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A new podcast from The Irish Times. By women, for everyone.

A new podcast from The Irish Times. By women, for everyone.
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A new podcast from The Irish Times. By women, for everyone.




Ep 172 Marian Keyes & Laura Kennedy's Christmas Gift Ideas

Are you looking for some divine inspiration as to what to buy for the woman or women in your life this Christmas? Well, look no further. Irish Times beauty writer Laura Kennedy has come up with an exhaustive list of gorgeous products, board games and trinkets to choose from. But first, the inimitable Marian Keyes is here to tell us about her approach to Christmas and what’s provoking her Sudden Wild Enthusiasm this festive season.

Duration: 00:46:58

Ep 171 Being Single at Christmas & Waking the Media

Jennifer Boon, a life coach who specialises in building confidence and resilience, has created the Survive & Thrive book series to support women through challenging phases in life and one of the topics she tackles is being single, having spent a good chunk of her adult life going it alone herself. She speaks to Róisín Ingle about being single at Christmas, the things you should never say to single people, dating during the festive period, and she also has some advice on relationship...

Duration: 00:28:24

Ep 170 Irish Women in the Middle Ages

We have a very interesting man - yes, sometimes we have men on the podcast - taking us way back in time to Ireland's medieval history in this episode. Oxford Professor and author, Thomas Charles Edwards, was in Dublin a few weeks ago to deliver a lecture at the School of Celtic studies in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Professor Edwards knows a lot about Ireland's ancient laws, which turn out to be quite progressive when it comes to gender equality and women's property rights....

Duration: 00:26:00

Ep 169 Happiness guru Gretchen Rubin on her new book The Four Tendencies

Happiness guru and author Gretchen Rubin has sold over 2 million books and is a regular on the New York Times bestsellers lists. She talks to Roisin Ingle about her new book The Four Tendencies. In the book Rubin writes about her theory people generally fall into four categories or tendencies - The Upholder, The Questioner, The Obliger and The Rebel. And Rubin says that once we know which category we fall into it can help us to form better habits and interact more positively with others....

Duration: 00:49:28

Ep 168 Amplify Women's Harassment Toolkit

In response to the revelations of harassment in Irish theatre, the #MeToo and #IrishWeinstein hashtags, Amplify Women, an umbrella group that represents, works with or carries out research about women working in the cultural and media industries, has produced a toolkit for dealing with harassment and bullying in the workplace. Olwen Dawe, Sarah Durcan, Karan O’Loughlin and Sarah Kieran have all been involved in creating the toolkit over the past year and they spoke to Róisín Ingle all...

Duration: 00:39:48

Ep 167 Everyday Stories & Women in Jazz and Improvised Music

Everyday Stories is a project highlighting the experiences of women who have had abortions and the impact the Eighth Amendment has had on their lives, through a combination of personal testimony and visual art. Our co-producer Jennifer Ryan went along for a look at the exhibition while it was at Filmbase in Dublin and she spoke to curator Caoimhe Anglin who was involved in developing the project. In the second part of the show, Róisín Ingle talks to Improvised Music Company's Aoife...

Duration: 00:27:27

Ep 166 Book Club: Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach

Today we’ve reconvened our book club with Niamh Towey, Bernice Harrison and Ann Ingle to talk about the new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan. It’s called Manhattan Beach and it opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.

Duration: 00:32:36

Ep 165 Self-Care as Kindness, with Karina Melvin & Mary McGuire.

Monday of this week was World Kindness day and it inspired us all here at the Women’s Podcast to think a little about self-care and being kind to oneself. Psychotherapist Karina Melvin speaks to Róisín Ingle about her book called Artful Eating, which is all about how to eat healthily but also for pleasure at the same time and looking after your mind as the most important part of that. In the second part of the show, our co-producer Jennifer Ryan speaks to author Mary McGuire about the...

Duration: 00:29:38

Ep 164 Samantha Power, former US Ambassador to the UN

The youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama, Samantha Power, who emigrated from Ireland to America at the age of nine, began her career as a foreign affairs journalist. Forbes has called her “a powerful crusader for US foreign policy as well as human rights and democracy,” and she was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” Here at the Women’s Podcast we were fortunate enough to get an hour of Ambassador Power’s time during her trip to...

Duration: 00:59:16

Ep 163 Trumpiversary: WTF Happened?

Last year, on this fateful date, we convened an emergency session of the Women's Podcast. Donald Trump had just been elected president of the United States and we were not happy about it. One year on, we've got some of the women who appeared on that episode back into studio to talk about the last 12 months under President Trump. Domestic violence activist and lawyer Simone George is back, as is Irish Times political reporter Sarah Bardon and spoken word artist Clara-Rose Thornton. Joining...

Duration: 00:59:24

Ep 162 Has Feminism lost its way? Joanna Williams thinks so.

Author & academic Joanna Williams explores feminism in her new book, Women Vs Feminism: Why We All Need Liberating from the Gender Wars. She contends that women, especially young women, are equal to men in every meaningful regard in today's world and that feminism has lost its way. She says the fun and feistiness of 'girl power' is being replaced by a feminism that seeks to modify the behaviour of men and police the way women should speak and behave. Our co-producer Róisín Ingle spoke to...

Duration: 00:28:12

Ep 161 Tales from Trump Country: Caitriona Perry

As RTÉ’s Washington Correspondent, Caitriona Perry has witnessed first-hand the rise of Donald Trump. She has also spoken to many Americans who voted for him and has written about those encounters in her first book, In America: Tales from Trump Country. Caitriona came into studio the day she was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award to talk to the Women’s Podcast about her time in the US which will come to an end soon, as she prepares to take up residence behind the RTÉ Six One news desk...

Duration: 00:44:51

Ep 160 Crisis to Catastrophe: Women & Homelessness

Figures from the Department of Housing released last week, show that there were 8,374 people homeless nationally in September, 3,124 of whom were children. Women account for more than 40% of the homeless population and the vast majority of one-parent homeless families are headed by single-mothers. In this podcast Irish Times Social Affairs Correspondent Kitty Holland speaks to Barbara Corcoran from the charity Depaul Ireland & Róisín McDonald, manager of family team services at Focus...

Duration: 00:28:44

Rape Victim & Anti-Abortion Campaigner, Jennifer Christie

In 2014 Jennifer Christie became pregnant as a result of rape and decided to keep the baby, raising him along with the four children she already shared with her husband. In this episode, we speak to the American about why she believes abortion is never the right choice, how it feels to face public criticism for sharing her story and her involvement with the anti-abortion Unbroken Ireland campaign.

Duration: 00:34:16

Ep 158 Melanie Murphy & Female Conductors

Unless you’re in the 18-24 age bracket, Melanie Murphy may not be a name that you’re all that familiar with, but trust us when we tell you that she is a superstar. The 28 year old started out posting videos to her YouTube channel a few years ago, talking about her acne and giving tips on how to conceal it with make-up. That has grown into a fully-fledged business from which Melanie makes her living. We got her into The Women’s Podcast studio to find out just how she does it. Later on in...

Duration: 00:50:44

Ep 157 "If don’t stand up, what will happen?" Front Line Defenders Women

What do an Irish Traveller, a Native American and a South African woman have in common? More than you might expect. In this episode we speak to three women - Sindy Joyce, Nonhle Mbuthuma and Kimberly Smith - about the activism that consumes their lives and how Front Line Defenders helps them. Sindy is a Minceir woman, or an Irish Traveller as is more commonly used. She explains the importance of taking back that name for her community and how her work is about changing the future for...

Duration: 00:53:20

Ep 156 Tess Holliday, plus-size model & body positivity activist

Tess Holliday is a 32-year-old American plus-size fashion model. She is recognised worldwide as one of the best in the business and is also an author and body positivity activist, committed to challenging perceptions of fat people through the hashtag she started - #effyourbeautystandards. Tess has written a book – The Not So Subtle Art Of Being A Fat Girl — a memoir chronicling her life from living in a trailer park to being a model on billboards across the US. In the book, she talks about...

Duration: 00:19:32

Ep 155 Weinstein, Singledom, Trump & more, with Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister is the author of the best-selling book, All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. She is also writer at large with New York Magazine and The Cut, and a contributing editor at Elle Magazine. She came into studio to speak to The Women's Podcast ahead of her keynote address at the UCD academic conference Single Lives this evening, Friday 13th October. In today's podcast, she chats to Róisín Ingle about her firsthand experience of the might...

Duration: 00:47:28

Ep 154 Mercy Me! TAKEOVER by Mercy Secondary School Inchicore students

What happens when you let a group of secondary school students get behind the mic and take over The Women's Podcast? You get passionate and informed discussions about the issues that matter to them. In this podcast you'll hear the girls of Mercy Secondary School Inchicore, Dublin 8 talking about feminism, diversity, discrimination and the Leaving Cert Applied. There's lively discussion, a drama, poetry and two songs, one of which, What If? is an original composition by the very talented...

Duration: 00:47:37

Ep 153 Dragon's Den Investor Alison Cowzer & Clare Festival of Feminisms

In today's episode, businesswoman Alison Cowzer, chats to Róisín Ingle about being one of three female investors on RTÉ's Dragon's Den, running a successful business with her husband and the importance of using her platform to help causes that are close to her heart. In the second part of the show, you'll hear about Silence + Voice 2 - A Festival of Feminisms 2017. It's an event in Ennis, Co. Clare that's being organised by Clare Women's Network, one of 17 in the National Collective of...

Duration: 00:33:50

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