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Broadcaster, John Offord chats to people from all walks of life about the different ways our brain can work and interpret information. Neurodiversity highlights that people naturally think about things differently. We have different interests and motivations, and are naturally better at some things and poorer at others. Through diverse interviews and examples, The Different Minds explores this – with fascinating results…

This podcast is sponsored by Aspire Autism Consultancy. For further details, see www.aspireautismconsultancy.co.uk.

Produced by www.johnofford.co.uk

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Broadcaster, John Offord chats to people from all walks of life about the different ways our brain can work and interpret information. Neurodiversity highlights that people naturally think about things differently. We have different interests and motivations, and are naturally better at some things and poorer at others. Through diverse interviews and examples, The Different Minds explores this – with fascinating results…

This podcast is sponsored by Aspire Autism Consultancy. For further details, see www.aspireautismconsultancy.co.uk.

Produced by www.johnofford.co.uk

Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/differentminds/support

    Swedish pop duo, Jubël on music and mental health

    Swedish pop duo, Jubël on music and mental health

    Broadcaster John Offord chats to Jubël, a Swedish duo originating from Halmstad, Sweden about music and mental health as they do their part to destigmatise mental health issues by opening up about their own struggles. Jubël are made up of Sebastian Atas and Victor Sjöström of Tunisian-Italian descent. They are signed to Warner Music and are perhaps best known for their stunning new single, “Weekend Vibe.” The exotic pop-leaning track is only a small glimpse of what’s to come from the eclectic pair, as they expand their signature sound to completely distinct and unfamiliar sonic realms.

    This episode is also available on YouTube as a video.

    See: https://youtu.be/nhQknOzr2ek




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    • 15 min
    Adam Frost, presenter on the BBC's Gardeners' World on Dyslexia & celebrating difference

    Adam Frost, presenter on the BBC's Gardeners' World on Dyslexia & celebrating difference

    Broadcaster John Offord chats to Adam Frost, presenter on the BBC's Gardeners' World on Dyslexia & celebrating difference. Adam believes there’s inspiration all around us – in nature, architecture, art, people and food – we just have to take the time to stop and look around.


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    • 29 min
    Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who tapped the power of empathy

    Oliver Sacks, the neurologist who tapped the power of empathy

    Broadcaster John Offord speaks to film director, Ric Burns about his latest film, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life. London-born Oliver Sacks was a man of extremes. In his youth, he was a self-destructive, bodybuilding biker struggling with drug addiction and his own sexuality. In his maturity, he became a groundbreaking neurologist and the author of best-sellers such as Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. Ric Burns' documentary is a tender, joyous and life affirming portrait of a truly extraordinary man that reminds us of his most important teaching: our ability to connect with others is what truly makes us human.

    Oliver Sacks: His Own Life in UK & Irish cinemas for a One Night Only special event on 29 September. Visit altitude.film for more info.

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    • 44 min
    A conversation with Susanne Antonetta, author of A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World

    A conversation with Susanne Antonetta, author of A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World

    Broadcaster, John Offord chats to Susanne Antonetta, author of A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World; and Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir to name but a few. Antonetta is one of America’s leading memoirists, advocates for the value of neurodiversity, and translator of the work of the sciences into new ways of understanding human life. A wide-ranging author, she writes about her experiences as a bipolar woman and psychiatric survivor, her early drug dependency, as well as the environment and her life as an adoptive mother. Awards for Antonetta’s writing include a Pushcart prize, a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, a Library Journal Best Science book of the year, an Oprah Bookshelf listing, and others. Please see https://www.susantonetta.com for more. 


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    • 34 min
    In conversation with O'Hooley & Tidow, writers & performers of the theme tune for 'Gentlemen Jack' on being a Neurodivergent couple

    In conversation with O'Hooley & Tidow, writers & performers of the theme tune for 'Gentlemen Jack' on being a Neurodivergent couple

    Broadcaster John Offord chats to O'Hooley & Tidow, an English folk music duo from Yorkshire about life as a neurodivergent couple and parenting. Singer songwriter, Heidi Tidow and her wife, singer-songwriter and pianist, Belinda O’Hoole were nominated for Best Duo at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their 2016 album Shadows was given a five-star review in The Guardian, and four of their other five albums, including their 2017 release WinterFolk Volume 1, have received four-star reviews in the British national press. In 2019 their song "Gentleman Jack", from the album The Fragile, featured as the closing theme for the BBC/HBO television series Gentleman Jack.


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    • 48 min
    Geek Girl author, Holly Smale on being diagnosed with autism at 39.

    Geek Girl author, Holly Smale on being diagnosed with autism at 39.

    Broadcaster John Offord chats to Geek Girl author, Holly Smale who was recently diagnosed with autism – at 39. Holly Smale, the writer of the bestselling Geek Girl series, has sold more than three million books but she’s never felt like she fits in. She gives talks on stage to thousands, but has never had a serious relationship and now she thinks she knows why. 


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    • 30 min

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