Very Loose Women

220 EpisodesProduced by Leonore Schick and Soila ApparicioWebsite

Award-winning podcast about making private conversations public. Often with special guests; artists, academics, activists, comedians, journalists, and friends. Presented by Leonore Schick and Soila Apparicio. Follow us on Twitter @VLWRadio, Instagram VLWRadio and on Facebook.com/VeryLooseWomen.

220 Episodes | 2014 - 2019

Skincare

September 22nd, 2019

26:55

Acne, eczema, and redness, the VLW suffer from it all. In this episode about skincare, Mia and Jon join Leo and Soila to talk about SPF, snail goo, and pimple popping.

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Moments: Breaking my Brother's Arm

September 11th, 2019

9:05

In the last "moment" of the summer, Soila tells Leo about the time she broke her brother's arm. They talk about guilt, memory, responsibility and, in Leo's case, chucking musical instrument at her sister's knee.

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Defining Domesticity

September 4th, 2019

27:25

Soila meets Lemon House Theatre's Samia and Jenny to talk about domestic life and how women conform to and hold up against the family life. Two plays …

Moments: Leaving Therapy

August 28th, 2019

10:36

In these Moments episodes, Soila and Leo sit down in Leo's living room to describe one thing in detail in under ten minutes. In this episode, Soila describes the moment she felt that she wanted to leave therapy, and her …

Moments: Meeting my Partner

August 20th, 2019

9:18

In these Moments episodes, Soila and Leo sit down in Leo's living room to describe one thing in detail in under ten minutes. In this episode, Leo describes how she met her partner.

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Power Beyond Borders

August 11th, 2019

12:59

Nicki and Soila bump into each other at an environment activism camp, Power Beyond Borders, and have a quick discussion about the link between protecting the planet against climate change and the hostile immigration …

Vulnerability and Humour

August 6th, 2019

27:49

Mimi Morley joins Esther, Leo, Soila, Beth, Patrick, and Jon for the final show of the series to talk all about vulnerability in comedy and in other …

Starting Out In Comedy

July 30th, 2019

25:31

Esther invites friend and comedy coursemate Robyn Bowman on air. With Leo, they share stories about the highs and lows of starting out in the world of stand up, and some tips for newbies to the circuit.

The producer for …

Stranger Danger: Cars

July 21st, 2019

26:10

We're always told not to get into a stranger’s car, but we often find ourselves doing just that as part of everyday life. Leo and Soila are joined by …

Having Children

July 13th, 2019

27:05

None of the Very Loose Women have any children, but would they? Anna Rose, Nicki, Leo, Soila, and guest Beth discuss their feelings about social …

Is the migrant environment more hostile for women?

July 11th, 2019

25:23

Joanna Hunt of Lewis Silkin Immigration joins the Very Loose Women to discuss whether the UK's immigration system is more hostile for women than it is for men, and shares a light on how the visa process works.

Soila …

Public Displays of Affection

July 2nd, 2019

24:32

Do you ever fancy a kiss in public? How about a butt touch? From showing solidarity with the queer community to shuddering at over the top loved-up …

Heartbreaks

June 24th, 2019

26:32

How do you deal with a broken heart? Whether it's from love or not, Leo, Soila, and Jon talk about breakups, ghosting, and the healthy (and unhealthy) ways they deal with heartbreak.

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Blushing

June 15th, 2019

25:58

Some of us blush more than others. Many of us get nervous, even anxious, when in social situations. Nicki, Leo, and Soila share their experiences feeling red in public, other ways their body reveals their anxieties, and …

Drag, with Lauren Karl

June 10th, 2019

27:17

Drag is mainstream, but we see far fewer Kings than Queens. Lauren Karl joins Leo, Nicki, and Soila to talk about life as a vegan Drag King and magic burlesque performer. While none of the other VLW do drag (yet) Leo …

Future Foods

June 6th, 2019

26:27

What does the future hold for food? Jessi Baker and Anna Kealey, who contributed to the V&A's 'FOOD: Bigger than the Plate' exhibition, join …

Cryptography and Anonymity

May 26th, 2019

23:39

Dr Sarah Meiklejohn joins Anna Rose, Soi, and Leo for a discussion on cryptography, anonymity, and other issues related to online privacy. What can you do if you want to keep your personal information personal in the …

The Sound of Science

May 19th, 2019

26:33

Catherine Allin is an astrophysicist and musician. She joins Leo, Soi, and Esther to talk about her project, the Sound of Science, where Catherine …

Bonus Episode: Meeting MEP Terry Reintke

May 13th, 2019

23:06

Leo visits Green Party HQ in London to chat to German MEP Terry Reintke, who is in London to get people out to vote in the European Parliament elections on May 23rd. She talks about the challenges and successes of her …

Wondrous Vulva, with Sara Alexander

May 7th, 2019

25:27

Soila spoke to ​Sara Alexander, who plays a clitoris in the play 'Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself'. They talk about …

Body Hair

May 6th, 2019

22:25

Hair; we all have it, it’s completely natural, and yet as with many things, at the same time, it's not acceptable on women. Soila, Nicki, and Anna Rose talk about the hair they do and don't choose to remove, what about …

Gardening

April 29th, 2019

26:54

Anna Rose, Nicki, and Leo share their experiences of gardening while they were growing up, and how they manage now. The VLW also discuss whether gardening is feminine, can we grow our own food, and why is it called a …

Bonus Episode: (In Mandarin) Taiwan Film Festival - Small Talk

April 29th, 2019

13:12

Away from the studio, the VLW speak to director Huang Hui-Chen about her film Small Talk, a documentary about the relationship she and her mother have, with insights into her mother's job as a professional mourner and …

Taiwan Film Festival - Small Talk

April 18th, 2019

24:42

Away from the studio, the VLW speak to director Huang Hui-Chen about her film Small Talk, a documentary about the relationship she and her mother have, with insights into her mother's job as a professional mourner and …

Women in the Fight Against Plastic

April 12th, 2019

23:18

Is BPA-free plastic okay? How bad are microplastics? And what are women doing in the fight against our new plastic enemy? Friends of the Earth campaigner Emma Priestland joined Anna Rose, Soila, and Leo to help answer …

Friendships

April 4th, 2019

26:36

Friends Nicki, Leo, and Soi are joined by new pal Esther for a discussion on what makes the perfect friendship. As friendships work like London zones, how does a person level up from acquaintance to best bae? And what …

Predicting Brexit, with sheep guts

March 26th, 2019

25:47

Dr Selena Wisnom is an expert in cuneiform studies. She uses ancient divination techniques, reading sheep guts and livers, learned from tablets to tell us whether the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without …

Jelly Cleaver: Activist and Jazz Musician

March 21st, 2019

26:23

Nicki, Leo, and Soila are joined by activist and jazz musician Jelly Cleaver to talk about the links between art and protest, and her upcoming Freedom of Movement gig at DIY Space London. This show features some of …

Inspiring Women: International Women's Day 2019

March 11th, 2019

59:30

Florri, Leo and Soila are joined by guest producer Funmibi in the studio for an International Women’s Day special. They discuss female icons with …

Bonus Episode: IWD Exchange with XFM

March 8th, 2019

29:25

Soila and Leo gave a brief overview of their lives as British women as part of an exchange with XFM, an independent commercial based radio station in the Kurdish region of Iraq. They both recorded audio diaries and gave …

Gender and Gaming

March 7th, 2019

23:30

The VLW enter the world of video gaming, and joined by Ruth (co-host of the Intersection of Things podcast), and Marijam (a content creator on the …

Mr Lorraine

March 2nd, 2019

26:54

When Lorraine Chademunhu speaks to customer service over the phone, she often gets mistaken for a man. She has shared these experiences in her stand-up comedy. Lorraine joins Leo, Soila and Sarah to talk about how their …

Identity in Comedy

February 26th, 2019

21:11

Comedians Jenan Younis and Alice Frick join Florri and Leo in the studio to talk about navigating their identities in the world of comedy.

The lead producer for this episode was Leonore Schick (@leo_sheek). Florri Burton …

Valentine's

February 14th, 2019

25:09

"For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate." Soi, Leo, and Florri are back together to share their thoughts on the romance and commercialisation of Valentine's Day, and tell …

Job Hunting

February 11th, 2019

19:16

Unemployed and hunting for a job? Completely stressed out about it? You're not alone! Antonio joins Soi, Leo, and Jon to talk about the mental …

Friend or Trend? Going Vegan

February 3rd, 2019

26:15

Veganuary can be a welcome introduction to vegan and vegetarian lifestyles. But with growing popularity, has veganism become an exclusive trend? …

People Pleasers, with Zahra Barri

January 27th, 2019

26:35

Comedian Zahra Barri joins Leo, Florri, and Soi for this episode on people pleasing. The group share anecdotes of times they have tried to be people pleasers. But what exactly is people pleasing? When did they first …

Going Grey

January 21st, 2019

24:51

What are people's attitudes towards grey or white or silver hair? Do you dye it, pluck it, avoid it? Or do you embrace it? In this episode, Very Loose Women and friends discuss common myths and fears around grey hair, …

Personality Tests

January 10th, 2019

27:13

Nicki, Leo, Florri, and Funmibi discuss personality tests, and ask if they really do work for them. Can they be helpful? Is it weird when employers …

Bonus Episode: An interview with Penny Pepper

January 5th, 2019

17:30

Soila and Leo talk to Penny Pepper, poet, activist, musician, journalist and punk, about performing at the Royal Albert Hall, her new collection Come …

Very Loose Wipe, 2018

December 27th, 2018

24:49

In our last show of 2018, Leo, Forri, and Soi are joined by Anna-Rose, Antonio, and Nikki, to review the year (from climate change to fascism) and take pride in their and each others achievements (including great …

Melanie Strickland, Stansted 15

December 14th, 2018

18:41

Melanie Strickland spoke to Florri two days after a judge offered a verdict carrying a maximum life sentence to her and the others in the Stansted 15. In a moving interview, Melanie explains why she felt it was …

Confidence at Work

December 14th, 2018

20:07

Florri and Leo invite guest producer Anna to discuss confidence at work. Together they talk about their experiences, as well as hearing from the voices of other women. They also discuss the impact of working in a male …

Bonus Episode: Quarter-life Crisis, from 2015

December 2nd, 2018

25:44

This is a previously unpodcasted episode from the Very Loose archive on the quarter-life crisis, with past hosts Emma and Katherine sharing their thoughts on how graduating into the crash changed their expectations. …

Quarter-life Crisis, with Sarah Keyworth

December 2nd, 2018

21:54

Soila's just turned 24, and as the youngest member of the team ages up, it's the perfect opportunity to talk about our mid-twenties and take stock. To help the Very Loose Women is comedian and writer Sarah Keyworth, …

Living Flat, with Juliet Fitzpatrick

November 25th, 2018

25:15

Juliet Fitzpatrick is creator of the blog Blooming Cancer and advocates for choice after mastectomy. She meets Leo and Soila in the Rickmansworth …

Fair Pay

November 18th, 2018

23:30

What is the difference between fair and equal pay? And what is the state of the gender pay gap in the UK in 2018? Lesley, from think tank IPPR, joins Florri, Leo, and Soi to help answer those questions, and the Very …

Borderline Personality Disorder

November 11th, 2018

24:53

Nicki, Leo, and Soi are joined by friend Natasha, who has borderline personality disorder (BPD) to talk about her experience, the importance of a diagnosis, and ways she and the VLW team have managed their struggles, …

Pets

October 28th, 2018

20:03

Why do we love our pets so much? Do they better our understanding of joy or grief? Is it even ethical to keep pets? Soila, Leo, Nicki and Shakira share their thoughts, as well as the funny, and tragic, stories about …

Astrology

October 21st, 2018

26:38

How does when you were born and the stars in the sky influence your life, your love, and your luck? Soi, Leo, and Florri are joined by new producer Silver, and guests Lizzie, Jyoti, and Aanchal, on a discovery of …

Mental Health, with Wish

October 18th, 2018

26:08

On world mental health day, Soi, Leo, and Florri are joined by Jenny, from women's mental health charity Wish to discuss the current state of the mental health conversation, their experiences dealing with depression and …

Celibacy, with Karla Williams

October 8th, 2018

23:18

Florri, Leo, and Soi speak to Karla Williams and Kidst Ayalew about celibacy, their thoughts and experiences of it, and Karla's work writing comedy TV series CELIBATE, which is fundraising now.

The lead producer for this …

Fatphobia

October 1st, 2018

21:21

Antonio Torres joins Leo and Soi to speak about their work and thinking around fatphobia. The three discuss attitudes they've experienced from family, friends, strangers, and the medical profession regarding body size.

Sex Positivity

September 23rd, 2018

26:20

Sex positivity is the concept that sex is not a taboo, that nobody should be shamed for any sexual activity they partake in. Bea joins Soi, Leo and …

Anxiety

September 16th, 2018

25:33

Very Loose Women kicks off a new season with a discussion on mental health, specifically about anxiety, and how the three VLW friends experience it. Also featuring the voices of women explaining how anxiety affects them.

Very Loose Wipe, End of Season 18

August 2nd, 2018

26:06

For the series finale, Leo, Soila, and Florri, are joined by Hugo, Patrick, and Milly to summarise the ups and downs of​ ​the first half of 2018; from vagina museums and dick energy, featuring seduction and sluttiness, …

The Boy Who Hasn't Lived

July 28th, 2018

27:17

CJ and Arlie join Very Loose Women to share the details of how they make their podcast, The Boy Who Hasn't Lived, about reading Harry Potter for the …

Big Dick Energy

July 18th, 2018

29:08

What is Big Dick Energy? Do you have BDE? Will a ceramic sex toy break inside you? All questions answered on tonight's show, where Soi and Leo are joined by Ffion, creator of Prudence, who is fundraising to bring a …

Slutty Joan, with Harriet Kemsley and Chloe Green

July 12th, 2018

28:35

Joan likes sex. Does that make her a slut? Comedians Harriet Kemsley and Chloe Green join Soila and Florri to talk about sluttiness, as well as …

Abolitionist Feminism

July 7th, 2018

27:10

Mo is an abolitionist feminist. But what does that mean? The Very Loose Women talk prison reform, the treatment of women as criminals, and the …

Guilty Pleasures

July 2nd, 2018

29:24

Leo, Soila, and Florri open up about the things they like that, they think, are uncool to like. We also hear what some London Bridge locals have to …

Eating Habits

June 21st, 2018

28:30

Joined by Florri, the Very Loose Women discuss eating habits, how the food women eat is socially policed, and the coincidence that all three of them …

Gender Neutral Toilets, with Arlie Adlington

June 18th, 2018

29:53

Soila and Leo are joined by fellow podcaster Arlie Adlington, sampling his piece titled 'The toilets at home are all gender neutral', discussing how he made the piece and the themes within it.

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Online Abuse: Don't feed the trolls

June 6th, 2018

28:30

Women on the internet don't get much peace. Leo, Soila, and Florri are joined by Aura Freeman of Amnesty International to talk about online trolling, …

London LGBTQ+ Community Centre

May 21st, 2018

27:56

Leo and Soila meet Sarah and Jo, who are working as part of a group of volunteers to set up the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre. They tell the Very …

Twayna Mayne, Comedian

May 21st, 2018

23:27

Leo and Soila meet comedian Twayna Mayne, a Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Nominee (2016) and Time Out’s ‘star of the future’ to talk about …

Key4Life, Training Young Men in Prison

May 9th, 2018

29:48

Key4Life is a social organisation that delivers programmes for young men in prison and those at risk of going to prison. Ana, a Key4Life case worker, and Mo, who has been through it, join Leo and Soila to talk about how …

Bisexual Visibility

May 6th, 2018

26:09

Both Leo and Soi identify as bisexual. They share their comings out and realisations, and how they manage this identity in their lives. They are joined by Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton from Stonewall, an LGBT rights charity, …

Tasha Brades, Justice4Grenfell

April 29th, 2018

30:04

Guest presenter Florri introduces Tasha Brades, a campaigner for Justice4Grenfell. Tasha tells VLW about the work she does as an activist and 3 …

Online Personas

April 26th, 2018

29:35

Very Loose Women co-hosts Leo and Soila explore each others' internet personas. Having grown up at different times and in different places, they talk about how they chose and still choose to portray themselves online, …

NOF*CKSGIVEN

April 25th, 2018

28:12

Playwright Daisy King and her producer Lilly Burton tell us about NOF*CKSGIVEN, a play about Stacy, who goes out with her mate Stella. An anti-slut shaming, heart warming tale of what it’s like to be a fiercely …

No Filter Zine

April 6th, 2018

24:18

No Filter is a non-fiction zine that publishes the nitty, gritty aspects of life. In this episode, Leo interviews founder Alice Austin, which includes a reading of her piece, "I got catfished by Green Day when I was 12 …

The Mooncup Diary

April 1st, 2018

23:15

Soila's on her period, and it's her first time using a menstrual cup. Leo asked her to make a diary, so she did. Join Soila on her journey.

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Tattoos

March 29th, 2018

27:15

This week Soila and Leo sit down with friend Melissa to talk about women with tattoos; why they do (or don't in Leo's case) have tattoos and the stories behind some their ink. (Check out some of their tattoos here.) 

Still Unequal: International Women's Day 2018

March 8th, 2018

27:52

For International Women's Day 2018, Soila, Leo, and Florri speak frankly about the inequality still faced by women across various industries and in …

Alternative Healing

March 7th, 2018

29:44

Leo and Soila discuss growing up around alternative healers. Leo shares her experiences with homeopathy, and Soila with the Japanese practice of reiki. They are also joined by their friend, chemistry teacher and …

Seduction

February 28th, 2018

27:28

Melissa and Leo are both half French. Along with host Soila, they share stories of times they have been seduced or tried to seduce others.

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What I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up

February 26th, 2018

29:59

The second helping of Very Loose Women's two-part Resonance FM fundraiser, Leo, Katherine, and Soila host 'What I wanted to be when I grew up' and share audience stories about childhood dreams and career changes, from …

How Not to Flirt

February 26th, 2018

32:48

To raise money for Resonance's fundraiser, Very Loose Women invited listeners and friends along to a drawing room at the New College of the …

Life as a Circus Artist, with Georgina Cassels

February 10th, 2018

29:52

Soila meets Georgina Cassels, an aerialist and circus artist specialising in aerial rope. They talk about the art behind circus performance, and her …

Vagina Museum

February 1st, 2018

29:39

Leo and Soila meet Florence Schechter, founder of the Vagina Museum, a project to create a museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the people who …

PEACHFUZZ

January 24th, 2018

30:30

This week VLW talks to Jay Crosbie, founder of PEACHFUZZ magazine, an arts journal and collective for marginalised voices. Soila is presenting the …

On Japan

January 22nd, 2018

27:29

The first show of 2018! VLW discuss relationships across language and culture, with a spotlight on Japan. Leonore and Soila talk Japanese culture and …

Cat Person

January 1st, 2018

24:59

When the New Yorker magazine published a short story called Cat Person, by Kristen Roupenian, women all over the globe couldn't stop talking about …

Very Loose Wipe, 2017

December 29th, 2017

29:47

Leo and Soila summarise the ups and downs of their 2017. Forget Charlie Brooker, there's a new wipe in town.

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Slang

December 12th, 2017

28:09

Slang can tie groups closer together and also mark people out. This week the Very Loose Women discuss their relationship with slang, and Soila, still …

Ugly Chief

December 5th, 2017

29:12

When antiques dealer and erstwhile TV personality Mike Melody was diagnosed with incurable motor neurone disease, he tasked his daughter Victoria with the responsibility of organising his funeral but a year later it …

Starting Relationships

November 29th, 2017

28:54

Soila and Leo chat to new Belgian friend Naomi about the beginnings of relationships, both platonic and romantic. More details about Naomi's amazing …

Class

November 26th, 2017

27:57

Very Loose Women talk class and our experiences of class. Not so down and out in Paris and London, but more of a delve into the differences we've …

Travel Habits

November 23rd, 2017

30:01

What do you pack when you go traveling? What do you need for a good night's sleep? What do you eat? Soila, Leo and friend Christina share their …

Finding Rhythms

November 22nd, 2017

29:37

Leo and Soila meet Finding Rhythms, a charity that runs projects inside prisons with an aim to help fewer prisoners re-offend through music. Fearing award-winning songs from Finding Rhythms; Come My Way, Hurt, I Miss …

Popularity, with Jayde Adams

October 25th, 2017

27:56

Comedian Jayde Adams joins Soila and Leo in the studio to talk about "les pops" - the popular kids in school and life, and moments when we've tried …

Cliques

October 18th, 2017

27:19

Lucy joins the Very Loose Women in the studio to talk about cliques, best friends, and eating your lunch in the loo.

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Behind The Scars

October 11th, 2017

19:25

Behind The Scars photographer Sophie Mayanne speaks about scars and their stories. Sophie photographed our newest presenter Soila, who spoke about …

Moving to London

October 4th, 2017

29:21

Why did Sarah move to London? Was it thanks to Eastenders? This episode focuses on moving to and living in London, the ups and downs, and our …

Makeup Inclusivity

September 27th, 2017

26:25

With Rihanna launching her Fenty Beauty range with 40 foundation shades, we got talking about how make up needs to be more inclusive for different …

Sh! A Tour of a Women's Erotic Emporium

September 20th, 2017

28:40

A guided tour of Sh! - the women's adult store based in Hoxton, London. Learn about what Sh! have on sale, such a vibrators, lube and curious objects …

Sex Drives

September 20th, 2017

29:04

In the last episode of this series, Katherine, Leo, Emma, and special guest Paola discuss sex drives; high, low and literal.

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The Cycle

August 7th, 2017

28:25

With guests Soila and Camilla, we talk about how our lives are affected by the menstrual cycle and how we've sought adapt around it. We share the year we started our periods and our encounters with doctors on the topic. …

All The Good Things, with Clare Fisher

August 2nd, 2017

23:15

We speak to author Clare Fisher about her book All The Good Things, published by Penguin. Clare talks about why she writes and how she researches her writing. We also share some of the tiny bad things we've done. Find …

Turning 30

July 29th, 2017

26:40

We have been making this show for over the decade, so we took a moment to chat about what we've learned from our twenties, and how we feel now they …

Menstrual Rituals, with Marisa Carnesky

July 29th, 2017

27:25

Marisa Carnesky speaks about her performance at Udderbelly. Carnesky first gained attention with performance collective Duckie's Olivier …

Our Carnal Hearts: An exploration of envy

July 4th, 2017

29:59

Very Loose Women discuss the world of "envy" with two Rachels: Rachel Mars and Rachel Weston. Rachel Mars is a writer and performer who is bringing her performance Our Carnal Hearts to the Southbank Centre's Chorus …

Catherine Barter, author of Troublemakers

June 21st, 2017

29:40

Author and Hausman's bookseller Catherine Barter chats about her first published novel, Troublemakers, and how family dynamics and political activism …

Social Housing and Cooperatives

May 26th, 2017

29:59

Elaine Willis joins to speak about social housing and joining the Women Speak Out project. With Florence Burton of the Women's Resource Centre, and …

Clowns

May 20th, 2017

29:07

Helen and Evie trained as clowns. They talk about their clowning and explain to the very loose women exactly what a clown is.

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Life as a Young Carer

May 14th, 2017

23:36

Nyisha, who has participated in the Women Speak Out project, joins us to talk about her experience of being a young carer.

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Decriminalising Prostitution

May 4th, 2017

27:58

VLW are joined by members of the English Collective of Prostitutes, who campaign for the decriminalisation of prostitution, as well as for sex …

Punk and Poetry, with Jenn Hart

May 3rd, 2017

27:58

Jenn Hart is a poet and punk fan. On the steps of a London pub where she is about to perform, she talks about writing, going to gigs and picking up a bass. The podcast has snippets from classic 90s punk bands - Sleater …

Against Deportation, with Sarah Hop

May 2nd, 2017

24:39

VLW are joined by anti-deportation campaigner, Sarah Hop, to talk about the very real dangers facing migrants and asylum seekers in the UK, from detention centers to mass deportations back to places of persecution. We …

Electric Indigo

April 21st, 2017

29:46

Ilia Rogatchevski interviews Electric Indigo, a musician, composer and DJ.

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On Not Coming During Sex

April 18th, 2017

29:32

We've spoken a lot about orgasms on VLW. But in this show we explore the opposite, sort of... We talk about not having orgasms. Kate Gould, a PhD …

Helping Yazidi Women and Girls

April 17th, 2017

27:46

We spoke to Roizin Khalil Hanjool, who made a petition for the UK government to help Yazidi women and girls in crisis. Roizin is a 19 year old living …

The Yiddish East End

March 23rd, 2017

57:12

VLW have an hour long show featuring Vivi Lachs, Yiddish folk singer and historian of the Yiddish East End. We draw parallels with the issues Jewish …

The Psychopath Factory

March 17th, 2017

29:31

Theorist and writer Tristam Vivian Adams joins Leo and Katherine to discuss his book, The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organises Empathy, and how psychopathic behaviour and characteristics are rendered in film and …

Fast Fashion

March 12th, 2017

25:48

Jo runs the website lowcarbonlove.com and will be taking part in Fashion Revolution, a week that aims to highlight the true cost of fashion. Emma, …

Plastic in the Oceans

March 4th, 2017

30:11

Lucy is a whale-enthusiast, and has been active around issues of plastic waste. She previews the documentary 'Plastic Ocean' at Whirled Cinema in South London. Plus Jo, the founder of ethicalexistism.com, and Helen from …

Body Dysmorphic Disorder, with Omari Eccleston-Brown

March 3rd, 2017

24:59

Tutor and dancer Omari Eccleston-Brown joins the Very Loose Women to share his personal story of living with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which he …

Speaking of IMELDA

February 28th, 2017

30:45

VLW are joined by members of Speaking of IMELDA, a direct action feminist performance group challenging the ongoing problem of IMELDA (Ireland Making England the Legal Destination for Abortion). They use performance to …

Gurls Talk, with Adwoa Aboah

February 17th, 2017

26:45

Model Adwoa Aboah explains why she set up her online platform Gurls Talk as a space for women and girls to discuss their personal experiences, and explore what it means to be a girl in the 21st Century. Adwoa uses her …

Women Speak Out about PTSD

February 15th, 2017

24:06

VLW are joined by Florence Burton from the Women Speak Out project, and Rosie Burnham, a participant in the project. Rosie tells us about her experience speaking out on her struggles with PTSD. Contains descriptions of …

Phobias

February 1st, 2017

26:38

Emma and Leo speak to friends and colleagues about phobias: fear of cotton wool, fear of time, fear of milk...

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Megan Pickering - zinemaker and drummer in Clammy Hands

January 25th, 2017

24:55

Zinemaker and drummer Megan Pickering from the band "Clammy Hands" speaks about her zines - on topics ranging from frigidity to bullying, Buffy to …

Calvin Decline, internationally acclaimed amateur male model

January 18th, 2017

26:41

VLW are joined by Ari Rice and their alter-ego, Calvin Decline, as they lead us into the world of toxic masculinity and an exploration of Drag …

Dorothy Hodgkin

December 26th, 2016

20:32

Luke and Liz Hodgkin chat to Emma and Leo about their mother, the Nobel prize winning British chemist, Dorothy Hodgkin, advancing the technique of x-ray crystallography, the only British woman ever to win a Nobel prize …

Women Speak Out!

December 10th, 2016

23:30

Florence Burton leads a project called "Women Speak Out!" where she interviews women who have a social or a political message. Andrea spoke out in …

XANA - live looper

December 2nd, 2016

29:35

VLW are joined by live looper and sound artist, Xana as they talk us through their musical influences and inspirations and perform some live freestyles of their own.

Featuring the Prodigy, Whitetown and more. For …

Ilia Rogatchevski from Sebastian Melmoth

December 1st, 2016

28:19

VLW are joined by London-based sound artist Ilia Rogatchevski, who performs some of his greatest hits, explains to us what sound art actually is, and talks about his upcoming shows.

For more information:

Dr Eberle and women in Ancient Rome

November 21st, 2016

24:51

Dr Lisa Eberle, assistant professor at the University of Tübingen, joins Emma and Leo to talk about women in Ancient Rome. She explains how Roman women gained property rights and how the notion of love in marriage …

Historian of Hairdressing, Dr Seán Williams

November 16th, 2016

28:59

VLW are joined by Dr Seán Williams, discussing the changing role of the hairdresser and wigmaker over time, in society and as portrayed in the arts. …

Lilith Ai

November 10th, 2016

23:38

Musician Lilith Ai comes on the show to speak about her collective, Fight Like a Girl, and sings her latest single, Rude Grrrl. For information …

The Women Are Boring Blog

November 4th, 2016

25:14

Leo chats to Catherine Connolly and Grace McDermott, founders of the blog Women are Boring. Their project, which aims to promote women's research, …

Coming of Age, featuring Jenny Gage, director of All this Panic

October 27th, 2016

28:22

VLW discuss coming of age, and what it means to be an adult. Featuring an interview with Jenny Gage, director of new coming of age documentary All …

BFI London Film Festival featuring Festival Director Clare Stewart

October 11th, 2016

34:21

Leo met Clare Stewart and found out about her journey from living in a small town in Australia with no cinema to being Festival Director at the BFI London Film Festival. Clare also explains how the festival is curated, …

Volunteering around the refugee crisis

September 30th, 2016

23:37

Fiorella and Jonathan join Leo in the studio to talk about their experience volunteering. Jonathan volunteers for JCRAG, the Jersey Calais Refugee …

Sisters Uncut on

September 27th, 2016

28:33

VLW talk to two sisters from Sisters Uncut, an anti-austerity group focusing on cuts to domestic violence services. Jumanah and Caroleen let us know …

DJ Bethany Rutter

September 25th, 2016

20:59

Bethany Rutter was the DJ at one of Leo and Emma's favourite London nights, Dancing on my Own, as well as the creator of the "fatshion" blog, Arched Eyebrow (http://archedeyebrow.com/). For information regarding your …

Penny Pepper, First in the World Somewhere

September 13th, 2016

28:14

Poet, activist, musician, journalist and punk, Penny Pepper, joins Very Loose Women to talk about her memoir First in the World Somewhere, the Paralympics and Unlimited Festival at Southbank.

For more information please …

Loud Women Fest

September 9th, 2016

23:55

Cassie Fox, the organiser of Loud Women Club and Loud Women Fest, speaks about running the nights and the festival. Singers Lilith Ai and Nia Wyn perform songs live in the studio.
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Drug Policy and Harm Reduction with Dr Henry Fisher

August 3rd, 2016

23:50

VLW and Dr Henry Fisher, policy director at Volteface, discuss The Loop's pioneering drug testing service for festival goers. We talk drug policy, IR …

Television

July 26th, 2016

26:43

Jenny and Ilia join Very Loose Women Emma and Leo in the studio to discuss their favourite tv shows. This episode includes a mini-celebration from our favourite contributor, Phyllis! For information regarding your data …

Selfies with Selfie Aficionado Julia Brown

July 17th, 2016

27:55

VLW are joined by selfie aficionado Julia Brown, discussing everything you ever wanted to know about selfies. Touching on points such as when where …

Shame

July 13th, 2016

27:00

VLW delve into the world of shame, embarrassment, cringe and humiliation and explore comparisons between how much shame they felt at school and how …

The beauty of herpes

July 5th, 2016

26:06

Helena Maratheftis, a designer and illustrator with a background in biology, joined Emma and Leo in the studio to speak about her visual …

The Feminist Library

June 26th, 2016

29:10

The Feminist Library in Elephant & Castle is under threat. Anna, a librarian at the library, takes Very Loose Women on a guided tour of the …

Life model Ruby Stevenson bares all!

June 23rd, 2016

30:52

VLW interview Ruby Stevenson to talk about her experience as a life model. What do you do when you're on your period? How does it feel to pose naked …

Sleep

June 11th, 2016

25:54

If you have a dream about someone, especially a sex dream, should you tell them? Emma and Leo, with guest and sleep aficionado Harriet, discuss …

with filmmaker Richard Roaf

May 31st, 2016

24:04

Activist and filmmaker Richard Roaf makes campaign films. He joins Leonore and Katherine in the ResonanceFM studio to talk about films and campaigns, Fight Club, and growing up in an eco-home. For information regarding …

Sex Workers' Opera

May 26th, 2016

29:14

VLW go to the theatre in this episode, featuring interviews with co-directors Siobhan Knox and Alex Etchart explaining the aims and work that goes …

That time we met Ren from Petrol Girls!

May 22nd, 2016

28:15

VLW are joined by activist and musician Ren Aldridge. We discuss the evolution of her band, Petrol Girls, and her activism around consent and also …

artist and zine-maker Rachael House

May 21st, 2016

24:50

South London artist, comics creator and punk fan Rachael House joins Emma and Leo in the studio to chat about her work - includes mentions of piñatas, pets, Peckham and patriarchy. For information regarding your data …

Dr Wisnom and extispicy

May 6th, 2016

26:22

Selena Wisnom, a doctor in Assyriology, joins Leo and Emma in the studio with some detailed knowledge of Ancient Mesopotamia and a load of …

Meera Amin's Bull and Dagger

May 2nd, 2016

24:33

Meera Amin joins Very Loose Women in the studio to speak about founding the UK's first gender blending fashion label, Bull and Dagger. For …

Catching up with Jinjabrew

April 25th, 2016

27:04

VLW are joined by singer songwriter and friend Kyoko - Jinjabrew playing live in the studio, accompanied by Raz on cello. Kyoko talks us through the life of a musician and what inspires her to make music. To hear more …

Interactive Show Part 3: Worst dates

April 19th, 2016

28:44

Very Loose Women present part 3 of their third annual interactive show in the pub. Featuring live audience participation, VLW and friends discuss their worst and weirdest dates. For information regarding your data …

Interactive show Part 2: What is a date?

April 6th, 2016

29:35

In this special edition, Emma, Katherine, and a room full of Very Loose Women listeners help Leo in her quest to find the answer to the question, …

Interactive Show Part 1: Valentine's Day

March 29th, 2016

28:50

Very Loose Women present part 1 of their third annual interactive show in the pub. Featuring live audience participation, VLW discuss their gripes, faux pas and Valentine's Days gone by. For information regarding your …

App dating

March 22nd, 2016

24:06

Katherine, Leo and Emma share their experiences of how different phone love and hook up apps have changed their social lives. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Charlie Lyne - filmmaker, film critic, teen movie aficionado

March 15th, 2016

28:48

Very Loose Women joined on tonight's show by film critic and filmmaker, Charlie Lyne. Discussing Charlie's work, including feature length films Beyond Clueless and Fear Itself, Very Loose Women reminisce about their own …

Bodily Functions

March 8th, 2016

30:26

Presenters Emma, Katherine and Leo discuss their attitudes to bodily functions and ask why poo remains such a taboo, how they feel about gender neutral toilets, and how to navigate physical intimacy in relationships.

US Prisoner Health with Dr Landon Kuester

March 1st, 2016

27:37

Anthropologist Dr Landon Kuester joins Katherine, Emma and Leo to discuss his research in the field of prisoner health in the USA; exploring the …

Love and radio around London Bridge

February 23rd, 2016

28:18

Emma, Katherine and Leonore tell stories of love and heartbreak that have taken place in parks, pubs and monuments around the ResonanceFM studio. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Kate Evans and Red Rosa

February 15th, 2016

30:21

Author Kate Evans author of the graphic novel, Red Rosa, about Rosa Luxemburg, joins Emma Grinfeld and Leonore Schick in the studio to talk about …

Jacob V Joyce - artist, activist, friend!

February 9th, 2016

26:58

VLW are joined by artist/activist Jacob V Joyce (@JacobVJoyce) - poet, singer/songwriter, zine-creator and more. Jacob will be talking through their …

Confidence

February 2nd, 2016

29:46

Erstwhile VLW member Lucy returns to discuss Confidence; are we confident? what makes us feel confident? are dates more stressful than interviews?

Role Models

January 25th, 2016

25:05

Who do you look up to? Do you have a sexual hero? A favourite dead journalist? No? Then listen to Very Loose Women discuss their thoughts on role …

New Year's Eve

January 19th, 2016

27:41

Very loose women celebrate the start of 2016 and commiserate with each other over the constant and distressing speed of time passing. Featuring …

Freshers' Week

January 12th, 2016

30:00

We discuss this strange, overly alcohol dependent and friendship-forming period, how we've changed since our student days, and ask the big question: …

Privacy

December 15th, 2015

27:19

How do you pronounce "privacy"? Do you google people you've just met? Have you ever been cyber stalked by an institution? Do you leave the curtains open if you're naked at home? Very Loose Women attempt to answer and …

Childhood Songs in the pub

December 8th, 2015

30:06

All four Very Loose Women invite their friends to the pub to meet, drink, gripe and embarrass ourselves and each other through the medium of songs we wrote as children. For information regarding your data privacy, …

Women in history, with Lauren Johnson

November 24th, 2015

22:49

From the Archives: Author, historian and historical interpreter Lauren Johnson tells us why medieval women achieved more than we might think, and discusses her first historical novel -The Arrow of Sherwood - and the …

Naked Protesting

November 10th, 2015

24:44

VLW discuss a variety of naked protests- featuring trivia about the original naked protester, Lady Godiva, and interviews with some of our courageous clothes-shedding friends, as well as a short story from the ever …

Hair

November 3rd, 2015

27:22

Emma, Katherine and Leonore give their personal histories of hair - from their heads, to their toes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Creativity

October 20th, 2015

30:04

VLW, together with artist Liliane Lijn and founders of Jiggling Atoms, Jennifer Crouch and Natalie Kay-Thatcher discuss creativity. What holds us …

Ageing

October 13th, 2015

26:10

Emma, Katherine, Lucy and Leo imagine their lives in fifty years, and talk about what they think about when they think about ageing. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Zines with Undine Zine's Phoebe Cooke

October 6th, 2015

25:01

From the archive: In 2014, Zine-maker and journalist Phoebe Cooke joined us in the studio to discus heteronormative magazines and their bad sex tips …

What is love?

September 29th, 2015

28:27

VLW debate the answer to the question "What is love?" with help from Haddaway, love guru KatMac, Emma's troupe of Glaswegian pals and Katherine's nausea-based hypotheses. Plus a bonus short story reading from friend of …

What do you do?

September 22nd, 2015

24:14

Over a year ago, Very Loose Women spoke to artist Liliane Lijn about her journey to becoming an artist, and Jiggling Atoms co-founders artists Nat Kay Thatcher and Jen Crouch, about the question, "what do you do?" For …

Menstruation Rituals in Papua New Guinea

September 14th, 2015

28:15

From the archive: This week's podcast features an account of a traditional coming of age ceremony that took place in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea in February 2014 and was attended by ResonanceFM stalwart and film …

Exclusive interview with Karidja Touré, star of Girlhood

September 13th, 2015

16:54

To mark Girlhood's release on DVD, VLW present an exclusive interview with the star of the film, Karidja Touré. We discuss how she got her big break, what it was like working with critically acclaimed director Celine …

VLW Live show with childhood songs!

September 8th, 2015

30:22

In this episode, VLW host an interactive show from the Kings Arms pub. Guests share their gripes and delight in each others' embarrassing childhood songs. Featuring (a lot of) Pombear, The Spice Girls and Potato Pete. …

Laurie Penny

September 1st, 2015

27:41

The night before the release of her book, Unspeakable Things, journalist Laurie Penny came on the show to talk about how feminism on the internet is more radical than in print, and about food that looks like people. …

Masturbation

August 25th, 2015

30:05

VLW discuss how and why they first entered the world of self-loving. Featuring an in-depth analysis of fleshlights and American Pie, querying some …

Obsessions

August 18th, 2015

22:17

From the Archive: Derry, Ireland; 2013.

Katherine, Emma and Lili sit in the the back of the Resonance FM mobile radio station to record an episode charting intense crushes, borderline stalking and a startling confession …

Obscene language in Aristophanes

August 11th, 2015

23:08

Naomi Scott took time out from writing her PhD to talk to Katherine, Emma and Leonore about scatology, hair removal, sex and misogyny in …

Tampon Tax

August 4th, 2015

30:14

Change.org campaigners Laura Coryton and Atticus Kidd explain why a 5% "non-essential goods" tax on sanitary items unfairly penalises menstruating …

Cinema Bougainville and Lili's return

July 28th, 2015

26:01

Third Very Loose Woman, Lili, returns to talk about her 8 months away in Bougainville and the mobile cinema project she was part of there. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Divestment with Julia Christian

July 21st, 2015

29:32

Emma, Katherine and Leonore ask SOAS divestment campaigner Julia Christian about her success campaign to get the London university to divest from …

Hala Ali

July 14th, 2015

29:23

British-Saudi feminist spoken word poet and visual artist Hala Ali performs live and talks art, feminism and body hair, as erstwhile Very Loose Woman Leonore Schick returns for her first show after spending 8 months …

Underwear

July 7th, 2015

28:59

From the 2013 archives, and back when the Very Loose Women were a foursome, former VLW stalwart Lucy leads the discussion on underwear choices and limitations featuring: breast bags, bum boobs, bikini line rashes, …

Adventure

June 30th, 2015

26:33

On this week's adventure themed Very Loose Women, hosts Emma Grinfeld and Katherine Johnston interview Elsa Hammond, whose solo row across the …

Alcohol

June 23rd, 2015

26:48

Very Loose Women Katherine and Emma debate the merits of binge drinking. Could you survive a night out without boozing? For information regarding …

Polyamory

June 9th, 2015

24:40

Katherine and Emma discuss the benefits and possible pitfalls of polyamorous relationships with broadcaster, comedian and writer, Rosie Wilby.

Follow …

Activism

June 2nd, 2015

29:37

Campaigners from Housing Action Southwark & Lambeth, Sisters Uncut, and the Sound: Gender: Feminism: Activism Conference 2014, discuss how and why they take action, and former Slits guitarist, the songwriter Viv …

Richard Purnell

May 26th, 2015

28:23

Writer and performance poet Richard Purnell joins Very Loose Women Katherine and Emma live in the Resonance FM studio.

Richard curates, alongside Andrew Brown and Anthony Fairweather, The Bus Drivers Prayer, an off-beat …

Heartbreak

May 19th, 2015

28:26

The Very Loose Women share their stories and strategies for getting over heartbreak in a light-hearted and humorous take on failed relationships and …

Vulvas

May 12th, 2015

27:16

Katherine and Emma delve into the world of vulvas/vulvae! Trying to answer the questions of what actually is your vulva? Does yours look like your …

Orgasms

May 5th, 2015

28:53

How important are orgasms? The Very Loose Women sit in a pub and have a frank and intimate discussion about self pleasure, whether the Big O is all it's cracked up to be, and the more emotional aspects of intercourse in …

Arab Women Artists Now

April 28th, 2015

29:50

Very Loose Women reports from Arab Women Artists Now, a pilot one day festival held in March at the Rix Mix in Shoreditch, showcasing female first and second generation Arab artists.

Arab Women Artists Now was organised …

Africans in Early Modern London

April 21st, 2015

27:31

From the Very Loose Women 2014 archive: historian and journalist Dr Miranda Kaufmann joined us live on air to discus her research into the history of Africans living in Renaissance London.

Miranda studied History at …

Porn Part 1: Sex & Society

April 14th, 2015

27:43

In this episode, the Very Loose Women - Emma and Katherine - examine the effect pornography has on love and sex in the age of the internet.

In an interview recorded at the Feminism in London Conference 2014, …

Chamber 102

April 7th, 2015

22:05

VLW and friends discuss everything they hate- from glitter explosions to the garden gate. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Music for Heartbreak + Doomed Romance

March 31st, 2015

31:01

Emma and Katherine take a look at the songs that have helped them navigate heartbreak and doomed romance, with special guest collaborators Switched …

Inclusivity in Sport

March 24th, 2015

26:11

Special guests Ruth Fehilly from Southside WFC, Thomas Chambers from the Old Alleynians and Stuart Mason from the Kings Cross Steelers discuss how their teams have promoted inclusivity in sports. The group also question …

Breasts

March 16th, 2015

29:24

Emma and Katherine discuss breasts, bras, the pitfalls of being a larger busted lady and the "pinkification" of breast cancer; with special guest Ruth Fehilly. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

Dad Special from 2007

March 10th, 2015

31:33

Embarrassing and compelling in equal measure, the Dad Special from 2007 is the only surviving episode from the Very Loose Women, which aired on Oxide Radio during our second year of University. Edited down from two …

Mum special Part 2

February 24th, 2015

27:04

Katherine and Emma respond to last week's revelations from their interviews with their respective mothers, by taking a look at their own daughter-mother relationships. With bonus discussion of their experiences of …

Mum special

February 16th, 2015

24:55

Emma and Katherine interview their mums, Esther and Gill, in a special show dedicated to the trials and tribulations of mother-daughter relationships.

Wildness with Jay Griffiths

February 9th, 2015

26:06

In this episode of Very Loose Women, recorded at Port Eliot festival in the Summer of 2014, Jay discusses how and why she embarked on her seven year project, "Wild: An Elemental Journey", a book chronicling seven years …

Merlyn Driver and ethnomusicology

February 4th, 2015

29:55

Singer songwriter Merlyn Driver joins Emma and Katherine live in the studio to play the track Rain from his forthcoming EP, "Running and Singing".

36 Questions to Fall in Love

January 26th, 2015

27:03

Very Loose Women puts the "36 Questions to Fall in Love" to the test, in a show dedicated to psychologist Arthur Aron's study which claims to have …

Gripes and Party Animals

January 20th, 2015

29:27

In the second part of a show recorded in The Kings Arms in Borough with a live audience, Lili, Katherine and Emma open up Very Loose Women's longest standing feature: Gripe of the Week. For information regarding your …

First Kisses

January 12th, 2015

29:35

Katherine, Emma and Lili, share their early romantic forays in an episode dedicated to first kisses. Recorded in a pub off Borough High Street called the King's Arms, the presenters are joined by a live audience with …

Language and Culture

January 5th, 2015

20:56

Linguist and Buffalo University PhD student Ali Mitchell appears as a special guest on Very Loose Women discussing the relationship between language …

Sex Critical

December 16th, 2014

30:18

In this episode, Katherine & Emma interview Tasha and Kirsty, creators of Fucked Zine: On Being Sexually Dysfunctional in Sex Positive Queer Scenes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

Fashion

December 11th, 2014

30:11

In this week's edition of the Very Loose Women podcast from ResonanceFM, Katherine, Lili, Emma and friends discuss fashion faux pas, their sense of personal style, favourite 90s trends and ask all the critical questions …

Body Modifications

December 2nd, 2014

26:56

In this week's episode, the Very Loose Women discuss body modifications - from make up and jewellery, tattoos and piercings, to more extreme surgical changes including the rising trend in labiaplasty. For information …

Menstruation

November 12th, 2014

27:00

VLW discuss different ways to name periods (anyone riding the cotton pony?), talk about ways to keep clean when bleeding, and getting generally …

Internet Dating

November 12th, 2014

23:24

In this first episode, Very Loose Women discuss pre-app based internet dating. With stories of animals, psychic animals, animal psychic, a bell-jar (but why?) that is brought on a date, niche dating groups, as well as …

Teen Years

October 29th, 2014

25:43

Very Loose Women listen to a poem spoken word night Rhymes with Orange's Stevie Tyler, "Sixteen" which gets them talking about their own teen years. Lili met singer-songerwriter Sandra at a Camberwell Open Mic night and …

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