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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world

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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world

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Amazing, inspiring life stories from around the world

By Elenitha2019 - May 16 2019
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Listen... you won't regret it. The stories from around the world are amazing and humbling.

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iTunes Ratings

163 Ratings
Average Ratings
140
6
9
5
3

Amazing, inspiring life stories from around the world

By Elenitha2019 - May 16 2019
Read more
Listen... you won't regret it. The stories from around the world are amazing and humbling.

Love love love

By Tpitz7 - Mar 19 2019
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I love love love this podcast.

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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world

Rank #1: The Retiree who Broke the Lottery

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After Jerry Selbee retired in 2002, he found a way to crack the lottery in the US state of Michigan. He and his wife Marge ended up making millions of dollars. Jo Fidgen takes up the story.

(Image: Jerry and Marge Selbee. Photo credit: Rachel Koenig.)

Nov 20 2018

18mins

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Rank #2: My life as an undercover CIA agent: Part Two

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Amaryllis Fox tells Jo Fidgen how she was head-hunted by two different spying agencies while studying at Oxford and Georgetown Universities. She was recruited by the CIA aged 21 and within a few years she was an undercover field agent. Amaryllis lived under false identities, infiltrating arms dealing networks. She was pushed into getting married twice during her service so her partners could gain the necessary security clearance. She even took her baby on secret missions. Amaryllis has written a book about her life as a spy called Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA.
Presenter: Jo Fidgen
Producer: Thomas Harding Assinder

Picture: Amaryllis Fox
Credit: Tristar Media

Dec 03 2019

27mins

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Rank #3: My life as an undercover CIA agent: Part One

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When she was 21 Amaryllis Fox was recruited by the CIA, the American intelligence service, and became one of its youngest undercover agents. In part one of the interview, she tells Jo Fidgen how her career started with a dramatic trip in Myanmar, then known as Burma, as an 18 year old. In part two, we’ll hear about how her job with the CIA was to infiltrate the networks of people trying sell nuclear, chemical and biological weapons on the black market.

Presenter: Jo Fidgen
Producer: Thomas Harding Assinder

Picture: Amaryllis Fox
Credit: Tristar Media

Dec 03 2019

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Rank #4: Why I didn’t make a sound for 12 years

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Marie McCreadie moved to Australia from the UK as a young girl in the 1970s. It was the start of a new adventure for the whole family, but then one day when Marie was 13 she lost her voice, leaving her unable to make a sound for over a decade. Marie was ostracised, told she was cursed, and was put in a psychiatric unit. Then, in her twenties she discovered the surprising cause of her condition.

Marie has written a book about her life without speech it's called Voiceless.

Presenter: Andrea Kennedy
Producer: Tom Harding Assinder

Picture: Marie McCreadie as a young teenager
Credit: Marie McCreadie

Oct 05 2019

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Rank #5: The Welsh miner who made wrestling glamorous

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Adrian Street grew up in a mining town in South Wales, but he always loved dressing up. When he was a teenager he started working down the mines but his dream was to become a wrestler. He was ridiculed by the other miners he worked with but in the 1950s he moved to London to pursue his dream. He was determined and strong but he needed something else to stand out. He chose glamour. He bleached his hair blond, dressed in sequins and feather boas and dramatic make-up. The fans were shocked at first and hurled abuse at him. He embraced all their taunts and created a haughty androgynous character that would strut about the stage blowing kisses at his abusers. He confused but also fascinated the wrestling world. He called himself "Exotic Adrian Street" and it didn't take long for him to become a star.

There's a new film about Adrian's life which has just been released, it's called 'You May Be Pretty, But I Am Beautiful: The Adrian Street Story'.

Image: Adrian Street with his father in 1974
Credit: Dennis Hutchinson/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

May 25 2019

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Rank #6: Escaping Dubai with a Princess

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Earlier this year a princess from Dubai, Latifa, tried to escape and start a new life abroad, away from her father, the ruler. Her best friend Tiina Jauhianen tried to help her but Latifa was caught on a boat, and hasn't been seen since.

Image: Tiina Jauhianen
Credit: BBC

Dec 12 2018

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Rank #7: Chasing El Chapo

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This week a US judge sentenced Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to life in prison plus 30 years. The trial is significant because El Chapo achieved notoriety for twice escaping custody in Mexico as well as avoiding arrest on numerous other occasions. One of these arrests was in 2014 and was the culmination of years of work by an American drug enforcement agent called Drew Hogan. When Drew started searching for the world's most wanted drug lord, he wasn't aware how consumed he would become with the hunt. From organising undercover money laundering operations to camping out in the kingpin's house in Mexico, Drew was about to embark on an extraordinary quest.

Image: poster with the face of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, from 2015
Credit: YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Jul 20 2019

27mins

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Rank #8: Survivor 195: Taking down Larry Nassar

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For years, former US doctor Larry Nassar abused hundreds of young girls and women. As the official doctor attached to elite gymnastics teams, he used his position to conduct sexually exploitative and medically unwarranted examinations, using physical therapy as a cover. He managed to persuade hundreds of people - including police officers - that what he was doing was legitimate. Eventually, many top athletes spoke about the abuse, including world and Olympic champion Simone Biles. One of those women is Rachel Haines, although for a long time she was known only as 'Survivor 195'. She recently decided to reveal her name and she has written a book about her experience, Abused.

Image and credit: Rachel Haines

Apr 30 2019

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Rank #9: Discovering my ‘mum’ stole me at birth

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In April 1997 a woman dressed as a nurse walked into a Cape Town hospital and left with a new born baby. The baby's name was Zephany Nurse but she was raised by the woman who kidnapped her as Miche Solomon. It would be 17 years before she discovered her true identity and was forced to make some impossible decisions.

Miche recently released a book based on her remarkable life story called: Zephany, Two Mothers One Daughter.

Presenter: Mpho Lakaje
Producer: Thomas Harding Assinder

Picture: Lavona Solomon and Miche on Christmas Day when she was five-years-old.
Credit: Miche Solomon

Sep 14 2019

26mins

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Rank #10: The Bed that Saved Me from the Taliban

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In January this year, a Greek pilot called Vasileios Vasileiou checked into the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. The hotel was popular with international visitors - and the Taliban knew that. On January 20th they launched an attack and the hotel was under siege for more than fourteen hours. Vasileios was in his room and he hid in a bed frame to survive, while Taliban fighters operated from his room.

Image: Vasileios Vasileiou and the bed frame that saved his life
Credit: Vasileios Vasileiou

Dec 11 2018

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Rank #11: Exposing my twin – the paedophile priest

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Margaret Harrod was a nun and her twin brother was a priest. They were inseparable, but one day while visiting a parish family Margaret witnessed her brother doing something that would shock her to the core. It brought up memories that she had tried to bury and ultimately forced her to blow the whistle on her own twin brother. Margaret talks openly about child sexual abuse throughout this programme and it may be difficult and triggering to hear. If you are affected by anything in Margaret's interview the BBC has a website where you can get advice and more information: www.bbc.co.uk/actionline

Image: Twins Margaret Harrod and her brother Michael wearing their Catholic religious clothing
Credit: Margaret Harrod

Jul 27 2019

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Rank #12: Telling jokes about my refugee past

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Comedian Hung Le was born in Vietnam but had to flee to Australia during the Vietnam War. As a child, he had three heroes: Charlie Chaplin, Bruce Lee and his artist dad Thanh Nhon. All of these men would go on to have a big impact on Hung's life and the way he uses humour to tell his refugee story.

Presenter: Jo Fidgen
Producer: Katy Davis

Dec 02 2019

18mins

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Rank #13: What I found in the minds of serial killers

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In the 1970s John E. Douglas was a relatively young FBI agent who would travel around the US teaching police officers the bureau's tactics. John knew he was inexperienced compared to the seasoned detectives he was instructing. But he had an idea to accelerate his learning: go into prisons and speak to notorious serial killers. They weren't called 'serial killers' back then. John helped come up with the term. Through the interviews John was able to understand how the minds of these criminals worked and how it could be applied to solve open cases. But the gruelling work took its toll on John. Andrea Kennedy spoke to him about how it began to erode his mental health and very nearly cost him his life.

Image: murderer Edmund Kemper (left) with former FBI agent John E. Douglas (right)
Credit: supplied by John E. Douglas

Jul 06 2019

44mins

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Rank #14: The North Korean Diver and the Octopus

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Park Myongho is a North Korean ex-military man who defected to the South, at huge risk with his family. He now works as a compressor diver making a dangerous living by catching octopuses under the sea where North meets South. (Photo credit: Moyoung Jin.)

Jan 28 2019

20mins

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Rank #15: ‘Please... need rescue… SOS!’

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In May 2019, British pilot Sam Rutherford took off from an airport in Canada with his co-pilot Alan Simpson. Alan was a pioneering farmer, businessman and grandfather who was also passionate about aviation and had bought a small plane. However, part-way through the flight the plane crashed into the side of a snow-covered mountain. Realising that Alan was badly injured, Sam knew they needed help and fast, so he sent a desperate SMS text message to his wife Beatrice De Smet who was in Europe. What ensued was an extraordinary rescue, involving nine people on snow mobiles.

Presenter: Emily Webb
Producer: Katy Davis

Image: Winand Deerenberg/Getty Images

Aug 21 2019

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Rank #16: My escape, thanks to a Russian mail-order bride

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As a film-obsessed gay teen, Wes Hurley was thrilled to move to the US from Russia. But his mother’s new husband was moody and homophobic. How they ended up bonding, after a surprise revelation.

Wes made a film about his life, co-directed by Nathan Miller, called Little Potato: https://vimeo.com/topicstories/littlepotato

This episode is presented and produced by Saskia Edwards.

Image: Wes Hurley with his mother Elena
Credit: Wes Hurley / Nathan Miller

Aug 10 2019

26mins

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Rank #17: Modern birth: The fertility doctor who impregnated his patients

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Matthew White and Heather Woock discovered they were the children of their mothers' fertility doctor. The doctor had actually used his own semen to inseminate some 50 women without their knowledge. Through their campaigning it has become illegal for doctors to do this and the half-siblings have developed a family-like relationship.

Presenter: Emily Webb
Producer: Saskia Edwards

Picture: Male nurse holding helium balloon celebrating newborn baby (stock photo)
Credit: Getty Images

Sep 19 2019

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Rank #18: The painful secret I hid from my twin

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When Alex Lewis was 18 he had an accident that caused him to lose his memory. The only person he could remember was Marcus, his identical twin brother. He became the person Alex most relied upon to rebuild his life and memories. But as it turned out not everything Marcus told him was true.

This interview contains themes of child sexual abuse which may be difficult and triggering to hear.

Their story features in a documentary called ‘Tell me who I am’ directed by Ed Perkins, released on Netflix and in select cinemas from Friday 18th October.

Presenter: Andrea Kennedy
Producer: Tom Harding Assinder

Photo: Alex and Marcus Lewis
Credit: Alex and Marcus Lewis

Oct 19 2019

26mins

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Rank #19: The online post designed to ruin my life

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Monika Glennon is a Polish-born estate agent living in the US. One morning she got a frantic call from a colleague: an explicit post had been written about Monika, claiming she had an affair with a client and that she was a ‘homewrecker’. The story was fabricated, but as it became the first hit when you googled her name, Monika began to lose business, fell into a depression, and even feared for her life. Who was behind the post? She tells Jo Fidgen her shocking story. (Photo credit: Rich Ortiz.)

Jun 18 2019

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