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Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy

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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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Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy

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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.

Rank #1: 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
37 mins
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Rank #2: Madeline Miller on making the Classics feminist, modern America and writing Circe

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Madeline Miller is the best-selling author of Circe and Song of Achilles. Her books reimagine the ancient myths of The Iliad and The Odyssey, bringing previously neglected characters to the fore. She talks to Krishnan about what drove her to write them, how she's tried to make the Classics a feminist space, and her despair at modern America.

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Recorded: 4 June 2019

Producer: Sarah Gough

Aug 07 2019
43 mins
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Rank #3: 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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Recorded: 22 May 2018.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Production support: Martin Collett.

Artwork: Daire Collins.

Jun 13 2018
42 mins
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Rank #4: 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
45 mins
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Rank #5: Tom Walker (AKA Jonathan Pie) on satire, freedom of speech and debating better

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Political satirist Tom Walker, best known for his viral comedy character Jonathan Pie, talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about the purpose behind his satire, why the left need to reclaim freedom of speech and how he’d change the world if given the chance. 

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You also watch all the interviews in full on our YouTube channel

Recorded: 17 March 2018.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Production support: Kat Hayes, Martin Collett.

Artwork: Daire Collins.

Apr 25 2018
41 mins
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Rank #6: Nile Rodgers on his influence on music, activism and a changing America

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Nile Rodgers is the disco legend who changed the course of modern music. The Chic track 'Good Times' that he co-wrote has alone been sampled more than 200 times and sparked the advent of hip hop.

He talks to Krishnan about his lifetime of hits, why he's always been a social activist and how America has changed since the Black Panthers movement. 

Jul 31 2019
38 mins
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Rank #7: Rachel Riley on combating antisemitism, 10 years on Countdown and getting girls into maths

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Rachel Riley has been the resident mathematician on game show Countdown for 10 years now, but that's not just what she came on our podcast to talk about. She's here to do her first serious interview on why she thinks antisemitism in the UK needs to be tackled, the online abuse she's received since speaking up about it and why she thinks more people need to call it out. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every week.

Recorded: 7 January 2019.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Jan 09 2019
43 mins
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Rank #8: David Harewood on his psychosis, being a British black actor in America and Brexit 'ugliness'

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David Harewood is a British actor known for his roles in Homeland, Supergirl and the Merchant of Venice. He has recently made a documentary retracing the events that led up to his psychotic breakdown 30 years ago. 

He talks to Krishnan about his experience of psychosis, the challenges he faces being a British black actor in the States and the intolerance and hatred he thinks Brexit has sparked. 

Warning: Very strong and racially sensitive language. Strong drug and racial references. 

Jul 03 2019
50 mins
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Rank #9: 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
45 mins
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Rank #10: George the Poet on youth violence, representation, and limitations of government

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George Mpanga, better known by his stage name George the Poet, began his career as a rapper, but after feeling constrained by the form, he moved into poetry and now podcasting. His show 'Have You Heard George's Podcast' swept the board at the British Podcast Awards for its unique interrogation of social injustice. He talks to Krishnan about the epidemic of youth violence within communities like his, and why the government may not be able to change it in his lifetime.

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Recorded: 15th July 2019

Producer: Sarah Gough

Jul 24 2019
54 mins
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Rank #11: 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
45 mins
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Rank #12: 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
44 mins
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Rank #13: Paul Conroy on being Marie Colvin’s photographer, war reporting and what happened in Syria

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Paul Conroy was taking photos alongside The Sunday Times’ foreign correspondent Marie Colvin when she was killed and he was severely injured in Homs, Syria in 2012. It was their last-ditch attempt to tell the story of human suffering in the besieged city. He talks to Krishnan about how he became Colvin’s photographer, the biopic 'A Private War' and the impulse to risk everything for the story. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday.

Recorded: 23 January 2019

Producer: Sarah Gough

Jan 30 2019
57 mins
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Rank #14: Mark Regev on Israel, conflict and antisemitism

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Israel's ambassador to the United Kingdom Mark Regev talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about his role as a diplomat, whether he thinks there's a problem with antisemitism in the Labour Party and what he would do to change the world, if given the chance.

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Recorded: 6 March 2018. Producer: Sarah Gough. Artwork: Daire Collins.

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Mar 28 2018
55 mins
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Rank #15: 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
43 mins
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Rank #16: Michael Sheen on acting to activism, fighting poverty and playing Tony Blair 

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Michael Sheen talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about why his focus has shifted from acting to activism, his campaign to stop high cost credit lenders targeting working class communities, and what he's learned from playing Tony Blair.

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 16 2018
42 mins
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Rank #17: Lily Cole on ethical fashion, technology and bullying

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Former supermodel turned writer, actor and social entrepreneur Lily Cole speaks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about why she left the modelling industry, her eco-friendly lifestyle and what she would do to change the world, if given the chance. Rate, review and subscribe to this podcast for more in-depth interviews every week. You can also watch this interview in full on Channel 4 News' YouTube channel.

Recorded: 9 March 2018. Producer: Sarah Gough. Production support: Kieron Bryan. Artwork: Daire Collins.

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Mar 28 2018
48 mins
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Rank #18: Munroe Bergdorf on racism, trans activism and acceptance

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Munroe Bergdorf is an activist and model, known for speaking her mind on trans issues, racism and misogyny. She talks to Krishnan about her own transition, the controversy that led to her being dropped by L'Oreal and why tolerance is not enough.

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Recorded: 16 November 2018

Producer: Sarah Gough

Jan 02 2019
38 mins
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Rank #19: Rose McGowan on Weinstein, growing up in a cult and running for President

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Actor Rose McGowan was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, and she's been embroiled in a battle against him and Hollywood ever since. She's now written a memoir 'Brave' and talks to Krishnan about speaking truth to power, what it was like growing up in a cult and why one day she wants to run for President. 

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Recorded: 1 March 2019.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Mar 06 2019
49 mins
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Rank #20: Matt Brittin on being a Google boss, freedom of speech on YouTube and the challenges of big tech

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Matt Brittin is the President of Google's business and operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was also a British rower winning medals at the World Championships and representing GB at the Olympics. Krishnan challenges him on some of the controversies Google faces, whether YouTube's policies are in the right place when it comes to hate speech and why he still thinks technology can be a force for good.

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Recorded: 6 March.

Producer: Sarah Gough.

Mar 13 2019
48 mins
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