instinct’s Summer Culture Corner

We’re back at it again with another culture corner! Here’s what the team have been lapping up recently, from books and TV shows through through to impactful profile pieces…

ROSIE: I’m listening to “Unreal” the new podcast hosted by Pandora Sykes and Sirin Kale that charts the history and impact of the last 25+ years of reality tv. As someone who for years ascribed themselves to the “anti-reality” camp, I was shocked by how gripping I found the analysis of Simon Cowells critiques on Pop Idol and the re-telling of iconic Big Brother moments. Who can forget the impact of “DAVID’S DEAD!!!” I hoovered the series down and I’m sure you will too.

LEONIE: Very apt around the time of Pride Month, De-transition Baby by Torrey Peters follows the lives of three trans and cis women living in New York. All about motherhood and what it means to be a woman or a parent – it’s moving, funny and an important read!

ELLIE: Now that we’re nearing the end of a pandemic, what could be better than reading about a fictional one… How High We Go in the Dark deals with a near-future pandemic that comes from uncovering ancient buried artifacts and bodies, and as it sweeps the globe, many characters find themselves questioning everything they knew

JESSY: I loved this beautiful profiling piece from VICE celebrating 50 years of pride. Only a few hundred campaigners started the movement fifty years ago – facing a real fear of public harassment and attack at their first protest. This year, 1.5 million people showed up to the parade in London to celebrate and fight for LGBTQIA+ freedom. Vice explores the stories of the people from the Gay Liberation Front who have been there from the beginning in a series of inspiring interviews.

KENISHA: Currently reading Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover! I love her book  It Ends With Us so I thought I’d give this a go – it’s a super easy read and I’m a huge sucker for a good romance novel.

ANNA: I’m currently reading Both Of You by Adele Parks, which is a thriller about two women who go missing and the link between them! It’s definitely a gripping read and the twist was one that I didn’t see coming – a great holiday book if you like mysteries!

GRACE: I recently discovered The Diary of a CEO – late to the party but consider me a subscriber! So many inspiring stories, and full of interesting insight into what it means to be a successful leader. Favourite ep so far has to be the iconic Karen Brady, who directed a football team at just 23 years old, at a time when “women were not allowed in the boardrooms of football”.