Doing It Right with Pandora Sykes
The nuances of grief, with Cariad Lloyd

The nuances of grief, with Cariad Lloyd

October 27, 2021
I'm so pleased to bring you this s2 bonus episode sponsored by Sage Appliances, with Cariad Lloyd, which we recorded in front of a live audience a month ago. Cariad is a comedian and writer and the creator of the cult podcast, Griefcast, where she interviews famous people (usually comedians) like Robert Webb, David Baddiel and Sara Pascoe about the human experience of death and grief, and which has won multiple British Podcast Awards. 
 
I'm really interested in grief: why we fear it (especially other people's), why we expect grief to look a certain way, the lack of nuance in our understanding of grief. What I love about Griefcast is the way it democratises grief: there is no one way to grieve. Grief, as Cariad digs into, is not just very sad, it is funny, absurd, weird and life-expanding.
 
You can listen to a new series of Griefcast now, on all good pod platforms and find Griefcast on Twitter @thegriefcast. Here are some helpful resources from Cariad:
The Grief Network
Let's Talk About Loss charity
Dead Parent Club podcast
The New Normal charity
Bereavement Room podcast
 
And some books I recommend: Grief Works by Julia Samuel, And Then We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene, It's Your Loss by Robyn Donaldson and Emma Hopkinson, Languages of Loss by Sasha Bates, Sunset by Jessie Cave and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.
How to be sad, with Helen Russell

How to be sad, with Helen Russell

October 20, 2021

Helen Russell is a journalist, podcaster and author of How To Be Sad, a part memoir/ manifesto which argues that we can’t talk about happiness, without making space for sadness. But why are we so scared of being sad? We discuss ‘warm glow giving’, what we can learn about sadness from the Russians and why "money can't buy you happiness" isn't quite right.

Buy How To Be Sad, here: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Helen-Russell/How-to-be-Sad--Everything-IVe-Learned-About-Getting-Happi/24958621

Re-thinking self-care, with Pooja Lakshmin

Re-thinking self-care, with Pooja Lakshmin

October 13, 2021

Pooja Lakshmin MD is a psychiatrist and writer, specialising in women's mental health. The founder of digital women's health platform Gemma, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times, where she writes about wellness and self-care (amongst other subjects) about which she is currently writing a book. We talk about what the business of wellness gets wrong, what real self-care looks like and the difference between burnout and despair. 

Follow Pooja's work, here: https://www.instagram.com/womensmentalhealthdoc/

 

Gemma's first all digital course on dealing with mom guilt, martyr-mode, and perfectionism can be found here: https://gemmawomen.com/unloadmomguilt 


Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora

The lonely economy, with Noreena Hertz

The lonely economy, with Noreena Hertz

October 6, 2021

Noreena Hertz is an economist and thought leader and the author of The Lonely Century, a fascinating and sprawling study of the epidemic of loneliness. We discuss why loneliness is higher in cities where people walk faster, how robots can be a force for good in social care and how to reconnect communities.

Buy The Lonely Century here: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Noreena-Hertz/The-Lonely-Century--A-Call-to-Reconnect/24115876

Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora

Introverts and Extroverts, with Arthur Brooks

Introverts and Extroverts, with Arthur Brooks

September 29, 2021

Arthur Brooks is a social scientist, Harvard professor and author of multiple books, who writes a column for The Atlantic about happiness. After his column on introverts and extroverts caught my attention (I am fascinated in personality theories), I rung him up to discuss why introverts fared better during the pandemic and what extroverts and introverts can learn from one another. Plus, we take a little detour into why 'more' isn't always better. You can read that column here: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/05/introverts-extroverts-happiness-gap-pandemic/618925/

Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora

What the law gets wrong, with Alexandra Wilson

What the law gets wrong, with Alexandra Wilson

September 22, 2021

Alexandra Wilson is a criminal and family law barrister, the founder of Black Women In Law and the author of Black & White: a young barrister’s story of race and class in a broken justice system. We discuss the bar’s diversity and access problem, Stop & Search, the over-representation of black people in prisons and what we get wrong when we talk about knife crime. Plus, she drops some deliciously archaic nuggets about the process of becoming a barrister.

 
Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora
Could a 4-day week ever work? with Alex Pang

Could a 4-day week ever work? with Alex Pang

September 15, 2021

Alex Pang is a futurist and tech consultant who has spent twenty years studying our relationship with work. In Shorter, he argues that you get more done, when you work less. We discuss the problem with open-plan working, why 90% of meetings are an absolute waste of time and how a 4 day week (which means, yup, a 3 day weekend) could be better for the climate, the economy and public health.

 
Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora
Understanding autism, with Naoise Dolan

Understanding autism, with Naoise Dolan

September 8, 2021

Naoise Dolan is the author of the best-selling novel Exciting Times, who explores through her journalism what it means to be neurodiverse and what allistic people often misunderstand about autism. We discuss hidden disabilities, the problem with 'likeability' and why it would benefit us all to live in an Ask Culture world.

 
Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora
Let‘s talk about sex, with Amia Srinivasan

Let‘s talk about sex, with Amia Srinivasan

September 1, 2021

Amia Srinivasan is the Chichele Professor of social and political theory at Oxford University and the author of thought provoking new collection of essays, The Right To Sex. We talk about incel culture, The metric of ‘fuckability’, dating apps, and why banning porn is not the answer.

Buy The Right to Sex here: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Amia-Srinivasan/The-Right-to-Sex/24711982

Tickets for Pandora Sykes in conversation with Candice Brathwaite are available here: fane.co.uk/pandora

Trusting your gut, with Stacey Dooley

Trusting your gut, with Stacey Dooley

August 23, 2020

Stacey Dooley is a broadcaster and presenter, known for making more than 80 documentaries for the BBC on subjects including spy cam sex in South Korea, child abuse in the Philippines, female suicide bombers in Nigeria and sex slavery in Islamic State. She is also the 2018 winner of Strictly Come Dancing and the presenter of a make-up competition, Glow Up. In short: you can't box Dooley in. In the season finale of Doing It Right, I interview one of the most famous women in British media about what makes a good documentary, the importance of trusting your gut and learning from your mistakes in the public eye. 

Thank you so much for listening to the series! I really enjoyed making it and I hope you squirrelled away some helpful nuggets about how to navigate and metabolise modern life, courtesy of my brilliant guests.

How Do We Know We're Doing It Right is out now in both hardback and audiobook, narrated by Pandora.

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