202 minutes | Oct 31, 2022
Thanks For Listening!
It’s our FINAL episode of Sod’s Law, and I’m joined by my partner-in-everything Victoria to top it all off with a review of some of our favourite episodes! This has been the best three years of our lives so far, and to everyone who’s listened, contributed, written in and even given us criticism, we want to send you a HUGE and resounding thank you! During the last 150 weeks our lives have been forever changed by the people we’ve met or spoken to on this podcast, and if you’ve joined us along the way by listening or watching, we hope you’ve enjoyed them too. We have no idea if or when we’ll be coming back to the world of podcasting, but in the meantime, make sure you have a fantastic day and thanks for listening! Timestamps for the clips we chose to highlight are as follows: 00:07:48 - The Best and Worst Thing That Ever Happened to Me w/ Sandy Lewis (Ep #13) 00:12:05 - Relentless IVF w/ Lewis Vaughan-Jones (Ep #19) 00:21:32 - Closing Ranks w/ Leroy Logan (Ep #36) 00:28:25 - Adventure and Aviation w/ Amanda Harrison (Ep #77) 00:35:31 - Plastic Surgery and The American Dream w/ Dr Sheila Nazarian (Ep #87) 00:41:30 - Surviving Domestic Abuse w/ Abi Blake (Ep #134) 00:45:15 - Surviving the Indian Ocean Tsunami w/ Ani Naqvi (Ep #137) 00:55:12 - Trauma, Rinse and Repeat w/ Mike Herz (Ep #6) 00:57:46 - Cancer and Creativity w/ Jeffrey Knopf (Ep #17) 01:02:05 - CANcer not CAN’Tcer w/ Iain Ward (Ep #41) 01:06:08 - Cancer, Euthanasia and Existential Rage w/ Josh Linz (Ep #91) 01:20:09 - It’s Okay Not to Be Okay w/ Esther Marshall (Ep #73) 01:25:03 - Reclaiming My Story w/ Ben M Freeman (Ep #148) 01:26:43 - Run, Orange, Run! w/ Sally Orange (Ep #99) 01:34:59 - Trying to Be OK w/ Shiggi Pakter (Ep #50) 01:46:03 - Acting and Accidental Activism w/ Tracy-Ann Oberman (Ep #84) 01:50:09 - The Last Nazi Hunter w/ Efraim Zuroff (Ep #49) 01:55:29 - Postcard to a Little Boy: A Kindertransport Story w/ Henry Foner (Ep #62) 02:01:46 - The Jewish Palestinian w/ Mark Halawa (Ep #74) 02:08:26 - The Long Night w/ Noemie Lopian (Ep #111) 02:19:11 - Fighting Monsters w/ Major Andrew Fox (Ep #140) 02:23:12 - Behind Enemy Lines w/ Daniel Berke (Ep #90) 02:25:05 - The Afghan Interpreter w/ Rafi Hottak (Ep #147) 02:32:15 - Supporting Ukrainian Refugees w/ Tzvi Sperber (Ep #120) 02:38:57 - Injustice and Immigration w/ Hillary Walsh (Ep #143) 02:44:24 - Strictly Choreography w/ Dame Arlene Phillips (Ep #20) 02:50:12 - Theatre and Breaking the Mould w/ Louis Hartshorn (Ep #11) 02:52:36 - Musical Royalty w/ John Altman (Ep #39) 02:56:10 - Acting and Accidental Activism w/ Tracy-Ann Oberman (Ep #84) 03:00:20 - Capturing Rock and Roll History w/ Danny Clifford (Ep #24) 03:02:31 - Rock Stars Don't F**king Smile! w/ Danny Clifford (Ep #65) 03:17:57 - Freestyle Rap God w/ Chris Turner (Ep #3) -- SodsPod.com All episodes are available as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
46 minutes | Oct 23, 2022
Jews Don't Count w/ David Baddiel
This week I am talking with David Baddiel… David is an English comedian, presenter, screenwriter, author and self described Jewish atheist, who as well as being the co-writer of the de facto anthem of English football, has written a highly acclaimed book, Jews Don't Count, that largely highlights the double standards extensively employed (either knowingly or unknowingly) by anti-racists or progressives when dealing with antisemitism. For the last 30 years or so, if it wasn’t his regular appearances on top UK comedy shows like Taskmaster or 8 Out of 10 Cats, or growing up reading his incredible children's books, or drunkenly singing Three Lions anytime there’s a whiff of the England football team winning a match, you couldn’t not be aware of some aspect of David’s work living in the UK. Twitter - @Baddiel Instagram - @therealbaddiel Amazon.co.uk - Jews Don't Count -- SodsPod.com All episodes are available as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
100 minutes | Oct 16, 2022
Reclaiming My Story w/ Ben M Freeman
This week I’m talking with Ben M. Freeman... Ben is a Scottish, gay, Jewish educator and prominent thought-leader on Jewish education, history and identity, and he came on the podcast exactly one year ago to talk about his tremendous book, Jewish Pride: Rebuilding a People, that I’ve quoted and referenced ever since! Ben’s latest book, Reclaiming our Story: The Pursuit of Jewish Pride, the second in a Ben M. Freeman trilogy, comes out on 24th of October 2022, anywhere you get books. Reclaiming Our Story explores the impact of Jew-hate on Jews, and the long history of internalised anti-Jewishness - it’s powerful stuff and you can pre-order it NOW! benmfreeman.com Twitter - @benmfreeman IG - @benmfreeman Amazon Preorder - Reclaiming Our Story: The Pursuit of Jewish Pride Poem referenced at 1:30:11 is Diaspora Blues by Ijeoma Umebinyuo -- SodsPod.com All episodes are available as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
99 minutes | Oct 9, 2022
The Afghan Interpreter w/ Rafi Hottak
This week’s guest is Rafi Hottak… Rafi is a former Afghan interpreter who severely injured whilst working with British forces in Afghanistan. Rafi served as an interpreter for 5 years on the front lines of the volatile Helmand province, and in 2007 was seriously injured in an explosion that killed a senior British officer. He suffered shrapnel wounds to the head, neck, arms and chest, and after it was made clear he was being targeted by the Taliban, he fled his home country to the UK in 2011. Instead of being welcomed by the Home Office, he was accused of fabricating his service as an interpreter, and went through a battle to have his failed bid for asylum overturned - an embarrassing U-turn for the Home Office. Since being granted refugees status and being allowed to live and work in the UK, Rafi has completed multiple qualifications and dedicates his free time to campaigning for members of the Afghan special forces who served alongside the British to be acknowledged and assisted by the Home Office. Rafi is also a volunteer case worker for Azadi - a charity that assisted, and continues to assist, in the rescue and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the wake of the catastrophic Taliban takeover of Afghanistan just over a year ago. Twitter - @MHottak Support Azadi - azadicharity.com -- SodsPod.com All episodes are available as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
79 minutes | Oct 2, 2022
A Life Through Food w/ Claudia Roden
This week I’m talking with Claudia Roden… Claudia is one of the world’s most unique cookbook writers and cultural anthropologists. She grew up in Cairo as an Egyptian Jew, studied in Paris and London, and every step of her career so far has been beyond fascinating! Over the years she has published multiple bestsellers, including the international award-winning The Book of Jewish Food, which has just been re-released as a special 25th anniversary edition, available anywhere you get your books! As a result of 16 years of research and world travel, The Book of Jewish Food was originally released in 1997 when Jewish food was overlooked by the food industry, instead only being enjoyed behind closed doors. In this book Claudia shone a light on the diverse flavours and cultural origins of those dishes, revealing the beauty and simplicity of traditional Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Mizrahi food on the page for the first time. In doing so she put Jewish food on the map, and changed the modern culinary landscape for good. This new 25th anniversary edition includes new content and recipes, and it’d make the perfect gift for any home cook! The Book of Jewish Food, 25th Anniversary Edition, published by Penguin Other books by Claudia Roden: Med, A Cookbook A New Book of Middle Eastern Food The Food of Italy Photo credit ⓒ Stuart Simpson -- SodsPod.com All episodes are available as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
72 minutes | Sep 25, 2022
The Comedian's Comedian w/ Stuart Goldsmith
This week I’m talking with Stuart Goldsmith! Stu is an award-winning standup comic and former street-performer who is best known to many as the host of the Comedian’s Comedian Podcast, where he interviews the top names in global stand up comedy... He’s also an Edinburgh Fringe festival veteran, has performed at Melbourne Comedy Festival, Just for Laughs in Montreal and has performed live on CONAN… stuartgoldsmith.com comedianscomedian.com Instagram - @stuartgoldsmithcomedy Twitter - @comcompod -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
100 minutes | Sep 18, 2022
Being Brave & Saying Yes w/ Pete Swift
This week I’m talking to Pete Swift… Pete is the co-founder and managing director of Planit-IE, one of the UK's most highly regarded inter-disciplinary design & landscape architecture practices. His life story so far is one of endeavour, adventure and sustainability. His company, Planit-IE, is now a B Corp company… meaning that they are held to a standard, requiring they act with the understanding that we as humans are each dependent upon another, and therefore responsible for each other and future generations. This doesn't stop at business - the day this comes out, Pete will be a couple of days into a solo 1,000 mile bike ride from Liverpool, UK to Oslo, Norway (Expedition to The Plus), to both raise money for a series of charities and to make a point: That running a successful business need not mean you can’t be as carbon positive as possible… I also have to say, that my connection to Pete is none other than Victoria, my wife and co-producer on this podcast! She’s worked for Planit-IE now for going on a decade and before recording I’ll admit to being a tad nervous… This could have been a SERIES of podcasts, it was so interesting to me, and I know you’ll find it interesting too… planit-ie.com Expedition to The Plus: planit-ie.com/news/expedition-to-the-plus Fundraiser - justgiving.com/fundraising/dransfield-foundation Instagram - @planitie & @peteswiftysan Twitter - @PlanitIE & @peteswiftysan bcorporation.uk -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
89 minutes | Sep 11, 2022
Injustice & Immigration w/ Hillary Walsh
This week I’m talking with Hillary Walsh… Hillary is a former foster-care and juvi kid who grew up on the edges of society in white Midwestern America. After extensive travel in her 20s, she discovered that US immigration law was where she could do the work she cared most about. Now a top US immigration attorney, Hillary is at the bleeding edge of challenging the way asylum seekers are viewed in America today… newfrontier.us Immigration Law Made Easy Podcast -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
105 minutes | Sep 4, 2022
The Future Plate w/ Julian George
This week I’m talking with Julian George… Julian is a serial creator, with a wealth of experience in TV and film, photography and food, working with clients worldwide to deliver solutions in order to communicate their message to a wider audience in memorable and bold style. Julian has founded a number of companies, namely Made by Humans; a creative house of visual storytellers, and The Future Plate; the coming together of African & Caribbean chefs to form a support network for each other, to share ideas and collaborate, out of a shared burning passion to celebrate and showcase African and Caribbean cuisine to the world. thefutureplate.com @the_futureplate -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
88 minutes | Aug 28, 2022
The Art of Social Care w/ Dr Paul Shuttleworth
This week I’m chatting with Dr Paul Shuttleworth… Paul has worked in social care for over 20 years, and has a PhD in social work, with his thesis title being “What matters to children in living in kinship care: another way of being a normal family”. He is committed to public service and to the idea that social work and academia have a responsibility to instigate change and give back. We didn’t just talk about his own personal story and his career, but about psychology, critical realism and just a smattering of anti-antisemitism... Paul's Twitter - @pshuttle3 Sarah and Paul Do Do Social Work podcast Research: What matters to children living in kinship care: “Another way of being a normal family” Recognition of family life by children living in kinship care arrangements Youtube breakdown of thesis Blogs: "Antisemitism is still here" "LGBTQ+ people are not deviants" -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
75 minutes | Aug 21, 2022
Fighting Monsters w/ Major Andrew Fox
This week I’m talking with Major Andrew Fox. Andrew a retired paratrooper in the British Armed Forces who is a strategic, leadership and boardroom advisor drawing on 30+ years' experience leading military and inter-agency teams at home and in international crises from Sarajevo to Raqqah. He is also understood to be the most senior army officer yet to disclose his struggles with mental health after returning from war. The main reason I had the opportunity to speak to Andrew is due to his involvement in a charity, called Azadi, which was formed as an urgent crisis response to the brutal Taliban takeover of Afghanistan exactly one year ago. In the last year Azadi have assisted thousands of targeted Afghans to evacuate and resettle, taking a tailored approach to each person or family. Twitter - @Mr_Andrew_Fox azadicharity.com greenonenterprises.com -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
69 minutes | Aug 14, 2022
Albimazing w/ Coco Anetor-Sokei
This week I’m talking to Coco Anetor-Sokei! Coco is a Nigerian woman who has albinism, the congenital condition that causes partial or complete absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes, as well as the possibility of different vision defects. Coco is an online advocate for people with albinism, and we talk about various things: Diversity of representation in the media, the misconceptions people have around albinism, what it’s like to live in an African country where there’s a long standing cultural superstition around people with the condition… and more… IG - @albimazing & @heycocopops -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
96 minutes | Aug 7, 2022
All Guts, No Nuts w/ Jo Bradshaw
This week I’m talking with Jo Bradshaw! Jo is an adventurer, expedition leader, outdoor instructor and public speaker who used to be the least adventurous person you could imagine, but after some encouragement from a friend started to wander outside her comfort zone. After a few years of trying out some cycling challenges she turned her life upside down... halving her salary, selling her fancy car, rented out her house and went from suits and business events to walking boots and a new way of life! Most recently, she’s tackling the highest mountains on each of the 7 continents, raising money for Place2Be - the UK’s leading children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools. We talk about her whole trajectory from working in equine care, retail, leading Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and becoming the 3rd British woman to reach the true summit of Manaslu (the world’s 8th highest mountain)! jobradshaw.co.uk justgiving.com/fundraising/josmighty90 IG - @_jobradshaw FB - facebook.com/jobradshawadventurer -- Links mentioned in the intro re Roma Holocaust Memorial Day - holocaustremembrance.com/resources/working-definitions-charters/working-definition-antigypsyism-anti-roma-discrimination en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Romani_sentiment -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
75 minutes | Jul 31, 2022
Surviving the Indian Ocean Tsunami w/ Ani Naqvi
This week I’m talking with Ani Naqvi. Ani is a former BBC journalist and now transformational life coach who, whilst on holiday with a friend in Sri Lanka, was almost drowned in the 2004 Indian Ocean Boxing Day Tsunami that killed almost 228,000 people across 15 countries. It took 15 years of struggling with PTSD, depression and other crises for Ani to be able to utilise her experiences in order to assist others. anicoaching.com IG - @anicoaching FB - facebook.com/anicoaching -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
105 minutes | Jul 24, 2022
Success Through Fear of Failure w/ Ilan Sobel
This week I’m talking to Ilan Sobel… Ilan is the CEO of Bioharvest Sciences, an Israeli company that marries science and technology with the power of nature to develop proprietary biofarming technology, which invariably will change the landscape of the pharmaceutical and health supplements industries. Prior to joining Bioharvest, Ilan’s story is fascinating: From working for the Coca Cola company for 18 years, developing new health brands in places such as Mongolia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and more, to building a disruptive BIG Data, IOT & software company servicing major beverage brands, which was ultimately purchased by one of the world’s largest brewing companies. In short… he’s an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a focus on bringing GOOD into the world, and it was my absolute pleasure to talk with him. bioharvest.com vinia.com Twitter - @BioHarvestBHSC Facebook - facebook.com/BioHarvestSciences YouTube - youtube.com/c/BioHarvestSciences -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
85 minutes | Jul 17, 2022
Retired Party Animal w/ Drew Charles
This week I’m talking to Drew Charles… Drew is a musician and author from Melbourne, Australia, and he’s recently released a book, called After Party, which tells the story of his life-long struggles with drugs and alcohol, and his eventual path to sobriety. The whole purpose of writing After Party was to draw attention to the damaging effects drugs and alcohol can have on a range of people from all kinds of backgrounds. Drew’s mission is to break the stigma of addiction and share his story in the hopes that it promotes more open discussions of the very real problems of alcohol and drug dependance, or overuse in modern societies. This chat hit home with me - Whilst I’ve never had an issue with drugs, there are many parallels between Drew’s story and mine... After Party on Amazon.co.uk - here Facebook - facebook.com/DrewCharlesAF Instagram - @drewcharlesaf drewcharles.net -- All episodes are now being released in 4K video exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast If you'd like to support Sod's Law you can become a Sod's Law patron at patreon.com/sodspod from as little as £1 /$1 a month - there are different tiers including ad-free episodes, giveaways and more! See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
72 minutes | Jul 10, 2022
Surviving Domestic Abuse w/ Abi Blake
This week’s guest is Abi Blake... Abi is a mum of two who was nearly killed by her abusive husband. She was left with permanent spinal cord damage, constant chronic pain, severe PTSD, scars across her neck and much, much more that we get into. And if that wasn’t horrendous enough, her husband, due to a little legal loophole, was free to walk the streets after serving only six months of a three year sentence. Abi’s story isn’t just about what happened to her - it’s also about calling for better support from the British criminal justice system for victims of domestic abuse. My Cheshire Without Abuse - mycwa.org.uk Women's Aid - womensaid.org.uk Domestic Violence Assist - dvassist.org.uk headstogether.org.uk youngminds.org.uk -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
69 minutes | Jul 3, 2022
F**k Fad Diets w/ Jordan Syatt
This week I’m talking with Jordan Syatt… Jordan is a world-renowned strength and nutrition coach, a 5 x World Record holder in powerlifting and personal trainer to entrepreneur/internet mogul Gary Vaynerchuk. For all his success to date, Jordan hasn’t done it the typical way. He flies in the face of health trends and fads, focussing on promoting research-based information. Jordan is on a mission to help people incorporate the best possible training and nutrition into their lifestyle, in order to gain strength and build the body they’ve always wanted. syattfitness.com sfinnercircle.com IG - @syattfitness FB - facebook.com/syattfitness -- SodsPod.com All episodes are available as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
83 minutes | Jun 26, 2022
From Neo-Nazi to Jew w/ Yonatan Lutz Langer
This week I’m talking to Yonatan Lutz Langer… Yonatan, born Lutz, was for a number of years a member of a Neo-Nazi movement in Berlin. This group would dispute or justify the Holocaust/WWII, idolise the likes of Adolf Hitler and ultimately plot to overthrow the German government. After a ten year period of transformation, he not only left his extremist, far-right ideologies and allegiances behind, but subsequently converted to Orthodox Judaism. Now Yonatan lives in Israel working for The Kabbalah Centre in Tel Aviv, which teaches the ancient discipline of Jewish mysticism. Yonatan's Facebook - facebook.com/transforminghate Yonatan's IG - @transforminghate kabbalah.com Support Yonatan's documentary project - gofund.me/5f801659 -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.
73 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
Man Turning to Stone w/ Joe Sooch
This week I’m talking to Joe Sooch… Joe is a podcaster and YouTuber who lives with an extremely rare genetic condition, called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, or FOP, in which fibrous connective tissue such as muscle, tendons, and ligaments turn into bone tissue. It’s progressive, meaning it gets worse over time, it’s the only known medical condition where one organ system changes into another and it’s so rare that only around 800 cases have been confirmed worldwide. Joe is only 29, but he’s now at the point where most of his major joints have fused, losing 95% of his ability to move. This means he now needs round-the-clock care. Joe hasn’t let living with a progressive, chronic condition stop him live life; he has a growing YouTube channel, a podcast called Two Mics One Joe Sooch and he connects with people all over the world to raise awareness of other disabilities and rare diseases. Joe's YouTube Channel - youtube.com/c/JoeSoochh Joe's Podcast - Two Mics One Joe Sooch Joe's Instagram - @joesoochh -- All episodes are now being released as video, exclusively on the SodsPod YouTube channel - subscribe here - youtube.com/c/TheSodsLawPodcast See podcast.co/privacy for privacy information.