Five Favourite Podcasts

January 11, 2019

Looking for some inspiration in the New Year? This might help. For the start of 2019, we thought we would do something a little different and share with you our personal Podcast favourites direct from the BRT team.

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From the makers of Duolingo and hosted by Martina Castro, co-founder of NPR’s Radio Ambulante, this podcast is a series of real-life stories for English speakers learning Spanish. As the description in iTunes points out, “These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language.”

 “No matter whether you want to brush up your foreign language skills or are just embarking on the journey of mastering a second language, these podcasts are made in a way that is engaging, interesting and do not fail to captivate your curiosity. Sometimes all you need for your evenings is to sit back, relax, and at the same time work on improving your language skills.”

 – Vladimir Ivanov, BRT Co-ordinator

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Guy Raz explores the stories of some of the world’s best known companies. Hear about the journeys of innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and find out the moves they made to develop their enterprises.

“High quality guests that are very honest about the start-up journey.”

Pete McLean, BRT Incubator Manager – Merchiston Campus

In each podcast, Emma interviews top quality guests on themes of creativity, work, wellbeing, the internet, social media, feminism, identity, mental health, careers, and everything in between. With well over 150 episodes on her channel, Emma has interviewed the likes of Lena Dunham, Gillian Anderson, Greta Gerwig, Gretchen Rubin, and many more.

“Emma’s podcasts always put a smile on my face. I love being inspired and motivated by the amazing people Emma interviews. There are loads of great chats with freelancers and creatives that always give me creative ideas, or the thought that I could be doing even more! There are also the interviews about well-being, work/life balance, and not pushing past your limits, which really help give me a reality check about taking too much on in work and in life.”
Cilla Richards, BRT Business Engagement & Communications Manager

British Comedian, Adam Buxton, has rambly conversations with interesting people that are often quite funny, and sometimes more serious with funny parts added in. Interesting people include: Bill Burr (American stand up comedian),  Edgar Wright (British film director), Cariad Lloyd (British actor, writer, character comedian and improviser), Nish Kumar (British stand up comedian, actor, and radio host), plus loads more!

                “I like the ramble chat, and the jingles are great.”
Nick Fannin, Head of BRT

Our very own BRT Incubator Manager at Craiglockhart campus, Wendy Wu, has kindly agreed to share a podcast she wrote and produced herself in 2016, which is hosted on the Chinese Podcast platform, XimalayaFM. This is a lifestyle podcast series in Chinese language where Wendy shares her personal experience of living and travelling in western society, and focuses a lot on cross-cultural relations.

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