Now that I’m walking my commute to and from work, I need something to keep me amused on the 6km there and 6km back. I turn to podcasts and have been enjoying some new ones recently.
It’s always a challenge recommending a podcast to someone, especially a podcast you love. There are some that I never miss, some weekly staples. But given it’s an hour’s walk each way, daily, I’ve needed to find some fresh titles to add to my library.
So, here’s what I’ve been listening to:
‘Foclóir’ is the Irish word for dictionary. Motherfoclóir is pronounced…well, just as you’d expect it to be. Naughty, right?
This excellent podcast (95% in English, by the way) is a super-interesting exploration of what it is to speak Irish in the contemporary world. All the presenters are great fun and I regularly learn something new about the language I had to learn from age 4 to 18 back in Dublin.
Don’t worry if you’ve never heard Irish spoken before or have no interest in learning the language. If you like languages in general and want to understand more about how minority languages adjust to the modern world, this is a great listen.
Reasons to be cheerful
‘Reasons to be cheerful‘ is the truly uplifting and interesting podcast featuring Ed Miliband (yes, that Ed Miliband) and Geoff Lloyd. Each week, they explore something positive about the world and how we can make it a better place to be.
It’s a really lovely show and one that’s taught me a lot about various topics that seem impenetrable at first glance. How to improve fairness in society. How to minimise our impact on the environment. How to improve voting systems. Don’t let the topics fool you – it’s great fun and a podcast that regularly has me smiling on my commute into the office.
Midori House is the daily news discussion from he people at Monocle. It’s always entertaining – more like a magazine than a news bulletin – and they regularly have very knowledgeable and experienced guests.
You won’t find a huge overlap with local news, as they spread their news nets quite wide, but it’s always covered with style and I find I learn a lot from it. The bottom line: I rarely find myself shouting in frustrating at what I hear. Which is more than can be said for a lot of other news I hear…
Now it’s your turn.
What other podcasts should I be listening to?