7 episodes

Blaine Harrison from Mystery Jets explores stories of resilience from writers, musicians, comedians and activists who have not only had to overcome adversity but used their voice to empower others in the fight for social justice.

Each of the ten episodes centres around a conversation with a special guest and features an accompanying song from Mystery Jets’ critically acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’.

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    • 4.3, 23 Ratings

Blaine Harrison from Mystery Jets explores stories of resilience from writers, musicians, comedians and activists who have not only had to overcome adversity but used their voice to empower others in the fight for social justice.

Each of the ten episodes centres around a conversation with a special guest and features an accompanying song from Mystery Jets’ critically acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’.

    MAN ON BENCH: A SOLDIER’S STORY (with David Tovey and Bastille’s Dan Smith)

    MAN ON BENCH: A SOLDIER’S STORY (with David Tovey and Bastille’s Dan Smith)

    Users of food banks in the UK have more than doubled in the same period. Why is our society failing it’s most vulnerable so badly?
    Blaine sits down with David Tovey, a former chef in the armed forces and survivor of homeless, to find out what led him to set up the One Festival of Homeless Arts. David also recalls the heartening story of how a park enforcement officer saved his life, and how the experience had a powerful impact on his own art.
    This week’s opening thought features Bastille's Dan Smith reading an excerpt from Paul Auster’s 1999 essay ‘Reflections on a Cardboard Box’, recorded especially for TWFF.
     
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    THE SPIRIT NEVER DIES (with Billy Bragg and Ed O’Brien)

    THE SPIRIT NEVER DIES (with Billy Bragg and Ed O’Brien)

    Blaine sits down with one of his favourite guitarists, Ed O’Brien from the band Radiohead, to discuss feeling re-politicised for the first time since both attending the ‘Stop the War’ March in 2003, the social significance of Acid House, and ‘finding your tribe’ at Glastonbury.

    This week’s opening thought features the ‘Bard of Barking’ Billy Bragg ruminating on the power of music to change the world, recorded especially for TWFF. It is a true privilege to have the ‘punk poet laureate of protest’ on the show.
     
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    FIGHT THEM WITH LOVE (with Reni Eddo-Lodge and Nikesh Shukla)

    FIGHT THEM WITH LOVE (with Reni Eddo-Lodge and Nikesh Shukla)

    Blaine sits down with author Nikesh Shukla, named by Time Magazine as ‘’one of the twelve leaders shaping the next generation of artists’’ and this week’s opening thought features journalist and author Reni Eddo-Lodge reading from her No.1 bestseller ‘Why I’m no longer talking to white people about Race’.
     
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    THE FEMALE GAZE (with Elizabeth Acevedo and Florence Given)

    THE FEMALE GAZE (with Elizabeth Acevedo and Florence Given)

    Blaine sits down with artist and influencer Florence Given to find out how #MeToo and #TimesUp have shaped the landscape of gender politics, what does it mean to be a feminist today, and learns what steps men can take towards becoming better allies within intersectional feminism.

    This week’s opening thought features New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo reading her poem ‘Spear’.
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    JUSTICE FOR GRENFELL (with Judy Bolton and firefighter Ricky Nuttall)

    JUSTICE FOR GRENFELL (with Judy Bolton and firefighter Ricky Nuttall)

    Blaine sits down with Justice4Grenfell director Judy Bolton to hear how the community came together in the wake of that devastating night in June 2017.

    This week’s opening thought features Ricky Nutall from the LFB reading his poem ‘The Firefighter’.

    At the end of this episode you will hear the title track from Mystery Jets’ critically-acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’.
     
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    • 43 min
    REFUGEES WELCOME HERE (with Lord Alf Dubs and Josie Naughton)

    REFUGEES WELCOME HERE (with Lord Alf Dubs and Josie Naughton)

    How welcoming is Britain as a country today? What part does climate change play in the refugee crisis? What does it mean to choose love? Blaine sits down with his friend Josie Naughton, co-founder of ‘Help Refugees’ to find out the answer to all these questions.

    This week’s opening thought features Lord Alf Dubs reading the poem ‘Refugee Blues’ by W.H Auden.

    At the end of this episode you will hear ‘Cenotaph’ from Mystery Jets’ critically acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’.
     
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

prowsey3000 ,

Incredible listen

From starting our own podcast, I was looking to find more podcasts to listen to that helped me understand what it is to be a podcaster. This Podcast exceeded all my expectations and has grown into my absolute favourite listen! If you’re not a big podcast listener if 100% recommend starting here as it inspires, informs and delivers such a wonderful tone as you continue to learn and connect with the stories that are presented.

harrycope ,

Empathy and listening

Blaine has the ability to draw out the inner feelings of those he interviews. Perhaps it is his innate empathy or respect he has for people and their hard won convictions. I’ve enjoyed every episode immensely. The sheer variety is captivating, as are the viewpoints of the interesting people he interviews. Looking forward to more.

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