Great Global Health Podcasts from April 2018



With so many podcasts out there, how do you decide what to listen to? We have selected a few podcasts from the last month that we think are definitely worth a listen if you’re interested in global health or development. They cover topics from disaster preparedness to depression and come from a range of perspectives. We are really keen to hear about new ones, so If you have heard of any great podcasts that you think we should feature, please get in touch at


Guardian Global Development Podcast: Human experience will always speak louder than any campaign

News and media coverage of the refugee crisis deliver certain political messages.  Focusing on modes of communication, this podcast asks how storytelling in development and human rights can shift the narrative. It looks at the opportunity to tell more ‘human’ stories and explores the psychological research behind what changes people’s minds.  It also points out the historically paternalistic approach that development organisations have taken to telling individuals’ stories and asks why we don’t let people tell them themselves.  This is a must-listen for anyone interested in global health or development communications.


My Perfect Country: Cuba’s Hurricane Preparedness

This one is a bit older but is part of a series which is really worth listening back to.  In each episode, the team at My Perfect Country takes a policy from somewhere in the world that has had apparent success and screens it for inclusion in their “perfect” country, an imaginary land where they are gathering policies that actually work.  Keeping the Sustainable Development Goals in mind throughout their analysis, they go some way towards answering the question posed at the start of this episode: when all feels like doom and gloom, “how do we keep ourselves upright without leaning on those twin props of naivety and self-delusion?” This episode focuses on Cuba’s policy for surviving hurricanes and asks if it is a model for the rest of us to follow.  They are keen not just for feedback on their policy decisions, but for suggestions of policies that the show can analyse in the future.


Ezra Klein Show: Is modern society making us depressed?

Turning the focus towards health in Western Societies, this episode of the Ezra Klein Show sees Ezra interview Johann Hari who has recently published a book, “Lost Connections,” which focuses on society and culture’s relationship with our mental health. This is a wide-ranging discussion that encompasses mental health, biology, social connections, loneliness, and critiques of modern society.


Displaced: Madeleine Albright on the global refugee crisis

When I was studying conflict and health at university, we were taught that before we start creating health interventions for a conflict, we must really learn to understand the history behind the conflict or issue at hand.  The first episode of this new series by the International Rescue Committee and Vox media touches on this. The presenters interview Madeleine Albright, a refugee and America’s first female secretary of state. She discusses the broader concepts and approaches to the current refugee crisis.



Katy Davis has a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Global Health and Development from University College London where she currently works as a research assistant in innovative qualitative research methods for global health. 



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