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Distraction Pieces is the fastest growing weekly podcast in the UK. Hosted by Scroobius Pip with guests including Russell Brand, Katherine Ryan, Simon Pegg, Kathy Burke, Alan Moore, James McAvoy, Aisling Bea, Stewart Lee, Michael Fassbender, Josie Long, Adam Buxton and many, many more. Now available on acast, iTunes and all good podcast outlets. Download, subscribe, rate & review now!
 
Join comedian Deborah Frances-White and her special guests as they discuss topics “all 21st century feminists agree on” while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles. Deborah Frances-White is the 2016 Writers' Guild Award Winner for Best Radio Comedy for her hit BBC Radio 4 series Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She is an Edinburgh Fringe regular, screenwriter and is hugely in demand for her corporate seminars.
 
Josie Long & Jonny Donahoe are two comedians who are having a baby! As new parents, Josie and Jonny bring their humor and genuine curiosity into each conversation to get actual answers to questions they’re completely clueless about. Each episode features creators of all types talking candidly about what it means to raise a baby into a full on adult human.
 
The HeadStuff Podcast is a long form conversational style interview podcast. Alan Bennett from http://HeadStuff.org hosts the podcasts and chats to interesting people about their lives, creativity, and all sorts of everything. Guests so far include: Jarlath Regan, Josie Long, Annie Atkins, David Rawle, Olaf Tyaransen, Paul Murray, Karl Spain, Stuart Clark, Al Foran, David Moore, Fight Like Apes, Mary Morrissy, Anderson, B. Dolan and Buddy Peace.
 
We chat to amazing guests about their personal relationship with The Beatles, and discover how their lives and work have been influenced by the greatest band of them all. Guests include Jon Ronson, Mae Martin, Elis James, Josh Widdicombe, John Robins, Matthew E White, Kevin Eldon, Guy Chambers, Josie Long and many more. Series 2 coming soon... Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/personalbeatles. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
When you’re wandering about a historic place, what voices do you hear echoing off the walls? Are they the ones you learnt about at school – or do you wonder about the shadowy, quiet voices that may have gone unheard? Speaking with Shadows is the podcast that listens to the people that history forgot. From castles on the south coast to Hadrian’s Wall in the far North, join presenter Josie Long as she travels across the country to seek out six stories from the hidden corners of England’s history.
 
Sometimes the life we live is unjust. In a world full of opinions, the things we love often fall by the wayside, all but forgotten by the culture at large...but not anymore. Join comedian Joey Bergren and his comedically minded friends as they defend their oddest, grossest and above all else, most passionately-loved topics. With so much negativity in the world, In Defense fights through the haters and focuses on the beloved and unique topics of its guests, such as zit-popping videos on YouTu ...
 
A podcast of live political stand-up comedy. What a concept! Join Chris Coltrane as he shares the highlights from Lolitics, his friendly lefty comedy club at the Black Heart in Camden. If you like activism, libraries, compassion, and making the world a better place, then this is the podcast for you. Hours of free comedy from Chris, Josie Long, Robin Ince, Nish Kumar, Grace Petrie, Matthew Crosby, Liam Williams and more! PROTIP: Start at the most recent episode, and work backwards.
 
In a world where live performance has all but disappeared for the moment, those clever people at The Cosmic Shambles Network have come up with an ingenious plan to banish our housebound boredom and keep us all entertained. They’ve been in touch with some of our best-loved performers and household name scientists and they are very pleased to announce the Stay at Home Festival. 9 live shows a week, streamed online, with all star guests including Robin Ince, Josie Long, Brian Cox and Jo Brand. ...
 
What function does comedy serve? What do people in power learn by watching tragedies? In this collection of five animations comedienne Josie Long guides us into the fascinating world of Literary Theory. Along the way we’ll discover two very different types of poet (and lover): The Petrarchan and The Libertine, we’re given insight into the complexity behind the term author and learn the difference between a book and the idea of a book. This collection was created in conjunction with The Open ...
 
What Women* Want is a comedy conversation podcast where comedians talk about, and find the funny in, the misadventures, misunderstandings and misogyny involved in being a woman. Hosted by Amy Annette and featuring different comedians and topics each time. (Contains little to no Mel Gibson) Upcoming guests in the series include; Rose Matafeo, Sara Pascoe, Lolly Adefope, Aisling Bea, Desiree Burch, Josie Long, Mae Martin, Bisha K Ali, Nish Kumar, James Acaster, Phil Wang and many more... Recor ...
 
This is the podcast for anyone who feels out of synch. Journalist and Author Nell Frizzell talks to some of her favourite people about The Panic Years - the period between carelessness and matching crockery, between your friends passing out on the dancefloor and those same people becoming parents; The time when we all start wondering when did everything got so serious? It talks about the big stuff, in a way that will make you feel better.
 
All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey... and we’re back for the second series of Somewhere To Believe In, a podcast by the people who bring you Greenbelt Festival. Each week we’ll meet brilliant guests and chat to them about their life and work. We want to bring you timely, provocative and funny dollops of hopefulness, to keep us all going in these strange times. This time around we’re celebrating artists that we love and we know you’ll love them too. We’ll also be digging into our lo ...
 
On the surface, LIES sounds like just another interview show. But host Sara Schaefer demands something different from her guests: everything they say has to be a lie. In a world over-saturated with confessional-style podcasts, LIES finally gives public figures a chance to reveal absolutely nothing...and perhaps everything at the same time.
 
Are you pregnant? Have you freaked out about not knowing anything? Join actor Hannah Norris (pregnant) and her husband Carl Donnelly (comedian) as they figure out what is going on over the next nine months. Tracking the weekly progress of Hannah’s pregnancy and chatting with other comedians and actors who are experts* (*have been pregnant**) (**are definitely not doctors) sharing their experiences, tips and stories.
 
As well as both being professional comedians, Stuart Goldsmith and Sindhu Vee have two other big things in common: they a) are both parents and b) have no idea how to be parents. But hey, does anyone? In this show, the acclaimed host of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast and the writer/creator of BBC Radio 4's Sindhustan try to find out, seeking the advice of notable parents and experts on how to cope with parenthood, exploring the sacrifices, choices and mistakes made along the way. Light-hear ...
 
This Podcast is hosted by Braw Talent's Colm Keegan as he interviews various guests within creativity in the hope of inspiring listeners about to embark on their journey to take note and learn from successful creative practitioners. Braw Talent is a Social Enterprise CIC based in Glasgow, Scotland passionate about providing an education where creative opportunities are not determined by postcodes or left to chance. Where young people are empowered with the tools, skills and confidence to hon ...
 
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We speak with comedian Josie Long (@josielong) about a recent article in the Atlantic about whether or not Boris Johnson is Britain’s Trump. It’s a terrible article by a guy who knows nothing about Britain, but we wanted to get down to the individual details of why it’s just so infuriating. So, enjoy this episode where we’re in a good mental space.…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Enjoy a fabulous catchup with DJ / presenter, author and true great ANNIE MACMANUS! One of those long overdue meetups where you feel like it could be a part of a Distraction Pieces off-shoot podcast of its very own, where Pip checks in with Annie about all things life a…
 
It was inevitable that we would talk about the recent NY Times article about ‘the end of the millennial lifestyle subsidy,’ as if it was a surprise that endless money was keeping rideshare apps’ prices artificially low in order to bankrupt their competition. We also discuss the Labour Party’s supposed roadmap to success or whatever. You will enjoy …
 
The Guilty FeministPresented by Deborah Frances-White and Athena Kugblenu Episode 259: Hidden Inequalitieswith special guests Bell Rebeiro-Addy and Dr Christine Ekechi and a special report from Mathilda Mallinson and Tinuke Awe Recorded 1 June 2021 via Zoom. Released 21 June 2021. The Guilty Feminist theme by Mark Hodge and produced by Nick Sheldon…
 
This week on the podcast it’s our absolute privilege to chat with Yvonne Ridley, a journalist and activist who has one of the most fascinating life stories we think you’ll ever hear. Plus, her very enthusiastic peacocks have their say, too. We talk about Yvonne’s experience as a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, the promise she made t…
 
It's the penultimate episode of series 2! This week Nick talks to comedian and writer Charlie George about her days drumming in super-experimental punk outfit Femmes Fatales. Featuring stories of Wonderwall-obsessed guitar teachers, on-stage theatrics and a unique use of the Pocahontas soundtrack. Find out more about Charlie and her latest work on …
 
The series has finally come to an end. Apparently the populists will ruin anything, to include when a far-left government gets elected (too much populism!) We've finished the Lib Dem wet dream series Years & Years, and we are joined by Devon (of Da Youtube Zone and the Kill James Bond podcast) to discuss. The entire episode is available on Patreon:…
 
Neuroscientist and best selling author Dean Burnett is a regular contributor to the Cosmic Shambles Network and this week he returns to the Book Shambles podcast to chat to Robin and Josie about his latest book Psycho-Logical, the problems surrounding mental health care in the UK, dealing with grief in the pandemic and some of the continuing miscon…
 
Host Hatty Ashdown & Gemma Beagly are joined by Bradford Comic Isma Almas (BBC radio Leeds ,writer- News jack , About A buoy- adventures in Adoption ) Social worker turned stand-up Isma joined us to talk about life in the green room in the 90's , juggling kids, full time work and stand up, and we got a few teases from her show About a boy- adventur…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Joining the podcast this week is another fabulous acting favourite, yes indeed it is AMANDA ABBINGTON! Due to one thing or another, schedules have been flipped, turned upside down, but Pip and Amanda have managed to crowbar in some good time to get together and rock a t…
 
Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about our connection to the land. The devastation of bushfires in south eastern Australia, the significance of the acorn for tribal members from the Konkow Nisenan Maidu Nations, and the storyteller Richard O’Neill on the stopping places woven into the British landscape. Then came the bir…
 
The Guilty FeministPresented by Deborah Frances-White and Jen Brister Episode 258: A Can-Do Attitude with special guest Dr Rola Hallam Recorded 8 June 2021 via Zoom. Released 14 June 2021. The Guilty Feminist theme by Mark Hodge and produced by Nick Sheldon. This Summer, Haagen-Dazs are not holding back, mixing things up with their new DUO experien…
 
The second conversation in our ‘Keeping the faith’ series is with Sister Teresa Forcades who – with good reason – has been dubbed ‘Europe’s most radical nun’. Sister Teresa joins us from her Monastery on the mountain of Montserrat, near Barcelona in Catalonia, where she lives with thirty Catholic Benedictine sisters. We discuss her open criticism o…
 
Originally broadcast on February 12th 2020, this episode feels like a dream or a fantasy world away now - but it’s a brilliant one which deserves the DPP Rewind treatment at a poignant time. Michael Cashman was a delight and his story is thrilling, which absolutely warrants its re-run - please listen if you haven’t yet, and if you did at the time, …
 
Financial journalist Alex Scaggs returns to talk about why the American treat based economy has strained around the edges. In short - as a result of decades of a sclerotic and implacable elite unable to get beyond their ideological commitments to shareholders, the US and UK are experiencing sky high prices, shortages of crucial goods, catastrophic …
 
On today's episode Josie and Robin chat to the writer Lauren Oyler. A prolific writer of articles for publications like Harper's and the New Yorker, as well as having ghostwritten for many people, her first novel is Fake Accounts about a a woman who discovers her boyfriend is an anonymous internet conspiracy theorist. They chat about the challenges…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Joining the podcast this week is the fabulous acting favourite and true treasure JULIET STEVENSON! Having met on set on Sara Pascoe’s ‘Out Of Her Mind’, Juliet and Pip hit it off and set up a future plan for a podcast meeting - and here we have the glorious result! Kick…
 
This week we have a packed studio featuring Riley, Milo, Hussein, Alice, and friend of the show Juliet Jacques (@zinovievletter) to discuss her new book Variations. However, we also discuss trouble in SoftBank world, a BBC article about how humans will evolve into two bifurcated species of Virgin and Chad, and--hence the title--a recent brain-melt …
 
The Guilty FeministPresented by Deborah Frances-White and Catherine Bohart Episode 257: Confrontation with special guest Ashnikko Recorded 4 May 2021 via Zoom. Released 7 June 2021. The Guilty Feminist theme by Mark Hodge and produced by Nick Sheldon. This Summer, Haagen-Dazs are not holding back, mixing things up with their new DUO experience with…
 
"Goodbye, Thomas, it's been nice." Predators players and management conduct their final press conferences of the season and share their comprehensive thoughts on the 2020-21 campaign (7:30). Will Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne retire or return (27:00)? Thomas Willis and Brooks Bratten discuss, recap and look at the future of the team (14:30). Plus, T…
 
Welcome back to Somewhere To Believe In! We’re calling this series ‘Keeping the faith’ because this time around we’re having no-holds-barred conversations with people who get stuck in BECAUSE of what they believe. Arguably, no one has done more to keep the faith than our first guest; former superintendent in the Met police, man-on-a-mission to chan…
 
This week, we're discussing Years & Years again. We simply couldn't cram two episodes into this round because there was so much going on--we want to get rid of our arms and legs, or replace our eyes with the light spectrum somehow--and so we gave this Lib Dem dystopian vision the attention it deserves. You may recognise Devon's voice from Da YouTub…
 
Geoff Dyer returns to the podcast to talk to Robin and Josie (who is late arriving because her daughter broke the TV...) about his new book See/Saw: Looking at Photographs, which is out now. They talk about photography, favourite photographers, writing about niche topics for a wide audience and humour in photography. To hear an extended edition of …
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Pip catches up on events from the past few years with poet, author and good pal LAURA DOCKRILL! A very timely meeting with Laura this week, coming in after the finale of the Where’s Your Head At series that spanned the month of May. This is very much on message for the …
 
Comedian Tom Walker joins the gang to discuss how blockchain has finally disrupted dating! Then, we look at the demons pouring cryptocurrency poison into the ears of regulators in the US and U.K., a SoftBank insurance unicorn’s underwriting technology that isn’t, and we cap it off with a reading. If you want access to our Patreon bonus episodes, ea…
 
The Guilty FeministPresented by Deborah Frances-White and Alison Spittle Episode 256: Questioning Everything with special guest MiMi Aye and music from Ayanna Witter-Johnson Recorded 4 May 2021 via Zoom. Released 31 May 2021. The Guilty Feminist theme by Mark Hodge and produced by Nick Sheldon. Photo by Callum Baker. https://callumbakerphoto.com Ge…
 
The Nashville Predators' season ends in Game 6 after a memorable first-round series with the Carolina Hurricanes (5:40). How should we feel? What did we learn? What's next? Brooks Bratten and Thomas Willis look back on the season and share their thoughts on the future of the Predators' roster (20:19). They also take a moment to comment on the resur…
 
This week I spoke to the children’s author, illustrator and writer Laura Dockrill. Her book, What Have I Done covers her experience of post-partum psychosis, feeling suicidal and, eventually, getting well. We discuss all of these things in the episode so it carries a trigger warning: mentions of suicide, psychosis and mental illness. You can follow…
 
Our two-part musical comedy special concludes with a chat with the brilliant comedian and musician Paddy Gervers! Paddy is the comedy-partner of previous guest Jonny Donahoe - together they perform as the satirical musical duo Jonny and the Baptists. Alongside that Paddy is also an actor, podcaster, sound designer, and solo musical artist in his ow…
 
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