9 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 • 24 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’.

    IDENTITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: #IWEIGH SPECIAL Part 2 (with Jamie Windust and Jameela Jamil)

    IDENTITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: #IWEIGH SPECIAL Part 2 (with Jamie Windust and Jameela Jamil)

    But movements like #MeToo and BLM have shown that social media can also be a powerful tool in the fight for inclusivity and social justice.


    In Part Two of this special bumper episode of the pod, Blaine catches up with actor, broadcaster and advocate Jameela Jamil to hear how a move to Los Angeles fuelled her drive to speak out on toxic body-shaming in the media and Celebrity endorsements of weight-loss products. Blaine also hears how Jameela’s organisation #IWeigh has evolved into a community platform celebrating radical inclusivity.
     
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    IDENTITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: #IWEIGH SPECIAL Part 1 (with Jamie Windust and Jameela Jamil)

    IDENTITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: #IWEIGH SPECIAL Part 1 (with Jamie Windust and Jameela Jamil)

    But movements like #MeToo and BLM have shown that social media can also be a powerful tool in the fight for inclusivity and social justice.


    In Part One of this special bumper episode of the podcast, Blaine sits down with non-binary activist and writer Jamie Windust to hear how Instagram allowed them to find an online community which supported their journey towards discovering their true authentic self. Jamie also speaks about being a part of #IWEIGH, as well as their campaign to give trans and gender non-conforming people the right to self-identify on legal documents in the UK.
     
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 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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