Second Chance is a podcast series that explores the theme of second chance. It raises the questions who deserves a second chance, who decides who gets a second chance and what a second chance actually means. On this podcast we speak to people from all walks of life about their experiences, some who have been given a second chance in life, some who might be considered to be beyond deserving a second chance. The host of the podcast series is Raphael Rowe, host of the critically acclaimed series ‘Inside the World's Toughest Prisons’ on Netflix. He is also a former correspondent for the world's longest running BBC TV current affairs show Panorama the BBC Radio 4 Today programme as well as a regular contributor on The One Show and Sunday Morning Live on BBC One. In 1988, aged 20, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit. In July 2000, after 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal quashed his wrongful convictions and he was freed.
Ep 57: Living with Bipolar Disorder and Becoming One of the UK’s Most Popular Mental Health Speakers - Thomas Duncan Bell
Thomas Duncan Bell is a truly inspiring mental health campaigner and speaker. Growing up in an extremely volatile environment, Thomas has fought adversity and fear since he was old enough to remember it. He’s battled drug and alcohol addictions and destructive relationships in the past and is now the primary mental health champion in the UK’s Institute of Directors. Suffering from an extreme form of Bipolar disorder, Thomas has successfully turned his life around in order to help other people. Known internationally as The Bipolar Businessman, Thomas has previously supported Prince’s William & Harry’s Heads Together campaign, working with organisations to evoke change and end the stigma surrounding mental health in business.
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EP 56: Contemplating Suicide In Prison To Setting Up London’s Largest Gang Exit Groups - Junior Smart
In this episode I’m speaking with Junior Smart who was arrested in his mid twenties for possession of several kilograms of crack cocaine. Junior was left homeless after his mother died of a stroke, causing him to go into depression and become suicidal, planning to kill himself. On that day, an officer slid an envelope under the door of his cell containing photos of past family get-togethers. Junior said the photos snapped him back to reality and saved his life. He then seeked help from the Listeners and decided to train to become a Listener himself but soon discovered areas that lacked in support. He wanted to do something about it and make a change. He became a mentor for young offenders in the YOI, leading him to meet with St Giles Trust and setting up his successful SOS project which became London’s largest gang exit project.
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Ep 55: How Restorative Justice Can Work For Victims - Clare Topcu
WARNING: This story contains details some listeners may find distressing.
Clare Topcu and her young son were the victims of a burglary and vicious attack by a group of young men who broke into her farmhouse by removing roof slates and climbing into her home through the roof. Both she and her young son were beaten and bound with tape before the burglars made their escape. It was a terrifying ordeal they are still affected by today. When one of the burglars was arrested and imprisoned Clare agreed to meet him in prison as part of a restorative justice process. At the time she agreed to meet the burglar she was determined to reap her revenge.
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Ep 54: Cocaine trafficker to Popcorn Entrepreneur - Emily O’Brien
After being caught attempting to smuggle cocaine from St lucia to Canada, Emily O’Brien was sentenced to four years in a federal prison. Determined to make the best out of a negative situation, she created Comeback Snacks while serving her sentence: a company that was inspired by her fellow inmates’ love for popcorn and their specific flavouring choices for the snack. By being able to map out a new life for herself while still incarcerated, Emily is now passionate about inspiring others to turn their lives around in the same way.
Ep 53: The Listeners Questions Answered.
On this Episode Raphael answers questions sent to him by listeners. The questions range from how dangerous it is hosting the Netflix series Inside The World's Toughest Prisons to what were the challenges smuggling diamonds as an undercover investigative journalist.
Ep 52: No Guest Moment - Raphael Rowe
The host Raphael is on a short holiday break in Spain so was unable to record an in depth chat with a guest. So, recording from under a duvet and pillows in a hotel room, in this episode Raphael shares his own story on how he started his career from a chance meeting with a senior editor at the BBC.
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