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Summary

Please note: contains strong language and adult content.

The Oxford Union is a student society like no other. It is a prestigious platform with a tradition of hosting debates and speakers stretching back to 1823. It is, in the words of former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, “the last bastion of free speech in the Western World."

For many, the Union is best known for its high profile speaker events. An incredible range of figures have addressed its members, drawn from politics to religion; science to sport; film to fashion. Some voices are inspiring, others controversial. Union members are given the chance to meet their heroes, and challenge those with whom they disagree.

This series offers Audible members a curated selection of the best speaker events from the Union in 2018.

©2019 The Oxford Union (P)2019 Audible Studios

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Surprising

Sounded boring. Thumbnail picture looked boring. Title was boring. I downloaded it because it was free, expecting to only get 10 minutes in and proving to myself if was dull.

However it was a good listen. The first one is Paloma Faith and it was a cracking listen - honest, raw, insightful, intelligent and funny. I was hooked ! Some sessions are in the form of a speech to students followed by a Q&A and some are just Q&As but I liked them all. I learned a lot from all the speakers and even discovered a movie I wouldn't have considered before thanks to Twinkle Khanna, the last speaker.

Not stuffy and archaic at all. I prejudged - sorry Audible and sorry Oxford. I loved them and hope this is a regular offering.

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celebs opinions are not unfalliable

these celebs are treated as if their opinion is God given. I hated vera wang dismissing the guy who bought up how exploitative unpaid fashion internships are only to be told you just have to try harder. I also hated elen pompeos remark she would slash Harvey Weinstein across the face with a glass if he tried anything and that he was only professional with her. Has she never heard of the freeze response?! when faced with an assailant who is twice your size you think that fighting him will only anger him more and make him hurt you more so you just freeze and hope it's over soon. if you cant flee or fight your brain goes into a disassociate state of freeze so you can mentally check out as much as possible from the trauma that's about to occur. youre like a deer in headlights. I hate that this platform makes celebs opinions seem soooo mightly important. Honestly they need to get out of their bubble and get educated about a few things.

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good stuff

a very interesting series. great listen and very varied contributions, very entertaining. a few more would be good

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I just want to delete this off of my library but don’t know how because it’s a podcast

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Hidden Gem!

loved finding these interviews with surprising people of note- why is this not more widely known about?!

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Generosity of spirit from a humble champion

Short, insightful and honest. Paula comes across a just a genuinely good person achieving great things.

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Impressive Cast

I love the oxford union and the array of extraordinary characters they bring to speak.

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it makes me feel clever

I'm home educated and a non conformist who despises posh people so I've given it one star for everything.
but it wouldn't let me 'submit' with the one star for all three catergories, try it for yourself. x

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Union Dictates Their View

Too much female politics in theses lectures, seemed to be preaching it in every other presentation. Sometimes subtly sometimes not. Let them eat cake class who superimpose some indignity to make themselves virtuous. Leadership by postcards and posters, not their own footprints,. breathe don't spit your values

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Mixed bag

I think there’s something for everyone here, I personally found 3 talks or views very interesting and I have listened to there multiple times now. Other talks are not may area of interest or the personality of the speaker was not engaging enough or was too simplistic to carry my interest to the end. Overall, as it was free and I guessed there would be one talk of interest, it’s was well worth the time to listen. It is always good to listen to life stories and motivations of others as it can enrich your own experience and helps guid reflection of meaning that could potentially help you to build a better awareness of others upon, even if you do not agree with them understand them, you appreciate their time and passion to share.