11 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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    • 4.2 • 25 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’.

    TELL THE TRUTH (with Bella Lack and Noga Levy-Rapoport)

    TELL THE TRUTH (with Bella Lack and Noga Levy-Rapoport)

    Throughout modern times, some of the most effective campaigns for positive change have been led by young people. It is estimated that over 6 million people took part in the Global Climate Strikes in September 2019, and at the helm were School Children marching for their future.
    Whether environmental justice is being called for at a geo-political level or in the streets, history has taught us that rarely is one effective without the other.

    Blaine sits down with 17 year-old Bella Lack, an ambassador for the Born Free Foundation, The Jane Goodall Institute and the RSPCA to hear how her passion for wildlife conservation have fuelled her activism and documentary work.

    This week’s opening thought comes from Noga Levy-Rapoport, a young environmental activist and organiser of school strikes across the UK, speaking about the climate crisis, and the urgent need for green reform.

    At the end of this episode, you will hear ‘Wrong Side of the Tracks’ from Mystery Jets’ critically-acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’. You can buy and stream the album.

    This episode of ‘Things Worth Fighting For’ was brought to you by Acast and produced with Matthew Twaites. Thanks to Courtney Aiesha Mortimer and Kate Jones at UROK for production assistance and coordination.




    Martin Sheen Full Address at Jane Fonda’s Fire Drill Friday Rally, 2019 (Youtube)


    Noga Levy-Rapoport on Mystery Jets’ Speakers Corner (Youtube)


    Noga Levy-Rapoport interview (Euronews)


    Follow Noga Levy-Rapoport on Instagram


    Read ‘A Life on our Planet’ by Sir David Attenborough (BookShop.Org)


    Greta Thunberg’s full speech to world leaders at the 2019 Climate Action Summit (Youtube)


    Bella Lack TEDx Talk: ‘You can solve the extinction crisis’ (Youtube)


    Bella lack featured in ‘Generation Activism’ Short film (BBC3)


    Explore Bella Lack’s Blog: ‘Call from the Wild’


    Follow Bella Lack on Twitter


    ‘A message from the future’ with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Youtube)


    Chirstina Figueres TEDx Talk: The inside story of the Paris Agreement (Youtube)


    Subscribe to ‘Outrage + Optimism’ podcast (spotify)


    Buy a gift for someone who need it this Christmas at the CHOOSE LOVE shop
     
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    BIG BOYS DON’T CRY (with Joe Talbot and Frank Carter)

    BIG BOYS DON’T CRY (with Joe Talbot and Frank Carter)

    The term ‘Toxic Masculinity’ has come to represent society’s expectation that men be active, aggressive, tough, daring and dominant. Some believe this narrative to form part of a politically-motivated war on men, whilst others argue men should be encouraged to share their vulnerabilities, failures and doubts, so as to spark a bigger conversation. With Suicide the most common cause of death for men under the age of 50 in the UK, are we having enough of these difficult conversations?

    Blaine travels to IDLES’ hometown of Bristol, to talk with vocalist Joe Talbot about male vulnerability, overcoming grief and to hear about his experiences over the band’s meteoric rise, ahead of the release of their mighty UK No1 third album, Ultra Mono.

    This week’s opening thought comes from Frank Carter, vocalist with Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, speaking about the pressure on men today to measure up against outdated male archetypes.

    At the end of this episode, you will hear ‘Watching Yourself Slowly Disappear’ from Mystery Jets’ critically-acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’.

    This episode of ‘Things Worth Fighting For’ was brought to you by Acast and produced with Matthew Twaites. Thanks to Courtney Aiesha Mortimer and Kate Jones at UROK for production assistance and coordination.
     
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 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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