you can help push for a People’s Vote. Jen speaks to author Kiran Millwood-Hargrave about her new book The Deathless Girls and bloody lusty, sex lusty, sexy lady things. Plus she's chatting racism in football (again, sighs) and motor sport in Jenny Off The Blocks. In Dunleavy Does Disaster, there’s split-screen chaos and snow ploughs aplenty in Airport. And In the Bush Telegraph we’re talking, among other things, a petulant Prime Minister and misguided missions.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/10/191h 26m

SIM Ep 293 Chops 130: Sara Sheridan asks Where Are The Women?

Back in August, Jen and Mick had a natter with pirate queen (of sorts), writer and wonderful human Sara Sheridan about her new book Where Are The Women: A Guide To A Reimagined Scotland. They talked about what Scotland would look like if we thought about women's achievements in the same way we do men's, why it's important to memorialise women, and what exactly a pirate queen smells like.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/10/1926m 36s

SIM Ep 292 Pod 88: Sisters, social media and... soccer (sorry, football)

This week best selling author Jung Chang drops by to chat to Jen about her new book Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister, and the joy of archives. Mick and Hannah chat to Sarah Raphael and Naomi Shimada about their mixed feelings around social media, how it’s affecting all of our lives and what the Dickens a Snapchat “streak” is.  In Jenny Off The Blocks, Carrie Dunn tells us about her new book Pride of the Lionesses, among other things. Over in DDD, Hannah is warning us not to use the lifts, FFS, as we switch seamlessly from dystopia to disaster with The Towering Inferno. And there's dogging, dicksplashes and dangerous diagnoses (or not) in... The Bush Telegraph. And corned beef. A lot of corned beef.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/10/191h 24m

SIM Ep 291 Chops 129: World Menopause Day with Dr Louise Newson

Ahead of World Menopause Day 2019 on October 18, we do a bit more banging on about the menopause. Because it's important. And also because we managed to grab some time with Dr Louise Newson, known to many simply as the Menopause Doctor. Mick chats to her about symptoms, diagnosis, education, her (excellent) Haynes manual, and how knowledge is very much power when it comes to coping and indeed thriving for peri and menopausal women.Visit https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk for comprehensive info from Dr Newson and her fellow experts. And check out our whole series of Chops on the menopause, which you'll find on our Acast and Apple Podcast pages.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/1924m 56s

SIM Ep 290 Bonuspod: London Film Festival 2019

It's the 63rd BFI London Film Festival and our Jen has been getting right in the thick of it, chatting to top female filmmakers. She has sourced quite the eclectic bunch for you.Alice Seabright and Elaine Gracie are director and writer of End-O, a short film about endometriosis; Anna Eborn is the director of coming-of-age documentary Transnistra, about a group of teenagers growing up in the breakaway republic of the same name; Aoife Kelly and Zainab Balogun are director and star of Walking With Shadows, a drama about a heterosexual couple whose lives are turned upside down when it's revealed husband Adrian is gay; and Svetla Tsortsorkova is writer and director of Sister, a film about secrets and lies and having a compulsive liar in the family.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/10/1946m 3s

SIM Ep 289 Pod 87: Civil rights, mental health and bad auditions

Always make sure you are in the right place for an audition. That's just some of what we learned from Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong and Simone Ibbett-Brown, who came into the studio to tell us about their new play, Shuck N Jive, which is based on their experiences of the theatre as actresses of colour. Jen got on the phone to civil rights legend, writer Nikki Giovanni, ahead of her event at the Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival on October 21. Also, it's Mental Health Awareness Week, so Gail Porter talks about her mental health experiences – and her fear of nuns, which isn't related. There's more screaming into the sky in the Bush Telegraph (obvs), Mick's got another Sexism of the Week for you (obvs) and there's athletics in Jenny Off The Blocks. Have at it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/10/191h 11m

SIM Ep 288 Chops 129: Helen Monks talks Trojan Horse

Helen Monks tells us about Trojan Horse, the award-winning play she co-created, which tells the story of the Trojan Horse scandal, and is about to go on a nationwide tour. She also chats tackling ingrained Islamophobia and the joys of multicultural Birmingham with our Hannah, who manages to almost get some Upstart Crow news out of her too. Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/10/1923m 58s

SIM Ep 287 Chops 128: Crossfire with Malorie Blackman

Back in August Jen met up with Malorie Blackman at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. They chatted about Malorie's new book Crossfire, the fifth instalment of her Noughts and Crosses series, why she loves writing for young adults, and what it's like to be loved by Stormzy.Look out for a second helping of Chops today, in which Hannah has a natter with actor and co-writer of the new play Trojan Horse, Helen Monks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/10/1926m 32s

SIM Ep 286 Outside The Box #16

Was it worth the wait for Mindhunter? Is Unbelievable the most feminist TV we've seen yet? Why was Bojack cancelled? Who is the guy that's like the Hulk but red? We answer these and many more questions in this month's Outside The Box, where we're also talking Top Boy, Frayed and Brassic.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/10/1947m 14s

SIM Ep 285 Pod 86: Reproductive rights, coal mining and Mars

Abortion rights, Victorian-esque coal mines, dead dictators and dodgy CGI: this week’s podzine is quite the mix. Filmmaker Lucy D'Cruz tells Hannah and Jen all about the current situation regarding reproductive rights in Argentina and her new documentary My Body, Their Choice. (Get involved with the crowdfunder, here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/abortion-my-body-their-choice#/). Mick chats with author Liz Hyder about her brilliant debut fiction, Bearmouth, kids down coal mines, women with wings and that time a surgical procedure had a 300 per cent mortality rate.  There’s Bullseye, bad politicians and BBC bullshit in the Bush Telegraph, still no time travel in Jenny Off The Blocks, and Mick’s on her own when it comes to sticking up for Total Recall in (the last) Dunleavy Does Dystopia. She’s never even been to Mars!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/10/191h 12m

SIM Ep 284 Chops 127: Endometriosis and the early menopause

In the fifth and final instalment of our series on the menopause, Jen catches up with journalist Lucy Pasha-Robinson, who went through a temporary, medically induced menopause aged 25, as treatment for endometriosis. They chat about the physical and physiological impacts of experiencing symptoms of the menopause at such a young age, the lack of support for those experiencing early menopause, and why the Dickens there aren't more treatment pathways available to endometriosis patients.This week's episode of the Standard Issue Podcast is sponsored by Blow Ltd. Standard Issue listeners can get £15 off a service by Blow by visiting Blowltd.com and using the code ISSUE15.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/09/1922m 32s

SIM Ep 283 Chops 126: The Vaginismus Network

Vaginismus is not often talked about, not often recognised and not often understood, but the Vaginismus Network is on a mission to change that. Back in the summer, Mickey and Hannah met its co-founders Kat Wilson and Lisa Mackenzie to learn more about it, how it affects them and how they are helping bring other women with the condition together.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/09/1925m 0s

SIM Ep 282 Gig 47: Scummy Mummies and Kemah Bob

Top funny women Kemah Bob and the Scummy Mummies’ Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson joined Mick and Hannah on stage at the Marlowe Comedy Festival in Canterbury to talk forgotten swimming costumes, racing vibrators, pillow privilege, wasp chocolate, the horror of Cats (the forthcoming film not the animal), evolving incompetence and all the beautiful colours of the rainbiv. Yeah, you heard us, rainbiv.Thanks to Emma Corsham for all things tech, thanks to all at the Marlowe Comedy Festival and thanks to Helen, Ellie and Kemah.Tickets for all our gigs are available via our website: www.standardissuepodcast.com. This week's episode of the Standard Issue Podcast is sponsored by Blow Ltd. Standard Issue listeners can get £15 off a service by Blow by visiting Blowltd.com and using the code ISSUE15.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/09/191h 3m

SIM Ep 281 Chops 125: Meg Matthews' menopause

Meg Matthews is the fourth Chops in our menopause series, as Mick finds out all about her website, megsmenopause.com. They talk about the loneliness menopause can bring if you don’t understand what’s going on, and how Meg's experiences made her want to make things easier for other women to recognise what's happening and thrive rather than survive. megsmenopause.com is a brilliant resource for any woman feeling like she’s at the start of the peri, deep into it, or even a good few years before it’s likely to happen – best to be well-armed, eh? (Yes.)Meg's a little bit woo-woo, a whole lot of practical and absolutely no-nonsense talking when it comes to matters of the menopause. We loved her.This week's episode of the Standard Issue Podcast is sponsored by Blow Ltd. Standard Issue listeners can get £15 off a service by Blow by visiting Blowltd.com and using the code ISSUE15.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/09/1937m 7s

SIM Ep 280 Chops 124: Sex, Power, Money with Sara Pascoe

This week Jen and Mick chat to comedian and writer Sara Pascoe about her wonderful new book, Sex, Power, Money. They talk about society's transactional view of sex, when pop songs used to empower young girls, and yucking someone else's yum, as well as all the other projects Sara has on the go right now.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/09/1947m 14s

SIM Ep 279: Live at London Podcast Festival

Oh yes, we're coming at you live this week and by live, we mean we recorded this at London Podcast Festival at the weekend. We were joined by two special guests: comedian and disability rights activist Tanyalee Davis and journalist and co-author of Slay In Your Lane Yomi Adegoke. We talked about the historical shitstorm that is UK politics, the decline of print magazines and what you should and should not glue onto your forehead. Get it in your earholes!This week's episode of the Standard Issue Podcast is sponsored by Blow Ltd. Standard Issue listeners can get £15 off a service by Blow by visiting Blowltd.com and using the code ISSUE15.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/09/191h 0m

SIM Ep 278 Chops 123: everyday menopause with Elaine Miller

Dealing with menopause in the workplace is just one of the things Elaine Miller is passionate about. Her official title is physiotherapist and comedian but we reckon Queen of the Pelvic Floor is more fitting, and in this, the third in our series looking at the menopause, she chats to Mick about what needs to be done to make the menopause an accepted and well-handled part of everyone's life.  Elaine is also very funny and her show Gusset Grippers is hilarious and informative. Catch it if you can and definitely giver her a follow on Twitter @GussieGrips and Instagram, where she's Gusset_Grippers. #drybyChristmas   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/1936m 2s

SIM 277 Chops 122: Life lessons with Eni Aluko

In this episode Jen chats to Juventus and former England striker Eni Aluko, a straight-up legend of the women's game, to talk about her new book, They Don't Teach This. They had a natter about identity and fitting in, valuable lessons Eni's learned throughout her impressive career as a footballer and a lawyer, and what it's like to take on The Man – as Eni did when she challenged the culture within the Football Association.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/09/1934m 9s

SIM Ep 276 Pod 85: Musical women, medical women and maniacal laughter

This week Mick and Jen catch up with star of the stage and screen Jodie Prenger, currently touring in the National Theatre’s production of Shelagh Delaney’s taboo-breaking play, A Taste of Honey (https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/a-taste-of-honey-uk-tour), to talk about mimicking everyone from your nan to Liza Minnelli. Hannah chats to tour guide and living history practitioner Ailsa Clarke to learn about the Edinburgh Seven – the first women to train to be doctors in the UK (https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/edinburgh-seven-0). There’s no records and new records in Jenny off the Blocks, Double Daves and dastardly parliamentary dealings in the Bush Telegraph, and Dunleavy gets all Loony Tunes as she does Robocop.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/09/191h 13m

SIM Ep 275 Chops 121: Carrie Gracie's Equal: A Story of Women, Men & Money

When Carrie Gracie took the BBC to task about its gender pay gap, the whole world was watching. The journalist and now author tells Mickey and Hannah how it felt to fight, to win, to find a sisterhood, and to bear the standard for other women. They also chat unconscious gender bias, the motherhood penalty, why so many people don’t think the gender pay gap exists, and how men need to step up. All of which is covered in Carrie’s excellent new book, Equal: A Story of Women, Men & Money.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/09/1937m 52s

SIM Ep 274 Chops 120: The HRT crisis

With women all over the country struggling to get their HRT prescriptions filled, are we in a women's health crisis? As part of our special series about the menopause, Hannah chats to Dr Anne Henderson about what is causing the HRT shortage, what women can do if they are affected and what the rest of us can do to help. They also chat about the paper recently printed in the Lancet linking HRT to breast cancer, and Hannah learned something about how few doctors receive training in the menopause at all.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/09/1935m 33s

SIM Ep 273 Pod 84: Essex girls, equal pay and more football please

Carrie Gracie – that's right, the fierce AF BBC journalist who kicked Auntie right in the nuts over equal pay – joins us to talk about exactly how being "mad, bad and determined" helped her win a previously unthinkable fight with her employer. She also explains how she wants to help all women get the equal pay they deserve, as she shares her story, research and advice in her new book, Equal: A Story of Women, Men and Money. Listeners, we swooned. Also swoonsome is playwright Sadie Hasler, who's tackling Essex Girl stereotypes in her new play, Stiletto Beach, which opens at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, on September 4. Our very own resident Essex girl is having a lovely time on her holidays, but she managed to score a natter with former England star Eni Aluko for Jenny Off The Blocks before she packed her suitcase. In a snippet from a forthcoming big interview, they talk about how the women's game needs more love and investment. Love fails to conquer all in this week's Dunleavy Does Dystopia, in which Hannah and Mick discuss 2010's Never Let Me Go and how scarily close to home its ideas are. And finally, bits of the Bush Telegraph are out of date. Because no one knows what the fuck is happening from one minute to the next. And that absolutely includes PM Bumblefuck McPantsonfire.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/09/191h 8m

SIM Ep 272 Chops 119: Darcey Steinke's Flash Count Diary

Throughout September we'll be running a special series of Chops about the oft-dreaded and rarely-discussed subject - the menopause. In this first episode, Jen speaks to author Darcey Steinke about Flash Count Diary: A New Story About Menopause, a fierce and fantastic account of her experience, including some major plus points and some unexpected animals.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/09/1932m 29s

SIM Ep 271 Gig 46: Horrocks and Barron

It's gigcast time again and we have another corker for you. Yes we say that every time. Yes it's always true. Back in June we were at the Underbelly Podcast Festival in London, where Mickey and Hannah were joined by the actress and woman of many voices Jane Horrocks and comedian Sara Barron. And we had a lovely time talking about who we'd be on Stars In Their Eyes, how you measure success and why Sara and Hannah probably shouldn't hang around together, given one is an emetophobe and the other is Hannah. Plus, if you're looking to buy a house in Halifax, we've news for you. You are welcome.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/08/1953m 44s

SIM Ep 270 Chops 118: celebrating black womanhood with Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo's latest fusion fiction, Girl, Woman, Other, long-listed for this year’s Booker Prize, is an exploration and celebration of black womanhood, being black British and a love song to modern Britain – which is as complicated a relationship as you’d imagine. Mick caught up with her at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to find out more, and to talk about the burden of representation, misguided history and the joys of experimental form.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/08/1935m 9s

SIM Ep 269 Chops 117: Becoming Dinah with Kit de Waal

Author Kit de Waal chats to our Jen about her about her new novel, Becoming Dinah, which is part of the Bellatrix series for feminist young adult and teen readers. They chatted about re-imagining the classics, finding your inner 14-year-old, and the forthcoming Primadonna book festival (Aug 30-Sept 1, https://www.primadonnafestival.com/), of which she's one of the co-founders.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/08/1926m 0s

SIM Ep 268 Outside The Box #15

Ding Ding! Round Two of this month's Outside The Box is here and yes, that is a tortured wrestling reference. Because this time we're talking Netflix's Glow, which is back in the ring for a third series. Elsewhere, we're all about Channel 4 as we watch Kathy Fucking Burke's All Woman, Aisling Bea's This Way Up and Jade: The Reality Star That Changed Britain. Get it in your ears and be set for a great weekend in front of the telly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/08/1930m 22s

SIM Ep 267 Pod 83: cats, dogs, mums, babies, and books on fire

Cats in space, dogs in graveyards and other animal biographies come to the fore as Hannah chats with Kimberlie Hamilton, children's author of Rebel Cats; Brave Tales of Feisty Felines and Rebel Dogs: Heroic Tales of Trusty Hounds, both of which have new pride of place on the Dunleavy bookshelf. Suzy K Quinn reveals all the Lies We Tell Mothers, which is handily also the title of her latest book (sorry, but it's time to wave ta-ra to that pineapple induces labour myth). Jen's rightly fuming about the racism once more rearing its ugly head in football in Jenny Off The Blocks, and in Dunleavy Does Dystopia the team get hot under the (book)flaps about why a film as dull as 2018's Fahrenheit 451 even got made. Plus, there's deep fried Home Office idiocy, sexy pavement lichen and evil avocados in the Bush Telegraph, and some startling new research leaving Mick agog in Sexism of the Week. Tuck in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/08/191h 15m

SIM Ep 266 Chops 116: Dorothy Koomson tells us her secrets

In this episode, Jen catches up with mega-author Dorothy Koomson, who tells her about her 15th book, Tell Me Your Secret. They chat bodily autonomy for women, violence, the "perfect" victim, and Casualty - because of course they did.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/08/1921m 56s

SIM Ep 265 Pod 82: reproductive rights, social history and erotic hobbits

This week busy bee Mick chats to Dani Beckett of UK campaign organisation Abortion Rights about what's currently what in England, Scotland and Wales and how BoJo's new Cabinet might impact this and – surprise! – not in a positive way. She also catches up with comedian Anna Drezen to talk about her Edinburgh Show Okay, Get Home Safe!!, and hobbit erotica, among other things. Hannah chats to Dr Shirin Hirsch about Disrupt, the People's History Museum's exhibition marking 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre, an in Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen's raging about the Forbes 100.Since we're up in Edinburgh, there's no Bush Telegraph or Dunleavy Does Dystopia this week, but we'll be back to normal next time.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/08/1951m 7s

SIM Ep 263 Chops 114: Motherhood and monsterhood with Katie Hale.

In this episode, Jen chats to author Katie Hale about her new book I Am Monster, partly inspired by Robinson Crusoe and Frankenstein, as well as the current global political bin-fire. They chatted about said bin-fires, about societal concepts around femininity and motherhood, and writing complex female leads. And dogs, there are a few dogs, too.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/08/1922m 36s

SIM Ep 264 Chops 115: homelessness – and what we can do to help

We wanted to do a homelessness special in the summer, because it’s a situation that gets a lot of attention at Christmas, but is a grim reality for many people all year round.Mick talks to absolute powerhouse Bianca Robinson, CEO of CEO Sleepout, about getting big businesses to help people on the streets, the reality of rough sleeping and how we can all do our bit. She and Hannah also met up with Sabrina Cohen-Hatton a leading fire officer and psychologist, author of the brilliant book The Heat of the Moment, and an ambassador for The Big Issue. She told us about her time spent sleeping rough as a teenager, the dangers facing rough sleepers all year round, why she's so proud to be talking about The Big Issue and, again, what we can all do to help. (On which note, Bianca has some cracking recommendations for which charities could do with an injection of your hard-earned, but buying The Big Issue is an excellent place to start.)  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/08/191h 4m

SIM Ep 262 Outside The Box #14

Orange is The New Black has come to an end and we chat its seventh and final series, as well as its legacy, in this month's Outside The Box. We also talk Dark Money, I Am... and Catch-22. Plus, Hannah's finally caught up with Home and Mick watched something new on Netflix. Or maybe it was a fever dream. Either way, she tells us about it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/08/1933m 59s

Ep 261 Pod 81: Old women, con women and high-fashion monks

Why don't more of us appreciate how interesting older women are? It's a question we put to author and social history fan Kate Thompson, who came to tell us about her new novel Secrets of the Homefront Girls and why, when you've written about real-life matriarchs, there's no going back. Rachel DeLoache Williams talks to Hannah about being taken in by a con woman, enduring a high-profile trial and her new book My Friend Anna. Jen's serving up a shit sandwich in Jenny Off The Blocks and there are smashed cafetieres all over the Bush Telegraph. Plus, Mick enjoys watching John Prescott - wait, what? - as Dunleavy Does Dystopia does Equilibrium. Have at it!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/08/191h 16m

SIM Ep 259 Chops 112: F Off Facebook?

Do social media companies wield too much power or should we all take more responsibility for what we put online? It's a question The National Youth Theatre's new play F. Off is currently asking Edinburgh Fringe audiences. Hannah grabbed some time with Tatty Hennessy, one of the show's co-creators, to chat about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, being addicted to the internet and why boycotting social media might be too simplistic a response. Get yourself off Facebook and put this in your ears!F Off is on at the Belly Button, Cowgate - Underbelly, 2 – 25 August, 12.50pm (No performance 12 August)Tickets from www.nyt.org.uk or www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk priced from £10.Find out more at @NYTofGB. Photographs by Helen Murray  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/1920m 40s

SIM Ep 260 Chops 113: Bryony Kimmings is a phoenix, bitch!

She's been a dinosaur-based pop singer, started conversations about depression and penned a musical about cancer. Now performance artist and writer Bryony Kimmings is at the Edinburgh Festival with her show I’m A Phoenix, Bitch, which tackles trauma and recovering from it – with trademark Kimmings' songs, warmth and comedy of course. She tells Mickey all about it, and they also talk mental health and the NHS, art on the school curriculum, climate change, creativity for all, and just how hard it is to be a theatre-maker.  I'm A Phoenix, Bitch is currently at the Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 5.30pm.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/08/1929m 31s

SIM Ep 258 Gig 45: Vee, McLean and Millican

Comedian Sindhu Vee, professional Loose Woman Andrea McLean and the boss herself Sarah Millican joined Mick and Jen for this In Conversation recorded at Kings Place back in May. Chat included socks for sex, old lady home perms, success at any age, not shitting for a month, and meeting Jon Bon Jovi covered in sanitary towels. Also contains excellent advice on how to handle both a spider and a shit friend. Next gigs:Edinburgh: Aug 11 and 12, Stand 1, 1.40pmKings Place, London: Sep 15, 4.30pmInfo here: www.standardissuepodcast.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/07/1959m 27s

SIM Ep 257 Chops 111: Is Anoushka Warden's Mum a tw*t?

In this episode Jen chats to Anoushka Warden, writer and performer of My Mum's a Tw*t. They talked about Anoushka's experience of her mum joining a cult when Anoushka was 12 years old (which the play is based on), being a resilient teen and gangsta rap, obviously.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/1920m 23s

SIM Ep 256 Chops 110: Let's talk about death... and normal dying

Lucie Rudd is a nurse specialising in oncology and palliative care for more than 20 years and is now an end of life care advisor at Macmillan. She chats to Mick about how wrapping your head around "normal dying" and doing some practical planning, such as writing a will or thinking about what you’d put on your bucket list, earlier rather than later can make it easier to prepare for the inevitable. And, as Lucie wisely notes, ‘Talking about dying will not make someone die.’ We’d do well to remember that and start the conversation.We’ve teamed up with Macmillan again to go a bit more in-depth into the topics around death that we touched on at the panel event we did with them back in May. Our first Chops guest was the brilliant Poppy Mardall, founder and director of Poppy’s Funerals, a modern-day funeral company aiming to revolutionise the funeral trade, who was full of incredible insider knowledge that left me and Jen agog. In the second, Hannah and I spoke with Saima Thompson, restaurateur, writer and blogger, who just happens to be a stage 4 cancer patient, and she told us the ins and outs of living with a terminal prognosis and all that entails. And finally, our Jen spent some time with Nicky Diaz of Cruse Bereavement, talking about how grief can be the pits and what can be done to help ourselves or others keep heads above water.Macmillan knows talking about death can be difficult but having honest conversations and taking small but simple steps, such as writing a will, can help you and your family prepare emotionally, practically and financially. Macmillan Cancer Support offer a will-writing service to help you take that first step in planning for the future, so you can get on with living life as fully as you can. Visit macmillan.org.uk today for information and support.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/07/1933m 0s

SIM Ep 255: Edinburgh Special 2019

With the Edinburgh Fringe fast approaching, we’re doing things a bit differently this week, bringing you a selection of our top picks for the festival, and – obviously – they’re all women. We caught up with Cally Beaton about the invisibility (or not) of women over 50; Jess Fostekew talks to us about societal perceptions of strength and femininity and raising a sexist baby; Desiree Burch talks to Mick about self-discovery and All Of The Stairs at Machu Picchu; Laura Lexx tells Jen why we need to be more discerning about where our anger goes, and Mick chats to Tiff Stevenson about finding the funny as well as the fierce in reproductive rights. PHEW!Cally Beaton: Invisible, Assembly George Square Studios, July 31 to Aug 26 (not Aug 13), 5.10pmJessica Fostekew: Hench, Monkey Barrel, 1-25 Aug (not Aug 12), 1.30pm.Tiff Stevenson: Mother, Monkey Barrel, July 31 to Aug 25, 9.15pmLaura Lexx: Knee Jerk, Gilded Balloon, 31 Jul - 25 Aug (not Aug 14), 5.15pmDesiree Burch: Desiree's Coming Early!, The Big Cave, Heroes @ The Hive, Aug 1 to 25, 7.40pm  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/07/191h 31m

SIM EP 253 Chops 108: The Crucible

In one of TWO Sunday Chops this week, Hannah grabbed some time with choreographer Helen Pickett, whose new narrative ballet The Crucible has its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival as part of Scottish Ballet's 50th anniversary celebrations. They talked about the enduring appeal of Arthur Miller's play, how easy it was to translate into dance and about work to get more women of colour on stage. And Megan Rapinoe. Because of course.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/07/1920m 35s

SIM Ep 254 Chops 109: Let's talk about death... Bereavement

In one of two Chops this week, Jen chats to Nicky Dias of Cruse Bereavement Care about why we grieve, why it's so utterly shit and how we can help ourselves and others experiencing a bereavement. We’ve teamed up with Macmillan again, going a bit more in-depth into the topics around death that we touched on at the panel event we did with them back in May. Our first Chops guest was the brilliant Poppy Mardall, founder and director of Poppy’s Funerals, a modern-day funeral company aiming to revolutionise the funeral trade, who was full of incredible insider knowledge that left Mick and Jen agog. In part two, Hannah and Mick catch up with restaurateur, writer and blogger Saima Thompson, who just also happens to be a stage 4 cancer patient. They dicsovered how to talk about death, why it’s important, the reactions of others, cancer and mental health, and how perspective changes when your prognosis is terminal. If it's got you thinking about how and where you would like to be cared for at the end of your life, choosing the funeral you’d like, the legacy you want to leave behind or who you want to remember in your will, Macmillan has information and resources to support the conversation and help you have it. Visit macmillan.org.uk today for information and support.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/07/1924m 27s

SIM Ep 252 Pod 80: Vaginas, Yootha and the Anniversary Games

It's been a busy week at SI HQ, Mick's managed to grab some time with Alliance for Choice's Danielle Roberts to see whether last week's vote on abortion rights means it really is Now For NI. Florence Schecter comes in to tell us the latest on The Vagina Museum and we chat to Caroline Burns Cooke about the '70s sitcom legend Yootha Joyce. In Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen meets Paralympian Stef Reid to learn more about next weekend's Anniversary Games. Plus there are actual men on fire in Dunleavy Does Dystopia, when we watch Rollerball. Have at it!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/07/191h 14m

SIM Ep 250 Chops 106: America Is Hard To See

In one of two Sunday Chops this week, Hannah and Mick talk to Priscilla Holbrook, one of the team behind America is Hard To See, which is heading to the Edinburgh Fringe after an award-winning off-Broadway run. It tells the story of Miracle, a community of paroled sex offenders in rural Florida, so we talked to Priscilla about how she got involved, forgiveness and whether calling such men "monsters" does more harm than good.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/07/1924m 29s

SIM Ep 251 Chops 107: Let's talk about death... when you're living with cancer

In this one of two Chops this week, Hannah and Mick catch up with restaurateur, writer and blogger Saima Thompson, who just also happens to be a stage 4 cancer patient. We talked about HOW to talk about death, why it’s important, the reactions of others, cancer and mental health and how perspective changes when you're prognosis is terminal. We’ve teamed up with Macmillan again going a bit more in-depth into the topics around death that we touched on at the panel event we did with them back in May. Our first Chops guest was the brilliant Poppy Mardall, founder and director of Poppy’s Funerals, a modern-day funeral company aiming to revolutionise the funeral trade, who was full of incredible insider knowledge that left Mick and Jen agog. If it gets you thinking about how and where you would like to be cared for at the end of your life, choosing the funeral you’d like, the legacy you want to leave behind or who you want to remember in your will, Macmillan has information and resources to support the conversation and help you have it. Visit macmillan.org.uk today for information and support.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/07/1929m 16s

SIM Ep 250 Outside The Box #13

We're taking a trip to the Upside Down in this month's Outside The Box, when Hannah and Mick chat Stranger Things. There's a whole heap of Matt Berry in What We Do In The Shadows and The Year of The Rabbit. Jen's finally watched Big Little Lies. Plus there's Waco and Surviving America's Most Hated Family. Yes, that is a lot of TV to have watched. You're welcome.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/07/1923m 58s

SIM Ep 249 Pod 79: We need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle

That’s right, Terminator 2 gets the Dunleavy Does Dystopia treatment in this week’s episode. Hold onto your trousers, Arnie fans. There are more bikes, too, as Jen chats to Caroline Folmer, bad-ass cyclist and member of the Donnons des Elles au Velo, who, if you’re not aware of them, are the female cyclists tackling the 21-stage, 3,351km track of the Tour de France. Because it’s NO WOMEN ALLOWED in the actual race. Fucksake. Mick catches up with US journalist and author Lisa Taddeo about her remarkable new book, Three Women, which explores female desire by charting the intimate lives of three real American women, and poet and playwright Marika McKennell tells the team about her work in pupil referral units and her new play E8, heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe next month.Over in the Bush Telegraph and SOTW, Trump’s not down on his country’s history, Georgie Boy Osborne couldn’t spell impostor syndrome if it was his job to do so, and the Dalai Lama’s ruining men’s rights’ hashtags.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/07/191h 12m

SIM Ep 248 Chops 105: Let's Talk About Death... Funerals

Poppy Mardall, founder and director of Poppy’s Funerals, stopped by to share her incredible insider knowledge about what happens within the funeral industry. A lot of it was Brand New Information, at least for Mick and Jen, who basically sat open-mouthed when they found out what you can legally do in your back garden.This is the first in a series of Chops running throughout July, in which we talk about death. You may remember that back in May, Hannah and Mick hosted a panel event talking about death for Macmillan. The chat was fascinating and the reaction was ‘more please!’ from listeners and panel guests alike. And we don’t like to disappoint.If it gets you thinking about how and where you would like to be cared for at the end of your life, choosing the funeral you’d like, the legacy you want to leave behind or who you want to remember in your will, Macmillan has information and resources to support the conversation and help you have it. Talking about death can be difficult but having honest conversations and taking small but simple steps, such as writing a will, can help you and your family prepare emotionally, practically and financially. Macmillan Cancer Support offer a will-writing service to help you take that first step in planning for the future, so you can get on with living life as fully a you can. Visit macmillan.org.uk today for information and support.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/07/1935m 26s

SIM Ep 247 Pod 78: Troweling it on, Trump-ing off and throwing in

This week, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord catch up with writer, actress and straight-up legend among women, Rebecca Humphries, to chat about her “no bullshit” beauty blog, The Trowel, and what it’s like to be in the eye of a media shitstorm. Hannah has a natter with comedian and bona-fide American Kate McCabe, to find out more about the upcoming Democratic Primary over in the US of A. And in Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen gets the lowdown on the forthcoming Netball World Cup from luminary of the game and BBC Sport pundit, Sara Bayman.Dunleavy Does Dystopia takes on the harrowing Children of Men, while in the Bush Telegraph the team hope, as ever, to wake from the dystopian nightmare of the Boris, Brexit and bumholes.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/07/191h 14m

SIM Ep 246 Chops 104: Sophie Thompson

For this week's Chops, Hannah went to London's Old Vic to meet actor, author and scene-stealer extraordinaire, Sophie Thompson, to chat about her latest play Present Laughter, the perils of fame and talking to herons. They also chatted her books for kids, Zoo Boy, and Detectorists, Because of course they did.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/06/1922m 25s

SIM Ep 255 Gig 44; Lederer, Adams and Millican

Back in April, Mickey and Hannah met comedian Jayde Adams and the legend that is Helen Lederer for another weird and wonderful In Conversation event. And this time, the boss, Sarah Millican dropped in, too. We talked about what we'd save from our homes in a fire, what stories stuck with us from childhood and what happened that time the cat sat on Jayde's mum's head. Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/06/191h 1m

SIM Ep 244 Chops 103: Period power with Maisie Hill

The menstrual cycle: it and its associated hormones (big hitters = oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone) have a massive impact on women's lives. And it's not all painful cramps and mood swings. You may have heard Mickey advertising an Audible book called Period Power, which is an unputdownable 126,000 words by women's health practitioner, birth doula and go-to authority on all things menstruation, Maisie Hill.Mick and Jen had a natter with Maisie, and we're pretty sure what she has to say will excite and inspire you to harness those hormones and make them work better in your world – and make you ever so curious about these incredible bodies we inhabit, but which have had so little research attention. Oh, and prepare to hear a few facts, good and bad, that will blow your mind.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/06/1933m 6s

SIM Ep 244 Outside The Box #12

A bonus edition of Outside the Box this week, because TV keeps being so relentlessly good. This time we talk Ghosts, Black Mirror, Jessica Jones, The Handmaid's Tale and Years and Years. Plus, there's news of some long-awaited returning series on Netflix. Get it in your ears!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/06/1933m 34s

SIM Ep 243 Pod 77: refugees, elephants, Olympic legends and 1984

Sarah Millican – that’s right, the boss herself! – gets involved in this episode to talk about her new Radio 4 panel show, Elephant In The Room, which starts on Thursday 27 June. Author Dina Nayeri joins Jen and Mick to discuss how we’re treating those seeking refuge in our country, what we can do better, Dina’s own story and her new book, The Ungrateful Refugee. In JOTB, Jen catches up with gold-medal owning Olympian rower Katherine Grainger to talk what’s what in women’s sport right now, and Dunleavy Does Dystopia goes back in time to 1984’s Nineteen Eighty-Four/looks outside for a bit. And in the Bush Telegraph, there’s a cracking list of names you can call Farage, and a cupboard’s worth of soiled jizz-flannels in Sexism of the Week.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/06/1959m 48s

SIM Ep 242 Chops 101: The politics of drugs

Michael Gove's recent admission that he took cocaine in the past has seemingly affected his chances of becoming our next Prime Minister. But does anyone actually care? And if so, why? We chat to two experts, political commentator Ayesha Hazarika, and host of the Say Why To Drugs podcast Dr Suzi Gage, about who is really driving the conversation on drug use in the UK, about whether honesty is the best drugs policy and about who, if anyone, is winning the war on drugs.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/1930m 12s

SIM Ep 241 Chops 100: Susan Calman is (mostly) Sunny Side Up

Comedian and author Susan Calman chats to Mickey about her new book Sunny Side Up, covering all sorts of stuff, from how to navigate the depressing political environment of people yelling at each other on Twitter to making the future a kinder place for her niece, from ‘Thumbs Up Thursdays’ to being bait on Death Row. There's also cat chat. Obviously.Over on Chops number two, Hannah asks what Michael Gove's recent drugs-related revelations mean for his crack at the Tory leadership contest, and chats drugs in the Commons in general, with host of the Say Why To Drugs podcast Dr Suzi Gage and one of our favourite political correspondents, Ayesha Hazarika.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/06/1937m 25s

SIM Ep 240 Pod 76: Shit therapy, crap laws, but some Calman sunshine at the end of the tunnel

This week we catch up with mental health writer Michelle Thomas about her debut book My Shit Therapist. Frances Ridout, director of the Legal Advice Centre at Queen Mary University London, pops by to tell us about the work she’s doing to help victims of image-based sexual abuse. There’s a sneaky taster of this week’s Sunday Chops with the absolute smasher that is Susan Calman, who's talking to Mick about her book Sunny Side Up.There’s peak Trump, good news/bad news over at Nike, and some Nigey nonsense in the Bush Telegraph, leopard print barnets and football fever in Jenny off the Blocks, and Dunleavy Does Dystopia watches Demolition Man. Be well.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/06/191h 21m

SIM Ep 239 Chops 99: Tin-can cooking with Jack Monroe

With people finding it increasingly hard to make ends meet and growing numbers stockpiling in Brexit bunkers across the land, we caught up with food writer Jack Monroe to chat about her new book Tin Can Cook. Topics covered include massaging cows, the joy of tinned stewed steak, and why we shouldn't be celebrating food banks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/06/1920m 0s

Ep 238 Outside The Box #11

Was May 2019 the best month of TV ever? Our Hannah thinks so. She, along with Mickey and Jen, talk HBO drama Chernobyl, Sally Wainwright's Gentleman Jack, Shane Meadows' The Virtues, the end of Veep AND the long-anticipated return of Deadwood. Welcome the fuck back.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/06/1925m 28s

SIM Ep 237, Pod 75: The fight, the island and the fight on an island

This week, we chat the battle for the right to bodily autonomy in the southern states of America with Staci Fox of Planned Parenthood Southeast. Jen meets Helen Edmundson to talk about her timely adaptation of Andrea Levy's Small Island. There's tennis and news about a free Standard Issue event in Jenny Off The Blocks, and Mickey's talking sweetie-flavoured foofs in Sexism of the Week. Wait, what? Plus, there's inter-generational strife as Dunleavy Does Dystopia watches Battle Royale. Like old people and young people are ever going to start hating each other.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/06/191h 6m

SIM Ep 236 Chops 98: a home educating what's what with Hazel Davis

Back in our magazine days, journalist and keen home edder Hazel Davis used to write a fortnightly column – Hey! Teachers! I’ll leave my kids at home – charting her adventures in home schooling her two little ones. The government is currently consulting on plans to launch a new register of children in England being educated at home. It’s estimated there are nearly 60,000 kids being home schooled, but no one really knows because so far no register. We thought it was a good time to catch up with Hazel to talk about the proposals and also to chat home edding pros and cons in general.Whether you’re already home edding your kids or thinking about it for the future, this is a must listen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/06/1925m 44s

SIM Ep 235 Gig 43: Phillips, Knight and Millican

What a corker of a gigcast: Jess Phillips MP, Beverley Knight, the boss herself Sarah Millican, Mick and Hannah in the hosting seats, gambols, being bostin’, singing for the Queen, loving Prince, cannibalism in bunkers, Guns N’ Roses in Asda, fruit that’s too chowy-chowy, Scott Bakula, and some incredible signing. Recorded live in March as part of the first Birmingham Podfest.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/05/191h 0m

SIM Ep 234 Chops 98: Women's World Cup Special

In this week's episode Jen gets giddy abut the Women's World Cup as she chats to a host of excellent women about the upcoming tournament. She's joined by Kait Borsay, host of The Offside Rule podcast to give her top tips on who to watch out for in the England Squad; Manchester City and Scotland forward Caroline Weir talks rivalry with her English teammates; filmmaker Naziha Arebi talks about her film Freedom Fields and countries where women are fighting for more than the right to play; and former Arsenal and England defender Alex Scott, part of the BBC's Women's World Cup team*, talks about her experiences on and off the pitch and why it's a great time to get excited about women's football.Throughout May, Jen's treating you to a selection of sporty Chops in which Jen chats to: Catherine Bond-Muir, CEO of the W Series –the brand new motorsport series for women - as well as drivers Alice Powell and Emma Kimilainen, to find out how the series got off the ground, and why it's so needed; Jacky Forsyth and Claire-Marie Roberts about their book The Exercising Female and the stunning lack of research into women's bodies and minds when it comes to physical activity; and Sarah Train from anti-discrimination campaign group Kick It Out about what they're doing to tackle racism and homophobia in football.*Follow the World Cup on the BBC from June 7 across TV, radio and online.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/05/1930m 59s

SIM Ep 233 Ep 74: Aretha-worshipping, stigma-breaking, and multi-hyphenating

This week, Mick catches up with Standard Issue music guru Liz Buckley, to talk all things Miss Franklin thanks to Amazing Grace, the previously unseen 1972 recording of stone-cold soul legend, Aretha. Jen chats to Sandra Gamper and Katie Caiger, hosts of the new podcast, M's The Word, about the stigma and silence around miscarriage and baby loss. And we chat to podcaster, journalist, author and all-round multi-hyphenate Emma Gannon about the art of the side hustle.Meanwhile, there's good and bad news for humanity in the Bush Telegraph, and Jen chats to outgoing head of UK Sport Liz Nicholl in Jenny Off The Blocks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/05/191h 5m

SIM Ep 232 Chops 97: Kicking it out with Sarah Train

Sarah Train, one of Kick It Out's professional clubs equality officers, tells Jen about the work the organisation is doing to end discrimination of all forms - including racism and homophobia - across football, and how football fans can help.Throughout May, Jen's treating you to a selection of sporty Chops in which Jen chats to: Catherine Bond-Muir, CEO of the W Series –the brand new motorsport series for women - as well as drivers Alice Powell and Emma Kimilainen, to find out how the series got off the ground, and why it's so needed; Jacky Forsyth and Claire-Marie Roberts about their book The Exercising Female and the stunning lack of research into women's bodies and minds when it comes to physical activity; and there's a Women's World Cup Special featuring *gasps* Alex Scott.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/05/1927m 39s

SIM Ep 231 Pod 73: Sally Wainwright, a Cambodian twin, shouting out, and running in your pants

Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack hits UK screens this Sunday, and last June(!) team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord caught up with Sally on set to learn all about this new Suranne Jones-starring HBO/BBC drama. Giddy kippers? You bet your arse we were. Mickey catches up with Jo Caulfield to talk about her sister Annie Caulfield’s last book, My Cambodian Twin. Annie, who died in November 2016, was a remarkable writer and one of the Standard Issue contributors, and her final tale is an incredible one. Jen grabs five minutes on the blower with Imriel Morgan, to find out what’s happening at Shoutout Network’s second Content Is Queen Women’s Podcast Festival this weekend (at which Jen is representing Team Standard Issue), and there’s running in smalls happening to raise awareness of body confidence, as Natalie Lee, aka Style Me Sunday, tells Jen all about the Vitality London 10000. Over in the Bush Telegraph, Mick really gets into telling certain publications and people to eff off, Jen’s forward rolling through doorways and the covert whale is back!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/1957m 20s

SIM Ep 230 Macmillan panel: Let's Talk About Death

Let's talk about death. No, wait! Come back. Most people’s immediate reaction might be that death is a morbid topic, but in reality this chat, organised by Macmillan for its Let's Talk About Death campaign and hosted by our Mick and Hannah, was warm, funny and fascinating. And important. It helped that there were four excellent women on the panel.Cathy Rentzenbrink, is the best-selling author of The Last Act of Love, written after her brother Matty’s eventual death from a road traffic accident which left him in a permanent vegetative state.Poppy Mardall is the founder and director of Poppy’s Funerals, a modern-day funeral company aiming to revolutionise the funeral trade.Saima Thompson is a restaurateur, entrepreneur and blogger who was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer aged 29.And Lucie Rudd, having been a nurse working in oncology and specialist palliative care for 20 years, is now an advisor for end of life care for Macmillan.Macmillan knows talking about death can be difficult but having honest conversations can help you and your family prepare emotionally, practically and financially for the future, so you can get on with living life as fully as you can. Visit macmillan.org/letstalkaboutdeath to help start your conversation. Dying Matters Week kicks off on Monday 13th May – that’s tomorrow if you’re listening to this freshly squeezed on Sunday – with hundreds of events taking place across the UK. For more information, see www.dyingmatters.org.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/1957m 2s

SIM Ep 229, Chops 96: Jackie Forsyth and Claire-Marie Roberts on The Exercising Female

In this episode, Jen catches up with Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology, Jackie Forsyth and Senior Lecturer in Sport Psychology, Claire-Marie Roberts to talk about their book The Exercising Female, chatting about why more research is needed when it comes to women in sport, and even debunking the odd period myth.Throughout May, Jen's treating you to a selection of sporty Chops in which Jen chats to: Catherine Bond-Muir, CEO of the brand new motorsport series for women - the W Series - as well as drivers Alice Powell and Emma Kimilainen, to find out how the series got off the ground, and why it's so needed; Sarah Train from Kick It Out about homophobia (as well as other forms of discrimination) in football; and there's a Women's World Cup Special featuring *gasps* Alex Scott.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/05/1931m 17s

SIM Ep 228 Pod 72: Understanding, rejoicing and (blade) running

With Westminster’s political bin-fire still burning bright, Mick caught up with Belfast-based journalist and author Siobhan Fenton to find out how it's affecting what’s going on in Northern Ireland. The team had a natter with writer Bella Heesom about her new play, Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself, and why we should all be celebrating our lady bits a lot more. Jen chats to terrific hockey birds Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh about the BBC’s plans to #ChangeTheGame and the forthcoming summer of women’s sport, and all eyes – human and/or replicant – on Blade Runner in Dunleavy Does Dystopia. Contains flying cars. Meanwhile in the Bush Telegraph, there’s more Twitter twattery and some covert whales. Really.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/05/191h 4m

SIM Ep 227 Chops 95: Life in the fast lane with the W Series

Throughout May, we're treating you to a selection of sporty Chops, in which: Jen chats to Sarah Train from Kick It Out about homophobia – and other forms of discrimination – in football; Jackie Forsyth and Claire-Marie Roberts about their book The Exercising Female and why we shouldn't be lumping men and women's bodies together as one giant interchangeable lump when it comes to sport (or, you know, anything); and we'll have a Women's World Cup Special featuring *gasps* Alex Scott.In this episode, Jen catches up with Catherine Bond-Muir, CEO of the W Series, the brand new motorsport series for women, as well as drivers Alice Powell and Emma Kimilainen, to find out how the series got off the ground, and why it's so needed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/05/1934m 46s

SIM Ep 226 Doc 2 Pt 2: That Bloody Woman – Exploring Margaret Thatcher's Legacy

Forty years after Margaret Thatcher became the UK's first female Prime Minister, she remains one of the most divisive names in British political history. We wanted to explore her political legacy today, so asked 22 women - some of whom knew her, most of who spent their formative years in Thatcher's Britain - about how Thatcherism changed, and continues to change the country we live in.In the second part of our two-part special podcast, we look what That Bloody Woman did for – or indeed to – country, society and state.. Featuring the thoughts of Jess Phillips MP; author Val McDermid; political commentator Ayesha Hazarika; Southall Black Sisters' Pragna Patel; former health minister Edwina Currie; journalist Samira Ahmed, author Claire Allan; journalist Siobhan Fenton; writer AL Kennedy; comedian Jo Caulfield; Debbie Mathews and Dot Rodgers from the Sheffield Women Against Pit Closures, and disability rights activist Barbara Lisicki, among many others.In part one we look at the effect Thatcher had on women and minorities, and if you haven't already listened, you should.Thanks to ITV's News At Ten.Credits: "Super Power Cool Dude" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/05/191h 27m

SIM Ep 225 Doc 2 Pt 1: That Bloody Woman – Exploring Margaret Thatcher's Legacy

Forty years after Margaret Thatcher became the UK's first female Prime Minister, she remains one of the most divisive names in British political history. We wanted to explore her political legacy today, so asked 22 women - some of whom knew her, most of who spent their formative years in Thatcher's Britain - about how Thatcherism changed, and continues to change the country we live in.In this first part of a two-part special podcast, we look at the effect That Bloody Woman had on women and minorities. Featuring the thoughts of Jess Phillips MP; author Val McDermid; former leader of the Women's Equality Party, Sophie Walker; political commentator Ayesha Hazarika; Stonewall founder Lisa Power; Southall Black Sisters' Pragna Patel; former health minister Edwina Currie; and journalist Samira Ahmed, among many others.In part two, we'll be focusing on what Thatcher did for - or indeed to – country, society and state. We talk to even more brilliant women, including author Claire Allan, writer AL Kennedy, comedian Jo Caulfield and some of the women from the Sheffield Women Against Pit Closures.Credits: "Super Power Cool Dude" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/  Thanks to ITV's World In Action and Spitting Image  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/05/1955m 42s

SIM Ep 224 Gig 42: Balding, Pascoe, Dunleavy and Offord

Clare Balding and Sara Pascoe? On the same show? Oh yes, it's gigcast week and this time we're spoiling you with a recording of the In Conversation show we did on Valentine's Day, where Hannah and Jen asked questions about role models, romance and why everyone should stop talking to Clare about horses, especially if that horse is imaginary. Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/1959m 53s

SIM Ep 223 Chops 94: Eileen Noble - Marathon Woman

With the London Marathon taking place on April 28, Jen went to meet 84-year-old marathon runner Eileen Noble, to find out why she loves running, what's changed over the 18 marathons (and counting) she's participated in, and why she wishes more people would take up the sport.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/04/1920m 54s

SIM Ep 222 Pod 71: renting, boxing and fighting racism

Scrapping no-fault eviction is a start, but as Georgie Laming of Generation Rent tells Hannah and Jen, there are many more difficulties facing those trying to keep their heads above water in the renting section of the housing market. Natasha Devon is back, this time chatting what’s what with anti-semitism in certain sectors of the Labour Party and how we can all help. And there’s more calls to fight racism, this time in football, as Jenny Off The Blocks finds Jen talking to Sarah Train, one of Kick It Out's professional clubs equality officers.Also, the brilliant Libby Liburd is in to talk boxing in general, women boxers past and present in particular, and how it’s all incorporated in her new play, Fighter (Stratford Circus, Apr 25 to 27).Dunleavy Does Dystopia visits the not-too-distant future of 2022, as seen through 1973’s Soylent Green, starring Big Chucky H himself, and there’s a vision of future peace on Twitter that no one’s ready to believe in the Bush Telegraph.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/04/191h 15m

SIM Ep 221 Chops 93: Jess Robinson... and other slebs

Musical comedian and impressionist Jess Robinson chats impersonations, finding your own voice and what it’s really like on Britain’s Got Talent, as Hannah, Mick and Jen just shout ‘do more voices! at her, like the delightful pricks they are. Jess also attempts to teach the team how to ‘do’ Liza Minnelli, which includes a double hip operation and a sterling effort from our Jenster.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/04/1926m 53s

SIM Ep 220 Pod 70: Impressions, imperfections, and the importance of not being earnest

This week the team catch up with comedian and musical impersonator extraordinaire, Jess Robinson (and a few friends, natch). Mick and Jen chat to Natasha Devon, campaigner, author and presenter of Channel 4’s The Naked Beach about body positivity and mental health. There’s T-bots, gory rips and cat chats in the Bush Telegraph while Jenny Off The Blocks looks at Wrestlemania. And Dunleavy Does Dystopia ponders whether size really does matter as Hannah takes in the intense earnestness of Gattaca.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/04/191h 2m

SIM Ep 219 Chops 92: Joanne Harris, magic, empty nests and the scent of a colour

Joanne Harris, globally bestselling author of Chocolat (among many other books), chats to our Mickey about her latest novel, The Strawberry Thief, and a whole host of other topics, including empty nest syndrome, magic and folklore, the pinkification of women authors, being badass on Twitter, and that time someone left a machine gun in her garden hedge.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/04/1943m 19s

SIM Ep 218 Pod 69: The Strawberry Thief, The Yorkshire Ripper Files and The Running Man

This week Mickey meets best-selling author Joanne Harris to talk about her new book, The Strawberry Thief, returning characters and why she can smell colours. Hannah caught up with documentary maker Liza Williams to find out what The Yorkshire Ripper Files can teach us about how society treats female victims of crime, even today. Jen talks football in Jenny Off The Blocks. And in the first of our new series Dunleavy Does Dystopia, we look at 1987's version of 2019 - The Running Man.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/191h 2m

SIM Ep 217 Chops 91: teenagers – what are they like?

We've all been teenagers, so we asked mum of two of them Sue Elliott-Nicholls if it was as nightmarish-slash-joyous from the other side and what she’s learned along the way. It was also a chance to hark back to the days when we thought we were getting away with smoking, blushed at the sex chats, ran away with our roller skates (Hannah) and that one time Mick's mum panicked that Pro Plus was a gateway to heroin.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/03/1932m 40s

SIM Ep 216 Gig 41: Hughes, Brister and Cooper

London Hughes + Jen Brister + Daisy May Cooper + our baffled hosts, Mickey Noonan and Hannah Dunleavy = an absolute balls-to-the-wall gigcast. Topics covered include getting a world record or four, shitting in the streets, the joy of mispronunciation, why hairy legs and litter don't get on and the potential delights of an on-call tuk-tuk.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/191h 0m

SIM Ep 215 Chops 90: Sophie Hannah

In one of two Sunday Chops today, we talk to author Sophie Hannah about her book - now also a podcast - How To Hold A Grudge and why she thinks "letting it go" isn't always the best way forward. She also tells us about her next Poirot novel and her new project to help authors "get out of their own way". Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/1927m 57s

SIM Ep 214 Chops 89: The Sisterhood with Daisy Buchanan

Sisters, never were there such devoted sisters. Really? Journalist and author Daisy Buchanan chats to our Mick about the complicated relationships of sisterhood – biological, BFFs and feminism. Daisy's new book The Sisterhood is a warm, wise and funny look at those relationships, and she chats body image, teenage girls and magazines, advertising, lifting up other women, visible vulnerability, while Mick reveals the time she put her sister in a bin, sorry, outdoor cupboard.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/03/1948m 21s

SIM Ep 213 Pod 68: grudging, sistering and skating

In this week's episode Mick chats to journalist and author Daisy Buchanan about her latest book The Sisterhood, which charts the sometimes complicated relationship between women, especially those we're related to. We catch up with author Sophie Hannah, host of podcast How To Hold A Grudge, based on her book of the same name, and discover why the dictionary along with the rest of the world has got it wrong on grudges. There's side-eye, psychics and Toxic-ity in the Bush Telegraph, and Jen chats to Lucy Adams of GB Skateboarding about 10-year-old skating sensation, Sky Brown, in Jenny Off The Blocks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/1955m 40s

SIM Ep 212 Chops 88: On The Come Up with Angie Thomas

In this week's episode, Jen catches up with Angie Thomas, bestselling author of The Hate U Give and On The Come Up. They natter about Angie's books, the experience of disadvantaged young people, and why it's important not to be condescending to teenagers.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/03/1920m 3s

SIM Ep 211 Outside The Box #10

Hello March, what you got on the telly for us? In this week's episode, we talk the return of Partridge, Derry Girls and Fleabag, as well as Ricky Gervais' After Life. Plus there's all the controversy of Leaving Neverland and Louis Theroux's The Night in Question. Tuck in.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/03/1928m 16s

SIM Ep 210 Pod 67: Jess Hynes, denial culture and the final Dunleavy Does Disney

Guest-wise this week, Jen's boxing clever with stone cold legend Jessica Hynes, chatting about her new film, The Fight, and psychotherapist Jane Watson comes in to talk measles, Michael Jackson and the epidemic of denial. Football, rugby, athletics... there's almost too much to mention in Jenny Off The Blocks, and Hannah and Mick are both giddy with excitement: Hannah because Dunleavy Does Disney finally – FINALLY – bows out (with a whimper, thanks Hercules), and Mick because she gets to say the phrase 'transient anus'. A lot. And, as ever, there are more arseholes to be found in the Bush Telegraph and Sexism of the Week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/1955m 51s

SIM Ep 209, IWD #5: 100 years of women in the Met with Jennifer Rees

In our fifth episode of our International Women's Day 2019 series, we caught up with Jennifer Rees, former police officer and author of Voices From The Blue, celebrating 100 years of women in the Metropolitan Police. We chatted about the first intake of birds on the beat, institutionalised sexism, and just how accurate an episode of Luther really is.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/03/1926m 48s

SIM Ep 208 IWD2019 #4: Women in science

British Science Week is about to kick off, so to celebrate, the fourth in our IWD2019 series is a round table about women in science. We got together with the Royal Society of Chemistry to talk hidden heroines, the leaky pipeline, mentoring, and the joy of science with Dr Sohini Kar-Narayan, Dr Gemma-Louise Davies, Dr Claire Murray and Pip Matthews, Inclusion and Diversity Programme Officer for the Royal Society of Chemistry. Have at it!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/03/1940m 28s

SIM Ep 207, IWD #3: Can they kick it, with Jill Scott & Sarah Hunter

In the third episode of our International Women's Day 2019 series, Jen catches up with two sporting legends: Manchester City and England midfielder, Jill Scott, and Loughborough Lightning and England Women's Rugby captain, Sarah Hunter. Chat includes the forthcoming Women's Football World Cup, the ongoing Women's Rugby Six Nations, and the incredible leaps forward in women's team sports.Image of Sarah Hunter courtesy of the RFU Collection via Getty Images.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/1931m 14s

SIM Ep 206, IWD 2019 #2: Karla Williams on Ms Mono and female-centered stories

In the second episode of our International Women's Day 2019 series, Hannah and Jen caught up with writer and producer Karla Williams, co-founder of Ms Mono, a production company focused on female-centred stories. They talk representation, complex characters, and how Ms Mono is hoping to shake up the TV industry.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/03/1925m 16s

SIM Ep 205 IWD 2019 #1: Rediscovering Andrea Dunbar

In the first of our series celebrating International Women's Day 2019, Hannah went to meet writer Lisa Holdsworth to talk about her new play Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, based on the life of working class playwright Andrea Dunbar, who died aged 29. They talk Rita, Sue and Bob Too - including that controversial ending - how Andrea's life and work bled into each other, and the barriers working class youngsters face when entering the arts. More information about Lisa's new play can be found here: https://www.freedomstudios.co.uk/production/black-teeth-and-a-brilliant-smile/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/03/1927m 32s

SIM Ep 204 Chops 87: Come From Away

In this week's Chops, we're talking new musical Come From Away. Set on September 11, 2001, and the days afterwards, it tells the tale of what happened in the town of Gander, Canada, where 38 inbound planes were rerouted after America closed its airspace in the wake of the attacks. Hannah managed to grab some time with co-creator Irene Sankoff to talk about a true story full of comedy, tragedy, love and fear.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/03/1916m 28s

SIM Ep 203 Gig 40: Bates, Ward and Ruffell

Laura Bates, Felicity Ward and Suzi Ruffell joined us back in December for an In Conversation event and here's the result. We talked feminism (natch), meeting a young Ed Sheeran and lizard ownership. Plus that time someone nearly threw up on a tiny child while punting. Spoiler alert, it was Hannah.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/02/191h 6m

SIM Ep 202 Chops 86: Not about the Burqa with Mariam Khan

In this week's Sunday Chops, Jen chats to British writer and activist Mariam Khan, editor of new book It's Not About The Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race. They chat about why Muslim women need to reclaim their own narrative, Brexit and, obviously, Beyonce.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/02/1929m 33s

SIM Ep 201 Pod 66: Prizes, hidden histories and an inexplicable Elvis

This week, Jen meets comedy legend Helen Lederer to learn about the Comedy Women in Print Prize. Author Hallie Rubenhold dispels some myths about the victims of Jack the Ripper. Jen's talking some good-value sport in Jenny Off The Blocks, Dunleavy Does Disney has its penultimate outing and it's all falling apart in the Bush Telegraph. Have at it!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/02/1957m 37s

SIM Ep 200 LGBT History Month #3: Rosie Jones

In Part III of our LGBT History Month series, comedian Rosie Jones comes into the studio to talk LGBT voices in comedy, dating as a disabled person and what it was like to actually have a good year in 2018. A lovely time was had by all. If you've not yet listened to the rest of the series, get that done too. In Part I, comedians Kate McCabe and Debra Jane Appelby talk representation for LGBT women in popular culture. In Part II, Hannah chats to Olivia Potter-Hughes from the NUS-USI about the battle for marriage equality in Northern Ireland. And coming up next week, Jen chats to about Sarah Trainer, the professional clubs equality officer at Kick it Out. You. Are. Welcome.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/02/1927m 17s

SIM Ep 199 Chops 85: social media is NOT ruining your life with Sara Tasker

Social media doesn't have to be a harbinger of mental health issues and FOMO, as Instagram guru Sara Tasker tells Mickey in this Chops. Sara's debut book, Hashtag Authentic, looks at how women can use Instagram (and other platforms) to positive effect. She and Mick chat about how to navigate social media with your soul intact, stealth feminism, and what Luke Skywalker did with his pants.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/02/1933m 20s

SIM Ep 198 Outside The Box #9

What you going to be watching on the telly this month? We talk True Detective, Russian Doll, Fyre and The Ted Bundy Tapes in February's Outside The Box. And also, oddly, Diagnosis Murder. Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/02/1932m 6s

SIM Ep 197 Pod 65: Media, melons & making evil

This week, we catch up with Alice-May Purkiss, author of new book Life, Lemons and Melons, about being diagnosed with breast cancer at 26 and why we all need to CoppaFeel! Dr Julia Shaw swings by to tell us about her new book Making Evil: The Science behind Humanity’s Dark Side, why all “evil” roads lead back to Hitler, and giving that kitten a squeeze. And there's a sneak peak of this week’s Sunday Chops, in which Mick natters to Instagram guru Sara Tasker about why social media isn’t ruining your life and her new book Hashtag Authentic.We’re a woman down in the Bush Telegraph, Jen is getting narky about visibility (or the lack of it) in Jenny Off the Blocks, and Dunleavy Does Disney edges ever closer to the finish line with Brother Bear.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/02/1959m 18s

SIM Ep 196 Chops 82: The real East End women

Author Kate Thompson's brilliant new book The Stepney Doorstep Society tells us about an East End was run by matriarchs during the Second World War. Hannah went to meet Kate, along with Marie, one of the women featured in the book, to talk the Bethnal Green tube disaster, backstreet abortions, sex education and evacuees. Plus they ponder whether women really can "have it all" in the 21st century. When you've finished this Chops, maybe pop over to listen to the latest in our LGBT History Month series, when Hannah is talking to Olivia Potter-Hughes about the campaign for marriage equality in Northern Ireland.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/02/1929m 29s

SIM Ep 195 LGBT History Month #2: The fight for marriage equality in Northern Ireland

In the second of our bonus podcasts for LGBT History Month, we talk to NUS-USI President Olivia Potter-Hughes about the campaign for marriage equality in Northern Ireland, what comes next and how the rest of the UK can get involved. Plus, while we had the chance, we chatted about NI's other two hottest potatoes - Brexit and abortion rights. If you haven't caught the first in this series, you're missing out. Comedians Kate McCabe and Debra-Jane Appelby of the Strong Female Leads podcast talk LGBT representation in popular culture. And next week, we talk to comedian Rosie Jones about dating and disability. Yes, we are spoiling you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/02/1920m 8s

SIM Ep 194 Pod 64: The city, the suburbs and the Sorcerer's Apprentice

We've a fascinating chunk of social history coming for you this week as we talk to musician and writer Tracey Thorn about hew book on her childhood in suburbia - Another Planet. Hannah meets author Kate Thompson to find out about life for women in the East End during the Second World War and Kate's new book The Stepney Doorstep Society. Plus one of the women on which the book is based - Marie - shares some hair-raising stories of her own. There's more screaming into a pillow about Brexit in the Bush Telegraph, Mick's shooting fish in a barrel in Sexism of the Week, Jen talks rugby in Jenny Off The Blocks and Dunleavy Does Disney couldn't put Fantasia off any longer. Until next time!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/02/1951m 33s

SIM Ep 193 Chops 82: LGBT History Month #1 - Pop Culture

It's LGBT History Month and we've got another series of themed Sunday Chops coming at you throughout February. First up, we asked our friends over at the Strong Female Leads podcast - comedians Kate McCabe and Debra-Jane Appelby - to talk representation of LGBT women in popular culture. They talk where they are represented, how they are represented and who is playing them. And more besides. Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/02/1924m 46s

SIM Ep 192 Chops 81: Bedrooms of London

In this Chops, Mick and Jen catch up with Caro Howell, director of the Foundling Museum, to talk about Bedrooms of London, the museum’s forthcoming exhibition in partnership with The Childhood Trust and highlighting the lives of children surviving below the breadline in our capital. Photographer Katie Wilson has taken shots of the sleeping spaces of children living in poverty in London, and these are accompanied by first-hand narratives collected and written by Isabella Walker. Caro speaks eloquently about child poverty, challenges the prejudices and stereotypes associated with it, and explains what we can all do – and must do – to help these kids and their families. If you’re in London and able to get to the Foundling Museum, Bedrooms of London runs from February 8 to May 5. foundlingmuseum.org.uk  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/02/1926m 59s

SIM Ep 191 Gig 39: Riley, Sarpong & Solomon

In this In Conversation, Mick and Hannah had a lovely chat with Lisa Riley, June Sarpong and Stacey Solomon, about the internalised misogyny of Alexa, getting a bit Walthamstow, the perils of wayward loo roll, and knowing your Johns from your Daves.This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Leicester Square Theatre in October 2018, so some of the plugs are out of date. But you can still hear our chat with A.L. Kennedy on this very podcast feed. And you should.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/01/191h 2m

SIM Ep 190 Gig 38: Pascoe & Phelps

In this special In Conversation, sponsored by Twinings Superblends, Mick, Hannah and Jen are joined by writer Sarah Phelps and comedian Sara Pascoe. They chatted about all sorts, from who they’d most like to enjoy a cuppa with, to novel ways to look after your noggin’.This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the Twinings Here For You event in London.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/1941m 59s

SIM Ep 189 Chops 80: the IVF indignity Olympics with Christine Robertson

In this Chops, the third and final part of our series on fertility, Mickey talks to writer Christine Robertson, former participant in the IVF indignity Olympics, about her experiences trying to get pregnant, how IVF is a big test of a person’s dignity, sense of humour and sanity – and what she did when it didn’t work.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/01/1919m 51s

SIM Ep 188 Chops 79: Calming The F**k Down thanks to Sarah Knight

In this Chops, Mick, Hannah and Jen catch up with Sarah Knight, self-titled anti guru and author of the bestselling No Fucks Given Guides. She shares her cracking tips on how to deal with anxiety – in its lower case and diagnosed guises – all of which are charted in her latest book, aptly titled Calm The F**k Down.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/01/1918m 52s

SIM Ep 187 Pod 63: WTFJH, Jayde Adams and jog on Inside Out

In this episode, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord talk feminism, grief and what we can learn from drag queens and the Spice Girls with the truly divine Jayde Adams, and Hannah gets Lara Spirit of the excellent Our Future Our Choice on the blower to ask what the fuck just happened in the bin fire that is Brexit. There's more Australian Open chat in Jenny Off The Blocks, a sporty sexism of the week, three bits of good news in the Bush Telegraph and Dunleavy Does Disney's Inside Out. No, she's not okay, hun.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/01/1952m 30s

SIM Ep 186 Chops 78: fat fertility

It's a double helping of Chops – hurray!In our other episode, Jen chats to journalist Abby Ellin, author of the new book Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Conman I Almost Married. They talk about their own experiences of dealing with con artists, why people lie, and how it impacts those around them. This episode is part two of our three-part series on fertility, and Mick and Jen catch up with self-titled fat positive fertility coach, Nicola Salmon, to talk about her campaign Fat Fertility Matters and the myths surrounding weight and pregnancy.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/01/1922m 5s

SIM Ep 185, Chops 77: Duped - Abby Ellin & the conman she almost married

It's a double helping of Chops for you lucky lot today. In our other episode - part 2 of our series on fertility - Mick and Jen catch up with fat fertility coach, Nicola Salmon, to talk about her campaign Fat Fertility Matters.In this episode, Jen chats to journalist Abby Ellin, author of the new book Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Conman I Almost Married. They talk about their own experiences of dealing with ne'erdowells, why people lie, and how it impacts on those around them.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/01/1927m 56s

SIM Ep 184 Outside The Box 8

It's the first Outside The Box of 2019 and we're back talking telly. More specifically, Murder Mountain, Les Miserables, Sex Education, You, Catastrophe and why Hannah's excited about Stephen Graham. Even more so than usual.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/01/1925m 3s

SIM Ep 183 Pod 62: Patti Smith, armchair critics, and the sea

New week, new podcast and we've another treat for your earballs here. Mickey talks to music mega-mind Liz Buckley about the glorious Patti Smith, Gabby Hutchinson-Crouch talks when armchair criticism goes to far, and Jen chats to journalist Charlotte Runcie about her debut book Salt On Your Tongue: Women and The Sea. Plus there's the Australian Open in Jenny Off The Blocks and #DunleavyDoesDisney goes to Utopia, sorry Zootopia.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/01/1958m 49s

SIM Ep 182 Chops 76: Fertility - Going it alone

In the first of our series on fertility, Hannah and Mickey go to Dublin to speak to teacher and single mum Aoife McArdle about going it alone with IUI. She tells us the how, the where and the how much, as well as what she told her daughter about where she "came from". Tuck in!.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/01/1930m 20s

SIM Ep 181, Pod 61: Legislating, twerking and carpe-ing the diem

We're back with the first podzine of 2019, with a ray of January sunshine. Standard Issue favourite Paula McGuire is back to give you a five minute guide to keeping your pecker up, or, er being positive. We’re joined by Julie Cohen and Betsy West to talk about their new documentary RBG, about legendary Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Marina Gask swings by to tell us about online magazine Audrey, flipping the bird to the midlife comfort zone and carpe-ing the diem. Jen gets her twerk on with Kelechi Okafor, founder of the Kelechnekoff fitness studio, in the name of making fitness fun in this week’s Jenny off the Blocks, and Dunleavy does Disney’s Cars – toot, and indeed, toot.There’s Veganuary vs Gammon controversy in the Bush Telegraph, some dastardly women having fun in Sexism of the Week, and some even worse fish in barrels.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/01/191h 8m

SIM Ep 180 Chops 75: An Edited Life with Anna Newton

In this Chops, Mick chats with blogger, vlogger, podcaster and now author, Anna Newton, a woman with her shit together who knows that having together shit doesn’t always come easy. Cue her book: An Edited Life is a (delightful-to-read) manual to getting the best out of the worlds of home, work and life-in-general, penned by someone who knows how to get stuff organised. Our Mick was all ears and note-taking.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/01/1934m 39s

SIM Ep 179 Gig 37: Lawson, Ahmed, Prenger & Millican

In this In Conversation, Sarah and Mickey had a ruddy smashing time with Nigella Lawson, Samira Ahmed and Jodie Prenger, chatting about being a cat, the power of the BBC voice, laughing at funerals, combing cows, excellent letters to Newsround, how to talk buzzard and Roger Moore as God. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Leicester Square Theatre in September. That means a couple of the plugs are out of date. Obviously we know now that Fiona Bruce got the Question Time job, but we love Samira’s pitching so much it’s staying in. And Nigella’s tour is over, but there’s still loads of good stuff over on her website.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/01/191h 5m

SIM Ep 178 Gig 36: Morrissey, Mitchell, Jackson and Herring

This gigcast is from our one gig of the year where we allow some blokes to do the talking, and Sarah and Mickey had a belly-achingly fun time with Richard Herring, Colin Jackson, David Mitchell and David Morrissey. Chat included baloney sandwiches, Kes, too many trainers, a fish not called Chris, the power of exercise and the smell of balls. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Leicester Square Theatre in November. That means a couple of the plugs are out of date, as in the Upstart Crow Christmas Special was on… Christmas Day. But you can get it on catch up and you absolutely should.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/12/181h 6m

SIM Ep 177: Best of In Conversation 2018

The world is full of brilliant broads and we've had loads of them onstage with us in 2018. And so, as our Christmas gift to you, we thought it would be fun to put some of the biggest laughs into one handy 'best of' In Conversation.Please put your hands together for Ruth Jones, Fern Britton, Wunmi Mosaku, Sally Wainwright, Helen Thorne, Ellie Gibson, Sally Phillips, Roisin Conaty, Isy Suttie, Bridget Christie, Marian Keyes, Hollie McNish, Jack Monroe, Liz Carr, Desiree Burch, Jo Caulfield, Jennifer Saunders, Sian Gibson, Jennie McAlpine, Cherylee Houston, Shazia Mirza, Konnie Huq, Rachel Parris, and Lucy Mangan. And of course our Sarah Millican, Hannah Dunleavy and Mickey Noonan.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/12/1853m 30s

SIM Ep 176 Chops 74: Yosra Osman's films of 2018

In this week's double serving of Sunday Chops, we talk to two of our experts to find out what they made of 2018. In the other episode, Mickey talks to our music guru Liz Buckley about her favourite albums of the year, while in this serving of Chops, Hannah met up with our favourite cinema reviewer, Yosra Osman, to talk her films of the year. Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/12/1832m 49s

SIM Ep 175 Chops 73: Liz Buckley's albums of 2018

In this week's double serving of Sunday Chops, we talk to two of our experts to find out what they made of 2018. In the other episode, Hannah met up with our favourite cinema reviewer, Yosra Osman, to talk her films of the year, while in this portion, Mickey talks to our music guru Liz Buckley about her favourite albums of 2018. Have at it!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23/12/1825m 15s

SIM Ep 174 Pod 60: top birds, great books, Luther and laughing

In this episode, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord chat to QI elf and human bookworm Anne Miller about the best reads for the festive period – to buy as presents or to curl up with yourself. Hannah and Jen catch up with cracking actor and excellent human Wunmi Mosaku to talk Luther, Idris Elba and the potential perils of being a sidekick, and Jen has a natter with tip-top comedians Rachel Parris and Jenny Bede about how this year's been for women in comedy. In the Bush Telegraph, we're saluting our women of the year; as ever, there are loads of birds doing the rest of us proud. And Hannah provides a round-up of all the Disney's she's done in 2018. The fact she's not a gibbering wreck is some sort of Christmas miracle, quite frankly.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/12/1849m 13s

SIM Ep 193 Chops 72: Bloody Good festive periods

In this week’s Sunday Chops we’re offering up an extended version of Jen’s chat from this week’s podzine with founder of Bloody Good Period, Gabby Edlin. Gabby chats to Jen about why she started the charity, which provides period supplies to refugees and asylum seekers, the injustice of period poverty, and the stigma still surrounding our monthly cycles.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/12/1822m 26s

SIM Ep 192: Outside The Box 7

Christmas is just round the corner, so we talk (some of the mountains of) festive viewing in this month's Outside The Box. Plus, we chat Young Offenders, Mrs Wilson, Hot Girls Wanted:Turned On, Death & Nightingales, and I'm a Celebrity. And, as it's the last OTB of the year, we decree the best TV programme of the year. Spoiler alert: it's The Deuce.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/12/1836m 33s

SIM Ep 191 Pod 58: Pioneering women, period poverty and predictions

We've another new podcast for you and this week is a corker. Hannah talks to Dr Lauren Arrington from the University of Liverpool about Constance Markievicz, the first woman elected to the Houses of Parliament, 100 years ago this month. Jen meets Gabby Edlin of Bloody Good Period to chat period poverty and how we can all help women and girls over the festive period. And Mickey can't stop thinking about a shaved Boris Johnson in The Bush Telegraph. Plus there's awards news in Jenny Off the Blocks and more benevolent robots in Dunleavy Does Disney. Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/12/1853m 22s

SIM Ep 188 Chops 70: kicking off for disability rights with Barbara Lisicki

In this portion of Chops goodness, Mick has a natter with bona fide bad-ass Barbara Lisicki (@wanda_barbara), comedian, fierce disability activist and proud protest T-shirt wearer. They chat about all sorts of stuff, particularly what Barbara and various allies got up to in their ongoing quest to change the pity-led narrative around people with disabilities. So, revel in Barbara’s telling of the glory that is the Piss On Pity tee and accompanying campaign, and some of the other brilliant and ultimately law-making activism Barbara got up to with DAN, the disabled people’s Direct Action Network. And, perhaps like Mick, find yourself nodding along with why she hates Children In Need.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/1834m 12s

SIM Ep 190 Chops 71: Emer and Sarah (and Aisling, of course)

Welcome to one of two Sunday Chops today. In this episode, Hannah meets Irish authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen to talk about the runaway success of Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling; what it's like to write in a pair, and how Aisling is already heading for the big screen. Tuck in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/12/1821m 25s

SIM Ep 188, Pod 57: Kindness, kicking and being a complete Aisling

This week the team talk trying not to be a prick with comedian Juliette Burton, whose show Butterfly Effect charts her personal journey to connect with her fellow (wo)man via random acts of kindness. Jen has a natter with Kelly Simmons, Director of the Woman’s Professional Game at the Football Association, as well as bona fide Lioness and Reading midfielder Fara Williams, about what football fans have to look forward to over the next few years. And Hannah chats to publishing sensations and authors of Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling, Emer McLysaght Sarah Breen. Plus get a sneaky peek of this week’s upcoming Sunday Chops in which Mick talks to comedian and disability activist Barbara Lisicki about her long-running involvement in the campaign for disability rights.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
05/12/1855m 45s

SIM Ep 187, Chops 69: Paula McGuire's Year of Fear

In this week's episode of the Sunday Chops, our Jen catches up with Paula McGuire, Standard Issue favourite, writer, speaker and all-round legend. Last year, Paula spoke to Jen about her Big Mad Swim. It didn't go according to plan. Not that Paula's let it stop her journey. They talk anxiety, failure, and facing your fears.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
02/12/1824m 43s

SIM Ep 186: World AIDS Day 2018

In this special episode to mark World AIDS Day, Mickey chats with HIV advocate Lizzie Jordan, aka 'the Nigella of HIV'. What a moniker! It’s the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day and while advances in science around the virus are simply incredible, raising awareness and funds, fighting prejudice and increasing education remain vital. The stereotypes and stigma around the virus put people in danger, so they need to change. What's more, around 20,000 people in the UK are thought to be living with undiagnosed HIV, which is why, Lizzie explains, she is always banging the drum for sexual health MOTs.Visit www.tht.org.uk for more info on how we can all help.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/12/1824m 7s

SIM Ep 185 Gig 35: Scummy Mummies, Phillips and Millican

In this gigcast, da boss Sarah Millican and our Hannah Dunleavy are In Conversation with Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson, aka The Scummy Mummies, and Sally Phillips. Chat covers all the bases: how to stop your kids accessing porn, a rolling boulder of tits, Where's Teddy?, charity-shop Diana and the saddest Gangnam Style ever. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the Cheltenham Comedy Festival in September, 2018.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/11/1859m 37s

SIM Ep 183, Chops 67: Yes to consent

This week, we've two Sunday Chops for you, because we're good like that. First up, in this episode, Mickey and Hannah went to Middlesbrough to meet Jennifer Cassarly to learn about her work to help youngsters understand that no means no. Mick also learns what incognito browsing is, so there really is something for everyone.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/1841m 12s

SIM Ep 184, Chops 68: The law online

It's a two-course Chops this week, hooray! In this podcast, we talk to journalist and media law expert Holly Powell-Jones (disclaimer, not a lawyer) about what legal pitfalls exist for anyone blogging, podcasting or even just airing their thoughts on social media. From contempt of court, to copyright and defamation, she talks keeping your nose clean online.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/11/1839m 57s

SIM Ep 182, Pod 56: Social media, shopping and satirical scribblings

In this week's podcast, we talk to Holly Powell-Jones about the work she's doing to help teenagers understand the law when it comes to social media, plus our consumer expert Vix Leyton stops by to chat Black Friday, loyalty schemes and keeping to a budget over Christmas. Jen meets graphic novelist Emma Clit to talk The Mental Load, as well as catching up with Sally Bolton, Strategic Planning & Operations Director at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, and Lisa O'Keefe Head of Insight at Sport England to talk about Ticketmaster's State of Play report and what it tells us about women's sport. Plus, we take a look at (oh God, no) Brexit, in the Bush Telegraph. And Dunleavy Does Disney goes under the sea. No, not that one, the good one.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/11/181h 39m

SIM Ep 181 IMD 5: Luke Hart on domestic violence and changing the narrative

This week we’re doing things a bit differently. We’re always wanging on about how gender inequality is a ballbag for everyone – because it is. And so, around International Men’s Day on November 19, we decided to do a series of interviews where we chatted to blokes about what’s going on with the dudes.In this episode, Mickey has a frank and frankly heartbreaking conversation with Luke Hart about how language around domestic violence and coercive control needs to change. Luke is a domestic violence campaigner and co-author, alongside his brother Ryan, of Operation Lighthouse, which tells the story around how his mum Claire and sister Charlotte were murdered by his father.The National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is 0808 2000 247.In our other #IMD interviews, Mickey chats with author and mental health advocate Matt Haig about brain diahorrea, Hannah talks booze culture and growing up the child of an alcoholic with Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth, Jen chats how sport can help kids in comminties affected by crime and violence with Fight For Peace's Dr Jacob Whittingham Vigors, and also talks to writer, performer and campaigner Jordan Stephens about toxic masculinity.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/11/1842m 13s

SIM Ep 180 Chops 66: immodest women, sexy Victorians and terrorist suffragettes

In this Chops, the team chats with historian Dr Fern Riddell, author of The Victorian Guide To Sex and Death In Ten Minutes: Kitty Marion: Activist, Arsonist, Suffragette. Dr Fern explains the joys and importance of being an #immodest woman, what the Victorians can teach us about sex (spoiler: it's a fuckload), and talks about the life of Kitty Marion, music hall actress, fierce woman, suffragette and Fern's original #MeToo moment. We also discover that Captain Offord does NOT find scary raves a turn on and that Hannah's some sort of airforce royalty.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18/11/1844m 25s

SIM Ep 179 IMD 4: Jordan Stephens on toxic masculinity

This week we’re doing things a bit differently. We’re always wanging on about how gender inequality is a ballbag for everyone – because it is. And so, ahead of International Men’s Day on November 19, we decided to do a series of interviews where we chatted to blokes about what’s going on with the dudes.In this episode, Jen catches up with writer, performer and campaigner Jordan Stephens, who found fame at a young age as part of hip-hop duo, Rizzle Kicks. They talked about toxic masculinity, redefining prescribed gender characteristics and why putting men on a pedestal can actually harm them.If some of the subjects Jen and Jordan touch on in this interview have affected you, or you feel you need to talk, you can contact the Samaritans in the UK and Republic of Ireland by phone on: 116 123, or via email at: Jo@Samaritans.org (UK)/Jo@Samaritans.ie (ROI).Keep your ears peeled for chats with writer and mental health advocate Matt Haig; Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth; Dr Jacob Whittingham Vigors of Fight For Peace; and domestic violence campaigner Luke Hart.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/11/1835m 24s

SIM Ep 178, IMD 3: Alcohol with Jonathan Ashworth

This week we’re doing things a bit differently. We’re always wanging on about how gender inequality is a ballbag for everyone – because it is. And so, ahead of International Men’s Day on November 19, we decided to do a series of interviews where we chatted to blokes about what’s going on with the dudes. Keep your ears peeled for chats with writer and mental health advocate Matt Haig; writer, performer and campaigner Jordan Stephens; Dr Jacob Whittingham Vigors of Fight For Peace; and domestic violence campaigner Luke Hart.  Because next week is also Alcohol Awareness Week, Hannah went down to Westminister to talk to Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth about being the child of an alcoholic, how society views drinking and why it's good to talk, no matter how hard it seems.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/11/1836m 40s

SIM Ep 177: Outside the Box 6

In this month's Outside The Box, we talk HBO's Intimacy Co-ordinators, plus House of Cards, Daredevil, what's keeping Luther, a big cancellation and Informer. Which is all but nothing to the news that Deadwood is finally returning. Deadwood, Deadwood, Deadwood. Get it in your ears. Also, Deadwood.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/11/1839m 6s

SIM Ep 175, IMD 2: Fighting for Peace

This week we’re doing things a bit differently. We’re always wanging on about how gender inequality is a ballbag for everyone – because it is. And so, ahead of International Men’s Day on November 19, we decided to do a series of interviews where we chatted to blokes about what’s going on with the dudes. Keep your ears peeled for chats with writer Matt Haig, Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth MP, writer, performer and campaigner Jordan Stephens, and domestic violence campaigner Luke Hart.In this episode Jen took herself off to North Woolwich to meet Dr Jacob Whittingham-Vigors, Head of Programmes at the Fight For Peace London Academy. They chatted about the organisation's work using boxing and martial arts among other things, to help support the development of young people in communities affected by crime and violence, the challenges facing young men in inner cities, and the life lessons of Rocky Balboa.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/11/1823m 50s

SIM Ep 176: Jewish Film Festival

With the 22nd UK Jewish Film Festival in full swing at cinemas around the country, Hannah recently managed to grab some time with Austrian filmmaker Ruth Beckermann about her brilliant documentary The Waldheim Waltz, which examines how Austria came to elect Kurt Waldheim, a former Nazi, to the role of president during the 1980s. No, really.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/11/1816m 28s

SIM Ep 174, IMD 1: Mental health with Matt Haig

This week we’re doing things a bit differently. We’re always wanging on about how gender inequality is a ballbag for everyone – because it is. And so, ahead of International Men’s Day on November 19, we decided to do a series of interviews where we chatted to blokes about what’s going on with the dudes. Keep your ears peeled for chats with Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth MP, writer, performer and campaigner Jordan Stephens, domestic violence campaigner Luke Hart and Dr Jacob Whittingham-Vigors of Fight For Peace.We’re kicking off our series of man specials with Mickey talking to awesome author and mental health advocate Matt Haig brain diahorrea, the many perils of Twitter and how Netflix has got it in for shut-eye.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/11/1840m 26s

SIM Ep 173, Chops 65: A.L. Kennedy, a Little Snake & other animals

The team were delighted to catch up with author and performer, A.L. Kennedy ahead of the publication of her cracking new book The Little Snake. As well as the book, they chatted about the state of the nation, the art of storytelling, and the curious incident of the dog and the plate glass window, and as you'll hear, they had a very lovely time indeed.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/11/1827m 17s

SIM Ep 172 Pod 55: rights, cash, film and extraordinary bouncing

In this episode, the team chat cash-money with journalist and author of Money: A User's Guide, Laura Whateley, revealing Mick's allergy to the word 'pension' in the process. They're also joined by Anna Bogutskaya, festival director of Underwire, the only film festival dedicated to celebrating female talent, which kicks off on November 16. Mick catches up with Alliance For Choice's Danielle Roberts to find out where things are at in the fight for abortion rights in Northern Ireland, Jen natters with Team GB trampolinist Kat Driscoll ahead of the Trampoline World Championships and Dunleavy Does Disney's Wreck-It Ralph. Also, meat-faced jizzclown David Cameron makes an unwelcome return to the Bush Telegraph and Swim England blames 'the past' for its sexism of the week.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/11/181h 21m

SIM Ep 171 Chops 64: mental health stigmas with Lucy Nichol

For this Sunday Chops, we hand over the reins to the excellent Lucy Nichol, mental health advocate extraordinaire and author of the brilliant A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes, which started out as a regular Standard Issue column.For this Chops, Lucy wanted to focus on some of the very many stigmas that still surround mental health and what we can do to get them to jog on. And so she’s chatted to four women about their very different experiences with mental health. Anna Foster is talking OCD, Claire Eastham is chatting social anxiety, Poorna Bell talks about her late husband’s addiction and the unhelpful stereotypes of drug users we’re forever seeing in the media, and finally, Hope Virgo explains the issues around anorexia and why her #dumpthescales campaign is a life-saver.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
04/11/1847m 16s

SIM Ep 170 Gig 34: Omielan, Millican, Garofalo and Pollard

In this gigcast, we got Hannah Dunleavy, Sarah Millican, Luisa Omielan, Janeane Garofalo and Su Pollard onstage to see what would happen. Crikey. There’s tit-covering trousers, a dearth of condoms, a blast of Madonna and a frankly hilarious bum story. We recorded this gigcast back in August in Edinburgh at The Stand Comedy Club as part of our Edinburgh Fringe run. It was even more deliciously bonkers than we expected. And we’re the people who decided to get Su Pollard and Janeane Garofalo in the same room.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31/10/181h 0m

SIM Ep 169 Chops 63: Refuge Woman

In this week's Chops, Mickey talks to self-proclaimed 'refuge connoisseur' Cash Carraway about her warm, darkly funny one-woman show, Refuge Woman. Cash talks the reality of life in a women's refuge, the devastating effect of government funding cuts and the rage-inducing condescension of the media. Channel 5, she's looking at you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28/10/1830m 47s

SIM Ep 168, Pod 54: Voting, Spending and Screaming

In this week's podzine, the team put their marching boots on - again - to join the 700,000 or so crowd at Saturday's People's Vote March in London. As well as drawing serious props for their signage and indeed dog-age, the team caught up with MPs Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Joanna Cherry; Lara Spirit of Our Future, Our Choice; Sorcha Kirker of the Highlands and Islands Students' Association; Standard Issue stalwart Jane Bostock; and Delia Smith. You heard.They also chatted to Seyi Newell from Rosa, the UK fund for women and girls, about how charities and projects set up to help women can get their hands on some cold hard cash. by way of their Justice and Equality Fund; and Sarah Morgan, host of podcast The Fear drops by to talk about getting the willies in the run-up to Hallowe'en. Hannah is swiping left on battery bullies in SOTW, Jen is pondering the IOC's moral compass in JOTB, and Dunleavy Does Disney does The Good Dinosaur, the title of which may or may not be misleading.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/10/181h 14m

SIM Ep 167, Chops 61: Black History Month #3 - A question of race

Two portions of Chops again this week! We are kind to you. In this episode, as part of our series celebrating Black History Month, Hannah speaks to award-winning black feminist writer Claire Heuchan about her new book What is Race? Who are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions - and manages to squeeze in a couple of questions of her own. And when you're done with this Chops, Mickey awaits with wrestling news. No, really.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21/10/1815m 8s

SIM Ep 168 Chops 62: Wrestlenoonia!

In this Chops, inspired by GLOW and the fat bespandexed lads of the 1970s and 80s, our Mick gets in the ring with WrestlePro coach Sam Bailey and pro-wrestlers Lana Austin and Hollie to get to grips with the art of wrestling. Tip: it hurts your elbows. She also chats to Emily Read, founder of Pro Wrestle Eve and a leading light in the world of women's wrestling. Grab your leotard, Big Mickey Hotpot needs you to get ready to rumble!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/10/1845m 57s

SIM Ep 166, Pod 53: Hearing, watching and burning this city to the ground

Oh hello, listener, meet jam-packed podcast. This week comedian and multi-hyphenate Samantha Baines comes in to the studio to tell us about hearing loss and why Hannah should get a less 1970s hearing aid. Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates talk inspirational women and their new book What Would Boudicca Do?. Hannah and Mick meet Selina Cartmell to chat about her first year as Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre in Dublin. And Jen basks in Carrie Dunn's expertise when it comes to women's football. Plus Dunleavy Does Disney takes a trip to Atlantis, with mixed results.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17/10/181h 41m

SIM Ep 165, Chops 60: Black History Month #2 - Slaying in your lane

We are spoiling you rotten this week with two servings of Chops, once again!Since October is Black History Month, for the four Sundays of October, we’re chatting to brilliant black women doing incredible things. Last week, Mick chatted to Wanna Be podcast host and CEO of the Shoutout Network, Imriel Morgan, next week Hannah catches up with Claire Heuchan about her book for kids, What Is Race? Who Are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions, and Mickey has a date with Hot Brown Honey, mashers up of social activism, music, dance and burlesque. In this episode Jen is chatting black British history and future with Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke, authors of Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, as they discuss gatekeepers, hair and why we all need to be able to tell our stories.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/1847m 13s

SIM Ep 164 Chops 59: The legacy of the laundries

In September, councillors rejected plans to sell the site of the last of Ireland's infamous Magdalene Laundries to a Japanese hotel chain. We met Dr Maeve O'Rourke to find out what survivors would like to see on the site instead, as well as learn more about what life was like for women who found themselves incarcerated there against their will. And how they still face a battle for justice.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/10/1844m 33s

SIM EP 163, Bonus Pod: Girls on Film: a London Film Festival Special

In another treat for you this week, our Jen has been tearing around the BFI's 2018 London Film Festival, in which this year the Institute is screening more films by female filmmakers than ever before. Jen caught up with the directors (and a producer!) of three top films showing at this year's festival: Naziha Arebi and Flore Cosquer, director and producer of Freedom Fields, an inspiring documentary about the Libyan women's national football team; Sudabeh Mortezai, director of the devastating drama Joy, about a Nigerian woman trafficked into the European sex industry; and Jessica Leski, director of the nostalgic documentary I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/10/1840m 4s

SIM Ep 162 Outside the Box 5

In this month's Outside The Box, there's almost too much TV to take in. Hannah, Jen and Mickey try their best and talk the best of the month's watching, including The Deuce, Bojack Horseman, No Offence, Mystery Road and Upstart Crow. You're welcome!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/10/1831m 11s

SIM Ep 161 Pod 52: adoption, crime solving and rolling with life's punches

In this week's podzine, Mick and Hannah meet up with the Drunk Women Solving Crime, aka Taylor Glenn and Hannah George, to chat true crime, booze and very audible gasping. Ahead of National Adoption Week, which starts on October 15, adopter Dotty Winters shares the pros, cons, joy, tears and hard-won wisdom of the process. Author Jean Hannah Edelstein talks about her new non-fiction This Really Isn't About You about how Lynch Syndrome and her father's death turned her life upside down and that one time Tinder wasn't an arsehole. For Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen chats with Emma Bramwell, who is running 30 races in the 12 months leading up to what would have been her brother Adam's 30th birthday. Dunleavy Does Disney's Coco and maybe-just-maybe does a tiny cry, and there's a fierce doughnut debate in the Bush Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/181h 26m

SIM Ep 160 Chops 58: Mother Courage + Father Ted + needy cats + arse tattoos = Pauline McLynn

Double Chops ahoy! In this, the second portion of Sunday Chops, our Mickey's having a brew with Pauline McLynn, aka Mrs Doyle from Father Ted, Libby Croker from Shameless, Yvonne Cotton in EastEnders and many theatre roles, including right now Mother Courage in Red Ladder Theatre’s immersive promenade production of Brecht’s classic Mother Courage and Her Children (which is absolutely excellent and on until October 20 in Leeds). You'll fast discover that Mick wound up with a massive girl crush on Pauline, who is a proper treat. They chatted Mother Courage, Father Ted, the perils of warm poo and needy cats, knitting tea cosies and that time she may or may not have flashed Tom Cruise.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1851m 23s

SIM Ep 159 Chops 57: Black History Month #1 – Imriel Morgan

Double Chops portions ahoy! Monday 1 October marked the start of Black History Month and for the four Sundays of October, we’re chatting to brilliant black women doing incredible things. Jen will be catching up with Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke, authors of black girl bible Slay In Your Lane, Hannah chats with Claire Heuchan about her book for kids, What Is Race? Who Are Racists? Why Does Skin Colour Matter? And Other Big Questions, and Mickey has a date with Hot Brown Honey, mashers up of social activism, music, dance and burlesque. And for this Chops, our Mick nattered with Imriel Morgan, host of the Wanna Be podcast, co-founder of the ShoutOut Network and all-round top bird. They talked stuff to do, films to watch, how Windrush affected Imriel's family and much more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1828m 32s

SIM Ep 158 Pod 51: marching, rhyming and fighting

In this week's episode, Mick and Hannah take a trip to Dublin to join the March For Choice and find out what's been going on since the #Repealthe8th referendum back in May, where they natter with a few familiar voices, as well as make some new friends. Mick has a chat with host of the Wanna Be podcast and CEO of the Shoutout Network, Imriel Morgan, to find out why Black History Month is so important and how everyone can and should celebrate it. The team catch up with poetry anthologist Ana Sampson about her book, She Is Fierce, ahead of World Poetry Day on October 4, and Jen talks bare-knuckle brawling with playwright Joy Wilkinson, who looked into the boxing world for her play The Sweet Science of Bruising.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/181h 12m

SIM Ep 157 Chops 56: The People's Vote

On October 20, we'll be in London for the People's Vote March For The Future. In this week's Chops we talk to two women who know their stuff about Brexit, Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson from For Our Future's Sake and campaigner and businesswoman Gina Miller, about what they think might be around the corner for the UK if or when we leave the EU.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1841m 18s

SIM Ep 156 Gig 33: Hazarika, Porter and Rooney

It's gigcast time again and this week we've a real treat for you, the first of the two In Conversation events we recorded at the Stand comedy club during this year's Edinburgh Festival. Hannah and Mickey were joined on stage by comedian and political commentator Ayesha Hazarika, stand-up Lucy Porter and actress and all-round gem Sharon Rooney. They chatted about who's a currant bun (we all are, apparently), that time Lucy got married aged four and why Ed Miliband can't book his own taxis. What else is there?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/181h 2m

SIM Ep 155 Chops 55: othellomacbeth: wronged women seek vengeance

In Chops Two-o (let's just roll with it), our Mick catches up with Jude Christian, director of and fierce imagination behind othellomacbeth, a fresh, feminist mash-up of two of Shakespeare's best-known and most-performed plays. They chat about the Bard, OJ Simpson, wronged women in and out of Shakespeare, the problem with heroes, the Me Too movement and Katie Hopkins as a giant rat.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1841m 48s

SIM Ep 154 Chops 54: body image with Natasha Devon

In this week's Chops Uno, Jen and Hannah chat with the properly awesome Natasha Devon, campaigner, Mental Health Collective member and author of A Beginner's Guide To Being Mental, An A-Z From Anxiety to Zero Fucks Given. Topics covered include the rise in self-harm among children, particularly young girls, the perils of social media, and how we can all learn to feel better about ourselves. They also talk about Natasha's excellent Where's Your Head At campaign, which aims to make workplaces more savvy about mental health issues. You can find more info on that here: http://www.wheresyourheadat.org/.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/10/1826m 30s

SIM Ep 153 Pod 50: live at the London Podcast Festival

This week we've got a podcast with a difference as we bring you a podzine-gigcast hybrid, hosted by all three of the team. There's a bit of Bush Telegraph, a bit of interview-type chat, a fair few tangents and a whole lot of fun. Recorded live at the London Podcast Festival on September 15, our frankly tremendous guests are Imriel Morgan, host of WannaBe Podcast and CEO of the ShoutOut Network, Chidera Eggerue, blogger, author, founder of #saggyboobsmatter and more commonly known as The Slumflower, and Angela Barnes, award-winning comedian, co-host of Newsjacker and Cold War bunker nerd. Also, Jen celebrates a birthday, Mick gets tennis wrong and Hannah does an accent.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
19/09/181h 9m

SIM Ep 152 Chops 52: Hoarding

It's Sunday Chops time again and this week we're putting you in the capable hands of journalist Hazel Davis. In August, the WHO reclassified hoarding as a mental disorder and, as the child of a hoarder, Hazel shares with us an honest account of her experiences and talks to psychotherapist Rachel Morris about how to help a hoarder and how to help yourself if you've grown up with one..  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16/09/1831m 29s

SIM Ep 151 Pod 49: Diaries, dystopia and delightful schemes

New Wednesday, new podcast (let's make that a saying, eh?) and this week we've got loads of goodness for you. Mickey goes to Glasgow Women's Library to find out more about this valuable resource for women's history. And does a quiz from a Jackie annual. Natch. Hannah meets playwright Dawn King to chat about the West End debut of her award winner Foxfinder, as well as writing dystopia and the barriers for women in theatre. Author Stella Duffy drops by to inspire us to start our own Fun Palace (she's very persuasive) and Jen meets GB wheelchair basketball star Sophie Paterson to talk wheelchair basketball and charity Path To Success which is helping to support women in disability sport. What are you waiting for?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/09/181h 18m

SIM Ep 149, Chops 50: The real women of Holloway Prison

It's Sunday Chops time again and this week we have two servings for you. Loosen your belts. In this episode, Mickey and Hannah go to the Echoes of Holloway Prison exhibition to meet journalist and author Caitlin Davies to talk about her new book Bad Girls: A History of Rebels and Renegades. We chat about some of the many women who found themselves in one of the country's most famous prisons - from the Suffragettes and the Greenham Common activists to refugees and unfaithful wives, and ask what we can learn about how society judges women from the way it treats its prisoners. Tuck in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/1831m 43s

SIM Ep 150, Chops 51: Self-love with The Slumflower

In this week's second helping of Chops, Jen meets up with blogger, speaker and author Chidera Eggerue, aka The Slumflower, to talk about her new books What A Time to Be Alone and Scribble Yourself Feminist, why you should never seek approval for being you, how Nigerian women are killing it in UK popular culture right now, and of course, why #SaggyBoobsMatter. You can catch Chidera as part of our lineup for the #LondonPodcastFestival at 2pm on September 15, alongside Imriel Morgan and Angela Barnes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/1828m 5s

SIM Ep 148, Pod 48: Mothers, Spacers, Singers & Headers

The team are back with an absolute corker for you this week. First up, we chat to author Hannah Begbie about her new book Mother, and caring for a child with cystic fibrosis. Jen gets double sportsy as she gets on her bike to catch up with tour guide Sophie Campbell and Jess Chu, head of diversity and inclusion at Santander, to talk about the Santander Cycle's Tour de Force, and also has a natter with Charlie Clifford and Amber Stobbs from Charlton Athletic's women's team about the start of the new FA Women's Championship. Finally, in a Standard Issue first, we have some live music (get us!) from the wonderfully-named She Street Band as we talk, and indeed sing, Bruce Springsteen.There's dancing, crowdfunding and surprising comedy sets in the Bush Telegraph, and Hannah does Disney's Treasure Planet. Give your ears the treatment they deserve!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 37m

SIM Ep 147 Chops 49: Diversify! with June Sarpong

In this Chops, Mickey and Jen meet the utterly charming June Sarpong; that's right, that excellent bird off of the telly from the golden age of youth TV. Also, broadcaster, campaigner and now author, as she's penned not one but two books: Diversify and The Power of Women. She tells us about both, about making society a better place, about how women are bloody smashing, and about how Vernon Kaye's accent baffled Hollywood stars on a weekly basis. Also contains some sort of Hollyoaks wormhole.It's a double helping of Chops this week, so make sure you check out Jen and Hannah's excellent chat with THAT Gina Miller. We guarantee you'll have a girl crush by about five minutes in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 34s

SIM Ep 146 Chops 48: Rising up with Gina Miller

It's a double portion of Chops for you this weekend, you lucky so-and-sos, so keep your ears peeled for our other offering, by way of a chat betwixt Mick, Jen and the legend that is June Sarpong, about her bookDiversify. In this particular Chops, Jen and Hannah had a natter with THAT Gina Miller about her new book Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall and Leading the Way. They also talked about being a woman in the public eye, standing strong in the face of microaggressions and, of course, the B word.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 56s

SIM Episode 145: Gig 32: Gibson, Houston, McAlpine and Millican

It's gigcast time again. Two in a month? We are spoiling you. This week, we have a recording of an In Conversation event held in Sale in June, with top guests Sian Gibson, Cherylee Houston and Jennie McAlpine. They spoke to our Hannah and the boss, Sarah Millican, about smelling weather (yeah, that's a thing), meeting Take That and how, if your knickers fall down you should just keep walking. You're welcome!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 8m

SIM Episode 144: Chops 47: Into the West

In this week's Chops, Hannah has a cracking chat with Californian theatremaker Annie Saunders about her Edinburgh Fringe show Our Country, which looks at the myths of the Wild West, Antigone and childhood. They also talk younger brothers, medical marijuana and what happens when the law and your own beliefs don't coincide. Tuck in!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 40s

SIM Ep 143 Pod 47: statues, singing, siblings & a sporting challenge

In this week's episode, Hannah's chatting statues being left where they belong, as she catches up with brilliant feminist activist and campaigner Caroline Criado Perez who's fighting for Emmeline Pankhurst to stay put, and she also finds out more about Annie Saunders' play Our Country, which takes in siblings, marijuana and the Wild West. Mick talks to Scottish musician and all-round top bird Carla J Easton, who's bigging up some women pop pioneers for the Edinburgh International Festival's Since Yesterday event on Friday 24 August, and Jen natters with Lauren Hendry, who took on an incredible sporting challenge then wrote a bloody lovely (and funny) story about it.There's Boris, Botox and adult babies in the Bush Telegraph, and astonishment that Piers Morgan isn't the biggest spaffbangle in a Good Morning Britain-based Sexism of the Week. And Dunleavy Does Disney's Oliver & Company and really needs a lie down now please and thanks.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 26m

SIM Ep 142 Chops 36: Edinburgh special

It's a Chops with a difference as we chat to four excellent women currently doing their thing up at the Edinburgh Festival.Natalie Palamides, winner of last year’s newcomer award, talks to Mick about Nate, her hilarious, physical comedy show involving a moustachioed young bloke basted in toxic masculinity but trying to do the right thing. Hannah catches up with Ingrid Garner about her play Eleanor’s Story: An American Girl In Hitler’s Germany, based on Ingrid's grandmother’s experiences as a child forced to move to Nazi Germany and try to fit in as war breaks out around her. Jen talks swimming, being a teenage girl at school and how sport can ease the angst a little with Katrina Quinn, whose show Individual Medley covers all those bases. And finally, Hannah also talks to Alissa Anne Jeun Yi about her show Love Songs, the stereotyping of Asian women – from the lotus flower to the super-sexualised to the Dragon Lady – dealing with her sexual assault and, amid all that, looking for love.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1849m 16s

SIM Ep 141 Gig 31: Keyes, McClure and Tunstall

In this episode, Mickey and Hannah had a bloody lovely time with Vicky McClure, KT Tunstall and Marian Keyes, chatting about So. Much. Stuff, including Repealed The 8th, axe injuries, de-pinking, This Is England, free crisps, bags of hair and wishing for Lynx Africa. It also contains tap dancing. Yeah, we know that’s not great for audio, but, y’know, buy a ticket; see it happen.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 2m

SIM Ep 140 Outside The Box 4

It's Outside The Box o'clock and our Hannah's back with TV news, reviews and opinion. This month, she's chatting Orange Is The New Black, Unforgotten, Sharp Objects, Atlanta and why she's not watching Picnic At Hanging Rock. There's also Emmy chat, Matt Groening, Catastrophe, Dark and Stranger Things news, and your views on which series have used music like a boss.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 11s

SIM Ep 139, Pod 46: Feminist fringes, twitching twinkles & train journeys from hell

On this week's podzine Team Noonan, Dunleavy & Offord are back to business. Mick preps for Standard Issue's forthcoming Edinburgh journey by having a natter with journalist Shona Craven about where to find feminism at the Fringe. Jen is chatting to a prime example of the above, by way of physiotherapist Elaine Miller who talks about her Edinburgh show Gusset Grippers, and why we need to talk about female incontinence. And Hannah catches up with comedian Tanyalee Davis to hear about her #ScooterGirlCampaign to get train companies to make better provision for disabled people. Jen also catches up with darts player Fallon Sherrock in JOTB, while Dunleavy does Disney's Wall-E - Eeeeeeva!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 27m

SIM Ep 138 Chops 46: Showstopping musicals

It's Sunday Chops time again and this week we have double portions. In this episode, Ruth Bratt, one of the super talented people behind Olivier Award-winning improvised musical Showstopper! drops by to tells us how on earth they do that. And to give us some top tips about musicals we should probably go see (and a few we shouldn't).Tuck in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 48s

SIM Ep 137, Chops 35: The Hurricane Girls

It's Sunday Chops time again and this week we're offering up double portions. In this episode, Hannah and Mickey met author Jo Wheeler to talk about her new book The Hurricane Girls, which tells the tales of many of the women who flew planes for the ATA during the Second World War. Plus, Candy Adkins, the daughter of one of those pilots, joined in the chat too. Herewith, the dope about them...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 6s

SIM Ep 136 Pod 45: Edinburgh Fringe Festival special

As the Edinburgh Fringe festival kicks off, we talk to five women about their shows.The super funny Jen Brister talks about Meaningless and raising sons (while living with her mother); rising star Sindhu Vee chats about her debut solo show Sandhog; Jane Hill tells us why she gave up alcohol and her show Addicted To Fun; and Kiri Pritchard-McLean looks at gaslighting in Victim, Complex. Plus, if you've ever wondered exactly how the improvised musical Showstopper! works, Ruth Bratt stops by with an explanation. Yes, we are spoiling you with brilliant women. You're welcome.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 18m

SIM Ep 135 Chops 44: Women's Aid and domestic homicide

The murder of Anne Searle at the hands of her husband Stephen has been all over the news, and some of the reporting has been appalling – minimising violence against women. Our Mickey chats to Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, about what needs to be change in the media, the Femicide Census, the severe threat to women’s refuges, the forthcoming Domestic Violence Bill and what we can all do to help.Photo of Katie Ghose courtesy of Gus Palmer.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1815m 20s

SIM Ep 134 Gig 30: Conran, Hesmondhalgh, Dunleavy and Noonan

It's gigcast time and for this recording back in May, Mick and Hannah travelled to Salford's The Lowry to chat to comedian Lou Conran and actor Julie Hesmondhalgh – diamonds, the pair of 'em. Topics covered include fake legs, bad badges for kids, platinum wallpaper and apologies to Jesus.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1856m 5s

SIM Ep 133 Chops 43: jolly hockey sticks (and gold medals)

Would you look at that: a Sunday Chops on a Saturday like the maverick mofos we are. Okay, okay, the reason is: Saturday 21 July is the start of the Hockey World Cup. To learn more about the games at hand and the game in general, we chatted to Olympic gold-bagging TeamGB-ers (Rio, 2016) Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh. And they were awesome.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 1s

SIM Ep 132 Pod 44: Trump, Brontë, Parkinson & the Richardson-Walshes

Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord are mostly enjoying a bit of outdoor time in this week's podzine, which is No 44, but should be No 45, given we recorded the Bush Telegraph special at the Women's March on London on the day of Trump's UK visit. Mickey and Hannah are surrounded by birdsong as they chat #TeamEmily with the Brontë Parsonage Museum's Lauren Livesey. Hannah also went to sunny Mold to talk Home, I'm Darling with actress Katherine Parkinson and Theatr Clwyd's Tamara Harvey. And the one time a studio happened, it was to learn more about the Hockey World Cup from Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh. So no complaints there.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 14m

SIM Ep 131 Pod 43: legislation, observation and excavation

In this week's episode Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord are back for the sweatiest of times. Our Mick catches up with the ever wonderful Mairead Enright to find out what’s been going on with abortion legislation in Ireland since the referendum; the team chat to archaeologist Sam Leggett about digging up the past; and Hannah gives you some top tips for TV watching this month. Jen is going ga-ga for Gareth Southgate and Hannah does Disney’s A Bug’s Life. And in the Bush Telegraph, it’s all Trumpy, Brexity, and melty.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 23m

SIM Ep 130 Chops 42: sorted for Es and whizz?

In this Chops, Hannah and Mick chat to the awesome Dr Suzi Gage about her podcast, Say Why To Drugs, and about drugs in general: booze, prescription and illegal. And William Hague; he gets a mention, too.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 52s

SIM Ep 129 Pod 42: bees, birds and balls

In this week's episode, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord venture OUTSIDE and somehow manage not to spontaneously burst into flames in the heat. Hannah chats to US journalist Hannah Levintova of the excellent Mother Jones about the current hoo-ha over America's Supreme Court and how it could seriously affect women's rights. She also catches up with bee queen Kath Austin to talk about the buzzy little pollinators and how they help Kath's company making food wrap. Hazel Davis talks to Marianne McNamara and Vashti MacLachlan of Mikron Theatre, artistic director and writer of its touring production about Sylvia Pankhurst, Revolting Women, respectively. Finally, Jen grabs 10 minutes with 5Live legend and top sporting brain Elly Oldroyd to talk Wimbledon and female athletes taking time out for kids.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 2m

SIM Ep 128 Gig 29: Parris, Mangan, Mirza, Huq and Millican

It's gigcast time again and we've another terrific line-up for you. Back in April, our Sarah and Mickey In Conversation-ed with Konnie Huq, Rachel Parris, Shazia Mirza and Lucy Mangan, where they talked stolen shoes, being the face of sex toys, expandable foam and breaking your coccyx.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 3m

SIM Ep 127 Chops 41: Refugee Week 2018

In this week's Chops, our Mickey Noonan talks to Laura Kyrke-Smith, director of communications at International Rescue Committee, Europe, an organisation doing incredible work to help refugees in the short and long term. She also chats to Yasmin Kadi (pictured), musician, actor – and refugee. Yasmin and her family were forced to flee their home in Sierra Leone during the blood diamond war and her story is a powerful reminder that we need to look out for, and look after, our fellow humans.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1845m 50s

SIM Ep 126, Pod 41: 14th century broads, 21st century friendships and 20th century dramas.

On this week’s podzine, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord chat 14th century Italian broads and female leaders with business psychologist Paula Gardner; writer Rabiah Hussain talks to us about her debut play Spun, female friendships and micro-aggressions, and we bid “ahoy there!” to journalist Julia Raeside who drops by to talk to us about her Howard’s Way inspired podcast, Always There. Kanye West is back to bother us in the Bush Telegraph, joined by a massive Chope, and Dunleavy does Disney’s Monsters Inc.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 21m

SIM Ep 125 Chops 40: World Cup overfloweth

In this week's Sunday Chops our Jen catches up with Kait Borsay, journalist, broadcaster and co-founder of The Offside Rule Podcast, to talk all things World Cup related. They chat about whether or not the England squad can cut the mustard in Russia, top tips for a cheeky flutter, what's going on with women in sports broadcasting and whether or not it's fair to compare Raheem Sterling - or Jen - to a rocket scientist.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 4s

SIM Ep 124 Pod 40: crap trains, screenwriting dames and World Cup games

In this episode, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord meet Sara Nelson from independent watchdog Transport Focus and go full Partridge to talk about the current trainageddon and how you got to fight for your right to traaaaavel. Mick and Hannah chat to the excellent Lisa Holdsworth from the Writers Guild of Great Britain to discuss the ridiculous gender disparity in screenwriting, and Jen gets her World Cup frothing over as she discusses games, teams, players and everything soccer with Kait Borsay, co-founder of The Offside Rule podcast and fellow football nerd.There's a big part of the Bush Telegraph where everyone fails to keep it together, Piers Morgan's out to fix sexism (yeah, right) and Dunleavy Does Disney's Mulan. Finally. Because loads of you have asked about it. So what score do you think she gives it?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 23m

SIM Ep 123 Chops 39: The Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse

It's Sunday Chops time again! This week we have more from that great chat between our Jen and Sarah Clementson from the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse, a charity doing vital work in Essex. (Which is why we'll be supporting them at our upcoming In Conversation event at the Harwich Festival, please come if you're nearby). In the meanwhile, here's Jen and Sarah talking #MeToo, how CARA is helping women in crisis and what we can do to support someone who has been the victim of sexual violence.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 12s

SIM Ep 122 Pod 39: Reading, rape survivors and still feeling repealing

On this week’s podzine, Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord are back, riding high on the crest of a historic wave of a new era in women’s rights. Well, in Ireland, anyway. Literary expert Anne Miller is giving her shout-outs for your summer reading list; Jen chats to Sarah Clementson from the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse in Essex about how they’re helping women and why women need that help so badly, and Mick chats to Mara Clarke of the Abortion Support Network and Danielle Roberts from Alliance For Choice about the continuing fight for abortion reform, particularly in Northern Ireland and how we can help women still having to travel, as well as giving you a sneaky ear-peek of our recent show with author Marian Keyes, talking #RepealedThe8th. Our Dunleavy does Disney’s The Incredibles while her tits almost take over The Bush Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 40m

SIM Ep 121 Gig 28: Jones, Britton, Mosaku, Wainwright and Millican

Blimey O'Reilly, it's a corking gigcast for your ears, champs. In this In Conversation, Sarah Millican and Hannah Dunleavy had an excellent time with Ruth Jones, Fern Britton, Wunmi Mosaku and Sally Wainwright. WE KNOW! Chat included the changing world for women on TV, #MeToo, cats bums, cats on trains and that time Sally Wainwright may or may not have killed a man.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 3m

SIM Ep 120 Chops 38: Fashion Disruptors

In this week's Chops, Jen and Mick had the pleasure of meeting journalist, broadcaster, activist and straight-up legend Caryn Franklin to talk about feminism and diversity in fashion, ageism and identity, and why it's always better to metaphorically tip over a table.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1842m 34s

SIM Ep 119: Outside The Box 3

In this month's Outside the Box, Hannah's back with tips on what's coming up, what's already out there and what's in the news in the world of TV. Cue chat on Arrested Development, Westworld, The Handmaid's Tale, Urban Myths, OITNB and much more.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 43s

SIM Ep 118 Pod 38: geeking, guns and fashion

This week team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord get the lowdown on the goings on at a ComicCon from proud geek and cohost of the Strong Female Leads' podcast, Debra-Jane Appelby. Strong Female Leads' other cohost, American comedian Kate McCabe, talks about the big problem of guns in the USA, and Jen and Mick meet broadcaster, journalist, activist and bona fide icon, Caryn Franklin, possibly the fiercest feminist in fashion.Dunleavy Does Disney's Meet The Robinsons – yep, Mick and Jen looked pretty blank, too. And there are all sorts of women having to fight for their reproductive rights in the Bush Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 33m

SIM Ep 113 Chops 37: Caroline Flint

Mickey and Hannah went to the Houses of Parliament to meet MP for Don Valley, Caroline Flint, to talk about 21 years in the Commons, changing attitudes to women in politics and why Labour has yet to have a female leader.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1832m 16s

SIM Ep 113 Pod 37: Albertine, alcohol and awards

This week Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord return to normal podcasting business, with Mick chatting to resident music guru Liz Buckley about Viv Albertine of The Slits, as Albertine publishes her second book, Throw Away Unopened; Hannah and Mick chat to Caroline Flint MP about booze and being a child of an alcoholic, and our Jen has a natter with author Kit de Waal about her new book The Trick To Time and her efforts to get more working-class voices in writing. Jen is paying tribute to Chelsea and England midfielder, Katie Chapman, in Jenny Off The Blocks, Hannah shatters some dreams as Dunleavy “does” Disney’s The Aristocrats, and there’s a triumvirate of wrong by way of Berlusconi, Polanski and Farage in the Bush Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 26m

SIM Ep 112 Chops 36: Katy Brand & Anita Dobson

For this Chops, we sent intrepid journalist Hazel Davis to make friends with Katy Brand and Anita Dobson – she totally came up trumps. The chat centres on Brand's forthcoming debut play, 3Women, which eavesdrops on a chat between, um, three women – a daughter, mother and grandmother in the same family – before a big family do. Dobson plays grandmother Eleanor. This is a cracking chat about women, generational differences, feminism and that time Anita thought she was a dormouse.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1836m 44s

SIM Ep 111 Chops 35 : Windrush Fiascos

In this week's first chops, our Jen catches up with Maureen Roberts, trustee of the Black Cultural Archives to find out what's been going on with the so-called Windrush Fiasco. They talked about the impact of the Government's immigration policies, whether racism has been on the rise in a post-Brexit world, and what we can do to help those caught up in it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1822m 25s

SIM Ep 110 Doc 1 Part 2: Repealing the 8th

On May 25, Ireland votes on whether to allow women access to safe and legal abortions for the first time. In a special, two-part documentary, we look at the campaign to Repeal The 8th and talk to some of the women at the heart of it. About the current situation. About current attitudes. About the campaign's chances of success. And we ask what the future might hold for the women of Ireland and other countries where women are currently denied the right to reproductive care and rights over their own bodies.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 3m

SIM EP 109 Doc 1, Part 1: Repealing the 8th

On May 25, Ireland votes on whether to allow women access to safe and legal abortions for the first time. In a special, two-part documentary, we look at the campaign to Repeal The 8th and talk to some of the women at the heart of it. About the current situation. About its repercussions. About the sad history of reproductive rights in Ireland. And about how to win hearts and minds on this traditionally divisive issue.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1842m 3s

SIM Ep 108 Chops 34: she's a firefighter, kick-ass firefighter

In this Chops, Mick and Hannah basically listen in awe as Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton deputy assistant commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, expert psychologist, author and all-round top bird, talks fire safety, the humans behind the badge, why there's space for more women in the service and how we can learn to help ourselves. Seriously, she's incredible and when her book – Through The Fire – comes out next spring, we'll be first in line at Waterstone's.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 1s

SIM Ep 107 Pod 36: feminists, firefighting and films

In this episode, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord chat what's hot on DVD in the next few weeks with film buff Yosra Osman. Mick catches up with author Julia Pierpont to talk The Little Book of Feminist Saints and the fierce women that inspired it, and Hannah and Mick get all hot and flustered in the presence of Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, deputy assistant commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, psychologist, author, TV muse and all-round brilliant bird, as she tells them what inspired her forthcoming book, Through The Fire, and explains the realities of being a firefighter.Jen's chatting football in Jenny Off The Blocks, Hannah's reached Bolt in Dunleavy Does Disney and there's all manner of wrongness on Tinder and coming out of John Humphry's mouth in the Bush Telegraph.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 26m

SIM Ep 106 Gig 27: Christie, Conaty, Suttie and Millican

In this In Conversation, Sarah Millican and Mickey Noonan had a corking time with Isy Suttie, Bridget Christie and Roisin Conaty. Chat included foreign bodies in places they shouldn’t be, the joy of shame, fast dog ejaculation, watching telly on all fours, why you should never accept a drink from Isy and a strange photo request from Roisin.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 2m

SIM Ep 105 Chops 33: Mumsnet talks postnatal care

In this Chops, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord listened in awe and sometimes horror to Mumsnet's excellent head of campaigns and policy, Rowan Davies, as she talked about the findings of the Mumsnet survey on postnatal care. Or indeed lack of it. Join us in helping Mumsnet's fight for aftercare not after thought. Such an important topic for mums, mums-to-be and non-mums alike.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1826m 41s

SIM Ep 104: HDIOTB 2: What to watch in April

Hannah, Jen and Mickey talk news, reviews and the best things to watch on TV this month. This week Hannah's tackling the return of Roseanne, Idris Elba's In The Long Run and why you should never go with a hippy to a second location.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 17s

SIM Ep 103 Pod 35: meat-pie madness, Russia, records and ta-ra Facebook

In this episode, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord chat to Russian standup Olga Koch about the state of the world right now, and wish they were as bold as Christine Robertson who quit Facebook five years ago and hasn't looked back. Mick chats to Maria Harris, owner of Tall Bird Records, about opening a record shop and what's happening for Record Store Day on April 21. Jen catches up with super-cool runner Kate Carter and gets the lowdown on becoming a marathon addict and Dunleavy Does Disney's The Emperor's New Groove and stumbles into a Sting wormhole. There's also some meat-pie madness in the Bush Telegraph and Jen has a ‘you needed to be there’ moment about a photo on Facebook. Strap in lads.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 33m

SIM Ep 102 Pod 34: Weird pets, canal legs and #repealthe8th

This week, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord speak to all-round brilliant woman Mara Clarke, founder of the Abortion Support Network, about the forthcoming Irish referendum on May 25 (#repealthe8th #trustwomen). TV vet and absolute smasher Dr Judy Puddifoot chats National Pet Month, #BreedToBreathe, why Hannah's cats are so weird and whether Mickey’s old boy wanted to date her, and Mick and Hannah get their canal legs and investigate living on a houseboat by drinking tea on a barge with comedian Karen Bayley and her dog Boatman Bertie. Also, Dunleavy Does Disney reaches Alice In Wonderland and Jen's got the latest from the Commonwealth Games.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 32m

SIM Ep 101 Chops 32: beetle joy

Beetles, bugs and Blue Peter badges: our time chatting with author and all-round top bird Maya “MG” Leonard was funducational as fuck. Writing her Beetle Boy trilogy meant Maya had to gen up on the insect world and allowed her to wow team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord with tales of beetle derring do and overcoming creepy crawlies giving you the heebie-jeebies.Also, Hannah puts her hand on a barbecue and takes her trousers off in a restaurant, Jen rescues her housemate from spiders but discovers she’s accidentally been murdering them, Mick does a terrible visual gag just perfect for podcasts and we discover what flavour of jelly is a beetle’s favourite.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 1s

SIM Ep 100 Pod 33: Mini-beasts, mega food and not safe spaces.

Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord are back with more delightful witterings for your ears. This week, they are joined by comedian and all-round legend Jess Fostekew to talk about her new podcast Hoovering, and the joy of grub. And on a less delicious, but equally awesome note, author Maya Leonard tells us why creepy crawlies shouldn’t give us the heebie jeebies. Plus Mick catches up with amputee poet and performer Jackie Hagan to talk about her latest work, This Is Not A Safe Space.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 25m

SIM Ep 99 Chops 31: business sense and bras with benefits

It's Sunday Chops time again and this week Hannah met up with award-winning businesswoman and founder of THEYA Healthcare, Ciara Donlon. They talked about how the company's bamboo bras are helping women recovering from breast cancer, as well as the hurdles for women in business, top tips for starting your own firm and Repeal The Eighth. Get stuck in.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 0s

SIM Ep 98 Gig 26: Saunders, Caulfield and Burch

In this In Conversation, Mickey Noonan and Hannah Dunleavy had a proper marvellous time with Desiree Burch, Jo Caulfield and Jennifer Saunders. You heard us. Topics included cat wrangling, Neopolitan poo, whether there are actually any women in history and how easy it is to get chewing gum stuck in your pubes.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 3m

SIM Ep 97 Chops 30: Impostor Phenomenon AKA who the fuck am I?

It's Sunday Chops time again and this week we've a bit more from that cracking interview with Anglia Ruskin University's Dr Terri Simpkin. We asked the expert on Impostor Phenomenon to fix Hannah and she gave it her best go. And dished out some interesting facts and handy tips while she was at it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 47s

SIM Ep 96 Pod 32: flying solo, disabled creatives and imposter phenomenon

In this episode, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord do a metric shit-tonne of learning. Seriously. Dr Terri Simpkin explains all about imposter phenomenon (and why it's not a syndrome) and cures Hannah (crikey!); career coach Sheila Chandra and actor/theatremaker Lisa Hammond, aka EastEnders' Donna Yates talk being disabled creatives, how government rhetoric, not to mention cuts, is making life harder for people with disabilities and reminisce about Grange Hill; travel writer Laura Jackson shares some corking tips for birds flying solo, and Cambridge cox Sophie Shapter talks the Boat Race. Obviously.Jizzclowns abound in the Bush Telegraph and Netflix gets the starring role in Sexism of the Week. Also, there is A LOT of Phil Collins. Like, A LOT. Brace yourselves for Dunleavy Does Disney's Tarzan, kids – you can feel Phil coming in the air tonight. Oh lord.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 32m

SIM Ep 95 Chops 29: coercive control

For this Chops, we were lucky enough to be joined by writer Helen Walmsley-Johnson, whose new memoir, Look What You Made Me Do, is a devastating account of domestic violence, specifically focusing on coercive control.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1834m 58s

SIM Ep 94 Bitchin' 5: Khlo-C-D

It's Saturday Bitchin' and this time our pal Gabby Hutchinson-Crouch is rightly furious with Khloe Kardashian calling her app to keep your house tidy Khlo-C-D. THAT'S NOT WHAT OCD IS! says Gabby – but much more articulately and with jokes about bears.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/187m 32s

SIM Ep 93 HDIOTB 1: good TV for your eyes

Want to watch something excellent on the gogglebox but suffering from option paralysis? Fret ye not. Our Hannah Dunleavy bloody loves decent telly and she'll be here every third Friday of the month with recommendations of what to binge on and what to bin off.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1823m 21s

SIM Ep 92 Pod 31: coercive control, creative cussing and canny youths

In this episode, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord chat to author Helen Walmsley-Johnson about her new memoir, Look What You Made Me Do, a devastating but brilliant account of domestic violence and coercive control. Language enthusiast Kathy Salaman joins the team to discuss all things swearing and finally put to rest the question of whether profanity's a sign of low intelligence or being really fucking cool (place your bets now, kids), and Our Future Our Choice co-founder Lara Spirit talks about the youth campaign aiming to democratically stop Brexit.There's ass-kicking birds, evil laughter and Trump ridiculousness in the Bush Telegraph, makeup and Kate Middleton in Sexism of the Week, sportsings in Jenny Off The Block and Dunleavy Does Disney's Up.Oh, and though we don't usually do a warning and cuss like sailors, this week, we are particularly sweary-ass motherfuckers. Join in – it's fun!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 28m

SIM Ep 91, Chops 28: A very smelly Mother's Day

It's the day we celebrate mams, so we decided to ask the excellent Molly Sheridan of Reek Perfume back on the podcast for a chat with her mum – and business partner – Sara Sheridan. Heather Pearson of The Grantidote asks the questions, as Molly and Sara give us the lowdown on what it's like to be part of a smelly mother-daughter enterprise: the highs, the lows and the inter-generational differences in their respective takes on life. Happy Mother's Day!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1842m 12s

SIM Ep 90 IWD 4: Ayesha Hazarika

Happy International Women’s Day – up the women!To celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, we’re running a series of interviews with some kick-ass broads. Ayesha Hazarika talks to us about politics, comedy and how the two can go hand-in-hand; Laura Bates chats about her new book Misogynation and some truly startling facts and figues about everyday sexism. Historian and Newnham fellow Dr Gill Sutherland explains the important role Millicent Fawcett played in the suffrage movement and England rugby captain Sarah Hunter talks sport in general and rugby in particular. Here’s political advisor-turned-standup Ayesha Hazarika telling us how women in politics are doing better than ever before but there’s still a long old way to go. It seems exactly the right time to big up some charities doing excellent work for women, but desperately in need of your cash, should you have some to spare: Refuge, Rape Crisis, the Abortion Support Network, the Homeless Period, Women in Sport, The Samaritans and just putting a few extra items, including sanitary hygiene products, in your local food bank.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 45s

SIM Ep 89 IWD 3: England rugby captain, Sarah Hunter

Happy International Women’s Day – up the women!To celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, we’re running a series of interviews with some kick-ass broads. Ayesha Hazarika talks to us about politics, comedy and how the two can go hand-in-hand; Laura Bates chats about her new book Misogynation and some truly startling facts and figues about everyday sexism. Historian and Newnham fellow Dr Gill Sutherland explains the important role Millicent Fawcett played in the suffrage movement and England rugby captain Sarah Hunter talks sport in general and rugby in particular. Here’s England rugby captain Sarah Hunter with some brilliant insights into women and sport. Photo courtesy of The RFU Collection via Getty Images.It seems exactly the right time to big up some charities doing excellent work for women, but desperately in need of your cash, should you have some to spare: Refuge, Rape Crisis, the Abortion Support Network, the Homeless Period, Women in Sport, The Samaritans and just putting a few extra items, including sanitary hygiene products, in your local food bank.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1815m 29s

SIM Ep 88 IWD 2: Dr Gill Sutherland on Millicent Fawcett

Happy International Women’s Day – up the women!To celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, we’re running a series of interviews with some kick-ass broads. Ayesha Hazarika talks to us about politics, comedy and how the two can go hand-in-hand; Laura Bates chats about her new book Misogynation and some truly startling facts and figues about everyday sexism. Historian and Newnham fellow Dr Gill Sutherland explains the important role Millicent Fawcett played in the suffrage movement and England rugby captain Sarah Hunter talks sport in general and rugby in particular. Here’s Dr Gill Sutherland, historian and Newnham College fellow explaining why Millicent Fawcett was such a big suffrage deal and very different to the Pankhursts. Just a heads-up: we recorded this in a room at Newnham that turned out to be a tad echoey.It seems exactly the right time to big up some charities doing excellent work for women, but desperately in need of your cash, should you have some to spare: Refuge, Rape Crisis, the Abortion Support Network, the Homeless Period, Women in Sport, The Samaritans and just putting a few extra items, including sanitary hygiene products, in your local food bank.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1827m 52s

SIM Ep 87 IWD 1: Laura Bates

Happy International Women’s Day – up the women!To celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, we’re running a series of interviews with some kick-ass broads. Ayesha Hazarika talks to us about politics, comedy and how the two can go hand-in-hand; Laura Bates chats about her new book Misogynation and some truly startling facts and figures about everyday sexism. Historian and Newnham fellow Dr Gill Sutherland explains the important role Millicent Fawcett played in the suffrage movement, and England rugby captain Sarah Hunter talks sport in general and rugby in particular. Here’s author and activist Laura Bates with some jaw-dropping stats and facts on everyday sexism and more. Also, her book, the brilliantly titled Misogynation is available to buy now. It seems exactly the right time to big up some charities doing excellent work for women, but desperately in need of your cash, should you have some to spare: Refuge, Rape Crisis, the Abortion Support Network, the Homeless Period, Women in Sport, The Samaritans and just putting a few extra items, including sanitary hygiene products, in your local food bank.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 55s

SIM Episode 86 Pod 30: Science, stigmata and saris

This week Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord talk to Anjali Ramachandran about her podcast Nevertheless, and the importance of getting young girls interested in STEM. Lucy Nichol tells us about her book, A Series of Unfortunate Stereotypes, which charts the stigmas surrounding mental health. And Mickey meets Rani Moorthy to learn why the sari inspired her to write a series of plays. Plus Jen's putting the case to save basketball in Jenny Off The Blocks and Dunleavy goes rogue and watches Moana without telling the others.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 4m

SIM Ep 85 Gig 25, Carr, McNish, Monroe, Noonan & Dunleavy

Back in January, our Mickey Noonan and Hannah Dunleavy hosted an In Conversation event at Cambridge Junction. They were joined by actress and activist Liz Carr, food writer Jack Monroe, and poet and playwright Hollie McNish, They talked about licking walls, guinea pigs and dreams of being a concierge. And potatoes, lots and lots of potatoes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 3m

SIM Ep 84, Chops 27: Ruby Tandoh Eats Up

This week, we have a Chops appropriate subject matter, as our Maddie Hickish, the erstwhile unheard member of the Standard Issue Team, meets columnist, author and one-time Great British Bake Off contender, Ruby Tandoh. They chatted about Ruby's new book, Eat Up!, the  "clean eating" backlash, and the joy of food. Plus, remember Supermarket Sweep? Just WHAT can you buy for less than a tenner in a newsagent, these days? Our Maddie and Ruby find out...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 33s

SIM Ep 83 Pod 29: Lorde, food and sex dungeons

This week Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord talk to Eve Simmons, who gives us the lowdown on Eating Disorders Awareness Week and her website, Not Plant Based. Our resident music guru, Liz Buckley puts another dime in her jukebox, baby, and chats to Mick about Lorde and the Grammys, and the very excellent Desiree Burch tells us about her show Unfuckable and working in a sex dungeon – we’ve all been there, right?Plus the team ponder “is she fat or is she pregnant?” in Sexism of the Week, Jenny Off The Blocks gets totes emosh about Lizzy Yarnold, and Dunleavy “does” Disney’s Ratatouille.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 25m

SIM Ep 82 Chops 26: Dunleavy meets Dolan

What's that? A bonus Sunday Chops? Our Hannah Dunleavy managed to snag half an hour with Bafta-winning actress Monica Dolan this week and here is the result, a proper good chat about her new play The B*easts, the joys of the Edinburgh Festival, playing Rose West and snogging Alan Partridge in a disabled toilet. Have at it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1830m 10s

SIM Ep 81 Chops 25: Literary gems

It's two for the price of one on Chops this week. This plate is a pile of delicious reading, as suggested by Anne Miller, our books expert, QI elf and all-round top bird. She brought three books into the studio: Lucy Mangan's Bookworm, Joanna Cannon's Three Things About Elsie and Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. The chat also includes tales of Hannah's hunts for land-based smugglers, Mick's adventures with fighty mice and the joyous image of pensioners at the Whitby Goth Weekender. If you need us, we'll be pushing hard on the back of a wardrobe with hope in our eyes and Narnia in our heart.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1828m 53s

SIM Ep 80 Pod 28: books, film, money and sport

This week, Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord find out just how loyal you should be with your cash (and how much inertia is costing us) thanks to more solid nous from our personal finance expert Vix Leyton, whose advice is always bang on the money. Anne Miller gives Mickey and Hannah the gen on what books to read right now, and our human film guide Yosra Osman shares her cinematic must-sees as Oscar season gets underway.Jenny Off The Blocks is all over the Olympics, Dunleavy Does Disney's The Black Cauldron, and a meaty Sexism of the Week nearly makes our Offord shit a lung, laughing.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 20m

SIM Ep 79 Chops 24: True crime on the telly

In this Outside The Box special, our Hannah gets to grips with the raft of true crime documentaries and dramas currently littering the small screen like so many dead bodies on a serial killer's bank holiday spree. Can true crime ever be 'true'? Let's in-guess-tigate.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1821m 31s

SIM Ep 78 Pod 27: newsing, casting and living with MS

This week, Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord chat to Miss L about the acting industry and @proresting, her Twitter timeline raising awareness of casting call bullshit. Comedian Angela Barnes talks Newsjack and how to write satirical comedy in an era where the news itself has jumped the shark, and journalist Nadine McBay offers a beautiful, lyrical insight into living with Multiple Sclerosis. Jen's letting off steam about grid girls and general sexist nonsense in sport and Dunleavy does Disney's Chicken Little. Sweet fancy Christ. Oh and there's slurping. Joyously noisy slurping.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 19m

SIM Ep 77 Chops 23: Alison Inman on social housing and domestic abuse

The awesome Alison Inman, president of the Chartered Institute of Housing and all-round top bird, joined the team to chat about social housing, how the lack of it affects women (particularly those in abusive relationships), and what can be done to help. Come on you YIMBYs!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 22s

SIM Ep 76 Gig 24: Lindsay, Enright, Millican and Dunleavy

In this episode of In Conversation..., Hannah Dunleavy and Sarah Millican chat with Sally Lindsay and Jo Enright about the best shit daytime telly, birthday epidurals, boiling tea-bags in a kettle and being the shape of a Brown Owl.Recorded at Leamington Spa Comedy Festival, October 2017.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 22m

SIM Ep 75 Chops 22: A Woman Lived Here

In this week's Chops, Allison Vale stuns Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord into almost silence with fascinating tales of women's derring do and achievements. The stories are taken from Allison's new book, A Woman Lived Here, which charts London's remarkable women and the reasons they deserve a blue plaque.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 1s

SIM Ep 74 Bitchin' 4: the MeToo backlash

It's Saturday Bitchin' and this time our Mick needs to vent about the (inevitable) backlash to the #MeToo movement. But don't worry, she's also solved the problem of the patriarchy – as long as no one (Hannah) gets too distracted by David Bowie's crotch, Friends or He-Man.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/188m 38s

SIM Ep 73 Pod 26: Female parts, medical musicals, and historical broads

This week, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord have a good old natter with Hoxton Hall's Artistic Director Karena Johnson about the theatre's new season, Female Parts, Mickey has a chat with Bryony Kimmings about cancer - namely her show, The Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, and we get giddy over story time with Allison Vale, who's talking about her excellent book A Woman Lived Here. Elsewhere, Sarah's answering your life questions, Jen has some thoughts on the best position to play in netball, Dunleavy "does" Disney's Basil The Great Mouse Detective, and the team wonder - just how bad are they at being feminists?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 25m

SIM Ep 73 Chops 21: women in science

Glorious nanochemist and all-round corking bird Dr Suze Kundu (aka @funsizesuze) joins Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord to chat women in STEM. All nine per cent of them (FFS). And she teaches us how to make water from the sun. Sort of.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 16s

SIM Ep 72 Pod 25: magic slippers, science, repeal the 8th and sheep

This week, skint AF team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord get some tips from consumer queen Vix Leyton about tapping into cash you didn't think you had, Aoife Moore talks Repeal the 8th and how we can all help and Dr Suze Kundu gives us the lowdown on women in science. Bogeys are in, out and all over the shop in Sarah's SMQT, Jen chats a load of isms happening in sport and Dunleavy Does Disney's Toy Story.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 4m

SIM Ep 71 Chops 20: Fitness for the Uninitiated

It's a Chops with a bit of a difference this week as our excellent @inspireajen inspires a you. Jen bloody loves her sportsings, but it wasn't always that way. She talks a bit about how and why her attitude to being active changed and chats to Sport England's Kate Dale about the need for #ThisGirlCan and fitness instructor Wendy Ambrose-Green about how you're never too old, unfit or shy to get into sport. Our Mick is trying to get back into running and shares a few pointers on how to love your trainers again, and, talking of trainers, Jen has the lowdown on bits of kit that are important to get right (tits and feet, pals, tits and feet).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 39s

SIM Ep 70 Bitchin' 3: Toby Young

It's Saturday Bitchin' and our Hannah's getting her tits in a twist again. Know who'd probably tweet about that? Toby (fucking) Young, Titmaster General and all-round ridiculous egg. Since we recorded this, he's stepped down from the Office for Students, presumably to concentrate on tweeting about the lady lumps, but there are many MANY reasons he should never have got the role in the first place. Over to you, Dunleavy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1810m 44s

SIM Ep 69 Pod 24: This Girl Can, sorting shit, telly and frogs

This week, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord get back on the news trail, Karen Campbell shares some tips on how to get your shit together on all life fronts and Dotty Winters gives us the lowdown on surviving self-employment. Hannah's back Outside The Box, with a host of excellent TV programmes to get you through January's dark nights and sad bank balance, Jen chats to Sport England's Kate Dale about This Girl Can, Sarah's comparing her dog and her husband and Dunleavy Does Disney's The Princess and the Frog.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 18m

SIM Ep 67 Gig 22: James, Bhaskar, Allen, Osman and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation..., Hannah Dunleavy and Sarah Millican chat with... men. That's right. Gender inequality is shit for everyone so for International Men's Day, we did a one-off In Conversation with bona fide blokes Elis James, Richard Osman, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Tom Allen. Topics include reading reviews, catching trains, never being able to finish the Internet and Pinterest, the place of dreams.Recorded at The Shaw Theatre, London, on November 19.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 20m

SIM 68 Gig 23: Fostekew, Raeside, Maguire and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation..., Mickey Noonan and Sarah Millican chat with Jessica Fostekew, Grainne Maguire and Julia Raeside about Don Draper, Hillary Clinton, throwing bricks at TVs and that time the Queen got well excited about cows.Recorded at Hen & Chickens, London, on September 19, 2017.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 2m

SIM Ep 66 Gig 21: Beacham, Frances-White, Moyes, Jones and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation..., Hannah Dunleavy and Sarah Millican chat with Stephanie Beacham, Suranne Jones, Jojo Moyes and Deborah Frances-White about getting sacked in front of John McEnroe, first dates, disasters at nativity plays and how we should all just be a lot more like Stephanie Beacham.Recorded at Leicester Square Theatre on December 14, 2017.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 0m

SIM Ep 65 Pod 23: women of the year, consumer rights, homelessness and local newspapers

This week, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord talk to consumer rights queen Vix Leyton about what's what when it comes to shopping and returns (and bad hairdressing experiences), and journalist Alice Hutton explains why we should all give a shit about the slow death of local newspapers. Jen chats to filmmaker and activist Daisy May Hudson about Half Way, her award-nominated documentary about hidden homelessness, and our Sarah tells us about her brilliant #joinin campaign that takes place every Christmas Day. The team also share their picks for Women of the Year and Dunleavy Does... well, she doesn't.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 39m

SIM Ep 64 Chops 19: Sarah Millican on How To Be Champion

As part of our Sarah's book tour, Hannah caught up with her in Cambridge for a chat about all sorts of stuff from confidence to class, as well as some questions from the audience. Lovely stuff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1857m 50s

SIM Ep 63 Gig 20: Phillips, Ryan, Jones and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation..., Mickey Noonan and Sarah Millican chat with Jess Phillips MP, Katherine Ryan and Alex Jones about massive babies, stand-up poos, exploding seagulls, adorable feet and the fear of potential Frankencunt.Recorded at Leicester Square Theatre on November 5, 2017.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 5m

SIM Ep 62 Pod 22: Pass-agg Christmas, banging tunes and being alone no more

This week, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord get some excellent pass-agg Christmas gifts ideas from comedy writer Sarah Morgan that'll piss off your homophobic uncle while putting cash in various charities' coffers – win! Music guru Liz Buckley talks to Mick about her favourite albums of 2017, and Dannie Grufferty, co-ordinator of The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, tells the team all about the commission and how we can help people suffering from loneliness. Our Sarah gets her Doctor Doolittle on in #SMQT, Jen's talking cheats and victories in Jenny Off The Blocks and Dunleavy Does Disney's The Jungle Book. Which may or may not descend into cat impressions.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 39m

SIM Ep 61 Chops 18: 2017's films of the year

This week our Hannah and Jen are joined by resident film buff, Yosra Osman to talk films of the year. They had a good old natter about Oscar gaffes, monkeys in dystopian societies and the loveliness of Jamie Bell.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 30s

SIM Ep 60 Bonuscast: Outside the Box 2017

Crikey chiefs, it's only a bloody bonuscast. Our Hannah has been selflessly watching all of the best telly (well, as much of it as she can squeeze into her eyes) and here shares what pleased her most in 2017 in a special end of year Outside the Box.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 21s

SIM Ep 59 Pod 21: magic, movies and "making luuuurve"

Brace yourself Maureen, I'm coming in. Or at least that's what it becomes clear comedian Maureen Younger would love for Outlander's Jamie Fraser to whisper, as team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord discover while MY and fellow comic Jen Brister (that's right, she of the literally shitty caravan experience) tell them all about what inspires their podcast, Droughtlander. Film buff Yosra Osman discusses the cinematic highs of 2017 with Hannah and Jen, and Fiona Longmuir's talks 20 years of Harry Potter and the enduring power of magic. Also, Sarah's using athlete's foot cream in places it's not meant for, and Dunleavy Does Peter Pan. It's a pure belter.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 13m

SIM Ep 58 Chops 17: Margaret Cho interview

Filthy, lurid and with no-punches-pulled, Korean-American comedian Margaret Cho is out of rehab and back on tour with her new show, Fresh Off The Bloat. She chats Weinstein, Trump, making people laugh and speaking out with Hazel Davis.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1817m 49s

SIM Ep 57 Gig 19: Front, Moffatt, Mok and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation..., Hannah Dunleavy and Sarah Millican chat with Rebecca Front, Scarlett Moffatt and Evelyn Mok about the circle of ice-cream life, Adele-ing in the bath, the joy of capes and light-up tree Jesus.Recorded at Leicester Square Theatre on October 5, 2017.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 1m

SIM Ep 56 Chops 16: Susan Wokoma talks plays, politics and, um, Star Wars

Our Jen joins Cariad Lloyd to chat to the all-round smasher Susan Wokoma about her West End debut in Labour Of Love, diversity – or rather the lack of – in entertainment, politics, and why she's C3P-No.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1835m 47s

SIM Ep 55 Pod 20: ending domestic violence, demanding diversity, and a full Scottish, please

This week, Sarah Millican turns the tables and asks the listeners an important life question. Our Jen hooks up with Cariad Lloyd to chat to the excellent Susie Wokoma about Labour of Love, recognition from BAFTA and the diversity problem, Sam Wonfor talks to Catrina McHugh, artistic director of Open Clasp Theatre Company, about Key Change, the company's play being used by the UN to highlight the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (Nov 25), and our resident Scot in England, Dotty Winters, offers some tips on celebrating St Andrew's Day. All this, the usual good stuff AND a bonus side of square sausage courtesy of Dunleavy doing Disney's Brave. Strap in lads, we might have found one she likes.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 21m

SIM Ep 54 Chops 14: Libby Liburd, Muvvahood and the shit single mums get

Team Dunleavy, Noonan and Offord chat to excellent actor, writer and activist Libby Liburd about her one-woman play Muvvahood, which looks at being a single mum and societal attitudes towards parents having to do it on their own – for whatever reason. Spoiler: a lot of attitudes towards single mums still suck a dog's balls.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1841m 37s

SIM Ep 53 Bitchin' 2: fireworks

It's Saturday Bitchin' and our Hannah's getting her tits in a twist again. This time, out-of-time fireworks are on the receiving end of the Dunleavy wrath. And rightly so. Also, no one needs to be in the opening scenes of an episode of Casualty, right?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1811m 0s

SIM Ep 52 Pod 19: Muvvahood, Mothers, and Icelandic pop powerhouses

This week Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord catch up with writer, actor and activist Libby Liburd (@LibbyLiburd) about her play Muvvahood and life as a single mother in Britain today. Mick has a natter with Liz Buckley (@Liz_Buckley) about everyone's favourite Icelandic popster, Bjork, and catches up with Amanda F*cking Palmer (@Amandapalmer) about her latest release, Mother. Sarah's all over your life questions in SMQT, Jen is wanging on about sport and Hannah "does" Disney's Dumbo. Sharp intake of breaths all round.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 39m

SIM Ep 51 Chops 13: The year in Trump

A year on from DJT winning the US election, team Dunelavy, Offord and Noonan chat to standup and bonafide American Taylor Glenn about the lows and hi... well, the lows of this hellish trip to Trumpton. Sweet fancy Moses, it's a shitehawks situation?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1840m 51s

SIM Ep 50 Pod 18: Top Trumpings, war poetry and socks on the loose

This week, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord chat to comedian and bonafide American Taylor Glenn (@TaylorGlennUK) about the past year of Trump *shudder*. Ahead of Remembrance Day, poet, performer, writer and fighter Lisa Luxx (@LisaLuxx_) talks to us about the importance and vitality of war poetry giving people a voice as she plans her trip to Lebanon to become a war poet herself. Sarah's dealing with socks on the loose in #SMQT, Jen's dealing with shitbiscuits in the FA and Dunleavy's losing the will to live during Disney's Tangled. Trying times. But we can all agree that Snoop Dogg doing the commentary for Planet Earth is the shizz, right? Right.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 26m

SIM Ep 49 Chops 12: Go on stress – do one.

Team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord chat to Katya Jezzard-Puyraud and Liz Axham, aka LightHearts UK about stress and how to deal with that prick, as well as canny ways to look after your mental health and get a calmer brain.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1850m 20s

SIM Ep 48 Pod 17: griefing, stressing and hunching

This week, team Noonan, Dunleavy and Offord chat to Katya Jezzard-Puyraud and Liz Axham, aka LightHearts UK about stress (Nov 1 is National Stress Awareness Day), how to deal with it and canny ways to look after your mental health. Jen is ALL about the talking, catching up with Cariad Lloyd to find out about her excellent podcast Griefcast, and also having a natter with British film writer and producer Isabelle Stead to find out about her new film The Journey, which follows a woman who's also a would-be suicide bomber. And our Sarah's back answering one of your life questions. It involves seals and Joan Collins.There's all the usual hot stuff, too, including lust and punishment in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, indicating Disney got a proper fire in its pants in the 1990s. Is Dunleavy impressed? Place your bets.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 49m

SIM Ep 47 Chops 11: Black History Month with Rebecca Solomon

Teacher Rebecca Solomon chats with our Mickey about Black History Month how it's handled – or more accurately, not really handled – in education, black British history, role models and why people need to stop touching her hair (spoiler: because it's weird and rude).  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 13s

SIM Ep 46 Gig 18: Calman, Samms, Earl and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation…, Mickey Noonan and Sarah Millican chat with Susan Calman, Emma Samms and Rae Earl about Strictly, glitter all over the shop, uppers and downers of the arse, what 10cc is a measurement of and the cheering properties – or not – of a Mr Potato Head . Recorded at the Cheltenham Comedy Festival on September 18, 2017. #TeamCalman All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Acast, as well as other hosting sites. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations, our podzine, and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter and find us on Facebook and Instagram. Or visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for an archive of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 38m

SIM Ep 45 Chops 10: Damn Rebel Bitches unite

Molly Sheridan, co-founder of REEK perfume, makeup artist and self-proclaimed 'smelly bitch', came into the studio to talk about the beauty industry and whether it can ever be feminist. And just so you know: she smelt lush.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1838m 40s

SIM Ep 44 Pod 16: Fright fests, gaming addiction and smelly bitches

This week, Lucy Reynolds talks scary movies in honour of the impending Old Hallows' Eve. The team catches up with Molly Sheridan, makeup artist and co-founder of Reek Perfume about finding space for feminism in the beauty industry, and Debra-Jane Appelby gives us the lowdown on gaming and addiction. Plus all your usual favourites, Jenny Off The Blocks and Hannah "doing" Disney's Robin Hood, Sorry, HOW big are chickens in Sherwood Forest?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 15m

SIM Ep 43 Chops 9: Gem Turner on disability, fashion, makeup and sex

Hannah and Mick took a trip to Pontefract to chat with the absolutely excellent Gem Turner. Gem's blog, Style and Disability (gemturner.com), recently bagged her a Diversity in Media Award. She chatted about fashion, makeup, barriers, disability, sex and her work with Enhance the UK (@Enhancetheuk), and not noticing Big Dris at the big do.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 51s

SIM Ep 42 Chops 8: Rae Earl and It's All In Your Head

Writer, comedian and author Rae Earl was a panel guest at our Cheltenham gig in September so our Mickey snaffled half an hour with her beforehand to chat about her new book, It's All In Your Head: A Guide To Getting Your Sh*t Together. Well, that was the plan. The conversation quickly went rogue, taking in everything from mental health to mooncups, Ghostbusters to Michael Palin's duty to be a bigamist. Lovely stuff.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1839m 17s

SIM Ep 41 Pod 15: mixed-up minds, diversity wins and stationary royals

This week, the ebullient Rae Earl tells our Mickey about her new book, It's All In Your Head: A Guide To Getting Your Sh*t Together, and bigs up mental health for all. In an empty ballroom of all places. Diversity in Media Award-winning blogger Gem Turner chats to Hannah and Mickey about the importance of talking about disability, as well as her work with Enhance the UK. And of course all your usual favourites, including a corking sports piece from Jen, and Sarah Millican is IN THE ROOM as Dunleavy does Sleeping Beauty. Now how do you think that worked out for the film?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 21m

SIM Ep 40 Chops 7: Sarah Millican and How To Be Champion

Our Sarah Millican’s only gone and written a bloody book, the clever little shit! How To Be Champion came out on October 5. Here in the full Chops, Mickey chats to Standard Issue’s glorious founder about meat buckets, not-Chinese burns and tips for being champion even when life's being a prick. Oh, and her book. Obviously. THE ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Acast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1844m 26s

SIM Ep 39 Bitchin' 1: Brexit

Sometimes the world gets properly on our tits and we need to let off a bit of verbal steam. Plus we had an excellent name that we really wanted to use, so we made up another slice of bonus podcasting goodness in order to do so. Welcome, dear listeners to... Saturday Bitchin'. This week, our Hannah gets a right cob on about monumental political, economical and indeed sensical* clusterfuck that is Brexit. *Yes, that's a word.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/187m 29s

SIM Ep 38 Pod 14: Team Calman, being champion and POTUS picks

This week, comedian Kate McCabe gives us her possible POTUS wishlist in the wake of Oprah Winfrey 2020 rumours; Strictly smasher Susan Calman chats about being Greta Garbo among other things in a sneak peek at our forthcoming Cheltenham gigcast; and Mickey talks to our very own Sarah Millican about her brand new book How To Be Champion. Plus all your usual favourites, our Jen is chatting big changes ahead in women’s football and Hannah “does” Disney’s 101 Dalmatians.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 13m

SIM Ep 37 Gig 17: Brown, Fairburn, Fostekew and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation…, Standard Issue's Hannah Dunleavy and founder Sarah Millican chat with Sarah Brown, Rachel Fairburn and Jess Fostekew about pesky Ian McKellan, Tom Fostekew, a brand new version of The Wheels on the Bus, and a new kind of detective agency. Recorded at the The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh on August 14, 2017. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Acast, as well as other hosting sites. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations, our podzine, and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter and find us on Facebook and Instagram. Or visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for an archive of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1851m 16s

SIM Ep 36 Gig 16: Gadsby, McDermid, Carlson and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation…, Standard Issue's Mickey Noonan and founder Sarah Millican chat with Hannah Gadsby, Urzila Carlson and Val McDermid about dogs in the SAS, what lesbians keep in their knife roll, boob sweat and a new range of car horns. Recorded at the The Stand Comedy Club, Edinburgh on August 13, 2017. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Acast, as well as other hosting sites. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations, our podzine, and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter and find us on Facebook and Instagram. Or visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for an archive of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved. And check out the cheeky Simon Munnery in the photo. What a scamp.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1851m 19s

SIM Ep 35 Gig 15: Colman, Godliman, Eclair and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation…, Standard Issue's Mickey Noonan and founder Sarah Millican chat with Jenny Eclair, Olivia Colman and Kerry Godliman about judging cardigans, dogs in pants, the bravest little girl in the world and Judi Dench’s bogies.Recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre, London on September 3, 2017.All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Acast, as well as other hosting sites.ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations, our podzine, and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads.You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter and find us on Facebook and Instagram. Or visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for an archive of ace.Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1858m 37s

SIM Ep 34 Chops 6: Leanne Davis on Alzheimer's

September is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and in this week's podzine, Leanne Davis shared her experiences of life with her mum Eunice, who has early onset dementia. Here's the full-length piece: warm, engaging, heartfelt and a little bit devastating. THE ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Acast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1824m 50s

SIM Ep 33: Chops 5: Pascoe & Lloyd on Pride and Prejudice

Ahead of the debut of Sara Pascoe's stage adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, we sent comedian, actor & Jane Austen expert Cariad Lloyd to get the lowdown. Have a listen to them chatting "Fresh eyes", the ideal proximity from the Bennett sisters on a train, and the beauty of Colin Firth in a lake. THE ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Acast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 48s

SIM Ep 32 Pod 13: Austen, Alzheimer's, Blondie, Bambi, and a roof-bound giraffe

In this episode of the podzine, Cariad Lloyd chats to Sara Pascoe about Sara's stage adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Liz Buckley joins us to chat Debbie Harry, Leanne Davis tells us about life with her mum, who has early onset dementia and Sarah's of a mind to call the zoo hotline. Over in Dunleavy Does Disney, Bambi's in the hot seat and, lawks a lordy, not one character is in Mickey or Jen's wank bank. Hannah is understandably relieved. WARNING: Contains singing. Of sorts. THE TEAM: Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy, Jen Offord and Sarah Millican. THE ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Acast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 27m

SIM Ep 31 Chops 4: Caitlin Brodnick and Dangerous Boobies

In this week's podzine, our Hannah spoke to American comedian and actress Caitlin Brodnick about her new book, Dangerous Boobies: Breaking Up With My Time-Bomb Breasts. In the full interview for Chops, Caitlin tells Hannah why she decided to have a preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, her relationship with her boobs and how bra shopping isn't any easier despite not having insanely large tits anymore. We hear you, Caitlin!  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1825m 37s

SIM Ep 30 Pod 12: Scummy Mummies, whitewashing, boobs and sexy monkeys

In this episode of the podzine, Hannah and Jen chat to the brilliant Scummy Mummies, aka Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson, and Hannah also has a chat with comedian Caitlin Brodnick about her new book, Dangerous Boobies. Yosra Osman's looking at whitewashing in film and Sarah's confused about fish. Over in Dunleavy Does Disney, Aladdin's getting all sorts of a seeing to. WARNING: Contains singing. THE TEAM: Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy, Jen Offord and Sarah Millican. THE ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Acast.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 14m

SIM Ep 29: Chops 3: Jenny Off The Blocks meets Clare Balding

In this week's Podzine, our Jen met up with Clare Balding to talk about all sorts of things. In the full interview, which we present to you courtesy of the Sunday Chops, Jen and Clare have a natter about being a national treasure, exciting times ahead for women's sport and why women's football is setting the standard, as well as Clare's new children's book The Racehorse Who Disappeared. Oh, and who'd win a fight between Clare, Sue Barker and Gabby Logan. Picture credit: Bill Waters.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1831m 54s

SIM Ep 28: Pod 11: Clare Balding, power ballads and friends with different views

Our Jen's been all over it this week, meeting National Treasure Clare Balding and also talking to the Samaritans about World Suicide Prevention Day. Meanwhile, Sooz Kempner is talking about staying friends across a political divide and Hannah looks at some returning comedies on TV. Plus its Frozen time in Dunleavy Does Disney.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 10m

SIM Ep 27 Gig 14: Millican, Bea, Walsh and Thornton

In this episode of In Conversation…, Standard Issue's Hannah Dunleavy and founder Sarah Millican chat with Aisling Bea, Kate Thornton and Holly Walsh about STDs, dustbusting and the ongoing beef between the badger and fox communities. Recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre, London on July 18, 2017. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssueMagazine.com/Podcasts. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations, our podzine and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter and find us on Facebook and Instagram. Or visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for an archive of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Richard Power for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 1m

SIM Ep 26: Chops 2: Jenny Off The Blocks Meets Judy Murray

When our Jen met Judy Murray, tennis coach extraordinaire, they did so much chatting we couldn't fit it all in our ordinary podcast. So here's the full interview for your Sunday morning listening pleasure. Or, indeed, whenever you choose to listen to it. Jen and Judy talk getting more girls into tennis and more women into coaching, as well as how you raise a world champion, or just get your kid interested in sport. And there are some tips for who to look out for at the US Open. We know, we're spoiling you.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1833m 2s

SIM Ep 25 Pod 10: Judy Murray, All Killa, gaming and poo-covered campervans

Crikey, it's a bumper podzine this week. Our Jen chats to coaching legend Judy Murray, Hannah and Mickey catch up with All Killa No Filla's Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Rachel Fairburn to discuss serial killers, Debra-Jane Appleby talks women and gaming and Jen Brister revisits the poo-soaked French holiday from which the shame stench still lingers. There's all the usual stuff, too, with The Bush Telegraph, Sexism of the Week, our Sarah sorting some life questions and Pocahontas in the hot seat for Dunleavy Does Disney. THE TEAM: Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy, Jen Offord and Sarah Millican. THE ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Podomatic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 35m

SIM Ep 24: Chops 1: Big mad swim and kicking anxiety with Paula McGuire

An extra slice of our Jen's weekly sports section, Jenny Off The Blocks. In this week's podzine, Jen chatted to Paula McGuire, a self-professed "recluse turned adventurer". In the full interview, Jen and Paula chat about the power of sport to change lives, mental health and a shared love of bonkers challenges. Paula battled against anxiety and mental health issues to become an unlikely sporting hero and now hopes to become the first ever person to swim the coast of mainland Britain. Find out more about Paula's Big Mad Swim around Britain at: http://www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk/the-big-mad-swim-around-britain/ Read about Jen's US roadtrip on Beyonce (the bike, not the person) in our archive: http://standardissuemagazine.com/health/burn-in-the-usa/  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1829m 35s

SIM Ep 23 Pod 9: TV women, Bond and a big mad swim around Britain

In this week's podzine, our sportsing Jen met up with Paula McGuire, a properly inspiring woman who's about to embark on an incredible swimming challenge. Mickey's been shaken but not stirred (or maybe a bit stirred) by some Bond anniversaries and Hannah's looking at the best performances by women on TV this year so far.  Our Sarah is all about the etiquette in this week’s SMQT and joins us for Dunleavy Does Disney, where we take a look at Lady and the Tramp. Woof.  THE TEAM: Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy, Jen Offord and Sarah Millican. THE ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. Thanks to David Young, Mary Young and John Clare for their help with the stings. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Podomatic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 5m

SIM Ep 22 Pod 8: puppets, footer and anxiety

Howdy partners! In this week's podzine, Taylor Glenn looks at the pros and cons of 'sharenting', Andrea Hubert talks about anti-semitism in the media, Lucy Nichol shares her top tips on dealing with anxiety and Lou Conran celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Fringe. Also, it turns out The Mooch is out, boobs are back and bed-wetting 1990s bands might yet have a gig. Our Sarah's watching Christmas movies and The Rock, Jen's talking football and money and we get to imagine a tiny Hannah in earphones in Dunleavy Does Disney, which this week tackles Pinocchio. THE TEAM: Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy, Jen Offord and Sarah Millican. THE ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. Thanks to David Young, Mary Young and John Clare for their help with the stings. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Podomatic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1857m 36s

SIM Ep 21 Gig 13: Millican, Tarbuck, Street-Porter and Taylor

In this episode of In Conversation…, Standard Issue's Hannah Dunleavy and founder Sarah Millican chat with Liza Tarbuck, Janet Street Porter and Ellie Taylor about luck, other people's shopping baskets and extreme fishing with JSP. Recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre, London on July 18, 2017. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssueMagazine.com/Podcasts. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations, our podzine and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter or find us on Facebook. Or visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for an archive of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 6m

SIM Ep 20 Pod 7: Fringing like a boss, classic sitcoms and feminist weddings.

In this week’s podzine, Edinburgh Fringe expert Hazel Davis is sharing her top tips on how to make the most of the festival; our Hannah tells you why you should give a shit about classic sitcom Roseanne; Rosie Wilby is talking breakups, and Sarah Ledger tells us how and why her daughter Jessie had a feminist wedding. Our Sarah is musing pets and pants in this week’s SMQT, Jen gets us up to speed on the women’s Euros and why everyone’s talking about Jodie Taylor and Dunleavy Does Disney’s The Fox and the Hound. THE TEAM: Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy, Jen Offord and Sarah Millican. The ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. Thanks to David Young, Mary Young and John Clare for their help with the stings. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Podomatic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1850m 47s

SIM Ep 19 Pod 6: Jess Phillips, Latitude and Doctor Who's a what now?

In this episode of the podzine, Mickey chats to all-round top broad Jess Phillips MP, Gabby Hutchinson-Crouch talks new Doctor Who, Yosra Osman tells us what's hot in the cinema and Daisy Leverington shares some tips on coping with the summer holidays. There’s a mini gigcast from our stint at Latitude, with Deborah Frances-White and Susie Wokoma, our Sarah gets some more of your life questions answered, Jen gives us the lowdown on cricket, football and lacrosse and Dunleavy Does Disney’s The Rescuers with surprising Dunleavy results. Parts of the podzine were recorded live at Latitude. THE TEAM: Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy, Jen Offord and Sarah Millican. THE ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. Thanks to David Young, Mary Young and John Clare for their help with the stings. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Podomatic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 19m

SIM Ep 18 Pod 5: getting shit done, Arlene Foster and bald miners

In this episode of the podzine, Jen Offord chats to Jane Austen enthusiast and all-round smasher Cariad Lloyd, Aoife Moore talks the DUP, politics in Northern Ireland and what it all means for women and Dotty Winters has some kick-ass tips for Georgey Boy Osborne on how to multi-task like a boss. Our Sarah answers not one, but two very important life questions, Jen gives us the lowdown on Wimbledon and the forthcoming Euros and Dunleavy Does Disney’s Snow White. ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. Thanks to David Young, Mary Young and John Clare for their help with the stings. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Podomatic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1855m 23s

SIM Ep 17 Gig 12: Moyet, Lyons, Scanlan, Syal and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation…, Standard Issue editor Mickey Noonan and founder Sarah Millican chat with Alison Moyet, Joanna Scanlan, Meera Syal and Zoe Lyons about goats, rose-sniffing, the time Jane Austen spent in 1970s Wolverhampton and when it's no one else's business if you're going for a 10:1. Recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre, London on June 27, 2017. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssueMagazine.com/Podcasts. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations, our podzine and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter or find us on Facebook. Or visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for an archive of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 8m

SIM Ep 16 Pod 4: Ancestor chasing, the perfect brew and unhelpful wangs

In this episode of the podzine, Jess Fostekew tells us how to do fancy dan outdoor dining, Hannah Dunleavy chats geneaology with Karen Clare from Family Tree Magazine ahead of the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? and Anneka Harry gives us the lowdown on where the UK’s at with LGBTQ+ rights. Our Sarah answers a very important question and Dunleavy Does Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Parts of this episode were recorded at the Harwich Arts Festival. ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. Thanks to David Young, Mary Young and John Clare for their help with the stings. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Podomatic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1851m 39s

SIM Ep 15 Pod 3: festivals, PDAs, Japanese love pillows and bibbidi-bobbidi-eww

It’s episode three of our podcast and it’s a jam-packed, sequin-strewn corker. And yeah, that’s bragging, but seriously: the ridicu-funny Kiri Pritchard-McLean gives us the lowdown on how to rule at doing festivals, Ashley Davies has some tips on the social PDAs best avoided if you’re slightly uptight/a normal human being and our Mickey Noonan chats to comedian, broadcaster and guilty feminist, Deborah Frances-White. Sarah Millican’s back answering another hot question (this one from one of you lovely lot) and the team – Mickey, Jen and Hannah – decide whether Disney’s original Cinderella is bibbidi-bobbidi-boo or bibbidi-boobidi-eww. Go on, hazard a guess. ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. Thanks to David Young, Mary Young and John Clare for their help with the stings. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Podomatic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 1m

SIM Ep 14 Pod 2: A magazine for ears

In this episode, we share our thoughts on the ongoing political shitblizzard in The Bush Telegraph, Dunleavy 'doing' The Lion King, Sarah Millican's Question Time, a roundup of what to watch on the box this summer, a chat with a genuine American about poisonous hairball Donald Trump and a surprise guest spot from a furry pal. ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. Thanks to David Young, Mary Young and John Clare for their help with the stings. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Podomatic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1843m 44s

SIM Ep 13 Pod 1: A magazine for ears

In our first episode, we chat to founder Sarah Millican, Jen Brister tells us about being 'the other mother', film buffs Yosra Osman and Day Moibi talk black cinema in 2017 and the team – Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy and Jen Offord – chat about women's issues in GE2017 and kick off Dunleavy Does Disney. Nope, not the weirdest porn film you've never seen, but rather our brilliant dep ed tackling Disney films with logic, feminism and funnies to see how they fare. This week, Beauty and the Beast. ADMIN: Our music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton, all rights reserved. Thanks to David Young, Mary Young and John Clare for their help with the stings. We have an archive full of excellent articles at www.standardissuemagazine.com. You can write to us at mailbag@standardissuemagazine.com, follow us on Twitter at @StandardIssueUK or find us on Facebook and Instagram. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and Podomatic.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1858m 36s

SIM Ep 12: Perkins, Ball, Lloyd and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation…, Standard Issue editor Mickey Noonan and founder Sarah Millican chat with Sue Perkins, Zoe Ball and Cariad Lloyd about skin babies, magicians' assistants, life after sponge and tickling the Pope's balls. #sweetmeats Recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre, London on May 1, 2017. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssueMagazine.com/Podcasts. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all of our podcasts by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter or find us on Facebook. Or just visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for a whole archive of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1855m 44s

SIM Ep 11: Coren-Mitchell, Hynes, Morgan, Millican

In this episode of In Conversation…, Standard Issue deputy editor Hannah Dunleavy and founder Sarah Millican chat with Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Jessica Hynes and Diane Morgan about shoe shops, lucid dreams and how The Rock handles a woman’s kittens. Recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre, London on March 27, 2017. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssueMagazine.com/Podcasts. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter or find us on Facebook. Or just visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for a whole magazine of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1858m 34s

SIM Ep 10: Hart, Giedroyc, Tiernan and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation…, Standard Issue editor Mickey Noonan and founder Sarah Millican chat with Miranda Hart, Mel Giedroyc and Eleanor Tiernan about stationery, piles and being down with the kids. Warning: contains audio yoga. Recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre, London on February 14, 2017. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssueMagazine.com/Podcasts. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter or find us on Facebook. Or just visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for a whole magazine of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 2m

SIM Ep 9: Hill, Ward, Dunleavy and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation with..., Standard Issue, deputy editor Hannah Dunleavy and our glorious founder Sarah Millican chat with Danielle Ward and Jane Hill about the perils of doughnuts and where not to put your nipple. Recorded at the Firebug, Leicester on February 11, 2017, as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssueMagazine.com/Podcasts. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter or find us on Facebook. Or just visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for a whole magazine of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1852m 48s

SIM Ep 8: Winkleman, Toksvig, Horgan and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation with..., Standard Issue, editor Mickey Noonan and our glorious founder Sarah Millican chat with Sandi Toksvig, Claudia Winkleman and Sharon Horgan about death by gentleman’s junk, feminism, disrespecting Africa, and life lessons from Sheila Hancock. Recorded at Leicester Square Theatre on January 11, 2017. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssuemagazine.com/Podcasts. ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter or find us on Facebook. Or just visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for a whole magazine of ace. Thanks to Jen Offord for organising the event and Maddie Hickish for pressing record and editing. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Barry Hilton. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1859m 5s

SIM Ep 7: Brand, Burke and Millican

In this episode of In Conversation with..., Standard Issue, deputy editor Hannah Dunleavy and our glorious founder Sarah Millican chat with Jo Brand and Kathy Burke about the shitshow that's been 2016, perfect gifts for your partner and the optimum number of times to be called Brenda. Recorded at Leicester Square Theatre on November 20, 2016. All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssuemagazine.com/Podcasts ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes, including previous In Conversations and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter or find us on Facebook. Or just visit www.standardissuemagazine.com for a whole magazine of ace. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Michelle Imbierski. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 1m

SIM Ep 6: French, Millican, Walsh and Kendall

Hey there excellent people, In this episode of In Conversation with..., Standard Issue editor Mickey Noonan and our glorious founder Sarah Millican chat with Dawn French – that's right, Dawn bloody French! – Sarah Kendall and Holly Walsh about traffic, bosoms and dog-toy dildos. Warning: contains impressions. Recorded during 2016's Cheltenham Comedy Festival. www.standardissuemagazine.com All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssuemagazine.com/Podcasts ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes including previous In Conversations and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Michelle Imbierski. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 30m

SIM Ep 5: Millican, Brand and Pritchard-McLean

Hey there lovelies, In this episode of In Conversation with..., Standard Issue editor Mickey Noonan chats with our glorious founder Sarah Millican, excellent actor and standup Katy Brand and brilliant comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean about dogs in wheelchairs, BBQ boobs and what an 11-year-old sees as the perks of being a prison chaplain. Recorded at The Stand during 2016's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. www.standardissuemagazine.com All of our podcasts are available on iTunes and directly from StandardIssuemagazine.com/Podcasts ADMIN! Just a quick reminder to please rate, review and subscribe to ALL our podcasts on iTunes including previous In Conversations and fortnightly geek girl celebration Strong Female Leads. You can keep up with all our articles, news and reviews by following @StandardIssueUK on Twitter. Our In Conversation theme music was composed and recorded by Michelle Imbierski. All rights reserved.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 2m

SIM Ep 4: Suttie, Annette and Pritchard-McLean

Isy Suttie, Amy Annette and Kiri Pritchard-McLean chat with Standard Issue editor Mickey Noonan at Mach Fest, 2016.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1849m 10s

SIM Ep 3: Calman, Caulfield and Millican

Highlights from Standard Issue In Conversation at Glasgow Comedy Festival 2016. Our Editor Mickey Noonan wrangles a panel of brilliant, smart and hilarious women as they talk about feminism, gravy and hammers. Featuring Sarah Millican, Jo Caulfield and Susan Calman.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/181h 31m

SIM Ep 2: Pascoe, Conaty, Caulfield and Kennedy

Highlights from Standard Issue In Conversation at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival 2016. Our Editor Mickey Noonan wrangles a panel of brilliant, smart and hilarious women as they talk about feminism, writing and poo. Featuring Sara Pascoe, Jo Caulfield, Roisin Conaty and Emma Kennedy.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/09/1851m 23s
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