18 episodes

In his 20 years as an MP, Tom Watson got to meet some of the most fascinating and creative people in the world - but often only for about five minutes. Now though, Persons of Interest gives him the chance to spend a little more time with them to find out what really makes them tick.
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    • 3.9 • 115 Ratings

In his 20 years as an MP, Tom Watson got to meet some of the most fascinating and creative people in the world - but often only for about five minutes. Now though, Persons of Interest gives him the chance to spend a little more time with them to find out what really makes them tick.
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    Persons of Interest: John Robb

    Persons of Interest: John Robb

    My guest this week is John Robb, Punk Rock's renaissance man. John is a wordsmith, a musician, a thinker of big ideas, and an impresario. At sixty, he's also fit as a butchers dog and could be mistaken for forty on a good day. I spoke to John about music, culture, the North and generally putting the world to rights, and I think you'll enjoy his interesting and lively self deprecating humorous conversation. 
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    • 45 min
    Persons of Interest: Tim Marshall

    Persons of Interest: Tim Marshall

    My guest is the acclaimed author, journalist and broadcaster, Tim Marshall. For nearly 25 years, Tim broadcast from over 30 countries and covered twelve wars for Sky News. 
    In the world of journalism, there is something unique about foreign affairs correspondents. They stand out amongst journalists as a breed of their own. I think it's the events they have to cover that allow them to grasp the big picture. And when you're explaining war, conflict and diplomacy to your audience, you have to reduce complex issues to understandable stories. That's why I've always admired Tim. He's a fabulous explainer. 
    Tim's book, 'Prisoners Of Geography, Our World Explained in Twelve Simple Maps', was a bestseller on multiple continents. The sequel, 'The Power Of Geography, Ten Maps That Reveal The World's Future', is out now. I spoke to him about it for this weeks episode of Persons of Interest.
    As our conversation took us on a canter through the emerging parts of the world we all need to know about, I found myself in awe of his wisdom. He's one of those people who reminds us that journalism is still a noble profession.
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    • 50 min
    Persons of Interest: Karen Pollock

    Persons of Interest: Karen Pollock

    In my time in Parliament, I met people whose cause was so great, their work was a vocation. 
    Karen Pollock is one of those people. As the driving force and chief executive of The Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen has dedicated herself to ensuring that young generations understand the holocaust and the lessons it teaches us. 
    I spoke to her about the Trust's work and how she copes with the sheer weight of the responsibility her job brings. You can tell I admire her. When you listen to our conversation, I think you'll understand why.
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    • 47 min
    Persons of Interest: Elliot Higgins

    Persons of Interest: Elliot Higgins

    If you were looking for a single individual, who demonstrates that the internet has changed global politics irrevocably, it's Elliot Higgins.
    I'm sure he won't mind me describing him as a Frank Zappa loving, video games playing geek from Leicestershire. But that's the most normal thing I can say about Elliot. Because in his middle years, his life seems more like a character in a high budget Hollywood political thriller.
    Being a geek, Elliot understands that we live in the new age of information abundance, and he's used that innate understanding of web science to dramatically change politics.
    If you don't know him yet, prepare to be astounded by his story.
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    • 48 min
    Persons of Interest: Rick Astley

    Persons of Interest: Rick Astley

    My guest this week is Rick Astley. We recorded this episode late in January of Lockdown Three when the world seemed bleak.
    He's a rare thing, is Rick. He straddles generations. It's not just people like me in their 50s who remember him as a cheeky young baritone singer who topped the charts in the 1980s. It's those generations that sit behind me that also know him as a cultural icon. He's a meme in the game of Fortnight. I know eight-year-olds that sing his songs because of it.
    Rick still has excellent reach into the entertainment industry, and I don't think he gets the credit for it.
    And if you are thinking of embarking on a career in music and entertainment, you'll benefit from his words of wisdom.
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    • 44 min
    Persons of Interest: Michael Conroy

    Persons of Interest: Michael Conroy

    When I look at my female friends' responses against male violence against women I feel anxious that I'm not doing enough to campaign against misogyny to try and change the society we live in so that women can feel safe in their daily lives. 
    And that’s why I’ve invited a second guest this week on Persons of Interest Michael Conroy who is a man who in his professional life tries to change the system through education and runs an organisation called Men At Work that works with young men.
    I’m also hosting a room in Clubhouse on Thursday at 7.00 pm with Michael and other guests to have a discussion about misogyny and male violence and what we can as individuals do about it. 
    Do join in the conversation and let me know your thoughts.
    Femicide Census curated by Karen Ingala Smith (from which Jess Phillips MP reads the names)
    Centre for Women's Justice
    Rachel Williams - Campaigner, survivor, founder of www.sutda.org
    Professor Jane Mockton Smith, author of 'In Control, Dangerous Relationships And How They End In Murder'
    Professor Evan Stark, expert and author on Coercive Control

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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

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Eddie Izard

It sounded like someone interesting to listen to but the sound volume is far too low!

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Ned Palmer Cheesemonger

Following Tom’s terrific “Coming Home” chat last night at Bewdley Festival a fascinating insight into The World of Cheese!
British Cheese, Miles Davis, Sourdough and a glass of good wine any time of day...please.
Ned’s enthusiasm and knowledge of all things cheese reminds me of numerous happy shopping expeditions to Neals Yard and Borough Market with family, friends and clients in the pursuit of quality flavour experiences.
Cheers Ned & Tom

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Goid

A really good and thoughtful podcast. A good range of interviewees with a wide range of topics.

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