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What's Amanda Knox up to these days? How's Jon Ronson getting on? And what does Richard Dawkins think of bath bombs? Award-winning BBC journalist Andrew Gold interviews celebrities and quirky outsiders, from a Westboro Baptist Church defector and a female Mormon psychopath. Joining them is a mix of celebrities...and a man who once had to eat his friends. New episodes every Monday.
 
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It’s Amanda Knox. You might – particularly if you’re in Britain or Italy – know her as the murderous femme fatale who was imprisoned for killing her English flatmate Meredith Kercher in a sex game while studying abroad in Italy. You might know her – if you’ve spent time researching the case – as the subject of one of the most egregious and explosiv…
 
Jon Ronson talks to me about cancel culture, public shaming and Louis Theroux. Jon is also known for writing The Psychopath Test and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, a book about the way we publicly humiliate others for minor transgressions. There’s a lot of discourse about that today, but Jon was ahead of the curve when that book came out in 2015. …
 
Richard Dawkins is one of the biggest names in science. His The God Delusion, which contends that a supernatural deity does not exist, flipped the world upside down in 2006 when it came out, bringing both science and atheism into the mainstream. I interview him today alongside former ecstasy mob boss Shaun Attwood, before a free bonus section with …
 
Award-winning science writer David Robson's work has appeared in the Guardian, the Atlantic, Aeon and many many others. He was features editor at New Scientist for five years, before working as a senior journalist at BBC Future. His book, The Expectation Effect, is a vivid trip into the fallacies and complexities of the human psyche. Our expectatio…
 
I've been spending a lot of time on my own recently, while my girlfriend has been away and I've been working on the podcast. Don't worry, I'm perfectly happy, and I'm off to Argentina soon for a holiday. But it made me wonder about the folk out there - listeners of this show - who might be feeling a little lonesome right now (especially amid all th…
 
Popular science writer, journalist and Yale University Professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry Carl Zimmer is joining me to finally answer the late Beatle George Harrison's question: what is life. Sign up on Apple Podcasts or http://patreon.com/andrewgold for the bonus bits. Prof. Carl Zimmer links: http://carlzimmer.com https://twitter.…
 
Have you ever wondered if your furry friend might be partial to a beer or two? Did you know that koalas smoked pipes and dolphins get high on pufferfish? Here to tell us all about the weird and wonderful world of intoxicated animals and humans too is Oné Pagan, a university professor and researcher with a PHD in Pharmacology with an emphasis on Neu…
 
William Costello is a writer and an academic in the field of Evolutionary Psychology who has specialised in incel culture and things like beauty and attraction. He's also a lovely, charming man, a great laugh and really informative. Sign up on Apple Podcasts or http://patreon.com/andrewgold for the half-hour bonus chat. Like how the episode sounded…
 
Nafees Hamid talks about what makes people into terrorists and other forms of extremists…and how we might be able to persuade them or talk them down. He is a research fellow at ARTIS International, an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague, and a Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Trust scholar in the University Col…
 
Kelly Thiel was once a member of the notorious NXIVM cult. For those of you who – like me – don’t or didn’t know much about this sect, you’re in for a bit of a shock – not least in how that bunch of capital letters are supposed to be pronounced. But I’ll let Kelly explain that part. The cult was on the surface a multi-level marketing group that had…
 
Today’s guest is Hassan al-Kontar, an absolute gem of a person who found himself in one of the most unique and unusual positions imaginable: living in an airport for seven months. As a Syrian refugee, Hassan had been working in the United Arab Emirates, when civil war broke out in Syria. Refusing to return there to join the Syrian military (knowing…
 
Why do we like to suffer? Canadian-American Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science Paul Bloom believes he has the answer. Or at least, some of the answers to what is a profound and complex question. In his book The Sweet Spot: The Pleasures of Suffering and the Search for Meaning, he explores exactly that – that Goldilocks point just between…
 
Today, we’ve got a classic On the Edge interviewee, in the form of Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who was detained in Guantanamo Bay for 14 years and is considered by some to be Guantanamo’s most tortured prisoner. Raised in the African country of Mauritania, before moving to Germany, Mohamedou was suspected of having links to terrorism after 9/11. Sign up…
 
In our final installment of the three Halloween Specials, Dr. Sohom Das takes us into the mind of the Broadmoor Cannibal, Peter Bryan. Dr. Sohom Das links: A Psych for Sore Minds YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU2T2mo13y0&ab_channel=APsychForSoreMinds http://www.drdas.co.uk https://twitter.com/Dr_S_Das Andrew Gold links: http://yo…
 
In the second episode of our Halloween trilogy, Dr. Sohom Das explains what really went on in the minds of Swedish twin sisters Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, who terrified motorists, before one of them killed a man. Dr. Sohom Das links: A Psych for Sore Minds YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU2T2mo13y0&ab_channel=APsychForSoreMinds h…
 
Journalist Andrew Gold and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Sohom Das from A Psych for Sore Minds take a look inside the minds of perpetrators in three scary and fascinating true crime cases. We start with Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people - the most ever fatalities by a single gunman. Dr. Sohom Das links: A Psych for Sore Minds YouTube Channel: https:…
 
He’s back! It’s part 2 with podcaster and evolutionary sex expert Dr. Chris Ryan, author of Sex at Dawn and Civilized to Death. He writes all about the way societal expectations have been encroaching on our natural ways of doing things, particularly sex, but much much more. Today, we’ll be looking at the human penis, and comparing it to those of ot…
 
Today I have one of the biggest names to ever grace the stage of this podcast, in the form of Chris Ryan. Chris is known for many things, but is perhaps most notable for his book Sex at Dawn, which he co-wrote with his partner Cacilda Jethá. It challenges the conventional views on sex by diving deep into our ancestors’ history. It provides a fascin…
 
I met acclaimed philosopher Julian Baggini in Bristol for a coffee upon first arriving in the city, and it was a pleasure. Julian is a member of the Bristol Humanist Society, where I’ll be doing a talk about journalist from a humanist perspective on the first of November…so it was great to chat about all things philosophical, and I thought wow, he’…
 
Linda Calvey is known as the Black Widow, because all of her lovers ended up dead or in prison. Wikipedia has her down as an armed robber and murderer, and while she contests the latter, she did spend 18 years in Holloway Prison alongside such notorious serial killers as Myra Hindley and Rose West – names that strike fear into the hearts of most Br…
 
I’ve been determined to find someone who could explain TIME in a really digestible and easy to understand way, as though I’m a child. That man is Colin Stuart, whose book Time: Ten Things You Should Know is out now in all the usual places. I devoured it in just a few days, which would seem like the blink of an eye to someone standing near a black h…
 
Today on the show is the real gene Jeanie, as David Bowie would put it, Dr. Kathryn Paige Harden. Not only does she go by Paige, but her book The Genetic Lottery is a real page turner. See what I did there? The book, which is out now, is causing controversy for its focus – or Paige’s focus – on the effects DNA has on equality. Sign up for the bonus…
 
Today on the show is the wonderful Dr. Sohom Das, a brilliant forensic psychiatrist whose job involves dealing with mentally ill and dangerous criminals. As well as a leading figure in British psychiatry, Dr. Das is becoming something of an online star, his YouTube channel A Psych for Sore Minds fast attracting subscribers, so do check that out. He…
 
Chris Williamson from Modern Wisdom podcast joins me today on On the Edge with Andrew Gold to discuss everything from his time on Love Island to interviewing Jordan Peterson. Hear our full bonus segment on http://patreon.com/andrewgold And get 15% off a MasterClass membership by going to http://masterclass.com/edge. Chris Williamson links: Modern W…
 
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