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ARCHIVE: What Is Sex And Should I Have Some? with Helen Duff

1/22/2019
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We're taking a break this month so we've cracked one of our favourite (and most sexy) episodes out of the archive just for you, you filthy beasts. Make sure you’re doubling up with the pill and Durex Extra Safe, because this week we’re talking kissing, sex and Hannah’s personal lubricant of choice, squash. We also spice things up by asking comedian Helen Duff to talk us through sexual intercourse (who’s having it? Why?), orgasms (some kind of biscuit, I guess?) and a tantric shaman called...

Duration:00:42:29

BONUS: Self-help with Dr Jane Frail

12/27/2018
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To help you survive the difficult holiday season, we've put together a compendium of the very best life advice from our favourite self-help guru, Dr Jane Frail. She discusses meditation, breathing, sleeping, and self-care, and even has some tips on how to deal with tricky family members. Contact: dumbwomenpod@gmail.com Music by Harry Harris, artwork by Gavin Day. Recorded at Soho Radio Studios.

Duration:00:21:49

63. What Makes A Christmas Special?

12/18/2018
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Christmas is a time for overindulgence, so this week we present you with not one but two dumb guests, some bad crackers (mostly Alex’s) and a few vagina jokes just for Christmas seasoning. Alan Maguire of Roast Chestnuts and Juvenalia podcast fame talks to Caroline about made-for-TV Christmas movies and why they’re having a resurgence this year, Hannah finds out the frankly heartwarming story behind Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Alex gifts us a special Christmas poem and forces us to...

Duration:01:01:19

INTRODUCING: Sentimental Garbage

12/11/2018
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We're clogging up your podcast box with something a bit different today – a taster of Sentimental Garbage, a new podcast about chick-lit and the "guilty pleasures" you're done feeling guilty about. Created and hosted by certified Dumb Woman Caroline O'Donoghue and produced by Dumb Host Hannah Varrall, Sentimental Garbage celebrates classics of "commercial women's fiction" by authors such as Marian Keyes, Jill Mansell and Helen Fielding. In this first episode, Caroline chats to journalist...

Duration:00:52:47

BONUS: Breaking Up with Monica Heisey

12/4/2018
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In episode 62, special guest Monica Heisey (Baroness Von Sketch, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better) joined us for a Smart Lesson on how to break up online, using Instagram Stories of bubble baths and strange Icelandic horses. In this bonus episode featuring the full conversation, we discuss ill-advised tattoos, Jennifer Garner and Alex's 'slut spiral'. Contact: dumbwomenpod@gmail.com Music by Harry Harris, artwork by Gavin Day. Recorded at Soho Radio Studios.

Duration:00:40:29

62. Why Can't I Like Pizza?

11/27/2018
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Is pizza really God’s gift to bad restaurants or is it just over-hyped cheesy bread? This week, Hannah gets to the bottom of this deep dish problem while Caroline tries to fix the economy by investigating inflation and realising that actually, it doesn't make any damn sense. Meanwhile at the Women Who Code mixer Alex gets to know AI lie detectors - or perhaps they get to know her. Finally special guest Monica Heisey (Baroness Von Sketch, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better) joins our Smart...

Duration:00:42:20

61. Who Will Buy My Beanie Babies?

11/13/2018
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Dig out your Beanie Babies from the loft because you could be a millionaire! Is something you might have heard twenty years ago. But why? Caroline investigates the bean-ed ones and tells us why a man in a rented Rolls Royce is the reason we all went so bloody mad for them, before wellness expert Dr Jane Frail drops in for a terrifying tutorial on how to sleep (with a filthy conscience). Next, Alex dusts off her pipes to tell us why Tina Turner is Simply The Strongest Woman To Walk The Earth,...

Duration:00:41:38

BONUS: Art with Gavin Day

11/6/2018
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In episode 60, the very handsome Gavin Day came to the studio to tell us all about art, money and why Banksy is a bit of a shit, actually. In this bonus episode featuring the full conversation, he dishes the dirt on his one-way relationship with Nigella Lawson, explains why the Mona Lisa was sent to New York strapped to a mattress, and tells us how how children can help to improve art criticism. Contact: dumbwomenpod@gmail.com Music by Harry Harris, artwork by Gavin Day. Recorded at Soho...

Duration:00:37:47

60. Am I Too Poor For Art? with Gavin Day

10/30/2018
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Should you drink your own wee all the time or only on special occasions? Urine for a treat this week as Hannah investigates all things piss, before Caroline takes the stage at our Women Who Code mixer to explain that you might want to start being nicer to your laptop, lest you hurt its feelings. Next we ask celebrity guest Gavin Day (the smart man who made our logo) to tell us why a piece of art costs more than a two-bed London flat, and finally we give our unwanted advice to a Reddit user...

Duration:00:39:10

BONUS: Oscar Wilde with Alison Gingeras

10/27/2018
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In episode 59, Hannah went to the Oscar Wilde Temple at Studio Voltaire to learn all about Oscar Wilde and his legacy within the LGBTQ community. In this bonus episode featuring the full conversation, curator Alison Gingeras discusses how aestheticism aimed to break down class barriers, the influence Wilde's mother "Speranza" had on his life and how, along with artists David McDermott and Peter McGough, she's created a beautiful space that uses art to make sense of suffering. Contact:...

Duration:00:29:29

59. Who Even Buys Flavoured Condoms? with Alison Gingeras

10/23/2018
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Good news, folks – there’s a 98% chance that this week’s episode will effectively prevent pregnancy, mostly because of what Caroline reveals about her nose-picking habits. But before that, Alex finds out how long we’ve been sheathing penises in dead animal skin, Dr Jane Frail visits the studio to teach us how to breathe (and get revenge on an ex), and Hannah runs off to the Oscar Wilde Temple at Studio Voltaire, to find out more about the man himself and his legacy within the LGBTQ+...

Duration:00:35:53

BONUS: Romcoms with Ayisha Malik

10/9/2018
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In episode 58, author Ayisha Malik came to the studio to teach us all about what a romcom is and whether they are a force for good or for evil. In our full conversation, Ayisha discusses not watching The Big Sick, feeling represented in Jane Austen novels and inviting a third wheel along to a date. Contact: dumbwomenpod@gmail.com Music by Harry Harris, logo design by Gavin Day. Recorded at Soho Radio Studios.

Duration:00:41:14

58. Is This Podcast Gluten-Free? with Ayisha Malik

10/2/2018
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Caroline’s 50% less farty than usual in today's episode, and the gang are taking apart the bread bin to find out why gluten is nature’s gas machine. Alex has the murder podcast bug, but it’s ok because it’s a Victorian murder, therefore dodging all of our suspicions that true crime podcasts are evil and bad. Meanwhile Hannah wins a gold star by inviting author Ayisha Malik to the studio to talk romcoms, representation and dating while Muslim. At the Women Who Code mixer we get into the mad...

Duration:00:52:29

57. Are You My Guardian Angel?

9/18/2018
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Omg this episode is totally random! Oh hang on, no, it was very planned, and in it Hannah charts the early noughties comedy trend to find out what made sporks and badgers so gosh-darned funny. Meanwhile Caroline meets her guardian angel during a crisis of confidence, and Alex cracks the vault on bank holidays, days off and wearing white after Labour day. Finally, our wellness expert Dr Jane Frail tells us about self care and cyclists, and we take on a new reddit relationship question in our...

Duration:00:51:05

56. Why Do We Make Freudian Slits?

9/11/2018
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It’s all gone Pete Dong this week as Alex tries to figure out the endlessly provocative world of Freudian slips, Caroline relays the many miseries of flies in summertime and Hannah beefs up to learn about bodyguards before putting the others through their protective paces. We also bed down with some white wine to learn about Blockchain in our Women Who Code mixer, before Alex humblebrags about her friendship skills for our Smart Lesson on how to be a good smart friend. Contact:...

Duration:00:51:32

BONUS: Horror Films with Natasha Hodgson

8/25/2018
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In episode 55, comedy writer and performer Natasha Hodgson came to the studio to teach us all about how to enjoy horror films in a responsible and safe manner. In our full conversation Tash discusses her top tips for escaping a scary movie, prescribes us each with a horror film that we’ll love, and tells us about Director’s Cut, her new comedy/horror show with theatre company Kill The Beast. Contact: dumbwomenpod@gmail.com Music by Harry Harris, logo design by Gavin Day. Recorded at Soho...

Duration:00:37:24

55. Does David Beckham Love Me Back?

8/21/2018
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Comb your curtains, tighten your sarong, and get your Lego kit out: Alex is doing David Beckham this week and the studio might just get flooded from her frothing over. Meanwhile Hannah embraces her inner shellfish by investigating lobsters, and Caro gets camp with the history of glitter. We also have TWO guests this week: the terrifyingly gentle Dr Jane Frail to talk anal meditation for our new Women Who Glow segment, and the gently terrifying Tash Hodgson of Kill The Beast to teach us how...

Duration:00:54:03

BONUS: Oprah with Viv Groskop

8/18/2018
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In episode 54, Hannah met author, journalist and comedian Viv Groskop to find out why self-help phenomenon Oprah Winfrey is one of the most important women in Viv's life. In this bonus episode, Viv tells us about Oprah's Weight Watchers controversy, what happened when she went to the O Magazine Annual Conference and how Oprah is secretly a bit of a Dumb Woman herself. Contact: dumbwomenpod@gmail.com Music by Harry Harris, logo design by Gavin Day. Recorded at Soho Radio Studios and Museum...

Duration:00:27:37

54. Do I Like Dance Music?

8/14/2018
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Groove is in the heart this week, dummies, because Caroline has been to a rave and discovered she likes dance music, and now she has to find out WHY. Meanwhile, Alex has put all her money into a Swiss bank account and accidentally financed international corruption, and Hannah spoke to writer, podcaster and comedian Viv Groskop about her heroine Oprah Winfrey, and how she inspired Viv’s Edinburgh show. At the Women Who Code mixer, we learn about bike sharing systems and why we should do the...

Duration:00:55:31

BONUS: ABBA with Daisy Buchanan

8/7/2018
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In episode 53, we invited writer and journalist Daisy Buchanan to the studio to tell us the story behind Swedish pop sensation ABBA. In this bonus episode featuring the full conversation, we learn how we can ring (ring ring) Bjorn Ulvaeus if we so desire, why a trip to Japan might have spelled the end for the group, and Daisy reveals her uncensored thoughts on Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Contact: dumbwomenpod@gmail.com Music by Harry Harris, logo design by Gavin Day. Recorded at Soho...

Duration:00:32:45