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Past Imperfect
Can early events shape future success? Times’ columnists, Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson talk to outstanding people about how moments in their early lives informed their identities, their careers and their drive to succeed.
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4.5 stars from 51 ratings
Glad to have discovered this
I’m really enjoying listening to these interviews - at last interviews with depth and interest. Downloaded The Times Radio app too - a real competitor to the BBC 👍
Alioooo via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/01/20
This series is completely different to any other type of interview you have ever heard. It doesn’t go into the run-of-the mill questions they have been asked hundreds of times. Instead this gives an insightful look at their past - usually revealing a side you never knew about - which explains how...Read full review »
tvmaned via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 08/05/20
Great guests
Thoroughly enjoying these interviews
ElaSmithson via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/22/20
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