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How can you change the world? Join Krishnan Guru-Murthy and his guest of the week as they explore the big ideas influencing how we think, act and live.

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How can you change the world? Join Krishnan Guru-Murthy and his guest of the week as they explore the big ideas influencing how we think, act and live.

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iTunes Ratings

30 Ratings
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Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Latest release on Feb 12, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Jack White on hating mobile phones, immigration and his musical influences

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Jack White, formerly of The White Stripes and now The Raconteurs, is one of the best guitarists in the world. He talks to Krishnan as his new tour kicks off about why he doesn't own a mobile phone, why the fear of foreigners still shocks him and what influences his music.

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Recorded: 22 May 2019.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Jun 19 2019

45mins

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Rank #2: MARINA on the power of pop, tackling female shame and the politics behind her new album

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Marina Diamandis, formerly known by her stage name Marina & The Diamonds, has topped the charts with music that blends powerful pop with an indie sound. Her songs have tackled female stereotypes, rape culture and the frivolity of fame - but the last album was in 2015. Marina took three years off and went to study psychology and attachment theory. Now back with a new album, she talks to Krishnan about her return to music, how political events have influenced her writing and how the media should change the way they treat women.   Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday.   Recorded: 31 January 2019.   Producer: Sarah Gough.

Feb 27 2019

37mins

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Rank #3: Damon Albarn on politicians vs musicians, a People's Vote and his new album

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Damon Albarn had made his name as a political musician - as the frontman for Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, The Bad and The Queen - he was vocally opposed to the Iraq War and now, is entirely frustrated by Brexit. He talks to Krishnan backstage before his gig in Hackney about how politics and music collide, why he thinks there should be a People's Vote and the inspiration behind his latest album.

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Recorded: 4 December 2018.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Dec 05 2018

29mins

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Rank #4: Nawal El Saadawi on feminism, fiction and the illusion of democracy

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Revolutionary Egyptian feminist Nawal El Saadawi talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about the injustice of the patriarchy, what inspires her to write and why she thinks democracy doesn't exist.

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You can also watch the podcasts on our YouTube channel.

Recorded: 22 May 2018.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Production support: Martin Collett.

Artwork: Daire Collins.

Jun 13 2018

42mins

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Rank #5: Richard Curtis on the future of charity, his films and optimism

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Screenwriter of Love Actually, Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral, Richard Curtis' influence on romantic comedies and the nation's Christmas viewing schedules is immense. But, he's also just as world-changing for his charity work. As the founder of Comic Relief, Make Poverty History and now, an advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, he talks to Krishnan about whether public trust in charity is dwindling, global progress and his unrelenting optimism.

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Recorded: 8 August.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Aug 15 2018

49mins

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Rank #6: Matt Haig on living with depression, social media addiction and changing the nervous planet

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Matt Haig is a best-selling author of adult and children's books - his most recent being 'Notes on a Nervous Planet' and 'The Truth Pixie'. He talks to Krishnan about his mental breakdown aged 24, how he got through it and the lessons we all need to learn to cope with the pressures of the modern world.

Ways to Change the World will now be taking a short break before the launch of Series 3 in a few weeks time.

Recorded: 25 February 2019.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Mar 27 2019

51mins

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Rank #7: Elif Shafak on multiculturalism, the power of stories and making the political personal

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Elif Shafak is an award-winning Turkish-British novelist and political scientist. She's published 16 books - making her the most widely read female author in Turkey. 

She talks to Krishnan about whether you can truly be a citizen of the world, how novels can change us and why she can't help but be political.

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Recorded: 11 December 2018.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Dec 26 2018

45mins

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Rank #8: André Aciman on obsession, moral panic and 'Call Me by Your Name'

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André Aciman is an author and academic, renowned for his novel 'Call Me by Your Name', which was turned into a hugely successful film in 2017 and has been hailed as a modern gay classic.    The story centres on the blossoming romantic relationship between a 17-year-old American-Italian Jewish boy a 24-year-old American Jewish scholar. The sequel to the novel, 'Find Me', has just been released.    André talks to Krishnan about obsessive love, his faith in the kindness of humanity and dismissing taboos.    Producer: Rachel Evans

Nov 28 2019

37mins

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Rank #9: Esther Duflo on winning a Nobel prize for economics, immigration and relying on the facts

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Esther Duflo won 2019's Nobel prize for economics with her partner Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer. Together they've written a new book called 'Good Economics for Hard Times' which seeks to answer some of the world's biggest social and political questions. A resident professor at MIT, Esther talks to Krishnan about what it's like to win the prize, why low-skilled migration is not an economic threat and why she pushes evidence not ideology.  Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth conversations every Wednesday. Recorded: 6 November 2019.

Producer: Sarah Gough

Nov 13 2019

46mins

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Rank #10: Naomi Klein on Extinction Rebellion, the Green New Deal and fast fashion

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Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist and filmmaker. She has recently released her latest book ‘On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal’, which explores how bold climate action she says can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society.

She talks to Krishnan about the impact of Extinction Rebellion, the rising demand for a Green New Deal and whether fast fashion has to go. 

Recording Date: 16th October 2019

Producer: Rachel Evans

Oct 16 2019

47mins

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Rank #11: Simon Amstell on finding joy, why everyone should have therapy and his new film Benjamin

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Simon Amstell made his name as a stand-up comedian and presenter, best known for his stint on 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks'. Now he's a fully-fledged film-maker, taking on veganism in his 2017 film 'Carnage', while his latest venture, 'Benjamin', is a semi-autobiographical look at a gay man struggling to find intimacy. Krishnan talks to him about how therapy helped him see the joy in things, his creative process and why he's turned off by politicians.

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Recorded: 8 March 2019.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Mar 20 2019

44mins

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Rank #12: Germaine Greer on women's liberation, the trans community and her own experience of rape

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Feminist writer and academic Germaine Greer talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about why she is against gender equality, for women's liberation and uninterested in the trans community. She also talks in-depth for the first time about her own experience of rape.    Please rate, review and subscribe to the Ways to Change the World podcast for more in-depth interviews every week.

You can also watch the podcast episodes on our YouTube channel.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Production support: Martin Collett.

Artwork: Daire Collins.

May 23 2018

45mins

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Rank #13: Lord Michael Heseltine on Brexit, Theresa May and fighting poverty

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Lord Michael Heseltine is a veteran of politics. He has served as Deputy Prime Minister and was crucial in Margaret Thatcher's removal from power. He now sits on the Conservative benches of the House of Lords and has strongly argued against Brexit and to remain in the European Union. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every week.

Recorded: 11 December 2018.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Dec 12 2018

39mins

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Rank #14: Michael Moore on Trump, Brexit and his new film

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Oscar-winning documentary maker Michael Moore has made his name, and won his awards, by offering searing critiques of American society. Famed for Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, a left-wing, globalist outlook drives him and his films. He chats to Krishnan about his latest offering - Fahrenheit 11/9, why America ended up with Trump as President, and where Brexit Britain goes next.

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Recorded: 15 October 2018

Producer: Sarah Gough

Oct 17 2018

31mins

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Rank #15: Gina Miller on a post-Brexit world, death threats and rethinking capitalism

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Defender of the constitution to some, 'enemy of the people' to others, Gina Miller was the lead claimant in a successful legal battle ensuring parliament had the final say over triggering Article 50. She talks to Krishnan ahead of the release of her new book 'Rise' about why the British public need another vote on Brexit, the abuse she's had to negotiate since that Supreme Court legal battle and why trickle-down economics isn't working.

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Recorded: 6 August 2018.

Producers: Sarah Gough, Kieron Bryan.

Aug 08 2018

44mins

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Rank #16: Salman Rushdie on no-platforming, magical realism and America in crisis

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Acclaimed author Salman Rushdie talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy thirty years on from the controversial publication of The Satanic Verses. He talks in part about his new book The Golden House, what the fake news phenomenon means for literature and why America has a cultural crisis.

You can also watch the podcast episodes on our YouTube channel.

Date recorded: 25th May.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Production support: Martin Collett.

Artwork: Daire Collins.

May 30 2018

43mins

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Rank #17: Jacob Rees-Mogg MP on not being Prime Minister, immigration and delivering Brexit

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Jacob Rees-Mogg is the backbencher Tory MP who will stop at nothing to achieve a hard Brexit. Taking a break from his daily routine of goading the government on their Brexit position, he chats to Krishnan about his early life and political ambitions, what he'll do if he's wrong on Brexit and whether the referendum was racist.   Rate, review and subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every week.   Recorded: 17 July 2018.   Producer: Sarah Gough.

Jul 18 2018

46mins

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Rank #18: Laura Bates on talking sex and harassment in schools, positive action and tackling misogyny

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Laura Bates founded the Everyday Sexism project in 2012, long before the Me Too movement gained traction. It was a space where women could share their stories of sexual assault and highlight how normalised it had become. She talks to Krishnan about where the feminist movement is post-Me Too, why she reluctantly thinks gender quotas in the workplace are necessary and how we should be talking about sex and harassment in schools.

Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every week. Recorded: 18 October 2018.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Oct 31 2018

42mins

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Rank #19: Samantha Power on disagreeing with Barack Obama, Syria and being an idealist

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Samantha Power was the former US ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama. She was in the job at the height of the Syrian Civil War and was intimately involved in President Obama’s deliberations over whether to bomb the Assad regime in response to chemical attacks.

She has also been a journalist, human rights activist, author and foreign policy adviser.

She talks to Krishnan about disagreeing with the former President, her reflections on the conflict in Syria and why she is an idealist in an ever-changing world. 

Nov 06 2019

45mins

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Rank #20: Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey on poverty, personal responsibility and rap

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Glaswegian rapper Loki is this year’s Orwell Prize winner for his book ‘Poverty Safari’. He talks to Krishnan about how he negotiated a difficult childhood and an alcohol problem, how he thinks poverty can be tackled and why the left need to reclaim the idea of personal responsibility.

Subscribe to 'Ways to Change the World' for more in-depth interviews every week. Recorded: 30th July.

Producers: Sarah Gough, Kieron Bryan, Matthew Lucas.

Aug 01 2018

42mins

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