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With Jessie McDonald and Tilly Reith: Pilot episode
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For our pilot episode, We Do Hope hosts journalist Jessie McDonald and theatre-maker Tilly Reith chat about their hopeful reads, watches and listens; about lockdown hair, farming... and dogs.
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They Do Hope: Journalist Jessie McDonald and theatre-maker Tilly Reith
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We introduce our hosts, journalist Jessie McDonald and theatre-maker Tilly Reith, as they talk about everything from what hope means to them, what excites them in this first season of the podcast, and how they first bonded on Zoom over Tilly’s link to Miley Cyrus, Jessie’s houseboat life and their mutual dog obsession.
Tilly reveals she’s an Archer’s megafan and Jessie recites lines from ‘You Sexy Thing’ in the introduction to our Hope In A Hurry section — which will become a regular feature in each episode — as they share a hopeful read, watch, listen and anthem.
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Jessie is a production editor at the Guardian newspaper in the UK, working on human rights, environmental and global development stories. When she’s not polishing other people’s stories and writing headlines, she enjoys reporting herself, focusing on people creating a more socially and environmentally just world — from ocean protectors replanting coral reefs in Jamaica to a sisterhood of trafficked women singing together in London.
Jessie studied anthropology and is endlessly curious about people’s experiences and how they see the world. She’s a big fan of solo and slow travel (she lived on a houseboat for two years with her now-husband) and is happiest when walking her dog, reading and talking about books, eating well and dancing badly.
Tilly does a few things. Sometimes she directs live theatre, and sometimes it’s digital. Recently she has been making films for the Cambridge Literary Festival. She loves festivals (and has worked for a few) and has produced one-off events across the country and online. During the pandemic, she managed the launch of a 10-week e-learning course.
In a former life, Tilly has been a home organiser, worked in a hospital and made cocktails — but not in a hospital. She grew up in London and Cambridge and studied in Sheffield, where she now lives.
Hope In A Hurry
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
14 Peaks available on Netflix
Wellcome Collection’s Hello Happiness podcast
You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Ted Lasso available on Apple TV+
The Archers on BBC Radio 4
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