How I Found My Voice

How I Found My Voice

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How I Found My Voice is the podcast that explores how some of the world’s greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators. This Intelligence Squared podcast goes behind the celebrity persona to understand their jour


Deborah Frances-White
Jan 12 • 40 min
In the last episode of this season Samira Ahmed speaks to Deborah Frances-White, stand-up comedian and host of The Guilty Feminist podcast. Deborah speaks to Samira about her journey from being an adopted child to joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses as a…
Fatima Bhutto
Jan 6 • 47 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the author Fatima Bhutto about the power of writing fiction, growing up in one of Pakistan’s most famous political dynasties and why she blames her aunt, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, for the death of her father. If you…
Paul J. Franklin
Dec 30, 2019 • 55 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the Oscar-winning visual effects director Paul J. Franklin whose works span from Interstellar and Inception to the Harry Potter and Batman movie franchises. They speak about what led him from his childhood in rural Cheshire to…
Bernardine Evaristo
Dec 23, 2019 • 49 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to this year’s Booker Prize winner, author Bernardine Evaristo. She speaks to Samira about how she found her voice, from growing up in South-East London and setting up the UK’s first black women’s theatre group to the moment she won…
Richard Osman
Dec 16, 2019 • 44 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to comedian and Pointless quiz show presenter Richard Osman. They speak about his love of lists, developing hit TV shows and the power of terrestrial TV in an age of Netflix. How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that…
Jon Snow
Dec 8, 2019 • 43 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the Channel 4 News presenter and journalist Jon Snow about growing up in the 1950s, leading student protests against apartheid South Africa and being approached by MI5 to be a spy. How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared…
Gina Miller
Dec 1, 2019 • 51 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the Gina Miller, the businesswoman and campaigner most famous for bringing two legal cases regarding Brexist against the government and winning. How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the…
Richard Branson
Nov 24, 2019 • 42 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to business mogul Sir Richard Branson about becoming a serial entrepreneur developing the Virgin brand, signing some of the biggest names in music and the next frontiers of space travel. How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared…
Chris Wylie
Nov 17, 2019 • 44 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Chris Wylie. He speaks to Samira about data micro-targeting, leaking documents that led to the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal and the part he played in developing technologies that…
Naomi Klein
Nov 10, 2019 • 43 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the journalist, social activist and New York Times best-selling author Naomi Klein. She speaks to Samira about growing up in a politically active family, being at the forefront of protest movements, the case for a Green New Deal and…
Jess Phillips
Nov 3, 2019 • 53 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the Labour Party politician and MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips. She speaks to Samira about holding truth to power, her gift for swearing and women pushing back. How I Found My Voice is an Intelligence Squared podcast that…
Michael Palin
Oct 27, 2019 • 58 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the actor, writer and comedian Michael Palin. Part of the legendary Monty Python comedy group, Palin has helped shape British comedy on our TV screens. From growing up with a father who stuttered to finding his comedy partners and…
Season 2 TRAILER: launching 28 October
Oct 22, 2019 • 3 min
Season 2 of How I Found My Voice is nearly here! Launching on 28th October, Samira Ahmed is joined by a range of new guests including actor Michael Palin, businessman Richard Branson, climate activist Naomi Klein, journalist Jon Snow, Pakistani novelist…
Lyse Doucet
Jun 3, 2019 • 45 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet. Renowned as a foreign correspondent in some of the toughest war zones in the past thirty years, Doucet speaks about the moments that shaped her voice from growing up in a…
Bonus: Lang Leav
May 31, 2019 • 15 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to poet Lang Leav in this short bonus episode of the podcast. From posting her poetry on Tumblr to becoming an Instagram sensation, Leav speaks about how modern poetry uses social media platforms and reflects on the inspirations that…
Samuel West
May 26, 2019 • 39 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the actor Samuel West. West speaks about the moments that shaped and inspired his voice from growing up in a household of actors with famous parents and wanting to be accepted into the ‘family business’ to his lifelong socialism.…
Sayeeda Warsi
May 19, 2019 • 48 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the Conservative politician Baroness Sayeeda Warsi. Warsi speaks about the moments that shaped and inspired her voice from growing up in a working-class family in Yorkshire to becoming the first Muslim politician to serve in a…
Tracey Emin
May 12, 2019 • 41 min
Guest host Razia Iqbal speaks to contemporary artist Tracey Emin. Emin talks about the moments that shaped and inspired her voice, including her family’s sudden poverty, her sexual encounters with older men as a teenage girl, and her emergence as one of…
David Baddiel
May 5, 2019 • 43 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to award-winning comedian, author, screenwriter and director David Baddiel. They discuss the moments that shaped and inspired David’s voice – from his time in the Cambridge Footlights to being part of the first comedy act to sell-out…
Elif Shafak
Apr 28, 2019 • 41 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to bestselling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak. From keeping a childhood diary and learning different languages to being taken to court on charges of ‘insulting Turkishness’ through the words of her fictional characters, Shafak talks…
Benjamin Zephaniah
Apr 21, 2019 • 44 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to poet and activist Benjamin Zephaniah. From racist attacks and police brutality to receiving a letter from Bob Marley telling him that Britain needs him, Zephaniah talks about the moments that shaped and inspired his voice. How I…
Adam Buxton
Apr 14, 2019 • 36 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to one of Britain’s most popular podcasters - Adam Buxton. From experimenting with early video recorders to his David Bowie impressions and comedic use of Star Wars figurines on national television, Buxton talks about the moments that…
Mark Millar
Apr 7, 2019 • 45 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the best-selling comic-writer Mark Miller, most famous for creating and inspiring the Hollywood blockbusters Kingsman, Kick-Ass and Civil War. From growing up in a small Scottish town to discovering Superman as a child and pursuing…
Philip Pullman
Mar 31, 2019 • 40 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to the best-selling author Sir Philip Pullman, most famous for the acclaimed His Dark Materials fantasy trilogy. From reading Rudyard Kipling as a child to discovering the power of poetry and how to be a storyteller as a teacher, they…
Katherine Ryan
Mar 24, 2019 • 38 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to comedian Katherine Ryan. From working at Hooters and her first stand-up gigs to watching TV with her mum, they discuss the moments that inspired Katherine to find her voice and, in her own words, be a disruptive woman. How I Found…
Rose McGowan
Mar 17, 2019 • 36 min
Samira Ahmed speaks to Hollywood actor and activist Rose McGowan who was one of the first to speak out against Harvey Weinstein. From growing up in a religious cult in Italy to becoming a TV and film star and speaking out against one of the most powerful…
TRAILER: How I Found My Voice - launching 18th March 2019
Feb 27, 2019 • 2 min
‘How I Found My Voice’ is Intelligence Squared’s podcast exploring the journeys behind some of our biggest cultural icons. What shaped their artistic, personal and political voices? Hosted by Samira Ahmed, other guests include Rose McGowan, Adam Buxton,…