How To Fail With Elizabeth Day

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day

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How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better.


S8, BONUS EPISODE! How to Fail: Gloria Steinem
Aug 5 • 57 min
GLORIA STEINEM. Gloria ACTUAL Steinem. For this very special bonus episode, I had the absolute honour of interviewing one of my all-time heroes, the feminist activist, writer and icon, Gloria Steinem. And yes, I’m still pinching myself. We talk about her…
S8, Ep8 How to Fail: Bernardine Evaristo
Jul 22 • 62 min
It is the SEASON FINALE, BABY! I know, I know - it goes so quickly doesn’t it? But here we are, two months after we started season eight, with a truly phenomenal guest. Bernardine Evaristo was the first black woman to win the Booker Prize, with her…
S8, Ep7 How to Fail: Siena Castellon
Jul 15 • 58 min
Siena Castellon is my youngest ever guest. She’s a 17-year-old activist and mentor. She is autistic, has dyslexia and dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. And she’s just published her first book. Her book, The Spectrum Girl’s Survival…
S8, Ep6 How to Fail: Glennon Doyle
Jul 8 • 65 min
This week, I bring you the utterly sensational Glennon Doyle. She is the author of three books, the latest of which, Untamed, is a memoir that defies easy categorisation - somewhat like the woman herself. Untamed is thrilling, original and brave. In it,…
S8, Ep5 How to Fail: Julia Samuel
Jul 1 • 59 min
Today’s guest is someone I fell in platonic love with by reading her work. Julia Samuel is one of the country’s leading psychotherapists but she is also well-known as an author. Her first book, Grief Works, was a Sunday Times bestseller and is routinely…
S8, Ep4 How to Fail: Scarlett Moffatt
Jun 24 • 50 min
Scarlett Moffatt was working at the checkout in Asda when she and he family got the chance to be on Channel 4’s Gogglebox. She rapidly became the show’s break-out star with her brilliant one-liners. Television fame followed - she co-presented with Ant and…
S8, Ep3 How to Fail: Matthew Syed
Jun 17 • 60 min
Matthew Syed is an acclaimed author, newspaper columnist and broadcaster. He is also, in many ways, is the father of failure. I mean that as a compliment, obviously. Through his seminal, bestselling books - Bounce, Black Box Thinking and his latest, Rebel…
S8, Ep2 How to Fail: Samantha Irby
Jun 10 • 58 min
*This episode was recorded before recent tragic events in America. There are links to useful Black Lives Matter resources and ways to help below* You know when you read someone’s work and feel like you’d be friends in real life, and you become basically a…
S8, Ep1 How to Fail: Jessie Ware
Jun 3 • 58 min
*This episode was recorded before recent tragic events in America. There are links to useful Black Lives Matter resources and ways to help below* WE’RE BAAAAAACCCCKKKK just like Backstreet, The Mack, and the toilet roll that’s now in stock again in…
SPECIAL EPISODE! How to Fail: Daisy Edgar-Jones on being the star of Normal People, the lockdown television hit everyone is talking about
May 20 • 57 min
Ok, so I said I was done with the special lockdown episodes but, forgive me, I CHANGED MY MIND. The reason for this is that I watched Normal People and thought it was the most exceptional piece of television I’ve seen in…well…an absolute age, and I…
SPECIAL EPISODE! How to Fail: Henry Holland on business failure in the time of Covid-19
Apr 22 • 60 min
In the last of four special episodes specifically designed to help you through lockdown and Covid-19 anxiety, I welcome the fashion designer Henry Holland onto the podcast. This week, How To Fail returns to its usual format of discussing three failures…
SPECIAL EPISODE! How To Fail: Listeners share their Coronavirus stories
Apr 15 • 52 min
For this extra-special listener episode, I asked you to get in touch with your stories. And you did not let me down. I received so many responses that when I printed them out they ran to over 100 pages of typed text. I wished I could read every single one…
SPECIAL EPISODE! How To Fail: Alain De Botton on embracing vulnerability in the age of Coronavirus
Mar 31 • 59 min
In the second of two special episodes, the renowned philosopher Alain de Botton, returns to How To Fail With Elizabeth Day to talk about how to be human and how to stay (relatively) sane in the grip of a global pandemic. We talk about the fact that, right…
SPECIAL EPISODE! How to Fail: Mo Gawdat on how to cope with anxiety in a time of Coronavirus
Mar 23 • 70 min
Hello. I hope you’re all doing ok out there. Bit of a strange time isn’t it? It can feel overwhelming to be living through a global pandemic, but there are things all of us can do - small things that can have big impact. We can stay at home and save…
S7, BONUS EPISODE! How to Fail: Deliciously Ella
Mar 4 • 68 min
SURPRISE! Here I am, clogging up your podcast feed again. Yes, I know I said that Frankie Bridge was the last episode in season 7, but I might have slightly not been telling you the whole truth because here I am with a brand, spanking new BONUS EPISODE…
S7, Ep8 How to Fail: Frankie Bridge
Feb 18 • 58 min
Frankie Bridge is probably best known as a member of one of the UK’s most successful girl bands of all time, The Saturdays. But, more recently, it’s as a mental health advocate that she has been making headlines. Her new memoir, Open: Why asking for help…
S7, Ep7 How to Fail: Adam Pearson
Feb 12 • 54 min
So. This podcast episode almost didn’t happen because I’d forgotten to put it into my iCal (I find any diary that isn’t paper so confusing, don’t you?) and on the allotted day, I had a text from sound engineer Chris saying ‘We’re outside!’. Needless to…
S7, Ep6 How to Fail: Marian Keyes
Feb 5 • 46 min
Marian Keyes is one of those people who you think can’t POSSIBLY be as lovely and talented and nice as everyone says she is. She must have a hidden dark side, I thought. Maybe she’s a terrible diva who will demand bowls of blue M&Ms and want my toilet…
S7, Ep5 How to Fail: Eniola Aluko
Jan 29 • 59 min
Eniola Aluko is a former footballer who bears the notable distinction of being one of only 11 women to play for England over 100 times and the first ever female pundit on Match of the Day. Born in Nigeria, she was raised on a Birmingham council estate,…
S7, Ep4 How to Fail: Tom Kerridge
Jan 22 • 54 min
This week, the podcast welcomes its first ever Michelin-starred chef. Yes…it’s Tom Kerridge! And what a chef he is. He failed at school, but found his way in catering college after the death of his Dad. He climbed the ranks of the profession, working hard…
S7, Ep3 How to Fail: Mabel
Jan 15 • 56 min
My guest today has the middle name Alabama-Pearl, which is pretty cool but NOT QUITE AS COOL as the fact that she’s a chart-topping pop-star who has racked up three top-10 hits and recently wrote one of the best Christmas songs of all time, Loneliest Time…
S7, Ep2 How to Fail: Malcolm Gladwell
Jan 8 • 46 min
My guest this week is Malcolm Gladwell, a man who has challenged and changed the way we think with six bestselling books including The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers. Gladwell also hosts his own highly successful podcast, Revisionist History and is…
S7, Ep1 How to Fail: Andrew Scott
Jan 1 • 61 min
HAPPPPPY NEW YEAAARRRR! I hope you’ve woken up with a sense of rejuvenating freshness about the year ahead, but if you haven’t - if you’re hungover or feeling weird or sad or discombobulated or tired or like you haven’t achieved enough - then fear not.…
S6, Ep 8 How to Fail: Jane Garvey
Nov 20, 2019 • 60 min
*SEASON FINALE KLAXON* I mean…where does the time go? A minute ago it was summer and now here I am posting the final episode of Season Six and it’s a mere 24 shopping days left until Christmas. Sheesh. But what a pleasure I have in store for you! She…
S6, BONUS EPISODE! How to Fail: Lemn Sissay
Nov 12, 2019 • 50 min
For this extra-special bonus episode, I’m delighted to welcome Lemn Sissay to the podcast. Lemn is a poet, author and broadcaster whose memoir, My Name Is Why, is one of the most moving I have ever read. In it, he writes about his childhood - the son of…
S6, Ep7 How to Fail: Fearne Cotton
Nov 6, 2019 • 55 min
Fearne Cotton blazed the trail for podcasts like mine. When she launched Happy Place in March 2018, it went straight to the top of the iTunes chart and has seemingly stayed there ever since. It has done so much to bring discussions about mental health…
S6, Ep6 How to Fail: George Alagiah
Oct 30, 2019 • 46 min
For 15 years, George Alagiah has been a familiar face on our television screens as the presenter of the BBC’s Six O’Clock News. Before that, he was one of the corporation’s most respected foreign correspondents. Before that, he was born in what was then…
S6, Ep5 How to Fail: Shirlie Kemp
Oct 23, 2019 • 55 min
Today, I welcome Shirlie Kemp to the podcast. She was an 80s icon: a backing dancer for Wham! who ACTUALLY APPEARED IN THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘LAST CHRISTMAS’, as well as being a best friend to George Michael until his untimely death in 2016 at the age of…
S6, Ep4 How to Fail: Lisa Taddeo
Oct 16, 2019 • 48 min
Lisa Taddeo is a phenomenon. Although she is too humble to recognise that description of herself. But this is a journalist and author who spent eight years - EIGHT YEARS - of her life travelling the United States and embedding herself in the lives of…
S6, Ep3 How to Fail: Cush Jumbo
Oct 9, 2019 • 55 min
If you’re a fan of The Good Wife or The Good Fight (and if not, why not?) you will know Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn, the whip-smart, ambitious lawyer who speaks with a flawless American accent. But Cush was actually born in South London, the daughter of a…
S6, Ep2 How to Fail: Alain De Botton
Oct 2, 2019 • 54 min
This week on How To Fail, we are doing something slightly different. I know, I know, we don’t like change, but sometimes IT’S GOOD FOR US. It’s especially good for us when it comes in the form of Alain de Botton, one of the most intelligent, eloquent and…
S6, Ep1 How to Fail: Camilla Thurlow
Sep 25, 2019 • 57 min
We’re back! Did you miss us? Go on…say you did. I’m really very, very needy. It’s such a treat for me to be opening season six with a truly fantastic guest: Camilla Thurlow. Camilla was always one of the most genuine and impressive contestants on ITV2’s…
S5 BONUS EPISODE! How to Fail: Philippa Perry and Sadie Jones
Aug 21, 2019 • 43 min
A live recording of a one-off How To Fail With Elizabeth Day special with authors Philippa Perry (The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read) and Sadie Jones (The Snakes) about How To Fail…At Families. Recorded in front of a live audience at Foyle’s bookshop…
S5, Ep8 How to Fail: Jess Phillips
Aug 14, 2019 • 45 min
Well, old friend, here we are again. The end of another season. Where does the time go? I saved this guest for the finale because she’s bloody spectacular. Jess Phillips is the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, a campaigner on women’s rights, an outspoken…
S5, Ep7 How to Fail: Meera Syal
Aug 7, 2019 • 46 min
This week, I welcome the multi-talented Meera Syal to the podcast: actor, comedian, playwright, novelist, producer and, most notably, sister-of-my-friend-Rajeev. Meera first came to prominence when she co-wrote and starred in the award-winning BBC comedy…
S5, Ep6 How to Fail: Samin Nosrat
Jul 31, 2019 • 53 min
Oh, Samin Nosrat! Where do I start? With her ebullient personality and wildly infectious laugh? With her four-part Netflix show, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat where she travels the world eating freshly baked focaccia and Japanese seaweed? Or with the…
S5, Ep5 How to Fail: Dame Kelly Holmes
Jul 24, 2019 • 46 min
I’m so delighted to welcome my first ever OLYMPIC ATHLETE onto the podcast this week. And not just any Olympic athlete, but double-gold medal winner, Kelly Holmes, who also just so happens to be my first DAME on How To Fail too. Dame Kelly joins me to…
S5, Ep4 How to Fail: Francesca Segal
Jul 17, 2019 • 47 min
This week, my guest is the writer Francesca Segal whose recently published memoir, Mother Ship, details the birth of her twin daughters 10 weeks prematurely. Her first failure is, in Segal’s own words, her failure ‘to stay pregnant’ and the feeling of…
S5, Ep3 How to Fail: Emeli Sandé
Jul 10, 2019 • 44 min
This week, I chat to the chart-topping singer Emeli Sandé about life, love, fame…and all the nitty gritty bits in between. Emeli has sold over 19 million singles, won four Brit Awards and is about to return after a three-year break with her hotly…
S5, Ep2 How To Fail: FLEABAG IS BACK
Jul 3, 2019 • 57 min
Yes. That’s right. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is back. One year on from her debut appearance on How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, my first ever guest returns to talk about the craziness of her last 12 months, during which she has written and starred in Fleabag 2…
S5, Ep1 How to Fail: Nigel Slater
Jun 26, 2019 • 53 min
We’re BAAACK! As House of Pain once rapped in their immortal hit Jump Around, ‘Just like the Prodigal Son I’ve returned’. Yes, here we are for Season 5 of How To Fail With Elizabeth Day: eight sparkling new episodes featuring eight marvellous guests. And…
S4, Ep8 How to Fail: Jamie Laing
May 22, 2019 • 56 min
‘And now, the end is near / And so I face the final curtain…’ Yes, it’s the SEASON FINALE! I know, I know: it’s gone so fast hasn’t it? What’s that they say about time flying when you’re having fun calling your brain Becky? (That’s a podcast in-joke,…
S4, Ep7 How to Fail: Nesrine Malik
May 15, 2019 • 44 min
This week on the podcast, I’m delighted to welcome the brilliant Nesrine Malik, a British-Sudanese writer and newspaper columnist who has recently been longlisted for the prestigious Orwell Prize and whose forthcoming book, We Need New Stories, is a…
S4, Ep6 How to Fail: Andy McNab
May 8, 2019 • 45 min
You could say that my guest this week became famous because of failure. Andy McNab led the Bravo Two Zero SAS mission during the first Gulf War but his team was compromised soon after they were dropped into Iraq in 1991. This was the most horrific kind of…
S4, Ep5 How to Fail: Charly Cox
May 1, 2019 • 49 min
I have my FIRST POET on the podcast this week - and my, what a poet. Charly Cox is not only a beautiful soul but a beautiful chronicler of what it is to be human. Her first collection, She Must Be Mad, became the bestselling poetry debut of 2018 and Cox…
S4, Ep4 How to Fail: Mo Gawdat
Apr 24, 2019 • 60 min
Just occasionally in life, you meet someone who changes your way of thinking about the world. The shift might be subtle or it might be seismic, but afterwards, you are never quite the same again. This is what happened to me when my path crossed with that…
S4, Ep3 How to Fail: Tracey Thorn
Apr 17, 2019 • 44 min
My guest this week is the fantastic Tracey Thorn, who I basically grew up listening to. She was one-half of Everything But The Girl, guest vocalist on Massive Attack’s phenomenal Protection album and lately has launched her own solo career alongside…
S4, Ep2 How to Fail: John Crace
Apr 10, 2019 • 46 min
My guest this week is John Crace, one of our foremost journalists and critics. Probably best known for his role at the Guardian as parliamentary sketch-writer (it was he who famously coined the term ‘Maybot’ to describe our besieged Prime Minister’s…
S4, Ep1 How to Fail: Vicky McClure
Apr 3, 2019 • 45 min
We’re baaaaaack! And to celebrate our fourth season, please welcome the one, the only, VICKY MCCLURE. You’re in for a treat with this one. Vicky is not only one of my favourite actresses but also one of my favourite people, as genuine as she is talented,…
S3, Ep9 How to Fail: Haemin Sunim
Feb 27, 2019 • 38 min
Sniff. Sob. Wail and gnashing of teeth. Yes, it’s the SEASON THREE FINALE already - how did that happen? For our final episode in this series, I had the great privilege of talking to Haemin Sunim, one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers in the…
S3 BONUS EPISODE How to Fail: Kristen Roupenian
Feb 22, 2019 • 49 min
Ahead of next week’s season finale, I offer you, my wonderful listeners, a whole new BONUS EPISODE. I know, I’m too good to you, I really am. No, but honestly, thank you so much for your continued support - for all those lovely messages, ratings and…
S3, Ep8 How to Fail: Pandora Sykes
Feb 20, 2019 • 51 min
This week I get to interview one of my favourite fellow podcasters: Pandora Sykes is a journalist, co-host of The High Low and all-round woman of impeccable taste (I mean, she must be to have agreed to come on How To Fail, right?) Sykes is also a…
S3, Ep7 How to Fail: Sharmaine Lovegrove
Feb 13, 2019 • 42 min
This week on How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, my guest is the brilliant Sharmaine Lovegrove. Sharmaine is a champion of stories. As a publisher, she heads up her own imprint, Dialogue Books, at Little, Brown and has been instrumental in bringing more…
S3, Ep6 How to Fail: James O’Brien
Feb 6, 2019 • 44 min
Today’s guest is quite possibly one of the most intimidating people to interview given his own reputation as a fearsome interrogator. But fine, I’ll give it a go. James O’Brien is an LBC radio presenter who hosts a daily phone-in discussion show which…
S3, Ep 5 How to Fail: Raven Smith
Jan 30, 2019 • 43 min
This week my guest is Raven Smith who, as well as having one of the best names dot dot dot EVER is also the funniest man on Instagram (it’s true, don’t @ me). Smith is a columnist for British Vogue, a guest lecturer at Central Saint Martins and is…
S3, Ep4 How to Fail: Deborah Frances-White
Jan 23, 2019 • 46 min
My guest this week is Deborah Frances-White: an award-winning stand-up comedian, author and quite possibly the defining feminist of our generation. You’ll probably know her from her hit podcast, The Guilty Feminist, or from her book of the same name and…
S3; Ep3 How to Fail: Jonny Benjamin
Jan 16, 2019 • 43 min
Ok, so full disclosure: I cried during this interview. You will quite possibly cry too. You will quite possibly need a box of tissues next to you as you listen. And you will quite possibly leave feeling enlightened and uplifted by the magical, gorgeous…
S3, Ep2 How to Fail: Chris Patten
Jan 9, 2019 • 38 min
This week, my guest is the former politician Chris Patten. It’s almost easier to list the high-powered offices of state he hasn’t occupied than the ones he has. Patten was the 28th governor of Hong Kong, the former Chairman of the BBC, the current…
S3, Ep1 How to Fail: Lily Allen
Jan 2, 2019 • 40 min
Haaaappy New Year! We’re back with a whole new season and we open with a bona fide musical superstar: Lily Allen. A singer, songwriter, the recipient of multiple awards, Lily’s songs such as Smile and The Fear are observationally crafted with honesty and…
How to Fail: End of Season Two
Nov 22, 2018 • 12 min
So here we are at the end of SEASON TWO of How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, 16 wonderful interviews (and untold numbers of pots of babaganoush) later. In order to mark this momentous occasion, I speak to the legend behind the microphone, the one and only…
S2, Ep8 How to Fail: David Baddiel
Nov 21, 2018 • 47 min
For the season two finale of How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, I speak to David Baddiel: comedian, author and co-writer of the best unofficial football anthem of all time (Three Lions, people). It was an interview that almost didn’t happen because of his…
S2, Ep7 How to Fail: Tara Westover
Nov 14, 2018 • 48 min
This week, I bring you a truly incredible woman. Her name is Tara Westover. She wrote a memoir called Educated, which is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read: profound, moving, unerringly original. It tells the story of Westover’s…
S2, Ep6 How to Fail: Farrah Storr
Nov 7, 2018 • 41 min
Farrah Storr, the award-winning editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, is this week’s guest on How To Fail With Elizabeth Day and I’m so thrilled to have her on as have basically been stalking her on Instagram for years. In person, she does not disappoint. We…
S2, Ep5 How to Fail: Alastair Campbell
Oct 31, 2018 • 47 min
This week How To Fail With Elizabeth Day welcomes Alastair Campbell to the confessional booth. The former spin doctor to Tony Blair (and inspiration for the character of foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker in The Thick Of It) talks movingly about his mental…
S2, Ep4 How to Fail: Otegha Uwagba
Oct 24, 2018 • 50 min
This week my guest is writer, podcaster and all-round megawatt woman, Otegha Uwagba. Otegha joins me to talk about her failures at getting a job, dealing with sexism at work, living with depression and why she just can’t seem to help being petty on…
S2, Ep3 How to Fail: James Frey
Oct 17, 2018 • 41 min
This week on How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, we’re joined by the author James Frey who also just so happens to be my first American guest (hello, USA! I heart you!). Frey has written four critically acclaimed novels, and his fifth - Katerina, a sweeping…
S2, Ep2 How to Fail: Mishal Husain
Oct 10, 2018 • 38 min
The wonderful Mishal Husain joins How To Fail With Elizabeth Day this week, which I’m very excited about because she’s basically my long-time woman crush. Husain, who has been presenting Radio 4’s flagship Today programme since 2013 and is also one of our…
S2, Ep1 How to Fail: Jessie Burton
Oct 3, 2018 • 54 min
We’re BACK! How To Fail With Elizabeth Day returns for a second season, and to kick this one off, I’m joined by mega-star, besteslling author Jessie Burton. Burton’s 2014 debut novel, The Miniaturist, was published in 38 countries and sold over a million…
How to Fail: End of Season 1
Aug 30, 2018 • 3 min
A thank you from Elizabeth for listening to the first season of How To Fail With Elizabeth Day and a sneak peek of the guests lined up for season two. See you in October! How To Fail is hosted by Elizabeth Day and produced by Chris Sharp How To Fail is…
S1, Ep8 How to Fail: Elizabeth Day
Aug 29, 2018 • 68 min
For the last episode of the first season of How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, our interviewee is…well…Elizabeth Day. Which means I’m currently writing shownotes about myself in the third person. Which is weird. Let me stop doing that. Over the course of the…
S1, Ep7 How to Fail: David Nicholls
Aug 22, 2018 • 43 min
David Nicholls, bestselling novelist, critically acclaimed screenwriter, aspiring piano player and thoroughly nice man, joins How To Fail to talk about his myriad failures. You might not expect the author of One Day, which sold five million copies and was…
S1, Ep6 How to Fail: Gina Miller
Aug 15, 2018 • 41 min
Political activist Gina Miller is best known for one major victory when she successfully took the government to court over the triggering of Article 50 to leave the European Union. But in this week’s How To Fail, she discusses the failures that led her to…
S1, Ep5 How to Fail: Olivia Laing
Aug 8, 2018 • 45 min
This week on How To Fail, we’re joined by the brilliant writer Olivia Laing. Her three critically-acclaimed works of non-fiction, To The River, The Trip to Echo Spring and The Lonely City, have explored themes of alcoholism, loneliness and suicide (and…
S1, Ep4 How to Fail: Sathnam Sanghera
Aug 1, 2018 • 46 min
This week, journalist and author Sathnam Sanghera joins How To Fail and kicks off by saying how flattered he was to be asked to contribute to a podcast on failure because he hates hearing nice things said about himself. So that’s good. As well as…
S1, Ep3 How to Fail: Dolly Alderton
Jul 25, 2018 • 49 min
This week’s guest on How To Fail with Elizabeth Day is memoirist, podcaster and journalist Dolly Alderton. Dolly, the co-host of the utterly fantastic The High Low podcast and author of the brilliant Sunday Times bestseller Everything I Know About Love,…
S1, Ep2 How to Fail: Sebastian Faulks
Jul 18, 2018 • 45 min
Sebastian Faulks, bestselling novelist and author of Birdsong and Charlotte Gray, joins How To Fail to talk about his failure to win the Booker Prize (“the whole thing is absolutely ridiculous”), his sense of social isolation at boarding school and a…
S1, Ep1 How To Fail - Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Jul 13, 2018 • 48 min
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator and star of Fleabag, writer of Killing Eve, superstar feminist and human embodiment of a Star Wars droid, joins How To Fail to talk about how she failed at her 20s (but got lots of brilliant material from the terrible dates…