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St Martin's Challenge Podcast

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Hanna Liubakova and Dzianis Kuchynski on Belarus and the Lukashenko regime

Journalist Hanna Liubakova and Dzianis Kuchynski, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer in the Office of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, join me to talk about the current tensions in Belarus and hopes for the future.

His Excellency Ambassador Rami Mortada on the Beirut blast, Lebanon, and Hezbollah

Rami Mortada, Ambassador of Lebanon to the UK, joins me to talk about rebuilding after the Beirut blast, the current situation in Lebanon, and the role of Hezbollah.

Wendy Tobin on her amazing daughter Samira, who has Down Syndrome

Wendy joins us to talk about her daughter Samira, art, and advocating for people with disabilities. Shout outs to Cardinal Cushing Centres, Gigi’s Playhouse, and Doctors Without Borders.

Dean O’Brien on photography, journalism and the war in Eastern Ukraine

Dean joins us to talk about his work in the Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine, which has been hit by war for the last 7 years.

Jonathan Aitken on Pentonville, COVID, and prison chaplaincy.

Jonathan joins us to talk about his work as a chaplain in HMP Pentonville amid the COVID pandemic. Shout outs to Tempus Novo and Prison Fellowship of England and Wales.

Charlotte Kneer on domestic violence

Charlotte joins us to talk about domestic violence and her refuges for women and children. Shout outs to Victoria Derbyshire, Women’s Aid, Stripey Stork, Laura Richards, and Surviving Economic Abuse.

Vladimir Ashurkov on Navalny and Russia

Vladimir joins us to talk about Alexei Navalny, corruption in Russia, and his hopes for the future.

Jenny Carrieri on the murder of her twin sister Jody.

Jenny joins us to talk about her quest for justice for her twin sister Jody, murdered in Baltimore 25 years ago today. Shout outs to Crime Junkie Podcast, Kendall Rae, Kate Snow, Lester Holt, and The Humane Society.

Gurpreet Johal on the incarceration of his brother Jagtar.

Gurpreet joins us to talk about the incarceration in India of his brother Jagtar. Charity shout outs to Redress, Reprieve, and Khalsa Aid.

Sir Simon Baron-Cohen and Caro Tasker on neurodiversity

Simon and Caro join us to talk about neurodiversity and the challenges facing neurodiverse people. Charity shout outs to PDA Society, National Autistic Society, Red Balloon and Blue Smile.

Kelly Phelps on Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Kelly joins us to mark the 8 year anniversary of the death of Reeva Steenkamp by talking about the case, domestic violence, and gun laws in South Africa. Charity shout out to Masks for Medics.

Philip Selway of Radiohead on the Samaritans

Philip joins us to talk about his work with The Samaritans and the vital work they do.

Karine Omry and Jessica Hawkey on the death penalty in the US

Karine and Jessica join us to talk about their campaign to abolish the death penalty. Shout outs to Death Penalty Information Centre, and Walk In Those Shoes.

Richard Ratcliffe and Ana Diamond on Nazanin and Iran

Richard and Ana join us to talk about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Iran. Charity shout outs to Redress, Hostage International and Freedom from Torture.

Tatiana Seryan from Extinction Rebellion

Tatiana joins us to discuss the role and views of Extinction Rebellion. Part 1. Charity shout out to Rainforest Action Network.

Diane Foley on the James Foley Foundation

Diane joins me to talk about the James W Foley Legacy Foundation. Charity shout outs to Medchild, and the Syrian Emergency Task Force.

Chris Kirkland on football and mental health

Chris joins me to talk briefly about his career, Gerard Houllier, and mental health. Charity shout outs to Walking is Brilliant, Yapa App, Parkland Place, and the LFC Foundation.

Gyles Brandreth on the secrets of happiness

Gyles joins me to talk about happiness, podcasting with Susie Dent, and toast. Charity shout outs to The Longford Trust and Waterloo Uncovered.

Emma Johnson on music, mental health and running

Emma joins me to talk about young musicians, music during lockdown, and running with Shostakovich. Charity shout out to Ronald McDonald House Charities UK.

Tony Warne on the NHS, mental health and chickens

Tony joins me to talk about the NHS, early mornings, and chickens. Charity shout out to Hen Power Project.

Colin Stone on music and the brain

Colin joins me to talk about the brain, silence, and Tony Blair. Charity shout out to the National Brain Appeal.

Terry Waite on being a hostage and dealing with solitude

Terry joins me to talk about solitude, poetry and music. Charity shout outs to Hostage International and EmmausUK.

Ian Ridley on grief and cricket

Ian joins me to talk about his book ‘The Breath of Sadness: On Love, Grief and Cricket.’ Charity shout outs to Sporting Chance and the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Rosie Millard on Children in Need and the arts

Rosie joins me to talk about BBC Children in Need, the arts, and running crazy marathons. Charity shout outs to Children in Need, National Brain Appeal and Girlguiding/Brownies

Jesse Zook Mann on mental health

Jesse talks about his own journey with mental health and his Mental Health Media project. Charity shout outs to International Bipolar Foundation and the David Lynch Foundation.

Johnny Hunt on mental health

Johnny Hunt talks about his own mental health challenges and how he is helping others. Johnny gives charity shout outs to See Change Ireland, Walk and Talk Men’s Mental Health, and MIND.

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