Second Chance is a podcast series that explores the theme of second chance. It raises the questions who deserves a second chance, who decides who gets a second chance and what a second chance actually means. On this podcast we speak to people from all walks of life about their experiences, some who have been given a second chance in life, some who might be considered to be beyond deserving a second chance. The host of the podcast series is Raphael Rowe, host of the critically acclaimed series ‘Inside the World's Toughest Prisons’ on Netflix. He is also a former correspondent for the world's longest running BBC TV current affairs show Panorama the BBC Radio 4 Today programme as well as a regular contributor on The One Show and Sunday Morning Live on BBC One. In 1988, aged 20, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for a murder and robbery he did not commit. In July 2000, after 12 years in prison, the Court of Appeal quashed his wrongful convictions and he was freed.
Ep 27: A Prostitutes Tale of Survival
WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of drug abuse and sexual violence which may may be upsetting for some listeners. The story you are about to hear on this episode is the struggles of a young middle class woman who felt ostracised by her peers, and so became a sex worker and drug addict. As a street worker she was viciously attacked by a punter - and seen as less than a victim by the police. Victoria, my guess today, has transformed her life and recently witnessed her attacker convicted and imprisoned not just for the crime he committed against her but also others. Her past has become her strength and she contacted me, by way of a very long email letter and then agreed to share her story, a story that is not only candid but also revealing.
Ep 26: You - The listener : Special Edition
In this episode I wanted to ask you - the listener - what you think about the concept and the reality of a second chance? In previous episodes we’ve listened to stories from individuals who have come back from the brink of death, criminals who have made good after serving lengthy prison sentences and victims that have not allowed the crime against them to define who they are. The podcast has also given a voice to the voiceless, and by that I mean individuals who want their side of a story told or just their stories told. I really wanted to know what you think and so I posted a message on social media asking you to share your thoughts. What follows is a selection of your responses and my comments.
Ep 25: From Knife Crime To Cooking With A Knife. The Chef.
Jon Watts was 18 years old when he stabbed another young man because he was angry. He was angry because he felt society had given up on him and other young people. Society had not given up on Jon, but this is how he felt. And it added to the knife crime statistics. Once he was shown a different path and trained as a chef he went on to work as a sous chef in one of Jamie Oliver's restaurants. Now he owns his own private business, adding to the economic statistics.
Ep 24: Wolf of Wall Street
The wolf of wall street movie portrayed crooked financial traders in a way that you either loved them or hated them. My guest today was in the thick of those characters in real life. He stole millions to finance a luxurious lifestyle that lasted many years. This man had it all, but he lived with a guilt that led him to give it all away before he was arrested and imprisoned. The private jets, lamborghinis, priceless art and luxury homes were replaced with a prison cell. A White collar criminal is often depicted as different from the common drug dealer or thief but they all have one thing in common, a criminal record.
Ep 23: The Fingerprints
A small quantity of drugs are found by the police in a car. Three people are arrested. Fingerprints found on the wraps connect one person to the drugs, cocaine and heroin. That person is charged with intent to supply. He is convicted by a jury and sentenced to 4 years in prison. End of story. Not for Christopher James Kennedy. He asked if he could come on the Second Chance podcast to explain his side of the story. We agreed because we allow the voiceless a voice.
Ep 22: I spent 36 Years In Prison
Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1981 with a recommendation he serve 15 years. . Released in 2016, 36 years later. What was that like? How do you survive that length of time in a confined prison cell behind concrete walls and bars. Is it possible to reintegrate back into a society that has moved forward beyond recognition. This is Ray Gilbert's story.
Brilliant podcast including people from all walks of life and giving them a chance to have their stories told whilst integrating the debate of different ideas of what a second chance can mean for someone in different situations. Makes you think and even learn more about your personal views on second chances! Inspired!
Very engaging interviews! Raphael knows how to put his guests at ease and is very empathetic towards them.
You can tell that The second chance topic is definitely something that Raphael is passionate about for obvious reasons but integrity, honesty and objectivity are still very apparent in his way of interviewing.
Very inspiring stories that really make you think out of your comfort zone.
I would love to hear more