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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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Dr Rangan Chatterjee is a British doctor, author, television presenter and podcaster.  He is best known for his TV show ‘Doctor in the House’ and for being the resident doctor on BBC One’s Breakfast Show.  He has just released his third book, ‘Feel Better in 5: Your Daily Plan to Feel Great for Life’. He also has his own podcast, 'Feel Better. Live More.' He talks to Krishnan about how to build healthy habits that stick, adapting medicine for the 21st century and restoring relationships.  Producer: Rachel Evans
Musician Yola is nominated for four Grammys for her album 'Walk Through Fire'. She talks to Krishnan about finding her musical style, how her poor upbringing shaped her, and the journey from homelessness to international success.
Ben Miller is an actor, comedian and author. You may know him best from the Johnny English movies or as part of the double act, Armstrong and Miller.    He has also written both science and children's books. His most recent book is called the 'The Boy who made the World Disappear', which he wrote for his son.   He talks to Krishnan about why his fascination with discovering the truth, why he went from the science world to the arts world and why he loves reading. 
André Aciman is an author and academic, renowned for his novel 'Call Me by Your Name', which was turned into a hugely successful film in 2017 and has been hailed as a modern gay classic.    The story centres on the blossoming romantic relationship between a 17-year-old American-Italian Jewish boy a 24-year-old American Jewish scholar. The sequel to the novel, 'Find Me', has just been released.    André talks to Krishnan about obsessive love, his faith in the kindness of humanity and dismissing taboos.    Producer: Rachel Evans
Rana Foroohar is a business columnist for the Financial Times, analyst for CNN and author. Her most recent book, ‘Don't Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech’, addresses the question, how did the tech industry get to dominate our world so completely?  Rana talks to Krishnan about the darker side of digital technology, why tech firms are the new banks and what can be done to stop the tech world getting out of control. 
Esther Duflo won 2019's Nobel prize for economics with her partner Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer. Together they've written a new book called 'Good Economics for Hard Times' which seeks to answer some of the world's biggest social and political questions. A resident professor at MIT, Esther talks to Krishnan about what it's like to win the prize, why low-skilled migration is not an economic threat and why she pushes evidence not ideology.  Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth conversations every Wednesday. Recorded: 6 November 2019. Producer: Sarah Gough
Samantha Power was the former US ambassador to the United Nations under Barack Obama. She was in the job at the height of the Syrian Civil War and was intimately involved in President Obama’s deliberations over whether to bomb the Assad regime in response to chemical attacks. She has also been a journalist, human rights activist, author and foreign policy adviser. She talks to Krishnan about disagreeing with the former President, her reflections on the conflict in Syria and why she is an idealist in an ever-changing world. 
Ben Stewart and Oliver Knowles are two of the four men behind Led By Donkeys - an anti-Brexit campaign group that has made its name by pasting politicians' quotes on billboards to highlight their hypocrisy. Their new book 'Led By Donkeys: How Four Friends with a Ladder Took on Brexit' is being published, just as an early general election is called. Krishnan talks to them about why they started the campaign, what impact they think it's had and whether they think direct action can change things. 
Shepard Fairey is one of the most influential contemporary artists in the western world.  In 1989 he launched his now iconic ‘Andre the Giant has a posse' sticker campaign on the West Coast of America. He soon became a major artist of the street art movement. He is known for his brand ‘Obey Giant’ and his iconic poster of President Obama, which was adopted as the official emblem associated with the presidential campaign. He talks to Krishnan about the impact of his street art, his brand Obey Giant and challenging social conformity. 
Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist and filmmaker. She has recently released her latest book ‘On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal’, which explores how bold climate action she says can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society. She talks to Krishnan about the impact of Extinction Rebellion, the rising demand for a Green New Deal and whether fast fashion has to go.  Recording Date: 16th October 2019 Producer: Rachel Evans
Cherie Blair is a leading international human rights lawyer, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and wife of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.  She talks to Krishnan about her modest beginnings, whether she regrets not becoming an MP and her views and solutions to sexism in law, politics and across the world.  Producer: Rachel Evans Recording Date: 2nd October 2019  
Nesrine Malik is a columnist for the Guardian. She has just released her new book ‘We Need New Stories’, which explores how free speech, political correctness and identity politics are misunderstood in today's society. She talks to Krishnan about the need to debunk prevailing prejudices, how her upbringing in the Middle East has shaped her views and why the British media needs to change its approach. Warning: Contains language some may find offensive.  Recording Date: 27th September 2019 
Ghetts is one of Britain's most influential grime artists. He burst onto the scene in 2003 when grime music was in its infancy and is now a key player in pushing the genre forward. His single 'Black Rose', which was inspired by his daughter and tackles the way society mistreats black women, was nominated for an Ivor Novello award this year. He talks to Krishnan about the current stance of black artists in Britain, the influence of rap and grime music on gang violence and how his music has evolved over the years. 
Mhairi Black is the SNP Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South. She was elected as an MP in 2015 when she was only 20 years old, making her the youngest MP elected to the House of Commons since 1832.   She talks to Krishnan about her SNP politics, why she wants to transform the Westminster bubble and the 'sinister' threats to our democracy. 
Margaret Atwood is one of the world's most distinguished authors, most famous for her 1985 classic The Handmaid's Tale. The dystopian novel, where women's reproductive rights are entirely stripped from them, recently inspired an Emmy-award winning TV adaptation. The much-anticipated sequel The Testaments is now out and she talks to Krishnan about its release, why fear still drives people and why we need to plant trillions more trees. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 10 September 2019 Producer: Sarah Gough
Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker. His new book, 'Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know' explores what happens when we encounter people we don’t know and why it often goes awry. He talks to Krishnan about the importance of listening to the facts, why we should ignore Trump's tweets and how misreading people can have disastrous consequences.  
Richard Dawkins is one of the world's most famous atheists. An evolutionary biology at Oxford and best-selling author of The God Delusion - his new book 'Outgrowing God - A Beginner's Guide' aims to inform young people about religion and atheism. He talks to Krishnan about why he wrote it, his passion for scientific truth and whether he thinks there's life outside of Earth. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 23 August 2019.    
Malorie Blackman OBE is a British writer, best-known for her critically acclaimed, ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series, which explores the issues of racism and violence in a fictional dystopia. As well as writing more than 60 children's books, she has also written for TV dramas, such as Doctor Who and Byker Grove. She talks to Krishnan about the latest edition in her award-winning ‘Noughts and Crosses’ series, how she struggled to get published and how racism has changed in the UK over the years.   
Sarfraz Manzoor is a British writer, journalist, documentary maker, and broadcaster. He is the inspiration behind the recently released film, ‘Blinded by the Light’, which is based on his memoirs ‘Greetings from Bury Park’. Sarfraz talks to Krishnan about the binding force of film against division in society, how Bruce Springsteen shaped his future and on fighting against social class entitlement.
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. Subscribe to Ways to Change the World for more in-depth interviews every Wednesday. Recorded: 4 June 2019 Producer: Sarah Gough  
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Comments (13)

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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