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Tell Me About It: Women. Talk.
Bird of Paradise Productions, Stuff
Taking on the patriarchy, one episode at a time. Made with support from NZ On Air.
Jun 15, 2022
Love and Rage
Rage gets such bad PR, especially coming from women. When regressive politics abound, how can we channel our anger into change? Activist and writer Emily Writes gets us whipped up into a fervour, and leaves us with some hope.
Jun 8, 2022
Why aren't cities designed to be safer for women? We talk to Grace, who survived a sexual attack on a poorly-lit path in Wellington a decade ago, about safety, sexism, and a place literally named "Rape Alley".
Jun 1, 2022
How do people meet and fall in love in an era of unsolicited dick pics and "vanilla" sex? Are expectations of what women will be up for during sex shifting, and what does this say about gendered power dynamics? Social researcher Tania Domett joins us to share some heartening and disturbing insights.
May 25, 2022
Imagine having to have security in your day job, because you’re a woman of colour in power. That’s daily life for Golriz Ghahraman, a Green MP who cops an extreme amount of misogynist, racist abuse. She tells us why New Zealand isn’t doing enough to hold social media platforms to account.
May 18, 2022
My Fat Friend Cat
She wasn't just fat, she was super fat. Fat liberation activist Sonya Renée Taylor, author of the New York Times Bestseller "The Body is Not an Apology", talks about the legacy of her friend and fat studies scholar Cat Pausé following her sudden death in March 2022.
May 10, 2022
How do you know to trust your gut when you think someone is crossing the line? We talk to Simone Kaho, whose courage in telling a #Metoo story helped send a rapist to jail.
May 4, 2022
Would you ever have a baby for someone else? Lacey answers our questions about the journey of surrogacy, and what it's like giving the gift of a family to her friends.
Apr 27, 2022
The C Word
Women leaders and journalists are facing increasing online attacks, with misogynistic abuse on the rise. How to fight back? Dominion Post editor Anna Fifield talks about her decision to publish the c-word on the front page.
Apr 20, 2022
Crying at work
Have you ever cried at work? What happens when you have a bad day, but any vulnerability might affect your client’s case? We talk to defence lawyer Elizabeth Hall about being a woman in court.
Apr 13, 2022
Can reality television really be feminist? Former Bachelorette Lexie Brown talks about her journey of being packaged up for TV, what the show was like, and why things didn’t last with the man she chose.
Apr 6, 2022
Age of Consent
What do you wish you knew about sex as a teenager? What does this even mean? Does it mean boys will be lovely, because that’s what they are before society teaches them they should treat girls like dirt? We speak with educator Lily, who goes and talks to schools about consent.
Mar 30, 2022
My professor was a predator
You know that sinking feeling when you find out someone you respected is a sex pest? What if that person is your professor? We talk to Emily Rosenthal, who was in disgraced journalism academic Grant Hannis’s class at the time of his sexual attack, about reporting the story with Kirsty.
Mar 23, 2022
The Pink Pages
For a generation raised on the white faces and stick-thin models of women’s mags, there’s a lot to unpack. Former 'Woman' magazine assistant editor Siena Yates talks about how she brought some mana wāhine to the glossy pages. And what that meant.
Mar 16, 2022
What do you do when misinformation gets a grip on someone you love? It's a dilemma journalist Anke Richter has been faced with many times before in her work on cults and conspiracies. She explains how the anti-vaccine movement operates - and what to do if you want to help a friend or family member out of the rabbit hole. Produced for Stuff by Bird of Paradise with support from NZ On Air.
Dec 9, 2021
Since breaking up with her abusive ex, Sarah’s struggled to survive. First the government intercepted her child support because she was on the benefit. Now he's stopped paying entirely. Why are the tax department asking single mums to help track down their abusers? Produced by Bird of Paradise for Stuff with support from NZ on Air.
Dec 2, 2021
Michelle grew up watching her Pasifika mum work twice as hard as her colleagues, for less pay. Now, her own workers are asking her for loans, so they can feed their kids in a pandemic. We look at sexism, racism and work. Produced by Bird of Paradise for Stuff with support from NZ on Air.
Nov 25, 2021
I am a mother. I have a child
Sara's daughter Ratahi was a preschooler when her mum was diagnosed with preventable cervical cancer. In the slow world of women's health, will things improve for the next generation of wāhine Māori?" Produced by Bird of Paradise for Stuff with support from NZ on Air .
Nov 18, 2021
Ghost in the System
What’s it like, going to court against your rapist, twice? We meet S, who went through two trials, and find out why survivors have to do their own paperwork to keep themselves safe afterwards. Produced by Bird of Paradise for Stuff with support from NZ on Air
Nov 14, 2021
Tell Me About It - Trailer
A trailer for new podcast series Tell Me About It, taking you behind the news, to hear from the voices at the centre of the story, with Kirsty Johnston and Michelle Duff. Launches Friday, November 19th. Produced by Bird of Paradise for Stuff with support from NZ on Air.