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DJ Annie Macmanus chats to artists, writers, musicians and a host of fascinating people about CHANGE. Each guest talks through the biggest changes they have overcome in childhood and adulthood, and how they effect change. The podcast explores how change punctuates our lives, how it can totally derail us and define who we are. How we confront it, react to it and how we try to activate change has never been more important than in this moment.
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Changes with Annie Macmanus Annie Macmanus

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 87 Ratings

DJ Annie Macmanus chats to artists, writers, musicians and a host of fascinating people about CHANGE. Each guest talks through the biggest changes they have overcome in childhood and adulthood, and how they effect change. The podcast explores how change punctuates our lives, how it can totally derail us and define who we are. How we confront it, react to it and how we try to activate change has never been more important than in this moment.
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    Ahmed Alnaouq on the war in Palestine, family and the power of stories

    Ahmed Alnaouq on the war in Palestine, family and the power of stories

    On 22nd October 2023, Ahmed Alnaouq woke up to the unthinkable news that 21 members of his family had been killed by an Israeli airstrike in Gaza.
    Ahmed Alnaouq is a Palestinian journalist from Gaza and the co-founder of We Are Not Numbers - a non profit organisation that specialises in sharing Palestinian stories. 
    In this episode, Ahmed shares his story. He explains how the war in Palestine didn’t begin last year, but has been ongoing throughout his entire life. Ahmed talks about family members who have been killed, how this horrific experience has changed him and his outlook, the importance of sharing stories to incite change, what the end of this war could look like and what he thinks people in the West can do.
    Changes is fundamentally about the power of sharing stories. It is through stories that we find hope, connection and spread empathy and that is what we hope today’s episode will do.
    Warning: This episode contains explicit and upsetting content about the war in Gaza that some listeners may find distressing.
    Find out more about We Are Not Numbers and read the stories here:
    https://wearenotnumbers.org/about/
    GET IN TOUCH
    Contact us at changespod@gmail.com with your emails and voice notes.
    Changes is a deaf friendly podcast, transcripts can be accessed here: https://www.anniemacmanus.com/changes

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    • 46 min
    Sara Pascoe on self worth, detachment and reflecting on separated parents

    Sara Pascoe on self worth, detachment and reflecting on separated parents

    Sara Pascoe has a magic ability to take life’s absurdities and turn them into comedy gold, but how does she approach change? 
    Sara’s quick, intelligent wit has seen her competing on many of the UK’s most popular comedy panel shows such as QI and Taskmaster and she also hosts ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’. Not only is she one of the country’s foremost comedians, Sara is a bestselling author too, having written three books - ‘Animal’, ‘Sex Money Power’ and her debut novel ‘Weirdo’, which is out on paperback now. She’s also a book fan and co-hosts the podcast ‘Sara and Cariad’s Weirdos Book Club’ with her friend, and previous guest on Changes, Cariad Lloyd.
    In this refreshing and light hearted conversation, Sara opens about her untraditional upbringing, her transition to vegetarianism at a young age and her changing relationship with her parents after her Dad left when she was seven. Reflecting on her latest novel, "Weirdo,", Sara also discusses her evolving relationship with her own confidence, detachment from show business as a new mum and her self-worth as a comedian.
    Buy 'Weirdo' here:
    https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/weirdo-unlike-many-debut-novels-this-one-will-stick-with-you-for-a-long-time-guardian-main/sara-pascoe/paperback/9780571374540.html
    Listen to Cariad Lloyd's Changes episode here:
    https://podfollow.com/changeswithanniemacmanus/episode/59c1bc1991700462b988d47248a3ce8831095b5b/view
    GET IN TOUCH
    Contact us at changespod@gmail.com with your emails and voice notes.
    Changes is a deaf friendly podcast, transcripts can be accessed here: https://www.anniemacmanus.com/changes


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    • 41 min
    George the Poet on being a Black radical, music and the war on Blackness

    George the Poet on being a Black radical, music and the war on Blackness

    George Mpanga, aka George the Poet, is a voice for change but, is it enough to just be a successful Black man in the war on Blackness? From his humble beginnings in North London with Ugandan parents, to graduating from Cambridge University as well as visiting Uganda, George knows a thing or two about the big changes that can shape your life’s direction.
    George is best known for his work as a spoken word artist, rapper and podcaster with the multi award-winning podcast ‘Have You Heard George’s Podcast?’. He is also a PHD researcher, recently became a father and is now an author with his recent memoir "Track Record: Me, Music, and the War on Blackness." It is essential reading. 
    In this deeply personal and engrossing conversation, Annie and George unpack the complexities of his identity as a Black entertainer, his shift from Black liberal to Black radical and why, for him, radical thinking is essential to bring about systemic change, the power of honesty, their shared experience of imperialism (Annie of course from an Irish perspective), falling in love, and Black music and the restrictions he felt on his own creativity in the industry. From challenging the status quo of capitalism to advocating for equality and justice, George leaves us with a message of hope and empowerment, oh, and his favourite Nas lyric.
    Find out more about George here: https://www.georgethepoet.com/
    Order George's book 'Track Record: Me, Music, and the War on Blackness' here: https://lnk.to/TrackRecord
    GET IN TOUCH
    Contact us at changespod@gmail.com with your emails and voice notes.
    Changes is a deaf friendly podcast, transcripts can be accessed here: https://www.anniemacmanus.com/changes

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    • 48 min
    Afua Hirsch on different cultural views on bodies - body hair, puberty, fertility and aging

    Afua Hirsch on different cultural views on bodies - body hair, puberty, fertility and aging

    Rounding off this miniseries on Bodies, the incredible journalist, broadcaster and bestselling author Afua Hirsch unpacks Eurocentric beauty standards and discusses unlearning some of the myths around women’s bodies. Why do western cultures think body hair is bad? How do non western cultures treat puberty and aging? Can we change how we view our bodies from our ancestors? Certainly, what we think we know about women's bodies is very narrow.
    Afua Hirsch is at the forefront of discussions about race, history, and culture in Britain today. Her book ‘Brit(ish)’ was an award winning Sunday Times bestseller and delves into the uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain today. Her latest book is called ‘Decolonising My Body: A Radical Exploration Of Rituals And Beauty’.  It was a 2023 political book of the year for Waterstones, described as 'ground-breaking' by Bernardine Evaristo and makes her perfect for discussing Bodies and change. 
    Originally training as a human rights barrister, since being a journalist, Afua has presented documentaries for the BBC, been a regular contributor to Sky News debate show The Pledge and current affairs programmes including Channel 4 News, Newsnight, Question Time, and CNN. She has also written for multiple prestigious publications including British Vogue where she interviewed Rihanna! 
    In this incredibly enlightening episode, as well as covering different cultural views on bodies, Afua and Annie discuss Afua’s view of her body as a young black girl and how that has changed, a life altering moment with Oprah and why she personally wanted to unlearn and then relearn everything when it came to understanding her body.
    Find out more about Afua Hirsch and order her book ‘Decolonising My Body’ here:
    www.afuahirsch.com
    www.amazon.co.uk/Decolonising-My-Body-radical-exploration/dp/1529908663
    Other books and people mentioned in this episode:
    Maisie Hill - Period Power
    www.maisiehill.com
    Laurence Moniasse
    www.moniasse.com/about-me
    GET IN TOUCH
    Contact us at changespod@gmail.com with your emails and voice notes.
    Changes is a deaf friendly podcast, transcripts can be accessed here: https://www.anniemacmanus.com/changes


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    • 46 min
    Dr. Jen Gunter answers your questions on sex, periods and menopause

    Dr. Jen Gunter answers your questions on sex, periods and menopause

    As part of our Bodies Mini Series, renowned gynaecologist Dr. Jen Gunter tackles your burning questions about your bodies as she and Annie delve deep into the complex world of women's health and the changes involved. Dr. Jen Gunter is the author of bestsellers "The Vagina Bible" and "The Menopause Manifesto," and is the ultimate authority on all things bodies. Her new book “Blood” mixes her trademark blend of expertise and accessibility, empowering readers to understand their bodies better than ever before. 
    Listen to this special Q&A style episode for a wealth of information on orgasms, libido, period symptoms, hormones, menopause, incontinence and plenty more. It will leave you feeling more informed, empowered, and ready to navigate changes in your body. 
    Find out more about Dr. Jen Gunter, order her books and read her blog here:
    https://drjengunter.com/
    Other books mentioned in this episode:
    Emily Ngowski - Come As You Are https://www.amazon.co.uk/Come-You-Are-surprising-transform/dp/1925228010
    Dr. Lori Brotto - Better Sex Through Mindfulness
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Better-Sex-Through-Mindfulness-Cultivate/dp/1771642351
    GET IN TOUCH
    Contact us at changespod@gmail.com with your emails and voice notes.
    Changes is a deaf friendly podcast, transcripts can be accessed here: https://www.anniemacmanus.com/changes

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    • 51 min
    CMAT on body image, fluctuating weight and Ozempic diets

    CMAT on body image, fluctuating weight and Ozempic diets

    To open a new mini series on Bodies we welcome boundary pushing musician, CMAT whose low cut, bum crack exposing dress created one of the most viral moments at the BRIT Awards this year. Her unapologetic attitude towards body image caused a storm on the internet attracting a wave of opinions.
    CMAT, real name Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson is a one in a million artist. She writes songs that are both hilarious and heartbreaking, and she is utterly captivating on stage. She’s a future superstar in the making. Both of CMAT’s albums have gone straight to number 1 in the Irish Charts, she is part of the BBC Sound of 2024 longlist, she has been described by NME as Dublin’s answer to Dolly Parton and she was at the Brits this year having been nominated for Best International Artist alongside Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and SZA.
    This is the first of three open and candid conversations in our Bodies mini series in which we explore body image and weight, unrealistic beauty standards and ageing covering everything from menopause to weight loss and much more. Here, Ciara talks to Annie about her changing relationship with her body from her teenage years experiencing acne and eating disorders to being a pop star in the spotlight. They discuss a wealth of issues including societal pressures and social media, the problem with capitalism and Ozempic diets. Ciara is completely unfiltered and very funny. We hope that you will leave the conversation feeling relieved that you are most definitely not alone when it comes to any thoughts you may have about your body and inspired to care less. 
    Content warning: eating disorders/anorexia, addiction to painkillers.
    Buy CMAT's music and find her tour dates here: https://cmatbaby.com/
    GET IN TOUCH
    Contact us at changespod@gmail.com with your emails and voice notes.
    Changes is a deaf friendly podcast, transcripts can be accessed here: https://www.anniemacmanus.com/changes


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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

quedible ,

Inspiring

This is a terrific podcast. The guests are fascinating and Annie does an amazing job asking provocative questions and allowing the guests to answer. I’ve started listening to 1-2 interviews (catching up!) in the morning to start my day on a positive note. It’s also an exceptionally well produced podcast. Thank you, Annie & the entire production team.

RutheeT ,

My fave podcast

I can not ‘rave’ (see what I did there?!) enough about Annie’s podcast. I’ve been listening since the beginning and it continues to be my very fave podcast. Annie, I love your interview technique and just listening to your voice. There are so many great guests and each time a new episode airs I am a happy lady. Love the new season with Zadie Smith (legend) and Sheffield’s finest Toddla T. Love everything about this ❤️

Mad4tahoe ,

Life Changes

The episode with Nick Grimshaw was the impetuous for me listening to Changes. What a thought provoking episode that was with Nick and both your career change.
I’m in the USA with no exposure to the radio shows Annie and Nick were on so their stories were new to me.
I will continue to listen to the podcast as I enjoyed that episode.

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