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Unfinished Business

The British Library

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Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business

The British Library

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14
Plays
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The fight for women’s rights is unfinished business. But where do we begin? Join incredible women, including actor and activist Jameela Jamil, Sex Education writer Laurie Nunn, Nubian Skin founder Ade Hassan, Olympic gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton and feminist icon Susie Orbach, as they talk to British Library curator Polly Russell about all things sexual liberation, intersectionality, mental health and more. Find out about the long history of women fighting for justice, discover remarkable characters from the past and hear from women today who are challenging and changing the world for the better. Creating a space for in-depth conversations on issues that matter across the world, this brand new podcast accompanies the British Library’s major new exhibition Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights, open in London until 21 February 2021. Unfinished Business podcast series is generously supported by Joanna and Graham Barker and The Eccles Centre for American Studies. A Pixiu production. bl.uk/unfinished-business

Latest Episodes

Pants, Pageants and Protest

For generations women of colour were unable to buy nude lingerie to suit their skin tone. In 2014 entrepreneur Ade Hassan decided to fix this by setting up Nubian Skin, an underwear company catering to people of colour. Three years on Nubian Skin is going strong but Ade still has unfinished business. In this episode she’s joining British Library curator Polly Russell to explore the relationship between race, beauty and feminism with Jennifer Hosten, the first black winner of Miss World and academic Dr Rochelle Rowe. Unfinished Business podcast series is generously supported by Joanna and Graham Barker and The Eccles Centre for American Studies. A Pixiu Production.

40 min5 d ago
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Pants, Pageants and Protest

Introducing Unfinished Business

Curator Polly Russell introduces Unfinished Business, a series exploring the fight for women’s rights, from the British Library.

2 min1 w ago
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Introducing Unfinished Business

Libraries under lockdown

Amid the pandemic, we hear from the British Library team ensuring crucial documents are delivered to public health services, a library that has exchanged books for food parcels, and a bridal studio, supported by our Business and IP Centre, who pivoted to ‘something new’ when the crisis hit.

28 minMAY 28
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Libraries under lockdown

Joining the library: Steve Berry

New York Times best selling Author Steve Berry joins us to talk about one of his favourite books, The Twisted Claw #18 in The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon. This episode was recorded before the current global outbreak - we hope you are all staying safe.

7 minMAR 26
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Joining the library: Steve Berry

Uncovering mysteries and secrets

Hear how a Librarian solved a 33 year cold case, why the British Library is currently researching some mysterious toilet paper and how a library in Manchester is helping it's patrons uncover the secrets of their own past.

37 minMAR 17
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Uncovering mysteries and secrets

Joining the library: Anne Fine

Award winning writer of Madame Doubtfire and Goggle-Eyes, Anne Fine OBE joins us today to discuss ‘The Man Who Loved Children’ by Christina Stead (1940).

11 minFEB 27
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Joining the library: Anne Fine

Choose your own adventure

Hear how Minecraft is opening up literary worlds, meet the young writers powering up their imaginations at Plymouth’s Plymstock library, and settle down for a read with the library that comes to you.

32 minFEB 13
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Choose your own adventure

Joining the library: Anab Jain

The designer, futurist, filmmaker and educator tells us about one of her favourite books: The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin (1974).

10 minJAN 30
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Joining the library: Anab Jain

Do librarians dream of electric cranes?

To start the new year, we take a look into the future. Meet the British Library’s robot assistants, get coding at Oxfordshire County Library and take the long view with Norway’s Future Library. Plus we visit our Flashback Project in Boston Spa, which ensures digital content is preserved and accessible even after the original technology has become obsolete.

30 minJAN 16
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Do librarians dream of electric cranes?

Joining the library: Blindboy

‘He was writing in the way that I speak. He was talking about country roads that I know….it was me.’ Author and podcaster Blindboy tells us about the writing that made him: The Third Policeman (written in 1939 and published in 1967) by Brian O'Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O'Brien. Contains plot spoilers and some profanity.

8 min2019 DEC 19
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Joining the library: Blindboy

Latest Episodes

Pants, Pageants and Protest

For generations women of colour were unable to buy nude lingerie to suit their skin tone. In 2014 entrepreneur Ade Hassan decided to fix this by setting up Nubian Skin, an underwear company catering to people of colour. Three years on Nubian Skin is going strong but Ade still has unfinished business. In this episode she’s joining British Library curator Polly Russell to explore the relationship between race, beauty and feminism with Jennifer Hosten, the first black winner of Miss World and academic Dr Rochelle Rowe. Unfinished Business podcast series is generously supported by Joanna and Graham Barker and The Eccles Centre for American Studies. A Pixiu Production.

40 min5 d ago
Comments
Pants, Pageants and Protest

Introducing Unfinished Business

Curator Polly Russell introduces Unfinished Business, a series exploring the fight for women’s rights, from the British Library.

2 min1 w ago
Comments
Introducing Unfinished Business

Libraries under lockdown

Amid the pandemic, we hear from the British Library team ensuring crucial documents are delivered to public health services, a library that has exchanged books for food parcels, and a bridal studio, supported by our Business and IP Centre, who pivoted to ‘something new’ when the crisis hit.

28 minMAY 28
Comments
Libraries under lockdown

Joining the library: Steve Berry

New York Times best selling Author Steve Berry joins us to talk about one of his favourite books, The Twisted Claw #18 in The Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon. This episode was recorded before the current global outbreak - we hope you are all staying safe.

7 minMAR 26
Comments
Joining the library: Steve Berry

Uncovering mysteries and secrets

Hear how a Librarian solved a 33 year cold case, why the British Library is currently researching some mysterious toilet paper and how a library in Manchester is helping it's patrons uncover the secrets of their own past.

37 minMAR 17
Comments
Uncovering mysteries and secrets

Joining the library: Anne Fine

Award winning writer of Madame Doubtfire and Goggle-Eyes, Anne Fine OBE joins us today to discuss ‘The Man Who Loved Children’ by Christina Stead (1940).

11 minFEB 27
Comments
Joining the library: Anne Fine

Choose your own adventure

Hear how Minecraft is opening up literary worlds, meet the young writers powering up their imaginations at Plymouth’s Plymstock library, and settle down for a read with the library that comes to you.

32 minFEB 13
Comments
Choose your own adventure

Joining the library: Anab Jain

The designer, futurist, filmmaker and educator tells us about one of her favourite books: The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin (1974).

10 minJAN 30
Comments
Joining the library: Anab Jain

Do librarians dream of electric cranes?

To start the new year, we take a look into the future. Meet the British Library’s robot assistants, get coding at Oxfordshire County Library and take the long view with Norway’s Future Library. Plus we visit our Flashback Project in Boston Spa, which ensures digital content is preserved and accessible even after the original technology has become obsolete.

30 minJAN 16
Comments
Do librarians dream of electric cranes?

Joining the library: Blindboy

‘He was writing in the way that I speak. He was talking about country roads that I know….it was me.’ Author and podcaster Blindboy tells us about the writing that made him: The Third Policeman (written in 1939 and published in 1967) by Brian O'Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O'Brien. Contains plot spoilers and some profanity.

8 min2019 DEC 19
Comments
Joining the library: Blindboy
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