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Each week Emma Barnett meets the person at the heart of a news story to find out what really happened and how their life changed overnight.

Each week Emma Barnett meets the person at the heart of a news story to find out what really happened and how their life changed overnight.
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United Kingdom

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BBC

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Each week Emma Barnett meets the person at the heart of a news story to find out what really happened and how their life changed overnight.

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English


Episodes

Tiger Mom

8/16/2018
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Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, on being a tough parent. Her memoir outlines her strict "Chinese" style of parenting which saw her daughters Sofia and Lulu follow a strict routine of studying and violin practice with no time allowed for TV or sleepovers.

Duration:00:24:00

Dancing Man

8/9/2018
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Sean O'Brien, also known as 'Dancing Man' was fatshamed when pictures of him dancing were posted online by strangers. However his story took an unusual turn when musicians and stars turned out to support him including Moby, Pharrell Williams and Ellie Goulding.

Duration:00:17:17

Surviving jumping off a bridge

8/2/2018
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Michael Josephson on surviving his suicide attempt, where he broke nearly every bone in his body by jumping off a 60-foot high bridge. 20 years later, he has an MBE and a multi-million pound business.

Duration:00:18:34

Anne Scargill

7/26/2018
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Anne Scargill is the ex-wife of former NUM leader Arthur Scargill, and co-founded the Women Against Pit Closures. She says the miners’ strike of 1984-5 was her political awakening, and opens up about the sexism, politics and activism of that time.

Duration:00:23:35

Chloe Ayling

7/12/2018
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Model Chloe Ayling was kidnapped in Milan and held captive for six days. But doubt was cast on her story when she returned to the UK. The doubters were proved wrong when her kidnapper was jailed. Now Chloe tells Anna Foster about the distress those doubts caused as she tried to recover from her ordeal

Duration:00:24:01

Aron Ralston

6/28/2018
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It’s fifteen years since Aron Ralston set off for a few days of fun and relaxation in Utah’s Bluejohn Canyon. He became trapped by a boulder and the resulting ordeal lasted 127 hours. Aron’s remarkable survival story was turned into a film by Danny Boyle. He told Anna Foster how it happened, how he managed to survive, and how he has a 'new boulder in his life' he's trying to overcome.

Duration:00:42:24

A victim of trolling at age 13

6/7/2018
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Rebecca Black was just 13 years old in 2011, when she recorded a song and music video. ‘Friday’ became one of the biggest viral videos in YouTube history – all for being labelled possibly the worst song ever. Rebecca tells Anna Foster about the shocking abuse she faced, and how she’s rebuilt her life.

Duration:00:32:19

The Stranger on the Bridge

5/24/2018
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Neil Laybourn was heading to work, when he saw a man climbing over the railings, intending to end his life. That man was Jonny Benjamin, and Neil managed to pull him back from the brink. Anna Foster talks to both men about that moment, and their battle to end the stigma of mental illness.

Duration:00:25:30

Lee Rigby's mother

5/17/2018
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Lyn Rigby is the mother of fusilier Lee Rigby, murdered outside a barracks in Woolwich in London by two Islamic extremists. The terror attack, in May 2013, shocked the nation. Lyn tells Anna Foster what her son was really like - and reflects on the support that helped her cope with the impact of his death.

Duration:00:25:36

James Bulger's mother

5/3/2018
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The murder of James Bulger in 1993 by two 10-year-old boys shocked the nation. His mother, Denise Fergus, alongside her husband Stuart, tells Anna Foster what it was really like and how James's death changed her -- and why she doesn't want the new identity of his killers revealed.

Duration:00:24:57

Touching The Void climber

5/3/2018
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The mountain climber Simon Yates tells Anna Foster what really happened when he and fellow climber Joe Simpson attempted to climb a Peruvian mountain. Simon had to cut the rope to save his own life after Joe fell into a glacier crevasse. The story inspired the film Touching The Void.

Duration:00:17:27

Fab from Milli Vanilli

4/30/2018
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Fab Morvan was one half of iconic pop duo Milli Vanilli, alongside Rob Pilatus, who had Number Ones around the world in the late 1980s. But it all came crashing down when producer Frank Farian revealed that Fab and Rob mimed the songs. In a rare full-length interview, Fab tells Anna Foster how it all came about, how he reacted at the height of the scandal – and how he’s rebuilt his career.

Duration:00:40:34

Rhys Jones’s parents

4/19/2018
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Mel and Steve Jones talk to Anna Foster about the murder of their 11-year-old son, Rhys, which shocked the UK when he was shot dead after being caught in the crosshairs of a gang fight in Loverpool in 2007. They talk about how they fear that another child could die in the recent upsurge of gang warfare in Britain’s cities – and how they’ve coped with Rhys’s death and the rituals they have when they visit his grave.

Duration:00:26:24

Fashion designer murder

4/19/2018
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Jason Braham, formerly the director of art at Harrow School, tells Anna Foster about the brutal murder of his fashion designer daughter Lucy Braham in 2006. Lucy was stabbed to death by a former student at Harrow, William Jaggs.

Duration:00:24:34

JONATHAN AITKEN

3/29/2018
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Disgraced MP Jonathan Aitken speaks to Sam Walker about being found guilty of perjury and his spectacular fall from grace led to an unexpected turnaround in prison. This is originally from The Emma Barnett Show on 29 March 2018

Duration:00:18:03

Islamic State survivor

3/1/2018
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Scottish grandmother ‘Nour Abdullah’ (not her real name) tells Anna Foster about why she left Scotland to live in Iraq, and what it was like surviving three years under so-called Islamic State, where she encountered beheadings, torture and car bomb factories.

Duration:00:18:12

Simon Thomas

2/27/2018
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TV presenter Simon Thomas talks to Anna Foster about the sudden death of his wife, Gemma, who died In November 2017 just three days after being told she had acute myeloid leukaemia – and the impact of the death on his eight-year-old son, Ethan.

Duration:00:53:39

Ben Dunne

2/22/2018
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Ben Dunne, father of Viola Beach band member River Reeves, talks about the death of his son, who was killed in a car crash along with his fellow band members and their manager, in Sweden in February 2016. He also talks about the River Reeves Foundation, which he set up to offer financial support for those trying to make it in the performing arts.

Duration:00:23:36

Emma Slade

2/15/2018
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From Hong Kong banker to Buddhist Monk: Emma Slade tells Emma Barnett how a chance encounter with an armed man in her five-star hotel turned her life around and made her re-evaluate all her priorities.

Duration:00:20:13

John Nichol

2/8/2018
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The British airman, who was taken hostage by Saddam’s troops in Iraq in 1991, tells Anna Foster how he came to fight in the First Gulf War, what it was like to be paraded on national television, and how he feels now about his ordeal.

Duration:00:21:35