PART 2: 

4 must listen to podcasts for your study stay

I LOVE a good podcast! They are a perfect middle ground between books and conversation radio. A productive break from listening to my favourite song on repeat and a chance to make the afternoon commute less tedious. (Need a podcast app? click here)

Therefore, when participants ask me what they should do during their study stay, podcasts are always at the top of the list!

“But why?” I hear you ask.

Well firstly, there is a podcast for everything. And I mean EVERYTHING! I have seen episodes ranging from ‘how much money is there in the world’ to how hang gliding works’.

This is great for anyone obsessed with a specific topic, for those wanting to learn something new, or for people who simply want to annoy their friends with obscure fun facts and their new-found sophistication.

If you are looking to dip your toe into the world of podcasts, the Centre for Clinical Studies team has the following suggestions;


Top selling author and master polymath (aka ‘jack of all trades) Tim Ferris, interviews high performers from many fields, including science, sports, art and business.

He is brilliant at asking questions that are out of the norm and digging for minute details, often until it is painful (some guests have disclosed their entire morning routines down to the minute!).

This podcast is recommended for anyone wanting to improve their themselves with priceless advice from the world’s top 1%ers.

“Informative, entertaining and enlightening” – Deanna, Recruitment Officer & Avid Fan Girl

Favourite Episode: How Seth Godin Manages his Life – Rules, Principles and Obsessions



Stand-up comedian and MMA commentator Joe Rogan must be doing something right as his podcast consistently ranks in the top 10 of downloaded podcasts.

He is a master of conversation and interviews people from all walks of life. He isn’t afraid to delve into controversial topics and his shows can often run for up to 3 hours.

The frequent MMA interviews can be too much if you aren’t a fan, but with over 1000 shows to flick through, you can find some interviews filled with gold.

“Thought-provoking, honest and sometimes strange. Not recommended for those sensitive to hearing frequent F bombs” –  Jackson, Recruitment Officer

Favourite Episode: Interview with Danica Patrick



If you enjoy history then you are probably already familiar with this top iTunes ranking podcast. However, if your eyes usually glazed over at the mention of Julius Caesar or Achaemenes do not discount this one yet.

Dan Carlin presents significant historical events with such zest and (occasionally melodramatic) enthusiasm that it is difficult not to get hooked!

It is a great podcast for anyone who wants to understand society and human behaviour. After all, “those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” (Edmund Burke).

“Passionate, engaging and informative” – Sophie, Assistant Recruitment Manager

Favourite Episode: World War 1 Series: A blueprint for Armageddon



When asking around the office for people’s favourite podcasts, “Serial” was the resounding answer.

Host and journalist Sarah Koenig explores mysterious murder cases with meticulous detail and nuance that has you on edge trying to figure out whether the convicted murderer is in fact guilty or wrongly convicted by a faulty justice system.

The entire story is discussed over many episodes and luckily you will have ample time on your hands while staying with us. Be warned, if you are one for happy endings you may be disappointed by the ambiguous conclusion.

“Mysterious, fascinating and Impressive attention to detail”  – Tom, Recruitment Officer

Favourite Episode: Season 1, Episode 3 ‘Leakin Park’


PRO TIP: Listen to your podcast 0n 1.5X speed. Not only is it still easy to hear but it reduces any deadtime and allows you to get through more podcasts. Trust me, it is a game changer!

There you have it, 4 brilliant, interesting and entertaining podcasts that are sure to make your time with us well spent. If you missed our suggested side projects to keep you busy and productive during your inpatient stay see PART 1. Otherwise stay tuned for PART 3 coming soon!