Welcome; are you ready to listen to the Honest Questions?
Firstly, thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We created Honest Questions to give people the opportunity to share stories, experiences, and opinions. Almost all the people we will be talking to will remain anonymous; hopefully, that will give them the freedom of being totally honest with their answers.
- This podcast would not work without honesty. Specially invited guests will be posed questions by us, the hosts, and have the opportunity to share life experiences without prejudice or judgement.
- Most importantly, Honest Questions hopes to get to the point where the listeners can pose their own questions. In the near future, the website will have a live chat functionality, giving you the opportunity to ask our guests questions and share opinions.
Two of us host the podcasts and we are both from very different walks of life. Perhaps this would be better explained if we tell you a little bit about ourselves.
I’m 59 years old and from West Yorkshire. After suffering a severe heart attack I was forced into early retirement from a very well paid job running a business. Having worked all my life to then do nothing was a big shock to the system. Looking for something that would give my life purpose, Honest Questions has given me an opportunity to achieve just that. I’ve brought up four children and am on my third marriage. Whilst my life has not always been perfect, until my heart attack I considered myself lucky.
In my younger years, I volunteered for various charities and groups. For instance, I worked as a parish councillor, a Special Constable for the West Yorkshire Police, and taught amateur boxing (in between running the kids to football matches and dance classes). I also worked as a DJ in my early years but this is a first for me as a presenter. Hopefully, my life experiences will give me a unique perspective when asking guests questions. Having had a strict upbringing, my views may seem old fashioned at times. Honest Questions will be a great way for me to better understand people and their views.
Hi, my name’s Andy Hudson. I’m a 38-year-old computer programmer from West Yorkshire. Unfortunately, I did not go down the conventional route of getting my dream job. Some of my worst memories stem from growing up in a very dysfunctional household; living on the streets and sofa surfing seemed a better option than living at home. Being homeless was hard, and with no money I turned to petty crime for drugs and food. I spent five years of my life in and out of prison, taking whatever drugs possible. Life had no meaning, no point. Being in prison never bothered me much as there was no family I would miss and my friends were usually in there with me. Finally, I found something worth living for.
Meeting my future wife and stepchildren gave me the incentive to move forward; motivating me to stay off the drugs and work towards the future. Going back into education as an adult was really hard, one of my tutors even told me he would not have people with a criminal record in his class. Whenever anyone asked about my past, my cover story was being a building site worker. In other words, I was too ashamed to share my real past.
There are many people still out there in a hole and unable to climb out. My hopes for Honest Questions is to help people share their story and offer help where ever possible.
People who we will be interviewing
Honest Questions are looking to interview people from all walks of life. Basically, everyone has a story, we are looking for people to share it. Whilst you’re probably curious about people from different areas of society, or in very different circumstances to your own, you may either be too embarrassed or not have the opportunity to ask questions. The Honest Questions podcast is a way we can help to bridge the divide.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Finally, we hope you all enjoy the podcast. Having spent months in preparation this means a lot to everybody involved. Working on a shoestring budget has been very challenging to get where we wanted. We would like to thank all the guest speakers and everyone else involved. None of this would be possible without you.
All the best, Honest Questions.
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