It’s a great time of year to take a long walk with a good podcast. 40% of Irish adults listen to podcasts regularly and with two million shows to choose from, it’s not always easy to know what to listen to.
These six Irish podcasts are worth following for economic analysis, engaging interviews and bold new ideas.
Economist and author David McWilliams aims to ‘make economics easy, uncomplicated and accessible’ through his weekly podcast. Covering topical issues with an economic lens, recent episodes include discussions on the rise of ESG, the outlook for the Irish economy and the economics of climate change. As an award-winning current affairs host, McWilliams is skilled at bringing economic, political and social issues to life with engaging debates.
Presented by Irish Times Business Editor Ciaran Hancock, the weekly Inside Business podcast features discussions on trends in business, economics, tech and finance. With an average listenership of over 6,500 per episode, Inside Business is one of Ireland’s most popular business podcasts. As well as conversations with Irish leaders from diverse sectors, Inside Business features international guests. Check out an episode from spring featuring Mark Carney, Canadian banker and economist, who discusses his new book Value(s), his Irish heritage and the need the build a better world for all.
Scott McInnes, founder of the Inspiring Change agency, wanted to create a platform where he could speak with leaders about how great internal comms, engagement and leadership all contribute to building a positive work culture. On the Inspiring Change podcast, he interviews leaders who share their learnings, offer advice and best practices. Listen to episode 35 with IOB’s CEO Mary O’Dea who discusses the power of diversity in work and the importance of authenticity in leadership.
For those looking to keep up to date with tech trends and news, Talk Tech is a podcast and radio show that discusses how tech affects consumers. A recent episode discusses the implications of a worldwide shortage in chips. Irish Times Technology Correspondent Ciara O’Brien discussed the potential impact of a chip shortage on production and demand for electronics and the knock-on issues for small businesses.
The Business Post’s Five Degrees of Change podcast asks some of Ireland’s most prominent leaders in business, academia and politics to propose three big environmental policy changes and to share two small personal changes they’ve made to contribute to a cleaner, greener world. On recent episodes host Daniel Murray has interviewed climate scientist Michael E Mann and political activist Saoirse McHugh.
Irish Funds has recently been making some of their library of keynote presentations and panel discussions with funds and financial industry experts available through podcasts. The organisation also launched a new EU Policy Podcast in April, with Brussels-based host Umar Ahmed, Head of EU Affairs with Irish Funds, discussing the review of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive.
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