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How I Found My Voice is the podcast that explores how some of the world’s greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. This Intelligence Squared podcast goes behind the celebrity persona to understand their journeys and inspirations – from writing a childhood diary to first performing on stage or finding the courage to speak up. Hosted by the BBC journalist Samira Ahmed, guests include Graham Norton, Margaret Atwood, Katherine Ryan, Michael Palin, Gloria Estefan, David Lammy and Bernardine Evaristo. The series producer is Farah Jassat. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/howifoundmyvoice

How I Found My Voice Intelligence Squared

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 10 Ratings

How I Found My Voice is the podcast that explores how some of the world’s greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. This Intelligence Squared podcast goes behind the celebrity persona to understand their journeys and inspirations – from writing a childhood diary to first performing on stage or finding the courage to speak up. Hosted by the BBC journalist Samira Ahmed, guests include Graham Norton, Margaret Atwood, Katherine Ryan, Michael Palin, Gloria Estefan, David Lammy and Bernardine Evaristo. The series producer is Farah Jassat. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/howifoundmyvoice

    Elizabeth Day

    Elizabeth Day

    Samira Ahmed speaks to the journalist and author Elizabeth Day, who she dubs the 'failure guru'. They speak about her life and career, from growing up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles to learning from failed dates and coming up with her chart-topping podcast, How To Fail, a celebration of things that haven't gone right. She has been a feature writer for publications including The Times, Vogue and Vanity Fair and her latest book is Failosophy: A Handbook for When Things Go Wrong.


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    How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators.

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    • 44 min
    John McDonnell MP

    John McDonnell MP

    Samira Ahmed speaks to the Labour MP John McDonnell who until recently was former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. A lifelong socialist and elder statesman of the Left, he reflects on his early childhood aspirations of wanting to become a priest, career at the Greater London Authority and crisis of anti-Semitism within the Labour party, as well as Chancellor Rishi Sunak's economic policies during the coronavirus crisis, the American election and Boris Johnson's leadership in a post-Trump world.


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    How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators.

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    • 42 min
    Graham Norton

    Graham Norton

    Samira Ahmed speaks to one of the biggest names in British entertainment - the television and radio presenter Graham Norton. They discuss his life and career, from growing up as a young gay man in County Cork, Ireland, to living with hippies in Los Angeles and becoming a household name in the UK. His prime time chat show, The Graham Norton Show on BBC1, draws the biggest names in show business including the likes of Tom Cruise, Taylor Swift, George Clooney, Judi Dench and Stormzy. Previously, his Channel 4 chat shows So Graham Norton and V Graham Norton became some of the Channel’s highest rated shows. He’s won a whopping 9 BAFTAs, hosts a Radio 2 show, is the face of the BBC’s Eurovision coverage and is a bestselling novelist. This episode was recorded on 9 November, before Graham Norton publicly announced he would be leaving Radio 2 in December.


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    How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators.

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    • 47 min
    A message from Samira Ahmed

    A message from Samira Ahmed

    Samira Ahmed records a special message for How I Found My Voice listeners, with an update on how the podcast has won an award and of Season 3 which is coming up.


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    • 2 min
    Deborah Frances-White

    Deborah Frances-White

    In the last episode of this season Samira Ahmed speaks to Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian and host of The Guilty Feminist podcast. Deborah speaks to Samira about her journey from being an adopted child to joining the Jehovah's Witnesses as a teenager and escaping what she calls a 'high-control group' to discover and pursue her love of performance.


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    How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. Season 2 is proudly supported by THE OUT, innovative car rental powered by Jaguar Land Rover.

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    • 40 min
    Fatima Bhutto

    Fatima Bhutto

    Samira Ahmed speaks to the author Fatima Bhutto about the power of writing fiction, growing up in one of Pakistan’s most famous political dynasties and why she blames her aunt, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, for the death of her father.


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    How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. Season 2 is proudly supported by THE OUT, innovative car rental powered by Jaguar Land Rover.  Photo credit: Allegra Donn.

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    • 47 min

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