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The Wellcome Collection Podcast

Sep 29, 2021

Hello Happiness is the first series of The Wellcome Collection Podcast. In this episode, Bidisha chats to her guests about their personal experiences of resolve, and considers its complicated relationship to happiness.

Psychotherapist Susie Orbach and broadcaster Jeff Brazier discuss the power and limitations of resolve in managing grief and mental health. 

Hear about the hurdles faced by champion athlete Yasmin Miller and how she works with coach Leah Dunthorne to overcome them. 

Artist and writer Scottee reads his specially commissioned text asking whether resolve is all it’s cut out to be. 

Storytellers and activists Elif Shafak and Hassan Akkad talk about individual and collective responsibility in a world of conflict and injustice. Hassan recounts his journey from Syria to a Covid ward in a London hospital, while Elif reflects on the power of stories and the positives of pessimism. 

This episode contains references to torture, sexual assault and suicidal thoughts. 

Presented by Bidisha 
Produced by Debbie Kilbride  
Sound design by Micky Curling  
Music by Sola