Ouch! Disability Talk Show

BBC  |  Podcast , ±27 min episodes every 6 days  | 
Every month, Rob Crossan and Kate Monaghan present the programme you didn’t know you wanted to hear. It's disability from a fresh angle featuring interviews, discussion and the occasional quiz. The (disabled) presenters dissect and analyse recent events with interest and a good dose of healthy humour.

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18
JAN

'I will drop you in awkwardness'

As Annalisa D’Inella’s sight deteriorates, people become more awkward around her. Why is this and what can she do about it? UK teen Tilly Griffiths had some awkward conversations when arranging 24-hour care for university in America but spoiler alert, she got there. And Jordan Statham’s standoffs with teachers were pretty #awkward before he was diagnosed autistic.

One raised five million pounds for charity, one wrote Simon’s favourite song and another’s 9-year-old daughter has the same jumpsuit as grown-up Kate. Find out which is which on the latest talk show.

With Kate Monaghan and Simon Minty.

Subscribe now in BBC Sounds or ask for us on your smart speaker "play Ouch disability talk from the BBC".
11
JAN

‘I slid down the bannisters and fell on my head’

Thriller writer Liz Nugent deals in dark worlds with flawed characters, but she has experienced her fair share of challenges and tough times too.

After falling from the stair bannister aged six onto her brother’s tricycle she experienced a brain haemorrhage. A second accident in her 20s triggered Dystonia, a condition which causes the muscles in her leg to uncomfortably contract, making walking difficult.

Her recovery has so far included an accidental stint in a psychiatric ward, plenty of botox (cosmetic and medical) and learning to type her award-winning novels with one hand.

The Irish writer chats about her latest novel – Skin Deep – and how she has perfected her streamlined writing style, with minimum description, because every word costs her energy. There are even a few tips for aspiring writers in there too.

Presented by Emma Tracey with Beth Rose. A transcript will appear here soon.

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04
JAN

Christmas repeat:The The date saboteur and the make-up store terror

Happy New Year from the BBC Ouch team! As a little treat, we thought we’d give you another chance to listen to some of our fabulous performers on BBC Ouch: Storytelling Live at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.

Going out is meant to be fun, but add in an unpredictable disability or mental health problem and you could have an unwanted challenge or serious embarrassment on your hands - especially if these real-life tales are anything to go by.

From the agoraphobic woman who took an extreme 15-hour bus journey so she didn't have to remain overnight after her best friend's wedding, to a man with Crohn's disease desperately hunting for a toilet in the unfamiliar flat of the person he spent the night with. Plus, the woman who faced a beautician's interrogation when she was trying to get to grips with depression and anxiety and just wanted to buy some soap.

Lucy Jollow, Philip Henry and Laura Lexx revealed their embarrassing encounters for BBC Ouch: Storytelling Live, a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the theme of Going Out. Hosted by Lost Voice Guy.

And watch out for updates on how you can get involved in the 2019 show!

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28
DEC
2018

Christmas repeat: Passionately kissing your ‘mum’ to prove a point

Merry Christmas from the BBC Ouch team! As a little gift to you from us, we thought we’d give you another chance to listen to some of our fabulous performers on BBC Ouch: Storytelling Live at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018.

Going out can be fun, but add in a disability or mental health problem and it can become fraught with challenges - and embarrassment - if these real-life tales are anything to go by.

From passionately kissing your "mum" to prove a point, to suffering a wardrobe malfunction in the middle of Manchester and receiving a diagnosis of ADHD after risking everything and taking a pill in a nightclub - you're probably going to have second thoughts about ever leaving your house again after hearing these stories.

Aaron Simmonds, Fran Aitken and Jessica Donohoe revealed their embarrassing encounters for BBC Ouch: Storytelling Live, a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Hosted by Lost Voice Guy.

And watch out in 2019 for the opportunity to step onto that stage yourself - Merry Christmas!

Subscribe to Ouch, or wherever you get your podcasts from. Like us, rate us and leave a nice review - this helps others find our programmes.
Email ouch@bbc.co.uk Tweet @bbcouch or find us on Facebook.
21
DEC
2018

The dilemmas of Quizmas

It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve missed your flight – technically it’s your fault – but would you play the ‘disability card’ to try and get another for free? And what would you do at the work Christmas party if you desperately needed the accessible toilet but saw a couple heading into it - together?

BBC headliners Frank Gardner and Gary O’Donoghue and Touretteshero, Jess Thom, reveal all in this game of Christmas dilemmas with a disability twist, obviously.

Presented by Beth Rose with Niamh Hughes.
17
DEC
2018

'I pushed Kelly Fletcher off the stool'

From the young blind YouTuber whose make-up channel led her to being the poster girl for Cover Girl to the man who found out he has MS at the same time as having his first child.

Why our guests all seem to have a bit of a crush on their surgeon, the buildings round the world which recently lit-up purple to show support for disabled people and Derek Paravacini our star pianist who is sometimes called an autistic savant - as well as being Ouch's good friend – performs the most Christmassy of music on demand.

Our festive show is packed with emotion and well worth a listen.

With Simon Minty and Kate Monaghan.

Subscribe now in BBC Sounds or ask for us on your smart speaker "play Ouch disability talk from the BBC".
05
DEC
2018

Stories about pooing in a bag

Eye-opening stories from three people who "wear a bag" instead of being able to use the toilet naturally.

Thousands of people have them in the UK and, permanent or temporary, it is as a result of ill health within the digestive system.

Hear why one person likes to pop the undigested peas she finds in her bag, and about the process which leaves you with a Barbie butt.

YouTube star Hannah Witton, an expert on sex and relationships, recently had her colon removed. She chats to Sam Cleasby and Blake Beckford who also use stoma bags.

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23
NOV
2018

'Disabled people make the best entrepreneurs'

Why does self-employment often suit disabled people better than the nine to five?

Three winners of this year’s Stelios Award describe their businesses, explain why they like working for themselves and give tips for future disabled business-owners.

BBC Ouch's Emma Tracey meets Joshua Wintersgill, who has developed an aircraft sling for wheelchair users, chocolatier Samona Williams and Rachel Shapey who has designed a music-making app.

A full transcript will be available soon. For more Disability News, follow BBC Ouch on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to the weekly podcast on BBC Sounds.
15
NOV
2018

“We made conversation while my daughter licked the pavement”

There She Goes, a BBC Four comedy series about raising a learning-disabled child, has just ended. In this week’s Ouch podcast, the man who wrote it, Shaun Pye, meets journalist William Kremer, who wrote about his own learning-disabled daughter for the BBC. Shaun describes some of the real life events that inspired the series – like his regular encounters with his well-meaning but hapless neighbour. “We’d make stilted conversation while my daughter licked the pavement,” he says.
09
NOV
2018

Bake Off Briony’s kitchen hacks and Kitch the rapper

The Great British Bake Off contestant Briony Williams has a missing left hand but some viewers didn’t spot it until episode three. How did she get by in that famous tent without any help or disability adjustments?

BAFTA-nominated Ruth Madeley is currently filming with Emma Thompson, but in the summer she made a Horizon documentary about her impairment, spina bifida. Ruth got to watch pioneering surgery on an unborn baby with the condition and ask how her own mum reacted when told she was carrying a disabled daughter.

Kitch, the rapper with a stammer and a great back story, performs at the end of the show.

Presented by Simon Minty and Shannon Murray. A full transcript will be available soon.

For more Disability News, follow BBC Ouch on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to the weekly podcast on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts from.
02
NOV
2018

What happens when the beat drops?

Beatboxing has long been associated with the hip hop world. But creating beats is not only a form of self-expression; it could help to unlock the full potential behind the human voice, especially for those with a speech impediment.

We’re exploring how a music class for disabled children at The Lavelle School for the Blind in New York City uses beatboxing as an effective form of speech therapy.

James Kim is the executive director of Bridging Education and Art Together (BEAT) and one of the masterminds behind Beat Rockers, a beatboxing and self-expression programme aimed at young people in New York City.

Joining James is a professor of cognitive neuroscience, Sophie Scott who has studied the ways beatboxing challenges what we know about the human voice to examine just how helpful it can be.

Presented by Niamh Hughes

(Photo: Rapper and microphone/Credit: Getty Images)
29
OCT
2018

‘Be my friend because we’re both disabled mums’

Returning to work after maternity leave can be a daunting experience - especially if you have a disability. So, with Emma Tracey back at Ouch HQ, what better time to discuss how she is getting on? Emma is joined by disability activist Kaliya Franklin. Kaliya has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and has a two-and-a-half year old son. From pregnancy to the first days or motherhood and the dreaded poppers on babygrows, Emma and Kaliya describe what it’s like to navigate motherhood from a different perspective. Presented by Emma Tracey.

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