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James O'Brien: Conscience, empathy, and learning how to be right (with Fi Glover)
After 50 fantastic episodes, James O’Brien’s time at the helm of Unfiltered is sadly coming to an end.
In this special episode with BBC Radio 4 presenter Fi Glover, James signs off from the interviewees chair with a touching conversation about his life. James shares his experiences from growing up adopted and getting expelled from school to breaking into journalism through gossip columns and showbiz, before ultimately finding his ideal platforms at LBC and JOE. He talks about the curse of being right when all is going wrong, his personal politics, views on free speech, the dangers of amplifying extremists, that infamous Nigel Farage interview, and offers his thoughts on private education, capitalism and economics, feminism, sexual abuse, #MeToo, the future awaiting Britain, and of course, Brexit.
Unfiltered will return with a new presenter after a very brief hiatus.
Gina Miller: Brexit, taking on the government, and ending the chaos
You probably know Gina Miller as the woman who took the government to court for attempting to implement Brexit without a vote in Parliament, but there’s much more to Gina Miller than the headlines.
In this fascinating interview with James O’Brien, Gina shares her story, moving from Guyana to the UK, becoming a successful businesswoman, her campaigns and crusades for transparency and fairness, culminating in the Brexit legal challenge and the fallout that followed.
Alan Rusbridger: phone hacking, WikiLeaks and digital revolutions
Former editor-in-chief of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger joins James O’Brien for a fascinating interview about the extraordinary stories and technological revolutions that defined his tenure, from the News of the World phone hacking scandal to the WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden revelations, through to the future of journalism in the information age.
Spike Lee (with David Lammy): American terrorism, the KKK, and becoming a master filmmaker
Legendary film director Spike Lee joins guest host David Lammy for a fascinating interview about his extraordinary career, his latest effort BlacKkKlansman, reflecting on the presidency of Barack Obama, and a little North London rivalry between Spike’s Arsenal and David’s beloved Tottenham Hotspur.
Normal service will resume next week when James O’Brien returns from holiday.
Idris Elba (with David Lammy): being the best and never fearing failure
David Lammy steps into the interviewer’s chair while James is on holiday for a very special interview with Idris Elba.
The pair chart Idris’ journey to stardom, from his childhood spent mostly alone, getting the buzz for acting, moving to America and getting his big break on The Wire, right up to his first film as a director, Yardie.
There’s no talk of James Bond in this conversation, but we think you’ll agree, there are much more interesting things to talk about with Idris Elba.
Yardie is out 31st August. Book your tickets at yardiefilm.co.uk
Kate Tempest: transcending life and exploring the human soul
Poet and two-time Mercury Prize-nominated rapper Kate Tempest joins James O’Brien for a deep and fascinating interview about art, poetry, transcendence, the human condition, and the dark and beautiful worlds that art and performance can take you to, and we think you’ll agree that this conversation goes to some extraordinary places too.
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Then you’ll be hooked and have to listen to the rest, some of the best are not the ones you might expect. Would love to see Paul Sinton-Hewitt on here.
The guests alone could have made this a 5-Star podcast. They’ve had some excellent people on with plenty of interesting things to say. Sadly it’s heavily let down by the host. James O’Brien is excellent at running rings around people who aren’t very clever on talk radio but put him in a room with intelligent people with a story to tell and he’s embarrassingly out of his depth. You will find yourself shouting “shut up and let them speak!” At least once an episode.
I enjoy the way casual and funny mode of the whole podcast. Interesting questions posed to quite interesting people. Hopefully we get more variety of people on here