WHAT IS THE MODERN MANN?
A former child soldier. A butler to the super-rich. The world’s worst international football coach. These are just some of the amazing true stories The Modern Mann has brought you in 2017. We're a magazine show for the podcast generation. We're about real people, talking straightforwardly about fascinating things that matter to them.
Each show kicks off with The Zeitgeist, in which the week’s trends (chosen in an outrageously subjective way by man-about-town Ollie Peart) are light-heartedly debated. Next comes an unpredictable, inspiring middle feature in which intrepid host Olly Mann hits the road to meet unusual characters who provoke or confuse: a theme park designer, a white hat hacker, a gambling addict. Through their stories (always recorded face-to-face), we gain an insight into a hidden world, and always learn something, however small: how to make the perfect cup of coffee; how to stop your phone from spying on you; where to sit get the best view in an IMAX cinema...
Then, at the back, the sex bit: The Foxhole with Alix Fox - the softly-spoken, foul-mouthed love expert who warmly tackles listener questions about the messy brilliance of sex and the difficult, darker side of it too. What’s the best way to have sex in a tent? How do I clean my vibrator? How do I tell my wife I’m gay? Alix has a frank, funny, non-judgemental take on it all. These are the boundary-pushing conversations you simply never hear on the radio... proudly sponsored by our friends at MyCondom.com
The show finishes with - what else? - a song. Over the years we've championed great recording artists like British Sea Power, Glass Animals, Mystery Jets and Los Campesinos!
The Modern Mann is a proudly independent show which has attracted well over a million downloads and 200 five-star reviews on UK iTunes. It's financially supported by great sponsors, and hundreds of devoted listeners like you, who regularly donate beer money to the cause.
OLLY MANN - presenter
His comedy podcast Answer Me This!, which celebrated its tenth birthday in 2017, remains one of Britain's most popular independent podcasts. It has won Podcast of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, British Public Radio Awards, and European Podcast Awards, and has been spun-off into a book published by Faber. With co-host Helen Zaltzman, Olly has also presented numerous specials for 5 Live and a Radio 4 series about the origins of podcasting.
Olly is a columnist for Reader's Digest, and guests regularly on BBC Breakfast and Sky News. He has also presented Tech Weekly for The Guardian, The Male Room for Radio 4, and hosts The Media Podcast.
OLLIE PEART - Contributor
Ollie is the Modern Mann's trending stream, uncovering the best of the week's trends in our opening segment, 'The Zeitgeist'.
Ollie is a 5'6" blonde haired, ginger bearded ancestor of some vikings... probably. He's a writer and presenter but spends most of his time walking his dog in the Berkshire countryside.
He has been described as a 'digital disruptor', a 'pint-sized geek' and 'the angriest man in action sports'. He has hosted Please Accept Cookies for The Guardian, Epic Guff for Epic TV and The Indestructibles for Dave, and currently scripts and develops TV programmes that no one will ever see.
He once auditioned to be the Milkybar Kid, but, sadly, didn't get the part.
ALIX FOX - Contributor
Alix is The Modern Mann's resident sexpert, although she prefers the term “sex spurt”. She's an award-winning journalist, presenter and sex educator.
A former editor on Bizarre magazine and agony aunt for Men's Fitness, Alix currently works as UK Sex & Relationships Expert for Durex, teaches for Ann Summers, frequently collaborates with Brook sexual health charity, and hosts real-life sex story podcast Close Encounters for The Guardian. You can find her writing in Marie Claire, Grazia, Glamour, Time Out and The Debrief, and scrawled on various toilet walls.
She’s told her neighbours that the buzzing, vibrating sounds they can hear through the walls are just her using an epilator, so they must think she’s really hairy.
MATT HILL - Producer