Episodes

  • In this episode Clemmie explores the challenges and causes of anxiety with psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher Dr Ellen Vora, who specialises in depression, anxiety, insomnia, women's mental health, adult ADHD, bipolar, autoimmunity and digestive issues. She also wrote The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body's Fear Response.
    Ellen takes a functional medicine approach to mental health, considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root, and she and Clemmie cover all that and more in this episode including the impact of diet and alcohol on anxiety. It's the episode Clemmie wishes a younger Clemmie had been able to listen to!
    Check out Ellen's work at Ellen Vora, MD - A new approach to mental health and find Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford.
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  • This week Clemmie delves into the world of dating with LalalaLetMeExplain, the anonymous relationships expert who charts the highs and lows of modern day dating to give raw and honest advice on topics that people are often too embarrassed or afraid to talk about.
    Clemmie and her guest tackle dating apps and how dating life has changed.
    A qualified social worker and dating & relationships educator, LalaLetMeExplain left her 15 year career in the public sector in 2018 to bring her professional knowledge to social media and has a loyal army of 200K.
    She is also OK Magazine's resident agony aunt AND author of best selling book Block, Delete, Move On.
    Find Lala on Instagram @lalalaletmeexplain and check out Clemmie @Clemmie_Telford.
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  • This week Clemmie takes a crash course in the virtual world of cryptocurrency, NFTs and the Metaverse with Tanisha Cro, the founder of Female Crypto Club. Tanisha and Clemmie explore the pitfalls and potential gains from investing in crypto, what to do if you're a total novice, why NFTs attract criticism, and plenty more.
    Tanisha spent ten years in finance and is a qualified accountant and accredited financial coach, but she now educates women on cryptocurrency, NFTs and the Metaverse, teaching them how to begin investing and the tools and strategies needed to make confident investing decisions.
    Having noticed that the majority of content, focus and education for crypto was directed at men, she set about giving women the same opportunity and a safe and friendly environment to learn and grow in.
    Find Tanisha and the Female Crypto Club @femalecryptoclub on Instagram. You can also find Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford and loads more podcast content @ButWhyInsta.
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  • In this week's episode Clemmie talks about expectations and more importantly, how to manage them, with award-winning journalist, author and power lifter Poorna Bell. Poorna is the former Executive Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for HuffPost. She won Stylist's Rising Star award for 2019, Red Magazine's Big Book Award for 2019.
    Poorna has published three works of non-fiction: Chase The Rainbow, In Search of Silence and Stronger, which won a 2022 Sports Book award. Part memoir, part manifesto, Stronger explores society’s pressures and expectations where women’s fitness is concerned. She tackles everything from toxic environments and self-esteem to ageism, sexism, desirability and why choosing between your potential and social acceptance can be limiting.
    In Case of Emergency is Poorna's first work of fiction.
    Find Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford and Poorna @Poornabell.
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  • This week Clemmie tackles the topic of trauma with trauma expert, research psychologist, author, coach (and school friend) Dr Sarah Woodhouse, who has created the Freedom Process for women who are ready to look honestly at their past and understand why how and when it’s affecting their life today.
    Clemmie and Sarah explore trauma, how it impacts on lives and how people can break free from their trauma and live the life they want. Plus they discuss Sarah's own experiences of trauma and how that has impacted her work.
    Find out more about Sarah, her work and her book - 'You're Not Broken' - at Sarah Woodhouse - Redefining Trauma.
    And you can find Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford.
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  • This week Clemmie talks luck and serendipity with Dr Christian Busch, who is the bestselling author of Connect the Dots: The Art & Science of Creating Good Luck, and an internationally known expert in the areas of innovation, purpose-driven leadership, and serendipity.
    Clemmie and Christian explore how we can make our own luck, how embracing the unexpected can lead to a more fulfilling life, and how there might actually be science behind serendipity.
    Christian is the director of the CGA Global Economy Program at New York University (NYU), and also teaches at the London School of Economics (LSE). His work has been featured by outlets such as the Strategic Management Journal, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The Guardian, Washington Post, and the BBC. He is a regular speaker at conferences such as the World Economic Forum, TEDx, and Financial Times Summit, and is a member of the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Expert Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and on the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 thinkers "most likely to shape the future."
    Find him on Twitter: @ChrisSerendip.
    And you can also find Clemmie on Instragram @Clemmie_Telford.
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  • In this episode Clemmie explores the topic of County Lines with Danielle Marin. Danielle grew up in London with first generation immigrant parents, she was accepted into a grammar school, however her life changed completely after a brutal attack led her to involvement with ‘gangs’ and drug crime. She later enrolled at university and graduated with a 1st. She has since advocated within the criminal justice system for many women: “the hidden victims and participants of organised crime”, and began her Masters in 2021.
    Clemmie and Danielle discuss what County Lines and 'country' means, why Danielle doesn't agree that she was in gang, and why nothing she experienced came close to the pain of having her son taken away from her.
    Danielle's book, ‘Top Girl’, is out now and comes highly recommended!
    Find Clemmie on social media @Clemmie_Telford.
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  • In this episode Clemmie talks optimism with former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, who is now Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change. Ed tells Clemmie how he coped when Labour lost the 2015 election, why optimism was key, and how and why he came to the decision to step down as leader.
    They also talk about Ed's book, GO BIG, which was out in paperback in March. GO BIG tackles some of the big questions around our future and the way our society and democracy works, as well as timely topics such as paid parental leave and climate change.
    As well as his Parliamentary work, Ed is the co-host of popular current affairs podcast ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ with Geoff Lloyd. The pod explores the ideas, people and movements that are pioneering change worldwide.
    Follow Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford.
    And you can find out more about Ed here.
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  • In this episode Clemmie talks about ageing and its relationship with skincare and beauty, with Jenni Retourné, who has worked in beauty for nearly 20 years, as a beauty editor and marketing manager before launching Willowberry in 2017.
    Clemmie and Jenni discuss our attitudes towards growing old, as well as her own experiences with her mother that led her to embrace father time.
    Championing Age Without Apology, Jenni is passionate about changing the age narrative in beauty and Willowberry's work towards this has been recognised by the British Beauty Council, which has appointed her a member of the British Beauty Council Diversity & Inclusion Committee, to represent age diversity in beauty.
    Find out more about Jenni's work and Willowberry here.
    And follow Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford.
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  • In this episode Clemmie explores the topic of family and our relationships with our nearest and dearest with bestselling psychotherapist Julia Samuel. Julia's new book, Every Family Has A Story, analyses a range of common issues including separation, step-relationships, leaving home, trauma and loss, as well as how deeply we are influenced by our families, including the often under-appreciated impact of grandparents and siblings.
    Revealing forgiveness and learning amidst trauma and hardship, the book is an honest and compassionate meditation on what we inherit and how we can create the families we wish for.
    Find out more about Julia and her books here: Julia Samuel. And follow Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford.
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  • In this episode Clemmie explores burn out with writer, humourist, ex-professional actress & singer Caroline Dooner, who wrote the The F*ck It Diet, all about her relationship with food and dieting, and Tired as F*ck, all about her "exhaustion & two years of rest".
    Ten years ago Caroline started writing a blog called The Fuck It Diet as she tried to heal her relationship with food, and learn about the dark side of dieting. What she learned about food and weight changed her life. If you struggle with your relationship with food, the The F*ck It Diet is for you.
    In 2016, four years after she healed her relationship with food, she realised she was exhausted, burnt out, and...filled with existential dread. Her second book, Tired as F*ck, is about how she got back on her feet and her "years being a neurotic little b*tch". Read the beginning here!
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  • In this episode Clemmie talks gut health, microbiomes and the biology of twins with Lisa and Alana Macfarlane (aka DJs The Mac Twins), who set up The Gut Stuff website to empower gut health in everyone after taking part in a piece of ground breaking research.
    Lisa and Alana had tried every fad diet under the sun, including the cabbage soup diet pre-Magaluf 2005 (remember that?) and grew up in Scotland eating deep-fried pizza and chips That all changed when they volunteered to be part of the TwinsUK research at King’s College London. Twins are a great constant for medical research, and they became the ‘chief guinea pigs’ for the British Gut Project. They discovered that despite twins having 100% of the same DNA, their guts shared only 30–40% of the same microbiota (head to intro to the gut for more on the basics!), which could explain why all of our bodies behave so differently. 
    Check out Lisa and Alana on Instagram @themactwins and The Gut Stuff @thegutstuff. And visit Home - The Gut Stuff for more info on how you can improve your gut health.
    The episode is made in partnership with Bimuno. 
    Biumuno Daily is a unique, high in fibre prebiotic supplement that has been proven to need and stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the gut.
    It doesn’t stop there. I am also running a competition to win an entire year’s worth of Bimuno Daily. What a brilliant way to support your digestive and generally take a positive step towards looking after your wellbeing. Head to here to find out more.
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  • In this episode Clemmie explores spiking with Mair Howells, who founded @ivebeenspiked - a safe space for victims who have been spiked to share their stories, seek support and demand action. Mair started the platform in March of 2020, shortly after she had her drink spiked (in February 2020). She is now one of the leading activists fighting for change in the current state of drink spiking in the UK, and in the more general field of violence against women and girls.
    Mair is also the host and producer of ‘Pricks’ podcast which explores the spiking epidemic and looks to get under the skin of the problem.
    How big is the problem? According to The Alcohol Trust, 1 in 10 young people have been spiked. And in a 2021 The Tab survey, it was found that of 23,000 students, 2.5 thousand had been spiked. Across five episodes, Pricks unpicks the big topics surrounding spiking, from why only 8% of victims report instances of spiking, to the psychology of predators, the night time industry, the role of the government, and the extent to which spiking is part of a wider issue of violence against women. 
    Follow Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford.
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  • This week Clemmie explores happiness, or maybe contentment....or should that be joy? Either way, her guest is one of her mum's faves, and two-time Brit award winner Will Young.
    Will shot to fame in 2002 after winning the first series of Pop Idol. He has released seven albums, four of which hit Number One in the UK charts, and he has 10 million record sales and two Brit Awards to his name.  
    But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Will is a leading voice in mental-health awareness. His highly acclaimed book 'To be a Gay Man' explored mental-health awareness, particularly within the LGBTQ+ community with a focus on gay shame. He has a podcast - ‘The Wellbeing Lab’ - where he interviews experts on different mental health topics each week, AND his second book ‘Be Yourself Only Happier’ is released imminently.
    In this episode Clemmie finds out what makes Will happy and what steps he's taken in his life to ensure he stays that way. Plus they do not talk about dry stone walling.
    Find Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford and Will @willyoungofficial.
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  • WARNING: This episode of But Why contains graphic descriptions of domestic abuse and sexual violence against women.
    In this episode of But Why, Clemmie teams up with Refuge to explore the topic of domestic abuse. Clemmie speaks to campaigner and consultant for causes against domestic abuse Natasha Saunders, who suffered eight years of sexual, mental, physical, economic and emotional abuse, as well as coercive control. Natasha is committed to raising awareness of the far-reaching impact of domestic abuse both on a personal level, but also on a wider, societal level.
    Clemmie also speaks to Kim Manning-Cooper, who is head of media and campaigns at Refuge. Kim has worked in human rights and social justice for more than 20 years and tells Clemmie all about Refuge's work and explains just how widespread domestic abuse is.
    IMPORTANT INFO:
    Refuge is committed to a world where domestic violence and violence against women and girls is not tolerated and where women and children can live in safety.
    They aim to empower women and children to rebuild their lives, free from violence and fear. They provide a range of life-saving and life-changing services, and a voice for the voiceless.
    The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is open 24/7, seven days a week. You can access free and confidential support on 0808 2000 247 and digital support via live chat Monday-Friday 3-10pm via www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk.
    You can also fill out a webform on the National Domestic Abuse Helpline website and request a call back at a safe time. From 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, you can speak to the expert Helpline team via a British Sign Language interpreter.
    Alternatively, you can find help or links to vital resources on Natasha's website: Independent Consultant and Speaker | Natasha Saunders.
    Find Clemmie on Instagram @@Clemmie_Telford.
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  • This week Clemmie tackles the topic of disconnection with Sunday Times bestselling author, speaker, novelist and host of the No. 1 careers podcast in the UK, Ctrl Alt Delete, Emma Gannon.
    Clemmie and Emma discuss how two years of lockdowns, Zoom meetings and reduced physical contact have made us more dependent on the internet than ever before. But has it lost its humanity?
    Emma's new book, (Dis)connected, examines how our focus on community and real connection has been sent off-course and how we're becoming more aware of how the algorithm manipulates us and how our data has made us a product to be sold.
    So, where do we go from here and how can we get back on track? Listen to this episode to find out!
    Emma's first book, The Multi-Hyphen Method, a manifesto for crafting a career on your own terms, became an immediate Sunday Times business bestseller. After the book's publication, she was selected in the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list, Management Today's '35 Under 35, and The Telegraph's 'Millennials To Watch'. To date she has published three works of non-fiction and her debut novel, Olive.
    Her WEBBY-nominated podcast Ctrl, Alt, Delete is a non-traditional careers podcast founded in 2016. It won Best Business Podcast at the Vuelio Awards in 2019 and has had nearly 8 million downloads in 100 countries, with guests including the philosopher Alain de Botton, activist Rachel Cargle and cleaning guru Mrs Hinch.
    Find Clemmie on Instagram @@Clemmie_Telford and check out Emma @emmagannonuk.
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  • This week Clemmie tackles the topic of confidence with award winning blogger, confidence and self love advocate and motivational comedian Jessica Jones - aka 'The Fat Funny One' on Instagram - who has written 'Own It: How to Build Confidence, Completely Love Yourself and Embrace Your Body.'
    Clemmie asks what confidence really means, and Jessica explains how it hasn't always come easy for her. Plus there's much, much more including how authentic confidence and self-love aren't far-fetched but actually completely obtainable for everyone. Who knew!?
    Find Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford and check out Jess - aka 'The Fat Funny One' here.
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  • This week Clemmie explores moons, star signs and all things astrology with astrologer and writer Francesca Oddie, whose quest is to present the subject simply and to enable people to comprehend and utilise the reliable roots of astrology. 
    Clemmie finds out why her husband is a 'turbo Aries', discovers how Francesca ended up as an astrologist and delves into the big question of what Francesca would say to someone who thought the whole thing wasn't for them.
    Find Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford and check out Francesca on her website Home - Francesca Oddie.
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  • This week Clemmie talks all things sisters with Clover Stroud, whose sister Nell Gifford, the co-founder of Giffords Circus, died from breast cancer just before Christmas 2019 at the age of 46. Just days before, she had been given years to live.
    Her sudden death split Clover's life apart, and her new book, The Red of My Blood, charts her fearless passage through the first year after her sister's death. It is a book about what life feels like when death interrupts it, and about bearing the unbearable and describing an experience that seems beyond words. Lyrical, hopeful, it is also about the magical way in which death and life exist so vividly beside one another, and the wonder of being human.
    You can check out Clover on Instagram @Clover.Stroud and read more about her new book (released on March 10) here.
    Find Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford.
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  • This week Clemmie chats to author and journalist Grace Timothy about ADHD and her own chance diagnosis made in 2021 after an appointment to check on her hearing.
    Clemmie and Grace, who has written for publications including Style, Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, the Sunday Times and Teen Vogue and is about to launch her own podcast about ADHD, discuss:

    Clemmie's husband Ben's recent ADHD diagnosis

    How ADHD affects women

    How ADHD is linked to other conditions like depression and anxiety

    And how Grace's own chance diagnosis helped her make sense of her life.


    Check out Grace on Instagram @Gracetimothywriter and you can find Clemmie on Instagram @Clemmie_Telford.
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