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UnHerd columnist Giles Fraser talks to distinguished guests about how their beliefs shape who they are.

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UnHerd columnist Giles Fraser talks to distinguished guests about how their beliefs shape who they are.

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31 Ratings
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Totally Engaging

By pauljquilter - Apr 13 2020
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This is a fascinating podcast. It is so interesting to discover what drives all these different people who have made their mark in one way or another. Giles Fraser is a delightful interviewer. And I thoroughly enjoy his articles published on UnHerd. I have witnessed Giles’ journey across the political spectrum. Although not sure he moved very far but has just finally understood what the right well the decent right, truly believe which actually is true and effective compassion. Welcome to the dark side Giles.

Fascinating stuff

By RenewedAgora - Jul 30 2019
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Would love to hear Rabbi Sacks

iTunes Ratings

31 Ratings
Average Ratings
25
3
0
0
3

Totally Engaging

By pauljquilter - Apr 13 2020
Read more
This is a fascinating podcast. It is so interesting to discover what drives all these different people who have made their mark in one way or another. Giles Fraser is a delightful interviewer. And I thoroughly enjoy his articles published on UnHerd. I have witnessed Giles’ journey across the political spectrum. Although not sure he moved very far but has just finally understood what the right well the decent right, truly believe which actually is true and effective compassion. Welcome to the dark side Giles.

Fascinating stuff

By RenewedAgora - Jul 30 2019
Read more
Would love to hear Rabbi Sacks
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Confessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd

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UnHerd columnist Giles Fraser talks to distinguished guests about how their beliefs shape who they are.

Rank #1: Roger Scruton's Confessions – Faith, family and finding Conservatism

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Giles Fraser talks to writer and philosopher Sir Roger Scruton about the importance of faith and family, finding Conservatism, humanity in architecture, and being a class traitor.

Jan 07 2019

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Rank #2: Andrew Sullivan's Confessions — Catholicism, coming out and Jeremy Corbyn

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Giles talks to author and political commentator Andrew Sullivan about his troubled home life, how moving to America liberated him and why Jeremy Corbyn is the real 'Britain Trump'.

Dec 02 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #3: Peter Hitchens's Confessions - Boarding school, Bolsheviks and Bible burning

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Giles speaks to columnist and author Peter Hitchens about motorways, leaving the Communist party, and why changing your mind will lose you friends.

May 06 2019

53mins

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Rank #4: Tom Holland's Confessions – Islam, Christianity and ancient power

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Giles Fraser talks to bestselling ancient historian Tom Holland about Islam, rock star Gods, the collapse of ancient empires and being on the side of Pontius Pilate.

Dec 17 2018

45mins

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Rank #5: Andrew Doyle's Confessions - Free speech, the far-Right and Titania McGrath

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Giles talks to the man behind Twitter's woke queen Titania McGrath about coming out at 18, being a hero of the far-Right and why individualism is more important than identity politics.

Jun 11 2019

58mins

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Rank #6: Patrick Deneen's Confessions – Wendell Berry, working class Tories and why liberalism failed

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Giles talks to political theorist Patrick Deneen about why liberalism has failed, how the Conservatives became the party of the working class and the revolution yet to come.

Dec 16 2019

59mins

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Rank #7: Alan Rusbridger's Confessions - Facebook, fearless journalism and failing the 11+

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Giles speaks to Alan Rusbridger, former Guardian editor and Principal of Oxford University's Lady Margaret Hall, about his thrifty family, battling fake news and the fate of journalism.

Mar 11 2019

59mins

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Rank #8: Larry Siedentop's Confessions – Liberalism, localism and populism

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Giles talks with Sir Larry Siedentop, Oxford philosopher and author of 'Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism', about being taught by Isaiah Berlin, how Brexit is going to federalise the UK and why liberalism isn't dead yet.

Aug 26 2019

48mins

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Rank #9: Mary Beard's Confessions - Teaching, Twitter and trigger warnings

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Giles speaks to classicist Mary Beard about the ethnic diversity of Roman Britain, why there's more to democracy than just voting and how it feels when the Twitter mob comes after you.

May 20 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #10: Elif Shafak's Confessions – Populism, polarities and post-truth fiction

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Giles chats to Turkish author Elif Shafak, whose latest novel is shortlisted for the Booker Prize, about being a citizen of the world, the dangers of populism and why fiction is more important now than ever.

Sep 16 2019

54mins

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Rank #11: Jonathan Haidt's Confessions – Disgust, Trump and the rise of 'call out' culture

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Giles Fraser talks to eminent psychologist and ethicist Jonathan Haidt about the 'wisdom of repugnance', the importance of belonging and the closing of the American mind.

Nov 30 2018

51mins

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Rank #12: Iain Dale's Confessions – Brexit, beaches and coming out

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Giles Fraser talks to broadcaster and politico Iain Dale about growing up on a farm, coming out as gay, his love of politics and how Brexit is driving us mad.

Mar 25 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #13: Yoram Hazony's Confessions – Nationalism, Imperialism, and Israel

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In a special episode recorded in Jerusalem, Israeli philosopher Yoram Hazony tells Giles about the time he almost quit working for Benjamin Netanyahu, why the English are most parallel to Israelis and what he is most theologically afraid of.

Sep 30 2019

56mins

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Rank #14: Helen Thompson's Confessions — Elections, economics and Euroscepticism

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Giles talks to Professor of Political Economy Helen Thompson about not fitting in at Warwick University Labour Club, why Margaret Thatcher would have voted Leave and what to look out for in politics in 2020.

Dec 30 2019

57mins

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Rank #15: Simon Heffer's Confessions – Boris Johnson, the Brexit Party and the Battle of the Somme

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Giles talks to journalist and historian Simon Heffer about inventing the 'Essex man', why he voted for the Brexit Party and what it's like to work with Boris Johnson.

Jul 29 2019

54mins

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Rank #16: Maurice Glasman's Confessions – Judaism, Brexit, and Blue Labour

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Giles Fraser talks to political theorist and Blue Labour founder Lord Glasman about Judaism, Brexit, and why his philosophy was a love letter to his parents.

Dec 31 2018

51mins

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Rank #17: Julia Hartley-Brewer's Confessions – Brexit, burqas and bad parenting

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Giles talks to broadcaster and journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer about being an atheist, working in a nightclub at 14 and why she doesn't agree with Margaret Thatcher.

Aug 19 2019

58mins

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Rank #18: Reverend Richard Coles's Confessions – Punk, pop and priesthood

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Giles chats with former member of 80s pop band The Communards turned Vicar Richard Coles about finding faith, facing the black dog and being a curate in the highest voting Leave constituency.

Aug 05 2019

52mins

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Rank #19: Sir James MacMillan's Confessions - Communism, Catholicism and composition

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In our Holy Week special, Giles talks to composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan about Scottish sectarianism, joining the Communist Party, and why composing is like having a photo developed.
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Sir James MacMillan is one of the most successful composers of his generation, achieving international acclaim. His music has been programmed worldwide by orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, as well as being commissioned for Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 state visit to the UK. He is heavily influenced by his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, and his social and political conscience.

Apr 15 2019

51mins

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Rank #20: Paul Mason's Confessions - Class, culture and Charlie Parker

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Giles chats with journalist, film-maker and author Paul Mason about his musical family, why neoliberalism killed culture and the socialist ideal of cricket on a summer's evening.

Apr 29 2019

1hr 2mins

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Michael Ignatieff's Confessions — Liberalism, populism and multiculturalism

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Giles chats to the former leader of the Canadian Liberal Party and now rector of the Central European University, Michael Ignatieff, about how his family went from Russian nobles to Canadian refugees, why the Brexit debate was good for the UK's democracy and what threat populism poses to liberalism.

May 11 2020

56mins

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Jonathan Aitken's Confessions — Parliament, prison and prayer

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Giles chats to former MP and convict and now ordained chaplin, Jonathan Aitken, about the importance of diversity in politics, the power of forgiveness and how a tweet led him to become ordained.

Apr 27 2020

49mins

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Nicky Gumbel's Confessions — Family, faith and finding God

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In a Good Friday special, Giles chats to Anglican priest and pioneer of the Alpha Course Nicky Gumbel about the moment he changed from atheist to a Christian, why his father never talked about his being Jewish and doubting God after tragically losing his best friend.

Apr 10 2020

1hr 5mins

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Mervyn King's Confessions — Crises, capital and coronavirus

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Giles talks to former Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King about why economists don't understand human nature, what caused the 2008 financial crisis and the mistake both sides made in the Brexit referendum.

Mar 30 2020

1hr 6mins

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Johnathan Sacks's Confessions — Capitalism, community and covenant

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Giles talks to former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks about the power of community, antisemitism in the 21st century and the 72-hour bus journey across America that changed his life.

Mar 16 2020

57mins

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Richard Layard's Confessions — History, happiness and mental health

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In a 'Blue Monday' special, Giles talks to economist and happiness expert Richard Layard about his journey from the humanities to science, why individualism is making us depressed and how we can be more happy.

Jan 20 2020

1hr 13mins

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Charles Moore's Confessions — Thatcher, theology and the Tories

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Giles talks to Margaret Thatcher's biographer and former Telegraph editor Charles Moore about becoming a Catholic, how the BBC licence fee is dividing 'somewheres' and 'anywheres' and why he's never liked the Conservative Party.

Jan 13 2020

48mins

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Jonathan Sumption's Confessions — Rights, rhetoric and rationalism

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Giles talks to historian and former Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption about leaving academia behind for a career in law, the problem with human rights and the art of persuasion.

Jan 06 2020

1hr 12mins

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Helen Thompson's Confessions — Elections, economics and Euroscepticism

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Giles talks to Professor of Political Economy Helen Thompson about not fitting in at Warwick University Labour Club, why Margaret Thatcher would have voted Leave and what to look out for in politics in 2020.

Dec 30 2019

57mins

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Susan Hill's Confessions — Christmas, children and coping with grief

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In a Christmas special, Giles chats to novelist Susan Hill about writing ghost stories, the coffin maker who taught her how to whistle and losing her 5-week-old daughter.

Dec 23 2019

59mins

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Patrick Deneen's Confessions – Wendell Berry, working class Tories and why liberalism failed

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Giles talks to political theorist Patrick Deneen about why liberalism has failed, how the Conservatives became the party of the working class and the revolution yet to come.

Dec 16 2019

59mins

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Jonathan Rowson's Confessions — Chess, concentration and climate change

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Giles chats to philosopher and chess grandmaster Jonathan Rowson about the beauty of chess, the importance of spirituality and why the political spectrum is fake news.

Dec 09 2019

1hr

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Andrew Sullivan's Confessions — Catholicism, coming out and Jeremy Corbyn

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Giles talks to author and political commentator Andrew Sullivan about his troubled home life, how moving to America liberated him and why Jeremy Corbyn is the real 'Britain Trump'.

Dec 02 2019

1hr 5mins

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George Monbiot's Confessions — Boarding school, the BBC and Extinction Rebellion

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Giles chats to environmental activist and "professional troublemaker" George Monbiot about the horrors of boarding school, why he's a eurosceptic Remainer and how he escaped a near-death experience in Indonesia.

Nov 25 2019

54mins

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Yoram Hazony's Confessions – Nationalism, Imperialism, and Israel

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In a special episode recorded in Jerusalem, Israeli philosopher Yoram Hazony tells Giles about the time he almost quit working for Benjamin Netanyahu, why the English are most parallel to Israelis and what he is most theologically afraid of.

Sep 30 2019

56mins

Play

Elif Shafak's Confessions – Populism, polarities and post-truth fiction

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Giles chats to Turkish author Elif Shafak, whose latest novel is shortlisted for the Booker Prize, about being a citizen of the world, the dangers of populism and why fiction is more important now than ever.

Sep 16 2019

54mins

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Alan Johnson's Confessions - London, Labour and leadership

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Giles chats to Alan Johnson, former Labour MP and Shadow Chancellor about growing up, being a postman and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.

Sep 09 2019

55mins

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Jesse Norman’s Confessions – Capitalism, Conservatism and proroguing parliament

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Giles chats to Jesse Norman MP about the compatibility of conservativism and capitalism, what we get wrong about Adam Smith and if the proroguing of parliament really is a coup.

Sep 02 2019

39mins

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Larry Siedentop's Confessions – Liberalism, localism and populism

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Giles talks with Sir Larry Siedentop, Oxford philosopher and author of 'Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism', about being taught by Isaiah Berlin, how Brexit is going to federalise the UK and why liberalism isn't dead yet.

Aug 26 2019

48mins

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Julia Hartley-Brewer's Confessions – Brexit, burqas and bad parenting

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Giles talks to broadcaster and journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer about being an atheist, working in a nightclub at 14 and why she doesn't agree with Margaret Thatcher.

Aug 19 2019

58mins

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iTunes Ratings

31 Ratings
Average Ratings
25
3
0
0
3

Totally Engaging

By pauljquilter - Apr 13 2020
Read more
This is a fascinating podcast. It is so interesting to discover what drives all these different people who have made their mark in one way or another. Giles Fraser is a delightful interviewer. And I thoroughly enjoy his articles published on UnHerd. I have witnessed Giles’ journey across the political spectrum. Although not sure he moved very far but has just finally understood what the right well the decent right, truly believe which actually is true and effective compassion. Welcome to the dark side Giles.

Fascinating stuff

By RenewedAgora - Jul 30 2019
Read more
Would love to hear Rabbi Sacks