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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.
129 Episodes
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
Bim Afolami is a Conservative MP, who was elected in 2017 to represent Hitchin and Harpenden.  His family are Nigerien by origin and he has recently written and spoken about the way Black people are perceived in politics. He talks to Krishnan about his experience within the world of politics, whether political discourse has become too violent and on Scottish independence. Producer: Rachel Evans
Megan Phelps-Roper is a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church, an extremist American religious cult based in Topeka, Kansas. She was made famous by appearing in a series of documentaries made by Louis Theroux on the church.    Megan left the church in 2012 and has since spoken and more recently written about her experience in her book: Unfollow: A Journey from Hatred to Hope, leaving the Westboro Baptist Church.   She talks to Krishnan about her fascinating story and why the whole world needs to be aware of the dangers of division.    Warning: This interview contains themes and language some may find upsetting.
The 14th and current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, like previous Dalai Lamas, is a figure of unification of the state of Tibet. He represents Buddhist values and traditions.  He has just released a new book, 'Our Only Home', which is a call to action for leaders and individuals to move now to combat climate change. He speaks to Krish about his worries for our planet, Tibet's relations with the rest of the world and his views on the global pandemic.  Producer: Rachel Evans 
David Miliband, has had a varied career - from working as a policy analyst in Tony Blair’s Downing Street, ultimately becoming Foreign Secretary, to heading up an international charity, working with refugees all over the world. Krishnan speaks to David in the midst of a remarkable week in US and world politics. With results and events changing hour by hour, they discuss whether this really could be the end of Trumpism and what this election could mean for democratic systems across the globe.  Producer: Rachel Evans
Kim Darroch was a lifelong Foreign Office Diplomat to rose through the ranks to become British Ambassador to the United States between 2016 and 2019.   He hit the headlines last year when a private letter he had written, saying unflattering things about the Trump administration was leaked.    He talks to Krishnan about his thoughts on the outcome of the upcoming presidential election and his fears for a post-Brexit Britain. 
Alicia Garza has been campaigning since she was 12 years old. It’s no surprise then, that when she posted a “love letter to Black people" on Facebook in 2013, it sparked one of the biggest racial justice movements in history - Black Lives Matter.   Now the principal of the Black Futures Lab, Alicia has just released her debut book, 'The Purpose of Power'.   She speaks to Krishnan about writing the rules, the power of a ballot box and making Black people the heroes of their own stories.
Olivette Otele is an historian who is currently Professor of History of Slavery at Bristol University and Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society. She is the first black female history professor in the UK.   Her most recent book, 'African Europeans: An Untold History explores a history that has been long overlooked, shedding light on questions very much alive today―on racism, identity, citizenship, power and resilience.    She talks to Krishnan about her thoughts on a summer of race protests, the complex idea of imposter syndrome and the power of young people.    Producer: Rachel Evans  
Sir Philip Pullman is an English novelist, best known for his fantasy trilogy 'His Dark Materials'.   His new book 'Serpentine' is set in the world of 'His Dark Materials' and explores a small crack he discovered in the series' character relationships.   He talks to Krishnan about why he doesn't like calling his books fantasy novels, his worries for the future of the UK and his thoughts on the J.K. Rowling debate.    Producer: Rachel Evans
Sparks, the iconic music duo otherwise known as Ron and Russell Mael. The American genre-defying band have influenced generations upon generations of musicians over the years from the glam rock of the 1970s through to indie bands of the 80s and 90s.   Ron and Russell talk to Krishnan about how they have succeeded in the music industry for half a century and why they want their songs to make people think.   Contains strong language.    Producer: Rachel Evans 
Claudia Rankine is an acclaimed American writer and poet. Her most recent book, ‘Just Us’ explores race and white supremacy through by recounting a series of radicalised real encounters with friends and strangers. She talks to Krishnan about her thoughts on the future of democracy in America, her reaction to the death of US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg and exploring complex topics through poetry. This podcast was recorded on Tuesday 22nd September 2020.  
Comments (14)

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

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

Kate Holmes

Awesome and inspiring

Nov 1st

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

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

Briege Obrien

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

Jan 31st


Well done, Rachel. Don't be cowed.

Jan 17th


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

Jan 16th

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

need 4 change

Loved listening to this. She's an inspiration.

Jan 13th

need 4 change

inspiring on many levels

Jan 13th

Kathleen Sheridan

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

Dec 30th

Darren Mcdermott

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

Dec 6th

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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