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Best-selling author Matthew Syed explores the ideas that shape our lives with stories of seeing the world differently.

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44. Matthew’s been telling tales

There’s a story Matthew Syed likes to tell. And he’s told it a lot. It’s about a turning point in... more

22 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
43. Do I really sound like that?

Julie Matthias is in the middle of a regular shift at her hairdressing salon when she begins to feel really... more

15 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
42. The Big Reward

When Kevin Burkart dove into a murky lake to find a lost wedding ring, he did it for nothing. But... more

08 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
41. A Small Bowl of Rocket

Lydia Harris has always struggled with food. For as long as she can remember, she has avoided fruit and vegetables... more

01 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
40. The Embodiment of Music

A musician is halfway through a public performance when they realise they might not make it to the end. Their... more

22 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
39. Please, I beg you.

When Ben Taylor receives a Facebook message from a stranger in Liberia, asking in badly spelled English for financial or... more

15 Feb 2023 · 29 minutes
38. Past Your Peak

John Nunn learnt to play chess aged four. Since before he can remember, he’s had an exceptional talent for maths.... more

08 Feb 2023 · 28 minutes
Season Six – Coming soon…

Matthew Syed introduces season six, which explores stories about letting your guard down and making a leap of trust, reaching... more

01 Feb 2023 · 3 minutes
37. My Last 5p

It’s December 2013 and Toni Osborne is struggling, emotionally and financially. She’s five pence short of keeping her electricity on... more

07 Dec 2022 · 29 minutes
36. All in a Name

In the 1970s, Sandra Bundy was working hard at her job at the Department of Corrections in Washington DC. She... more

30 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
44. Matthew’s been telling tales