Five Half-Term Education Podcasts

See below for links to five podcasts that I’ve recently listed to and thought you might enjoy over half-term or on your commute into work when things start-up again.  They differ a bit from the normal edu-stuff and they’re all really good.  If you pick just one, go for The Lexicon of Breakups – it’s amusing and thought-provoking in equal measure.


Is compassion fatigue inevitable in an age of 24-hour news?

‘We have never been more aware of the appalling events that occur around the world every day. But in the face of so much horror, is there a danger that we become numb to the headlines – and does it matter if we do?’

Link: ‘War Photographer’, by Carol Ann Duffy

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Why We Love Surprises: The Psychology of Plot Twists

‘Writers and filmmakers hoping to hoodwink their fans with plot twists have long known what cognitive scientists know: all of us have blind spots in the way we assess the world.’

Link: All things literary and beyond

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Literary Pursuits – RL Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde

‘Sarah Dillon discovers the story behind the writing of R.L. Stevenson’s horror classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.’

Link: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Lois Stevenson

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The Boring Talks – The Lexicon of Breakups

‘James Ward introduces another curious talk about a subject that may seem boring, but is actually very interesting… Maybe.’

Link: Language analysis

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Passion Isn’t Enough: The Rise Of ‘Political Hobbyism’ in the United States

‘Keeping up with American politics can feel like a feat. And we tend to think that knowing the latest news means that we’re engaged. But what happens when being informed is the end of our commitment to politics.’

Link: (A tenuous one) Made me think of how EduTwitter debates can sometimes miss the point

Click here to listen.


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Jekyll and Hyde Reading Booklet

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