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Media Storm
Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia
News
Where fact-checking meets fun, reporting meets road-trip and the mainstream media meets its match... Media Storm is a news podcast that starts with the people who are usually asked last. "Migrants", "criminals" and "sex workers" are some of the biggest stars in the headlines, yet we rarely actually hear from them. Here, we provide a space for these minority groups to get their right of reply. From The House of The Guilty Feminist, Media Storm hands the mic to people with lived experience, to shed new light on old stories and roast the headlines that love to roast them.
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27 JAN 2022
1.6 Fatphobia: Healthcare by size - with Stephanie Yeboah and Essie Dennis
Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia Content warning: Fatphobia, disordered eating Being told to lose weight is almost unavoidable. The news, TV shows, films, adverts and your family & friends mostly prescribe to the same school of thought: that being fat is 'bad', and that being thin is 'good'. But it turns out: that's not true. This episode, we look into weight bias in healthcare and how fatphobia in medical settings is putting the lives of plus size people in danger - especially those with the reproductive condition endometriosis. Plus, we're joined in the studio by Stephanie Yeboah and Essie Dennis to discuss how the mainstream media depicts plus size people and what needs to change, and how we can stop diet culture from stripping away the joys of everyday life. Speakers (in order of appearance): Helena Burton-Jones @helena_mbjKatherine Irene @katherineirenecoachingProfessor Rachel Batterham @ProfBatterhamMD @ObesityEmpowerStephanie Yeboah @stephanieyeboahEssie Dennis @khal_essieSources: Royal College of Physicians course: https://store.rcplondon.ac.uk/product?catalog=Raising-the-topic-and-discussing-obesity-with-patientsUS Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health: https://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=4&lvlid=25 The epidemiology of overweight and obesity: public health crisis or moral panic https://academic.oup.com/ije/article/35/1/55/849914Why are there race/ethnic differences in adult body mass index–adiposity relationships? A quantitative critical review https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4968570/ Endometriosis UK: https://www.endometriosis-uk.org/endometriosis-facts-and-figures Get in touch: Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/mediastormpodor Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mediastormpodor Tiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@mediastormpodlike us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MediaStormPodsend us an email mediastormpodcast@gmail.comcheck out our website https://mediastormpodcast.comMusic by Samfire @soundofsamfire. Media Storm is brought to you by the house of The Guilty Feminist and is part of the Acast Creator Network. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 min
20 JAN 2022
Bonus Episode: The truth about 'luxury' prisons
Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia If you’ve read UK news over the past year, you’ll likely have heard of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill making its way through Parliament. It’s a "tough-on-crime" piece of policy - a phrase the government use readily. And it’s back in the headlines this week, as The House of Lords voted against its plans to clamp down on disruptive and noisy protesters. Part of the Policing Bill's promise is sending more criminals in prison for longer. Yet, judging by some headlines, being locked up isn’t even punishment enough. Prisons are frequently criticised for being too luxurious and too lenient. Is this really the case? We asked Paula Harriott, who spent four years in prison, to tell us the truth about so-called 'luxury prisons'. Paula Harriott (@paula_harriott) is Head of Prisoner Engagement at the Prison Reform Trust (@PRTuk). Get in touch: Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/mediastormpodor Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mediastormpodor Tiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@mediastormpodlike us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MediaStormPodsend us an email mediastormpodcast@gmail.comcheck out our website https://mediastormpodcast.comMusic by Samfire @soundofsamfire. Media Storm is brought to you by the house of The Guilty Feminist and is part of the Acast Creator Network. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11 min
13 JAN 2022
1.5 Criminal Justice: Does prison work? - with The Secret Barrister and Paula Harriott
Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia Plans to lock up 20,000 new prisoners, a Home Secretary who wants criminals to “literally feel terror”, and the highest incarceration rate in Western Europe… This is the UK’s ‘tough on crime’ mantle, and a political battleground fought all over the world. Media outlets vilify ‘thugs’ and ‘terrorists’ while politicians auction for the ‘law and order’ vote. But with no clear correlation between incarceration and crime rates, are we keeping people safe, or just keeping them scared? This week, your hosts sit down with The Secret Barrister and former prisoner Paula Harriott to talk all things crime - from prisons to Prince Andrew - after heading behind bars to answer one simple question: does prison work? Your hosts Mathilda Mallinson @mathildamallHelena Wada @helenawadiaYour Guests The Secret Barrister @barristersecret https://thesecretbarrister.com/Paula Harriott @paula_harriott https://weareagenda.org/board/paula-harriott-2/ Sources Priti Patel op-ed https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7316055/I-want-criminals-terrified-says-Priti-Patel-Home-Secretary-restore-confidence-Britain.htmlEuropean incarceration rates: https://www.statista.com/statistics/957501/incarceration-rate-in-europe/ UK incarceration rate: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn04334/ Policy: https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN05646/SN05646.pdf Prison population projections: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1035682/Prison_Population_Projections_2021_to_2026.pdf Ofsted review of prison education: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/launching-our-prison-education-reviewPolice, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill:Mental health in prisons: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/7455/documents/78054/default/1976 Bail Act in action: https://howardleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/APPG-For-their-own-protection-FINAL.pdf Domestic abuse in UK prisons: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/female-offender-strategy Get in touch Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/mediastormpodor Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mediastormpodor Tiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@mediastormpodlike us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MediaStormPodsend us an email mediastormpodcast@gmail.comcheck out our website https://mediastormpodcast.comMusic by Samfire @soundofsamfire. Artwork by Simba Baylon @simbalenciaga. Prison sounds from Cody Lachey @ExOffenderCodyy. Media Storm is brought to you by the house of The Guilty Feminist and is part of the Acast Creator Network. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 min
10 JAN 2022
Media Storm - a new podcast from The House of the Guilty Feminist
Media Storm will be back with more episodes on Thursday 13 January. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
3 min
16 DEC 2021
1.4 Transgender healthcare: A waiting game - with Laura Blake and Shivani Dave
Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia Content warning: Suicide, self-harm Episode 1.4: Transgender healthcare: A waiting game - with Laura Blake and Shivani Dave Read the transcript: https://mediastormpodcast.com/2021/12/30/1-4-transgender-healthcare-a-waiting-game/ The mainstream media might have us all thinking changing genders is a piece of cake - that hormones are being readily prescribed and surgeries booked in swiftly. But with people waiting years for the first ever appointment - that's simply not the case. Cancellations, discrimination from healthcare staff and semi-decade long waiting lists - this is the reality for gender diverse people. NHS England’s Gender Identity Development Service are currently seeing people referred in 2018. For other clinics, it’s 2017. Media Storm investigates the lack of healthcare for trans people, finds out what it’s like to be stuck in the waiting game, and sits down with The Good Law Project, who are taking the NHS to court. We’re joined in the studio by Laura Blake (she/her) and Shivani Dave (they/them), to discuss the mainstream media’s depiction of transgender and non-binary people, plus look at some of the week’s headlines on conversion therapy and trans people. Speakers (in order of appearance): Felix Mufti @felixmuftiEva Echo @EvaEch0Jo Maugham @JolyonMaugham @GoodLawProjectCleo Madeleine @quidtumcicero @GenderintellShivani Dave @ShivaniDave @dah_veyLaura Blake @heylaurablakeSources: GIDS waiting times: https://gids.nhs.uk/how-long-wait-first-appointment-gidsGIC waiting times: https://gic.nhs.uk/appointments/waiting-times/Gender GP survey on bridging hormones: https://www.gendergp.com/bridging-hormones/The Transgender Issue, Shon Faye: https://www.queerlit.co.uk/products/the-transgender-issue-an-argument-for-justice Get in touch: Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/mediastormpodor Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mediastormpodor Tiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@mediastormpodlike us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MediaStormPodsend us an email mediastormpodcast@gmail.comcheck out our website https://mediastormpodcast.comMusic by Samfire @soundofsamfire. Media Storm is brought to you by the house of The Guilty Feminist and is part of the Acast Creator Network See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 min
9 DEC 2021
1.3 Rape Justice: What happens to the 98%? - with Leyla Hussein and Gina Martin
Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia Content warning: Rape, sexual violence, FGM Episode 1.3: Rape Justice: What happens to the 98%? - with Leyla Hussein and Gina Martin Read the transcript: https://mediastormpodcast.com/2021/12/15/1-3-rape-justice-what-happens-to-the-98/ Authorities declined to reveal the true rape conviction figures in a Freedom of Information request by Media Storm, after we discovered that the reported numbers - which hit a record low in 2020 at 1,109 - are over-inflated. It follows Guardian revelations that 98% of rape investigations are dropped by police. But this is not an exclusively British problem. Judging by public data, US police drop 95% of rape investigations; Swedish 96%; Belgian 94%. So how do you begin to diagnose an issue that is so far-reaching? Media Storm sets off across the pond and back, sits down with national police and prosecution chiefs, and follows an unravelling battle in Parliament, to find out why the overwhelming majority of rapists walk free on our streets. We are also joined in the studio by Dr Leyla Hussein, women's rights activist and founder of Safe Spaces for Black Women, and Gina Martin, writer and the campaigner who made upskirting illegal. We discuss how the mainstream media depicts victims of sexual assault, how male-perpetrated violence litters our pop culture, and discuss the latest reporting on the case of Alice Sebold. Donate to Dr Leyla Hussein’s Safe Spaces for Black Women: https://www.gofundme.com/f/safe-spaces-for-black-womenSubscribe to Gina Martin’s newsletter: https://ginamartin.substack.com/Speakers (order of appearance): Alison Turkos @alisonturkosPieke Roelofs @pieke_r www.photoandgrime.comVerity Nevitt @veritynevitt www.thegeminiproject.orgDame Vera Baird, Victim’s Commissioner @VictimsCommSarah Crew, National Police Chiefs Council @aspsarah_crewSiobhan Blake, Crown Prosecution Service @CPSUK @crownprosecutorsDr Leyla Hussein @LeylaHussein @SafeSpaces4BWGina Martin @ginamartinSources: UK prosecution: https://www.cps.gov.uk/publication/cps-data-summary-quarter-4-2020-2021UK police charges: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/may/23/fewer-than-one-in-60-cases-lead-to-charge-in-england-and-walesUK crime survey: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/articles/natureofsexualassaultbyrapeorpenetrationenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2020USA prosecution: https://bjs.ojp.gov/content/pub/pdf/cv19.pdfGet in touch: Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/mediastormpodor Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mediastormpodor Tiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@mediastormpodlike us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MediaStormPodsend us an email mediastormpodcast@gmail.comcheck out our website https://mediastormpodcast.comMusic by Samfire @soundofsamfire. Artwork by Simba Baylon @simbalenciaga. Media Storm is brought to you by the house of The Guilty Feminist and is part of the Acast Creator Network. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 min
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