A podcast is providing a platform for former prisoners, popstars, activists, authors and rappers to share their raw and honest truths.
Hosted by the same pair who launched The World From My Window project, which united people across the globe during lockdown through sharing their experiences, the podcast of the same name has featured interviews with people from all walks of life.
The series’ first few episodes have dived straight into hard-hitting issues, including bullying, LGBTQ experiences, toxic masculinity and one woman’s painful journey exploring her family’s Nazi past.
Honest and unscripted, the hosts, International Creative Director, Dan Shipton and Theatre Maker, Dan Boyden, lead their guests through a discussion inspired by the process a writer takes when planning their work and the show aims to uncover their unique perspectives on the world.
In the inaugural episode, Julie Lindahl, author of ‘The Pendulum’, discussed her painful journey through her family’s Nazi past: “I met people who had been beaten over the head by my grandfather. They still had scars. I didn’t expect to find people still alive that remembered him so well. Some people wouldn’t shake my hand, some people asked me to come and sit at their table.”
Rizzle Kicks star, Jordan Stephens, has spoken about his love for poetry and the power of modern masculinity: “I feel overwhelmed with joy whenever a man in my life is reliable, loving, and loyal.”
Multi-disciplinary artist, Adébayo Bolaji, discussed the transformative power of creativity: “I picked up a paintbrush and it was like my hand was extending and growing.”
Queer illustrator Dom&Ink, shared his journey to discover his identity and the challenges he’s faced throughout his career, “(on previous roles), I remember one editor was like, LGBT isn’t trendy right now.”
Other guests that the podcast has lined up include Little Mix star, Jade Thirwall, International photographer and director, Thomas Knights and Writer and influencer, Megan Jane Crabbe.
On the podcast launch, the hosts said, “We started this project to give a platform to the transformational power that sharing stories can have in shaping our world.
“We’re living in a time where tolerance for others feels at an all time low. We truly believe that social change, acceptance and growth comes from sharing, and more importantly, listening to others.”
Dan Shipton and Dan Boyden created the podcast to continue the journey that started when they reunited on the global story-telling project, The World From My Window, during lockdown, 2020.
Since it started, the project has received written submissions from thousands of global citizens from over 80 different countries.
“The podcast aims to speak to people from all walks of life, with deeply moving and unique stories to tell. We hope in some small way, it gives listeners a window in itself to perspectives and experiences that are removed from their own,” the pair added.
The World From My Window Podcast is available on all platforms. You can learn more on The World From My Window website.
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