37 episodes

DJ Annie Macmanus 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 Macmanus Annie Macmanus

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DJ Annie Macmanus 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.

    Captain Tammie Jo Shults

    Captain Tammie Jo Shults

    Tammie Jo was told ‘girls don’t fly’ before defying the odds to become one of the first female pilots in the US Navy, going on to save 148 lives when she landed a plane after an engine exploded cracking a window, and sucking one passenger half way out. 


    In this gripping conversation, Tammie Jo tells Annie about the many doors slammed in her face by the army and the navy and how with her dogged persistence and self belief, she eventually triumphed as a fighter pilot and went on to be a trailblazer for women in aviation in the US. We hear how she dealt with anxiety as a child and how she learnt to fight off bullies from a young age for her sister and how when she piloted Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 on that fateful day in April 2018, her childhood experiences helped her to remain calm in the face of panic all around her. Tammie tells Annie why, despite her experience that day, which sadly ended with one fatality, she is still in love with flying and how she now uses her flying skills to help people in need by volunteering for the nonprofit organisation, Angel Flight.


    Tammie is a beacon of change! Such a calm and humble woman and this is a must-listen if you need to feel inspired!  


    You can buy a copy of her book here: Nerves Of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge
    https://www.amazon.com/Nerves-Steel-Followed-Greatest-Challenge/dp/0785228314/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=nerves+of+steel&qid=1554931659&s=gateway&sr=8-5
    You can follow Tammie Jo on instagram and twitter @captainshults


    Warning: This episode discusses in detail the events of part of a plane exploding mid flight and a passenger losing their life which could be sensitive for some listeners.
     
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    • 48 min
    Nigel Bromage (Former Far-Right Extremist)

    Nigel Bromage (Former Far-Right Extremist)

    Do you believe people with extremist views can change? Our guest this week is Nigel Bromage, who spent decades in dangerous far right organisations such as the National Front, British Movement and Combat 18. In this unique and revealing conversation, Nigel tells Annie how he was groomed into the National Front as a teenager, when he was at his most vulnerable after his Mother’s death, and how after over 20 years in the far-right, he finally managed to escape. Since then he has worked tirelessly to effect change by helping people to leave far right groups and educating communities about extremism through Exit UK, which he founded. He has even come face to face with someone he committed a hate crime against in his past, something which Nigel tells you about here. 


    In a world where the far right movement is growing exponentially to dangerous effect, there has never been a more important time for Nigel and Exit UK’s work. His story is a real insight into the minds of extremists, and a stark reminder that we are all, no matter how much hate we carry, ultimately the same emotionally vulnerable people underneath. And how no matter how far we go down a road, it is always possible to change course.


    Content Warning: this episode discusses far right extremism with references to hate crimes, racism and violence. 


    If you want to know more, need help or know someone who does head to www.exituk.org
    You can contact them via:
    info@exitfamilysupport.org
    facebook.com/exituk
    0800 999 1945
     
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    • 49 min
    Beth Ditto

    Beth Ditto

    Beth Ditto went from growing up in the conservative south of the USA to being the punk front woman of Gossip and posing nude on the cover of NME. She is a queer icon and a feminist who promoted body positivity long before it was cool.

    With her usual hilarity and frankness, Beth Ditto speaks to Annie about her unconventional childhood in a huge family and living with her Aunt in her teens, a relationship which shaped Beth and influenced her passion for feminism. She opens up about how at 15 years old her Aunt’s death changed her, coming out to her family as gay and leaving the south behind. At 32, Beth married her best friend. Here, she reflects on divorce and how her current relationship with Ted Kwo, a trans man, has finally made her feel fulfilled and changed her perspective on love and how that should feel. A queen like no other - can you guess what she would like to change in her life now?

    Content Warning: this episode references child carers, underage sex, death and religion. There are explicit references to sex and strong language.
     
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    • 40 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Orla Doherty (Blue Planet II Producer)

    BONUS EPISODE: Orla Doherty (Blue Planet II Producer)

    Surprise! In this special episode on change, our planet and sustainability, award winning producer for Blue Planet II, Orla Doherty, shares her incredibly unique perspective on our oceans. Orla made huge changes in her life to get to where she is today - her love for the ocean came later in life at the age of 30 when she learnt to scuba dive, but when she fell, she fell hard!! She went on to quit her job in London as a TV producer and spent 10 years on a boat exploring coral reefs. After returning to dry land, turning 40 and moving back in with her parents, she went on to marry her TV work with her ocean exploration experience and spent over 500 hours at depths of 1,000 metres in three oceans filming ‘The Deep’ and the series finale of Blue Planet II. The series was a huge success being the most watched TV series on the BBC in 2017 sparking conversations around the world about the effect of plastic on our oceans - known as the Blue Planet effect. Orla shares her phenomenal journey and her thoughts on the changes we need to make, the biggest challenges in effecting change and why she would happily live under the sea. 
     
    This special bonus episode is sponsored by The Mercedes-Benz A-Class which is now available as a Plug-in Hybrid with an all-electric range of up to 44 miles.
     
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    • 51 min
    Bernardine Evaristo

    Bernardine Evaristo

    In this wonderfully compelling conversation, The Booker Prize winning author opens up to Annie about her childhood, going to the Youth Theatre, losing herself in a toxic relationship with another woman and her hopes for the future of society.


    As the first black woman to win the Booker Prize, Bernardine Evaristo is, rightly so, unashamedly basking in the huge success of her ninth novel ‘Girl, Woman, Other’. In this episode, Bernardine Annie through her own journey with writing and talks about enjoying mainstream recognition much later in life, believing in herself and the sacrifices she has made. She describes herself as “unstoppable” - something which may not have happened had she not experienced the changes she has in her life. 


    You can buy the book and find out more about Bernardine’s work here: https://bevaristo.com/girl-woman-other/
    You can follow Bernardine on twitter: @BernardineEvari and instagram: @bernardineevaristowriter
     
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    • 48 min
    Susan Herdman (Lottery Winner)

    Susan Herdman (Lottery Winner)

    Have you ever wondered what actually happens when you win the lottery? How you deal with the reality of this overwhelming amount of money? Susan Herdman won the lottery in 2010, on a 14 million to one chance. In this episode she tells us about her life before and after the win, the strange heightened night when she knew that she had won but it was unconfirmed by the lottery, and where she went and did karaoke with the winning ticket tucked in her bra (every woman knows of course that this is the safest place for an uncashed lottery ticket)! She explains how she panicked afterwards and clung on to her previous life before having an epiphany at the age of 41. We also talk about her teenage acne and how despite all this good fortune in her life, she still has trouble looking in the mirror. Listen now!
     
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
642 Ratings

642 Ratings

IzL1007 ,

Izzy

Have just discovered Changes. Thank you Annie, have listened to Zadie Smith and Romesh Ranganathan’s interviews and loved them. You have such empathy with your interviewees, it’s lovely to listen to. Have already encouraged my daughter to subscribe!

Greytonky ,

My favorite Podcast

There’s something so soothing about the sound of Annie’s voice - I could listen to her talk about absolutely anything. That the topics covered in Changes, and in the podcasts previous guise Finding Annie, are so engaging and varied, only makes this podcast all the more perfect. Keep them coming please!

OwlkeeperGW ,

Susan’s Lottery Win

Annie, I was riveted listening to Susan’s lottery win. I always say to my husband winning the lottery wouldn’t make us any happier ... but in this tale of sensible adjustment to a lottery win, I have changed my mind and think paying off our mortgage actually does sound incredible! Perhaps I’ve never had Susan’s belief that I would actually win!

I would have like you to ask Susan how she hopes to instil those values she had in her simple, idyllic childhood in Herefordshire into her son... will he know the value of honest hard work and not living in debt when he probably knows he will inherit money and property? How is she tackling that one...? Love your podcasts. Loving your work. (Especially Friday nights on Radio One!) Georgina

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