Health & medicine
The Leap Year
13 Kara Baker on Covid and clothing
Kara Baker is a fashion designer, whose business stopped dead on 13 March this year, when a host of major events including Melbourne Fashion Festival were cancelled.
In this episode, she talks with Sally about how major historical events influence the evolution of fashion, how the pandemic might change outdated and unsustainable fashion business models and how women might want to burn their leggings after lockdown.
8 So Sad, So Sexy, So Non-Compliant
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Did you know that Halle Berry is diabetic? Izzie's dad once told them that and they've never fact-checked it. They think he meant it to be encouraging, like, 'Hey, you’ll be okay, see? Catwoman has diabetes,' but unfortunately that movie was terrible. In this episode of Pill Pop, hosts Silvi and Izzie speak with writer and performer Kaitlyn Blythe about media representation of chronically ill people. They’ll give you the good, the bad, and the Jeremy Renner in what was easily the hardest time they’ve had staying on topic in an interview.
Kaitlyn Blythe is a writer and performer living in Naarm (Melbourne) and dealing with encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She also has a podcast, Just A Spoonful (currently on hiatus), where she talks to other chronically ill folks, and is working on her first book, a collection of essays about life with a disability.
Content warning: this episode includes discussions of physical and mental illness, hospitals, medical trauma.Further reading An Inconvenience by Kaitlyn Plyley, Seizure, published 19 January 2017
The ‘feminist’ advice that is actually holding women back by Kaitlyn Plyley, Sydney Morning Herald, published 3 January 3 2017 A Deep Dive Into The Latest (And Completely Bonkers) Taylor Swift Fan Theories by Kaitlyn Plyley, Junkee, published 28 February 2019 Get in touch
We want to hear from our listeners! Tweet us your non-compliant body stories at @PillPopCast, or send us an email at email@example.com.In this episode
Hosted, produced and edited by Silvi Vann-Wall and Izzie Austin. Writer and perfromer Kaitlyn Blythe, formerly Kaitlyn Plyley, is our guest.
Recorded at Studio 757, Melbourne and Silvi and Izzie's respective home offices. This series is produced in partnership with the Wheeler Centre's Signal Boost programme. Mentorship and production support from Bec Fary.
Music: 'Dip Dop' by Barrie Gledden; 'Sad Marimba Planet' and 'More on That Later' by Lee Rosevere. Sound effects sourced from SoundSnap and Klankbeeld.Transcript
A transcript of this episode will be available soon.
The Leap Year
7 Sian Prior on loss
Professor Margot Prior was a pioneer in the advancement of autism research in Australia. She was also a multi-talented talented musician, and a loving mother. Her life ended when she contracted the coronavirus in an aged care facility this year. In this episode, Sally Warhaft speaks to Margot’s daughter, Sian Prior – a writer and memoirist – about Margot's wonderful life, and Sian's personal experience of loss during this most difficult year.
Content warning: this episode includes discussions of death and illness.
The Leap Year
6 Dennis Altman on distance
Dennis Altman is a writer and academic who first came to attention in 1972 with the publication of his book Homosexual: Oppression & Liberation.
While the coronavirus pandemic is most people’s first experience of having their lives affected by a pandemic, Dennis was President of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific from 2001-2005, and has been a member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society. In this episode, he shares his insight on the similarities – and differences – between coronavirus and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the upcoming American election, and the ache of distance.
The Leap Year
5 Dr Neil Cunningham on protecting others
Dr Neil Cunningham is an emergency physician at St Vincent's Hospital, where he oversees 600 junior doctors. Throughout his career, he has witnessed a number of pandemics, including Sars, Swine Flu, and now the Coronavirus.
In this conversation with Sally Warhaft, he describes his duty to protect those around him – his patients, staff and family – in a year like no other.
The Leap Year
3 Brendon Gale on bringing it home
In July 2020, Victoria’s AFL teams left the state amidst tightening restrictions and a spike in Covid-19 cases. The teams expected to spend 32 days in the Queensland hub, isolating and only interacting with other players, before returning home.
Three months later, CEO of Richmond Football Club Brendon Gale talks to us about life in the hubs, breaches, and how the football community has pulled through in a time of crisis.
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