Dirty Mother Pukka with Anna Whitehouse
Dirty Mother Pukka with Anna Whitehouse
About Dirty Mother Pukka with Anna Whitehouse
Dirty Mother Pukka is the intelligent, gritty, humorous podcast that airs the dirty laundry of its brilliant guests. Hosted by Anna Whitehouse AKA Mother Pukka, each week I’ll be uncovering the highs and lows of the humans behind the big names. Unfiltered. Unashamed. Unapologetic. Listen and subscribe now on Global Player.
If you want to laugh through the pain of procreation, Jen Brister is your woman. From taking the piss out of herself as the ‘awkward friend’ at the birth of her twins to acknowledging the madness of an IVF pregnancy, this is a one-woman-show that brings everyone else in.
This episode pays tribute to Jacqueline Gold, a woman who sat at the helm of Ann Summers all her working life. She single-handedly changed the face of the sex toy industry, removing shame and pioneering the iconic rampant rabbit. Anna and Polly only spoke to Jacqueline last year before she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She sadly passed away last week and the girls wanted to take a moment to hold onto her words.
This is one for anyone wanting to understand autism. In adults or kids. This isn’t one to gloss over because you haven’t been diagnosed or feel it isn’t relevant. We all need to understand neurodiversity to truly be inclusive and this is a heartfelt, informed conversation between three women - one who has been diagnosed, one whose son is going through the process - and what to consider - and one who truly wants to understand more. The language to use, the nuance and the way forward in education.
The backdrop to Dirty Mother Pukka is, well, more than a podcast. We decided to start it in - quite frankly - our lowest moment. To give each other structure and accountability week-in-week-out. Isolation and loneliness happens in the least likely places sometimes. Whether in a marriage, in a home, in motherhood, this episode is our love story to you. Our love story for each other. Because no matter how something looks, how popular someone appears, how shiny their Instagram, you never know the full story. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
God we love this woman. From dancing to Hear’Say in our student unions to partying - what felt alongside her - in sticky-floored nightclubs, Suzanne Shaw was the girl-next-door who knew how to party. But at what cost? And who was she underneath what the music label had decided? In this open-hearted episode Anna and Polly talk about the complexity of binge-drinking and how grey area boozing wasn’t helping her in motherhood. Listen in if you are thinking about wine o‘clock as soon as you get up. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
When Helen Thorn’s husband cheated on her, she found love with her best friend and work wife Ellie Gibson. This episode is the happily ever after we were never sold. The one where woman falls for women amid the pain of infidelity. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
This episode cracks open the reality of abuse in a relationship. Physical and non-physical. What are the signs? And how do you support someone going through it - and how to get out of it. Malin talks to Anna and Polly about rebuilding after Love Island and finding her inner strength outside of the male gaze. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
Bored of missionary? Done with doggy? There are no words for what Polly says in this episode. Left complete tumble weed as we discuss new sex positions to try. But there’s ONE that truly works and after raking through a list of 48 others, it’s time to mix it up. Let’s talk about sex, indeed. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
In this episode Anna and Polly go deep into the postnatal trenches and talk about the impact kids have had on their relationship. From birth trauma to pure anger, this episode is a cathartic listen for anyone with pent-up maternal rage with nowhere to put it - other than on your partner.
It’s been exactly a year since Dirty Mother Pukka launched and the first episode with Myleene Klass landed. She spoke so beautifully and openly about her experience of miscarriage and the one thing she said in that episode has stayed with me - and so many of you - since. It’s given me peace where there was pain and emptiness. So many of you keep asking for this clip so here it is for you to share with anyone that might need it. Thank you for your support over this year and here’s to many more heartening and, also, heartbreaking chats. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
In this episode Anna and Polly bare their relationship souls to Married At First Sight’s relationship coach Mel Schilling. There is no stone left unturned in this open-hearted chat about what it is to make a marriage work - and when to get out. The one piece of advice she gives here has already turned Anna and Polly’s relationships around. Til death do us part indeed. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
From the ick factor with a long-term partner to extreme fantasies with fictional folks, how can reality and fantasy be so poles apart? Anna and Polly open up about the biggest turn ons and turn offs in their relationships - and where sexual fantasy might lead them. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
This episode is about all those moments you’ve been made to feel ‘lucky’ your partner is doing the bare minimum of childcare. Those moments ‘daddy daycare’ is mentioned or it’s insinuated he’s somehow babysitting his own child. This is about the domestic load and what equality looks like in the home. Whether he picks up the childcare slack or you do. Strap in for the domestically-loaded ride. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
This episode heads into the heart of the family unit and looks at what toxic behaviours might lie within. Anna and Polly look at their own behaviours within that family dynamic and what a boundary looks like with your blood relatives. Happy families, indeed. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
Quite a turnaround, Anna's husband Matt joins the team this episode to talk about his new platform Typical Man. A place for those who want to break the toxic masculinity mould. The trio talk Andrew Tate, misogyny and how to raise sons and daughters in a world that's still telling 'boys to be boys'. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
Due to popular demand, we’ve got sexologist Karen Gurney back on the podcast to strip back your/our sex lives. The big issue is: how do you stop griping and start fancying someone who you’ve seen on the toilet, in birth and snoring in bed with you? Listen in and, well, hop on. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
If you’ve ever been pushed out of work or made redundant - usually for having a baby - then this episode is for you. The former editor-in-chief Jo Elvin speaks about the moment she was made redundant after 17 years at the helm of Glamour. The crisis of identity that ensued and how she has redefined success. Anna also speaks about the power of ‘average’ and how ‘having it all’ is really just code for ‘doing it all’, which equals burnout and essentially losing everything. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
In this episode Anna and Polly strip down to their undercrackers and lay their sexual souls bare to sex therapist Dr Karen Guerney. How much is ‘enough’ sex? Should you worry if you aren’t doing it at all? Is the ‘maintenance shag’ a healthy tool or just another way to quash true sexual connection? So many questions and so many sexually-charged answers from a woman who has helped thousands of couples wade through the sexual quagmire. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
This episode digs into life’s biggest common denominator - death. We’re all going to exit stage left at some point so why don’t we talk about it? Author and comedian Caria Lloyd opens up about the death of her Dad and the complicated grieving process that hit her. Far from morbid this episode looks at your life after someone else’s death and how to pick up the probate pieces. An episode that will make you (hopefully) laugh as much as you cry. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com.
Anna has been described as ‘over’ emotional her whole life, while Polly describes herself as an ‘unmoving statue’ emotionally. Anna cries at everything, while Polly struggles to shed a tear in even the toughest of moments. The duo dig deep on how they’re really feeling and what emotional health looks like. This is - as it says on the tin - a very emotional episode that sees Polly digging into the postnatal trauma around the medical complications her disabled twins navigated. Bring tissues. Original music by Matt J Brown at WeAreOK.com
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