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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.
87 Episodes
Frankie Bridge is best known for being a singer, formerly a member of the girl group, The Saturdays and previously S Club Juniors.    She freely speaks about her struggles with mental health from breakdown to hospitalisation to self-acceptance in her new book, 'Open: Why Asking for Help Can Save your Life'.   Right now, she is trekking a desert in Namibia with Krishnan himself to raise awareness for mental health.   But before they set off, Krishnan spoke to her about her ongoing journey with depression and anxiety, how being a child star affected her and her advice to people in similar situations.   Warning: Contains references to suicide and depression. If you or someone you know are feeling emotionally distressed, you can find help and support here -   Producer: Rachel Evans
Adam Kay is the author of one of the most successful books of the last couple of years, 'This is Going to Hurt', which is based upon his diaries from his former career as a doctor before he quit medicine.    He wrote down his often hilarious experiences as a way to cope with the stresses and emotions of his job.   He talks to Krishnan about how the world of medicine needs to change, challenging politicians and his worries for the future of the NHS.   Producer: Rachel Evans
Paul Krugman is a Nobel prize-winning liberal economist, author and New York Times columnist.   Ahead of the 2020 Presidential debate, his new book 'Arguing with Zombies' tackles common misunderstandings in the world of economics.   Krugman talks to Krishnan about what are these Zombie ideas, comparing American and British politics and why Brexit isn't a catastrophe.    Producer: Rachel Evans
John Bercow stepped down after ten years as Speaker of the House of Commons at the end of last year.    He talks to Krishnan about his journey from the right to the left of politics, being a victim of prejudice and his worries for British democracy.    His autobiography 'Unspeakable' is out from tomorrow and gives a candid view of his life from childhood to Parliament to the Speakership.   Producer: Rachel Evans   
Judy Smith is an American crisis manager, lawyer, author and television producer.  She worked as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H. W. Bush.    Her work in crisis management is the inspiration for ABC television series 'Scandal'.   She talks to Krishnan about how best to handle a crisis and her thoughts on Trump's impeachment and the royal family.   Producer: Rachel Evans
Ivo Graham is an English comedian who became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious ‘So You Think You’re Funny' award at the age of 18.  He’s enjoyed sell-out runs at Edinburgh and London’s Soho Theatre as well as appearing on multiple TV and radio shows including, Live At The Apollo, Mock the Week and Live From The BBC.  He talks to Krishnan about apologising for going to Eton, stand-up etiquette and comedy as a political response.  Producer: Rachel Evans
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. 
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