Yotam Ottolenghi's Confessions - Apricots, academics and cultural appropriationConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles chats with Israeli chef, food writer and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi about ham sandwiches, swapping 'futile' academia for cooking, and being a poster boy for Israeli-Palestinian harmony.
Sir James MacMillan's Confessions - Communism, Catholicism and compositionConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
In our Holy Week special, Giles talks to composer and conductor Sir James MacMillan about Scottish sectarianism, joining the Communist Party, and why composing is like having a photo developed.
Sir James MacMillan is one of the most successful composers of his generation, achieving international acclaim. His music has been programmed worldwide by orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, as well as being commissioned for Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 state visit to the UK. He is heavily influenced by his Scottish heritage, Catholic faith, and his social and political conscience.
Lionel Shriver's Confessions - Belfast, Brexit and being and adopted BritConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles chats with novelist and columnist Lionel Shriver about growing up in a deeply religious family, living in Belfast during the Troubles, and Britain's great divide.
Margaret Drabble's Confessions - Marriage, modesty and mental healthConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles talks to the author Margaret Drabble about family secrets, coping with depression and unwittingly writing feminist literature.
Iain Dale's Confessions – Brexit, beaches and coming outConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to broadcaster and politico Iain Dale about growing up on a farm, coming out as gay, his love of politics and how Brexit is driving us mad.
Marina Cantacuzino's Confessions – Forgiveness, courage and Shamima BegumConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to journalist and campaigner Marina Cantacuzino about founding The Forgiveness Project, the power of stories, channelling her anger and losing her brother at a young age.
Alan Rusbridger's Confessions - Facebook, fearless journalism and failing the 11+Confessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles speaks to Alan Rusbridger, former Guardian editor and Principal of Oxford University's Lady Margaret Hall, about his thrifty family, battling fake news and the fate of journalism.
Marcus Du Sautoy's Confessions – Machine learning, the multiverse and the magic of musicConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
In the first of Confessions Season 2, Oxford's Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, Marcus du Sautoy, talks to Giles Fraser about being terrible at sums, his love of music and whether code will develop consciousness.
Melanie Phillips's Confessions - Nationalism, self-doubt and falling out with the GuardianConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
In the last of this season's Confessions, journalist and life-long provocateur Melanie Phillips joins Giles for a revealing discussion about falling into journalism, rediscovering Judaism and her perennial self-doubt.
Helena Kennedy's Confessions – Class, justice and Martin Scorsese CatholicismConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to distinguished human rights lawyer Helena Kennedy QC about growing up in Glasgow's tenements, living her faith, gender discrimination, and how the law has failed the working class.
Jacqueline Rose's Confessions – Israel, motherhood and Marilyn MonroeConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to academic and writer Jacqueline Rose about growing up in a family with ghosts, transgenerational trauma, Israel as a moral project and the ferocious pressure of motherhood.
Fiyaz Mughal's Confessions – Racism, Islamophobia and Saudi's brutal IslamConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to Director of Faith Matters Fiyaz Mughal about founding Tell MAMA, the scale of Islamophobia, and why Saudi Wahhabism has ripped the heart out of Islam.
Claire Fox's Confessions – Communism, Catholicism and personal sovereigntyConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to educator and writer Claire Fox about growing up Catholic, life in the Revolutionary Communist Party, her passion to reanimate the public square and why she's positive about the state of democracy.
Roger Scruton's Confessions – Faith, family and finding ConservatismConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to writer and philosopher Sir Roger Scruton about the importance of faith and family, finding Conservatism, humanity in architecture, and being a class traitor.
Maurice Glasman's Confessions – Judaism, Brexit, and Blue LabourConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to political theorist and Blue Labour founder Lord Glasman about Judaism, Brexit, and why his philosophy was a love letter to his parents.
Salley Vickers's Confessions – Faith, fiction and A Christmas CarolConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to novelist and poet Salley Vickers about communist camaraderie, finding her faith and great fiction.
Tom Holland's Confessions – Islam, Christianity and ancient powerConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to bestselling ancient historian Tom Holland about Islam, rock star Gods, the collapse of ancient empires and being on the side of Pontius Pilate.
Matt Kelly's Confessions - Hemingway, Liverpool and battling BrexitConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to the editor of the New European Matt Kelly about growing up in Liverpool, how journalism was the perfect career and why Hemingway made him a Remainer.
Mary Warnock's Confessions – Morality, God and #MeTooConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to distinguished philosopher Baroness Warnock about morality, being an atheist Anglican and how she dealt with her own #MeToo experience.
Jonathan Haidt's Confessions – Disgust, Trump and the rise of 'call out' cultureConfessions with Giles Fraser - UnHerd add
Giles Fraser talks to eminent psychologist and ethicist Jonathan Haidt about the 'wisdom of repugnance', the importance of belonging and the closing of the American mind.