EPISODE 46: The Government that No One Asked For

We’re back in the government formation limbo this week. Una and Andrea are joined by top buzzer and artist Emmet Kirwan to discuss the FF-FG pre-nup, and the consequences of the pandemic on government formation, collective political amnesia, and the “venus fly trap” the framework document creates in an attempt to lure smaller leftwing parties into their clutches. Plus, the discourse around Keelings gets in the sea, Andrea is enjoying dry-quari life, and Una made the mistake of drinking margaritas


BONUS EP: Escaping the Economy of More

Right now, we are going through an awful pandemic. But one of the things it has given us is the chance to see what would happen if the world simply stopped. And when we start it all up again we’ll have the opportunity to shape what the restart will look like. With that in mind and before we get to that point, we’re looking back at the TEDx talk Andrea did in 2017 and spoke about in her last bonus ep. Why now, more than ever, we need to redefine what success looks like as a business owner post Rona.

This talk was originally given as part of TEDxDublinInstituteofTechnology


EPISODE 45: CORONA Adapt-o-Gen

What does normal even mean any more?

There’s no way we can go back, we don’t know where we’re going, yet somehow we all seem to be adapting to this weird stasis. We talk to Finian Murphy from Core about its research into the current sentiment being experienced by Irish society right now. Like Rihanna found love in a hopeless place, are we finding contentment in an isolated place, once all the factors trying to sell us back the idea of happiness have been stripped from our daily repertoire?

For more information on the Core report Finian spoke about visit onecore.ie/blog/


BONUS EP: HELP! My Granny Won’t Stay At Home!

Struggling with convincing older family members or friends to cocoon? Una chats with psychotherapist Sarah Gilligan about tactics for having compassionate, effective chats with people over 70 who may be struggling to stick to the stringent rules outlined by the Irish authorities. This is for anyone having frustrating phonecalls, or overcome with worry about the potential behaviours of people they love and feel compelled to protect. Some super useful advice here!


EPISODE 44: CORONA: LOCKDOWN AND CIVIL LIBERTIES

As a huge portion of the world’s population is existing under lockdown conditions, many personal freedoms have been sacrificed for public health. But there is increasing concern in various countries about the impact of lockdown culture on civil liberties. This week, Andrea speaks with Liam Herrick, the executive director of the ICCL about Ireland’s new rules, and Una talks to a leading anti-corruption campaigner in Hungary about how covid-19 is intersecting with Viktor Orbán’s desire for power and control. Also the Corona Correction and urban wildlife, things to do virtually this week in Ireland (or anywhere), and the impact of covid-news-overload.


EPISODE 43: CORONA: BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE IN A PANDEMIC

Una and Andrea are back together (remotely) to talk about about behaving ourselves! Not really, but we are interested in the massive role behavioural science plays in containing the pandemic and keeping people safe. We’re joined by behavioural scientist Pete Lunn from the ESRI who co-authored the working document ‘Using behavioural science to help fight the coronavirus’ to discuss the science of collective action, how isolation will impact us, and how leadership impacts a population’s intake of information. Also, a certain fighting man is getting in the sea, there’s LOADS to do virtually this week on Andrea’s new virtual social guide, and our President wrote a poem! Sound.


Some savvy salve for collective coping

coping

noun

The top, typically curved or sloping, course of a brick or stone wall.

How novel that the first definition of coping we came across is talking about a curve. Our collective priority right now is to flatten the curve and can we just say, what a great job our caretaker government, frontline medical staff, retail staff who are keeping shelves stocked and indeed the people of Ireland are doing right now to try and control this virus. But whilst we’re all trying to do the right thing to have the best impact, there is so much collective anxiety, panic and fear. So many tears. The need to take to bed to deal with the trauma we’re feeling. And that’s ok – what’s happening right now is extraordinary. It’s not business as usual.

coping

verb

Coping means to invest one’s own conscious effort, to solve personal and interpersonal problems, in order to try to master, minimize or tolerate stress and conflict.

So how do we cope? While we try to cope with the logistics of recording a podcast together but apart, zen Priestess Una is on hand to explore how we might cope right now in what we hope is some salve in a very heightened environment.


EPISODE 41: LIMERICK Fear and Contagion: HIV’s lessons

Two of the main themes to come out of the recent Coronavirus outbreak are fear and contagion, things that have been front and centre in the queer community for so long.

So we reached out to Adam Shanley from HIV Ireland on the subject of U equals U – Undetectable equals Untransmittable. This is something that’s spoken about quite regularly in queer communities but maybe not as top of mind in more mainstream society. We wanted to approach this in relation to the stigma, fear and panic that surrounds HIV and how we can learn from the historical and ongoing focus on their reduction, especially as we see these behaviours unfold with Corona.

All the usual news (both current affairs and JLo related), Get In The Sea, Fave Bits and Tuna Chicken Rolls also enclosed.


Episode 40: Westmeath Q: Why is Westmeath flooding, and what are we going to do about it?

The middle of Ireland currently resembles Waterworld due to flooding which has been causing chaos for homeowners, businesses and farmers. In this episode we wanted to get to the bottom of why this is happening, whether the precautions and flood defences currently in place are adequate and what can be done moving forward. We’re joined by Breandán Anraoi MacGabhann, a lecturer in geography at University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College and a Green Party Executive Committee member to answer these q’s. We also have the King of Westmeath, Bressie, in studio as our county rep. Fave bits and Get In the Sea’s as usj.


EPISODE 39: REITs: Everything you always wanted to know about REITs but were too afraid to ask

Remember that ad for Tracker Mortgages? “I don’t know what a tracker mortgage is. I don’t know how to save money on my car insurance.” Well that’s how we feel about REITs. And given our current homeless crisis and the fact that Ires Reit is the largest private landlord in the State, we wanted to remedy that situation and get to the bottom of the benefits and downfalls involved with REITs. So we brought Sean Keyes, Finance Correspondent at The Currency in to the studio to give us the full lowdown. As well as getting the lowdown on what’s going on with JLo this week and some Getting in the Sea around International Women’s Day shenanigans.