10/1 - "Pupil A"

“I didn’t just start drinking a lot. I started using a variety of mind-altering substances”

Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images News / Getty Images

Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images News / Getty Images

Ben used to be a secondary school teacher.

He isn’t anymore.

In a brutally honest interview, he tells Olly his compelling story.

Trigger warnings: see end of show notes

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Meanwhile, in The Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart takes Olly - and Milo, his faithful Jack Russell/Chihuahua - for a walk round Regent’s Park, to test out the trend for dog subscription boxes Tails and Buster, and training app Dogo. Woof!

Elsewhere, down The Foxhole, Alix Fox explores a world of adoption alternatives, including surrogacy, egg-freezing, womb transplants and even artificial wombs.

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This episode is brought to you in association with Gazelle, the self-service phone recycling kiosk. In the USA they’ve recycled 19 million devices, and they now have 18 kiosks in England. Find your nearest one here.

Our Record of the Month comes from veteran east London grime MC Ghetts and his Ivor Novello-nominated track, Black Rose, ft. Kojey Radical:

If you’ve considered taking your own life, please remember that support is out there for you. In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14.

Posted on May 1, 2019 and filed under Season Ten.