It’s always good to get out of your online content bubble — and this weekend’s Cork Podcast Festival has plenty of shows worth exploring for something a little different.
Nature podcasts are a growing genre and The Critter Shed (Crawford Art Gallery, Sunday, midday) is a delight that will open your eyes on your next walk. It’s a comforting listen, hosted by Trinity science research associate Collie Ennis and audio producer Colette Kinsella.
Over ASMR-ish snorting pigs, packs of barking dogs, and screams due to creepy-crawlies, it’s one where your imagination runs wild.
Motherfoclóir (Spailpin Fanach, Sunday, 4pm) has just celebrated its 100th episode, having begun life as a very entertaining Twitter account (@theirishfor) before debuting on the Headstuff podcast network in August 2017.
Darach Ó Séaghdha is the main host, joined by a rotating cast that includes Green Party councillor Peadar Ó Caomhánaigh. They are passionate for the Irish language, obviously, but are also laugh-out-loud funny. They’re at their best on the likes of episode 99, ‘Hiberno-English Vs. Global Pop Culture English’, and vehement on regular not-so-hot takes about why Irish shouldn’t be compulsory in school. A regularly delightful, informative listen.
Ask Audrey, the sex-mad southside snob who doles out life advice in this newspaper, finally goes public with an appearance at the Kino at 1pm on Saturday. It’s part of a bill that also includes Cork podcast The Life Hustle,
It Galz (Cyprus Avenue, Friday, 11.30pm, sold out) has been running since March 2017. Hosted by Jenny Claffey and Lindsay Hamilton, their episode titles include ‘What’s the point in casual sex if it’s s**t?’ and ‘Are We Feminists?’
The It Galz clearly enjoy pushing buttons: On ‘Managing anxiety & Dublin’s dying nightlife’, they hit out at the social media outcry over the Bernard Shaw pub’s closure in Dublin (it’s since announced it is reopening elsewhere) and ask, “It’s like OK what are we gonna do, completely change the laws around nightlife so you can rave with your dicks out til 4am?”.
Personally, I find it an enraging listen. OK, back to my bubble.