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Second Chance is a podcast series that explores the theme of second chance. It raises the questions who deserves a second chance, who decides who gets a second chance and what a second chance actually means. On this podcast we speak to people from all walks of life about their experiences, some who have been given a second chance in life, some who might be considered to be beyond deserving a second chance. The host of the podcast series is Raphael Rowe, host of the critically acclaimed serie ...
 
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Brenda Birungi aka ‘Lady Unchained’ is passionate about second chances and is an important advocate for life after prison, having been sentenced to two and a half years inside at the age of 21 for a violence offence. She’s since become a poet, facilitator, mentor, and radio host for National Prison Radio. Brenda is also the founder and creative dir…
 
Colin Richards is a sex and relationship engineer and master sensual masseur. He takes a humanistic approach to sex and intimacy and see’s himself as a sex educator and general problem solver of sex and relationship needs and challenges. He aims to help people transform their relationships and sex lives to become what they want and deserve. Working…
 
Neil Bonner was filming a documentary about piracy off a small island in Indonesia when he and a female colleague were arrested by the authorities and questioned about what they were doing. They were held for more than five months in an Indonesian prison. They were accused and threatened with charges including being a threat to national security, w…
 
In this episode I am speaking with Peguy Kato who devastatingly lost her son in an incident where he was stabbed 11 times. Peguy has made it her mission to provide support to families who have gone through similar experiences in honor of her son. This led to her setting up the All Champions charity which aims to prevent and protect people of all ag…
 
This episode is in collaboration with the Longford Trust who provide financial and mentoring support to young serving and ex-prisoners. The Longford scholarship assists in giving them a second chance to pursue a degree at university. Up until now all of my guest interviews have been recorded remotely thanks to Covid, but on this occasion I was able…
 
This episode is in collaboration with the Longford Trust, who provide financial and mentoring support to young serving and ex-prisoner. It gives a second chance to pursue degrees at university. The Longford Scholarships were first awarded in 2004 and have supported more than 300 young serving and ex-prisoners. In this episode I am speaking with Vic…
 
Jason Flom is an American music industry executive and CEO of Lava Records, Lava Music Publishing, and Lava Media. He previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group. He is personally responsible for launching acts such as Kid Rock, Katy Perry, Lorde, and Greta Van Fleet. He has been described as on…
 
Thomas Duncan Bell is a truly inspiring mental health campaigner and speaker. Growing up in an extremely volatile environment, Thomas has fought adversity and fear since he was old enough to remember it. He’s battled drug and alcohol addictions and destructive relationships in the past and is now the primary mental health champion in the UK’s Insti…
 
In this episode I’m speaking with Junior Smart who was arrested in his mid twenties for possession of several kilograms of crack cocaine. Junior was left homeless after his mother died of a stroke, causing him to go into depression and become suicidal, planning to kill himself. On that day, an officer slid an envelope under the door of his cell con…
 
WARNING: This story contains details some listeners may find distressing. Clare Topcu and her young son were the victims of a burglary and vicious attack by a group of young men who broke into her farmhouse by removing roof slates and climbing into her home through the roof. Both she and her young son were beaten and bound with tape before the burg…
 
After being caught attempting to smuggle cocaine from St lucia to Canada, Emily O’Brien was sentenced to four years in a federal prison. Determined to make the best out of a negative situation, she created Comeback Snacks while serving her sentence: a company that was inspired by her fellow inmates’ love for popcorn and their specific flavouring ch…
 
On this Episode Raphael answers questions sent to him by listeners. The questions range from how dangerous it is hosting the Netflix series Inside The World's Toughest Prisons to what were the challenges smuggling diamonds as an undercover investigative journalist. Support the show (https://paypal.me/secondchancepodcast?locale.x=en_GB)…
 
British born actor Jessica Allain left her family and home in London to take a chance in LA. Her move was hard and at times desperate but it started to prove successful. She appears in the Netflix hit The Laundromat, alongside Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas, a film directed by award winning director Steven Soderbergh. Yet, as a black female actor…
 
Falling in love with a prisoner who will never be free is not the typical fantasy of most women growing up. However, love knows no limits. When Laynara and Aaron Howerton fell in love, they knew it would change both of their lives forever. Aaron has joined us previously for two episodes, discussing his life in prison. Now we hear from his fiancee o…
 
Jeff Korzenik is Chief Investment Strategist for one of America’s largest banks. This man is responsible for the investment strategy and the allocation of over $40 billion in assets. His insights into the economy, markets, manufacturing, and the workforce is invaluable. His book Untapped Talent is the first of it’s kind to inform and inspire busine…
 
Aaron Johnson is passionate about diverting young offenders away from a life of crime because he is all too familiar with what it’s like to be criminalised. He works for Divert, a Metropolitan Police custody programme designed to help get young offenders into work or education. The project has helped change the path young offenders find themselves …
 
Life changing experiences can make you the person you become. That’s Andy Chaggars story. He was caught up in one of the world's most lethal natural disasters, a Tsunami. It swept through Thailand causing major damage and killing over 5000 people, including 2,000 foreign tourists. One of those was Andy’s partner. Andy Chaggar’s story is incredible,…
 
Warning: Please be aware that this episode contains details of sexual violence and abuse that you may find distressing. Rotherham in the UK is known for the gangs of men who abused, raped and even impregnated young girls. Their secrets came crashing down when a few brave girls stood up and told their story to the press, and the police. Sammy Woodho…
 
Warning: Please be aware that this episode contains details of sexual violence and self harm that you may find distressing. Also be aware that this episode contains explicit language. My Second Chance podcast guest booker, Tegan Parsons, shares her own story. It’s a reminder that no matter how much you think you might know someone, or things about …
 
Once upon a time, when I was a teenager I wouldn't give a police officer the time of day. Now, things have changed and I find myself supporting one of their initiatives that is aimed at diverting young adults away from a life of violence and crime. Speaking with Chief Inspector Jack Rowlands of the Metropolitan Police on my podcast about his projec…
 
For many, the Manchester Arena Islamic terrorist attacker, that took place on May 22nd 2017, was both shocking and devastating. More so for the 22 victims who lost their lives, and those who barely survived with their lives. Two of these survivors were Martin Hibbert and his 13 year old daughter Eve. Martin was left with 22 pieces of bomb shrapnel …
 
Today, Joey Barnett is an inspiration to many, guiding others away from drugs and crime; a life he once knew too well. Joey unwillingly traded most of his young life for a prison sentence, after a spree of bank robberies which allowed him to afford his expensive crack cocaine addiction. Through embracing faith, Joey found a way out.…
 
A follow-up episode to Episode 31: Musical Murderer. From inside Monroe Correctional Facility, Aaron Howerton talks of hope and the future, despite being given a life sentence without the possibility of parole at just 19 years old. Howerton talks about finding love from his 6-by-9-foot cell, injustice and the criminal justice system in America. Aar…
 
At just 19 years of age, Markie Dell was sex traficked by someone she believed was her friend. After being made to strip and have sex for money, she eventually was able to run away - in 8 inch heels - and start a new life for herself. However, trauma like that never leaves, and knowing that it continues to happen to women all over the world doesn’t…
 
Although knife crime remains a serious issue, incidents are falling here in the UK. That is, to some extent, to do with those who share their experience. Stuart Newton is one of those individuals. He was brought back to life from the brink of death after being stabbed numerous times in an unprovoked knife attack. He wants people to know what it fee…
 
With a series of traumatic events in her past, Jessica Impiazzi manages to find the silver linings in each, and push herself forward. Known for her appearances on the reality TV shows ‘Ex On The Beach’ and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’, she has also been in the spotlight for her modelling work, her marriage to a famous rugby player, and now her true pass…
 
Gregory David Roberts was once Australia’s Most Wanted Man. The armed robber escaped from prison, fled to India and joined the Indian Mafia. On a smuggling trip to Germany he was caught and extradited back to Australia to serve out the rest of this 19 year sentence. While in prison he wrote the bestselling novel Shantaram, which is based on his own…
 
A woman working in a men’s prison. From marriage proposals to stolen washing machines.. Lucy has seen it all in her work. Looking after ex offenders and those being released. Life can be difficult for those entering a new world after being locked up, but Lucy and her team are aiming to make that transition a lot smoother. The power of consistent su…
 
Dr Rupy Aujla joins us in discussing overall health and wellbeing, and the ways in which our food choices can affect both our physical and mental health. Dr Rupy was diagnosed with a heart condition, which led him down a path of discovery. This discovery went on to launch The Doctor’s Kitchen and in turn gave Dr Rupy’s body a second chance. https:/…
 
Please be aware before listening to this episode, that there are in-depth talks of sexual assault, rape and other sensitive topics. Dr Jessica Taylor has become an expert in her field of victim support, specifically looking at women who have experienced rape and sexual assault. Her work has helped many, and in this episode she gives a true insight …
 
Natalie Queiroz, a survivor of one of the most appallingly brutal attacks imaginable. After being stabbed more than 20 times by her partner when she was eight months pregnant, she has rebuilt her life and inspired people with her courage and refusal to be bowed by her trauma. Natalie and her baby survived - but not without life-changing physical an…
 
Shannon Ainslie was just 15 when he was attacked by two deadly sharks, but in a twist of fate, got free and surfed to shore. Despite this harrowing experience, Shannon continued surfing, and has since been involved in further shark attacks, and even faced an Orca – also known as the Killer Whale. A lesson of resilience and determination. No matter …
 
Aaron Howerton grew up in Washington, USA, with his father, and lived a life of torment from his peers as he dealt with his diagnosis of juvenile Parkinson’s disease, as well as living in a tent and showering under a garden hose. As time progressed, Aaron turned to a life of crime in order to survive, which eventually led to the robbery and murder …
 
Larry Lawton grew up in the Bronx, New York, and was connected to the american mafia. As a professional jewel thief he stole millions of dollars in a string of robberies before the FBI charged him with racketeering and robbery. He spent 11 years in some of the hardest federal prisons in the USA for his crimes. In prison, Larry transformed his life,…
 
Larry Lawton grew up in the Bronx, New York, and was connected to the american mafia. As a professional jewel thief he stole millions of dollars in a string of robberies before the FBI charged him with racketeering and robbery. He spent 11 years in some of the hardest federal prisons in the USA for his crimes. In prison, Larry transformed his life,…
 
Bulimia nervosa, an eating disorder and mental health condition is a serious, potentially life-threatening disorder characterized by a cycle of binge eating and self vomiting. It’s not a condition you manage yourself, as Courtney my guest will explain. It is a psychological and physical challenge that can be beaten over time. I hope this story of a…
 
WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of drug abuse and sexual violence which may may be upsetting for some listeners. The story you are about to hear on this episode is the struggles of a young middle class woman who felt ostracised by her peers, and so became a sex worker and drug addict. As a street worker she was viciously attacked by a p…
 
In this episode I wanted to ask you - the listener - what you think about the concept and the reality of a second chance? In previous episodes we’ve listened to stories from individuals who have come back from the brink of death, criminals who have made good after serving lengthy prison sentences and victims that have not allowed the crime against …
 
Jon Watts was 18 years old when he stabbed another young man because he was angry. He was angry because he felt society had given up on him and other young people. Society had not given up on Jon, but this is how he felt. And it added to the knife crime statistics. Once he was shown a different path and trained as a chef he went on to work as a sou…
 
The wolf of wall street movie portrayed crooked financial traders in a way that you either loved them or hated them. My guest today was in the thick of those characters in real life. He stole millions to finance a luxurious lifestyle that lasted many years. This man had it all, but he lived with a guilt that led him to give it all away before he wa…
 
A small quantity of drugs are found by the police in a car. Three people are arrested. Fingerprints found on the wraps connect one person to the drugs, cocaine and heroin. That person is charged with intent to supply. He is convicted by a jury and sentenced to 4 years in prison. End of story. Not for Christopher James Kennedy. He asked if he could …
 
Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1981 with a recommendation he serve 15 years. . Released in 2016, 36 years later. What was that like? How do you survive that length of time in a confined prison cell behind concrete walls and bars. Is it possible to reintegrate back into a society that has moved forward beyond recognition. This is Ray Gilbert's st…
 
Emma-Jane Taylor is not afraid to speak out on subjects that many people find taboo. Aged 9 Emma was sexually abused. Aged 13 she was groomed and raped. Aged 17 she took back control of her life. Aged 23 she sought therapy and embraced her experience. Now she is a successful entrepreneur and public speaker empowering her daughter, her friends and w…
 
Stephen Gillen was once described as an organised crime boss and one of Britain's most dangerous prisoners. After serving a number of lengthy prison sentences he embarks on a life changing journey. One that benefits him and others. As a dangerous prisoner he spent years in and out of secure units - inside maximum security prisons. However, Stephen …
 
When David, a privately educated city financial broker, lost his job he tried to hide the fact from his girlfriend, family and friends. His addiction to cocaine and gambling led him to crime and eventually attempts to commit suicide. Prison changed his outlook on life. As he prepares for an adventure no-one has ever attempted before he tells me why…
 
Gary Mansfield agreed to transport two holdalls across the UK for a criminal organisation. What he thought was a couple of bags full of fake designer clothes labels turned out to be over 4 million pounds worth of class A drugs. The judge sentenced him to 14 years in prison. Inside prison Gary discovered his real artistic skill was not selling fake …
 
Cannabis, or weed as it is widely known, is freely available to order online for delivery in some states of America. This decriminalisation and legalisation of cannabis, although in conflict with Federal laws, has generated a trade now worth millions of dollars for CEO’s importing or growing their own weed in places like California, Colorado and Al…
 
Romani Boreland aspired to become an economist and was courted by both Havard and Yale Universities in America. He chose to stay and study in the UK making his mother Natalie extremely proud. He was 19 years old, full of life and a bright future when he decided to attend a New Years party with some friends to bring in 2018. At the part a fight resu…
 
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