About the Show

Right now: women are angry, men are confused and no one is talking to each other productively. Enter: The Gender Knot.

On this podcast we get men and women to come together to chat - and sometimes argue - about what we want from each other, what we're worried about and how we can best get along and make a better world for us all. 

From how women can ask for what they want, to tips for men to be better allies to women, to delving into the new masculinity, we tackle all these in our weekly episodes.

Past guests have included Dan Savage, Esther Perel, Mark Manson, and Jackson Katz.

We also love hearing from listeners, especially if you’re feeling frustrated about the state of affairs. Drop us on a line via our contact page, and let’s get untangling.  


Podcast Crew

Nas, host and producer


I’m Nas aka Nastaran Tavakoli-Far. I'm a journalist, I’m into the psyche and I’m also into mess, and I’m always up for getting stuck in!

I studied economics to change the world (no, really) but that was too much maths. Then I become a news journalist, but there was not enough chat, which led me to starting this podcast.

I love polarities and diving into them to understand more, be it the micro and macro of economics, or looking at science and arts in my time reporting on STEAM, and my fascination with masculinity and femininity.

I also write for different publications, and present radio shows for the BBC, where I’ve reported on news, science, business and tech. I was educated at the LSE and Columbia Journalism School. 

Dan, Co-Host


Hi, my name is Daniel Carroll.  I'm a stand up comic, podcaster, writer, and all around white guy.  I grew up in Seattle Washington and lived a few other places in the states before landing here in Los Angeles.  I've worked a lot of hard jobs, done a lot of hard drugs, and almost died several times... so I've got perspective!  

Unlike everyone else on this page, I didn't go to college.  So you'll hear nothing book-smart-y from me! 

Sam, Co-Producer

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I'm Sam Baker. Since entering the professional world, I've become interested in feminism and gender issues that workplaces bring to the fore. Growing up in a culture that teaches girls and boys that they can be anything they want, I found the contemporary realities of gender in the workforce challenging and wanted to learn more about how we can continue to improve these settings for women. 

Coming from the United States, I am also interested in how masculinity is changing in the 21st century in relation to the rising popularity of feminism and particularly in the wake of our most recent election, where gender and sexism came up a lot. I want to encourage conversation about healthy masculinity and gender in general, in hopes that having open and honest discussions about gender will help us all understand ourselves and one another better.  

jonathan, Co-Producer

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I’m Jonathan (Jonny) Blackwell. As well as co-producing The Gender Knot I also produce the Science: Disrupt podcast and work for BBC Three Counties Radio. I was first involved in podcasting at Purple Radio, Durham’s student radio station during my undergraduate, where I was Head of Production and Podcasting. 

Based in London, I recently finished a Masters in Broadcast Journalism at City, University of London, having previously studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Durham University.

Former crew

Jonathan, Co-Host

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I’m Jonathan Freeman aka Jonathan or token straight, white guy. I take pride in the fact that I have an eclectic background and more importantly, that I can pronounce Nas’ name correctly. Pretty sure that’s why she asked me to be co-host.

I have been a startup person, Army officer, political hack, and what feels like forever, doctoral student. I have deployed multiple times to war zones but the really crazy thing I did was becoming a teacher of Transcendental Meditation. I’ve studied politics and international relations for years and occasionally can almost sound like I know what I am talking about.

Since my mother always taught me to share, I’m a big fan of sharing my opinions. Things I really feel strongly about: America is awesome. Iowa is the greatest state in the nation. As a Jew I am not supposed to believe in Hell except that I live in the Washington D.C. area. Most importantly, I believe the pie is an acceptable meal at any time of day.



I'm Cady Voge. I'm a multimedia journalist based in London, originally from California, USA. In my former life, working in global education, I traveled a lot for work. I led trainings about how to teach empathy and cross-cultural communication. In other words, my job was to teach the importance of looking at issues from all sides. 

One thing I observed was that gender is difficult enough to navigate in one society, but add additional layers of language and cultural barriers and it can get really complex! When it comes to topics related to identity (gender, race, etc.) there are always countless perspectives, that's what makes them fascinating to me. 

Whether you like it or not, gender comes up everywhere; from representation in hollywood, to access to certain careers and sectors, to politics, etc. I'm interested in listening to and cultivating in-depth conversations that will help us all untangle our 21st century gender knot!  

I've also co-directed a short documentary in India, was the managing editor of a publication called Innovations Stories based in Colombia, and most recently, finished up an MA in International Journalism.


Cynara, Business Development 

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Logos: Season 4 by Daniel Carroll

Seasons 1 to 3 by Frankie Dineen of Palette Group,

Name & Website by Justice TVA

Photography by Phillip Reeves and Swan Media Group and Antonio Acuna