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24 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Helen Lewis. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Helen Lewis, often where they are interviewed.

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24 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Helen Lewis. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Helen Lewis, often where they are interviewed.

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Helen Lewis on difficult women

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In an episode recorded in the studio back in March, Julia talks to journalist and writer Helen Lewis about her book, Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights, which uncovers the more unpalatable, imperfect sides of the pioneers who achieved some of the greatest gains for women throughout history. She explains that we need to see these women in all their nuances and imperfections, in order to remind ourselves that they’re not superhumans and that we’re all capable of fighting for change, no matter what mistakes we make. In the process, women should stop being “nice” and start being more “difficult” when it comes to pushing for equality, Helen says.


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Sep 16 2020 · 43mins
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Helen Lewis: bad sex, bin bags and difficult women

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Catch the video trailers on https://twitter.com/AndrewGold_ok or https://www.instagram.com/andrewgold_ok/.

I’ve just had a very fun chat with Helen Lewis, the pre-eminent British journalist of The Guardian, The Atlantic, GQ and others - about Difficult Women. That’s the topic of the podcast, but it’s also the name of Helen’s eye-opening new book which you can get in all the normal places and here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Difficult-Women-History-Feminism-Fights/dp/1787331288

I wanted to have her on the show because she has a distinctively measured take on the battles women have faced over the last century or so. Her book covers obstacles women have had to overcome over the years, such as getting divorce legalised, getting the vote, changing the way we talk about sex and so on. But it does so without lecturing or reproaching men; while also adopting a warts and all approach to the women she writes about. They weren’t saints – and Helen writes about things like the jealousy and classist rivalries in the suffragette movement; and how some of these pioneering feminists were attracted to fascism and eugenics. I also wanted to have Helen on because I’ve recently had conservative Lord Daniel Finkelstein, and before that, anti-woke academics – and I don’t want this podcast to become some sort of hub of incels and misogynists and things – Helen shows how you can be an activist, you can fight for social justice without alienating everyone else or showing off your virtue.

She has long been a famous name in British journalism due to her pre-eminence as a writer; she’s made radio documentaries for the BBC, including a recent one I enjoyed called the Roots of Woke Culture, where she interviewed anti-social justice scholars Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay – who also came on this podcast. However, her name really took off online after her GQ interview on YouTube with famous Canadian psychiatrist Jordan Peterson. I don’t want you to leave this podcast, but I do recommend you check it out – it has 16 million views right now, so it’s likely you’ve already seen it.

I thought she really held her own against one of the world’s most famous intellects. Concerned about woke culture and often extending an olive branch to men. We discuss that Jordan Peterson interview as well as trans rights, woke culture, sex and…we really do laugh quite a lot, I really enjoyed this one, and hope you do too.

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Sep 14 2020 · 46mins
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Rutger Bregman on Human Kindness in a Frightened World with Helen Lewis

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Human beings, we’re taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest. From Hobbes’ theory about the state of nature to Richard Dawkins’ ‘selfish gene’, the roots of this belief are deeply ingrained in Western thought.


But historian Rutger Bregman believes we have got human nature wrong – and that deep down we are all pretty decent. On August 3 Bregman came to the Intelligence Squared to persuade us that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. And that the instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginnings of Homo Sapiens.


In conversation with journalist and author Helen Lewis, Bregman will discuss some of the world’s most famous studies and events and reframe them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. To find out more about the book click here: https://bit.ly/34FLsyK.


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Aug 28 2020 · 57mins
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Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights - Helen Lewis

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In this episode of Between the Lines, IDS Head of Knowledge, Impact and Policy, Kelly Shephard, talks to author and broadcaster, Helen Lewis about her book, Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights.

In looking at the history of feminism and stories of rebel women, details are too often whitewashed or forgotten in our modern search for feel-good, inspirational heroines. In this book, Helen reclaims the history of feminism as a history of difficult women.

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Aug 04 2020 · 38mins
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EP.129 - HELEN LEWIS

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Adam talks with British journalist Helen Lewis about her book Difficult Women, A History of Feminism In 11 Fights, her encounter with Canadian clinical psychologist and author Jordan Peterson who Helen interviewed for GQ magazine in 2018, the downside of keeping up to date with current affairs and much else.

Thanks to Séamus Murphy-Mitchell for production support and to Matt Lamont for additional editing. Podcast artwork by Helen Green

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Jul 27 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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132. On the Plus Side, Paella with Helen Lewis

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Fi and Jane are back with Fortunately and taking the necessary health precautions. Their guest this week is the writer Helen Lewis.
Fi and Jane met up at a safe social distance Monday 16th March to debrief on last week's episode, daydream about a certain MI6 agent with a landline and find out just what's getting Fi's goat about our new global situation.

They were then joined by writer and Radio 4 host Helen Lewis, whose new book explores feminist figures through history and how they deserve to be revisited as the Difficult Women they were. You can also expect forays into marital matters, Spanish pop stars and water contaminations in the Worcester area during the 90s.
Mar 20 2020 · 49mins
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Difficult Women: The Defining Fights of Feminism, with Helen Lewis and Caroline Criado Perez

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In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast we are joined by Helen Lewis, staff writer for the Atlantic, who claims that too many pioneers of women’s rights have been whitewashed or forgotten because society likes its heroines to be cuddly and safe. 


Lewis believes it’s time to reclaim the history of feminism as a history of difficult women, and on Tuesday February 25 she came to the Intelligence Squared stage to set out the arguments of her new book, Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights. She appeared in conversation with the feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez and BBC broadcaster Samira Ahmed

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Mar 06 2020 · 1hr
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SIM Ep 350 IWD20 #5: Difficult Women with Helen Lewis

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In part five of our series for International Women's Day 2020, Jen and Mick talk to Helen Lewis, journalist and author of the new book Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights. They talk about speaking up, erasing history, cancel culture, and the #oneballcampaign, among many other things.


Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights is available now, published by Jonathan Cape.

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Mar 06 2020 · 46mins
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Helen Lewis on Difficult Women, elder abuse in care homes, the National Women's Register

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Helen Lewis discusses her new book ‘Difficult Women: a history of feminism in 11 fights’ and why she believes that today’s feminists could gain from being more generous to the feminists of previous generations.

A new Care Quality Commission report says that in a three month period in 2018, 899 sexual incidents or incidents of alleged sexual abuse were reported that took place in adult social care services such as residential and nursing homes. Elderly women were the ones most at risk. Jenni is joined by Veronica Gray, deputy CEO for Action On Elder Abuse to discuss their concerns.

Dorka Herner studied psychology at university before becoming a TV journalist in Hungary. After having five children, she decided to change career and write a book ‘Inspired Parenting’ about what she had learnt as a mother. How do you become a more patient parent? How do you share attention between all of your children? And, what are the most common flashpoints in a crowded house?

In 1960, a Guardian article on the isolation of mothers in suburbia sparked a network of women to meet up. There was only one rule: no talking about children or housework. The National Women’s Register as it’s become known is still going strong with members all over the country. Jenni talks to its national organiser Natalie Punter and to one of its trustees Jo Thompson, who’s a member of her local group in Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, about how the organisation and its groups have changed over the years.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Ruth Watts
Feb 28 2020 · 46mins
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The Mindfulness Myth, with Ronald Purser and Helen Lewis

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Mindfulness – the psychological practice of bringing one's attention to the present moment through meditation – has gone mainstream. It has been enthusiastically co-opted by Silicon Valley and other large corporations as well as schools, governments and even the U.S. military. 


But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly avoids social and political transformation, reinforcing the status quo? That's the view of Ronald Purser, Professor of Management at San Francisco State University, Buddhist practitioner and author of McMindfulness. In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast, he was interviewed by Helen Lewis of The Atlantic on his radical critique of the mindfulness industry. 

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Sep 20 2019 · 32mins
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