podcast & broadcast

Helen is a regular contributor on radio and TV and has appeared multiple times on Radio 4. From the Freakonomics podcast to Monocle, Woman’s Hour, Sky, BBC and ITV. She recently hosted her first documentary for the BBC World Service – see selected work below.

Helen is also the host of How To Be Sad, the interview podcast series produced in collaboration with Harper Collins. How To Be Sad with Helen Russell is a series of warm and indepth conversations about how we handle our emotions and the struggles of modern life – as well as what can help during challenging times. Guests include comics, historians, academics, business people, athletes and fellow writers, each sharing their own stories and how they handle ‘sad’. From the pressure to be happy, to loss, mental health, and what we’d tell our younger selves about handling emotions and how to be a grown up. How to be sad is a podcast about how we can all get happier, by being sad, better.

Photographer Credit: Jonas Normann

Selected interviews and guest appearances

Host - BBC World Service The Documentary: A Short History of Sadness

Contributor - Dr Rangan Chatterjee's Out Of Hours, BBC Radio 2 - Global concepts of happiness and how to be sad, better

Guest - Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Parenting Hell

Contributor – Freakonomics Radio – How to be happy and living Danishly

Contributor – Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4 – Leap Year and long distance grandparents

Guest – Scummy Mummies Podcast – Gone Viking, motherhood and living Danishly

Contributor – Steve Wright in the Afternoon, BBC Radio 2 – Leap Year

Contributor – Sky News, BSkyB – What makes Scandinavians so happy?

Contributor – MacAuley and Co, BBC Radio Scotland – Secrets to living Danishly

Reporter – Style File, ITV

Contributor – Daybreak, ITV