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 since our inception in 2015. 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 Ollie Peart) are light-heartedly debated and, where possible, experienced. Next comes an unpredictable, inspiring middle feature in which 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 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 get off 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 more than 250 five-star reviews on Apple Podcasts. It's financially supported by amazing sponsors, and hundreds of devoted listeners like you, who regularly donate beer money to the cause.
The show has twice been nominated 'Podcast of the Year' at the UK Radio Academy Awards, winning Silver in 2016.
OLLY MANN - Host
Olly presents podcasts The Week Unwrapped and The Media Podcast. On BBC radio he is currently the host of Radio 4's Four Thought and The Male Room. He has also anchored hundreds of hours of live radio for commercial radio stations including LBC and Magic.
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.
OLLIE PEART - Presenter, 'The Zeitgeist'
Ollie is the Modern Mann's trending stream, uncovering the best of the week's trends in our opening segment, 'The Zeitgeist'.
He 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 Dorset 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 - Presenter, 'The Foxhole'
Alix is The Modern Mann's resident sexpert, although she prefers the term “sex spurt”. She's an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and sex educator.
A proud Ambassador for Brook sexual wellbeing charity, and co-host of BBC Radio 1's X-rated comedy show Unexpected Fluids, Foxy works as Sex & Relationships Expert for ONE Condoms, Superdrug and Tenga toys. You can find her writing in The Guardian, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, and scrawled on various toilet walls - as well as in books, and her upcoming novel, published by Penguin.
Alix's accolades include being a finalist for the Women of the Future Awards 2017; winner of the Sexual Freedom Award for Publicist of the Year 2017; and shortlisted for the Family Planning Association Rosemary Goodchild Award for Sexual Health Journalism 2017.
Her goal in life? "To be decently indecent."
MATT HILL - Producer