Sam McAlister, the woman behind THAT Prince Andrew interview
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3d ago
This week’s difficult woman is Newsnight's star booker Sam McAlister. A working class girl who’s mixed with princes and paupers, Sam has always known how to get where she needs to be. The story behind THAT Prince Andrew interview has now been turned into a blockbuster Netflix film, listen as I interview the woman behind the SCOOP ..read more
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How Daisy Goodwin derailed the Conservative Mayoral campaign
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1w ago
"Men get away with it because women don't want to report it" This week's difficult woman is author, producer, and screenwriter Daisy Goodwin. The brilliant mind behind Grand Designs, Victoria, and Diva, Daisy's multi-format career is impressive to say the least. Though you may be more familiar with her as the defiant voice who exposed Tory Mayoral hopeful Daniel Korski and derailed his campaign. Listen as she tells EXACTLY what went on that day.  ..read more
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The Former Chief of Ofsted on the death of Ruth Perry
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2w ago
“People assume everything should be about making the adults comfortable and happy and forget about the extra risk that puts on children.” This weeks difficult women is Amanda Spielman. Former chief of Ofsted who stepped down at the end of last year amid the death of Ruth Perry. A death which has subsequently lead to a total overhaul of how we assess schools and the role Ofsted should play in that process. In her first interview since leaving the role, listen as we discuss the state of education and the future of Ofsted ..read more
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How to destroy the institution of marriage according to Merav Michaeli
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3w ago
"The structure of marriage is a big part of maintaining the gender inequality between men and women" This week's difficult women is the Israeli leader of the opposition Merav Michaeli. Over her 12 years in Israeli politics, Merav has never struggled to make her voice heard. After recently deciding to stand down from her role as leader of the Labour party, we discussed her continued opposition to Netanyahu, a potential end to the war, and her decades long fight against the institution of marriage.  ..read more
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Dr Charlotte Proudman, the original 'feminazi lawyer'
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1M ago
"A barrister said I should be sectioned and left in a padded room" This week's difficult woman is Dr Charlotte Proudman, a fiercely defiant lawyer who isn't afraid to call a sexist spade a sexist spade. You will no doubt have first heard of Charlotte when she ousted a leering older colleague who had been making inappropriate comments about her linked in profile picture. A stunt that got her labelled an attention seeking feminazi. Dr Proudman has been no less difficult in the years that followed, always at the forefront of tackling misogyny when it rears its ugly head ..read more
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What Jilly Cooper REALLY thinks about modern men...
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1M ago
"I'll probably get cancelled for this!" Little needs to be said about this week's Difficult Woman, a prolific author, columnist and self-declared bitch, Jilly Cooper! Easily one of the greatest living English women, her novels have sold millions and have even caught the eye of our current prime minister... Recorded at the converted monastery in Gloucester where she resides, listen to this unashamedly honest conversation with one of Britain's greatest living authors ..read more
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How Tanya Laperouse turned the death of her daughter into a terrible victory...
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1M ago
"When we started this fight, we made enemies in the food industry." This week's difficult women is Tanya Laperouse, whilst you may not know her name but you will no doubt be familiar with the story that has lead to her taking on the entire food industry... and winning. In 2016, Tanya's daughter went on a holiday that would change her family's life forever... Listen to how Tanya took her own personal tragedy and turned it into a terrible victory.  ..read more
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Stella Assange on the life-or-death week for her husband
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2M ago
"If he is extradited... he won't survive in a US prison." This Wednesday, a British high court will decide on whether or not to extradite journalist Julian Assange. His crime? Exposing alleged war crimes committed by the US in Afghanistan. This week's difficult woman is Stella Assange, a human rights activist and lawyer, who married Julian in 2022. Stella and Julian met whilst he was trapped in the Ecuadorian embassy, a political prisoner unable to leave under threat of extradition. She may well be one of the bravest women I have ever interviewed ..read more
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Why Baroness Newlove doesn't trust the justice system...
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2M ago
We all take it as given that the law will be there for you when you need it... the postmasters know its not true..." This weeks difficult woman is Baroness Newlove, the reinstated victims commissioner on a warpath to fix our justice system to SUPPORT victims rather than leave them feeling like cogs in a machine. You may well know about the tragic death of her husband, Gary Newlove, who was beaten to death by a gang of youths in 2007. The pain and frustration of that experience is what drove her to action ..read more
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The Duchess of Rutland and her ghostly mentor...
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2M ago
"Even now I can feel her, she is right here with me in this room" This week's difficult woman is Her Grace, Emma, The Duchess of Rutland. A farmers daughter turned nobility this enterprising aristocrat has dragged Belvoir Castle into the 21st century and flung open her doors to the public. But it doesn't end there... an ardent spiritualist, Emma uses her natural gift to heal people with Reiki. All under the watchful tutorage of her ghostly companion The Fifth Duchess of Rutland ..read more
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