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Award-winning BBC journalist Andrew Gold interviews deep and quirky outsiders, such as a Westboro Baptist Church defector and a female Mormon psychopath. Joining the mix are such celebrated thought leaders as feminist Helen Lewis, Lord Daniel Finkelstein and free speech advocate Andrew Doyle. The aim is to surprise you with a totally different story every time in this 2x Apple Noteworthy show. One week, we're in a Michigan prison with a man who accidentally killed his girlfriend in a botched ...
 
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Why do we like to suffer? Canadian-American Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science Paul Bloom believes he has the answer. Or at least, some of the answers to what is a profound and complex question. In his book The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning, he explores exactly that – that Goldilocks point just between…
 
Nafees Hamid talks about what makes people into terrorists and other forms of extremists…and how we might be able to persuade them or talk them down. He is a research fellow at ARTIS International, an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, and a Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Trust scholar in the University Col…
 
Kelly Thiel was once a member of the notorious NXIVM cult. For those of you who – like me – don’t or didn’t know much about this sect, you’re in for a bit of a shock – not least in how that bunch of capital letters are supposed to be pronounced. But I’ll let Kelly explain that part. The cult was on the surface a multi-level marketing group that had…
 
Today’s guest is Hassan al-Kontar, an absolute gem of a person who found himself in one of the most unique and unusual positions imaginable: living in an airport for seven months. As a Syrian refugee, Hassan had been working in the United Arab Emirates, when civil war broke out in Syria. Refusing to return there to join the Syrian military (knowing…
 
Today, we’ve got a classic On the Edge interviewee, in the form of Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who was detained in Guantanamo Bay for 14 years and is considered by some to be Guantanamo’s most tortured prisoner. Raised in the African country of Mauritania, before moving to Germany, Mohamedou was suspected of having links to terrorism after 9/11. Sign up…
 
In our final installment of the three Halloween Specials, Dr. Sohom Das takes us into the mind of the Broadmoor Cannibal, Peter Bryan. Dr. Sohom Das links: A Psych for Sore Minds YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU2T2mo13y0&ab_channel=APsychForSoreMinds http://www.drdas.co.uk https://twitter.com/Dr_S_Das Andrew Gold links: http://yo…
 
In the second episode of our Halloween trilogy, Dr. Sohom Das explains what really went on in the minds of Swedish twin sisters Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, who terrified motorists, before one of them killed a man. Dr. Sohom Das links: A Psych for Sore Minds YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU2T2mo13y0&ab_channel=APsychForSoreMinds h…
 
Journalist Andrew Gold and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Sohom Das from A Psych for Sore Minds take a look inside the minds of perpetrators in three scary and fascinating true crime cases. We start with Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people - the most ever fatalities by a single gunman. Dr. Sohom Das links: A Psych for Sore Minds YouTube Channel: https:…
 
He’s back! It’s part 2 with podcaster and evolutionary sex expert Dr. Chris Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn and Civilized to Death. He writes all about the way societal expectations have been encroaching on our natural ways of doing things, particularly sex, but much much more. Today, we’ll be looking at the human penis, and comparing it to those of ot…
 
Just days out from the major UN climate change conference COP26, listen to our COP26 Adviser Ben Abraham chat with Helen Plume, a Principal Analyst at the Ministry for the Environment. She's represented New Zealand in almost every climate negotiation over the last thirty years, and has travelled across the globe - from Montreal to Marrakesh - worki…
 
Today I have one of the biggest names to ever grace the stage of this podcast, in the form of Chris Ryan. Chris is known for many things, but is perhaps most notable for his book Sex at Dawn, which he co-wrote with his partner Cacilda Jethá. It challenges the conventional views on sex by diving deep into our ancestors’ history. It provides a fascin…
 
I met acclaimed philosopher Julian Baggini in Bristol for a coffee upon first arriving in the city, and it was a pleasure. Julian is a member of the Bristol Humanist Society, where I’ll be doing a talk about journalist from a humanist perspective on the first of November…so it was great to chat about all things philosophical, and I thought wow, he’…
 
Linda Calvey is known as the Black Widow, because all of her lovers ended up dead or in prison. Wikipedia has her down as an armed robber and murderer, and while she contests the latter, she did spend 18 years in Holloway Prison alongside such notorious serial killers as Myra Hindley and Rose West – names that strike fear into the hearts of most Br…
 
I’ve been determined to find someone who could explain TIME in a really digestible and easy to understand way, as though I’m a child. That man is Colin Stuart, whose book Time: Ten Things You Should Know is out now in all the usual places. I devoured it in just a few days, which would seem like the blink of an eye to someone standing near a black h…
 
Our latest 'Tea with the High Commission' guest is Anna Fifield, former Bureau Chief at the Washington Post and current editor of the Dominion Post and Stuff's Wellington Newsroom. She sat down with Laura Clarke to chat about media freedom, her experiences reporting in places like China and North Korea, trust in the media, and life back home in Aot…
 
Today on the show is the real gene Jeanie, as David Bowie would put it, Dr. Kathryn Paige Harden. Not only does she go by Paige, but her book The Genetic Lottery is a real page turner. See what I did there? The book, which is out now, is causing controversy for its focus – or Paige’s focus – on the effects DNA has on equality. Sign up for the bonus…
 
Today on the show is the wonderful Dr. Sohom Das, a brilliant forensic psychiatrist whose job involves dealing with mentally ill and dangerous criminals. As well as a leading figure in British psychiatry, Dr. Das is becoming something of an online star, his YouTube channel A Psych for Sore Minds fast attracting subscribers, so do check that out. He…
 
Chris Williamson from Modern Wisdom podcast joins me today on On the Edge with Andrew Gold to discuss everything from his time on Love Island to interviewing Jordan Peterson. Hear our full bonus segment on http://patreon.com/andrewgold And get 15% off a MasterClass membership by going to http://masterclass.com/edge. Chris Williamson links: Modern W…
 
Greeting us on today’s episode of On the Edge with Andrew Gold is former crime boss and ecstasy smuggler Shaun Attwood. Hear the full bonus segment on http://patreon.com/andrewgold Born to a middle-class household in the northwest of England, Shaun became a stock market genius as a teenager, starting at just 14 years old, before he became hooked by…
 
Will Storr has been gaining a reputation as one of the foremost non-fiction writers in the UK over the past few years, starting with his exploration of people with extreme beliefs in his book Heretics. His phenomenal follow-up Selfie about how the West became so self-obsessed and individualistic put him in the big leagues of journalistic writers. H…
 
Writer Ian Leslie discusses how to argue better from his book Conflicted. We discuss the Wright Brothers, relationship scientists and much more. --- Thanks to my sponsor ExpressVPN. For an extra 3 months free with a subscription, and to be able to watch shows in different countries, go to expressvpn.com/edge. Get the ads-free early-access episodes,…
 
Today, we've got Kerry Daynes, a famous forensic psychologist who has worked in prisons and police stations with some of the most dangerous or sometimes misunderstood criminals and patients. One such patient stabbed her with a kebab skewer. Let's take a trip inside dangerous minds. -- Thanks to my sponsors, digital publishing platform Issuu, and Ex…
 
Former scientologist Chris Shelton talks about his time in the cult of scientology and exposes the truth about Tom Cruise and David Miscavige. Thanks to my sponsor, MasterClass. Go to http://masterclass.com/edge to get 15% off a membership - check it out, it's a really cool platform for self-improvement! Get the bonus interview by signing up to htt…
 
My dear listeners, I'm posting one of my weekly bonus episodes - which are typically behind a pay wall. It's just that this one with John McWhorter was too darn good not to share with the wider public as a full release. Now that I've gotten my membership channels all up to date and functioning, I wanted to include it to show you the kind of thing y…
 
Surprise! Welcome to the third of No-Till Flowers spontaneous seasonal series... To build on our last No-Till Flowers Summer short about improving meh compost with Ellen Polishuk, Jennie and Optimus... I mean, Jesse Frost (a hilarious, but unfortunate recording error), author of The Living Soil Handbook and host of The No-Till Market Garden Podcast…
 
Today, we’re taking a walk down the corridors of the world’s strictest school. Of course, I’m talking metaphorically, because if we were walking down the corridors of Michaela, a school in Brent, north London, we’d have to be dead silent. That’s how headmistress and founder, Katharine Birbalsingh likes it, and given the exceptional results of the c…
 
Ex-scientologist Jon Atack exposes the cult of scientology, talking about everything from Tom Cruise and Mao Zedong to free will and the difference between religion and cult. Jon Atack Links: YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI4tcSMV2kEh3BooY_XFSYQ/featured Poetry Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9HjRxCl6L-FkUp9qBybNGg Op…
 
British High Commissioner Laura Clarke is joined over Zoom by the Right Honourable Greg Hands, Minister of State for Trade Policy at the UK's Department for International Trade. Hear him chat about progress on the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement, New Zealand's expertise in free trade, and the UK's trading journey outside the EU. See omnystudio.com/liste…
 
Thomas Leeds was hit by a car when he was 20, flipping over its roof, crushing the vehicle and landing on his head. Remarkably, he had few physical signs of trauma, so was released from hospital, before being taken back in later to remove a blood clot on his brain. On his return home, he found he didn’t recognise home, or the people around him who …
 
Surprise! Welcome to the second of No-Till Flowers spontaneous seasonal series... It may be a Summer short, but Jennie Love of Love N Fresh Flowers and Ellen Polishuk of Plant to Profit have a powerful conversation about what to do with less-than-awesome compost, modifying our approaches to soil health over time, and an important piece of advice fo…
 
Dr. James Fallon is renowned for his work in psychopathy. But a chance occurrence led him to realise something dark about his own family history...and the brain scans concurred... Listen to the bonus segment: http://patreon.com/andrewgold https://www.youtube.com/c/AndrewGold1/membership Subscribe on Apple Podcasts Dr. James Fallon Links: The Psycho…
 
today on the show is Angela Maxwell, who walked 20,000 miles or 32,000 kilometres around the entire globe. It took her the best part of six years to do so, and she learned about as much about life as is humanly possible. She’s just back now – having overcome all sorts of adversity on the trip - she suffered from sunburn blisters and heatstroke in t…
 
Secretary of Defence Andrew Bridgman sat down via Zoom with British High Commissioner Laura Clarke to mark the UK's Armed Forces Day. Hear them chat all things in the UK-NZ Defence relationship, security, Armed Forces Day and more! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Oleh British High Commission Wellington
 
Leading linguistics professor at Columbia University John McWhorter talks about his brilliant book Nine Nasty Words, and the origin of swearing. Why are some words profane, and others not? How has it changed over time, and what will the unmentionable words of the future be? John McWhorter Links: Nine Nasty Words: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nine-Nasty…
 
Today’s guest, James Bloodworth, is an intrepid journalist who went undercover to work in an Amazon warehouse and expose the torrid conditions within. His acclaimed book Hired details his journey back into the working classes from which he came for six months, also working as an Uber driver and a care worker in impoverished parts of the UK for the …
 
Top barrister Chris Daw QC talks about how more and more people are being incarcerated with tougher sentences. Being tough on crime is a vote winner – it appeals to our primal urges as well as our sense of schadenfreude – there but for the grace of god go I - punish them! But there’s sufficient evidence that such tough sentences and appalling priso…
 
Gary Cliffe is one of the 800 survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands of former football coach and paedophilic serial offender Barry Bennell. Bennell terrorised children in the late 80s and 90s, while working with the children coming through the youth academies of Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra and later, Stoke City. Despite suspicions and c…
 
Jessica Hobbs is an award-winning director originally from Christchurch, New Zealand and is best known for her work in Netflix's The Crown, Broadchurch, The Split, Apple Tree Yard & River. She sat down via Zoom with British Deputy High Commissioner Sam Pass to chat all bringing British history to life in The Crown, Kiwi film & what she misses most …
 
Olivia Jackson is one of the most talented and impressive people I’ve had on the show. She is a South African Muay Thai champion, kickboxer and stunt performer who has worked on huge films like Guardians of the Galaxy. But something happened to Olivia back in 2015 that would change everything for her life going forward. Find Olivia on Instagram: ht…
 
Today, I talk to Professor Sue Black about how she helped to save Bletchley Park, the home of the codebreakers during the Second World War. She tells some fabulous stories about the people who worked there, and also talks about meeting the Queen and Stephen Fry, and her own tough upbringing, before becoming a celebrated professor at the University …
 
Meet Coche Inciarte, the most marvellous and loveliest man, who tells me about what it was like to survive a plane crash and live for 72 days in the most awful conditions imaginable. Eventually, he and his friends had to resort to desperate measures. It's a captivating story of human survival. Thanks to sound recordist and editor Gonzalo Kaplanski …
 
To mark six months to go until COP26, we're joined by the esteemed British environmentalist and writer, Sir Jonathon Porritt. Jonathon is co-founder of the sustainable development charity Forum for the Future - but he has a long history of campaigning on environmental issues, as former Director of Friends of the Earth and Trustee of WWF-UK, as well…
 
British journalist Jenny Kleeman - a mix of Louis Theroux and Margaret Atwood - talks to the On the Edge with Andrew Gold podcast about the near-future of sex, food, birth and death, with some startling, worrying and fascinating science. Get the bonus content on my YouTube and Patreon pages (links below). --- Jenny Kleeman Links: https://twitter.co…
 
Joining us on this episode of Tea with the High Commission is British actress Juliet Stevenson. She's best known for her roles in films such as 'Truly, Madly, Deeply' and 'Bend it Like Beckham', and is now bringing her innovative theatre production 'Blindness' to New Zealand for the Auckland Writers Festival. Hear her chat to Laura Clarke over Zoom…
 
This episode with Philip Nitschke (Dr. Death) is really controversial, because it's with the first doctor to perform an assisted suicide in Australia. He has some interesting things to say, but listener discretion is advised. Get the bonus content on my YouTube and Patreon pages (links below). Thanks to the episode's sponsor, the language-learning …
 
I asked self-confessed psychopath M.E. Thomas (Confessions of a Sociopath) to celebrate my 50th episode with me. Things get heated! Thanks to the episode's sponsor, the language-learning app Babbel. Sign up using my promo code of EDGE on http://babbel.co.uk/play. ME Thomas Links: Psychopathy Is YouTube videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbzIdx…
 
Join us for an Earth Day 2021 special! 🌏Dr Victoria Hatton, our climate change and COP26 Regional Advisor, sits down with Sophie Handford to discuss her role in facilitating the NZ School Strike 4 Climate movement which saw 170,000 young people all over New Zealand coming together to speak up about the impacts of climate change. She continues to us…
 
Surprise! Welcome to the first of No-Till Flowers spontaneous seasonal series... Jennie Love of Love N Fresh Flowers talks with Dave Dowling of Ball Colorlink about everything TULIPS! Because, you know, that's probably what you're doing right now. They cover a lot of ground, from considerations when ordering bulbs, to no-till planting, harvesting, …
 
Madeleine Black told her story in her book Unbroken, which is now also a podcast. At just 13, she was led drunk to a bedroom in a vacant flat in London by two American 17-year-olds, who raped her. Thanks to the episode's sponsor, the language-learning app Babbel. Sign up using my promo code of EDGE on http://babbel.co.uk/play. Madeleine Links: Unbr…
 
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