The Women's Podcast

The Women's Podcast


Podcast by The Irish Times


Ep 116 Manchester Attack & Children's Body Image  

On Tuesday morning we woke up to the horrifying news of the deaths of more than 20 people in a suicide bomb attack at Ariana Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena. The pop singer had played in Dublin at the weekend and music journalist Jennifer Gannon was there. She wrote a moving piece about the attack and reads it for us in this podcast. Also in this episode, we speak to Fiona Flynn, youth development officer with Bodywhys and psychologist Dr Deirdre Cowman, about how to teach children to be body-positive, how to arm them with the skills needed to get through school, social media and pop-culture, and emerge with their confidence intact.

Ep 115 Irish girls at Australia’s Newcastle Industrial School  

The Newcastle Lock-Up is a contemporary arts space housed in the old Newcastle Gaol, two hours north of Sydney. Irish-born poet Anne Casey visited it recently, while carrying out research for a voiceover that she had been asked to contribute to an exhibition. In this episode, she speaks to Róisín Ingle about the unsettling voyage into the dark and shocking histories of immigrant and marginalised children in Australia in the mid-19th century, that the visit sent her on. She discovered horrifying accounts of sexual abuse, forced child prostitution, drunkenness, savage violence and neglect. Her research forms part of the Stitched Up exhibition, been created by the Australian fibre art curator Anne Kempton and artist Jane Theau. It runs from June 23rd to August 6th at The Lock-Up in Newcastle, but there are also plans to bring it to Ireland next year.

Ep 114 Rupi Kaur & 'Charlie's A Clepto'  

Indian-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur speaks to Róisín Ingle about life as a poetry rock star, writing about periods, self-publishing, social media, and selling a million copies of her anthology Milk and Honey, all by the age of 24. Later in the podcast, actor and playwright Claire Monnelly performs an extract from her play Charlie's A Clepto, and tells us what inspires her work.

Ep 113 Bobbi Gibb & Lucy's House Party  

Sexual consent is a topic we return to time and again on this podcast. Today, Kathy Sheridan speaks to Dr Charlotte McIvor and NUI Galway graduate Marie Hegarty about the film they collaborated on, Lucy's House Party. It was co-produced with the Galway Rape Crisis Centre with the support of The Manuela Riedo Foundation, set up in the name of the 17-year-old Swiss student who was raped and murdered in Galway 10 years ago. Later in the podcast, Róisín Ingle speaks to Bobbi Gibb, who broke down barriers in sport by becoming the first woman to ever run in the Boston City marathon in 1966.

Ep 112 Big Little Lies & Women's History Of Ireland  

HBO's miniseries Big Little Lies has provoked a lot of conversation for its portrayal of an abusive relationship between a married couple played by Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard. To discuss this, Kathy Sheridan is joined this week by the director of Women's Aid, Margaret Martin, and fan of the show, Natasha Fennell of Stillwater Communications. Later in the podcast, Jennifer Ryan takes a trip to The Little Museum of Dublin to go on its Women's History of Ireland tour.

Episode 111 Our new book club on Into The Water by Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins  

Welcome to the very first meeting of our Women’s Podcast Book Club. Over the coming months Irish Times journalists Bernice Harrison and Niamh Towey and Ann Ingle - who you heard on this podcast recently with her daughter Roisin Ingle - will be discussing books of particular interest to women. The first book under the microscope is the new one by Paula Hawkins, author of the very entertaining and hugely successful thriller Girl on the Train. Her latest novel is called Into the Water and as you will hear it has divided our trio of book addicts. Expectations were high for this one. Enjoy!

Ep 110 Kitty Holland shares her abortion story  

Recently, Kitty Holland shared her experience with abortion for the first time in an opinion piece she wrote in the Irish Times calling for a more inclusive Repeal campaign. Today, Kitty speaks to Kathy Sheridan about the two abortions she has had in her life: the one that was the right choice for her and the one that she regrets.

Ep 109 Repeal Project: Ann Ingle's abortion story, poetry with Una Mullally and FeliSpeaks  

In this episode, we are looking back at an event that happened on stage at the Olympia Theatre on Sunday April 23rd. It was a fundraiser for the Repeal Project and campaigners including Anna Cosgrave, Tara Flynn and Ailbhe Smyth spoke on the night. In this podcast we are bringing you a conversation and two spoken word pieces from the event. Later on you'll hear a poem from Una Mullally and also a spoken word piece from Felispeaks. First up is Ann Ingle in conversation with her daughter, our co-producer Róisín Ingle.

Ep 108 Port Perspectives & Fashion Revolution  

In the latest podcast, Róisín Ingle talks to the three female artists commissioned by Dublin Port and Business To Arts, to create works for the Port Perspectives project. The three were chosen out of around 100 applications to create public artworks and installations in the Dublin port area. Sheelagh Broderick is helping to connect walkers to the port through podcasts, Silvia Loeffler is carrying out a deep mapping of the area and Cliona Harmey is working with AEMI on a series of screenings and artist commissions. Later in the podcast, Jennifer Ryan meets the founder of Nu. Ethical, a sustainable fashion community, to discuss Fashion Revolution Week. A series of events are being hosted across Ireland on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more on 24th April 2013. People are also being encouraged to tweet #whomademyclothes accompanied by pictures of their clothing with the labels out.

Ep 107 Dawn O'Porter talks to Amy Huberman  

On Saturday, April 8th, The Irish Times Magazine hosted an up close and personal conversation with Dawn O’Porter and Amy Huberman at a live afternoon event to celebrate the launch of The Cows, Dawn’s latest novel, published by Harper Collins at the Sugar Club in Dublin. Dawn and Amy chatted about life, motherhood, feminism, Dawn’s hilarious new book and lots more. The Women's Podcast tagged along to the event and we bring you our recording of it in this episode.

Ep 106 Amanda Palmer: Musician, Performer, Writer  

Amanda Palmer is a one-in-a-generation artist. From her beginnings as a performance artist in Boston, to the cult band Dresden Dolls, to her work as a solo musician and performer, her music is searingly honest and brilliantly crafted. She is one of the original industry disrupters, trusting her fans to support, house, feed, and even play with her, a DIY approach that was perfectly suited to the digital age, where she has flourished as a fan-funded artist. Her new album with Edward Ka-Spel is called ‘I Can Spin A Rainbow’, and Una Mullally spoke to her about this and more from Paris recently.

Ep 105 Dublin’s Culture Connects & Resurrecting Stuff  

Dublin’s Culture Connects is a city-wide initiative of Dublin City Council, which aims to connect communities through culture. A number of women’s groups are among the community groups taking part, including the Labre Park Women’s Group from Ballyfermot, F2 Women’s Group from Fatima Mansions in Rialto and the Islamic Foundation of Ireland’s Amal Women’s Group. Project director Iseult Byrne came into studio to tell Kathy Sheridan all about the initiative, along with participants Victoria Ni Bhriain and Nor Nasib. Later in the podcast, Una Mullally shares her top ten list of things that she would like to see resurrected from the dead.

Ep 104 Mother-Daughter Feminism & The Train  

This episode is a special live recording of The Women's Podcast from our National Theatre, The Abbey, in Dublin City Centre to celebrate mothers, daughters and feminism, inspired by the wonderful Rough Magic musical The Train. The Train is the story of the remarkable media coup orchestrated by the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement in 1971 that changed the social landscape of Ireland. Determined to challenge the laws of the Irish State, a group of 47 trailblazing women take a train to Belfast and return to Dublin with forbidden contraceptives, condoms and the pill - except of course it was aspirin masquerading as the pill. This episode was recorded upstairs in the bar of The Abbey before Wednesday night's production. You can catch The Train this weekend in Dublin, or at The Mac in Belfast April 19-23.

Bonus Ep: #LostGirls with Plan International Ireland  

Jasvinder Sanghera, a survivor of a forced marriage and founder of Karma Nirvana, a charity that supports both men and women affected by honour based abuse and forced marriages, joined Razan Ibraheem, a Syrian journalist living in Ireland, for Plan International Ireland's #LostGirls event at Smock Alley Theatre last night. Also on the panel was Irish Times journalist Sorcha Pollak who writes the New to the Parish series. Róisín Ingle MC'd the event, which we bring to you as a bonus episode of The Women's Podcast. This episode also includes a musical performance by Dubliner Farah Elle.

Ep 103 Catherine Mayer - Attack of the 50ft Women  

Two years ago journalist Catherine Mayer accidentally founded a political party, The Women's Equality Party or WEP, after the Women of the World conference in London. She is now the president of the WEP, until recently a senior editor at Time magazine and a published author. Her book is called 'Attack of the 50 ft Women - How Gender Equality Can Save The World' and she spoke to Kathy Sheridan all about it.

Ep 102 Women's Soccer & Alexandra Cousteau  

The Irish women’s soccer team held a press conference at Liberty Hall in Dublin on Tuesday, where they aired their many longstanding grievances about their treatment, particularly when compared to the men’s teams. On Thursday morning the FAI announced that following mediation overnight, all of the issues highlighted by the players would be addressed. We bring you a conversation between Róisín Ingle and one of the players, Louise Quinn, who she spoke to yesterday afternoon just ahead of that mediation session. Later in the podcast, Kathy Sheridan talks to Alexandra Cousteau, the granddaughter of legendary Jacques Cousteau, who taught her to scuba dive when she was four years old. Alexandra tells Kathy about her less mentioned grandmother, Simone, without whom The Calypso might never have set sail.

Ep 101 Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner IHREC  

Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Emily Logan, joins Kathy Sheridan for a wide-ranging conversation about the work of her office and her career. Recently she went before the UN expert committee which put a spotlight on Ireland’s compliance with the UN Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination. She speaks about those findings and where we can go from here. Originally a nurse by trade, Emily Logan has brought her experience as assistant nursing director at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, director of nursing at Crumlin children’s hospital and director of Tallaght hospital, to all of her work, from her position as Ireland’s first Ombudsman for Children, to her role as the Chief Commissioner of the IHREC today. She tells Kathy Sheridan that her mother was a big influence on the path she took.

Ep 100 Ireland & Women in 100 Quotes  

To celebrate our 100th episode, we've gathered 100 quotes from all over the place to represent Ireland and women. They are read by Irish Times journalists and in some cases there is audio from The Late Late Show, from The Women's Podcast and from other sources. Happy 100th birthday to us!

Ep 99 What's a Feminist these days?  

This week we are talking about modern feminism, in relation to a new book by Jessa Crispin called Why I am Not A Feminist. Jessa joins us on the line from New York, while in studio we have lifelong radical feminist Ailbhe Smyth and Mairéad Enright, one of the authors of the excellent Feminist Judgements project.

Ep 98 Women In Construction & Caroline Criado - Perez  

Picture a construction worker and you probably don't see a woman. The Construction Industry Federation is trying to encourage more females into the sector, so here at The Women's Podcast we decided to shine a light on some of the women who are already there. In this podcast you'll hear from Krystyna Linkofska, Tara Flynn and Catherine Murphy - three female bosses in the building trade. Later on in this peisode, we hear from the feminist writer responsible for getting a woman on an English banknote for the very first time. Caroline Criado Perez is a self confessed #nastywoman and she spoke to Irish Times journalist Elaine Edwards in London recently.

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