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DJ Annie Macmanus chats to artists, writers, musicians and a host of fascinating people about CHANGE. Each guest talks through the biggest changes they have overcome in childhood and adulthood, and how they effect change. The podcast explores how change punctuates our lives, how it can totally derail us and define who we are. How we confront it, react to it and how we try to activate change has never been more important than in this moment. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out infor ...
 
Distraction Pieces is the fastest growing weekly podcast in the UK. Hosted by Scroobius Pip with guests including Russell Brand, Katherine Ryan, Simon Pegg, Kathy Burke, Alan Moore, James McAvoy, Aisling Bea, Stewart Lee, Michael Fassbender, Josie Long, Adam Buxton and many, many more. Now available on acast, iTunes and all good podcast outlets. Download, subscribe, rate & review now!
 
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Very few artists win the Turner Prize. Very few filmmakers win an Oscar. Only one person has won both. That person is Sir Steve McQueen, the acclaimed director of Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave, and Widows. With each film, Steve McQueen expanded the scope of his fierce, unflinching gaze – from Irish republicanism, to the Slave Trade in the Deep So…
 
This week our guest couldn't make the interview at the very last minute. Which was unfortunate because obviously we wanted to talk to them and also it meant we didn't have an episode for this week. So since Robin and Josie were already on the Zoom call, they just interviewed each other for half an hour. Hope you enjoy. Normal service will resume ne…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! This week Pip is joined by the tremendous actor SAM SPRUELL! A very open chat with Pip and Sam, who actually joined forces once upon a time in one of Pip’s earlier acting adventures. They catch up on that of course, but all the way through this is peppered with all sort…
 
James Baldwin is one of the most recommended and discussed authors on this podcast so this week's guest is someone who literally wrote the book on Baldwin. Eddie Glaude is a Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and his latest book is Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. he talks to Robin …
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! This week Pip is joined by long awaited / much requested rapper and activist LOWKEY! While rapper and activist might not cover it completely, Lowkey is someone who you need on your radar as this podcast will prove. It feels like Pip has been in training for this one but…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! BONUS TIMES as Pip re-presents for you a classic Distraction Pieces Network podcast SAY WHY TO DRUGS with SUZI GAGE! All is explained in the intro but below is the original writeup for the episode. Find the podcast feed in all good pod spots but links will be posted bel…
 
Anil Seth has been researching consciousness for over twenty years and now he's released his first book on the subject, Being You. He joins Robin and Josie to talk about the book and what we do and don't know about consciousness. Are trees consciousness? What is panpsychism? Are there levels of consciousness? Why do some people see the letter B as …
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! This week Pip is joined by the actorial force of nature NATHANIEL MARTELLO-WHITE! Yet another masterclass in the acting world, following a series of incredible one-on-ones with legends on the screens of all sizes… This time Nathaniel steps up to the microphone to talk a…
 
As part of The Cosmic Shambles Network's takeover of The Speakeasy at this year's Latitude Festival, Dr Helen Czerski was joined by Professor Dan Davis for a live Book Shambles / Science Shambles crossover show. They chat about Dan's new book The Secret Body: How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live, glowing jellyfish, doin…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! This week Pip is joined by the absolutely brilliant actor NIAMH ALGAR! Niamh and Pip get straight into the whole actorial science pretty swiftly right here, from her place in the early stages of quarantine. What this all leads to is an incredibly useful toolbox for acto…
 
Isy Suttie was one of our first guests on the podcast many years ago now and as her first ever novel, Jane is Trying, hits shelves this month she returns to talk about with Robin and Josie. They chat about the experience of not writing a novel to sound like a novel, not letting Isy's mum read it, being concerned that coffee granules could be cancer…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! This week Pip is joined by People Just Do Nothing star STEVE STAMP! Of course the term ‘star’ doesn’t cover all the bases of what Steve does over there at the Kurupt FM towers… From writing to directing to all kinds of other bits and bobs, he is in a perfect position to…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! An amazing opportunity to get inside the mind of writer, director and producer SHAWN LEVY! You may be familiar with Shawn from such projects as the sleeper hit ‘Real Steel’, the ‘Night At The Museum’ series and ‘Stranger Things’ to name a mere sprinkling in the vast oce…
 
This week on Book Shambles Josie and Robin are joined by the Swedish journalist Katrine Marçal to talk about her new book Mother of Invention: How Good Ideas Get Ignored in an Economy Built for Men. They chat about how this means we had a man on the moon before we had suitcases with wheels and how electric cars are 'just for girls'. Extended editio…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! A fabulous episode as Pip is joined by the very funny and very lovely comic and actor TIM RENKOW! A class act from beginning to end, as Tim catches us up on all things actorial, comedic and other such goodness including his show Jerk, being an American in the UK (by way…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Party people in the place, please be welcomed once more (making that four welcomes if yr counting) to EPISODE 400! The big birthday bash episode! Two birthdays in fact - if you consider an episode as having a birthday, which of course means the podcast had to go through…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Party people in the place, please be welcomed once more (making that four welcomes if yr counting) to EPISODE 400! The big birthday bash episode! Two birthdays in fact - if you consider an episode as having a birthday, which of course means the podcast had to go through…
 
You might recognise journalist Rachel England's voice from the Brain Yapping podcast that she co-hosts with Dean Burnett on The Cosmic Shambles Network but today she's a guest on Book Shambles as her first book has just been released. Everyday Activism: How to Change the World in Five Minutes, One Hour or a Day is full of ideas for people who want …
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Party people in the place, please be welcomed once more (making that four welcomes if yr counting) to EPISODE 400! The big birthday bash episode! Two birthdays in fact - if you consider an episode as having a birthday, which of course means the podcast had to go through…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Party people in the place, please be welcomed once more (making that four welcomes if yr counting) to EPISODE 400! The big birthday bash episode! Two birthdays in fact - if you consider an episode as having a birthday, which of course means the podcast had to go through…
 
Rupert Thomson is the author of thirteen highly acclaimed novels and an award winning memoir. He has spent timing living all around the world and his latest novel, Barcelona Dreaming, comes from the six years he spent living in the Spanish city. He talks to Robin and Josie about the book, the city and what it's like finding out one of your novels w…
 
https://acast.com/en/jameson-distractionpieces-terms Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Another fabulous session this week, as Pip is joined by Seapa aka MC Grindah of People Just Do Nothing! A top chat featuring timely check-ins on all things public and personal, from homelife to the bigger entertainmen…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! An extra special bonus secret announcement this week, with your secret directions to a world of awesomeness. Listen in and find out more - revealing anything here would only serve to spoil the surprise, but also this might be one for the ‘every episoders’ amongst you. N…
 
Professor Karl Deisseroth is an emergency psychiatry physician. He's been responsible for some breakthrough scientific discoveries in optogenetics in which he developed ways to allow turning specific brain cells on or off, with light. This week he joins Robin to talk about that process and his new book on mental health and human empathy, Connection…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Joining Pip this week is the incredible director of ‘Censor’, it’s PRANO BAILEY-BOND! An excellent get together featuring some really fruitful angles and insightful thoughts, as Pip and Prano get into the magic of film. But not only that of course - you know the Distrac…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! BONUS TIME with a crossover feature with the Hardcore Listing podcast! The main part of this bonus is the whole of a Hardcore Listing episode, where Pip stood in for Chris Glassen as Stu Whiffen’s sparring partner and got into it about the best 5 TV character names! So …
 
John Robb is a musician from bands like The Membranes but also one of the UK's most respected music journalists. This week he joins Robin and Josie to talk the re-release of his book Death to Trad Rock all about the explosion of the niche post-punk scene and why it never broke through into the mainstream. They also chat about the bands of today tha…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Please welcome singer, rapper, boxer and Youtube star KSI! Pip is joined by a Youtube veteran, and definitely someone with an admirable work ethic. Inspired by the likes of Childish Gambino and early adopters, KSI has carved out his own unique space in the world of soci…
 
Pragya Agarwal is a behavioural scientist who’s written a number of excellent books on the subject but her most recent book, (M)otherhood: On the choices of being a woman, is her most personal book yet as it examines how we as a society look at motherhood. She joins Robin and Josie this week to chat about the book, how each new book consumes her, c…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Joining Pip this week is the notorious, the glorious, the hilarious actor (voice and physical), writer and director NICK FROST! …who you might also know as Simon Pegg’s sparring partner in many an iconic production throughout the years, but that is not to in any way dim…
 
Recorded live online as part of the More Than Words Literary Festival, Robin and Josie are joined by comedian and writer Michael Spicer who you probably best know as the 'Room Next Door' guy. They chat about his recently released first book, The Secret Political Advisor, creating comedy during the pandemic, the state of satire and a whole lot more.…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Another one for the books right here, as we welcome writer, dancer, podcaster and worlds more, KELECHI OKAFOR! …also known as Kelechnekoff. A supreme recording for you here as Pip joins forces with one of the greatest voices in the game, as you will hear throughout or m…
 
It’s the final part of the Mother Mother Mini-Series, and it’s a big one. Ciaran Thapar has written an explosive, game-changing study of youth violence in London: Cut Short. It’s based on his years of experience as a youth worker in the borough of Lambeth, where he has helped bridge the divide between distinct communities that share the same street…
 
Comedian, actor, writer and podcaster Jessie Cave joins Robin and Josie this week to talk about her debut novel Sunset which is out now. They talk about why she chose to write about grief, hating being on stage, working with her family and worrying that whatever the book ended up being it'd just be labelled as 'Harry Potter chick lit'. A warning as…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Enjoy a fabulous catchup with DJ / presenter, author and true great ANNIE MACMANUS! One of those long overdue meetups where you feel like it could be a part of a Distraction Pieces off-shoot podcast of its very own, where Pip checks in with Annie about all things life a…
 
Part three of the Mother Mother Mini-Series is all about living with grief – something Nikesh Shukla gets to terms with in his memoir, Brown Baby. Nikesh has written novels for adults and children, and he curated the acclaimed essay collection, The Good Immigrant, but this is the first time he’s delved so deep into his own life for material. It’s a…
 
Neuroscientist and best selling author Dean Burnett is a regular contributor to the Cosmic Shambles Network and this week he returns to the Book Shambles podcast to chat to Robin and Josie about his latest book Psycho-Logical, the problems surrounding mental health care in the UK, dealing with grief in the pandemic and some of the continuing miscon…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Joining the podcast this week is another fabulous acting favourite, yes indeed it is AMANDA ABBINGTON! Due to one thing or another, schedules have been flipped, turned upside down, but Pip and Amanda have managed to crowbar in some good time to get together and rock a t…
 
In the second part of the Mother Mother Mini-Series, Annie speaks to journalist, and now best-selling author, Sophie Heawood about her memoir, The Hungover Games. It’s an outrageously funny book about something that didn’t feel particularly funny at the time: Sophie was in her mid-30s, living in LA, covering showbiz for the UK press, and quite happ…
 
Originally broadcast on February 12th 2020, this episode feels like a dream or a fantasy world away now - but it’s a brilliant one which deserves the DPP Rewind treatment at a poignant time. Michael Cashman was a delight and his story is thrilling, which absolutely warrants its re-run - please listen if you haven’t yet, and if you did at the time, …
 
On today's episode Josie and Robin chat to the writer Lauren Oyler. A prolific writer of articles for publications like Harper's and the New Yorker, as well as having ghostwritten for many people, her first novel is Fake Accounts about a a woman who discovers her boyfriend is an anonymous internet conspiracy theorist. They chat about the challenges…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Joining the podcast this week is the fabulous acting favourite and true treasure JULIET STEVENSON! Having met on set on Sara Pascoe’s ‘Out Of Her Mind’, Juliet and Pip hit it off and set up a future plan for a podcast meeting - and here we have the glorious result! Kick…
 
For the first part of the Mother Mother Mini-Series, Annie speaks to Francisco Garcia about the Missing Persons Crisis. When he was seven years old, Francisco's father walked out of his life, and entered into the messy hinterland of the missing. Now, as a journalist, Francisco has become fascinated with the wide spectrum of experience that gets bun…
 
Geoff Dyer returns to the podcast to talk to Robin and Josie (who is late arriving because her daughter broke the TV...) about his new book See/Saw: Looking at Photographs, which is out now. They talk about photography, favourite photographers, writing about niche topics for a wide audience and humour in photography. To hear an extended edition of …
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! Pip catches up on events from the past few years with poet, author and good pal LAURA DOCKRILL! A very timely meeting with Laura this week, coming in after the finale of the Where’s Your Head At series that spanned the month of May. This is very much on message for the …
 
On today's episode Robin and Josie are joined by Annie Macmanus (who you may better know as Annie Mac from Radio1) to talk about her debut novel Mother Mother. They chat about her fears of moving into an entirely different creative arena, how the literary and music worlds compare and creating playlists for books. Bonus chat as always for Patreon su…
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! You are especially welcome to the concluding part in a larger series called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ - a collage of experiences from pandemic times. This is the final in the month long series which has seen Pip engage in a huge collage of conversations to co-incide with …
 
Welcome, welcome, welcome to the Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip! You are especially welcome to the fifth in a larger series called ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ - a collage of experiences from pandemic times. Over the next few weeks, you will hear from a huge range of people Pip sat down and had conversations with, but specifically based a…
 
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