Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy

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.

Tayari Jones on race and class, the abortion debate and the state of American politics

Tayari Jones is an American author and winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. She speaks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about her most recent novel, An American Marriage, about growing up in the middle class black community of Atlanta, discovering racism at the age of 20 and the challenges of being a black feminist in America today. 

06-12
00:55:17

Waad and Hamza al-Kateab on surviving the siege on Syria, resisting a regime and their documentary 'For Sama'

Waad and Hamza al-Kateab are two Syrian refugees who risked everything to stay in Aleppo during the war. Waad is an award-winning film-maker, whose documentary ‘For Sama’ just won Best Documentary at the Cannes Film Festival. It tells the intimate and epic journey of her experience of war, tracking her life over five years in eastern Aleppo, including the final stages of the siege. Her husband Hamza is a doctor and ran a hospital in eastern Aleppo. He helped hundreds of civilians - from dealing with horrific injuries, to delivering newborn babies. They talk to Krishnan ahead of their film's premiere at the Sheffield Doc Fest on Saturday 8th June. It will be shown on Channel 4 and released in theatres later this year. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 29th May 2019 Producer: Sarah Gough

06-05
00:50:19

Tracy Brabin MP on taking over Jo Cox’s seat, the far-right threat and funding the arts

Tracy Brabin has had an unlikely route into politics. A successful actor for decades, she won Batley and Spen's by-election following the murder of Jo Cox by a far-right extremist. She talks to Krishnan about her transition into the political world, how potent a threat she thinks the far-right poses and why she thinks funding the arts can bring opportunity to former industrial towns like hers. This episode was recorded prior to the European election results. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 30 April 2019. Producer: Sarah Gough  

05-29
00:43:19

Adwoa Aboah on the power of opening up, the changing face of Vogue and recovering from addiction

Adwoa Aboah is a model, activist and founder of ‘Gurls Talk’, an online community for young women to discuss issues that matter to them. She talks to Krishnan about feeling uncomfortable in your skin, recovering from addiction and her contribution to the changing face of fashion.

05-22
00:41:44

Jon Ronson on being curious, his mental breakdown and interviewing Alex Jones

Jon Ronson is the journalist behind books like 'The Psychopath Test' and 'You've Been Publicly Shamed', documentaries such as 'Tottenham Ayatollah' and more recently the podcasts 'The Last Days of August' and 'The Butterfly Effect' investigating the porn industry. He talks to Krishnan while on a stage tour in the UK about the importance of curiosity, why he's decided to talk about his mental breakdown, and the ethics that drive his journalism. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 14 May 2019 Producers: Sarah Gough, Rachel Evans

05-15
00:52:41

Matt Haig on living with depression, social media addiction and changing the nervous planet

Matt Haig is a best-selling author of adult and children's books - his most recent being 'Notes on a Nervous Planet' and 'The Truth Pixie'. He talks to Krishnan about his mental breakdown aged 24, how he got through it and the lessons we all need to learn to cope with the pressures of the modern world. Ways to Change the World will now be taking a short break before the launch of Series 3 in a few weeks time. Recorded: 25 February 2019. Producer: Sarah Gough.      

03-27
00:51:03

Simon Amstell on finding joy, why everyone should have therapy and his new film Benjamin

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. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 8 March 2019. Producer: Sarah Gough.    

03-20
00:44:33

Matt Brittin on being a Google boss, freedom of speech on YouTube and the challenges of big tech

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. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 6 March. Producer: Sarah Gough.

03-13
00:48:58

Rose McGowan on Weinstein, growing up in a cult and running for President

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.  Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 1 March 2019. Producer: Sarah Gough.

03-06
01:13:28

MARINA on the power of pop, tackling female shame and the politics behind her new album

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.  

02-27
00:37:48

Chuka Umunna MP on leaving Labour, a new centrist party and a second referendum

Chuka Umunna is one of the leading members of the new Independent Group - one of now 11 MPs to leave the traditional parties to forge what they call a new centre ground in politics. He talks to Krishnan about what motivated him to take the leap, what an alternative to left/right politics might look like and why Britain should stay in the EU. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every week. Recorded: 19 February 2019. Producer: Sarah Gough.

02-20
00:44:53

James Brokenshire MP on surviving cancer, a no-deal Brexit and how social media is changing politics

James Brokenshire MP is the current Housing Secretary and the first Cabinet minister on Ways to Change The World. He talks to Krishnan Guru-Murthy about being diagnosed with lung cancer and how it changed his life, the current state of politics, and how the internet is changing how politicians think.

02-13
00:51:17

Sayeeda Warsi on Islamophobia, the changing face of Conservative politics and human rights policy

Sayeeda Warsi was the first Muslim woman to serve in British Cabinet. She was appointed to the House of Lords in 2007 and resigned from the Cabinet in 2014 over the Conservative Party's policy towards the Israeli Gaza conflict. She talks to Krishnan about wanting an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Tory Party, why she thinks politics has gone backwards and how a globally adopted human rights policy would change things. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 5 February 2019 Producer: Sarah Gough     

02-06
00:52:40

Paul Conroy on being Marie Colvin’s photographer, war reporting and what happened in Syria

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

01-30
00:57:09

Ric Lewis on raising up underprivileged children, being the 'most influential' black Briton and life as a 6'10 business man

Ric Lewis has been named the most influential black Briton in the Powerlist 2019. He runs the largest black-owned and run company in the UK, Tristan Capital Partners, and his Black Heart Foundation aims to remove the barriers to higher education for underprivileged kids. He talks to Krishnan about his philanthropy, upping aspiration for young people and being very, very tall. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 18 January 2019 Producer: Sarah Gough

01-23
00:50:29

Michaela Coel on falling out of love with Christianity, Chewing Gum and avoiding stardom

Michaela Coel is a writer and actor who shot to fame with her debut TV show Chewing Gum. She talks to Krishnan about how she lost her faith, why celebrity treatment doesn't interest her and how she wants to change writing rooms in the future. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 11 January 2019 Producer: Sarah Gough

01-16
00:44:23

Rachel Riley on combating antisemitism, 10 years on Countdown and getting girls into maths

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.

01-09
00:43:08

Munroe Bergdorf on racism, trans activism and acceptance

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. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 16 November 2018 Producer: Sarah Gough

01-02
00:38:54

Elif Shafak on multiculturalism, the power of stories and making the political personal

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. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every week. Recorded: 11 December 2018. Producer: Sarah Gough.

12-26
00:45:52

Helena Kennedy QC on changing the justice system, her working class roots and debating what's right

Baroness Helena Kennedy is one of Britain's foremost human rights lawyers and a Labour peer. She's played a key role in many prominent inquiries including the Brighton Bombing trial, the bombing of the Israeli Embassy and fought the world's first case about transgender rights at the European Court of Justice. Her latest book is 'Eve Was Shamed: How British Justice is Failing Women', a follow-up to the seminal 'Eve Was Framed'. She talks to Krishnan about how the justice system needs to change and how her working class Glaswegian roots have shaped her. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 3 December 2018 Producer: Sarah Gough

12-19
00:38:02

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!

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Briege Obrien

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

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Kevin

Well done, Rachel. Don't be cowed.

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Nick

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

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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.

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