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EPISODE 399: lashings of eggs

July 1, 2021

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It’s Answer Me This Episode 399 which means next episode will be Answer Me This Episode 400, so we not only want your QUESTIONS, we want you to send us your AMT memories. Did our answers to your questions helped or hurt your life? Did you made any friends through the podcast? Did you start your own podcast? What’s the weirdest place or oddest thing you were doing while listening to the show. Tell us all! Record yourself or write it down and deliver it to

Today we learn about:

ball pits
pickled onion pits
the quantum mechanical reading of The Famous Five
secret filming when cameras were still enormous
learning to knit
tuning a church bell
being lost in SeaWorld
cheetahs’ pet dogs
lashings of ginger beer.

In today’s Bonus Bit of Crap on the App – available for Apple and Android – we check in on the latest in celebrity ballpits, courtesy of Cara Delevingne (check out the video below).

Hear our other work:

• Olly hosts several podcasts, and you can find them all at Subscribe to his all new daily show The Retrospectors!
• Helen makes The Allusionist, an entertainment show about language, and Veronica Mars Investigations, recapping every episode of Veronica Mars from the beginning – now halfway through season 4 hurtling towards completion.
• Martin makes music – including a new EP – which you can hear, on the Pale Bird podcast, and on Spotify etc. His brand new podcast Neutrino Watch is different every time you download it. You can also join him in contemplating the work of every song by Tom Waits Tom Waits in Song By Song, and he produced and composed the kids’ science podcast Maddie’s Sound Explorers, hosted by Maddie Moate.

Hang out with us online at and

This episode is sponsored by:
Wondrium, née the Great Courses Plus, a huge library of tutorials, documentaries, travel, how-to videos and much more! AMT listeners get a 14-day trial of unlimited access at
Squarespace. Visit and get 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain with the discount code ‘answer‘.

Buy AMT episodes 1-200, our six special albums including AMT Holiday for your summer staycation and Sports Day for these ballsporty times, and our Best Of compilations from 2007-2015 at

One last time: send us your QUESTIONS, in writing or as voice recordings, to for us to answer in our final episode. And don’t forget to send us your AMT memories. Deadline for both is the end of July 2021.

We’ll be back with a retro AMT in your feed (except for if you listen on Google Podcasts for some unfathomable reason) on 22 July and then AMT400 lands on 5 August 2021. Hankies ready, for crying, waving, or cleaning up after yourself.

Helen & Olly

••• AMT399 Child-Friendly Rating: 73%. A handful of swears. Discussion of balls, Dicks, Fannies and bells, but NOT LIKE THAT! •••

Celebrity ball pit news:


AMT will return on…

May 19, 2016

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While we’re gone…

February 10, 2016

…don’t be a stranger. Here’s where you can find us:

Helen tweets as @helenzaltzman.
Her podcast The Allusionist is at, and @allusionistshow and Her website is

Olly tweets as @ollymann and you can be his Facebook fan at His website is
His podcast The Modern Mann is @themodernmann and at; and he is on LBC and the Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast.
And of course he’s busy taking care of Harvey Mann!

Martin tweets as @martinaustwick and @sociablephysics. His podcast Song By Song is about to start a new series about Tom Waits’s third album Nighthawks at the Diner. You can also hear Martin’s own music on his Sound of the Ladies podcast.

Oh, and AMT communicates via @helenandolly and

Please do check out our albums: the new AMT Love, and the eternal classics Sports Day, Jubilee, Holiday and Christmas (’tis the season! The completely wrong season).

All the albums are new material that has not appeared on the podcast; and they are for sale on iTunes, Amazon and

You can also buy our first 200 episodes on iTunes and at the AMT store; and exclusive to our store are our previous Best Of episodes from each year.

Any purchases help to support the show!

Catch up on the 131 most recent AMT episodes right here, and on your podlisteningservice of choice.

Here’s what you can expect from the AMT Love album:



January 25, 2016


Gird your loins, unbutton your emotions, because the Answer Me This! Love album is OUT NOW and begging for your affections.

Buy it from iTunes, Amazon or our own Answer Me This! Store for only £2.99.

The album features a whole hour of love, sex, dating and genitals, and it’s all completely new AMT material that has never appeared on the podcast. Such as:

Is it appropriate to buy sexy clothes for your mum?
How do you make putting on a condom fun?
Just what is in that liquid squirting out of your girlfriend?
When you’ve lost your engagement ring, how best to style it out?
Is your partner’s schoolgirl fetish something you should worry about? It’s not like he’s a teacher – oh, he is? Oh.
How do you set up a blind date when you’re a blind dater?
How can anyone feel horny at the prospect of a vagina bristling with sharp, spiky horns?
What’s the best point of a wedding ceremony to call it off?
How do they come up with all those lines on Take Me Out?
What is your exhibitionist housemate really trying to show you?
How many holes should there be in a penis?

Here’s a little preview:

Any further questions?

Is this album suitable for me if I’m not at all in the mood for love, sex, or interacting with humanity at all?
YES. If all these people were having such a great time, they wouldn’t be writing to us, would they?

Is this album child-friendly?

Will this album teach me what it’s like to have the Olly Mann Valentine’s Experience?

Will Helen say the word ‘urethra’ so many times, I will feel a bit sick?

You can get it from iTunes and Amazon, but if you want all of your money to go to us and none to Megacorp, buy it directly from the AMT Store.

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Hear the other AMT albums at



EPISODE 325: Human Endurance Range Extender

October 15, 2015

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Today’s questioneers face ruin: browser history ruining a surprise; other people ruining the choice of baby names; and ruining your own chances of shagging a houseguest. Don’t ruin your own life by failing to listen to Answer Me This! Episode 325, in which we also discuss:

circus music
baby names
the Stocks app
Apple Maps vs Google Maps
James Cameron vs bladder control
Martin’s eggy Instagram
deep sea submersibles
Greenpeace up the Shard
sleeping arrangements
Tom from MySpace.

Plus: Olly would like you to listen to him present the Guardian’s Tech Weekly and The Media Podcast; Helen is currently releasing new doses of The Allusionist EVERY WEEK; and Tom Waits fans should sprint to hear Martin the Sound Man’s Song By Song podcast (and there’s a Heart Of Saturday Night listening party in the heart of this coming Saturday night, or at least evening, so do join).

In today’s Bonus Bit of Crap on the App – available for iThings, Android and Windows devices – we reveal the moral cesspit at the heart of that classic Martin Clunes film Staggered.

Open your moral cesspit hearts to us by sending us your questions! Leave voicemails on the Question Line – call 0208 123 5877 or Skype ID answermethis – and deliver your emails to Befriend us online at and

We’ll return on 29th October 2015 with AMT326.

Helen & Olly

••• AMT325 Child-Friendly Rating: 44%. Quite a lot of swears, sorry. Vaguely sexual question at the end. •••


Radiotopian ideals

October 27, 2014

Radiotopia backer


Gather around, friends, for I have exciting news:

In January, I’ll start making a new podcast with Radiotopia, home of such audible excellence as Love+Radio, Strangers, Theory of Everything, and, of course, AMTpal Roman Mars‘s 99% Invisible.

My new show will be all about those precious moments of AMT that we know as “Why is [a thing] called [a thing]?” ie odd phrases and etymology and all sorts of linguistic fun. I’ve been wanting to make it for years, and now is my chance, if…


Radiotopia manages to raise $400,000 in its current Kickstarter campaign.

For my show – along with The Heart and the brilliant Criminal – is what is known as a ‘stretch goal’. They’ve already reached their target to keep the current Radiotopians afloat for another year, but need to raise more in order to greenlight further projects: because making podcasts costs, and to read me wanging on about that particular matter, click here.

So, if you like podcasts and you want to support independent audio creators so they can keep making them, please do chip in. Even $1 (£0.62) is good! $5 (£3.10) is even more good. I could go on.

(And if you spaffed money donating to that that bloody potato salad Kickstarter, you have no excuse not to give a little to something that will result in a year’s worth of top-notch audio entertainment, rather than a forkful of a prosaic foodstuff that goes rancid after two days.)

Click here to donate to Radiotopia’s Kickstarter and support independent podcasters so they can independently podcast!

NOTE 1: This show is not instead of AMT; I’ll be making both! But I’ll be able to be a FULL-TIME PODCASTER, after eight years of trying to fit it around enough paid work to survive. Joe Richman of Radiotopia’s Radio Diaries puts it: “Most people work to get paid, we get paid to work.”

NOTE 2: If you donate, you’ll be funding me making a new show; you’re not funding Answer Me This!. If you feel particularly stirred to contribute to the AMT coffers, then buy some of our albums and classic episodes from, or pay a pal through PayPal.

As a stereotypical Brit, I find directly addressing money matters to be excruciating; therefore I will now wrap up the cashchat so I can curl up into a ball and rock back and forth in a dark room.

– HZ

PS Here’s an interview I did with Roman earlier this year, shortly after he launched Radiotopia, in which he talks about the ethos of the enterprise and why podcasting is so super:


separated at mirth

September 3, 2014

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Here’s a funny* thing: my brother Andy (of the Bugle podcast) and I were interviewed by the Guardian about why GSOH runs in the family.

It’s here, if you’d like to read it; it’s worth a look just for the childhood photos.

*as in funny peculiar; the interview isn’t funny haha, despite the subject matter.


podcast panels and panhandling

June 19, 2014



ATTENTION! Points of information follow:

1. Next Wednesday, 25th June, we’ll be discussing podcasting on a Radio Academy panel at the Apple store on Regent Street, along with Football Rambler Pete Donaldson and Bugle producer ‘Fuck you’ Chris Skinner. If you’re interested in podcasting, do come along! The event is free, but you need to register for a place. All information can be found here. Sure, you’ll miss Bosnia & Herzegovina vs Iran, but you’d be home in time for Honduras vs Switzerland.

2. I’m starting a new free podcasting advisory service, and the first fixture is TODAY. Details here.

3. I posted last week about Olly’s new gig on The Media Podcast. There’s a Kickstarter campaign to keep the show going for a year. It is Olly’s dream job, so make him happy by chipping in here.



sick note

November 7, 2013

No new podcast today because I’ve lost my voice! You: “That’s no disadvantage, Helen.” Me: “Hey, go fuc-cough cough cough cough cough cough coughcoughcoughcoughcough… sigh.”

To fill the silence in your headphones, you could catch up on recent AMT episodes, attempt some classic episodes, treat yourself to one of our hour-long albums, listen to some of the podcasts we like, try my Sound Women podcast or Martin the Sound Man’s Brain Train, Sound of the Ladies or Global Lab podcasts, or sign up for our free one-month LoveFilm trial and watch all of The West Wing and 24.

That should keep you going until AMT278 next week.

H biohazard


AMT baby

October 1, 2013


In AMT272, Beth of Leighton Buzzard told us she had prepared for the birth of her child by downloading the AMT Holiday to accompany the agonies of labour. Surprisingly, the sound of our voices didn’t compel the baby to stay in the womb forever, because Beth writes:

I just wanted to say thank you. Not only did I enjoy your holiday album during early labour, but I also listened to your 19 September podcast whilst in the delivery room, 40 hours into (induced) labour and just 2 hours before my baby girl was born.

I didn’t have an epidural so the distraction was very welcome. No bad reviews from me!

As a doting new mum, I couldn’t resist including a picture of your youngest fan, Jennifer, who was born at 3.22am on Friday 20 September:


All together now: awwwwwwwwwwwww. And, in sympathy with Beth’s 42-hour labour, owwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.


fill our big box

November 21, 2011


Can you believe it, Answer Me This! is rapidly approaching its fifth birthday? So please help us celebrate by sending us a card! Here is our postal address:

Answer Me This!
PO Box 53587
SE19 9BQ

We will be thrilled to receive your missives, and are sharpening the paper-knives in expectation.

A soon-to-be familiar scene at the AMT letterbox


Podcasters On Podcasting

July 18, 2011

** Click here for Episode 183 **

If this isn’t all too Inception for you… perhaps you would like to hear a podcast about podcasting?

It’s a special edition of The Radio Academy‘s weekly podcast RadioTalk. The show is usually presented by benign Brummie overlord Trevor Dann, and is typically about Important Issues relating to the world of radio, such as, ‘DAB’s a bit of a mixed blessing, isn’t it?’ and ‘Where is Salford, anyway?’

But this episode is presented by us, and we took our opportunity at the reins to talk all about podcasting, and ignore radio almost entirely. On a show called RadioTalk! Hahahahahhaha! Hear for yourself:
You can also download it from the Radio Academy’s website here, or subscribe to it on iTunes.

We were very lucky to be joined by some awesome guests from the world of British podcasting: The Guardian‘s Francesca Panetta (producer of the Sony Award-winning Hackney Podcast); Luke Moore from the wildly popular Football Ramble; Andrew Collins out of Collings and Herrin and BBC 6 Music; and James Stirling, producer of our beloved Adam and Joe Show. We even managed to grab a few words with The Bugle’s Andy Zaltzman. How DID we manage to blag that?

The panel, L-R: Helen, Francesca Panetta, James Stirling, Luke Moore, Olly

P.S. If you enjoyed this, you can also hear us on the panel of the BBC’s College of Production podcast about podcasting, which you can find here.

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