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Broadcaster, John Offord chats to people from all walks of life about the different ways our brain can work and interpret information. Neurodiversity highlights that people naturally think about things differently. We have different interests and motivations, and are naturally better at some things and poorer at others. Through diverse interviews and examples, The Different Minds explores this – with fascinating results…

This podcast is sponsored by Aspire Autism Consultancy. For further details, see www.aspireautismconsultancy.co.uk.

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The Different Minds podcast series John Offord

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Broadcaster, John Offord chats to people from all walks of life about the different ways our brain can work and interpret information. Neurodiversity highlights that people naturally think about things differently. We have different interests and motivations, and are naturally better at some things and poorer at others. Through diverse interviews and examples, The Different Minds explores this – with fascinating results…

This podcast is sponsored by Aspire Autism Consultancy. For further details, see www.aspireautismconsultancy.co.uk.

Produced by www.johnofford.co.uk

Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/differentminds/support

    Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who tapped the power of empathy

    Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who tapped the power of empathy

    Broadcaster John Offord speaks to film director, Ric Burns about his latest film, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life. London-born Oliver Sacks was a man of extremes. In his youth, he was a self-destructive, bodybuilding biker struggling with drug addiction and his own sexuality. In his maturity, he became a groundbreaking neurologist and the author of best-sellers such as Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. Ric Burns' documentary is a tender, joyous and life affirming portrait of a truly extraordinary man that reminds us of his most important teaching: our ability to connect with others is what truly makes us human.

    Oliver Sacks: His Own Life in UK & Irish cinemas for a One Night Only special event on 29 September. Visit altitude.film for more info.

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    • 44 min
    A conversation with Susanne Antonetta, author of A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World

    A conversation with Susanne Antonetta, author of A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World

    Broadcaster, John Offord chats to Susanne Antonetta, author of A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World; and Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir to name but a few. Antonetta is one of America’s leading memoirists, advocates for the value of neurodiversity, and translator of the work of the sciences into new ways of understanding human life. A wide-ranging author, she writes about her experiences as a bipolar woman and psychiatric survivor, her early drug dependency, as well as the environment and her life as an adoptive mother. Awards for Antonetta’s writing include a Pushcart prize, a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, a Library Journal Best Science book of the year, an Oprah Bookshelf listing, and others. Please see https://www.susantonetta.com for more. 


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    • 34 min
    In conversation with O'Hooley & Tidow, writers & performers of the theme tune for 'Gentlemen Jack' on being a Neurodivergent couple

    In conversation with O'Hooley & Tidow, writers & performers of the theme tune for 'Gentlemen Jack' on being a Neurodivergent couple

    Broadcaster John Offord chats to O'Hooley & Tidow, an English folk music duo from Yorkshire about life as a neurodivergent couple and parenting. Singer songwriter, Heidi Tidow and her wife, singer-songwriter and pianist, Belinda O’Hoole were nominated for Best Duo at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their 2016 album Shadows was given a five-star review in The Guardian, and four of their other five albums, including their 2017 release WinterFolk Volume 1, have received four-star reviews in the British national press. In 2019 their song "Gentleman Jack", from the album The Fragile, featured as the closing theme for the BBC/HBO television series Gentleman Jack.


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    • 48 min
    Geek Girl author, Holly Smale on being diagnosed with autism at 39.

    Geek Girl author, Holly Smale on being diagnosed with autism at 39.

    Broadcaster John Offord chats to Geek Girl author, Holly Smale who was recently diagnosed with autism – at 39. Holly Smale, the writer of the bestselling Geek Girl series, has sold more than three million books but she’s never felt like she fits in. She gives talks on stage to thousands, but has never had a serious relationship and now she thinks she knows why. 


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    • 30 min
    Women with Autism

    Women with Autism

    Broadcaster John Offord chats to Alicja Nocon, a late-diagnosed autistic woman who recently retrained as an independent Neurodiversity and wellbeing trainer, consultant and coach. In this episode, Alicja talks about growing up in Poland and reflects on her self-discovery journey. Alicja is currently completing a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at University of East London, where her research interest focuses on the role of character strengths and humour in supporting the wellbeing of autistic adults. For more details about Alicja, please visit www.expandthecircle.co.uk


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    • 30 min
    A conversation with autistic YouTuber, Dan Jones

    A conversation with autistic YouTuber, Dan Jones

    Broadcaster, John Offord chats to autistic YouTuber, Dan Jones about life on the spectrum. Dan has Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, OCD and Dyslexia. Dan (known as The Aspie World by his followers) creates and shares content for his 100,000 plus YouTube subscribers and his videos cover a range of tips and tricks for living with an autism diagnosis.


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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

ShelleyFK ,

Just what the world needs

I absolutely love this show and think it is so needed now more than ever.

John is a fabulous host, and I was honoured to have him guest on my show, Positive Changes: A Self-Kick Podcast, where he was equally fabulous and truly authentic in his story.

Highly recommend John as a podcast host and guest.

Peter Hudson 809 ,

Damian is incredible

Just listened to the Damian Milton episode. I enjoyed this episode so much, he is so right with what he says about Autism.

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Judy Singer

Such a fascinating listen - great series!

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