Caroline West #FeministPorn Ep.141

Is porn good or bad? The question is way more nuanced than a simple yes or no. We are joined in the #TortoiseShack by lecturer, PhD candidate – researching the discourse between feminism & porn, MA in Sexuality Studies, Caroline West. We discuss the history of porn, it’s impact in the internet age, it’s feminist evolution and the how we talk about it versus how we should be talking about it. Maybe don’t listen to this in front of the kids… ..or maybe that’s where we are going wrong! These podcasts need your help. Join our independent, listener-led platform and […]

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Róisín Shortall #Integrity Ep.40

Róisín Shortall #Integrity These days you’d be forgiven for thinking that accountability means the stage-managing of disasters and that leadership is measured in likes and retweets. But it is important to remember that not all politics is just PR. There is an alternative vision and a people centered politics. Our guest is TD, Co-Leader of the Social Democrats and a politician of integrity, Róisín Shortall. Listen in as she walks us through her time in government, explains why she was willing to act on her principles and shares with us a fascinating insight on the reasons behind her resignation as […]

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Wayne Stanley #HomelessnessIsNotNormal Ep.34

Wayne Stanley #HomelessnessIsNotNormal Too often our politician’s play the numbers game and for some reason the fixation with not crossing the 10,000 homeless Rubicon seems more important than taking practical steps to turn the tide. Our guest is research and policy analyst with Focus Ireland, Wayne Stanley, who with over a decade of working on homelessness, its causes and the underlying issues, shares with us his insights on the genesis of the crisis, the legislation Government could enact today to start slowing the flow into homelessness and finally helps us put the Irish situation into an international context without the […]

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Karl Deeter #Right2Housing Ep.140

Karl Deeter #Right2Housing We believe, like the UN, that housing is a human right. Some people think a house is a commodity. Yet that does not automatically mean that we haven’t more in common than that which divides us, or does it? Our guest in The Tortoise Shack is Financial Adviser, Musician, Columnist, Commentator, former Hibernia Forum member and self-declared Redneck, Karl Deeter. We begun by asking Karl the question ‘Is housing a human right?’ You’ll have to listen for his answer. Conflict, but with a small c. Join The Tortoise Shack for extra insights and the ability to shape […]

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Aisling O’Neill #StandWithNursesAndMidwives Ep.143

Aisling O’Neill #StandWithNursesAndMidwives Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, came to power with a pledge to work towards a Republic of Opportunity. Well our guest in The Tortoise Shack, Nurse, Activist and Sinn Féin Local Election Candidate, Aisling O’Neill, reckons equal pay for equal work would be a good place to start fulfilling this pledge. Aisling, speaking in a personal capacity, gives us her thoughts on where this dispute originates from, the current situation and the likely resolution as well as the stresses and strains of the profession she so clearly loves. We also talk the latest housing figures and why Fine Gael […]

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