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Unfiltered with James O'Brien

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Revealing and candid one-hour conversations with a different special guest every week, featuring fascinating people from the worlds of sport, politics, entertainment, activism and the media.Subscribe to get a brand new episode every Monday.

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Revealing and candid one-hour conversations with a different special guest every week, featuring fascinating people from the worlds of sport, politics, entertainment, activism and the media.Subscribe to get a brand new episode every Monday.

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By allouy - Sep 07 2018
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The guests alone could have made this a 5-Star podcast. They’ve had some excellent people on with plenty of interesting things to say. Sadly it’s heavily let down by the host. James O’Brien is excellent at running rings around people who aren’t very clever on talk radio but put him in a room with intelligent people with a story to tell and he’s embarrassingly out of his depth. You will find yourself shouting “shut up and let them speak!” At least once an episode.

Excellent!

By Leah8675309 - Mar 09 2018
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A perfect balance between the interviewer and the interviewee.

iTunes Ratings

43 Ratings
Average Ratings
33
3
4
2
1

Keep Lammy!

By allouy - Sep 07 2018
Read more
The guests alone could have made this a 5-Star podcast. They’ve had some excellent people on with plenty of interesting things to say. Sadly it’s heavily let down by the host. James O’Brien is excellent at running rings around people who aren’t very clever on talk radio but put him in a room with intelligent people with a story to tell and he’s embarrassingly out of his depth. You will find yourself shouting “shut up and let them speak!” At least once an episode.

Excellent!

By Leah8675309 - Mar 09 2018
Read more
A perfect balance between the interviewer and the interviewee.
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Unfiltered with James O'Brien

Updated 12 days ago

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Revealing and candid one-hour conversations with a different special guest every week, featuring fascinating people from the worlds of sport, politics, entertainment, activism and the media.Subscribe to get a brand new episode every Monday.

Rank #1: How Bill Browder became Vladimir Putin's No. 1 enemy

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Bill Browder is Vladimir Putin’s No. 1 enemy. Armed with a true life story cut straight from a bestselling thriller, listen as Bill grippingly recounts his tale from Red Notice in an extraordinary interview, which sees him placed on Interpol’s most-wanted list, exposing crime, corruption and conspiracy at the highest levels of the Kremlin, and rededicating his life to find justice for his friend and lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, killed at the hands of the Russian government. There’s also the small matter of a missing $230 million... Buckle in.
Nov 14 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #2: James O'Brien: Conscience, empathy, and learning how to be right (with Fi Glover)

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After 50 fantastic episodes, James O’Brien’s time at the helm of Unfiltered is sadly coming to an end.

In this special episode with BBC Radio 4 presenter Fi Glover, James signs off from the interviewees chair with a touching conversation about his life. James shares his experiences from growing up adopted and getting expelled from school to breaking into journalism through gossip columns and showbiz, before ultimately finding his ideal platforms at LBC and JOE. He talks about the curse of being right when all is going wrong, his personal politics, views on free speech, the dangers of amplifying extremists, that infamous Nigel Farage interview, and offers his thoughts on private education, capitalism and economics, feminism, sexual abuse, #MeToo, the future awaiting Britain, and of course, Brexit.

Unfiltered will return with a new presenter after a very brief hiatus.
Sep 24 2018
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #3: Gary Lineker: humanity, free speech, and the dark side of the beautiful game

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If there’s one thing Gary Lineker is not going to do, it’s ‘just stick to football’. The broadcaster joins James O’Brien for a boundless interview, from his time at the top-flight of football to dealing with the corruption rotting its core, to facing the fire and fury of the right-wing press for simply speaking his mind.
Jan 30 2018
59 mins
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Rank #4: Mark Hamill on Star Wars, life as Luke Skywalker, and Carrie Fisher

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He’s best known as Luke Skywalker, but who was Mark Hamill before he picked up the lightsaber? The Star Wars legend joins James O’Brien for a very special interview, exploring his early love for show business, being cast by George Lucas in the first Star Wars movie, the wild space ride that he, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were all launched on, and passing the torch to a new generation of heroes.
Mar 26 2018
48 mins
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Rank #5: Akala: race and class in the ruins of empire

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Rapper, poet and scholar Akala joins James O’Brien for a scintillating interview, in which they discuss two issues that run to the heart of modern Britain: race and class.

In a breakneck hour of conversation, Akala picks apart many of the modern myths around gangs, street violence and black youth, looking at the ways these are perpetuated in the media and who benefits from perpetuating them, as well as looking back to the Windrush generation and the institutionalised injustices that led to the recent crisis. It’s an education.
May 20 2018
57 mins
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Rank #6: Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting, heroin and pilates

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Most authors never have a bestseller. Even fewer come to define an entire decade. Trainspotting, both the book and the film that followed it, was a cultural phenomenon in the 1990s, catapulting writer Irvine Welsh into literary infamy.

In this unflinching interview with James O’Brien, Irvine talks candidly about the drug-fuelled hedonism of the ‘80s and ‘90s that he both participated in and distilled into stories, how he pulled himself out of a vicious heroin addiction, the whirlwind of success that followed Trainspotting, and his unbridled passion for tennis and Andy Murray.
Apr 01 2018
59 mins
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Rank #7: Caitlin Moran: bad sex, good advice and how to be famous

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Caitlin Moran has a lot to say. Some of it is rib-crackingly funny. Some of it is eye-opening and jaw-dropping. Not all of it is related to the human anatomy, but every word is worth your time.

James O’Brien is certainly kept on his toes in this whipcrack of an interview, covering everything from masturbation to politics, Love Island to feminism, and a lot of chat about vaginas.

Strap in, folks. We’re going full force on this one.
Jun 25 2018
59 mins
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Rank #8: Idris Elba (with David Lammy): being the best and never fearing failure

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David Lammy steps into the interviewer’s chair while James is on holiday for a very special interview with Idris Elba.

The pair chart Idris’ journey to stardom, from his childhood spent mostly alone, getting the buzz for acting, moving to America and getting his big break on The Wire, right up to his first film as a director, Yardie.

There’s no talk of James Bond in this conversation, but we think you’ll agree, there are much more interesting things to talk about with Idris Elba.

Yardie is out 31st August. Book your tickets at yardiefilm.co.uk
Aug 27 2018
45 mins
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Rank #9: Howard Jacobson on Jewish comedy, identity, and the dismal state of the world

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Novelist, journalist and top-notch conversationalist Howard Jacobson joins James O’Brien for a gloriously sprawling interview, exploring everything from Howard’s birth during a WWII bombing raid, his disdain for “the will of the people”, everyday antisemitism, and his late success as an author, proving beyond proof that it’s never too late for anyone to become what they were meant to be.
Jun 18 2018
57 mins
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Rank #10: Russell Brand on recovery, addiction, life, love and fatherhood

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In the first episode of our new longform interview series host James O'Brien is joined by Russell Brand for an under the skin discussion about life, love, addiction, recovery, and how becoming a dad has changed him.

Watch a video of this interview on our YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/h7gnhFHsHdY

To get a new episode of Unfiltered with James O'Brien every Tuesday, subscribe at hyperurl.co/unfiltered
Oct 03 2017
46 mins
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Rank #11: Michelle Lyons: 278 executions, and life watching death row prisoners’ final minutes

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In her time working with and for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Michelle Lyons was witness to nearly 300 executions, and though she watched hundreds of inmates be put to death, she’s one of the most cheerful people you could ever meet.

In this extraordinary interview with James O’Brien, Michelle takes us into the execution chamber, into the lives of the inmates that she came to know, and the personal, professional and moral conflict she was forced to grapple with.

Last chance to vote for Unfiltered at the British Podcast Awards! Simply go to britshpodcastawards.com/vote and search for ‘Unfiltered with James O’Brien’. Voting closes on May 17. Thank you.
May 14 2018
57 mins
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Rank #12: Simon Thomas: grief, faith, and perseverance in the face of devastating loss

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You may know Simon Thomas from his work on Sky Sports and Blue Peter, but the devastating loss of Simon’s wife Gemma brought him to a prominence that no one could ever wish for.

In this emotional and inspiring interview with James O’Brien, Simon shares his story, from getting his big break on Blue Peter and forging a career in the media, to meeting his wife Gemma and the devastating circumstances that took her from him and their young son. Simon bravely decided to share his grief publicly, and so started a conversation about the way we deal with loss, a conversation that continues here.
Jun 04 2018
58 mins
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Rank #13: Sir Nick Clegg: live by the sword, die by the sword

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Politics is a brutal game, and few politicians know this as well as Nick Clegg. The former Deputy Prime Minister and ex-Liberal Democrats leader gives James O’Brien an in-depth and revealing interview, covering his years in coalition with the Conservatives and his relationship with Prime Minister David Cameron, the Lib Dem massacre at the 2015 election and subsequent decline of the party, and his belief that Brexit can, in fact, be stopped.
Feb 05 2018
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #14: Russell Kane: robbed by birth, funny by nature

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In one of the funniest Unfiltered interviews to date, James O’Brien meets the whirlwind that is comedian Russell Kane who, as you’re about to discover, has a lot to say.

The pair cover everything, from Russell’s relationship with his rough ’n’ tough father, to his unique passion for watches; from the stresses and pressures that success put on your relationships, to the realisation that his working class upbringing was going to hold him back, but he wasn’t about to let that happen.

Russell's new podcast 'Evil Genius' is available now via the BBC.
Apr 09 2018
58 mins
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Rank #15: Mark Steel: stand-up, socialism and searching for answers

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It’s a laugh-packed interview this week! James O’Brien chats to comedian Mark Steel about growing up in a town that was boring by design, the hilarious misadventures that come with living in a squat, Jeremy Corbyn and left-wing politics, and his varying degrees of success in trying to trace his biological parents. Oh, and Mark has possibly the deepest voice ever recorded on a podcast. Enjoy!
Jul 23 2018
58 mins
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