Westboro Baptist Church“It was absolutely devastating to realise the full effect and the magnitude of the cruelty of what we had done.”

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When does Twitter ever get the credit for making an online conversation less toxic? Megan Phelps-Roper’s experience on Twitter confounds the stereotype. The former Westboro Baptist Church member spoke to Ryan Tubridy this morning about the role Twitter played in her conversion from anti-LGBTQ rights protester to champion of tolerance and inclusivity. She tells her story in a new book, Unfollow: A Journey …

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton“These stories are inspirational because the women are not perfect, there is no such thing.”

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Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton have both enjoyed independent success across the bestseller lists. They’ve recently joined forces however, to create a compendium of inspirational women entitled, The Book Of Gutsy Women: Favourite Stories Of Courage And Resilience. Mother and daughter joined Ryan Tubridy this morning to discuss their latest project, US politics and why female role models are …

Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow“I was part of a system that silences women.”

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Ronan Farrow’s latest book ‘Catch and Kill’ sounds like a spy-thriller filled with double-agents, double-crossing and dastardly deeds. It is all of these things, but there’s not a word of fiction in its pages. The book tells the story of Farrow’s reporting on allegations of sexual abuse by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, and his efforts to …

Michaella McCollum

Michaella McCollum“You’re not coming to Peru to take home 20 packets of porridge.”

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Plenty of people want to be famous but not like this. At the age of 20, Michaella McCollum went from being an anonymous holiday-maker to an accused drug trafficker in a matter of seconds, with her face beamed across the world and her story top of the international news cycle. She’s written about the events surrounding her arrest and her …

Dwarfism Awarness advocate Carol Rice

Carol Rice, Dwarfism Awareness“I’m after finding my tribe: I have amazing doctors, I have an amazing piano teacher.”

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Dwarfism Awareness activist Carol Rice is a woman with a mission. As a Little Person (LP) she was told she might not reach some of those goals due to her size. Driving was probably out, basketball was out, playing the piano was out as she was told her fingers were too short. Carol didn’t take no for an answer and …

Tammy Darcy of The Shona Project

The Shona Project“Teenagers are not lazy, they’re tired.”

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Tammy Darcy knows what it’s like to be a teenager whose world has fallen apart. Life was rosy until she hit 14 and then the shocks came; wave after wave of them. Her older sister Shona was diagnosed with a brain injury and her parents’ marriage broke down. Her grades took a nosedive and she was severely bullied in school. …

Nick Knowles“All those things that we think make a difference between us disappear.”

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Nick Knowles has a deeply personal motivation for hosting DIY SOS, the home rescue show he’s fronted for 20 years. They’ve done it all, from building a community centre at the Grenfell Tower fire site, to carrying out renovations for families struggling to cope with devastating illness. Nick told Ryan Tubridy today he does the show in memory of his dad, …

Jonathan Van Ness

Jonathan Van Ness” I was devastated on a daily basis, for years.”

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It’s one thing to be known by a one-word moniker – looking at you Cher – but it’s quite another to be instantly identifiable by your initials. JVN (or Jonathan Van Ness for the uninitiated) is one such star. The grooming expert on Netflix’s ‘Queer Eye’ is a force of nature whose infectious personality, razor-sharp wit and seemingly endless capacity …