42 episodes

A weekly podcast from Jon Snow featuring original thinkers, campaigners, creators and performers.
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A weekly podcast from Jon Snow featuring original thinkers, campaigners, creators and performers.
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    RUTH MADELEY: celebrating the inclusivity of Doctor Who

    RUTH MADELEY: celebrating the inclusivity of Doctor Who

    Ruth Madeley was born in Westhoughton, near Bolton, and studied English and creative writing at university. She always wanted to work in the entertainment industry and thought that her path lay in scriptwriting. She was born with spina bifida and, as an ambulatory wheelchair user, Ruth just didn’t see herself represented on screen
    However, a work experience placement at the BBC led to an unexpected audition. And Ruth fell in love with acting, the moment she joined the set. 
    In 2016, she was BAFTA nominated for her leading role in Don’t Take My Baby, a factual drama about a disabled couple’s fight to keep custody of their newborn daughter. And the stage and television roles that followed, include the Russell T Davies drama Years and Years.
    Most recently, Ruth is back on our screens in the BBC’s biggest drama, Doctor Who. A show that’s just celebrated its 60th anniversary, with three special shows.
    In this conversation, Ruth chats to Jon about her unexpected move into acting, the roles and the writers who've had a big impact on her career, and her own role as a spokesperson for inclusivity.
    Related links:
    Whizz Kidz
    Ruth's documentary for Channel 4: Disability & Abortion
    Jack Thorne's Snowcast interview



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    • 36 min
    DAN SCHREIBER: exploring the world of the weird with a QI elf

    DAN SCHREIBER: exploring the world of the weird with a QI elf

    Dan Schreiber was born in Hong Kong, grew up in Sydney, and moved to England at the age of 19.
    Once here, Dan was hired as a researcher on the BBC panel show QI. And it was a job that Dan was born to do - one that combined his love for facts and comedy.
    In 2008, Dan launched The Museum of Curiosity on BBC Radio 4 and, after that, came No Such Thing As A Fish - a hugely popular podcast that's clocked up more than 500 episodes and been downloaded 470 million times.
    Last year, Dan turned his forensic brain to the fringes of history - taking a voyage into the world of the weird with his book The Theory Of Everything Else. He believes that, if you dig deep enough, nearly everyone holds a batshit belief. And he now encourages people to open up, and share their own, in We Can Be Weirdos. A chart-topping new podcast in which Dan speaks to scientists and historians, as well as guests from the world of entertainment.
    In this fun and freewheeling conversation, he chats to Jon about his unconventional childhood, the mentors who helped shape his career, and the weird stories that get his brain whizzing.
    Related links:
    Kary B Mullis
    The Ghostbuster: Dan Aykroyd and His Close Encounters 
    Dan's forthcoming children's book

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    • 57 min
    LIZ BONNIN: sharing a passion for the natural world

    LIZ BONNIN: sharing a passion for the natural world

    Liz was born in France, grew up in Ireland, and studied biochemistry and wildlife biology at university.
    She has since travelled the world studying animal behaviour. And her documentaries include Drowning in Plastic, Galapagos and Should We Close Our Zoos? Liz is also part of Our Changing Planet, a seven-year-project for the BBC, visiting vulnerable habitats - to chart changes and the fight to save our most threatened ecosystems.
    Her latest BBC series - Liz Bonnin’s Wild Caribbean - returns to the region that shaped her childhood, and inspired Liz to explore the natural world. Along the way, we meet rare dolphins, enormous crocodiles, brightly coloured birds, and giant spiders. As well as the conservationists showing ingenuity and determination in their efforts to protect native species and habitats.
    In this interview, Liz chats to Jon about how she ended up with her "dream of a job", some of the incredible - and endangered - wildlife she has encountered along the way, and the conservationists whose passion and work help her remain positive.
    Related links:
    Liz pictured at the Caroni Swamp & with the Union Island Gecko
    Liz's website
    COP28
    What Planet Are We On? with Liz Bonnin (a podcast series)
    Secrets Of The Jurassic Dinosaurs (another documentary available on the BBCiPlayer)


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    • 51 min
    WAAD AL-KATEAB: a refugee and filmmaker who dares to dream

    WAAD AL-KATEAB: a refugee and filmmaker who dares to dream

    Waad Al-Kateab is a BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker. Born in Syria, Waad left home at 18, to study at the university of Aleppo. 
    In 2011, she began shooting video on her phone, while attending pro-democracy protests. Waad went on to document the next five years in Aleppo, capturing life, loss and emergency care in the besieged city - as well as the birth of her first daughter Sama.
    Waad wanted the world to know what was happening and, when Channel 4 News shared her reports, they were seen by millions. When she finally had to leave Aleppo, Waad began turning hundreds of hours of footage into the 2019 documentary, For Sama.
    Now based in London, Waad campaigns to raise awareness of the crimes committed under President Assad’s regime - as well as the global refugee crisis. And, in her new film, We Dare To Dream, she turns her lens on five incredible athletes, as they strive for a place on the Refugee Olympic Team.
    Related links:
    We Dare To Dream trailer
    Cyrille Tchatchet II
    Kimia Alizadeh
    The latest news from the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic


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    • 39 min
    CAROL MORLEY: the detective filmmaker shining a light on forgotten women

    CAROL MORLEY: the detective filmmaker shining a light on forgotten women

    Carol Morley is an acclaimed filmmaker, whose work includes short film, documentary and drama. 
    She was born in Stockport, and spent her teens enjoying the Manchester music scene, before moving to London - where she studied Fine Art, Film and Video, at Saint Martins College.
    Her 2000 documentary, The Alcohol Years, showed a fearlessness and an early interest in identity. Carol’s since been described as "part-psychoanalyst, part-detective, part-social historian". And her films involve a lot of passion, research, tenacity and experimentation with form. 
    Her latest release is called Typist, Artist, Pirate, King. It stars Monica Dolan as Audrey Amiss, an artist Carol believes should be widely known. And who she brings vividly to life, in a fictional road trip to Sunderland (accompanied by a psychiatric nurse played by Kelly MacDonald).
    In this interview, Carol reflects on her childhood, processing the loss of her father to suicide, her path into filmmaking, a brilliant teacher - and a few of her creations, including Dreams of a Life.
    Related links:
    Find Carol's other films at Cannon and Morley Productions
    The amazing undiscovered life of Audrey the artist (Carol's article for the Observer)
    Her semi-autobiographical novel 7 Miles Out
    In The Studio: Carol Morley (BBC World Service)
    Muriel Box: Britain's most prolific female director



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    • 42 min
    PROFESSOR MARY BEARD: a don's life and love for Ancient Rome

    PROFESSOR MARY BEARD: a don's life and love for Ancient Rome

    Classics professor Dame Mary Beard was a bright child, who was bumped up a year at school, went on archaelogical digs as a teen, and studied classics at Newnham College. After completing her PhD, Mary taught at King’s College in London, before returning to Cambridge - where she remained for nearly forty years.
    During her long academic career, Mary has written many best-selling books. When her 2008 book on Pompeii won the prestigious Wolfson History Prize, she became the star of her own BBC television programme. The first of many documentaries, in which Mary's passion for the past is infectious - and which have helped raise her status to that of national treasure.
    Mary’s latest series is for BBC Radio 4. Being Roman looks at six intriguing individuals who lived in the heyday of imperial power and it follows hot on the heels of a brand new book Emperor of Rome.
    In this conversation, Mary reflects on her brilliant career, the skills to be gained from studying classics, and what we can learn about democracy and leaders (past and present).
    Related links:
    Meet The Romans with Mary Beard (BBC TV documentary)
    Mary's other books
    Mary's TLS column A Don's Life
    Marcus Aurelius' Meditations
    The Boudicca statue on Victoria Embankment
    Galen - one of the most famous figures from the ancient world (that you may not know)

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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Wonderful

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Alastair Campbell discussion

Enjoyed listening to your discussion with AC.
Will look out for further episodes.

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Welcome!

Really enjoyed the Ronson interview & looking forward to more. Snowcast is a very happy addition to my podcast library!

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