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How I Found My Voice is the podcast that explores how some of the world’s greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. This Intelligence Squared podcast goes behind the celebrity persona to understand their journeys and inspirations – from writing a childhood diary to first performing on stage or finding the courage to speak up. Hosted by the BBC journalist Samira Ahmed, guests include Graham Norton, Margaret Atwood, Katherine Ryan, Michael Palin, Gloria Estefan, David Lammy and Bernardine Evaristo. The series producer is Farah Jassat. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/howifoundmyvoice

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 19 Ratings

How I Found My Voice is the podcast that explores how some of the world’s greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. This Intelligence Squared podcast goes behind the celebrity persona to understand their journeys and inspirations – from writing a childhood diary to first performing on stage or finding the courage to speak up. Hosted by the BBC journalist Samira Ahmed, guests include Graham Norton, Margaret Atwood, Katherine Ryan, Michael Palin, Gloria Estefan, David Lammy and Bernardine Evaristo. The series producer is Farah Jassat. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/howifoundmyvoice

    David Schwimmer & Nick Mohammed - Bonus Preview

    David Schwimmer & Nick Mohammed - Bonus Preview

    Samira Ahmed is joined by Friends star David Schwimmer and comedy writer Nick Mohammed in a special preview of an episode coming out in the autumn as part of Season 4 of How I Found My Voice. 


    David Schwimmer is one of the most recognisable faces on television. His iconic role as Ross Geller in all 236 episodes of Friends has made him TV royalty. Fans around the world still gleefully recount some of his most famous lines including ‘Pivot!’, “Unagi” and ‘We were on a break!’ Beyond the global cultural impact of Friends, Schwimmer is a seasoned stage actor and has gone on to direct the hit comedy Run Fatboy Run and gain critical acclaim as Robert Kardashian in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. 


    For his latest project, Schwimmer crossed the pond to collaborate with the British writer, comedian and actor Nick Mohammed. Together they star in the workplace comedy sitcom Intelligence, created by Mohammed, which chronicles a disastrously humorous partnership between a pompous NSA agent (Schwimmer) and an inept GCHQ computer analyst (Mohammed). Season 2 of Intelligence will be available to watch on Sky One and Now TV from 8 June.

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    • 15 min
    Phil Collins

    Phil Collins

    Samira Ahmed speaks to the journalist and former chief speechwriter to Prime Minister Tony Blair, Philip Collins. They speak about his life and career, from growing up in a household that strongly supported Margaret Thatcher to becoming a supporter of the Labour party and speechwriter for the then Prime Minister. He is a former political columnist for The Times and author of When They Go Low, We Go High: Speeches that Changed the World and Why We Need Them.


    This is the last episode for this Season 3 of How I Found My Voice. We will be back later in the year with a new season. In the meantime, please spread the word to your friends and family. You can attend live recordings of the next season here: https://www.intelligencesquared.com/attend/


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    How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. The Executive Producer is Farah Jassat. Follow us on Twitter for updates of upcoming episodes @intelligence2

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    • 42 min
    Tayari Jones

    Tayari Jones

    Samira Ahmed speaks to the novelist and author of An American Marriage, Tayari Jones. They speak about her life and career from growing up in Atlanta and taking a stand on ethical issues as a child to developing her voice as a writer, the role that children's author Judy Blume played in her life, and being selected for President Barack Obama's summer reading list and Oprah's Book Club.


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    How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. The Executive Producer is Farah Jassat. Follow us on Twitter for updates of upcoming episodes @intelligence2

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    • 46 min
    Gloria Estefan

    Gloria Estefan

    Samira Ahmed speaks to the internationally acclaimed singer and superstar Gloria Estefan. They speak about her life and career, from fleeing Cuba as a young child when it fell under Castro’s control to narrowly escaping death in a bus accident and her success as an artist with over 120 million records sold worldwide, three Grammy Awards and a career spanning four decades which has all helped make Latin-flavoured pop music an international success. This episode was recorded in 2020.


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    How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. The Executive Producer is Farah Jassat. Follow us on Twitter for updates of upcoming episodes @intelligence2

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    • 45 min
    Margaret Atwood

    Margaret Atwood

    Samira Ahmed speaks to the acclaimed author of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments Margaret Atwood. They speak about her life and career, from her experiences as a young schoolgirl in Canada and her prolific writing career of novels and poetry to the impact of the Handmaid becoming a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women and her playful love for puppeteering.


    Margaret Atwood is the bestselling author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Hulu TV series. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy.Atwood has won numerous awards including the Booker Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer.


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    How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. The Executive Producer is Farah Jassat. Follow us on Twitter for updates of upcoming episodes @intelligence2

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    • 41 min
    BONUS: International Women's Day Special with Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo, Rose McGowan and more

    BONUS: International Women's Day Special with Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo, Rose McGowan and more

    For International Women's Day we bring to you a special bonus episode of our award-winning podcast, How I Found My Voice presented by the BBC journalist Samira Ahmed. This episode features clips from some of our favourite female interviewees including novelists Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo and Elif Shafak, actors Kate Winslet, Rose McGowan and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, singer Paloma Faith, Labour politician and Member of Parliament Jess Phillips, businesswoman Gina Miller, and comedian Katharine Ryan.


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    How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. The Executive Producer is Farah Jassat.

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

therojay ,

Fantastic

Interesting and thoughtful

ltbnl ,

One of the best podcasts!

Best interview podcast I have ever heard. Great conversations. We learn about the guest’s personal life story and well as discussing fundamental questions about humanity/life.

Vid_1000 ,

Superb!

So glad to see this second series! I listened to all of the first series of interviews - Michael Palin, Richard Branson, etc. - and they were uniformly very informative and entertaining. I have just listened to the first of the new series with Graham Norton, and it was such a delight! Superb stuff!!

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