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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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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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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