29 episodes

DJ Annie Mac chats to artists, writers, musicians and a host of fascinating people about CHANGE. Each guest talks through the biggest changes they have overcome in childhood and adulthood, and how they effect change. The podcast explores how change punctuates our lives, how it can totally derail us and define who we are. How we confront it, react to it and how we try to activate change has never been more important than in this moment.

Changes with Annie Mac Annie Mac

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DJ Annie Mac chats to artists, writers, musicians and a host of fascinating people about CHANGE. Each guest talks through the biggest changes they have overcome in childhood and adulthood, and how they effect change. The podcast explores how change punctuates our lives, how it can totally derail us and define who we are. How we confront it, react to it and how we try to activate change has never been more important than in this moment.

    Sinéad Gleeson

    Sinéad Gleeson

    From a childhood spent caring for her mother, to her own struggles with “wonky hips” and leukaemia, Sinéad has had a unique take on the way our health shapes our perspective of life and love.


    In this discussion with Annie, the bestselling author talks about illness, the body, and how women are treated by male doctors.


    Follow Sinéad: @sineadgleeson on twitter
    Read her new collection of essays, Constellations
     
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    • 38 min
    Paddy

    Paddy

    Patrick Burke has seen a lot of change. In this roller coaster of an interview with Annie, we hear the moments that led Paddy into a life on the streets... and the moment that brought him back from the brink.


    Warning: this episode discusses substance abuse and violence


    Paddy supports the work of Shelter. We should too. Support their work at this most difficult of times.
     
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    • 52 min
    Jon Ronson

    Jon Ronson

    The bestselling author joins Annie to talk through the biggest changes in his life - from the bullying that defined his childhood, to his escape to London and how that shaped his world. 


    Jon Ronson has had an uncanny knack of predicting some big cultural shifts, from the online mob to the way the porn industry has changed all our lives. Annie delves into his past to discover how he does it.


    Follow @jonronson on Twitter, and binge-listen to The Butterfly Effect and The Last Days Of August
     
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    • 40 min
    Sinéad Burke

    Sinéad Burke

    Since her very first day in primary school, Sinéad understood the power of education and how it can challenge the status quo and to give agency and opportunity to the most vulnerable.


    Across her career so far she has visited schools, workplaces, government agencies and the White House to enact change... which all started after she was asked to do a TED Talk about disability and design. Annie finds out how these two moments - the first day at school and that defining talk - has impacted her life, and many others, for the better.


    Further reading


    Follow her thesineadburke on Twitter and Instagram
    Podcast: As Me with Sinéad 
    Enjoy that TED talk
     
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    • 56 min
    Marvin Rees

    Marvin Rees

    The Mayor of Bristol has been in the national conversation this week, as Black Lives Matter protests addressed the issue of statues honouring slavers in our major cities.


    In this extended conversation with Annie, he discusses the changes that brought him into politics, his love of multicultural Bristol, and why his words have been some warmly received by everyone that wants equality now.


    Follow Marvin: @MarvinJRees on Twitter


    Expand your knowledge with some of these, inspired by our conversation:


    Documentaries
    The Colour of Fear
    Unfinished Business


    Film
    Good Will Hunting


    People
    “There’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come” - Victor Hugo
    Historian David Olusoga’s work can be read here


    Organisations
    SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality): sariweb.org.uk/
     
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    • 57 min
    Clover Stroud

    Clover Stroud

    Clover Stroud has made her colourful family life in the country the subject of her two best selling books. She has five children and is fearlessness in her writing about the darker sides of motherhood. For more than one reason, Clover has had to navigate an abundance of traumatic change in her life and is truly inspirational in the way she talks about over coming them. 


    Content warning: suicide


    You can follow @clover.stroud on instagram. Her most recent book, ' My Wild and Sleepless Nights: A Mother's Story' is available now.
     
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
554 Ratings

554 Ratings

Mini Carr ,

You said it for me!

Sinéad Gleeson- it’s as though you were speaking about some of my own experiences with ‘wonky’ hips! I’ve shared the episode with my loved ones because you explain so eloquently how I often feel. Thank you

harrietcarts ,

Amazing!!!!!

I could listen to these podcasts all day..... such interesting and thought provoking topics of conversation. Really makes you think about the importance of life as well the twists and turns we face!! Thank you for keeping me sane throughout these uncertain times!!

tayl0r93 ,

Educating, empowering and just fab

Every single episode is so well-rounded, talking to extremely interesting people and engaging in conversations and topics which a lot of others avoid. It’s educating, empowering and just fab. I’ve recommended it to so many people❤️ can’t wait for the next series.

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