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The Chat with Claire Fordham

The Chat with Claire Fordham is a podcast where British writer and broadcaster Claire Fordham interviews interesting and inspiring people whom you may not have heard of but should. From a good witch to a death midwife, a creative visionary to an exonerated man, all the guests are fascinating. There will be laughter, tears and plenty to make you think. And there will be chats with celebrities, but only if they are really, really interesting. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/claire-fordham/support

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The Chat with Claire Fordham is a podcast where British writer and broadcaster Claire Fordham interviews interesting and inspiring people whom you may not have heard of but should. From a good witch to a death midwife, a creative visionary to an exonerated man, all the guests are fascinating. There will be laughter, tears and plenty to make you think. And there will be chats with celebrities, but only if they are really, really interesting. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/claire-fordham/support

Ep. 34 - British Actor & Singer Richard Shelton

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews British actor and singer, Richard Shelton.

Richard has enjoyed enormous success on both sides of The Atlantic starring in film, TV and theater. Music is his passion. He's a wonderful singer.

Combining his talents, Richard wrote and stars in 'Sinatra: RAW', a play about the last intimate performance by Frank Sinatra prior to his first retirement in 1971, imagining the icon's state of mind as he answers life long allegations in-between some of Frank's best loved songs.

http://richardshelton.co.uk/

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Dec 12 2018

33mins

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Ep. 33 - Artist & Environmentalist Dianna Cohen

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews visual artist and co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, Dianna Cohen.

The Plastic Pollution Coalition has many initiatives but one in particular is something we can all get on board with - drastically cutting down on single use plastics like straws, bags and containers.

They've been banned in many places but there is still much we can learn from this environmentalist who has traveled the world looking for solutions to plastic pollution that is killing animals and fish and poisoning our oceans and land.  www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org

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Nov 26 2018

31mins

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Ep. 32 - Democratic Activists Melanie Rothschild and Alexis Aria

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews two concerned citizens who are working tirelessly to inspire democrats to vote in the mid-terms on November 6: Melanie Rothschild and Alexis Aria.

Melanie is an artist who has been campaigning for Katie Hill in District 25, one of the new wave of concerned citizens who are standing for election to flip seats in the house considered winnable from the Republicans.

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www.thelastweekend.org

Harpist Alexis Aria runs the phone banks for Democrats in Topanga and Malibu. It's accepted wisdom that the most important time to canvas is the weekend before the election. If you'd like to do more than vote to help the Democrats, be inspired by these two wonder women. 

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Oct 24 2018

37mins

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Ep. 31 - Producer & Songwriter Simon Climie

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In this first anniversary episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews multi Grammy award-winning Producer and Songwriter Simon Climie.

Simon enjoyed great international success in the 80s as the singing half of the British pop duo Climie Fisher with smash hits including Love Changes (Everything). He also wrote hits for George Michael, Aretha Franklyn, Pat Benatar, Smokey Robinson and Jeff Beck.

But it's as Eric Clapton's long time producer and collaborator that Simon is best known. Very conveniently, Eric Clapton's first Christmas album, Happy Xmas, is released today.

We have tracks from Eric's hot of the presses new album as Producer Simon Climie explains how the songs were chosen and played. Also some of Simon's biggest hits and tracks he produced for Singing Sensation Michael McDonald.

And Tracy Ullman and Julia Fordham sing us Happy Birthday!

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http://www.ericclapton.com/

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Oct 12 2018

44mins

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Ep. 30.5 - Happy 1-year Anniversary Wishes from Tracey Ullman and Julia Fordham

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Comedy Legend Tracey Ullman - a former guest of The Chat and tennis partner of Claire's - and Legendary Songstress Julia Fordham - Claire's sister and singer of The Chat theme tune - wish Claire Fordham and The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast a happy 1-year anniversary in this quick clip sent from London.

You will not want to miss Tracey's spot-on impression of Claire or their beautiful rendition of the 'Happy Birthday' song!

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Oct 10 2018

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Ep. 30 - Homeless Activists Dr. Marilyn Wells and KamGi & Kyle Finch

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews Homeless Activist and Philanthropist Dr. Marilyn Wells, KamGi and Kyle Finch who feed the homeless and "S", a homeless man.

With 58,000 people currently sleeping rough in LA, one podcast can't begin to explain the enormity of the issue or discuss all the solutions but we hope that by hearing these inspiring and fascinating people share their observations and stories of what they are doing to help the homeless and in one case, try to escape homelessness, it might inspire you to get involved and help.

It's a sobering thought that most of us live paycheck to paycheck and are therefore one month away from homelessness ourselves. At the very least, we hope this episode will make us all more compassionate.

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www.beloveapparel.com

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Oct 03 2018

44mins

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Ep 29 - Actress & Poker Player Jennifer Tilly

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews Oscar nominated actress and star poker player Jennifer Tilly.

Jennifer is perhaps best known for her role as The Bride of Chucky in the horror franchise but she is much better than that with critically acclaimed roles in Dancing at the Blue Iguana and Bound. And an Academy Award nomination for her role in Bullets over Broadway, directed by Woody Allen.

Then there's her other career as poker player where Jennifer is one of the few players, men or women, who can afford to buy into big games. Jennifer chats about some of her favorite roles, being directed by Woody Allen, her own close call with a Hollywood Executive in light of the #MeToo movement and the crazy world of poker where she confirms the rumor that she has won almost a million dollars playing poker and how much she has lost.

If you enjoy this chat or any previous episode, please click here and leave us a five star review on iTunes. Podcast success isn't measured by the number of downloads but the number of 5 Star reviews on iTunes. Thank you!

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Sep 19 2018

1hr 26mins

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Ep. 28: Advertising Titan Aaron Walton

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews Advertising Titan Aaron Walton.

Aaron is co-founder of Walton Isaacson, a full-service advertising agency, with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Miami and Dallas. Aaron’s boundless creativity and strategic acumen have made him one of the most admired executives throughout the advertising, brand marketing and entertainment industries.

Since turning 50, Aaron has been a runway model and muse for the internationally renowned haute couture fashion designer, Rynshu. He walks the runway twice a year during Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

Aaron chats about the changing world of advertising, working with Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando on iconic Pepsi ads and how he feels about people like me fast forwarding through the ads when we watch our favorite TV shows.

www.waltonisaacson.com

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Sep 05 2018

55mins

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Ep. 27 - Singer & Entertainer Mari Wilson

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews British singing sensation Mari Wilson.

Known in the UK as the Neasden Queen of Soul, Mari had a string of hits in the 80s then ditched her signature Beehive hair do for something more manageable, carried on making great music and has never stopped writing songs and gigging.

Mari chats about being a working class girl from Neasden who made it big and then made it bigger, starring as her singing heroine Dusty Springfield in Dusty: The Musical and getting her first Emmy nomination this year after 35 years in the biz.

http://www.mariwilson.co.uk/

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Aug 22 2018

45mins

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Ep. 26 - Hollywood Legend Cloris Leachman

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews Hollywood Legend Cloris Leachman.

In a brilliant career spanning seven decades, Cloris has won eight Prime Time Emmy awards (a long standing record now tied with Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a Daytime Emmy and the big one - an Academy Award - for her role in The Last Picture Show.

Cloris chats about love, family, her favorite roles and what it's like to be a Hollywood Legend aged 92.

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Aug 08 2018

29mins

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Ep. 25 - Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Suzanne Donovan

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews Infectious Disease expert Dr. Suzanne Donovan who went to Sierra Leone at the height of the Ebola outbreak where her first consult was for an American doctor infected with the deadly disease.

Dr. Donovan is Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and the Infectious Diseases Department at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. There's not much she doesn't know about infectious diseases from TB, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Ebola and Zika to the importance of condoms to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

She talks about the real and present danger of drug resistant bacteria and how critical it is to vaccinate our children.

We'll also hear about the time a tribal chief in the Amazon personally supervised an Ayahuasca ceremony for her as a thank you for helping his people during an outbreak of typhoid fever.

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Jul 25 2018

44mins

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Ep. 24: Happiness Specialist Monique Rhodes

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews Happiness Specialist Monique Rhodes.

Monique was born in New Zealand and is truly international having traveled and lived in many countries. She explored the length of India, from its highest northern tip in the Himalayas to the most southern tip in the south, on her own - on a motorbike!

Monique is someone who has lived her extraordinary life to the full and is an expert in how to break down personal limits and live a life full of possibility.

She is a master at teaching you how to calm your mind, live a happier life and take a little walk on the wild side.

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Jul 11 2018

39mins

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Ep. 23: Poet & Author Philip Daughtry

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews American poet and author, Philip Daughtry.

But there's much more to Philip than great writing. He’s an adventurer, a gardener, a builder, a painter, a cowboy, a true Bohemian, lover of life and people. Before he retired, Philip was a Professor of Creative Writing at several prestigious universities. He's still writing.

Being a cowboy for a few years is in his blood. Philip is a distant cousin of Frank and Jesse James. While the James brothers did give some of what they stole from banks to the poor, Philip says that, on the whole, they weren't very nice people.

Philip Daughtry's books are available at Amazon.

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Jun 27 2018

47mins

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Ep. 23: Poet & Author Philip Daughtry

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews American poet and author, Philip Daughtry.

But there's much more to Philip than great writing. He’s an adventurer, a gardener, a builder, a painter, a cowboy, a true Bohemian, lover of life and people. Before he retired, Philip was a Professor of Creative Writing at several prestigious universities. He's still writing.

Being a cowboy for a few years is in his blood. Philip is a distant cousin of Frank and Jesse James. While the James brothers did give some of what they stole from banks to the poor, Philip says that, on the whole, they weren't very nice people.

Philip Daughtry's books are available at Amazon.

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Jun 27 2018

47mins

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Ep. 22 - British Broadcaster Russ Kane

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews British broadcaster Russ Kane.

For twenty years, Russ was the voice of Capital Radio’s ‘Flying Eye’, forming an on-air partnership with Chris Tarrant to create the most listened-to commercial radio show in the world.

Now, Russ has a show on BBC Radio London, is writing a novel and doing stand up comedy in London and LA.

Russ talks about being in the Flying Eye when it crashed into a tree, why he won't appear on Britain's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and lots of fun stuff.

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Jun 13 2018

35mins

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Ep. 21 - Psychologist & Librettist Dr. Terry Marks-Tarlow

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews Clinical Psychologist & Librettist Dr. Terry Marks-Tarlow.

Terry has a thriving therapy practice in LA, is an acclaimed author, artist, dancer and yogi who accepted the challenge to write the book for a mini opera, Oroborium, comfortably slipping into the shoes of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas who drank himself to death on his way to California to work with the great composer Igor Stravinsky before they could properly start the project.

Sixty years on, the prestigious Juilliard School of Music commissioned composer Jonathan Dawe to finish the opera and he invited Terry to write the libretto as they’d successfully worked on another opera together.

Terry talks about that incredible journey that culminated in a performance in New York’s Lincoln Center and gives advice on how to be emotionally and physically fit.

http://www.markstarlow.com/

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May 30 2018

42mins

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Ep. 20.5 - Mini-episode: Royal Wedding Reactions

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Greetings from Fiji!

In this mini-episode, Claire shares her reactions to the British Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Princess Meghan Markle, including one very juicy hot take on the lack of of maid of honour.

She had to endure shoddy Wi-fi in beautiful Fiji, where she is currently visiting her son and grandchildren, to bring this one-of-a-kind The Chat with Claire Fordham mini-episode.

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May 24 2018

2mins

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Ep. 020 - Business & Life Coach Gina DeVee

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews Transformational Business & Life Coach Gina DeVee.

As one of the world's most successful and well-known life coaches, Gina DeVee has created and runs a multi-million dollar company, Divine Living, that teaches women to say yes to our desires and take the action needed to rock out our life's purpose.

Want to be catapulted into a world where you are queen of your own life and six and seven-figure businesses are the new normal? 

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www.divineliving.com

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May 16 2018

31mins

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Ep. 019 - Singer-songwriter Judith Owen

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews singer songwriter Judith Owen.

This Welsh Wonder has a new album out on May 25th, redisCOVERed, where Judith works her musical magic on some classic songs both old and new.

Her live shows are not to be missed. Judith Owen rocks it real hard. A US tour to promote the album kicks off in New York on May 10.

In between some tracks from the album, Claire and Judith chat about touring with Brian Ferry, her brilliant band and being married to the most iconic bass player in the world - Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap A.K.A Harry Shearer.

www.judithowen.net

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May 02 2018

1hr 5mins

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Ep. 018: Law Professor Jeff Baker

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In this episode of The Chat with Claire Fordham podcast, Claire interviews law professor Jeff Baker.

Jeff runs Pepperdine University's Community Justice Clinic, where he practices with law students to provide pro bono legal services to local nonprofits in Malibu and international nongovernmental organizations dedicated to justice, human rights, and community empowerment among vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Some of the clinic's client's have a global reach like Malibu based Medicine for Humanity. Listen as Jeff explains why the law is important and whether President Trump is playing fast and loose with the constitution.

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Apr 11 2018

43mins

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