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SIM Ep 770 Pod 222: Cricketing highs, cashflow lows, and some sexist hoofing
There’s no escaping that tough financial times are only going to get tougher, and so Hannah got on the Zoom with Dr Jodi Gardner to talk about debt, and why the demise of payday loan companies might not have been the victory it first seemed, as the cost-of-living crisis bites and one million desperate householders turn to loan sharks to make ends meet.
As England Women prepare to play India in a one-day international at Lords*, Jen nabs team members Kate Cross and Sophia Dunkley for a chat about the changing face of women’s cricket, and the significance of playing at the incredible venue.
And it’s one of the most beloved, highly respected films of all time, but will that save 1952’s Singin’ In The Rain from a slagging off on Rated or Dated if needs be? *hollow laughter*
* Tickets for the England Women’s Cricket Team’s ODI against India on September 24th are available here.
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917. SIM Ep 917 Chops 280: Arit Anderson and a big love of trees41:57Arit Anderson, garden designer, presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World, host of the Growing Greener podcast, and passionate environmentalist, really loves trees. So much so, she’s co-authored a book about them with botanist Dr Henrik Sjöman. The Essential Tree Selection Guide, in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is a brilliant, comprehensive, jargon-free look at how which tree we choose to plant where really matters, as well as a tree bible when it comes to their climate resilience, carbon storage and other ecosystem benefits.Our Mick also really loves trees, so was delighted to get Arit on the Zoom to chat about our arboreal friends, how we can save them, how they can save us, gardening opportunities, starting again in your forties, and how we can all do our bit when it comes to sustainability. Photograph of Arit by Diana Monkhurst
SIM Ep 916 Pod 281: Defending, trending and upending01:20:41As you know, we love an angry woman who gets shit done, so Mick's been on the Zoom with Lisa Baskott to find out about 2nd Line of Defence, her award-winning female-focused recruitment agency for the private security sector. Jen's chatting to fashion editor Bay Garnett about her new book Style and Substance: Why What We Wear Matters, thrifting a bargain and sustainable fashion. In Jenny Off The Blocks, Premiership women’s rugby is back and there's news about the environment and missing apostrophes in BT. And in Rated or Dated, are we laughing or wincing or both, as we watch Hannah's pick - 1983's Trading Places?
SIM Ep 915 IMD 2023: James Graham’s Dear England31:50Since it’s International Men’s Day, we’ve only gone and invited a man to chat to us for this week’s Chops, because gender inequality is bad for everyone. And what group of men can better demonstrate this than... the England football team?Screenwriter and playwright James Graham’s new play Dear England, got off to a very successful start at the National Theatre and is now enjoying an extended run in London’s West End. So our Jen caught up with James to find out more about it. They chat toxic masculinity, fear of failure, national identity, and the gaffer himself, Gareth Southgate – call him Gareth.
SIM Ep 914 Outside The Box #6039:24Oh hello loadsa new TV, welcome to Outside The Box. This week we're talking about Coleen Rooney: The Real Wagatha Story, The Newsreader, Robbie Williams, Shetland, What We Do In the Shadows, Planet Earth III, Bodies and Savior Complex. If there's not something in that extraordinarily mixed bag for you, we don't know what to tell you.
913. SIM Ep 913 Pod 280: Circus thrills, Joni Mitchell’s skills and, urgh, fucking Twilight01:13:41Joni Mitchell is 80, and so Hannah got on the Zoom with musician Jesca Hoop to celebrate the high priestess of folk and living legend. Mitchell’s songs have soundtracked our lives and her pioneering work changed music forever, all of which Jesca explores in her new Radio 4 series, Legend: The Joni Mitchell Story.Meanwhile, Mick’s been chatting to Yuliia Pykhtina, hoola hoop goddess and co-founder of be-Spiegeltented circus-cabaret, La Clique. They talk circus life, living in Ukraine, and delicious round potato snacks.In Jenny Off the Blocks, Jen’s once again tipping her hat to the incredible Emma Hayes, and – SPOILER! – there is absolutely no hat-tipping going on in Rated or Dated as the team watch 2008’s chaste, twinkly vampire, toxicity-fest, Twilight. Urgh, fucking Twilight.
SIM Ep 912 Chops 279: Anna Ptaszynski has Everything To Play For29:30Sport is for everyone says Anna Ptaszynski – QI elf and host of the No Such Thing As A Fish podcast – which is one of the reasons she’s co-authored Everything To Play For: The QI Book Of Sports. In this week’s Chops, she talks to our Jen about how we can make sport more interesting to a wider audience, funny things we didn’t know about sport, novel ways of cheating in the modern pentathlon and, of course, Charlton Athletic.
911. SIM Ep 911 Flicking #43: My Neighbor Totoro23:55Is it a troll? Is it a cat-rabbit? Is it an imaginary Japanese spirit of the forest? All of the above, because in this month’s Flicking, our Yosra Osman has got us chatting Totoro, more specifically Studio Ghibli’s 1988 animated film, My Neighbor Totoro. Yosra’s a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s tale of two sisters who, with their dad, move to a new house in the countryside to be nearer their poorly mum, and have adventures with the wondrous spiritual tree guardian who lives nearby. But will Mick and Hannah be equally charmed? Find out.
SIM Ep 910 Pod 279: Time travel, ancient times, and different times01:25:16With The Lazarus Project – the twist-tastic, time-travelling, Sky sci-fi drama – returning to our screens imminently, our Hannah is chuffed to bits. And even more so to be joined by one of its stars, Anjli Mohindra, on the Zoom, to talk about the show and why she’s just so damn good in it. Mick chats to Natalie Haynes, comedian, classicist and one of our faves. This time, they're talking about Natalie's deep dive into goddesses, which are the subject of her latest book, Divine Might, and include Mick’s new [second] favourite spinster. There’s a Mary Earps love-in in Jenny Off The Blocks, but how much is there to love about 1993’s The Piano? It's the greatest film by a female director of all time, or so some say, but will the team deem it Rated or Dated? Meanwhile, Mick and Hannah cover questionable “lifestyle choices”, and questionable conspiracy theories in the Bush Telegraph, which also contains excellent sheep news.
909. SIM Ep 909 Chops 278: Vulga Drawings for your ears46:20Cartoonist Lily O’Farrell, who you probably know better as Vulga Drawings, does a fine line in accessible, fun, free, educational, feminist cartoons tackling hot-button topics and the kind of stuff you chat about with your female friends. And so it’s not surprise to find that Lily’s new podcast, No Worries If Not!, is an accessible, fun, free, educational and feminist exploration of how internet culture is affecting all of us, but women in particular. Three episodes in and Lily and her expert guests have looked at the Alpha Male myth and why it’s horseshit, talked about the insidious nature of diet culture, and investigated how AI is negatively impacting women – but also its positive possibilities.Mick got on the Zoom with Lily to talk cartoons, podcasts, primatology, trolls, Andrew Tate, masturbation, empathy, responsibility, buying spells off Etsy – and much more besides.