By Emily Robertson
COVID-19 isolation got you bored at home? Exhausted your list of to-do things around the house? Need a break from study? If you haven’t yet jumped onto the podcast bandwagon, now is a perfect time. With more down time during this weird situation we find ourselves in, listening to podcasts can be a great distraction from the constant COVID-19 updates. Here are some of my podcast recommendations:
Med Conversations – This is an Australian podcast by doctors working in Melbourne. There are many very useful episodes particularly for 3rd and 5th year students about important conditions – a good way to study without requiring much effort.
Humerus Hacks – Another Australian podcast by two Melbourne based doctors, they provide helpful mnemonics and humerus ways to remember important facts about conditions, you will be sure to have a good laugh.
Junior Docs – An Australian podcast by two junior doctors about the transition from medical student to doctor, aimed at assisting this transition with episode focuses such as avoiding burnout and choosing a specialty.
Conversations in Obstetrics and Gynaecology – An Australian podcast with a number of episodes relevant to 4th year women’s health content.
The Food Medic – By British doctor Hazel Wallace. She interviews leading experts in their field to provide evidence-based advice on how we can live healthier lives. I also recommend following Hazel on Instagram and checking out her website for lots of delicious and healthy recipes.
The Doctors Kitchen – A podcast by British GP Rupy Aujla covering a range of topics from healthy eating to how to prevent and treat illness. He interviews experts in their field of health and medicine.
In Good Health – A relatively new Australian podcast by Dr Sandro Demaio exploring the science and research behind how to eat better to improve mental, physical and social health.
Health Report – An ABC podcast aimed at all Australians to bring clarity to the health and medical issues from social, scientific and political points of view.
The Squiz – This daily podcast provides a quick 10-minute snapshot of the major news headlines in Australia and around the world.
Chasing Cosby – A moving podcast by Nicki Weisensee Egan about the rise and fall of American comedian Bill Cosby. Each episode delves into the sexual abuse allegations made against Bill Cosby by numerous women.
The Lighthouse – A podcast by the Australian detailing the strange disappearance of 18-year-old Theo Hayez in Bryon Bay, a young backpacker from Brussels.
True Crime conversations – A podcast by Mamamia that explores some of the world’s most notorious crimes, each episode details a different crime by talking to those who know the most about them.
Caliphate – An award-winning podcast by Rukmini Callimachi from the New York Times and her quest to understand ISIS, she speaks to former members of the jihadi to get an insider view of the world of ISIS.
Shameless – A pop-culture podcast by Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews with episodes released twice a week, Mondays are a wrap of the top pop-culture and celebrity news and Thursdays are an interview with an influential person.
Love Etc. – A podcast by Bumble delving deep into all things love, including dating with an STI, cheating and emotional abuse.
Gertie’s Law – This podcast by the Supreme Court of Victoria is a must listen for anyone who feels they need to scratch up on their knowledge of the legal system. It takes listeners inside Victoria’s Supreme Court and explains the daily workings of the court and we hear from judges about why they make the decisions they do. Episodes cover many topics from sentencing, mental health, juries and the criminal trial process.
The Joe Rogan Experience – A podcast by comedian Joe Rogan where he interviews a wide range of guests. A must listen is episode 1109 with Matthew Walker, The Science of Sleep.