The Modern Mann

4/10/2022

The Fatal Blow

Season 12, Ep. 4
Charlotte Henry’s brother Alex was just 20 years old when he was charged with murder, attempted murder and GBH for a gang-related incident that lasted just 47 seconds.Even though he did not know the victim, and did not issue the fatal blow that killed him, Alex had run towards the scene of the crime with his friend Cameron Ferguson, who was armed with a knife.Alex was charged under ‘joint enterprise’ laws - since overturned by the Supreme Court in instances of murder. But he remains in prison to this day.In this interview with Olly, Charlotte - now a criminal defence lawyer - re-lives the moment she became aware her brother’s teenage truancy was escalating into something more troubling - and explains why, ten years on, she’s still campaigning to exonerate him.—Meanwhile, in the Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart tries his hand at making vegan milk. Can his soaked oats match brand leader Oatly for flavour? Is it really more environmentally friendly to drink rapeseed oil than cow’s milk? And is rice always nice? Olly finds out - in the taste test from Hell...The Zeitgeist is sponsored by Manscaped, the only men’s brand dedicated to below the waist grooming. Get 20% Off + Free Shipping, with the code ‘Mann’ atManscaped.com—Elsewhere, down the Foxhole, Alix Fox weighs up the pros and cons of getting a ‘Prince Albert’. Is it worth the discomfort to achieve greater sexual pleasure? What’s in it for your sexual partners? And why ARE penis piercings named after Queen Victoria’s consort, anyway? Alix reveals all…The Foxhole is sponsored byHandy- a WiFi-enabled sex toy for men, designed and developed in Norway. For free express shipping, use our code ‘Foxhole' atTheHandy.com.—Finally, our record of the month is the loud-and-proud ‘Dangerous’ from indie funsters The Mysterines. Go stream it!—This episode of The Modern Mann is supported by:• Wine52, the wine discovery club. For a FREE case of their delicious wine visithttps://www.beer52.com/wine/mannand just pay for the postage.•Stitch Fix,the personal styling site that sends you great clothes to try on at home. Get started today and get 20% off when you keep all five items• LISTENERS LIKE YOU. If you can afford to buy us a beer each month to say thank you for making you a free 1hr+ magazine show each month - please do. We rely on your support.https://www.modernmann.co.uk/beer… and we’ll see you again on May 10th!Presenter: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill: Contributors: Charlotte Henry, Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, The Mysterines. Thanks: Alexa Weissman. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. © Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2022.
3/25/2022

Bowie, Chastity Belts and Speed-Eating

Season 12, Ep. 3
How did the credit card come to be invented? Who was the first man to be cryogenically frozen? And have you heard of the experimental drug club where Victor Hugo used to toke?The answers to these questions – and many hundreds more – can be found in the daily history podcastTHE RETROSPECTORS, and in this special compilation for Mann-Fans, Olly introduces three brilliant episodes of the show, themed around The Modern Mann’s regular preoccupations – trends, music and sex...You’ll learn how much mayonnaise a woman can physically consume; how David Bowie and Queen came together to record ‘Under Pressure’; and the strange story of the Frenchman who made his wife wear a chastity belt.To get our entertaining, ten-minute ‘on this day in history’ digest each and every weekday, FOLLOW THE SHOW NOW:• Apple Podcasts:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-retrospectors-today-in-history/id1564093130?uo=4• Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/show/4BwUqSOfCS6sSrADe834BR• Google Podcasts:https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9yc3MuYWNhc3QuY29tL3RoZS1yZXRyb3NwZWN0b3Jz• PocketCasts:https://pca.st/pemk9hy6• Podcast Addict:https://podcastaddict.com/podcast/3325454• Castbox:https://castbox.fm/app/castbox/player/id4096213?v=8.22.11&autoplay=0• RSS:https://rss.acast.com/the-retrospectors... andThe Modern Mann will be back on April 10th!Further Reading:• ‘Woman eats 5 lbs of mayo in 3 minutes | Guinness World Record’ (SoAmazing TV, 2018):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oiwfl9IrZbk• ‘Feel Like’ (1981), the demo Queen recorded before Bowie turned up:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-hKRR5FZ78• ‘Are They Real? The Dubious History Of Chastity Belts’ (Ripleys, 2019):https://www.ripleys.com/weird-news/dubious-history-chastity-belts/The Retrospectors are Olly Mann, Rebecca Messina & Arion McNicoll, with Matt Hill.Theme Music: Pass The Peas. Announcer: Bob Ravelli. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Edit Producer: Emma Corsham.Copyright: Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2022.
3/10/2022

Beneath The Avalanche

Season 13, Ep. 3
After surviving an incredible 200ft plunge from the Selkirk Mountains, British Columbia, multi-sport athlete Adam Campbellthought his mountaineering days were behind him.But, thanks in part to his wife, Dr. Laura Kosakoski, Adam was able to return to the slopes.Then, one day in 2020, he triggered an avalanche - with catastrophic consequences for both of them…As Adam explains in this emotional interview with Olly, dealing with the fallout has meant coming to terms with guilt, accepting his vulnerability, and tackling the notion of ‘high-performance grief’. Adam’s blog,Muddy Socks, can be found at:muddy-socks.ghost.ioIn the Zeitgeist, Ollie Peartinvestigates the environmental impacts of the death care industryand the trend in Washington State for human composting, with the help of Return Home’s Katey Houston.Our record of the month is ‘In The Wake Of Your Leave’ from Gang of Youths:goy.ffm.to/intoylIf you can afford to, please buy us a beer using our secure formatmodernmann.co.uk/beer - and who knows, you could be a MANNBASSADOR in a future episode, like lucky Dan, David, Garry and Angela today! And Philip the cat, of course. If you’re a cat.This episode is supported by:•Pact, the specialty subscription coffee company. New customers get a free V60 filter kit when you sign up to a Pact planand enter the code MANN•Betterhelp,the world’s largest online therapy platform. Get10% off your first month of affordable, private therapy• Stitch Fix, the personal styling site that sends you great clothes to try on at home. Get started today and get 20% off when you keep all five items• Manscaped, the only men’s brand dedicated to below the waist grooming. Get 20% Off + Free Shipping, with the code ‘Mann’We’ll be back (Alix Fox included) on April 10thCONTENT WARNING: account of extreme sports injury, moment of death, and suicidal thoughts. Zeitgeist includes description of body decomposition. UK Samaritans:116 123US National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255Australia, Lifeline 13 11 14.Other countries can be found at suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlinesPresenter: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill: Contributors: Adam Campbell, Ollie Peart, Gang Of Youths. Thanks: Katey Houston. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. © Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2022.
2/10/2022

Taking The Credit

Season 13, Ep. 2
Getting a screenplay into production is notoriously tough. Writer Jack Barth came closer than most - scripting an episode of The Simpsons, and attracting the attention of Lord Puttnam at Columbia Pictures. He achieved his dream after 40 years in the business, when his script ‘Cover Version’ was optioned by Working Title.But, as Jack explains in this interview with Olly, the journey from page to screen was not as he’d hoped. His script was adapted into Yesterday, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Danny Boyle. The movie made over $150m, but Jack never received another penny, and watched from the sidelines as Curtis’ publicity interviews for the film implied he’d never read Jack’s script. At a screening, Jack’s ‘Story By’ credit was “buried” in the closing titles.• Jack’s script: https://bit.ly/3suH3Zt• Richard Curtis on ‘In The Studio’: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csz1ym• Thanks to ‘The 237: Film School Podcast’: https://podfollow.com/1559372849/linksWe have approached Richard Curtis for a response.---Meanwhile, in the Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart is investigating the world of non-fungible tokens by minting - and offering up for auction - the very first Modern Mann NFTs.As is his wont, he’s taken to virtual reality to do it. Can he persaude a hardcore Mann-Fan to snap up his digital wares? What is the environmental cost of trading with Ethereum? And are NFTs a fad - or here to stay?• Visit the virtual space Ollie set up at Spatial: https://bit.ly/3HIhTNwThe Zeitgeist is sponsored by Manscaped, the only men’s brand dedicated to below the waist grooming. Get 20% Off + Free Shipping, with the code ‘Mann’ at Manscaped.com---Elsewhere, in the Foxhole, Alix Fox investigates dating after divorce. At 40+, is it possible (or desirable) to leave the ‘baggage’ from your previous relationships at the door? Plus, she dishes out some advice for a listener considering experimenting with polyamory.The Foxhole is sponsored by Handy - a WiFi-enabled sex toy for men, designed in Norway. For free express shipping, use our code ‘Foxhole' at TheHandy.com.---Our record of the month is ‘Holiday From Reality’, a soulful number from jazz powerhouse Poppy Ajudha.---This episode is sponsored by:• Pact, the speciality subscription coffee company. New customers get a free V60 filter kit (worth £11) when they sign up to a Pact plan at pactcoffee.com and enter MANN at checkout.• Betterhelp, the world’s largest online therapy platform. Get 10% off your first month of affordable, private therapy at betterhelp.com/modernmann---Get in touch with the show and buy us a beer via our website, MODERNMANN.CO.UK And we’ll be back on March 10th.Presenter: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill: Contributors: Jack Barth, Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Poppy Ajudha. Thanks: Martin Law. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. © Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2022.
1/10/2022

After The Car Crash

Season 13, Ep. 1
Jim Finch’s life changed forever when his car flipped over in a devastating accident that left him with multiple neurological problems. He developed PTSD, suffered from seizures - and even became afflicted with Tourettes.But the medication he was prescribed was almost as bad: triggering fits, impotence and bloody discharge. Then he discovered cannabis.Now a registered, legal user of skunk, Jim campaigns for medical marijuana to be made available on the NHS.As he explains in this intense, compelling conversation with Olly, for disabled people who can’t afford a private prescription, the current alternatives are to support the criminal black market, or risk arrest by growing weed themselves.CONTENT WARNING: interview includes account of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempt, highly offensive language and on-mic drug use.In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countriescan be found here._____________________Meanwhile, in the Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart is gearing up for 2022 by road-testing some ‘New Year, New You’ health gadgets: the ketosis breathalyser Ketoscan Lite, and ‘microcurrent toner’, the Foreo Bear.Can a facial be compared to a workout? How many carbohydrates do you need to cut out to reduce your fat stores? And what is the all-time best legume? Ollie has the answers.The Zeitgeist is sponsored by Manscaped, the only men’s brand dedicated to below the waist grooming. Get 20% Off + Free Shipping, with the code ‘Mann’ atManscaped.com_____________________Elsewhere, in the Foxhole, Alix Fox explores if, and why, straight men are so ‘in to’ feet. Can this fetish be traced back to childhood? Is porn to blame? And whatisthe allure of a stinky sock?With the assistance of Dr Justin Lehmiller, Club Pedestal, and her foot-servicing pal, Sol Server, Alix endeavours to find out…The Foxhole is sponsored by The Handy - a WiFi-enabled sex toy for men, designed and developed in Norway. For free express shipping, use our code ‘Foxhole' atTheHandy.com._____________________Music this month comes from blues-rock foursome Palace, and their stunning new single, ‘Shame On You’. Their new album, Shoals, is out on 21st January._____________________Help us keep the lights on by buying us a beer using our secure, customisable form on our website:MODERNMANN.CO.UK_____________________This episode is sponsored by Betterhelp,the world’s largest online therapy platform. Get 10% off your first month of affordable, private therapy atbetterhelp.com/modernmann_____________________We’ll see you again on February 10th! Host: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill. Contributors: Jim Finch, Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Palace. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. © Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2022.
12/10/2021

Christmas Spectacular 2021!

Season 12, Ep. 12
Olly, Alix and Ollie head to Bournemouth for their annual festive special, joined by young troubadour Thomas Headon and surprise special guests.It’s stuffed with songs, reminiscences and parlour games - and, of course, the legendary XXXmas Foxhole Christmas Quiz.————————————First up, new father Ollie Peart has broken his dietary habits and started eating meat again - and also the habit of a lifetime by finally listening to a ‘How To Be A Dad’ episode. Having abandoned both pescetarianism and bachelorhood, can he be trusted to lifehack a Moses basket?————————————Next, there’s some superb live music - in the form of an exclusive acoustic performance from singer-songwriter Thomas Headon, whose poppy earworm, Strawberry Kisses, is our Record of the Month.Thomas chats to Olly about the weirdest things he’s been sent by his teenage fans; how Aussie Christmas measures up to British Christmas; and why Urban Dictionary may not be the best source to interpret the meaning of ‘Strawberry Kisses’…————————————Finally, the year’s sexscapades reach a thrilling climax with Alix Fox digging deep in her box of questionable props for another unforgettable XXXmas Foxhole Quiz.Olly takes on Ollie in a sex toy-inspired rap battle; there’s a fight to the death in a pelvic pumping challenge; and a Durex advent calendar is plundered for a flying penis. You will squirm, you will learn, you will laugh.The Foxhole is sponsored by Handy - a WiFi-enabled sex toy for men, designed and developed in Norway. For free express shipping, use our code ‘Foxhole' atTheHandy.com.————————————This episode of The Modern Mann is proudly supported by:• Beer52, the world’s number one craft beer club. Claim your FREE case right now atbeer52.com/Modern.• Manscaped, the only men’s brand dedicated to below the waist grooming. Get 20% Off + Free Shipping, with the code ‘Mann’ atManscaped.com————————————We also need your donations to keep going.We’re a totally independent podcast - our only income comes from the adverts you hear and the money you give.If you value what we do, support us to produce more:https://modernmann.co.uk/beerThanks, and happy Christmas!————————————We’ll see you with a brand new season of the show on Jan 10.Presenter: Olly Mann. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Thomas Headon, Rosie Mitchell, The Lyra Singers. Producer: Matt Hill. Theme Music: 'Skies Over Cairo' by Django Django. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. Copyright: Olly Mann / Rethink Audio 2021.
11/10/2021

Don't Google Me

Season 12, Ep. 11
Guy Babcock is not a paedophile. He is not a sociopath, or a racist, or a ‘deadbeat’. He has not served time in prison.And yet, if yousearch his name online, you get a very different impression: hundreds of posts, smearing his reputation, all over the internet.In this interview with Olly, Guy explains why - despitea court rulingagainst the person ruining his reputation - these posts live on.He recalls the terrifying day he realised his name was being dragged through the mud, and explains how he came to understand who was behind the damaging slurs.Meanwhile, in the Zeitgeist, Alix Fox posits her theory that ‘immersive scent experiences’ are about to be the next big trend.With the help ofscent designer Tasha Marks, Olly and Alix test out some scents currently on show at theMuseum of Docklandsand theWellcome Trust; muse on how difficult it is to describe a smell; and anticipate a world of VR smellathons.Elsewhere, in the Foxhole,Alix looks into erectile dysfunction - an issue believed to affect over four million men in Britain, a surprisingly large segment of whom are not yet 40. The causes of E.D. can include smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol & depression and, although there are numerous pills on the market, they’re actually unsuitable for around 40% of sufferers.This month’s Foxhole is brought to you by MAC Clinical Research, who are conductingtwo clinical trialsto evaluate potential new treatments for those living with Erectile Dysfunction, and are looking for volunteers to take part. Up to £690 and reasonable travel expenses are included. To find out more click here.Finally, our record of the month is the lively and infectious ‘Wake Me Up’ from FOALS, who make walking through fire sound like a LOT of fun.OUR SPONSORS:Beer52, the world’s number one craft beer club.For an exclusive FREE trial case of 10 beers, a magazine and a snackManscaped, the only men’s brand dedicated to below the waist grooming.Get 20% Off + Free Shipping, with the code ‘Mann'The Handy - a WiFi-enabled sex toy for men, designed and developed in Norway. For free express shipping, use our code ‘Foxhole'Nord VPN - the private network that allows you access to TV shows, news websites, sports and movies from over 59 different countries. Use the code MANN to get 73% off your 2-year plan, plus four bonus months for free.See you on Dec 10 for our Christmas Spectacular!
10/10/2021

Military Surplus

Season 12, Ep. 10
Ken, Kevin and Martin are armed forces veterans. They were discharged from the military; their comrades never discovering why.This Remembrance Sunday, for the first time, they’ve been invited to march past the Cenotaph.It’s a story of double lives, court payouts and military secrets - and what happened when three men told the truth._____________________Until 12th January, 2000, it was illegal for gay, lesbian and bisexual people to serve in the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF.If they were outed, they could lose their medals, their pensions and their jobs, and sometimes serve a prison sentence.The British Government finally apologised for the policy in 2020.Thanks to Fighting With Pride, the LGBT+ military charity, for putting us in touch._____________________This episode is sponsored by Beer52, the world’s number one craft beer club. For an exclusive FREE trial case of 10 beers, a magazine and a snack, visit beer52.com/modern_____________________Meanwhile, in the Zeitgeist, expectant father Ollie Peart - fresh from packing off his precious snood to the wilds of Colorado - has been investigating the trend for baby showers.Have ‘gender reveal’ events taken over from ‘traditional’ showers?Does anyone REALLY make nappy cakes and go nipple bobbing?And is there a quieter, more British equivalent, please?The Zeitgeist is sponsored by Manscaped, the only men’s brand dedicated to below the waist grooming. Get 20% Off + Free Shipping, with the code ‘Mann’ at Manscaped.com_____________________Elsewhere, in the Foxhole, Alix Fox takes time off from plugging ‘Sex Education’ to ask: should self-pleasure ever be a guitly pleasure?Listener ‘Worried Wanker in West Watford’ has begun secretly tossing one out in the shower each morning to satisfy his urges - while his partner’s sex drive has decreased due to anti-depression meds.But the couple have a ‘no wanking in the house’ rule.Is this sustainable?The Foxhole is sponsored by Handy - a WiFi-enabled sex toy for men, designed and developed in Norway. For free express shipping, use our code ‘Foxhole' at TheHandy.com._____________________Finally, our record of the month is ‘Moody’ from the fabulous Self Esteem, whose new album drops on 22nd October. Finally, a song about mental health you can dance to!_____________________This show is free to download, but it isn’t free to produce. If you can afford to, please buy us a beer once per month - or as often as you like - using our secure, customisable form on our website: MODERNMANN.CO.UK… and click on the Feedback form to send us a suggestion for a guest, a challenge for Ollie, a question for Alix._____________________This episode is sponsored by NordVPN - get 73% off your 2-year plan PLUS 4 bonus months for free with the code TMM_____________________We’ll see you again on November 10th!Host: Olly Mann. Producer: Matt Hill. Contributors: Ken Wright, Kevin Bazeley, Martin Diver, Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, Self Esteem. Theme Music: Django Django. Graphic Design: Terry Saunders. © Rethink Audio / Olly Mann 2021.