2/8 - Who is Rory Reid?

Joining Top Gear: Fame in the fast lane.

Rory Reid is about to become a household name. He was chosen by the BBC, from thousands of applicants, to present the relaunched Top Gear, alongside the likes of Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, and spin-off show Extra Gear.

Despite many years as a motoring and tech journalist under his belt, he has had only a few months to adjust to the international celebrity his new job will bring, flying around the world driving supercars for one of the biggest TV shows on Earth.

In this world exclusive interview, he tells Olly how he prepared for his Top Gear screentest, and why a rap video may just have secured him the gig; reacts to his treatment by the British tabloids, and explains why he has some sympathy with Jeremy Clarkson...


Also this week, Ollie Peart considers the live-action Tetris movie in The Zeitgeist, a new product for night-time snackers and the horrors of drinkable Weetabix, and reveals some lesser-known sports.

Meanwhile, in the Foxhole, Alix Fox sweats the small stuff as she answers a question of pheremones: is it normal to be attracted to your partner's sweat? If you have a question of sex for a future episode of the show, just submit it via our Feedback form now - you can remain anonymous if you wish.

Our song of the week is the lovely Life Itself by Glass Animals, out now:

Thanks to our sponsors of the week, baldheadliberationfront.com - your one-stop shop for all your bald-headed needs! Thanks too to everyone who has bought us a beer this series - we really appreciate it. The average price of a pint of beer in Britain is a mere £3.31, but please do feel free to pledge as much or as little as you can afford on our beer money page. 

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Posted on May 24, 2016 .

2/7 - Strip Club Etiquette

Lap-dancing, extortion - and solidarity.

How should you behave in a 'gentleman's club'? From grinding the stage at super-sized American strip bars to working the pole in humble East End pubs, stripper Edie Licious has played 'em all. 

In this frank and funny interview, she tells Olly how nightclubs milk money from hapless drunk punters who pay 'VIP', explains why erotic dancing can still sometimes be erotic, and considers her future in the industry now that she's fallen in love. You'll never not tip a stripper again!


To find out more about Edie's work with the East London Stripper Collective, visit their Facebook page

Also this episode: Ollie Peart previews the music, fashion and grub on offer at this year's biggest music festivals in The Zeitgeist. Is festival food overpriced? Is monochrome the acceptable face of tie-dye? And will he ever get tickets for Glastonbury?

Meanwhile, over in The Foxhole, Alix Fox promotes her campaign to introduce a condom emoji, and considers a question of BDSM: should a reluctant dom hit and choke his submissive girlfriend when she's specifically requested him to, but he feels uncomfortable so doing? If you have a question of sex for a future episode, just fill in our Feedback form - you can remain completely anonymous if you wish.

Music this week comes courtesy of Matthew and the Atlas, in the form of their new single, Temple, from their album of the same name:

Finally, big thanks to our sponsors this week, the Bald Head Liberation Front - your one-stop shop for blades, oils and potions to keep your bald scalp shiny and sexy and manly and grr. Visit them now at baldheadliberationfront.com

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Posted on May 17, 2016 .

2/6 - Going Incognito

"The trade off is almost always: security is inconvenient"

Is your smartphone spying on you? Just how secure is the dark web? And is your 'Private Browsing' time actually, you know... private?

Buzzfeed's James Ball was just 23 when Julian Assange thrust a USB stick with nearly 400,000 confidential Iraqi war logs into his hands. In this episode he shares with Olly his top tips for conducting conversations, managing documents and meeting associates whilst avoiding unwanted surveillance.


If you'd like to try James' 'Location Services' trick on your iPhone, here's are the menus you need to navigate: 

Settings → Privacy →  Location Services → System Services →  Frequent Locations

Also this week: in The Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart ponders the year's hottest BBQ trends, the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest, and the return of Peaky Blinders.

And we've a special edition of The Foxhole, for which Alix Fox takes Olly on a tour of her favourite sex boutique, Sh! in Hoxton. She'll be tackling sex questions again next week, though - so if you have one, just submit it using our Feedback form.

Music this week comes courtesy of Martha Ffion, with her new single We Disappear, out now on Turnstile Records:




Posted on May 10, 2016 .

2/5 - How To Be A Dad, part 2

"Having a child obliterates the person that you were."

Six months ago, Olly met with comedians Stuart Goldsmith and Tom Price to discuss their fears and anxieties around their impending fatherhood. Now, three months since they each spawned a son, the trio reunite to compare notes...

Price, Mann, Goldsmith: this is what three tired men look like

What has having a baby done to their time management, sleep routines and sense of self-worth? Which gadgets would they recommend to future dads? And is there such a thing as male post-natal depression? 


Meanwhile, in The Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart learns French via his smartphone, discusses Radiohead's temporary disappearance from the internet, and the trend for 'dentist beards'.

And, in The Foxhole, Alix Fox flogs a truck-load of her old sex toys for charidee, and considers whether a listener should be loyal to the mirena coil if his wife's contraceptive prevents her from achieving orgasm. If you have a question for Alix for next week's show please go ahead and submit it on our Feedback page. 
Our song of the week is, appropriately, from the lullaby archives at rockabyebabymusic.com:

Thanks to Soho Theatre London for hosting our discussion. You can hear more from Stuart Goldsmith in The Comedian's Comedian, in which he interviews a headline comic about their career and creative process; and more from Tom Price in The Leak, a topical comedy show returning soon. in which Tom and guests look back over the week's news. We'd strongly recommend both!

See You Next Tuesday.

Posted on May 3, 2016 .

2/4 - Let's Build A Theme Park

Thrills, spills, and forming an orderly queue.

Theme parks have transformed from the travelling fairs of the fifties and Disney-inspired family resorts into playgrounds for adrenalin junkies of all ages.  So, how do ride designers meet the needs of their discerning public?

Bradley Wynne, lead creative artist at Merlin Magic Making, is a man who knows - he's spent a lifetime obsessing about all things theme park and is now heading up the team for Thorpe Park's biggest ever launch, Derren Brown's Ghost Train

In this episode, Olly learns from him how sounds, smells and touch can enhance the experience of riding a rollercoaster; discusses the fallout from the tragedy on The Smiler, and how you can use a very boring interest in planning application data to your advantage, to secure a dream job.


Also this episode: Ollie Peart debates the pleas for 'no spoilers' following the return of Game Of Thrones, the declining sales of pasta, and the enduring power of dial-up; and in The Foxhole, Alix Fox considers whether having sexual fantasies about your schooldays makes you a paedophile. (It doesn't). If you have a question of sex for a future episode of the show - just click Feedback. Go on! You can remain completely anonymous if you wish. 

Our record of the week? Why, that's Damien Jurado's new single, Qachina, out May 6th:

Good, innit? 

This episode has been sponsored by Fallen London, the brand new text adventure game for iOS. Download it for free now in the App Store, or sign up to get a gift from us at failbettergames.com/modern. Thanks to them, and everyone who has bought us a beer or left us an iTunes review  - you're the bestest! See you next Tuesday.

Posted on April 26, 2016 .