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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.

Second Chance Raphael Rowe

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 56 Ratings

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 61: Setting Up a Charity in Honour of Her Son - Peguy Kato

    EP 61: Setting Up a Charity in Honour of Her Son - Peguy Kato

    In this episode I am speaking with Peguy Kato who devastatingly lost her son in an incident where he was stabbed 11 times. Peguy has made it her mission to provide support to families who have gone through similar experiences in honor of her son. This led to her setting up the All Champions charity which aims to prevent and protect people of all ages from knife and other serious youth violence by working towards the rehabilitation of young people engaged in knife crime and other serious youth violence. It also supports the victims of these crimes and people who may be at risk of engaging with it.


    Links:
    https://allchampioncharity.org/



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    • 58 min
    Ep 60: Student Drug Dealer Given A Second Chance - Sean Lisgo

    Ep 60: Student Drug Dealer Given A Second Chance - Sean Lisgo

    This episode is in collaboration with the Longford Trust who provide financial and mentoring support to young serving and ex-prisoners. The Longford scholarship assists in giving them a second chance to pursue a degree at university.
    Up until now all of my guest interviews have been recorded remotely thanks to Covid, but on this occasion I was able to meet Sean in person.
    After gaining qualifications to earn his place at the University of Leeds, Sean’s life became problematic when he couldn’t secure funding to cover his tuition fees. Selling drugs was a quick solution to this problem and Sean was arrested in his first week at University and sentenced to prison. During his time in prison and after his release Sean was determined to pursue his goal of studying mechanical engineering.
    The Longford Scholarship has given him a Second Chance, helping him secure a place and graduate from Teesside University

    Longford Trust: https://www.longfordtrust.org/scholarships/the-longford-scholarships/

    • 25 min
    Ep 59: Girl Gang Member to Girl Gang Mentor - Victoria Ebun

    Ep 59: Girl Gang Member to Girl Gang Mentor - Victoria Ebun

    This episode is in collaboration with the Longford Trust, who provide financial and mentoring support to young serving and ex-prisoner. It gives a second chance to pursue degrees at university. The Longford Scholarships were first awarded in 2004 and have supported more than 300 young serving and ex-prisoners. 
    In this episode I am speaking with Victoria Ebun, who was arrested at 18 before she had the chance to finish sixth form. Alongside studying a degree in psychology, Victoria works with St Giles Trust as the coordinator of the Girls and Gangs project. Victoria visits schools regularly, using her past experience and education to help steer young people with a traumatic past away from gangs and violence. 
    Longford Trust: https://www.longfordtrust.org/scholarships/the-longford-scholarships/

    • 39 min
    Ep 58: CEO of Lava Records and Champion of Justice - Jason Flom

    Ep 58: CEO of Lava Records and Champion of Justice - Jason Flom

    Jason Flom is an American music industry executive and CEO of Lava Records, Lava Music Publishing, and Lava Media. He previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group. He is personally responsible for launching acts such as Kid Rock, Katy Perry, Lorde, and Greta Van Fleet. He has been described as one of the most successful record men of the past 20 years. But Flom is also a leading philanthropist who has long championed various political and social causes. He is a board member of The Innocence Project and sits on many other programmes that help people in need of help. He hosts the phenomenal podcast Wrongful Conviction, now in its ninth season, which features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit. He is a dedicated and passionate advocate for criminal justice change and the ending of the death penalty.


    Links:
    Official Facebook page for Jason Flom
    ‎Wrongful Conviction Podcasts on Apple Podcasts
    Wrongful Conviction Podcasts | Podcast on Spotify
    Innocence Project About

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep 57: Living with Bipolar Disorder and Becoming One of the UK’s Most Popular Mental Health Speakers - Thomas Duncan Bell

    Ep 57: Living with Bipolar Disorder and Becoming One of the UK’s Most Popular Mental Health Speakers - Thomas Duncan Bell

    Thomas Duncan Bell is a truly inspiring mental health campaigner and speaker.  Growing up in an extremely volatile environment, Thomas has fought adversity and fear since he was old enough to remember it.  He’s battled drug and alcohol addictions and destructive relationships in the past and is now the primary mental health champion in the UK’s Institute of Directors. Suffering from an extreme form of Bipolar disorder, Thomas has successfully turned his life around in order to help other people. Known internationally as The Bipolar Businessman, Thomas has previously supported Prince’s William & Harry’s Heads Together campaign, working with organisations to evoke change and end the stigma surrounding mental health in business. 


    Further Information:
    Helplines and listening services

    http://www.thebipolarbusinessman.com/

    Looking for Support with Workplace Wellbeing? 
    www.mywholeself.co.uk
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EP 56: Contemplating Suicide In Prison To Setting Up London’s Largest Gang Exit Groups - Junior Smart

    EP 56: Contemplating Suicide In Prison To Setting Up London’s Largest Gang Exit Groups - Junior Smart

    In this episode I’m speaking with Junior Smart who was arrested in his mid twenties for possession of several kilograms of crack cocaine. Junior was left homeless after his mother died of a stroke, causing him to go into depression and become suicidal, planning to kill himself. On that day, an officer slid an envelope under the door of his cell containing photos of past family get-togethers. Junior said the photos snapped him back to reality and saved his life. He then seeked help from the Listeners and decided to train to become a Listener himself but soon discovered areas that lacked in support. He wanted to do something about it and make a change. He became a mentor for young offenders in the YOI, leading him to meet with St Giles Trust and setting up his successful SOS project which became London’s largest gang exit project.

    For more information on Juniors work:
    https://www.smarttc.co.uk/about-the-individual.html
    https://www.the-sse.org/stories/junior-smart-sos-gangs/

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

EricaBushwell ,

Awesome podcast!

Raphael, host of the Second Chance podcast, highlights all aspects of life, growth and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

TanieTee ,

Excellent podcast

Raphael Rowe does an excellent job by bringing such inpirational and fascinating stories that are enjoyable to listen too. His questions during the interview are always right on point and this story was amazing to listen too. I have listened to all of Raphael's podcasts and anxiousy await the next one's. I also cannot wait for Raphales book to be avaialble for purchase!! Highly recommended!

Laurita la del barrio ,

Love it!

This podcast is fascinating! Raphael always comes across extremely attentive and exudes empathy that I imagine is difficult to achieve via audio only. I have learned a lot about others and myself throughout these episodes. Thank you!

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