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S2, Ep2 How to Fail: Mishal Husain

S2, Ep2 How to Fail: Mishal Husain

By Elizabeth Day

The wonderful Mishal Husain joins How To Fail With Elizabeth Day this week, which I'm very excited about because she's basically my long-time woman crush.

Husain, who has been presenting Radio 4’s flagship Today programme since 2013 and is also one of our most recognisable and respected television broadcasters, joins me to talk about failing at university admissions, failing to get what she thought was her dream job, failing to ask the right questions in interviews and beating herself up about it afterwards. Along the way, we discuss racism, the impossibility of women 'having it all', the unhelpful narrative of 'the superwoman', her first book, The Skills, the gender pay gap and why she feels she's only ever as good as her last broadcast.

WARNING: This episode contains evidence of Elizabeth attempting to speak dodgy GCSE Russian.


How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is hosted by Elizabeth Day, produced by Chris Sharp and sponsored by 4th Estate Books


The Skills by Mishal Husain is out now.


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Elizabeth Day @elizabday

Mishal Husain @MishalHusainBBC

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