Episode 2! We made it. It's slightly late, it's full of sidetracks, it's everything you love about Anxious & Insecure, plus some iffy instructions for how to use a menstrual cup!
Season 2 Episode 1
We're back. No, it's not a mirage. Oli and Arthur are back in your ears and less able to follow their own trails of thought than ever! In this episode, we discuss environmental issues, political turmoil, inter-generational conflict, mental health, and eggs. Obviously. Want to hear more? Then listen. It's a podcast, duh.
If you ain’t talking money, I don’t wanna talk
They don't want you to talk about money. We live in a world where consumerism is everywhere, and there's always something new and better to buy. But we also live in a world where a lot (like, a really gross amount) of people can barely afford to get by. And plenty can't even afford that.… Continue reading If you ain’t talking money, I don’t wanna talk
Do Less: multitasking sucks
A wise and treasured man once gave me some advice about multitasking. Think about this clearly for a minute. Obviously, we're all busy. Some of us have incredibly successful blog/podcast brands to run. Some of us have to set aside time to lie to people about the success of their blog/podcast brand. Others are, apparently,… Continue reading Do Less: multitasking sucks
You don’t have to be grateful for your hardships
One of those platitudes that many people love to throw about about hardships is that they make you stronger. These people are wrong. Perhaps they are well-meaning (oh dear), or perhaps they have not really dealt with significant hardship (double dear), but the fact remains that they are wrong. You aren't strong because you suffer,… Continue reading You don’t have to be grateful for your hardships
Laugh it off and hope they’ll stop
Ready for a bedtime story? Be warned, this one might give some of you nightmares. A young woman was travelling home from work. As she stood on the crowded tube carriage, she realised she would have to move slightly to let other passengers off. So she did. Everyone by the doors shuffled into what little… Continue reading Laugh it off and hope they’ll stop
Why women can’t be angry
Let’s take a moment and look at the phrase “calm your tits”, shall we? I’m not going to analyse it, I just want you to think about what a ridiculous thing it is that this phrase even exists, let alone how legitimised it’s become. Have you ever seen what happens when you tell a woman… Continue reading Why women can’t be angry
Ghosting? Us? Yeah, kinda.
Okay, so some of you have spotted that we've been a little off-radar this summer. Sorry about that, but we promise we've missed you all! A lot has been going on for us the last few months, and our tiny team has got even tinier as we've had to say goodbye to Producer Extraordinaire Ollie… Continue reading Ghosting? Us? Yeah, kinda.
Celebrating Pride as a Bisexual
So, speaking on behalf of all bisexuals everywhere... there's no such thing as a universal bisexual experience! Whoops, gotcha! Welcome to Pride Month, except we have already warned you that we are taking 2 months and there's nothing anyone can do about it. This year's pride celebrations are particularly significant to me, because it's the… Continue reading Celebrating Pride as a Bisexual
In the first episode of Pride Month(s) - we're taking 2 months because we sort of can and also we just want to - we're not at all shocked that Trump is refusing to acknowledge it. However, we're pleasantly surprised that Roseanne's racist tweets had such a major negative impact on her career. Meanwhile, in… Continue reading Episode 24
Do not give Trump the Nobel Peace Prize (pretty please)
Donald J. Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. We have thoughts on this, would you like to hear them? Of course you wouldn't, but here they are anyway! The 45th President of the United States of America is an unapologetic bigot, the picture of prejudice, and has no respect or regard for… Continue reading Do not give Trump the Nobel Peace Prize (pretty please)
Mental Health Awareness Week: where do we stand?
Recently in the UK was Mental Health awareness week. If you've listened to our latest episode, you'll have heard how excited we were for it. Because if we at Anxious and Insecure are aware of anything, it's our mental health (because it's terrible). With corporations and brands getting on board with the Week, and campaigns… Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Week: where do we stand?
We're back with another special guest! This week, we're talking about the policing crisis in the UK, featuring some iffy gun opinions and American Logic. We've also just had Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, so we stopped in for an update on everyone's health (spoiler alert: it's bad). Over in the US of… Continue reading Episode 23
The Importance of Being Meghan
The marriage between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took place this past Saturday, and never have I seen so many British people with smiles on their faces. Yes, I've seen royal weddings on television before - S/O to Will and Kate - but never while being in London, surrounded by British people, and at a… Continue reading The Importance of Being Meghan
This generation is so entitled. But so is that one, and so are the others.
I've been thinking about this whole "Millennials are so entitled, Millennials are so lazy" thing. You might be surprised (unless you know me even a little bit) to find out that I think it's rubbish. Every generation is entitled. Everybody thinks they should have things as easy as their parents did - easier, even, thanks… Continue reading This generation is so entitled. But so is that one, and so are the others.
This week, we're talking about the Royal Baby (because who isn't?) and the Windrush Scandal (because more people should). Meanwhile, maybe Kanye should stop talking so much, and Facebook is taking on dating. Good thing they have all our data already, right? All this, and more! Including things you didn't want to know about us,… Continue reading Episode 22
We’re bloggers now
Howdy-hi-hello, and welcome to the brand new blog for Anxious and Insecure! We know you love listening to our voices, despite all the mean things some people keep saying about them. The thing is, we just have so much to say! If we tried to fit everything into our episodes, Oli and Arthur would go… Continue reading We’re bloggers now
This week we all try to wrestle with our abandonment issues as Arthur leaves us again and Ollie steps in. In the UK, there will be no politicians at the royal wedding, but that's probably because they're all busy being antisemitic all the time. These two stories may not actually be linked. Across the pond,… Continue reading Episode 21
This week we start off light-hearted with an in-depth discussion of gun violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, and how systemic racism still reigns in the USA. Then we take a trip back to primary school, or elementary for some, and revisit lessons about sharing and being nice that some people haven't quite hung onto… Continue reading Episode 20
This week we have an extra special episode that we definitely did on purpose and totally wasn't a last-minute accident! Okay, so we had some technical difficulties that rendered half our original episode worthless. But on the plus side, y'all now get to experience a full episode of UK vs USA culture clash debate. Giving… Continue reading Episode 19
It's our super-special, unsurprisingly-late, International Women's Day episode! Is it bigger than Christmas? We say so. We have some fun news stories for you, like assassination attempts and alligators in public, but we also talk a lot about lady rights. So prepare yourselves for that. IWD has been big this year (yay!), and a whole… Continue reading Episode 18
This week, Arthur makes a "triumphant" return, just in time to watch the Brits absolutely lose their shit over the weather. The UK has been ravaged by not one but two major storms this week, crippling all infrastructure and causing actual death. But most importantly, there was frozen poop in the street. Have you ever… Continue reading Episode 17
This week, Arthur buggers off and ditches us all. So Oli and Ollie have to interact and things get messy. Okay, not that messy. At least they're a more cohesive team than the UK government, who took a special retreat to Chequers so they could discuss how badly they're messing up Brexit. There's also talk… Continue reading Episode 16
In a pretty devastating week, we're bringing you good news! Just kidding, everything is terrible all the time. Another sex scandal rocks the UK, this time involving Oxfam, because even charities are full of bad people sometimes. Meanwhile, a campaigner goes full 3 Billboards to remind everyone that Grenfell Tower is still without any sort… Continue reading Episode 15
This week, Trump insults the struggling NHS because American healthcare is so flawless they can get away with it. The UK celebrates 100 years since the first little batch of women were allowed to vote, and Arthur will not stop singing at every opportunity. Meanwhile, we express a clear and unsurprising preference in the Superbowl… Continue reading Episode 14
This week's top story (apparently) is CHER featuring in Mamma Mia 2. On a less happy note, a convicted paedophile who happened to be on a TV show for a while commits suicide before a ruling can be handed down. By the way, did you know there are still Blockbusters? Well, not in Texas as… Continue reading Episode 13
In which Oli croaks and mumbles throughout, Arthur believes another obvious lie, and Ollie suffers totally unwarranted character assassination. We also do some real news discussions, at some point. In the UK, we talk about the (probably unwise) release of convicted rapist John Worboys, and come to the conclusion that having fewer sex attackers on… Continue reading Episode 12
This week we address two very different but still both important cases of sexually predatory behaviour - Aziz Ansari and Larry Nassar. Then, we hear about a sorority girl who said some racist things. Nobody is surprised by it. In the UK, we explain the Carillion downfall and how capitalism is gross and ruined. Guess… Continue reading Episode 11
This week we make a concerted effort to stay unbiased when talking about our national leaders. We fail. In the UK, we're talking about the most anticlimactic reshuffle in living memory, and the knees that hold up the nation. Across the pond, youths are eating laundry pods and playing with dangerous zoo animals, so Natural… Continue reading Episode 10
This week, featuring another special guest, we're talking a whole lot about climate change, which is totally real and believed in by everyone (unless you're the sort of person who listens to Trump. But then, why are you listening to this?). We address Logan Paul's, to put it lightly, bad behaviour and the toxic tourism… Continue reading Episode 9
It's a 2017 roundup! Trump's still here, everyone's a sexual predator, Brexit's a mess, May is hanging on. With Arthur absent, Producer Extraordinaire Ollie fills in (and brings guests) and Oli struggles to stay even a little bit calm about anything. Listen now:
This week, we get sexy. Actually, no, it's just more sexual offence scandals. We're talking Met Police and tourists (spoiler: we hate them), then we try to talk about Damien Green but end up just talking about porn for longer than made the final cut. In the USA, we chat war (their favourite) and veterans… Continue reading Episode 7
You’ve been stood up
Owing to technical difficulties, there has not been an episode this week. We would rather not release something than put out something that isn’t up to scratch. Instead, please enjoy the above technical difficulties image from 1967, somehow featuring Oli and Arthur.
Welcome to episode 6, where we completely give up on sticking to the point! This week, we (try to) talk about Harvey Weinstein and Trump's Jerusalem recognition. Then, Arthur teaches everyone that murder is - wait for it - bad, and our attempt at discussing Brexit very quickly becomes a conversation about the pill and contraception… Continue reading Episode 6
It's episode 5! After a short Thanksgiving break, we're back with our usual looks at Brexit, Trump, and someone shooting people in the USA. Plus universities, schools, the Royal Engagement (of course) and much much more. And don't worry, there is definitely more attempted English accent... Listen now:
Finally, it's here! Episode 4 and we're finally addressing the controversy over roast dinners! Also more grown-up things like #Brexit and #Trump, but we all know what really matters. Listen now! Like! Comment! Subscribe! Love us!
Here it is, episode 3! We're talking Taylor Swift, Puerto Rico, the Cabinet Crisis, and much more. Just wait until you hear how 'heated' our debate over kettles got... Listen now:
Episode 2 is here!! Listen to us talk about (more) sexual harassment scandals, Brexit, Trump and how to dress so people always know your political beliefs. Let us know your thoughts! Listen now:
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