My new radio show: BBC 5Live Hit List

On November 9 2014 I launched my new BBC radio show: The 5 Live Hit List – in which I chart the nation’s top 40 news stories. It’s a fast and brilliant process – marshalled by my superb producer Husain Husaini and the awesome team at Wired Free. Here’s what I wrote about it for […]

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The Indy’s Hot List for 2015

A lovely start to the new year indeed – I made it into the Independent’s Hot List – 10 faces to watch out for in 2015… whoop! Here’s what the article had to say: Radio: Emma Barnett, 29 This award-winning journalist and broadcaster, who specialises in technology, women’s issues and politics, started out on the […]

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Jazz hands on BBC Breakfast….

Yes I did unwittingly do jazz hands on BBC breakfast and the news channel while talking about my new 5Live show – The Hit List…. enjoy this video proof. I unreservedly blame the inclusion of web cams in radio studios.

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Presenting Woman’s Hour: Xmas foodie special

Definitely the yummiest Woman’s Hour I’ve presented: Yotam Ottolenghi, Allegra McEvedy and Trine Hahnemann (aka the three wise chefs of Christmas) cooked up an absolute festive feast. Tuck in here

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I took on a racist and he threw his hot chocolate at me

Like most people Emma Barnett tends to stay quiet when strangers fight on public transport. However, this weekend she broke her silence as a drunk Ukip copycat took it one step too far When strangers start arguing, especially on public transport, you are presented with two choices. One: stay schtum. Two: hold your nose and […]

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Presenting Woman’s Hour: Chester Zoo and swoobs

From Chester Zoo to boob sweat – this Woman’s Hour had it all. Plus, as this pic shows, I discovered an amazing Barbie phone in the WH office. Buckle up and watch those swoobs (sweaty boobs of course)…have a listen here. Here’s the programme’s blurb: June Mottershead whose father started Chester Zoo – their story […]

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Bad boy Uber is flawed but, admit it, we’re all addicted

It has been a dark week for taxi app Uber but Emma Barnett explains why we can’t get enough of transport’s bad boy Tis the season to be merry and stumble home in the wee hours. Usually this means a scramble for the last Tube or a smelly night bus home. But not this year. […]

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Facebook’s the new fight club and I loathe it

Why are people having their most political fights on Facebook now instead of a good old-fashioned bust up face-to-face, asks Emma Barnett “Emma, can I just ask, why did you defriend me? Did I do something wrong?” This, it has to be said, was one of the most awkward messages I’ve ever received. It arrived […]

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Don’t you dare pity Kim Sears over Andy Murray’s proposal

Waiting many years before getting engaged is perfectly normal for modern couples, writes Emma Barnett “Thank god for that. You must be soooo relieved!” an old friend purred down the phone. It was not quite the reaction I’d been expecting. It would have been fine if I was ringing to tell her I’d been given […]

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We can train women to kill, but men won’t like it

As the UK decides whether to allow female soldiers to fight on the front line, Emma Barnett explains what’s really driving the fear at the heart of the armed forces about women bearing arms “It felt totally natural – like I was supposed to be doing this. You know because at that moment it’s you […]

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Jesus Christ would be ashamed of ‘Christian’ abortion protestors

A high profile anti-abortion activist has been found guilty of harassment in Belfast. It’s shone a much-needed spotlight on the growing numbers of ‘Christian’ protestors shaming women outside clinics throughout the UK. Emma Barnett is appalled Full disclaimer: I have never liked or understood religious preachers. And yet I seem to be a magnet for […]

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The 5Live Hit List podcast – you know you want it

Catch up with the nation’s top 40 news stories every week on your own time – no excuses. Here’s the link to the podcast of my Sunday night radio programme. Do let me know what you think via @emmabarnett….

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‘I want a feminist Prime Minister, not one pretending in a feminist T-shirt’

Pulling on a T-shirt is far too easy a gesture to make. We need our leaders to stop acting as though ‘feminist issues’ exist in a ghetto and tackle inequality where it exists, argues Emma Barnett At the start of the 20th century some manufacturers appointed Chief Electricity Officers. It sounds ludicrous now, but at […]

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