Ouch! Disability Talk Show

BBC  |  Podcast , ±26 min episodes every 1 week  | 
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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16
MAY

The rising stars of Eurovision who pulled out of the final

The Shalva Band were favourites to represent host country Israel at Eurovision but pulled out when the dress rehearsal was scheduled for Friday - the Jewish holy day of rest.

The group of eight musicians, who all have disabilities, had been voted through on a national TV programme.

Their popularity rose at the same time research revealed 90% of parents in Israel didn't want their offspring to attend after-school clubs with disabled children.

The band released a campaign song called Open The Door in response to the research. It went viral and they say it's changing attitudes to disability.
Vocalists Anael and Dina told BBC Ouch they are now stopped for selfies wherever they go.

Despite opting out of Eurovision, The Shalva Band will perform A Million Dreams, from The Greatest Showman, during the 2nd Eurovision semi-final on Thursday.

With apologies for the occasional sound difficulty on the line from Jerusalem.

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10
MAY

The challenge of being a teacher with Tourette's

Natalie Pearson is a primary school teacher and one of a few in the world to also have Tourette's syndrome.

Tourettes causes her to swear, sometimes in class, and also jerk her body - but she says her students and colleagues have embraced it

The science teacher was diagnosed with late-onset Tourette's syndrome at the age of 21 and believes a traumatic rape at university was the trigger.

Natalie's story was originally heard on the BBC's Multi Story podcast.

Presented by Becca Bryers.

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02
MAY

'I realised not everyone has to be a Paralympian'

From being a working class disabled person to waiting for that brown envelope to arrive for your benefits reassessment. This show, recorded in front of a live audience, moves from one emotion to another.

Comedian Jackie Hagan describes how she went from feeling she had to prove she could still do everything and more, after having one leg amputated, to realising she didn't actually have to become a hero.

Performer Conor A has fibromyalgia, an impairment usually associated with women. He reveals how he was treated by doctors and how he learned to build access needs into his own show such as a prompter for when he goes all 'fibro fog'.

Presented by Simon Minty and Kate Monaghan at the I'm Here, Where Are You? festival in Cambridge. A transcript will be available soon.

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25
FEB

Disabled People Are Hot

We already knew it anyway, but the hashtag #DisabledPeopleAreHot has gone viral - about time too.

People from around the world have been rocking their best looks and posting them proudly on social media for everyone to see.

Originator of the hashtag, Andrew Gurza, gives us the lowdown on his hope for the movement, the 'merch' he's going to get made for it and how it's a lot more than just a flash in the pan trend.

Presented by Emma Tracey with Niamh Hughes.

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Image copyright: Alejandro Santiago Photography
25
JAN

Why the hashtag #ThingsDisabledPeopleKnow went viral

The hashtag #ThingsDisabledPeopleKnow has gone viral in the last few days.

Started in America by Imani Barbarin a week ago, it's got tweeters from all corners of the disability community and globe sharing those annoyances disabled people know, but which might never occur to anyone else.

We hear from Imani about why she started it in the first place, why Damon thinks people break wind in his presence and whether this could be a #MeToo moment for the disability community.

With Damon Rose, Emma Tracey and Niamh Hughes.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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