“Excellent journalism, thorough and empathetic” – The Guardian

WINNER
Best Current Affairs Podcast
, British Podcast Awards
Most Educational Podcast, Independent Podcast Awards
Faces to Watch, PodPod

SILVER
Best Presenters, The ARIAS

Moment of Insight, International Women’s Podcast Awards

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Podcast of The Year, Visionary Arts Awards

Interviewers of the Year, British Journalism Awards
Best News & Politics Podcast, Independent Podcast Awards
Best Factual Programme
, ARIAS
Changing the World, International Women’s Podcast Awards
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Award
, Signal Awards
Best News & Investigation Podcast, PodBible Listener Polls

Past episodes…

You can access TRANSCRIPTS for episodes HERE

Helena and Mathilda's Little Revolutions

Released 8 January 2024

This week, the roles are reversed as your Media Storm hosts become the interviewees! Helena Wadia & Mathilda Mallinson sit down in conversation with journalist Masuma Ahuja on Little Revolutions, a...

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Abortion on trial: Poland and the politicisation of human rights

Released 29 November 2023

Access the episode transcript: https://tinyurl.com/4vphsyps Warning: This episode contains mentions of suicide Justyna Wydrzyñska is appealing a criminal conviction in Poland for sending abortion...

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S3E12 ‘One man’s terrorist’: Resistance and radicalism in Gaza and Beyond - with Gulwali Passarlay and Zahera Harb

Released 26 October 2023

Support Media Storm’s work from as little as £3 a month on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast  The war in Gaza involves everyone, as the global community is drawn onto a...

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Live show! 2023's biggest media storms - Luis Rubiales and Spanish football's sexism problem

Released 19 October 2023

Hey listeners! We've launched a Patreon. If you want to support us for a small monthly fee, head to patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast This is part three of Media Storm's LIVE SHOW at London Podcast...

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Live show! 2023's biggest media storms - Titan submarine impolsion

Released 12 October 2023

Hey listeners! We've launched a Patreon. If you want to support us for a small monthly fee, head to patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast This is part two of Media Storm's LIVE SHOW at London Podcast...

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Live show! 2023's biggest media storms - The Huw Edwards Scandal

Released 5 October 2023

Hey listeners! We've launched a Patreon. If you want to support us for a small monthly fee, head to patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast This is part one of Media Storm's LIVE SHOW at London Podcast...

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Are refugees really 'stealing our homes'?

Released 28 September 2023

Hey listeners! We've launched a Patreon. If you want to support us for a small monthly fee, head to patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast A few weeks ago we released an episode about temporary...

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Russell Brand: Innocent until proven guilty?

Released 21 September 2023

Content warning: This episode discusses rape, sexual assault, and gender-based violence. If you need support, you can call Rape Crisis for free on 0808 500 2222 This week - though an 'open secret' in...

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S3E11 The solutions: Undoing an institutionally racist police force

Released 14 September 2023

Episode transcript: https://mediastormpodcast.com/2023/09/14/3-11-the-solutions-undoing-an-institutionally-racist-police-force/ Join Media Storm LIVE at Kings Place, London, Saturday 16th Sep, 7pm:...

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S3E10 Why are so many Black people being rejected from the police force?

Released 7 September 2023

Episode transcript: https://mediastormpodcast.com/2023/09/14/3-10-why-are-so-many-black-people-being-rejected-from-the-police-force/ Join Media Storm LIVE at Kings Place, London, Saturday 16th Sep,...

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S3E9 An institutionally racist police force: Process of elimination

Released 31 August 2023

EPISODE TRANSCRIPT: https://mediastormpodcast.com/2023/09/04/3-9-an-institutionally-racist-police-force-process-of-elimination-pt-1/ Join Media Storm LIVE at Kings Place, London, Saturday 16th Sep,...

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S3E8 Housing crisis: A lifetime in ‘temporary’ accommodation - with Kwajo Tweneboa

Released 24 August 2023

Hey listeners! We've launched a Patreon. If you want to support us for a small monthly fee, head to patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast Media Storm will be LIVE at London Podcast Festival, Saturday 16th...

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Woman, Life, Freedom: Feminism across cultures and borders

Released 17 August 2023

Media Storm will be LIVE at London Podcast Festival, Saturday 16th September at 7pm. BOOK your tickets now:  https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/media-storm-2/  If you're a Lord of the...

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S3E7 Women in crisis: Is conflict and disaster sexist? - with Nazanin Boniadi

Released 10 August 2023

Book Media Storm LIVE at the London Podcast Festival, Saturday 16th Sep at 7pm: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/media-storm-2/ Aid budgets have been hit hard by Covid and economic...

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Helena's 'Immigrantly' story - with Saadia Khan

Released 3 August 2023

Come to our LIVE SHOW at London Podcast Festival! Saturday 16th September at 7pm https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/media-storm-2/ For this week's bonus episode, two podcasts have joined...

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World on fire: El Niño and Labour’s ULEZ debate

Released 27 July 2023

LIVE SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: Media Storm will be live at the London Podcast Festival this September, on Saturday 16th at 7pm! Book tickets now to join us as we breakdown the craziest headlines of 2023:...

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Unpicking the media storm: Trans rights as a threat to women

Released 20 July 2023

Warning: strong language and mention of rape LIVE SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT: Media Storm will be LIVE at the London Podcast Festival this September, on Saturday 16th at 7pm! Book tickets now to join us as we...

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S3E6 Self-ID: Scotland, Westminster, and the fight for gender recognition - with Charlie Craggs

Released 13 July 2023

Hey listeners! We've launched a Patreon. If you want to support us for a small monthly fee, head to patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast Scotland recently joined approximately 30 countries in implementing...

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Misogyny in the media: Helena & Mathilda speak in Parliament!

Released 6 July 2023

This week, Media Storm went to Parliament!  Helena & Mathilda were in the halls of Westminster to speak to MPs and Parliamentarians about misogyny in the media: how the media can responsibly report...

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S3E5 Police: Behind the PR machine - with Leroy Logan and Chantelle Lunt

Released 29 June 2023

For the full uncut discussion with Leroy Logan and Chantelle Lunt, subscribe to our Patreon: patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast The Conservatives succeeded in their manifesto pledge to recruit 20,000 new...

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World Refugee Week: New data, same old story

Released 22 June 2023

Support Media Storm’s ethical journalism on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast It’s World Refugee Week and the results are in: join us as we crunch the latest numbers on global...

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S3E4 Strikes: What have trade unions ever done for me? - with Mick Whelan

Released 15 June 2023

Hey listeners! We've launched a Patreon. If you want to support us for a small monthly fee, head to patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast What words come to mind when you hear the word 'strikes'? Delays,...

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Behind the scenes of Media Storm!

Released 8 June 2023

In this week’s bonus episode, Helena and Mathilda have an announcement to make… they have started a Patreon! You can access it at https://www.patreon.com/MediaStormPodcast This is a chance for...

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S3E3 Medical cannabis: The criminalisation of chronic pain - with StevoTheMadMan

Released 1 June 2023

Chronic pain is a silent pandemic affecting somewhere between 8 and 28 million people in the UK alone. Recent headlines (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-65596283) reveal it’s contributing to...

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Mainstream media mistrust and the far-right

Released 25 May 2023

We're back with this bonus episode to give you a little bit more of our conversation from Episode 1 on the rise of far-right extremism, and what role the mainstream media has to play. Our guest,...

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S3E2 Safety or status? Migrant women and domestic abuse - with Janey Starling

Released 18 May 2023

On the 29th April 2021, the Domestic Abuse Bill became law. Many called the Bill 'landmark', or 'transformational'. Others called it discriminatory. Why? Because migrant victims with insecure status...

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Get Lippy! What you don't know about gynae cancer can hurt you

Released 11 May 2023

Every day in the UK 58 people are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer. 21 will die. Lack of awareness, late referrals and widespread stigma mean people are being denied life-saving diagnoses and...

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S3E1 Radical thinking: How to fight the far-right - with Nigel Bromage

Released 4 May 2023

Warning: mentions of sexual violence  As political polarisation stretches us to breaking point, co-hosts Mathilda and Helena head to the shadowy fringes of society to find out what pushes people to...

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SERIES 3 TRAILER

Released 27 April 2023

Media Storm is back on 4 May! Helena and Mathilda take on the mainstream media and embark on new investigations that put people with lived experience back at the centre of the story. Investigations...

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What does a ‘free press’ really mean?

Released 17 March 2023

Print is dying. Since the arrival of the internet and fast-paced, free information at the tap of the finger, the news outlets that tell us what’s what have been scrambling to find their footing....

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Visionary Arts Awards and a new series of Media Storm

Released 6 March 2023

We've been nominated for PODCAST OF THE YEAR at the Visionary Arts Awards 2023! Vote here: https://visionaryarts.org.uk/awards/vote/ From diversity and inclusion, to mental health awareness and the...

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LIVE SHOW Comedy, 'cancellation', and correctness - with Deborah Frances-White and Isabelle Farah

Released 22 December 2022

Coming to you from the London Podcast Festival: The Guilty Feminist presents Media Storm’s debut show, live from King’s Place! Presented by journalists Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia, Media...

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This Is How You Do It: BBC gender and identity correspondent Megha Mohan

Released 15 December 2022

Media Storm hosts Mathilda and Helena meet their mainstream media matches! In this crossover bonus series with The Guilty Feminist, they interview journalists trying to make an imperfect industry a...

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S2E12 Death: Terminal illness and the right to die

Released 8 December 2022

Warning: Discussions around suicide and assisted dying. If you need someone to talk to, call the Samaritans on 116 123.  It happens to everybody but nobody wants to talk about it: the irony is, it's...

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This Is How You Do It: Coiled's Leanne Alie

Released 1 December 2022

Warning: Some strong language Media Storm hosts Mathilda and Helena meet their mainstream media matches! In this crossover bonus series with The Guilty Feminist, they interview journalists trying to...

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S2E11 Menopause, sexism, ageism: What's driving women out of work? - with Karen Arthur and Emma Goswell

Released 24 November 2022

Warning: Some strong language  Welcome to The Menopause Revolution! A new era for a bodily phenomenon we were once too scared to call by name. Menopause is starting to show its face in our...

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Polyamory in pop culture

Released 17 November 2022

Warning: Some strong language  Following on from Media Storm's episode about polyamory, the law, and the mainstream media, Media Storm co-hosts bring you this bonus episode with Leanne Yau from the...

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S2E10 Polyamory: Love and the limits of the law - with Leanne Yau aka Poly Philia

Released 10 November 2022

Warning: Some strong language  Imagine getting fired for your relationship status. Imagine a nosy neighbour deciding they knew what was better for your children. This is the reality for polyamorous...

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White (Other): Anti-Eastern European prejudice

Released 3 November 2022

Media Storm’s latest investigation looks at a new, post-Brexit era of exploitation targeting Central and Eastern Europeans in the UK. Today’s bonus episode looks at the attitudes behind this...

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S2E9 “Low-skilled”: The exploitation of Eastern European workers - with Alex Bulat

Released 27 October 2022

A post-Brexit Britain has halted visas to low-paid, so-called “low-skilled,” foreign workers - primarily coming from Central and Eastern Europe. Policymakers hoped to increase wages and decrease...

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Managing mental health and the media

Released 20 October 2022

Warning: This episode contains references to mental illness and suicide. If you need someone to talk to, contact Samaritans.org or call 116 123.  Recorded the day after #WorldMentalHealthDay, Media...

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S2E8 Mental Health: The pros and pitfalls of diagnosis - with Scarlett Curtis and Kamilah McInnis

Released 13 October 2022

Warning: This episode contains mentions of mental illness, suicide, and self-harm. Recently, doctors have recognised a strange phenomenon: patients turning up with mental health diagnoses in hand....

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LIVE SHOW Misogynoir in Parliament - with Bell Ribeiro-Addy and Nadine Batchelor-Hunt

Released 6 October 2022

Coming to you from the London Podcast Festival: The Guilty Feminist presents Media Storm’s debut show, live from King’s Place! Presented by journalists Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia, Media...

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S2E7 'Gypsy, Roma, Traveller’: Why is prejudice on the rise? - with Mikey Walsh

Released 29 September 2022

Warning: Some strong language and reference to suicide  We often think of ‘progress’ as an enemy of ‘prejudice’, but when it comes to prejudice towards Gypsy, Roma and Travellers, the...

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This is How You Do It: Reed Amber and Florence Bark of Come Curious

Released 8 September 2022

Warning: Strong language and frank discussions about sex Media Storm hosts Mathilda and Helena meet their mainstream media matches! In this crossover bonus series with The Guilty Feminist, they...

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S2E6 STIs: We need to talk about men and HPV - with Alix Fox

Released 1 September 2022

Come to Media Storm's live show at the London Podcast Festival! 18th September, 7pm TICKETS HERE: kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/media-storm/  Most people will get the most common STI at some...

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Indigenous leadership in climate solutions

Released 25 August 2022

Indigenous peoples who live off the land are often the first affected by climate change, just as they are the last to cause it. But what is often told as a story of injustice should be a story of...

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S2E5 Climate frontlines: The truth about Big Oil - with Thimali Kodikara

Released 18 August 2022

Warning: References to stillbirth WATCH MEDIA STORM’S DEBUT LIVE RECORDING AT KING’S PLACE, 17/09, 7PM: https://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/words/media-storm/ Scorching heatwaves and ‘red...

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This Is How You Do It: Bristol Sex Workers Collective

Released 11 August 2022

Media Storm hosts Mathilda and Helena meet their mainstream media matches! In this crossover bonus series with The Guilty Feminist, they interview journalists and activists trying to make their...

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S2E4 Masculinity and body image: Why don't men seek help? - with Scottee

Released 4 August 2022

Warning: In-depth talk about eating disorders, exercise addiction and references to suicide.  Read the transcript here:...

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This Is How You Do It: QueerAF's Jamie Wareham

Released 28 July 2022

Bonus episode - This Is How You Do It: Jamie Wareham Media Storm hosts Mathilda and Helena meet their mainstream media matches! In this crossover bonus series with The Guilty Feminist, they interview...

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S2E3 Unoffending pedophiles: Clinical or criminal?

Released 21 July 2022

Warning: References to child sexual abuse and pornography Read the transcript here: https://mediastormpodcast.com/2022/08/08/2-3-unoffending-pedophiles-clinical-or-criminal/ How can we prevent...

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This Is How You Do It: Disability rights journalist Rachel Charlton-Dailey

Released 14 July 2022

Media Storm hosts Mathilda and Helena meet their mainstream media matches! In this crossover bonus series with The Guilty Feminist, they interview journalists and activists trying to make an...

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S2E2 Post-Roe v. Wade: How safe are UK abortion rights? - with Renee Bracey Sherman

Released 7 July 2022

Across the pond, the United States Supreme Court made the decision to overturn Roe v Wade, meaning 33 million women in America were stripped of the right to an abortion. Many US states have already...

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This Is How You Do It: Gal-dem's Naomi Larsson Piñeda

Released 30 June 2022

Warning: Some strong language Media Storm hosts Mathilda and Helena meet their mainstream media matches! In this crossover bonus series with The Guilty Feminist, they interview journalists trying to...

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S2E1 Gender health gaps: The true cost of chronic UTI - with Athena Lamnisos and Dr Christine Ekechi

Released 23 June 2022

Off-label antibiotics ordered from Hong Kong, bacteriophages cultivated in Georgia, bladder fulguration undergone in Turkey - these are some of the lengths countless women are resorting to in...

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SERIES 2 TRAILER

Released 16 June 2022

Media Storm is back next week! Helena and Mathilda take on the mainstream media and embark on new investigations that put people with lived experience back at the centre of the story. This season...

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ARIA Awards and a new series of Media Storm

Released 5 May 2022

We won a Silver ARIA Award for Best Speech Presenters!  In this bonus episode we recount our experiences of awards night, who we met, what it was like to be in a category with radio giant nominees...

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Netflix & Chill: Anatomy of a Scandal - with The Guilty Feminist's Deborah Frances-White

Released 19 April 2022

The episode is hosted by Deborah Frances-White (@DeborahFW) with guests Mathilda Mallinson (@mathildamall) and Helena Wadia (@helenawadia). Get in touch Follow us on...

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How to be a better work ally to people with disabilities

Released 31 March 2022

After looking at the prevalence of ableism in UK workplaces and the lack of legal recourse for those affected in last week’s episode, Media Storm is handing the mic - for the final instalment of...

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S1E10 Ableism enabled: The loopholes in Equality Law - with Jumoke Abdullahi and Ellen Jones

Released 24 March 2022

Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia. Warning: Some swearing Disabled workers are over twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled workers — even not counting those who...

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Visiting London's 'Decriminalised Futures' sexhibition

Released 17 March 2022

Laws that criminalise certain aspects of sex work force people into unsafe, unregulated environments, where they become even more vulnerable. Last week, on International Women’s Day, we joined the...

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S1E9 Sex Workers: Ignored and under threat - with Niki Adams

Released 10 March 2022

Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia.  Warning: Some strong language and references to sex Transcript:...

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Harm reduction as a different approach to drugs

Released 3 March 2022

Since 1971, the US has led a global campaign to criminalise and eradicate certain psychoactive substances: this is known as the war on drugs. On last week’s episode of Media Storm, we looked at the...

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S1E8 The UK’s war on drugs: Politics and prohibition - with Niamh Eastwood and Juan Fernandez

Released 24 February 2022

Read the transcript: https://mediastormpodcast.com/2022/03/17/1-8-the-uks-war-on-drugs-politics-and-prohibition/ Warning: Strong language, drug use ‘DRUG TRAGEDY’, ‘DRUG CRIME’, ‘DRUG...

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Homelessness and how to help us

Released 17 February 2022

Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia Bonus Episode: Homelessness and how to help, by people who've been there Last episode, Media Storm investigated homelessness behind...

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S1E7 Homelessness: The hidden figures - with Kai Samra

Released 10 February 2022

Warning: Strong language Official homelessness statistics are a fraction of the numbers that charities claim to exist. Is someone sugarcoating the data? Is it a genuine mistake? Or are we looking in...

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Intersectionality and body image

Released 3 February 2022

Content warning: Eating disorders "New Year, New You": that’s the message you've probably heard in the mainstream media for the last month. On last week’s episode Fatphobia: Healthcare by Size,...

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S1E6 Fatphobia: Healthcare by size - with Stephanie Yeboah and Essie Dennis

Released 27 January 2022

Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia Read the transcript:...

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The truth about 'luxury' prisons

Released 20 January 2022

Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia If you’ve read UK news over the past year, you’ll likely have heard of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill making its way...

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S1E5 Criminal Justice: Does prison work? - with The Secret Barrister and Paula Harriott

Released 13 January 2022

Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia Read the transcript:...

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COMING UP ON MEDIA STORM

Released 10 January 2022

Media Storm will be back with more episodes on Thursday 13 January. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/media-storm. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. Learn more...

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S1E4 Transgender healthcare: A waiting game - with Laura Blake and Shivani Dave

Released 16 December 2021

Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia Content warning: Suicide, self-harm Episode 1.4: Transgender healthcare: A waiting game - with Laura Blake and Shivani Dave  Read the...

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S1E3 Rape Justice: What happens to the 98%? - with Leyla Hussein and Gina Martin

Released 9 December 2021

Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia Content warning: Rape, sexual violence, FGM Episode 1.3: Rape Justice: What happens to the 98%? - with Leyla Hussein and Gina Martin Read...

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S1E2 Pandemic of hate: We need to talk about anti-Asian abuse - with Zing Tsjeng and Hussein Kesvani

Released 2 December 2021

Media Storm presented by Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia Episode 1.2 Pandemic of hate: We need to talk about anti-Asian abuse - with Zing Tsjeng and Hussein Kesvani Transcript:...

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S1E1 El Dorado: Why do refugees ‘love’ the UK? - with Steve Ali

Released 25 November 2021

Transcript: https://mediastormpodcast.com/2021/11/29/1-1-eldorado-why-do-refugees-love-the-uk/ With headlines reporting ‘record numbers of migrants’ reaching the UK in dinghies, Media Storm heads...

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Deborah Frances-White in conversation with Mathilda Mallinson and Helena Wadia

Released 24 November 2021

Media Storm is a new podcast from The House of the Guilty Feminist. Episode 0. Deborah Frances-White Read the transcript:...

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SERIES 1 TRAILER

Released 28 October 2021

Media Storm is the new podcast from The House of the Guilty Feminist Where fact-checking meets fun, reporting meets road-trip and the mainstream media meets its match, Media Storm is a news podcast...

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Media Storm Independent Podcast Awards

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#2 in Top 100 Investigative All Time Chart
#4 in Top 100 Activism All Time Chart
#5 in Top 100 Current Affairs All Time Chart
#19 in Top 100 Feminism All Time Chart