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Inspirational life-stories with journalist Helen Fospero.

As a journalist, l’ve reported on and presented a wide-range of TV programmes and continue to meet incredible people – a podcast series offered a fantastic new challenge with no shortage of ideas for guests. With such a simple brief to work with, I knew I could introduce a natural mix of inspirational people, business leaders, celebrities and find a home for those without necessarily a high profile but with interesting lives worthy of airtime.

  • #120 – Hazel Findlay

    Published January 23, 2023

    Hazel Findlay has been climbing for 27 of her 33 years and tells Helen how tackling the most difficult, vertical, steep rocks is what motivates her most and shares her joy of sleeping in a makeshift hammock hanging from a sheer rock face. On a recent expedition to Greenland, Hazel made two ‘first ascents’, climbing…

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    #119 – Andy Merry

    Published January 17, 2023

    More people have been to space than have been Yeoman Warders at The Tower of London – a role created by King Henry V11 after the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Former Royal Marine Commando Andy Merry talks about the Yeoman Warders’ role in modern day history, giving us a behind the scenes look…

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  • #118 – Kamran Bedi

    Published January 16, 2023

    Mindset Coach Kamran Bedi on how to create our own anxiety antidote In our first podcast of 2023, Mindset Coach Kamran Bedi talks about how to deal with the overwhelming feelings many people have as a new year dawns, and how to achieve a positive mindset and live more in the present. Kamran – author…

  • #117 – Margo Marrone

    Published December 22, 2022

    Margo Marrone – co-founder of The Organic Pharmacy – shares her successful business journey Entrepreneur and pioneer Margo Marrone reveals how she grew her business from a shop in London’s Kings Road 20 years ago – at a time when there was a lot of scepticism about ‘organic’ – into a global brand with a…

  • #116 – Sam Zeller

    Published November 24, 2022

    Sam Zeller shares the story behind lifting the first ever World Cup for Physical Disability Rugby League for England, beating New Zealand 42-10 in a tough game to become champions. Sam – a 23-year-old claims adjuster at Convex – says the England team’s focus is now on getting more exposure for the game to ensure…

  • #115 – Dr Manish Raval

    Published November 24, 2022

    Consultant anaesthetist Dr Manish Raval of Moorfield’s Eye Hospital reflects on 11 years volunteering for Orbis, travelling to places like Peru, Zambia and Mongolia to work on surgeries on board their state-of-the-art Flying Eye Hospital and in the community. Manish explains that 1.1 billion people have some sight loss yet 90% is avoidable. Orbis –…

  • #114 – Steven Roberts

    Published November 24, 2022

    It’s Friday night at St Columba’s Church in London’s Knightsbridge. Helen joins Haircuts4Homeless founder Stewart Roberts at work and chats to some of those who turn up for a free cut and warm meal. Stewart started offering homeless people haircuts eight years ago. He now has 600 volunteers who have given more than 40,000 cuts…

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    #113 – Professor Callum Roberts

    Published November 3, 2022

    How the Convex Seascape Survey could reveal the ocean as our greatest climate ally As COP27 approaches, Callum Roberts – Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of Exeter – talks about the Convex Seascape Survey, an ambitious five-year scientific research programme to fathom out how the ocean could be a vital asset in slowing…

  • #112 – Adam Kingl

    Published October 26, 2022

    Adam Kingl gives us an insight into how to attract, motivate & retain Gen Y Globally renowned business expert Adam Kingl talks to Helen about the three generations in today’s workforce – baby boomers, Gen X and Gen Y By 2025, it’s estimated Gen Y will make up 75% of the global workforce but a…

  • #111 – Tom Lalampaa

    Published October 18, 2022

    Tusk’s first ever Conservation Award winner on brokering peace with feuding tribes in Kenya. As Hampton Court Palace prepares to host the 10th Tusk Conservation Awards, Helen is in Northern Kenya with the awards’ partner/co-creators Ninety One to meet their first ever winner, Tom Lalampaa. Tom – CEO of the North Rangelands Trust – explains…

  • #110 – Helen Saxon

    Published October 18, 2022 Deputy Editor Helen Saxon with tips on how to cope with the cost of living crisis. As the UK’s cost of living crisis deepens, Helen meets the Deputy Editor of – Helen Saxon – for advice on what we can all do to survive the coming months.  With energy rates soaring, as well as food,…

  • #109 – Neal Callow and Jakob Falkner

    Published October 2, 2022

    Inside ’007 Elements’ as we celebrate 60 years of James Bond 60 years ago Sean Connery uttered those immortal words “Bond, James Bond” when Dr No premiered in October 1962.  As the franchise celebrates the milestone with a focus on the iconic music scores, Helen talks to Neal Callow – Art Director of the last…