Demeaning, poorly paid and tedious: life as an Order Picker in Amazon’s ‘fulfilment centre’ in Rugeley, Staffordshire was a draining, revelatory ordeal for writer James Bloodworth, who worked there undercover in 2016.
In this enlightening interview with Olly, he reveals how being an ‘associate’ in Amazon’s warehouse meant enduring ten-hour shifts, tethered to an electronic device, walking up to fifteen miles per day; treated with suspicion, and effectively paid under the minimum wage.
(James’s book, ‘Hired: Six Months Undercover In Low-Wage Britain’, is out now).
In this week’s Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart has news of the return of the mullet, is concerned with how technology is corrupting our memories - and triumphantly answers his challenge to spend £100 on displaying his face somewhere impressive… in Slough.
Meanwhile, down The Foxhole, Alix Fox explains why the law needs to change regarding ‘upskirting’, how your beard could carry an STI, and advises a listener seeking stealthy, quiet ‘battery-operated boyfriends’.
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If you have a question of sex for next week’s show, or a challenge for Ollie Peart to partake in, don’t hesitate to reach out via our website, ModernMann.co.uk.
Elsewhere, in this week’s Lifehack, Jessica Cerasi, curator of the Government Art Collection, offers up her Top 3 tips on how to get the most out of a visit to an art exhibition: read up, bring a friend, and spend longer than you think you want to actually looking at the art! Jessica’s book, ‘Who's Afraid of Contemporary Art?’, is out now.
Finally, our record of the week is ‘Beware The Beast’ by Carpenter Brut. It’s available to stream now.
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Presenter: Olly Mann. Contributors: Ollie Peart, Alix Fox, James Bloodworth, Jessica Cerasi, Carpenter Brut. Producer: Matt Hill. Theme Music: 'Skies Over Cairo' by Django Django. Graphic Design: Jenny Mann Design. Copyright: Olly Mann / Rethink Audio 2018.
Sex, trends and amazing life stories with Olly Mann, Alix Fox and Ollie Peart. Shortlisted for Podcast of the Year, UK Radio Academy Awards 2017. See You Next Tuesday! Get in touch with the show or buy us a beer at modernmann.co.uk