My Dad used to tell me that I had a brain which thirsted for knowledge and I thought, honestly, he was just trying to get me to try harder at school. Since I left my hellhole of a high school education, I realised it wasn’t learning that I despised it was just that school.

In fact, when I started my degree and had barely any contact hours, I realised I was starving and wanted more. If you’re anything like me, have a peruse below at some of my favourites.

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The Guilty Feminist

Deborah Frances-White hosts some fantastic guests on her comedy/feminist podcast. This podcast is great because all of the performances are done in front of a live audience, so you can hear hundreds of other feminists laughing along with yourself. If you’re after some quality, intelligent and insightful women sharing their views and secrets give this one a go.

Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip

If you know me but at all, you should know I absolutely adore Sir Scroobius Pip (not actually knighted.. yet). Of course, I also adore his podcast series Distraction Pieces. This isn’t everyone’s kind of podcast because Pip does have a stammer, so the dialogue doesn’t flow as smoothly as others. However, he is such a fascinating and intelligent man that if you can look past that, it’s an incredible listen. My favourite episode at the minute is #181 with Alex Horne. I’m also a huge fan of TaskMaster so, that makes sense.

Sword and Scale

Sword and Scale is potentially my favourite true crime podcast. Mike Boudet is excellent in terms of how well-researched his episodes are. Though there is a strong focus on American true crime, Boudet covers cases from all over and tries to include 911/999 calls and interview tapes where possible.

They Walk Among Us

They Walk Among Us is a UK true crime podcast which I absolutely adore. Episodes are much shorter than Sword and Scale but are also uploaded much more frequently. I will say, Benjamin (who hosts TWAU) is slightly better at staying unbiased when it comes to the cases.

Casefile True Crime

Along similar lines, Casefile is the best Australian true crime podcast that I’ve stumbled across. In the UK we don’t often hear about Australian cases, so I’m always surprised by the cases. The podcast doesn’t just focus on Australian crime, one my favourite group of episodes were all about a serial rapist in the Sacramento area. Spoiler alert: you’ll dedicate like 9 hours of your life to this mini series of episodes, but you will not find out who the rapist was. 

The Adam Buxton Podcast

My housemate introduced me to this podcast – cheers Anna, my love! This podcast is fabulous. Adam Buxton is hilarious, and basically just talks to famous people he knows and records it for us creepers to listen to. His chats with Louis Theroux are hysterical. You might know Adam Buxton as Tim Messenger in Hot Fuzz – aka he knows Edgar Wright pretty well and (hooray!) there are episodes with Edgar Wright to listen to. If you’re a fan of British comedians, dark humour, conversations about weird shit, feminism, and hundreds of other things – please give Adam’s podcast a go.

Beautiful Anonymous

Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People. This is a US podcast where the basic premise is that an anonymous caller phones in and confesses or speaks about something. Chris (the host) isn’t allowed to hang up the phone first. Some scandalous and hilarious stories come out. Give it a listen if you love fantastic, anonymous gossip.

Lore

Lore is my most recent discovery. It’s a little cheesy, so it’s more ‘light entertainment’ than ‘educating’. The podcast explores a new creepy story every episode, usually folklore or legend, weird murders, disappearances or similar. Very American, very ridiculous but I’m a fan and I’m not ashamed.

 

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Thanks again go to Anna for this one! Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredient cookbook was gifted to my lovely housemate this Christmas, and we’re never looking back. I’m certainly buying my own copy when we no longer live together.

We’re still working our way through recipes to try but our current favourites are:

  • Easy spinach and paneer curry (spinach, paneer, Rogan Josh paste, cashews)
  • Easy sausage carbonara (tagliatelle, parsley, 1 egg, Parmesan cheese, sausages/veggie meatballs)
  • Super green spaghetti (spaghetti, garlic, cavolo nero/kale, Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese)
  • Chocolate orange shortbread (unsalted butter, plain flour, golden caster sugar, 1 orange, dark chocolate)

We can’t wait to try:

  • Rustic gnocchi (floury potatoes, asparagus, plain flour, thyme, Parmesan cheese)
  • Apple crumble cookies (dried apple, self-raising flour, unsalted butter, caster sugar, 1 large egg)

 

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This app is perfect if you’re a sleepy person like me. I use this app every morning to wake me up a little. I then ‘study’ and repeat some challenges in the evening to see if my sleepiness has an effect on my results. Spoiler, I’m way quicker in the evening.

The free version of Elevate offers you three challenges for training every day and then options for studying and improvement. I love the literary challenges, and have really enjoyed upping my reading speed. Currently approaching the 500 words a minute mark, which is mental. It also shows the areas you need to improve – for me, it’s definitely Maths. I’m useless at mental maths and any sort of numerical challenge.

 

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Finally, I’m a huge fan of TED talks. I know this won’t be a new resource for many of you, but I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you.

See How The Rest Of The World Lives, Organised By Income – Anna Rosling Rönnlund

How Adoption Worked For Me – Christopher Ategeka

My Son Was A Columbine Shooter – Sue Klebold

How Adaptive Clothing Empowers People With Disabilities – Mindy Scheier

Inside The Mind Of A Master Procrastinator – Tim Urban

 

I hope you’ve found this post interesting and maybe you’ve found something new! Feel free to send me some of your own favourites, I’m always thirsty for more learning resources. I’d have to do a whole other post for my favourite non-fiction reading resources – maybe keep your eye out for that in the future.

‘Til next time, loves.

MJ x

 

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Posted by:MJ

20, studying at UEA in Norwich

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