Global campaigner and author Sarah Brown chats with people who've had a positive influence on the world around them, and unearths the lessons to help us do the same. Find out how to develop the better angel inside yourself. Featuring stories from globally renowned campaigners, Nobel Prize winners, celebrities, politicians and remarkable young people, Better Angels with Sarah Brown champions the activist spirit.
Executive Producers: Ben Hewitt & Lolita Laguna
Music: Pete Lyons
Photo: Brian Aris
Studio: People's Postcode Lottery studio in Edinburgh
UN Special #12: Rangina Hamidi Interview
Rangina Hamidi, the Minister of Education in Afghanistan, talks to Sarah Brown about growing up as a child refugee in Pakistan.
She says she was faced with threats of acid attacks just because she went to school.
Her parents decided to flee to America to enable her and her sister to have an education.
She says the struggles she faced as a child made her determined to fight against the injustices in the world.
UN Special #11: Sanda Ojiambo Interview
Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, talks to Sarah Brown about how businesses can take positive action to address some of the world's biggest challenges.
Talking about climate change, she says that businesses have a choice: they can grow in a "GDP-led way" or follow "a green model of growth".
"If [these decisions] are made correctly, we can avert what looks like a very bleak future in terms of climate," she says.
She says that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented businesses and the United Nations with “a point of reflection” and an opportunity to reevaluate their priorities.
UN Special #10: Danielle Green Interview
Danielle Green, a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador from the United Kingdom, speaks to Sarah Brown about the importance of children receiving a good quality education.
Danielle says: “It really matters that children have not just an education or appear in an educational space, but that what they're being taught is really, really relevant and important.”
She tells Sarah that a good quality education helps children “take charge of their own destiny.”
UN Special #9: Palak Sharma Interview
Palak Sharma, a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador from India, talks to Sarah Brown about the challenges facing the education system in her country.
She says that if the country is serious about advancing education for children, they must address issues around sanitation at the same time.
“The important task right now is to ensure that these two goals of education and sanitisation start working together in collaboration," she says.
UN Special #8: Marianne Bitar Karam Interview
Marianne Bitar Karam, Country Director at DOT Lebanon, a non-governmental organisation, speaks to Sarah Brown about the challenges facing children in her country during Covid-19.
She says that the digital divide in Lebanon meant that many children were excluded from education because they were unable to access online learning materials during the pandemic.
She also says that children in Lebanon were missing out on important lessons in social cohesion.
"We've lost something important," she says. "School or the formal education setting was a reason for students and adults to come together and to accept each other, to listen to each other, to create connectors between refugees."
Asked what motivates her, Marianne said it is her passion for her job, country and people that drives her to do what she does.
UN Special #7: Obakeng Leseyane Interview
Obakeng Leseyane, a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador, talks to Sarah Brown about the transformational impact of education on others.
He says that educating even just one child has a "ripple effect" on their community.
Growing up in Rustenburg, South Africa, Obakeng was told that the only way to be successful was to become a platinum miner.
He changed his fortune after receiving the highest educational scholarship in South Africa, something his family could have never dreamed of.
He now works in his community to help other children access education opportunities.
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Inspirational and practical
This podcast brings together an eclectic group of people making change in the world. It's inspirational yet at the same time practical, showing all of us how we can make the world a better place one action at a time. It restores faith in humanity and a sense of common purpose for good. A must-listen on your next subway or bus line – or during a stroll through the park. Five stars!