The Figure

The Figure is a podcast about lifelong learning. Each month, which we figure out people, numbers and images of the past, present and future. Hosted by Georgia Parkin and Charlotte Lorimer.


Kamela Harris, the wellness industry and the environment post-lockdown
Show Details43min 49s
Reflections and recommendations
Show Details32min 48s
45: Greta Thunberg, #MeToo and Venus de Milo
Show Details41min 57s
44: Isaac Newton, Desert Island Discs and Jessie Cave's doodling
Show Details39min 51s
43: Kelly Holmes, the importance of honeybees and Dale Chihuly at Kew Gardens
Show Details36min 13s
42: Toni Morrison, ending FGM and the history of the Tower of London
Show Details1hr 2min
41: Stella McCartney, 5G and Meghan Markle's Forces for Change Vogue Cover
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40: Richard Curtis, fast fashion and 50 years since Stonewall
Show Details51min 9s
39: Guest episode: Delilah Montagu on songwriting and solo travel
Show Details47min 14s
38: Elton John, the leadership race and the art of Lee Krasner
Show Details51min 30s
37: Mary Queen of Scots, terrorism in Sri Lanka and the Notre-Dame fire
Show Details51min 59s
36: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, hangovers and the first image of the shadow of a black hole
Show Details38min 1s
35: Ncuti Gatwa, the pros and cons of dating apps and explaining abstract art
Show Details45min
34: Nelson Mandela, career stereotypes and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the cover of Time magazine
Show Details37min 28s
33: Ian McKellen, the reality of climate change and the Mona Lisa
Show Details45min 31s
32: Lady Gaga, private education in Britain and the four-minute mile
Show Details46min 59s
31: International Women’s Day Special: Carole Easton OBE on empowering young women, a career in charity and ‘Fearless Girl’
Show Details56min 5s
30: Queen Anne, New Year's resolutions and the first baby born from a transplanted uterus in the US
Show Details44min 39s
29: Christmas Special: Santa Claus, last minute shopping on Christmas Eve and the origin of the Christmas tree with Millie Dyos-Szolkowska and Hugo Van Mol
Show Details39min 21s
28: Alan Turing, homelessness over Christmas and the education of women in Afghanistan
Show Details39min 41s
27: Guest episode: Jennifer Cerys on Section 28 and homophobia, LGBTQ+ sex education and the power of protest
Show Details37min
26: Michelle Obama, David Attenborough's Dynasties and the taboo of female sexual pleasure
Show Details46min 45s
25: Guest episode: David Lorimer on being an educator, the world's increasing population and cosmic astrology
Show Details50min 51s
24: Guest episode: Iona Bain on pay gaps, pensions and prenups
Show Details57min 35s
23: Leonardo da Vinci, types of thoughts in a day and Disney’s version of fairy tales
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22: Guest episode: Nafisah Atcha on Jameela Jamil, creating content and the politics of Taylor Swift
Show Details54min 55s
21: Maya Angelou, period poverty and Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh
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20: Jamie Oliver, life expectancy and natural disasters
Show Details46min 31s
19: Emma Thompson, the poisoning of Russian spy Sergei Skripal and SpaceX
Show Details47min 50s
18: Sylvia Pankhurst, religious education and the racist cartoon of Serena Williams
Show Details51min 19s
17: Guest episode: CenTuryP on Kendrick Lamar, the impact of WW2 and Ecsternal Complex
Show Details42min 27s
16: John McCain, technology in the classroom and Kylie Jenner on Forbes
Show Details58min
15: Guest episode: Gina Martin on upskirting, the environment and body shaming
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14: Michael McIntyre, exploring contraception and snap judgements on faces
Show Details44min 13s
13: Madonna, relationship with alcohol and Monet's 'Water Lilies'
Show Details47min 45s
12: Jackie Kennedy Onassis, love of podcasts and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Apesh*t' video
Show Details48min 3s
11: Tennessee Williams, food waste and Love Island
Show Details47min 10s
10: Meryl Streep, talking about money and elephant sanctuaries
Show Details51min 18s
9: Serena Williams, words Shakespeare created and breastfeeding
Show Details1hr 1min
8: Guest episode: Ade Odusola on Muhammad Ali, domestic violence and the media
Show Details1hr 2min
7: Novak Djokovic, civil partnerships and Picasso's 'The Dream'
Show Details54min 56s
6: Edna Adan Ismail, DNA and vegan recipes
Show Details48min 10s
5: Jacinda Ardern, hours spent on social media and upskirting
Show Details44min 32s
4: Alexander McQueen, orchestra auditions and cave paintings
Show Details41min 44s
3: Didier Drogba, the golden ratio and Kim Kardashian meeting Donald Trump
Show Details38min 53s
2: Tessa Jowell, repeal the 8th and plastic
Show Details55min 44s
1: Helena Morissey, the death penalty and Rodin's 'The Kiss'
Show Details51min 2s