Episodes: Masonry

42: Samantha Cristoforetti – Diary of an Apprentice Astronaut

‘Today I woke up on Earth. And I will fall asleep in space.’ This is the story of Samantha Cristoforetti’s incredible journey, from aspiring student to record-breaking astronaut: How she excelled through thousands of applicants to share a tiny cabin with her crew on the international space station for 200 days. Get a copy of...

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41: Merlin Sheldrake – How Fungi Make Our World, Change Our Mind and Shape Our Future

He may have a PHD in tropical ecology from Cambridge University, but Merlin Sheldrake’s talents as a musician, writer brewer of and eater of his own words, literally, bring the fungal universe to a wider audience of people who might never have recognised the life growing beneath their feet, floating through the air and living...

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40: Noreena Hertz – Coming Together in a World That’s Pulling Us Apart

In this episode Richard Kilgarriff shares OMI with Noreena Hertz, the influential economist, strategist and best-selling author whose vision for the future cuts through the  change and division tearing society apart today – it’s time, she says, for us to come together and fight the forces that divide us to rule… Get Your Copy of...

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39: David Eagleman – The Inside Story of Your Ever Changing Brain

Richard Kilgarriff shares OMI with world-famous neuroscientist David Eagleman, including an entirely new concept on why we dream. In his latest book LIVEWIRED – THE INSIDE STORY OF YOUR EVER CHANGING BRAIN, he takes us on a fantastic voyage under the cortex and into the neural networks that shape who we are from the day...

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38: Sam Harris – Making Sense of Consciousness, Morality and The Future of Humanity

With a BA in philosophy and a PHD in cognitive neuroscience Sam Harris is the wildly popular podcaster, meditation app creator, entrepreneur, journalist and NY Times bestselling author who helps millions of people make sense of the world and their place within it. In his latest book, MAKING SENSE ..CONVERSATIONS ON CONSCIOUSNESS, MORALITY AND THE...

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37: Alastair Campbell – Learning to Live Better and Survive Depression

Alastair Campbell – one of the most influential political strategists and communicators of his generation – has written love letter to the people and the places that have shaped who he is today…from his childhood growing up as the son of vet in Yorkshire, to the friends, family and colleagues who helped him to face...

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36: Kevin Dutton – The Dangers of Binary Thinking in a Complex World

At a time when complex issues of politics, race, gender and pandemic are bombarding our brains on a daily basis, perhaps we can be forgiven for thinking in terms of black and white. But we do so at our peril. Richard Kilgarriff shares OMI with the man who sees between the light and shade of...

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35: James Ball – Who Owns The Internet?

The multi-award winning investigative journalist James Ball shares OMI with Rachel Schofield on the way the Internet runs and rules our lives, seen from the perspective of its inventors, investors, custodians, and innovators. You’ll reconsider why and how you connect with the rest of the world once you’ve heard this Bookomi podcast. Get a copy...

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34: Katie Mack – Contemplating The End of The Universe

We know the universe had a beginning, but what happens at the end of the story? In this episode, Richard Kilgarriff shares OMI with Katie Mack – one of the most dynamic rising stars in astrophysics – considering five ways the universe could end, and the mind-blowing lessons each scenario reveals about the most important...

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33: Jeremiah Emmanuel – Dreaming in a Nightmare

Growing up in Brixton, South London, Jeremiah Emmanuel experienced homelessness, violence, racism and poverty. Despite this, he continued to dream of making a difference to his life and his community. In 2011 he was elected to the UK Youth Parliament and later became a young mayor within London. At fifteen, he founded the BBC Radio...

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32: Bryony Gordon – Surviving a Glorious Rock Bottom

In this episode, the columnist and Sunday Times best-selling author Bryony Gordon shares her OMI with Richard Kilgarriff on her rise, fall and ongoing recovery from addiction to alcohol  In Glorious Rock Bottom, Bryony’s story will be familiar to anyone who has ever looked forward to a drink at the end of the day, but...

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31: Elif Shafak – Staying Sane in an Age of Division

In this episode we meet the world-renowned writer, Booker prize nominee, political scientist, campaigner, speaker, literary judge, and multiculturalist Elif Shafak, who wants us to rebuild our “polarised and troubled world” with humanity and respect for stories beyond our own mental and physical borders… How do we stop fear and anxiety about the future turning...

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