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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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Tawseef Khan is a solicitor specialising in immigration and asylum law and a human rights activist.  His debut book, 'The Muslim Problem: Why We're Wrong About Islam And Why It Still Matters' explores what it means to believe in Islam today.  Khan speaks to Krishnan about Islamophobia, what integration means to him and his experience growing up as a Muslim in the north of England.
Tim Marshall was a foreign correspondent for decades. He was well-known as the diplomatic editor and the foreign editor of Sky News. Since then, his book ' Prisoners of Geography' became instantly successful and a huge bestseller. His sequel, 'The Power of Geography' is out this week. Tim talks to Krishnan about the UK's current place on the world stage, how much power China has and how space is the new frontier for political negotiations. Producer: Rachel Evans
James Wong is a botanist, gardener and TV presenter. For last few months, he has been drawn into the culture wars, which have emerged ever since murder of George Floyd.  In the wake of the judgment of the Derek Chauvin murder trail, Krishnan talks to James about the existence of racism and classicism within the gardening world and how he thinks we need to readdress diversity within UK gardening culture. Producer: Rachel Evans 
Ayesha Vardag is arguably Britain's most well-known divorce lawyer. She's famous for representing the rich and the powerful and big high worth divorce cases.    She's also a legal pioneer. One of her cases changed the law quite fundamentally with regard to the recognition of prenuptial agreements in Britain.   Krishnan talks to Ayesha about her sometimes controversial world and whether there is enough equal access to the law in Britain.   Producer: Rachel Evans
Dale Vince is a green energy industrialist and owner of 'Ecotricity'. He's also the owner of perhaps the greenest and only vegan football club, The Forest Green Rovers. He is one of the pioneers of the electric vehicle charging network and executive producer of the Netflix film, 'Seaspiracy'. He talks to Krishnan about how he went from traveller to activist and why we should all stop eating animals to save the planet.  Producer: Rachel Evans 
Jacob Collier is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter. He first became well known through his viral videos on YouTube before being signed to Quincy Jones' management company.   He talks to Krishnan about why he thinks it's important to push the boundaries of music, the future relationship between technology and music and why the best music is yet to come.    Producer: Rachel Evans
Nadia Whittome is the youngest MP in the House of Commons. She was elected in 2019 to represent the seat of Nottingham East at the age of 23.   She's well known as having limited her own salary to give a proportion away to charity.    She speaks to Krishnan in the aftermath of the killing of Sarah Everard about the need to confront male violence and challenge the patriarchy. Producer: Rachel Evans 
Frank Bruno is a legendary boxer, former WBC heavyweight champion and public figure. A recently released documentary, 'Bruno v Tyson' explores his illustrious career and his unparalleled rivalry with boxer Mike Tyson. Frank talks to Krishnan about his struggles with mental health, how the past year has affected him and his hopes for the future.  Producer: Rachel Evans
Sophie Walker is an activist, journalist and founding leader of the Women's Equality Party.   Her most recent book, 'Fives Rules' for Rebellion: 'Let's Change the World Ourselves' presents a five-step journey to incorporating activism into our lives.   She talks to Krishnan about fighting for equality by channelling rage and engaging in good faith with one another.    Note: This episode was recorded when the tragic news of Sarah Everard's disappearance was still in its early stages.   Producer: Rachel Evans  
Kazuo Ishiguro is the only living British winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature - having written household names such as Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day. His new novel, Klara and the Sun, is on the surface a sci-fi about artificial intelligence, but of course it is about much more, mostly love. Krishnan speaks to Kazuo Ishiguro about artificial intelligence's impact on human relationships and his fears for the future of liberal democracy.  Producer: Rachel Evans
LaTosha Brown is an American community organiser and activist. She is the co-founder of 'Black Voters Matter'.   She was one of the key campaigners who helped deliver the state of Georgia for the Democrats and Joe Biden and helped in turning the Senate into the control of the Democratic Party.   She talks to Krishnan about her fight against voter suppression over the years and the need to constantly hold authority to account.    Producer: Rachel Evans
Sathnam Sanghera is a journalist and writer.  His most recent book, Empireland, explores how the British Empire has shaped our fundamental understanding of every aspect of British culture.   Krishnan talks to Sathnam about culture wars, the 'footballification' of politics and whether political correctness has gone too far.    Producer: Rachel Evans
Russell T Davies is a screenwriter and TV producer. He's brought us everything from Queer as Folk to Doctor Who. And most recently, his new TV series 'It's a Sin', which focuses on the HIV crisis during the 80s.   Russell talks to Krishnan about how he believes the impact of coronavirus will transpire in dramas and plays for years to come and his view on whether gay roles should only be played by gay actors.   Warning: Contains strong language and adult themes    Producer: Rachel Evans
Robert Halfon is a Conservative MP and Chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee.  He talks to Krishnan about why he thinks this country faces 'an epidemic of educational poverty', his visions for reforming schooling and his experience of living with cerebral palsy. This episode was recorded on Monday 11th January before the government decided to issue food vouchers following public outcry after pictures of free school meal packages were shared on social media.  Producer: Rachel Evans
Timothy Snyder is an American author and historian.    He is a professor of history at Yale University and a fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He has been warning about the threats to democracy around the world for several years in a series of popular books.    He talks to Krishnan about the future of Trump and 'Trumpism', the rising influence of Russia and Britain's next move.    Producer: Rachel Evans
Joe Wicks also known as 'The Body Coach' has for many become the personal trainer of the nation.   During the Covid pandemic, he unified the country in fitness with his 'PE with Joe' sessions on YouTube. He is also a social media influencer and author of a number of successful cookbooks and workout plans.   Krishnan speaks to Joe about how 2020 has affected him professionally and personally and his hopes and plans for the new year.   Producer: Rachel Evans
Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor.   More than thirty years after his film 'Do the Right Thing' explored the ideas around police brutality of black people, the world has seen an extraordinary year of antiracist Black Lives Matter protests following the killing of George Floyd.   Spike talks to Krishnan about his reflections on the US election result and the changes this year has brought to the fight against racism across the world.    Warning: This podcast contains strong language throughout.   Producer: Rachel Evans
Professor Devi Sridhar  is the Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh and sits on the Scottish Government Covid-19 Advisory Group   She has become one of the most familiar faces on our screens during the global pandemic.   Devi talks to Krishnan about becoming on her year as one of the pandemic's leading voices, her thoughts on how Britain fared compared to other countries and her predictions for the Covid vaccine.   Producer: Rachel Evans
Warning: Contains strong language throughout   Dominic Harrison, or Yungblud, is a singer-songwriter who has become the poster of the younger generation.   At the start of the pandemic, he responded to cancelled tours and gigs by becoming one of the first major artists to start streaming performances from his LA home.   Nine months on, he’s back in the UK, streaming to more than nine million followers online and heading for a number one album in the charts this week.   He speaks to Krishnan about how why his generation are fighting against division in society, his sexuality and how the pandemic has changed music the music industry.   Producer: Rachel Evans 
David Dimbleby is a British journalist who has covered major news events for the BBC for over 40 years.    He perhaps is best known for chairing the long-running topical debate programme, 'Question Time', but has presented numerous current affairs and political programmes.   He talks to Krishnan about his new podcast, 'The Fault Line', which examines the events and decisions leading up the Iraq War, his thoughts on the future of broadcast news and how this political generation compares to past ones.   Producer: Rachel Evans
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Midnight Rambler

lil complete bs

Mar 19th
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Janice Taylor

I completely agree, I think it would greatly reduce the number of reoffenders. I personally think that the definition of "prisons" can be changed. It can mean being in a place that is safe from the public, but emulates the real world. I'm 24 and I think a lot of young people would agree with this. Great podcast, thank you.

Aug 9th
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Jonathan Hartley

I appreciate you feel the need to counter every proposition with some countervailing argument because it is part of some establishment set protocol Krishnan, but is there no subject where so called balance, giving equal exposure or equivalent consideration to two sides (questionable definition and category mistake aside) of an argument is just plain silly? You start to sound like a defender of big tech in this podcast, and frankly they don't need it. Nor is it sensible one of their invested experts be given the right to reply in a podcast of his own. Leaving polite comment aside , PICK A FUCKING SIDE!, because those forces set against democracy, justice (social, judicial, younameit) have, and they are winning. If not, look forward to hearing BNP spokesman given opportunity to expound in reasonable, chatty tone on the validity of racism in future podcast.

Dec 29th
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Kate Holmes

Awesome and inspiring

Nov 1st
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Janice Taylor

I love this. I think he's right, education in poetry would be highly beneficial in giving voices to children and their circumstances, being less about studying others and more about setting their voice, finalizing it and performing their perspective on the world, making it a teachable moment. Eye opening perspective on the government and their reaction to gang crime too and what can be done. Thank you.

Aug 3rd
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Angus Cowie

Google manages to dodge qustions about tax and profits as in real life....if they were a force for good they should pay more tax and contribute to the services our electorate decide on!

May 30th
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Briege Obrien

Very brave man.. what an amazing story to tell x

Jan 31st
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Kevin

Well done, Rachel. Don't be cowed.

Jan 17th
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Nick

"when a cis woman barks at me".. is such a misogynistic thing to say, especially by a trans person.

Jan 16th
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Janice Taylor

I genuinely really adored listening to her. She seems like a wonderful role model; hardworking, triumphant at overcoming her past and purely hopeful and thankful. Thank you for this.

Jan 16th
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need 4 change

Loved listening to this. She's an inspiration.

Jan 13th
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need 4 change

inspiring on many levels

Jan 13th
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Kathleen Sheridan

favourite podcast! great choice of guests, always fascinating and a warm interview to listen to.

Dec 30th
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Darren Mcdermott

2 remoaners in a row come on c4 let's think about some balance... Lammy then Albarn

Dec 6th
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Chris Boud

So basically if things go well it's due to Brexit, if things go badly it's due to a myriad of factors. Shirking all responsibility.

Aug 3rd
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