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The F Word Podcast

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How do we cope with the worst things that have ever happened to us, and the most terrible things we have ever done? Reporting back from the edges of human experience, The F Word Podcast grapples with the thorny topic of forgiveness by talking to people who have transformed hate into hope.

How do we cope with the worst things that have ever happened to us, and the most terrible things we have ever done? Reporting back from the edges of human experience, The F Word Podcast grapples with the thorny topic of forgiveness by talking to people who have transformed hate into hope.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

How do we cope with the worst things that have ever happened to us, and the most terrible things we have ever done? Reporting back from the edges of human experience, The F Word Podcast grapples with the thorny topic of forgiveness by talking to people who have transformed hate into hope.

Language:

English


Episodes

Figen Murray on how forgiving her son’s killer has preserved her humanity

10/12/2021
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Figen Murray about what forgiveness means in the context of losing a child in a terrorist attack. In May 2017 her son, Martyn Hett, was killed at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester when a radical Islamist detonated a homemade bomb. Since then Figen has become an active campaigner and activist in counter-terrorism.

Duration:00:27:07

Michael Lapsley on racism, apartheid and when forgiveness requires repentance

9/28/2021
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Father Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest, social justice activist and founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town. In 1990 at the height of the apartheid repression, Fr Michael received a letter bomb in the post in which he lost both his hands and one eye. He has been on a healing journey ever since.

Duration:00:29:45

Azim Khamisa on grieving, his spiritual practice and the importance of asking for forgiveness

1/19/2021
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Azim Khamisa who founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation after his only son, Tariq, was shot and killed while delivering pizzas in San Diego in 1995. Tariq’s killer, Tony Hicks, was 14-years-old at the time and has only recently been released from prison. Azim has spent the past 25 years talking about forgiveness and tirelessly working to prevent youth violence in America.

Duration:00:30:52

Letlapa Mphahlele on prejudice, apartheid and the burden of being forgiven

1/5/2021
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Letlapa Mphahlele about his role in the struggle against apartheid and how he came to meet the mother of one of his victims. Ginn Fourie's daughter was killed in 1993 at a massacre in a Cape Town bar. Nine years later she met Letlapa, the former Director of Operations for the Azanian People's Liberation Army, who had ordered the attack.

Duration:00:28:46

Kia Scherr on traumatic loss and grief as a spiritual practice

12/22/2020
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Kia Scherr whose husband and 13-year-old daughter were both victims of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Kia is the co-founder of One Life Alliance, a charity she set up as a response to the attacks.

Duration:00:29:08

Paul Kohler on how a brutal attack in his own home changed the course of his life

12/8/2020
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Paul Kohler whose story hit the headlines in 2014 when four men broke into his London home leaving him with severe facial injuries. His wife and daughter were also in the house at the time of the attack and later all three met one of the offenders through restorative justice to try and have their questions answered.

Duration:00:23:11

Lis Cashin on guilt, shame and self-forgiveness

11/24/2020
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Lis Cashin who as a child caused a fatal accident which cast an irreversible shadow over her life. Marina talks to her about trauma, self-forgiveness and finding meaning in pain.

Duration:00:27:52

Zak Ebrahim on the meaning of forgiveness in relation to extremist ideologies

11/10/2020
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Zak Ebrahim. When Zak was seven, his father shot and killed the founder of the Jewish Defence League, Rabbi Meir Kahane and later was convicted for his role in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Zak’s story is one of transforming his past and learning to reject bigotry and hate.

Duration:00:24:50

Jacob Dunne on meeting the mother of the man he killed

10/27/2020
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Jacob Dunne who aged 18 was convicted of manslaughter for killing a man with a single punch. This episode tells the story of Jacob’s gradual rehabilitation and the vital role played by the parents of the man he killed – James Hodgkinson.

Duration:00:29:02

Joan Scourfield on facing the man who killed her son

10/13/2020
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Joan Scourfield, the mother of James who in 2011 was killed when a young man called, Jacob Dunne, threw a fatal punch in an unprovoked attack in Nottingham, England. A few years later Joan and her then husband David came face-to-face with Jacob in a restorative justice meeting. In Episode 4 of The F Word Podcast Marina gets to hear Jacob’s story.

Duration:00:26:51

Bjørn Ihler on the power of personal storytelling, violent extremism and why it’s important not to dehumanize terrorists

9/29/2020
Marina Cantacuzino talks to 29-year-old Bjørn Ihler, a writer, filmmaker and ‘peace activist’ from Norway. Bjørn is a survivor of the attack on Utøya Island in July 2011 when far-right extremist Anders Breivik killed 69 people and injured many more. Bjørn’s expertise lies in countering extremist narratives, as well as deconstructing their propaganda.

Duration:00:30:33

Stephanie Cassatly on rage and the gift of remorse

9/29/2020
Marina Cantacuzino talks to Stephanie Cassatly, a writer, teacher, mother and wife from Florida. When Stephanie was 18, her mother was shot and killed in a convenience store robbery in New Orleans, changing every preconceived notion she had about the world and what it meant to feel safe.

Duration:00:30:16

The F Word Podcast Trailer

9/17/2020
The F Word is a new podcast series that examines the complex, messy, gripping subject of forgiveness. In each episode Marina Cantacuzino, a journalist and founder of The Forgiveness Project, talks to a guest who despite having experienced great pain or trauma in their life has found a way through. Launching 30th September 2020...

Duration:00:01:37