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UnHerd columnist Giles Fraser talks to distinguished guests about how their beliefs shape who they are.

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UnHerd columnist Giles Fraser talks to distinguished guests about how their beliefs shape who they are.

    Michael Ignatieff's Confessions — Liberalism, populism and multiculturalism

    Michael Ignatieff's Confessions — Liberalism, populism and multiculturalism

    Giles chats to the former leader of the Canadian Liberal Party and now rector of the Central European University, Michael Ignatieff, about how his family went from Russian nobles to Canadian refugees, why the Brexit debate was good for the UK's democracy and what threat populism poses to liberalism.

    • 56 min
    Jonathan Aitken's Confessions — Parliament, prison and prayer

    Jonathan Aitken's Confessions — Parliament, prison and prayer

    Giles chats to former MP and convict and now ordained chaplin, Jonathan Aitken, about the importance of diversity in politics, the power of forgiveness and how a tweet led him to become ordained.

    • 49 min
    Nicky Gumbel's Confessions — Family, faith and finding God

    Nicky Gumbel's Confessions — Family, faith and finding God

    In a Good Friday special, Giles chats to Anglican priest and pioneer of the Alpha Course Nicky Gumbel about the moment he changed from atheist to a Christian, why his father never talked about his being Jewish and doubting God after tragically losing his best friend.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Mervyn King's Confessions — Crises, capital and coronavirus

    Mervyn King's Confessions — Crises, capital and coronavirus

    Giles talks to former Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King about why economists don't understand human nature, what caused the 2008 financial crisis and the mistake both sides made in the Brexit referendum.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Johnathan Sacks's Confessions — Capitalism, community and covenant

    Johnathan Sacks's Confessions — Capitalism, community and covenant

    Giles talks to former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks about the power of community, antisemitism in the 21st century and the 72-hour bus journey across America that changed his life.

    • 57 min
    Richard Layard's Confessions — History, happiness and mental health

    Richard Layard's Confessions — History, happiness and mental health

    In a 'Blue Monday' special, Giles talks to economist and happiness expert Richard Layard about his journey from the humanities to science, why individualism is making us depressed and how we can be more happy.

    • 1 hr 13 min

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Here's my confession: I am an Anglican Christian and a theologian, born in the UK and living in Canada, and a long-time fan of Giles Fraser's columns on The Guardian. So why wouldn't I love this podcast? But wait: Giles doesn't talk about theology or the church (much), but about things and people that are of broad interest to people outside the church. What makes him especially good is that *he* is interested in each guest--even if he disagrees with their views--and that shows.

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