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Katy Balls speaks to women at the top of their respective games, about their passions, their battles, and what makes them tick.Katy Balls is Deputy Political Editor of The Spectator.

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Katy Balls speaks to women at the top of their respective games, about their passions, their battles, and what makes them tick.Katy Balls is Deputy Political Editor of The Spectator.

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Great bite-sized interviews
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Women With Balls

Latest release on Oct 16, 2020

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Katy Balls speaks to women at the top of their respective games, about their passions, their battles, and what makes them tick.Katy Balls is Deputy Political Editor of The Spectator.

Rank #1: Lib Dem Special: Jo Swinson

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Jo Swinson is the current deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, but she's running to be leader against Ed Davey. With the Liberal Democrats' surge in the polls, Swinson's role in the coming months could be vital for Brexit. In this special edition of Women with Balls, she talks about losing her seat in 2015 after the coalition, problems with pairing in Westminster, and what she has in common with Boris Johnson.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Jul 19 2019

19mins

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Rank #2: The Katharine Birbalsingh Edition

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Katharine is the headmistress of Michaela Community School, dubbed by some as 'Britain's strictest school'. She talks to Katy about why she regrets speaking at Conservative Party Conference, her school's 'tiger teacher' philosophy, and why she would ban smartphones for everyone under the age of 18.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Oct 25 2019

26mins

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Rank #3: The Claire Fox Edition

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Claire Fox, left libertarian thinker, director and founder of the Academy of Ideas, and panellist on the Moral Maze, was this week elected as an MEP for the Brexit Party. In this episode of Women With Balls, she talks to Katy Balls about her disagreements with Nigel Farage, the prejudice she has received in green rooms, on the streets, and on social media, and the decadent perks of her new job.

Presented by Katy Balls.

May 31 2019

41mins

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Rank #4: The Andrea Leadsom Edition

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Katy Balls talks to Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, about her childhood ambitions to prevent nuclear war, giving birth the night before a selection meeting, and going head to head with John Bercow in the Commons.

Feb 22 2019

28mins

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Rank #5: The Mary Curnock Cook Edition

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Mary Curnock Cook is an educationalist and former head of Ucas. On this podcast, she talks about leaving school at 16, how boys suffer from the real gender gap in education, and why it would be 'ludicrous' to abolish university tuition fees.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Mar 07 2019

27mins

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Rank #6: The Victoria Atkins Edition

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Victoria Atkins is a former barrister, a Conservative party MP, and a Minister at the Home Office. 

She talks about her legal career and her work at the Home Office creating legislation to protect women and vulnerable people. 

Hosted by Katy Balls.

Apr 05 2019

25mins

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Rank #7: The Amber Rudd Edition

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Katy talks to Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, about walking in Theresa May's shoes, No 10's SpAd jihad, and the government's whip withdrawal for the 21 Tory rebels this week.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Sep 06 2019

33mins

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Rank #8: Conservative party conference special: Liz Truss II

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Liz Truss is the Secretary of State for International Trade and holds the Women and Equalities brief. On the podcast, she talks about why Boris picked her for the job (having heard her speech about cheese exports), the limitation to trans rights, and how punchy language is all just a part of politics.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Sep 29 2019

26mins

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Rank #9: The Jo Coburn Edition

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Broadcaster and journalist Jo Coburn tells how German got her into journalism, what it's like to work with Andrew Neil, and what happened behind the scenes of that infamous Will Self-Mark Francois death stare.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Jun 28 2019

34mins

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Rank #10: Nine years in Yemen - stories from a war reporter

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Iona Craig is an award-winning war correspondent who has been reporting from Yemen since 2010. On the podcast, Iona tells Katy about her near-death experiences, dealing with survivor's guilt, and why being a woman makes her job possible.

May 17 2019

28mins

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Rank #11: The Jess Phillips Edition

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Join Katy Balls as she talks to MP Jess Phillips about growing in an activist home, her life path before becoming an MP and her newfound Twitter fame. 

Hosted by Katy Balls.

Feb 07 2019

29mins

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Rank #12: The Lionel Shriver Edition

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Lionel Shriver is an American journalist, author and Spectator columnist. Her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin – about a mother and her son who goes on to carry out a high school massacre – won the Orange Prize for fiction in 2005. 

Shriver talks to Katy Balls about why she changed her name age 15, the struggles new writers face in the digital age and what role the media plays in the gun violence debate.

Apr 19 2019

25mins

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Rank #13: The Joan Collins Edition

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Dame Joan Collins is an actress, author, and entrepreneur. Her acting career spans three quarters of a century, including 1950s Hollywood movies, to her role as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty. In this episode, she talks to Katy about breaking into acting as a young woman, what she thinks about Love Island, and why she supports both Boris Johnson and Brexit.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Aug 16 2019

20mins

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Rank #14: The Margaret Hodge Edition

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Margaret Hodge is the Labour MP for Barking and Dagenham, and well-known for her role as former head of the Public Accounts Committee, in which she scrutinised senior civil servants and politicians alike. She has also been one of the most vocal critics of Labour's anti-Semitism problem. On the podcast, she tells Katy about how boarding school made her rebellious, her remorse for supporting Tony Blair on Iraq, and what fighting the BNP on her own turf taught her about racism.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Sep 27 2019

34mins

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Rank #15: The Lynn Barber Edition

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Lynn Barber is an award-winning journalist known for her incisive interviews and her best-selling books An Education and How to Improve Your Man in Bed. On this episode, she talks to Katy about her lifetime of interviewing the great and the good, from Salvador Dali to Katie Price; the death threats she received from Rafa Nadal's fans; and her favourite (and least favourite) BBC journalists.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Oct 11 2019

26mins

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Rank #16: The Sarah Baxter Edition

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Sarah Baxter is Deputy Editor of the Sunday Times. Katy talks to Sarah about what it was like to be a woman in the lobby before 'Blair's Babes', the best way to tackle sexism (she says, ignore it and go 'full speed ahead'), and whether Jeremy Corbyn is quite the Labour leader she hopes for.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Jan 24 2019

28mins

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Rank #17: The Helena Morrissey Edition

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Join Katy Balls as she interviews Dame Helena Morrissey - a financier, a campaigner for more women in the boardrooms, and the mother to nine children. How does she balance kids and a career? Why does she think men and women are fundamentally different? And what is the most effective way to get a raise?

Jan 07 2019

36mins

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Rank #18: The Layla Moran Edition

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Layla Moran tells Katy Balls about her childhood as a diplomat's daughter, the social life of an MP, and getting arrested at Lib Dem conference.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Jun 14 2019

29mins

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Rank #19: The Karen Pierce Edition

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Karen Pierce is the UK's Permanent Representative to the UN. In this episode, she talks to Katy about her career ambitions when she was young, using Lewis Carroll to combat the Russians, and what day to day life is like in the UN.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Aug 02 2019

28mins

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Rank #20: The Kate Hoey Edition

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Kate Hoey is a Labour MP for Vauxhall, having been in that role for 30 years. 

Hoey talks to Katy Balls about growing up in Northern Ireland, fighting to win her current seat in Vauxhall, and how she developed a reputation as a rebel in her party.

May 03 2019

32mins

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The Rachel Johnson Edition

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Rachel Johnson is a journalist, author and broadcaster. On the podcast, she talks to Katy about what it was like to go to a boys' boarding school, why university had been so eye-opening after her childhood, her brief foray into politics for Change UK, and the worst pieces of advice she's ever got (both from her mother).

Oct 16 2020

37mins

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The Louise Haigh Edition

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Louise Haigh is the shadow secretary of state for Northern Ireland. On the podcast, she talks to Katy Balls about her family's political roots; quitting university after not fitting in; her reflections on nominating Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Party leader; and being offered a job with a spider on her shoulder. 

Presented by Katy Balls

Oct 02 2020

31mins

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The Emily Sheffield Edition

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Emily Sheffield is the editor of the Evening Standard. She was formerly deputy editor at Vogue, and has started her own journalistic venture at This Much I Know. She also happens to be sister of Samantha Cameron. On the podcast, she talks about the real story behind why she was kicked out of Marlborough as a teenager (spoiler: it was unrequited love gone wrong); battling sexism on her first day at the Guardian; and her two pennies on Sasha Swire's diary.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Sep 25 2020

39mins

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The Sarah Sands Edition

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Sarah Sands is the former editor of the Today programme. On the podcast, she talks to Katy Balls about her departure from the Sunday Telegraph after just nine months as Editor; giving John Humphreys a pay cut; and what it was like to find out on election night that the Boris Johnson government intended to boycott Today.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Sep 11 2020

37mins

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Women in finance: can technology help bridge the gap?

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As technology becomes ever more part of our daily lives, banking is no different. You might have already used some ‘fintech’ innovations like Monzo and Klarna. The flexibility of fintech can particularly help women in their day-to-day lives, but if that’s the case, why is some fintech mostly used and created by men? In this special episode of Women With Balls, Katy Balls is joined by her panel to discuss these issues and more.  With Nicky Morgan, Baroness of Cotes, a former Conservative Cabinet Minister and chair of the Treasury Select Committee; Chi Onwurah, a shadow Science minister, who was head of telecoms at Ofcom; Gill Wylie, Transformation Director at Lloyds Banking Group.

Sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group.

Jul 17 2020

36mins

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The Chloe Smith Edition

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Chloe Smith is the Conservative MP for Norwich North and minister at the Cabinet Office. She entered parliament at the age of 27 and rose through the ranks quickly. In 2012, she was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman in what has been described as a 'car crash interview' when she was sent out to defend then-Chancellor George Osborne's U-turn on fuel duty. On the podcast, she talks to Katy about what it was like to do that interview and the aftermath, why she proposed to her husband, and what it was like to receive a fake anthrax package.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Click here to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.

Jul 03 2020

27mins

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The Joanna Trollope Edition

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Joanna Trollope is an award-winning novelist, whose books have sold more than eight million copies worldwide. She's known best for her novel, The Rector's Wife, which was adapted into a TV series. On the podcast, she talks to Katy about the expectations on her as a girl growing up in the 40s, how stay at home mums can still be feminists, and how, as she gets older, she finds she gets her way more.

Click here to try 12 weeks of the Spectator for £12 and get a free £20 Amazon gift voucher.

Jun 19 2020

29mins

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The Sunetra Gupta Edition

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Sunetra Gupta is Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at the University of Oxford. An expert in the fight against infectious diseases, she is the lead scientist behind the Oxford study that disputed Imperial College's dire coronavirus predictions. She is also a novelist and translator. On the podcast, she talks to Katy about her writing and how it was inspired by her intellectual father; her dispute with the mentor of Imperial College's Neil Ferguson; and how she has found being in the public eye.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Get a subscription to The Spectator as well as a copy of Lionel Shriver's book, all for free here.

Jun 05 2020

29mins

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The Kate Forbes Edition

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Kate Forbes is an SNP MP and the Scottish Finance Secretary. She stepped in at the last minute when her predecessor, Derek MacKay, was suspended from the party on the day of the Budget. On the podcast, she talks about her international upbringing and how that relates to her nationalism, what it was like to step in for the Budget on that day, and how she squares her faith with politics.

Get a month's free trial of The Spectator and a free wireless charger here.

Presented by Katy Balls.

May 22 2020

36mins

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Time to start saving – how to make the best of uncertainty

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The economic impact of coronavirus is already felt keenly by many people. A large chunk of the population is having to dig into its savings to cover for lost income. But what if you don't have much in the piggy bank in the first place? Often, the discipline to save gets overtaken by events. With two fifths of adults having less than £500 in savings, what can be done to encourage people to think about their lifetime savings more?

With Mims Davies, Minister for Employment; Lord David Willetts, President of the Resolution Foundation; and Emma Watkins, Annuities Director at Scottish Widows.

Presented by Katy Balls.

This podcast is sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group.

May 08 2020

32mins

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The Ruby Wax Edition

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Ruby Wax is an actress, comedian, and mental health campaigner, for which she received an OBE. On the podcast, she tells Katy about her difficult upbringing which put Carrie Fisher's to shame, the moment she realised she couldn't act, and her campaigning work, especially during these stressful times.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Apr 24 2020

26mins

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Controlling lives, controlling money: how to tackle financial abuse

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Domestic abuse services are braced for an avalanche of new cases as a result of social distancing. Of these cases, not all have or will be physically violent - instead, Women's Aid reports a significant proportion of cases in which access to money was used as a form of control. In the government's Domestic Abuse Bill, economic abuse will be for the first time recognised as a form of coercive control. So how can it be identified, and how can the women and men who are its victims be helped? 

Katy Balls speaks to Jess Phillips, Labour MP and domestic abuse campaigner; Olivia Robey, a safeguarding and vulnerability advisor and former SpAd at the Home Office; and Fiona Cannon OBE, Responsible Business, Sustainability and Inclusion Director at Lloyds Banking Group.

This podcast is sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group.

Apr 10 2020

34mins

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The Lisa Nandy Edition

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Lisa Nandy is the Labour MP for Wigan and former shadow energy secretary. She is one of the remaining three contenders for Labour leader. On the podcast, she talks to Katy about her childhood ambitions, cross-party friendships, and the worst advice she's ever been given.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Mar 27 2020

30mins

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The Emily Thornberry Edition

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Emily Thornberry is the shadow Foreign Secretary and former contender for the Labour leadership. On the podcast, she talks to Katy about her challenging childhood, what practising law taught her about politics, and her bid to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Mar 20 2020

37mins

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The Prue Leith Edition

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Prue Leith is a restaurateur, Bake Off judge, and advisor to the government's review on hospital food. On the podcast, she talks to Katy about growing up in apartheid South Africa, how she got her first Michelin star, and having breakfast with Boris Johnson in Downing St.

Prue Leith will be live in conversation with her nephew Sam Leith (the Spectator's Books Editor) and her niece Peta Leith on the 24th March. Get tickets here.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Mar 06 2020

31mins

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The Thérèse Coffey Edition

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Thérèse Coffey is the MP for Suffolk Coastal and the work and pensions secretary. On the podcast, she talks about her famous karaoke parties, the importance of her Catholic faith to her, and that picture from one Spectator party.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Feb 21 2020

28mins

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The Ayesha Hazarika Edition

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Ayesha Hazarika is a journalist and comedian, and a former Labour advisor to Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband. On the podcast, she talks about growing up in Glasgow, vetting Ed Miliband for Prime Minister's Questions, and the stand-up jokes that bombed the most.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Feb 07 2020

36mins

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The Joanna Cherry Edition

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Joanna Cherry is the SNP's Justice and Home Affairs Spokesperson and a prolific QC, known for her successful legal challenge against the government over its decision to prorogue parliament. In the end, Boris Johnson's prorogation was declared unlawful. On the podcast, she talks to Katy about her Scottish Labour days, the misogyny she identifies in the current debate over trans rights, and taking the Prime Minister to court.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Jan 24 2020

34mins

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Election Special: who would want to be an MP?

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Why would any woman want to be an MP in this general election? In recent years, parliament has been plagued by horror stories of abuse against MPs, especially female ones, with a number of them leaving the job before their time. So does parliament have a woman problem? Katy Balls speaks to a series of guests, especially a handful of the young women who are looking to join parliament this election.

With Paul Goodman, Isabel Hardman, Inaya Folarin Iman, Rebecca Smith, Danielle Rowley and Claire Coutinho.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Dec 02 2019

34mins

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The Nicky Morgan Edition

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Nicky Morgan is the Secretary of State for Culture, and former Conservative MP for Loughborough. Despite her success in Boris Johnson's cabinet, she announced that she'd be standing down at this election. On the podcast, she talks about student politics in Oxford with Dan Hannan, filling in Michael Gove's shoes as Education Secretary under David Cameron, firing herself for Theresa May when the latter became Prime Minister.

Presented by Katy Balls.

Nov 08 2019

27mins

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Entertaining and Informative

By frederik99 - Feb 21 2020
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Great bite-sized interviews