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20 Questions With

Matt Stadlen

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I’m Matt Stadlen and for 20 years I’ve been talking to and interviewing public figures from around the world. In this series I’ll be interviewing famous names from every walk of life and with a broad range of views, politics and perspectives. Every guest will get 20 questions, and the plan is for you to have a better sense of each of them by the end of their interview.
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Two Zero Q: 20 Questions With Interesting People from the LGBT community and friends

The Very Handsome Tim Kirk: Raconteur, Bon Vivant, Man About Town.

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Two Zero Q - 20 Questions With Interesting People, the show that tells the 'Origin Stories' of everyday superheros in the lgbtqi community and friends. #twozeroq Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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One of football's best loved pundits, Guillem Balagué is the author of 10 books, including on Messi, Ronaldo, Maradona and Guardiola. Here he gives his verdict on the the greatest player of all time, how he fell out with Ronaldo, what he thinks of the foreign ownership of clubs, highlights the scourge of racism in the game, explains the difference …
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You are listening to 2ZQ Hot Takes. This time, I’ll be talking about RTO. I'll be discussing different viewpoints about Retuning to Office mandates, working remotely and my own personal perspective on why people are reluctant to return to the office. Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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One of the very top names in British food, Tom Kerridge is the only chef in the country with a two Michelin star pub. He runs multiple establishments, writes cook books and fronts TV series. Here he reveals the secrets to his stardom, describes his journey from a working class, single-parent childhood, talks about his triumph over alcoholism and lo…
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World Champion and Olympic silver medallist Kriss Akabusi reveals the trauma he experienced as a child and the impact that had on his rise to international stardom. Known for his infectious enthusiasm, he tells the story of the sadness he felt when his Nigerian parents left him behind in London as a boy so that he could experience a British educati…
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A legend of stage and screen, Steven Berkoff is an actor, director and playwright, known for his roles in Bond, Beverley Hills Cop and Rambo as well as for having given his name to Berkovian theatre. Here he discusses his techniques, why theatre matters and why he's so passionate about his work.Matt Stadlen による
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How did the East India Company come about and how did it become the largest corporation in the world? How did the English compare to the Spanish and Dutch as a naval power, and how did they manage to gain a foothold in the Indian subcontinent? What were the obstacles to success, and what motivated the mercantile adventurers who risked their lives o…
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You are listening to 2ZQ Hot Takes. I am your host, The Very Handsome Tim Kirk and this time, I'll be talking about more questionable lyrics to pop songs we woke to playing on our AM Clock Radios BITD. #lyrics, #questionablesonglyrics, #LGBT, #TVHTimKirk,#weirdmusic Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more inform…
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Rochelle "Rocky" Clark won 137 caps for England, making her the second most capped player in the history of English rugby. She took part in four World Cups, winning one of them, and is an icon of the women's game. Here she reveals what it takes to reach the top, shares her highest bench press, discusses weight and fitness, gives her views on how to…
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You are listening to 2ZQ Hot Takes. This time, I’ll be talking about Jargon, nerd speak, corpospeak or corporate jargon, modern slang and a touch of gay slang for 2024. Nerd Speak are often misused words form different areas of life that are employed to make the speaker seem to sound smart. Or at least they would like us to think so. #NerdSpeak, #G…
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You are listening to Two Zero Q: 20 Questions With Interesting People from the LGBT community and friends This time, I'll be talking with Tate Barkley Counselor, Attorney, Educator, Author. His memoir SUNDAY DINNERS, MOONSHINE, AND MEN reveals his extraordinary journey from growing up closeted and afraid in the rural south during the mid-20th centu…
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Star of Cold Feet, Spooks, Luther, Kingdom, Doctor Who and Silent Witness, Hermione Norris takes us behind the scenes of her craft, describes the differences between stage and screen, discusses the need for more female parts, reveals why the role of spy Ros Myers helped her as a new mum, and explains why she enjoys playing bad people.…
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You are listening to 2ZQ Hot Takes. This time I will be talking about Dementia, Alzheimer’s, memory loss, absentmindedness, simple memory lapses, how the mind reconstructs memories, what you can do to counter memory loss and the unreliability of eyewitness accounts. We might get the gist but the details are usually something else. Get bonus content…
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Tom Walker, whose character Jonathan Pie has become a viral sensation, talks about his comedy, causing offence, whether he shares the politics of Pie, how he made the transition from online to on stage, and how he deals with difficult audience members.Matt Stadlen による
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Alexandra Shulman edited British Vogue for a record 25 years. Here she explains why fashion matters, how she became passionate about clothes, reveals her favourite brands, gives her verdict on her successors, describes the ethical issues she had to navigate in the world of fashion and offers her message to those wanting to experiment with what they…
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You are listening to 2ZQ Hot Takes. This time I will continue reading from my semi-autobiographical novel, I’m just making it up as I go along and things haven’t been working out as planned, Chapter 9813 - My Bravest Moment In Life. Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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Author of 20 novels, including Chocolat, Joanne Harris explains her craft, reveals whether she dreams in English or French, gives her verdict on literary prizes and assesses the good and the bad of social media. A rare insight into the inner world of one of Britain's most successful writers.Matt Stadlen による
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Author and journalist Agnes Poirier takes us on a whirlwind tour of historical and contemporary Paris, illuminating some of its cultural and political landmarks and telling the story of its prominence as one of the great capitals of the world. Along the way we encounter the French Revolution, the building, burning and rebuilding of Notre Dame, the …
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One of the most important journalists of his generation, Alan Rusbridger edited the Guardian for two decades, helping to break international mega stories that included Snowden, Wikileaks and phone hacking. Now editor of Prospect magazine, here he reflects on the dangers of misinformation and disinformation on social media platforms, not least on El…
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Guy Deacon served in the British Army for over three decades. At the age of 49 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, but in his late fifties and early sixties, having left the military, he drove from the shores of Morocco to Cape Town, taking the western coastal route. On his way he raised awareness about the disease on the African continent and showe…
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You are listening to 2ZQ Hot takes, where we discuss issues both big and small; I am your host TVHTim Kirk and today I'll be talking The Value of ‘No.’ The word “No’ can have many values including being a ’positive’ in negotiation, a benefit to your mental health, a successful means of providing clarity and prioritization, guidance on what needs to…
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You are listening to 2ZQ Hot takes, where we discuss issues both big and small; I am your host TVHTim Kirk and today I'll be talking about ‘There’s no fool like an old fool.’ The empirical study of wisdom is a relatively recent phenomena and is mostly drawn from Europe and North America. While there is no universal formula for wisdom and there are …
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You are listening to 2ZQ Hot Takes. This time I will continue reading from my semi-autobiographical novel, I’m just making it up as I go along and tings haven’t been working out as planned, Chapter 9567 – Squalor and Intoxication Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
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Legendary broadcaster and BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson talks about being punched in the stomach by a British Prime Minister, the different approaches as he sees them of Tory and Labour governments to the BBC, questions of bias, the importance of reflecting nuance, his career reporting from 160 countries, surviving 10 near death experiences…
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The man who became famous for bringing the latest developments and inventions in tech to BBC audiences is now, arguably, less famous than his rescue dog, Sophie from Romania. Here Rory Cellan-Jones explains this canine phenomenon, describes the impact of Parkinson's on his life, discusses the future of technology and the reach of AI, contemplates w…
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The author of Empireland and Empireworld, Sathnam Sanghera, explores the impact of British colonialism on Britain and the world, expresses his frustration at the amnesia about the involvement of people of colour in British history, encourages us to understand the past rather than rank it, eschews the culture wars, discusses the Royal Family's invol…
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Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, self-styled as 'The Black Farmer', came to Britain from Jamaica as a small boy and grew up in poverty as one of nine siblings. He was often 'very, very, very hungry'. At an early age he became determined to own his own farm. Despite leaving school with no qualifications, after a career in television and then in PR, he realis…
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ITN newscaster turned Classic FM presenter John Suchet takes us on a passion-fuelled tour of Beethoven's life and music. Is the composer, who began to lose his hearing as a young man, the greatest of them all? What about Mozart or Schubert? Suchet's infectious love of his subject provides a must-listen for any listener to classical music - and for …
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Who better to talk to in General Election year than Tony Blair's former Director of Communications and Strategy, the man who helped drive New Labour to power and keep it there. Here he gives his verdicts on Starmer and Sunak, sets out a blueprint for growth, reveals why he became so involved in the fallout from the Brexit referendum, laments the mo…
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Classical historian Bettany Hughes takes us on a revelatory journey through the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. From the Great Pyramid at Giza to the Lighthouse of Alexandria via the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Immerse yourself in the beauty and brutality of a world that lives on in us.Matt Stadlen による
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Matthew Taylor is the Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation. Here he gives his take on the challenges facing the NHS, the shortfalls in funding, the need for capital investment, the under-management of the health service, the choices facing politicians, the problems in social care, huge waiting lists, the cost analyses of prevention and innovati…
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Liam Byrne sets out his manifesto for a British wealth-sharing democracy. Linking wealth to freedom, he makes the argument for a fairer society and sets out an optimistic plan for the future. As Labour's outgoing Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Gordon Brown, Byrne left a note for his coalition successor explaining that the money had run out. …
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The success or otherwise of Richard Tice, leader of Reform UK, could decide the extent of Keir Starmer's majority at the General Election, or whether he even wins a majority. Determined to punish the Tories, whom he once helped fund, Tice is out to bring down Rishi Sunak's government. In this lively and robust encounter, he explains his motivations…
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Sir Vince Cable led the Liberal Democrats twice and was Business Secretary for the entire five years of the Conservative Lib Dem coalition government under David Cameron. Here he makes his predictions for the next General Election, assesses immigration policy, advocates higher taxes, defends the period of austerity when he was in government, analys…
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The author and often outspoken columnist for the Mail On Sunday gives his verdict on both the Tories and Labour as a General Election approaches, describes his faith, explains his method of debating, reveals the nature of his relationship with his late brother, Christopher Hitchens, and talks about the impact of his childhood.…
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Most famous for hosting Deadline Day on Sky Sports in his yellow tie, Jim White is Mr Football. Here the Talk Sport presenter chats about his new book, Deadline Day, that he co-wrote with Kaveh Solhekol. Full of his characteristic enthusiasm, Jim leads us on a journey of his love for the beautiful game, taking us behind the scenes of some of the bi…
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The New York Times bestselling historian, Dan Jones, has brought out his second work of historical fiction, Wolves of Winter, the sequel to the successful Dogs of Essex. Here he takes a deep dive into what it means to be an historian, the joy of writing novels, the Hundred Years War, holidaying with Jonathan Sumption, history on TV, his love of spo…
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You are listening to 2ZQ Hot Takes, where we discuss issues both big and small. 2ZQHT150 - This time, I'll be reading from my semi-autobiographical novel, I’m just making it up as I go along and things have not been working out as well as l intended’ Chapter 9583 Temporary Friends, Part 5 – Living Death Get bonus content on Patreon Hosted on Acast.…
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John Cleese is a comedy legend. Here he discusses causing offence, cancel culture, GB News, not wearing socks, why he lives abroad, old age, losing friends, the importance of silliness, Basil Fawlty, his favourite Python, A Fish Called Wanda, Clockwise, the Tory government, the British press, cricket, Brexit and the incompetence of human beings.…
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Lord Sumption has been described as the "biggest brain in Britain". After a distinguished career as a silk, he moved straight from being a QC to the Supreme Court, skipping the High Court and Court of Appeal. He has just completed the fifth and final book in his history of the Hundred Years' War. Here he explains how he has managed to combine a car…
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Ruby Wax is on tour - except right now she's in bed. Which is appropriate as she once interviewed very famous people in bed. Here she remembers interviewing Donald Trump, discusses her fascination with neuroscience, speaks candidly about her mental health, reveals that she's never been invited on the Graham Norton show, talks about her difficult up…
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Hey everybody, welcome to 2ZQ Hot Takes, where we discuss issues both big and small. I am your host, TVH Tim Kirk and this time I’ll be talking about Temporary Friends. Few of us have lifelong friendships and many of our friendships wind up being temporary, whether we know it or intend them to be. C’est la vie. Delinquency: Elegy; The Last of the Z…
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Known as the Silver Fox, Chase Utley won the World Series with the Phillies in 2008, cementing his place his baseball history. He is a six-time All Star, a four-time Silver Slugger Award-winner and is regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of his generation. Here, during a spell living in London, he explains some of the basics of the game…
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Maggie Alphonsi is one of the leading figures in women's sport. A Women's Rugby World Cup winner with England in 2014, she won 74 caps for her country, scored 28 tries and became known as 'Maggie The Machine' for the relentlessness of her tough tackling. Born with a club foot, she was brought up by a single mother of Nigerian heritage on a north Lo…
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Hey everybody, welcome to 2ZQ Hot Takes, where we discuss issues both big and small. I am your host, TVH Tim Kirk and this time I’ll be talking about Temporary Friends. Few of us have lifelong friendships and many of our friendships wind up being temporary, whether we know it or intend them to be. C’est la vie. This is the part where where the junk…
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Hey everybody, welcome to 2ZQ Hot Takes, where we discuss issues both big and small. I am your host, TVH Tim Kirk and this time I’ll be talking about Temporary Friends. Few of us have lifelong friendships and many of our friendships wind up being temporary, whether we know it or intend them to be. C’est la vie. This is the part where I land on Plea…
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Hey everybody, welcome to 2ZQ Hot Takes, where we discuss issues both big and small. I am your host, TVH Tim Kirk and this time I’ll be talking about Temporary Friends. Few of us have lifelong friendships and many of our friendships wind up being temporary, whether we know it or intend them to be. C’est la vie. This is the part where I first land o…
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