Podcasts: Student writer Joy recommends 4 of her favourites

18 Jan 2019
By Joy K., Student at Robert Gordon University

As students, we spend a lot of time staring at a screen or with our heads buried in a book. So why not give your tired eyes a rest and listen to these amazing podcasts instead?

1) Mind Your Bap

An uplifting mental health podcast dealing with a wide range of topics, such as bullying and alternative therapies, Mind Your Bap is run by mental health spokesperson Robbie Butler with the help of Marty Chappell.

This podcast reassures people that it is ok not to be ok and offers advice on wellbeing. If they are able to help even one person, then they are happy. They also have a range of special guests and it’s definitely an encouraging listen.

2) The Guilty Feminist

A light-hearted look at feminism in the 21st century. Host Deborah Frances-White and special guests unload their insecurities and highlight the hypocrisies of modern life. Encouraging women to break the glass ceiling, they deal with topics such as politics, periods, representation, and body positivity in a humorous way.

They also deal with serious issues such as mental health and women's rights, offering support and advice along the way. It’s a must-listen for both women and men alike and is sure to have you laughing out loud.

3) How Did This Get Made

One for movie buffs, this podcast dissects those movies that just force you to ask, ‘How ON EARTH did this get made?’ From the unrealistic to the ridiculous and downright awful, the hosts pick apart a movie per episode with the help of a special guest from the world of film and TV.

Created by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas, it is laugh-out-loud funny and will help you steer well clear of the world’s worst movies.

4) Those Conspiracy Guys

A tongue-in-cheek Irish conspiracy theory podcast. Hosts Gordo and Neil attempt to uncover the mysteries behind some of the biggest unsolved crimes and most infamous conspiracies.

From 9/11 to Tupac and Biggie, the guys try to decide whether they believe in history’s weirdest and most wonderful conspiracy theories - all with that irresistible Irish humour.

Where will you start?

There are hundreds of thousands of podcasts out there - more than half a million different shows on iTunes alone. Almost any topic you can imagine has its own podcast, under broad themes such as art, comedy, business, and politics.

So if you’ve heard the hype but you haven’t given them a go, take the plunge and start your podcast journey today on iTunes or Spotify.

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A Northern Irish, caffeine fuelled, food-loving photographer and aspiring journalist, who likes to think they're funny. Political fan, dog enthusiast and music lover. Expect sarcasm, puns and bad jokes.