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Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers is a lovely little podcast exploring the meaningful and the meaningless. We all have questions in life whether they are big, small, practical or just plain ridiculous. And we all have a go at answering them usually through the prism of our own experiences or the experiences of others. Join Broadcaster Marcus Speller, journalist Sarah Ann Harris and former UN Spokesperson and current trainee ordinand Chris Gaul for a refreshing and entertaining c ...
 
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Happy Christmas everyone and welcome to the final episode in the current series of Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers! Christmas is just round the corner so this week we're talking about how we're getting into the Christmas spirit despite the ongoing pandemic. We shall return with a new series in the new year. Until then have a marvello…
 
Humans have kept pets for generations. Programmes on wildlife continue to be very popular and often people travel all around the planet to catch a glimpse of a rare beast or bird. This week on the pod we’re talking about our love for animals. Chris speaks of the sadness in losing a pet, Sarah reckons one of her cats was an idiot and Marcus talks ab…
 
Should I stay or should I go now? That is the question that pops up every now and then when we stop and reflect on our circumstances. Whether it was a dead end job, a less than wonderful relationship or a great opportunity that just seemed a bit too risky to take we've all been in situations where we faced the choice to stick or twist. On today's p…
 
Hi all, this week on the pod the gang are talking about art - when something really is a piece of art and when something really isn't! Chris talks about how an emotional response is a key factor in determining if something is art, Sarah talks about canvases from Homebase and Marcus gets annoyed at conceptual art. Get in touch with us on twitter and…
 
For the majority of people who complete secondary school the assumption is that they go on to university. Many people end up finding a career that had nothing to do with what they studied for their degrees and many others do very well for themselves without having gone down the university path. This week we're talking about degrees and how useful t…
 
Do you get all nervous when the latter stages of Wimbledon or the World Cup is on? Does it put a spring in your step when your team/preferred contestant wins a crucial match? Or do you sit back and laugh at those who have any emotional response to a sporting event? This week on the pod the gang are talking about the importance of sport. Chris speak…
 
If your career of choice came with the possibility of fame would that be a bonus or regret? It was once said that in the future everyone will have 15 minutes of fame. One could argue that we’re living in that time now. This week the gang talk about the fame game and whether the aspiration to gain fame is healthy or not. Chris believes we all have a…
 
Hi all and welcome to Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers! This week's episode is a rerelease of one of our favourite AQQA pods from last year all on conspiracy theories. We discuss how conspiracy theories come about, why people might believe in them and why those who do believe in them might be viewed with suspicion or even contempt. Fr…
 
Does it irritate you if you’re really into something that no one else seemingly appreciates? Does it baffle you that people cannot see what you see sometimes? Or have you recently discovered something that you can’t believe you went so long without? This week we're talking about things that are underrated. Sarah gets a bit counter cultural, Chris b…
 
Are you the type of person to do as you’re told? Perhaps you prefer to interpret the rules as you see fit. Or maybe you don’t give a damn about authority and do as you please. This week the AQQA team are talking about following rules. Sarah speaks of her constant fear of accidentally breaking rules, Chris questions some strange rules that apparentl…
 
Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz once said there’s no place like home. For some home is a different place to where life began. For many home will always be the town they grew up in. For a few home might be something or somewhere entirely different. This week the gang discuss the notion of where 'home' can be found. Find us on twitter and insta @aqqapod.…
 
Greetings all! As we're currently having a fuel crisis the team thought they'd talk about crises this week. During this long period of pandemic that we’re still in the word crisis has been used time and time again. Of course, a crisis doesn’t have to be at a national or corporate level. Most of us have had some sort of crisis in our lives whether m…
 
This week on the pod Chris, Marcus and Sarah explore the reasons as to why it's hard to say sorry. Chris reckons it's easier if you're British, Marcus talks about two former American Presidents who said sorry in contrasting ways and Sarah speaks of a time when an apology made a big difference. Find us on insta and twitter @aqqapod. Happy listening!…
 
Hi gang, we’re back from our summer break! We’ve missed you and hope you’re ready for some more AQQA pod action. This week we’re talking about adulthood. Do you think it happens at a particular age? After a particular experience? Or when you find yourself talking about gardening? Chris, Marcus and Sarah explore this and find out how societal change…
 
Hi everyone, this week marks 2 years of AQQA and to mark the occasion we thought we'd rerelease one of our favourite episodes from all the way back in July 2019. This is the last episode of this season of AQQA but we shall return soon for another round of podcasts so don't go away. Thanks for your continued listenership and have a great rest of the…
 
We all love a bit of peace and quiet from time to time but in a world where every waking moment is filled with noise and distraction sometimes that can be hard to find. This week on the pod the gang talk about trying to find silence in healthy proportions. Sarah talks about getting used to the noise of London, Marcus speaks of deafening silences in…
 
Greetings all! This week on the pod we're talking about scary experiences. Whether it's your first day at school, driving along a cliff edge or entering a particularly intimidating prison we all have a scary tale to tell. Find us on social media @aqqapod. Happy listening!Bởi Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers
 
Whether at work or down the pub, in your neighbourhood or from times gone past, we all have friends who occupy different spaces in our lives. Some friends are for life, some are for a season and some friendships inevitably fizzle out over time. With this in mind should we consciously put our friends into different tiers? This week Chris, Marcus and…
 
We all have things that we hate and stuff that annoy us. For decades the BBC had a show entitled Room 101 where celebs would go on and try to persuade the host to put some of their hates and annoyances into oblivion in Room 101. Today we’re answering this question - what would you put in Room 101?Bởi Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers
 
Many people don’t like change. However, this is not true of everyone. Some people embrace change and are always looking for the next fad or phase. Chris talks about his love for change and new horizons, Sarah suggests that she's a bit more cautious and Marcus speaks of rinsing the present for all it's worth and moving on from Britpop. Find us on tw…
 
From time to time we all need to visit some form of medical or health professional. Some people are troopers who need to be told to take time off work and have a rest whereas others can be a little more dramatic and demanding. This week the gang discuss whether they are good or bad patients. Find us on twitter and insta @aqqapod. Happy listening!…
 
Did you know that 25% of the population are classified as 'super tasters'? Or how about by the age of 5 most children stop being fussy about what they eat? Well, clearly some of us didn't get the memo on the latter as both Sarah and Marcus put their cases forward for being picky eaters. Chris gives some interesting advice on how to improve your pal…
 
The phrase 'don’t judge a book by its cover' suggests that outward appearances are not a reliable indication of the true character of someone or something. However, every week or even every day we make all sorts of quick decisions which indicate that we often do that very thing. Chris, Marcus and Sarah discuss situations and examples when judging a…
 
Hi everyone and welcome to a brand new season of Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers! This week we're talking about memorable first time experiences. Among the weird and wonderful memories Chris tells us about his first ever fight, Sarah talks us through her first ever heart break and Marcus reminisces about his first time on a plane in …
 
In light of that unfortunate ship blocking up the Suez Canal this week we're talking about small things that cause great impacts. Rosa Parks, Kaiser Wilhelm II and mosquitos are just some of the talking points in this week's pod. This is our final pod before we break for Easter. We shall be back in a few weeks though. Make sure you're subscribed to…
 
Have you ever lied to a bride on her wedding day about how she looks? Have you ever exaggerated parts of your CV? Would you lie if it meant your team benefitted from it? This week on the pod Chris, Marcus and Sarah are talking about lying. When can we lie? When should we lie? Or is it always best just to be honest? Find us on social media @aqqapod.…
 
This week the gang talk about things that can ruin a good holiday or turn an average holiday into a great one. There's talk of food poisoning, military coups and talking politics to the locals. Find us on insta and twitter @aqqapod. Happy listening!Bởi Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers
 
In the current climate much of public opinion is rather polarised. We're currently in a very argumentative age with the option of agreeing to disagree seemingly not available. However, disagreeing with people is healthy if done well and shouldn't be shied away from. This week the gang talk about all that plus - Chris mentions some handy tips to be …
 
Hi gang, this week we're talking about things that are overrated. Whether it is a particular food, public figure or tourist hotspot we all have have differing ideas about what's great, what's just ok and what's ruddy awful. Sarah has a rant about a certain popular alcoholic drink, Marcus suggests a former world leader is a bit overrated and Chris b…
 
In the UK we can see a tiny bit of light at the end of this lockdown tunnel. When the lockdown is finally over and we can fully socialise again there will be all sorts of parties and social gathering, no doubt. With that in mind, today we’re answering this question - are you a better host or guest? Sarah says she feels too much pressure when social…
 
This week on the pod the gang talk about some of the things people often give up or try to give up for Lent. Marcus explains how he was forced into giving something up when he was a student. Sarah tells of a time when she showed great discipline as a child one Lent. And Chris talks about fasting and amazes the others about how long he's gone withou…
 
This week on the pod we're talking about those famous people who's passing affected us in some way. As the media is filled with celebrity activity we can become so familiar with certain celebrities so that when they are no longer with us we can feel a sense of loss. Chris, Marcus and Sarah talk about Hollywood stars being taken too young, sporting …
 
Greetings gang, on this week's pod we talk about break ups and broken hearts. Don't worry, the chat promises to uplift and not drag down. Sarah talks us through her experiences of break ups and suggests the 11 week/3 month rule does ring true. Chris talks candidly about his experience of a broken engagement which took years to fully get over and Ma…
 
On the pod this week Chris, Marcus and Sarah talk about surprises. Sarah loves them, Chris isn't so sure and Marcus suggests a group who definitely don't like them - army generals. Whether it's a surprise at the Oscars, in the Premier League or in the political sphere they always get us talking. Find us twitter and insta @aqqapod. Happy listening!…
 
Is being a genius different to being extremely intelligent or creative? Is a trailblazer or trendsetter worthy of genius status? And is 'genius' something one is born with or one can learn? This week on the pod Chris, Marcus and Sarah discuss what it takes to be called a genius. Rest assured Marcus gets his customary Billy Connolly mention in there…
 
Hi everyone, we're back and it's ruddy good to see you! Did you know blue jeans are banned in a certain Asian country? Or that a country in the European Union outlawed computer games for a bit? On the pod this week we discuss the things we'd like to ban if we were in charge. Whether petty or important everyone has at least a few things they'd like …
 
Greetings all and Happy New Year! We thought we'd give you a little new year's treat by rereleasing a vintage (yes, vintage) AQQA podcast from 2019. We will be back soon with more brand new episodes but until then please enjoy this week's episode.... Have you ever dreamed of winning millions on the lottery? Many of us have some sort of idea of what…
 
Merry Christmas one and all! We said last week that we were taking a few weeks off. However, due to the new lockdown laws in the UK we thought we'd do a little bonus episode to try and bring you some festive cheer in what looks like is going to be a rather subdued Christmas for many of us. We hope you're doing as well as can be in the circumstances…
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Merry Christmas one and all! Do you enjoy giving gifts to friends and family? How do you decide what to give? Do you ever feel pressure to find the “perfect” gift? Sarah speaks of her love of giving and receiving gifts, Chris takes a more pragmatic approach and Marcus isn't convinced by any of it. Find us o…
 
Hi gang! On this week's episode we discuss the films we saw that left us wanting more. Not necessarily the ones we hated but rather the ones that were over hyped and under delivered. Chris gets us off to a bold start by having a go at one of the most loved films in history, Sarah was unimpressed by a cult classic and Marcus has a bee in his bonnet …
 
We have a very special guest on the pod this week in the form of Magnify CEO Ruth Yimika Afolabi! Ruth started the now internationally renown company when she was just 19 years old and speaks to us about the process of how it all happened. Chris also speaks of his passion for starting up new ventures, Marcus finds the idea of starting something too…
 
This week Chris, Marcus and Sarah discuss the very unfortunate experience of being scammed. Chris talks about an occasion when he was very nearly scammed when looking for a property to rent but wised up just in the nick of time. Marcus explains how he did fall for a scam but managed to avoid losing any money and we hear from a listener who confront…
 
Do you prefer wide open spaces or busy roads and streets? Are you one for calm and quiet or noise and vibrancy? Does the thought of public transport fill you with dread or do you relish the rat race? Chris feels safer in the city and is terrified of people lurking in the dark in the countryside. Sarah doesn't like the gossiping culture in her villa…
 
Whether there's a pandemic happening or not life manages to present us all at some point with struggles and hardships. On a bigger scale when we look at the state of the planet we can get quite disheartened too. However, hope springs eternal! This week Chris, Marcus and Sarah discuss where they find hope. Whether it's in nature, science, community …
 
Greetings one and all! On this week's episode Chris, Marcus and Sarah talk about dreams. Sarah speaks about how her dreams can affect her mood and Marcus tells us about a particular dream he had that turned out to be quite telepathic! Throughout the years much research and study has been done on this subject. The ancient Egyptians put great emphasi…
 
2020 has been a crap year. Due to the pandemic everyone has had to make changes to their lives whether big or small. This week Chris, Marcus and Sarah look at what new norms have entered their lives. Chris talks about having more time on his hands, Sarah suggests people at work are becoming more functional and Marcus has found a new pub conducive t…
 
Trying to get a job can be difficult especially during a pandemic. Changing job, getting a promotion, going freelance or moving to another company all come with their challenges but also with their rewards. However, changing career is a whole different ball game, one in which the stress but also the fulfilment are potentially much greater. This wee…
 
Do you get teary eyed when saying goodbye? Are you one to blubber when watching a sad film? Perhaps when experiencing something incredible your emotions get the better of you? Emotional crying appears to be a uniquely human behaviour. All of us do it but crying is not always an unwanted or negative thing. This week Chris, Marcus and Sarah discuss w…
 
On this week's podcast we discuss some of the many conspiracy theories from the past and the present. From JFK to Walker's Crisps there's something for everyone. We also talk about why people believe conspiracy theories, how they come about and why someone might be viewed with a little bit of suspicion or even contempt if they fully subscribe to th…
 
Greetings all and welcome to Answerable Questions with Questionable Answers! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to up sticks and live in another country? From learning a new language to getting to know another culture it could provide a rich experience. However, there might be some frustrations along the way such as missing home and strug…
 
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