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The Spectator Podcast: life after May and the Victorian women who explored

29 March 2019

5:00 PM

29 March 2019

5:00 PM

This week, Theresa May finally promised to leave – but only after her Brexit deal passes. Anticipation of her departure has already triggered a leadership race within the Conservative party – who will take after her, and what does Brexit and the country look like after May leaves? On the podcast, Katy Balls talks to James Forsyth and former cabinet minister Nicky Morgan.


Despite Brexit, the government’s domestic agenda tries to rumble on. A long-planned and long-delayed plan to use technology to place age restrictions on watching pornography is due to come in imminently. Ostensibly, the goal is to prevent under-18s from accessing it, but Robert Jackman reports in this week’s issue that tech-savvy teenagers can get around it, and the blocker will end up excluding older generations, instead. On the podcast, Robert talks to feminist writer Julie Bindel and obscenity lawyer Myles Jackman about the effectiveness of and intentions behind this blocker; and Myles and Julie go head to head when discussing the morality of pornography, altogether.

And last, we talk to writer and explorer Rosemary Brown about the female explorers of the Victorian age. From Isabella Bird to Mary Kingsley, these ladies explored the furthest corners of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Dea Birkett argues in this week’s issue that though they might be feminist icons, they certainly weren’t feminists themselves. On the podcast, Rosemary tells us about her personal idol Nellie Bly, an American journalist who, in 1889, travelled the world in 72 days to beat the fictional Phileas Fogg. Rosemary argues that we must contextualise these women and give them credit where credit’s deserved.


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