12 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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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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    THANK YOU NHS (with Captain Sir Tom Moore and Dr Rachel Clarke)

    THANK YOU NHS (with Captain Sir Tom Moore and Dr Rachel Clarke)

    Aneurin Bevan established the National Health Service in 1948 on three core principles: that it meets the needs of everyone, that it be free at the point of delivery, and that it be based on clinical need, not ability to pay. 72 years later it continues to carry out that promise, day in, day out. But how many more storms of austerity cuts can it endure?
    Blaine meets paediatric doctor and Sunday Times best-selling author Dr Rachel Clarke, to hear how her sleepover protest outside the Department of Health ignited the Junior Doctor strikes in 2016. Rachel also shares her experiences of working in end-of-life care during the pandemic.
    This week’s opening thought comes from Captain Sir Tom Moore, the centenarian who’s world-famous fundraising efforts during the UK Lockdown in April raised over 33 million pounds for NHS Charities together.
    At the end of this episode, you will hear ‘Hospital Radio’ from Mystery Jets’ critically-acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’. You can buy and stream the album here.
    This episode of ‘Things Worth Fighting For’ was brought to you by Acast and produced by Matthew Twaites. Thanks to CourtneyAiesha Mortimer and Kate Jones at UROK for production assistance and coordination. 
    Read ‘Tomorow Will Be a Good Day’ by Captain Sir Tom Moore (Waterstones)
    Donate to the Captain Tom Foundation to fight Loneliness 
    Dr Rachel Clarke TEDx Talk: Love and Loss at the end of Life (Youtube)
    Follow Dr Rachel Clarke on Twitter
    Jeremy Hunt and the Junior Doctor Strikes (opendemocracy.net)
    Dr Rachel Clarke’s dispatches from the frontline during COVID (Guardian)
    Buy Rachel’s books ‘Dear Life’ and ‘Your Life in My Hands’ (from her website)
    Danny Boyle’s Tribute to the NHS at the London 2012 Olympics (Youtube)
    Shorts Banger.com
    The Covid Letters: Sportsbanger at the Foundling Museum
    Thank you NHS: Rainbows for Key workers in pictures (bbc.co.uk)
    Buy limited edition Mystery Jets merch and collectables on the Jetstore 
    How the NHS inspired our song ‘Hospital Radio’ (bbc.co.uk)

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    • 1 hr 53 min
    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 here.
    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...
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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’. You can buy and stream the album here.
    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. 

    Grayson Perry on Masculinity (Channel 4 News)
    Read ‘The Descent of man’ by Grayson Perry (Waterstones)
    Gillette commercial: ‘The best men can be’ (Youtube)
    Order ‘End of Suffering’ by Frank Carter and the RattleSnakes (Rough Trade)
    Frank Carter on Instagram
    IDLES on Instagram
    Order IDLES new album (Banquet Records)
    Catch IDLES on tour in 2021
    Watch Joe Tracini’s videos (Twitter)
    Watch Gaspard Noe’s chilling 2003 movie ‘Irreversible’ (Amazon Prime)
    Samaritans.org
    MusicMindsMatter.org.uk
    Worried about a friend? (mind.org)
    Listen to Frightened Rabbit’s album ‘Tiny Changes’ (Spotify)
    ‘Tiny Changes’ mental health community

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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)

    Studies show that the average smartphone user checks their screen up to 150 times per day, scrolling through an Eiffel Tower’s worth of posts. Meanwhile rates of anxiety have soared in young people, and scientists tell us that we’re lonelier than ever. 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.
    At the end of this episode you will hear ‘Petty Drone’ from Mystery Jets’ critically-acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’. You can buy and stream the album here.
    This bumper episode of ‘Things Worth Fighting For’ was brought to you by Acast and produced with Matthew Twaites. Thanks to Isabel Offler as well as Courtney Aiesha Mortimer and Kate Jones at UROK for production assistance and coordination. 

    Jameela Jamil on ‘Ways to change the world’ with Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Youtube)
    Jameela and Lizzo discuss finding confidence and dealing with social media criticism (Youtube)
    Follow IWeigh on Instagram
    IWeighCommunity.com
    Listen to the IWeigh Podcast (Apple)
    Forest Bathing in Japan (National Geographic)
    Attitude is Everything: Improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music
    Watch Adam Curtis’ documentary ‘HyperNormalisation’ (IPlayer)
    Support the amazing MermaidsUK Charity
    Pre-Order Jamie Windust’s book ‘In Their Shoes’ (Waterstones)
    LGBTQI+ Glossary (Amnesty International)
    Listen to Steve XO’s Sounds of Silence podcast

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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)

    Studies show that the average smartphone user checks their screen up to 150 times per day, scrolling through an Eiffel Tower’s worth of posts. Meanwhile rates of anxiety have soared in young people, and scientists tell us that we’re lonelier than ever. 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. 
    This bumper episode of ‘Things Worth Fighting For’ was brought to you by Acast and produced with Matthew Twaites. Thanks to Isabel Offler as well as Courtney Aiesha Mortimer and Kate Jones at UROK for production assistance and coordination. 
    Follow Jamie Windust on Instagram
    Pre-Order Jamie’s book ‘In Their Shoes’ (Waterstones)
    Watch Jamie Windust’s TEDx Talk (youtube)
    BBC film on Jamie’s passport campaign (youtube)
    Watch: Ivan Pavlov ‘classical conditioning’ (Youtube)
    Forest Bathing in Japan (National Geographic)
    Edward Snowden: How your smartphone spies on you (Youtube)
    Read: Shoshana Zuboff speaks about survillance capitalism (theintercept.com)
    Watch Adam Curtis’ documentary ‘HyperNormalisation’ (IPlayer)
    Support the amazing MermaidsUK Charity
    LGBTQI+ Glossary (Amnesty International)

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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)

    The number of people sleeping rough in London has almost trebled in the last ten years, with an estimated two in ten ex-servicemen ending up on the streets. 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. It’s lovely to have Dan on the pod.
    David’s instagram is the best place to catch a first glimpse of his artworks as they emerge. And the excellent re-orchestrated version of Bastille’s award winning album ‘Doom Days’ is out now. Links below!
    At the end of this episode you will hear ‘Endless City’ from Mystery Jets’ critically-acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’. You can buy and stream the album here.
    This episode of ‘Things Worth Fighting For’ was brought to you by Acast and produced with Matthew Twaites. Thanks to Courtney Aiesha Mortimer at UROK for production assistance and coordination. 
    RELATED LINKS:
    Paul Auster: ‘Reflections on a Cardboard Box’
    Catch up on Dan Smith’s ‘Distraction Tactics’ Book and Film Club (Instagram)
    Bastille Store
    Streets of London.org
    David Tovey Art
    The One Festival of Homeless Arts
    David Tovey on Mystery Jets’ Speakers’ Corner (Youtube)
    Learn about Help for Heroes
    Support Veterans Aid
    Listen: Stuart Semple investigates hostile architecture (BBC Sounds)
    Sarah Ross: ‘Archisuits’
    Listen: Gavin Bryars’ Haunting ‘Jesus Blood Never Failed me Yet’ (Youtube)
    Follow Streetwise Opera
    Listen’: Off the Beat and Track’ podcast, feat. Orlando Weeks (Acast)


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    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 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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