March 4, 2021
Olivia Hartley is a sub-editor and podcast interviewer at The Critic magazine. After she interviewed me last week for her podcast she told me that her thinking had completely changed while working there. Obviously, that meant I had to interview her too, to offer hope to humanity - nothing less! - so we can answer the question, how do we stop thinking like the group and thinking independently? We chatted about some of her epiphanies and how she moved on from being a self-appointed 'Covid Marshall'.
Her freethinking recommendation is '100 Nasty Women of History' by Hannah Jewell
February 7, 2021
I had a great conversation with Dr Zoe Harcombe about her trailblazing dietary advice. If you follow the NHS's Eatwell Guide the first think you should know is that Zoe calls it the Eat Badly Diet! We talked about eating to lose weight, food for optimum nutrition and how to stay healthy in the time of Covid and lockdown.
Her website: https://www.zoeharcombe.com
A freethinking challenge from Zoe is a rebuttal to the Netflix documentary, 'The Game Changers': https://www.crossfit.com/essentials/game-changers-zoe
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September 21, 2020
Rev’d Kat Campion-Spall is a priest in the Church of England. She was ordained in 2010 and currently serves as Associate Vicar in a church in central Bristol. Kat was recently appointed Dean of Women’s Ministry in the Diocese of Bristol alongside her parish role. This follows many years of working within and outside church structures towards the Church of England being a place where women can flourish in their ministry and fulfil their God-given calling. We talked about being reconciling feminism with being in the church, a feminist reading of the Bible, the right pronouns for God, and worship during lockdown.
Her freethinking recommendation is 'Womanist Midrash: A reintroduction to the women of the Torah and the Throne' by Wilda C Gafney.
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August 18, 2020
Helen Cooke is an expert in disability and graduate recruitment and she’s a wheelchair user. She works with organisations to provide them with the expertise to be disability confident in their strategy and recruitment. We talked about her background, from overcoming challenges like going to a school with no lift and needing to be carried up the stairs, to completing a half marathon, and her successful business that helps young people with disabilities. Although she describes herself as completely normal, she’s a remarkably resilient achiever.
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August 3, 2020
Joanna Williams is the author of 'Women vs Feminism', 'Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity' and 'Consuming Higher Education, Why Learning Can't Be Bought'. She is a columnist for Spiked and writes regularly for The Times, The Spectator and American Conservative. She is the founder of the think tank Cieo and director of the Freedom, Democracy and Victimhood Project at Civitas.
We had a refreshingly honest conversation about why she wrote 'Women vs Feminism', why the gender pay gap is complex, victim culture and why feminists should have a problem with masks. She's clear-thinking and courageous, not contrarian, and I recommend you listen to challenge your views on feminism.
Her freethinking recommendation: The book ‘The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars’, (2018) by sociologists Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning - really helps explain some of the cultural shifts taking place in society right now.
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July 26, 2020
Wild food experimentalist, course faciliator, forager, the ever-curious Fergus Drennan, aka Fergus The Forager, has been gathering and learning about wild plants, seaweeds, and fungi for over 40 years. Badger pizzle, a mermaid’s purse and squirrel milk featured on the menu of this Freethinking podcast.
His freethinking recommendation:
Think outside the box and consider the sexy wonders of seaweed. It really is sexy stuff! A red seaweed (found in a rare fossil record) dated to 1,200 million years ago, is understood to be the first sexually-reproducing organism EVER; whether or not the experience was also orgasmic, nobody knows.