It’s May again! And if you’ve followed this blog for some time, you know what that means. In May I share my favorite podcasts with you. I’ve done that in May of 2020, 2021 and 2022 as well. 99% of the podcasts I listen to are educational podcasts. I listen to them to learn new things and grow on a personal level. That’s why I share these podcasts on here too. I hope they might be interesting for you too and may help you grow as person. Here are my 4 podcast tips from May 2023 (note: they’re all Dutch).
1 De Rudi en Freddie show
Honestly, the name of this show is awful. It sounds like it’s about two men who just chat with each other about random parts of their life. However, this podcast is my favorite of all times. If you’d ask me which podcast I recommend of all the ones I listen to: it’s this one. De Rudi en Freddie show is a production of De Correspondent, a ‘news’ platform which offers in-depth stories of certain issues. It’s nothing like everyday news. And neither is this podcast.
De Rudi en Freddie show is a podcast (starring my favorite author of all times, Rutger Bregman, aka Rudi) which dives deep into subjects that, in my opinion, truly matter. A few examples of subjects they have talked about: effective altruism, bull-shit jobs, poverty, activism, and the list goes on. All subjects I find extremely fascinating. And the good thing is: Rutger and Jesse (the hosts of the shows) are always very optimistic. They can truly see that the world is moving towards becoming a better place and I always find that hopeful. No bull-shitting about everyday life, this podcasts talks about what really matters.
Now, something completely different. Just how I like it. Mama’en is a podcast about motherhood. And even though I am not a mother, I think this podcast is extremely valuable. This podcast helps you prepare for motherhood a little bit (if you ever want to become one). Mama’en tries to cover all the subjects there are about motherhood. I think this is empowering, because we live in a patriarchal society.
If you do not prepare for pregnancy and motherhood, choices are made for you. I feel like I have to prepare to make choices that are good for me too. About what type of labor I want, how the care of my children will be divided between me and my partner, about what sort of midwife I want, etc. If you do not educate yourself, motherhood is patriarchal. Examples of subjects which are discussed in Mama’en the podcast are: pregnancy discrimination, the individualization of parenthood these days, hypnobirthing, breast feeding, etc. etc.
3 Dikke Vinger podcast
Dikke Vinger (translation: fat finger) is a podcast that discusses everything around being a fat person. And I know, I personally am not a fat person. But I find it important to dive into all types of discrimination. And unfortunately, fat people are discriminated against. Of course I have never experienced this myself. But that’s exactly why I think it’s important for me to listed to Dikke Vinger. I will understand a little bit more about what it’s like to be a fat person in our Dutch society today. From there on I can recognize discrimination and actively fight it.
Dikke Vinger talks about a range of subjects, from fat-phobia to dating and from doctor visits to clothing. But there is one thing that Dikke Vinger does not talk about: dieting and weight. And that is amazing. Right now, there are not that many episode online yet, 11 in total, but I am exciting for the ones that are still coming. The Dikke Vinger podcast is just a small part of the platform and charity Dikke Vinger, which is determined to make the world a better place for fat people.
4 Women INC.
Off to the last podcast of this list: Women INC. Women INC. is a feministic Dutch platform and charity. It’s one of the charities I personally donate to, to make society more equal. The Women INC. podcast is, just like with Dikke Vinger, just a small part of this organization. The podcast talks about all things feminism. From the pay gap to the pink tax to pregnancy discrimination. So far the show has 29 episodes, which, in my opinion, is not a lot. But they will keep on going!
The episodes are a little bit factual if you’d ask me. They try to insert personal stories sometimes, but not always. But I think that’s the point in this podcast: it’s a factual podcast which straight-on tell you the situation in The Netherlands when it comes to feminism. In a way, this strengthens the story. It’s not so much about emotions, but more about the facts. It’s a great podcast and I would really recommend you to listen to it in combination with Damn, Honey, another feministic podcast I’ve recommended before.
Those were my 4 podcast tips from May 2023! What do you think?