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A dieting book or a how-to guide for an eating disorder? Pourquoi pas les deux ? Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on PayPal Get Maintenance Phase T-shirts, stickers and more Links! The By The Book episode The NYT interview with Mireille Guiliano Gabrielle Deydier: what it’s like to be fat in France Inhaling Their Food Publishers se…
 
This week, we are taking an episode from the archives to share with you. Originally released in 2021, Stefanie spoke to psychologist and outgoing president of the Psychology Society of Ireland, Mark Smyth, about mental health and therapy for Mental Health Month 2021. There are questions about social media, life in 2020/2021, anxiety. What is therap…
 
Aoife Harvey from Women’s Health Dublin joins Stefanie to talk about pelvic health - what is it, what do women need to know about it and what exactly is the pelvic floor? Aoife explains some basic pelvic floor exercises and why they are important, particularly for pregnant women and post-pregnancy. You can find out more about Aoife’s work on Instag…
 
"Celebrity chef Pete Evans has activated his last almond with the Seven Network." Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on PayPal Get Maintenance Phase T-shirts, stickers and more Links! Pete Evans on COVID-19 restrictions Pete Evans on who gets COVID Introducing the BioCharger Coronavirus treatment spruiked by chef Pete Evans criticise…
 
In this episode of Basically, Hugh O’Connell, political correspondent with MediaHuis, joins Stefanie to talk all things politics. He breaks down the different political parties within Ireland, and what they stand for. You can support Stefanie and the show on HeadStuff+ Follow Stefanie on Instagram @StefaniePreissner Thanks to Cathal O’Gara for our …
 
How a beloved TV chef became one of Australia's most polarizing public figures. Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on PayPal Get Maintenance Phase T-shirts, stickers and more Links! Going Paleo: What Prehistoric Man Actually Ate The Paleo Way (video clip) Paleolithic nutrition for metabolic syndrome Paleo diet still lacks evidence At…
 
Should we judge a book by its cover? This week, graphic designer Cathal O’Gara joins Stephanie to talk about his experience in graphic design, the design process, and what goes into making a book cover. You can find Cathal on Instagram @cathalogara You can support Stefanie and the show on HeadStuff+ Follow Stefanie on Instagram @StefaniePreissner T…
 
The most famous lingerie brand of the 90s & 00s, Victoria's Secret has had a major cultural impact. But as society has evolved with body diversity & inclusion, Victoria's Secret had to cancel its famous fashion show. Grace & Conor do a deep dive into a company that has long set beauty standards. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. F…
 
This week, Stefanie chats with David Costello, the Irish consul general to Hong Kong and Macau. David explains the differences between an ambassador and a consul, what it is that consuls do and how they help Irish citizens abroad, how they promote Irish culture and the importance of language. You can support Stefanie and the show on HeadStuff+ Foll…
 
In this episode of Basically, Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond joins Stefanie to explain the Brexit Protocol. What does it mean, how does it impact everyone and what has been happening to find a viable solution between Ireland, the UK and the EU? You can find Neale on Twitter @nealerichmond You can support Stefanie and the show on HeadStuff+ Follow Stef…
 
From The Nutty Professor to Jan from Grease, Grace and Conor do a deep dive on Hollywood's questionable representation of fat characters in film and TV throughout the years. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access to bonus ma…
 
There is no new Basically episode this week, but here is a new podcast for you to try. Fad Camp is a comedy podcast part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. Together, co-hosts Grace Mulvey and Conor Dowling explore the ridiculousness of fad diets. You can listen to all episodes of Fad Camp here. You can support Fad Camp and Basically on HeadStuff+ Fo…
 
This year, the UK implemented a law requiring chain restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus. Where did these policies come from? What impact do they have? And why is a Julia Roberts quote from 1990 the best way to describe them? Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on PayPal Get Maintenance Phase T-shirts, stickers and more L…
 
In this week’s episode of Basically, medium Fiona Faery joins Stefanie to talk about being a medium. They discuss the differences between mediums and psychics, why the industry should be regulated, and some of the things to look out for when going for a reading. You can find Fiona’s website here or on her Instagram (@fionafaerypsychicmedium) You ca…
 
In this episode Grace & Conor are joined by the brilliant James O’Hagan, host of Sissy That Pod & the Champions Programme Manager at LGBT Ireland, to talk about fatphobia in the gay community. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive…
 
In this episode of Basically, Stefanie is joined by Hilary O’Connor from Maurice Leahy Wade Solicitors (leahywade.ie) to discuss how to get a divorce, the processes, the importance of mediation, the division of assets and much more. You can find Hilary on Instagram at @hilaryoconnorsolicitor You can support Stefanie and the show on HeadStuff+ Follo…
 
Weight loss is as simple as “calories in, calories out,” right? Or — gasp — could the reply guys be wrong!? This week, we dig in on the surprisingly complex science behind a seemingly simple calculation. Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on PayPal Get Maintenance Phase T-shirts, stickers and more Links! History of the Calorie in Nut…
 
In this episode of Basically, Shane Prendergast (project manager for EVs at SEAI) takes Stefanie through the different types of electric vehicle models out there, offers some advice on what to look out for when purchasing an electric car and discusses some of the benefits of switching to electric. Check out seai.ie to find out more, and to see what…
 
In this episode of Basically, psychotherapist and former footballer Richie Sadlier joins Stefanie to talk all about sex. He talks about why it is important to give young boys proper sex education and to have open conversations with them about sex and relationships. Richie’s book, Let’s Talk is available now, and you can follow Richie on Instagram @…
 
This week, Mike and Aubrey take on a manual for creep behavior masquerading as a diet book. Along the way, we cover shopping guides, journalism salaries and the proper preparation of Cornish game hens. We love our curvy husbands. Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on PayPal Get Maintenance Phase T-shirts, stickers and more Links! How…
 
On this week’s episode of Basically, Stefanie chats to Professor Barbara Ryan and Elaine McGown, AKA The Gut Experts. They talk all about gut health and their new book, ‘What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Gut,’ published by Sheldon Press. The book is out now and available now in all major bookshops and many independent bookshops in Ireland an…
 
Why does it seem that retailers pick clothes sizes out of thin air? It's because for the most part, they do. Grace & Conor do an ill fitting deep dive into the world of clothes sizing! This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exclusive access …
 
This episode of Basically was recorded live at the Basically Live Show at Smock Alley on the 23rd of March. Rory O’Neill AKA Panti Bliss joins Stefanie to talk about the origins of Panti, his relationship with Ireland and his involvement in political movements throughout the years. You can support Stefanie and the show on HeadStuff+ Follow Stefanie…
 
This episode of Basically was recorded live at the Basically Live Show at Smock Alley on the 23rd of March. Pj Gallagher joins Stefanie to tell stories about all the different countries he has visited. You can support Stefanie and the show on HeadStuff+ Follow Stefanie on Instagram @StefaniePreissner Thanks to Cathal O’Gara for our artwork and our …
 
This week, Stefanie speaks with Aisling Hurley, Chief Executive Officer of Breast Cancer Ireland. Stefanie and Aisling discuss common misconceptions about breast cancer diagnoses, why you should regularly self-check and the importance of knowing your baseline. Aisling relays the eight signs and symptoms to watch out for, when to see your GP, and th…
 
How a liberal journalist entrenched a libertarian fantasy. Thanks to Sarah Taber for helping us with the research for this episode! Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on PayPal Get Maintenance Phase T-shirts, stickers and more Links! Julie Guthman's "Weighing In" Rachel Laudan's "Cooking and Empire" Heidi Zimmerman's "Caring for the …
 
In this episode of Basically, Rosanna Davison joins Stefanie remotely to share her difficult fertility journey. From her struggles in getting pregnant to finding a surrogate, to eventually getting pregnant with twins. You can follow Rosanna on Instagram @Rosanna_Davison Rosanna’s book, ‘When Dreams Come True’ is out now. You can support Stefanie an…
 
This week's show is still in the oven so we're releasing one of our first Patreon bonus episodes. We asked our listeners for the wildest and wackiest fad diets they've ever tried and ended up doing mini-deep dives into The Rotation Diet, The Shangri-La Diet, The Special K Diet, Bethenny Frankel's "Naturally Thin" plan and the Blood Type Diet. Enjoy…
 
This episode of Basically was recorded live at the Basically Live Show at Smock Alley on the 23rd of March. Luke O’Neill joins Stefanie for a Covid update and why the virus is making more news headlines. They talk about next-generation vaccines and answers some audience questions. You can support Stefanie and the show on HeadStuff+ Follow Stefanie …
 
Binders, trappers, burners, fatters, thinners. Whatever name you have for diet pills, do they actually work? Short answer: absolutely not. Tune in to our latest episode to hear all about diet pills. This show is part of the HeadStuff Podcast Network. For more, go to HeadStuffPodcasts.com, where you can also become a member of HeadStuff+ and get exc…
 
This week, Stefanie speaks with Robert Whelan, the Managing Director of Rockwell Financial Management. Stefanie and Robert de-bunk common misconceptions about home ownership and discuss how to renegotiate your mortgage, painlessly. Robert also offers advice on how to set goals and start saving at any age. You can support Stefanie and the show on He…
 
In 2019, Jordan Peterson disappeared from public life. One year later, he re-emerged with a diagnosis, a story and no self-reflection whatsoever. Thanks to Katelyn Burns and Talia Lavin for help fact-checking this episode and Doctor Dreamchip for our lovely theme song! Support us: Hear bonus episodes on Patreon Donate on PayPal Get Maintenance Phas…
 
Stefanie chats with Cathy Kelly about her writing process and the books she has written to date, including her upcoming novel The Wedding Party. She describes the importance of having a strong community of writers behind her and how she got started as a writer. For tickets to Stefanie’s upcoming live show on March 23rd 2022, check out the Smock All…
 
This episode includes graphic descriptions of warfare and may be triggering for some listeners. This week, Stefanie speaks with Dr. Tom Clonan, a journalist, security analyst, and commentator on international affairs. Dr. Clonan explains the historical context behind the current Russia-Ukraine war, and predicts how Russia may act in the coming days…
 
Oops all meat: How a '50s bodybuilder, a Grateful Dead roadie and an unreadable professor accidentally launched one of America's wildest fad diets. Here's Mike's "Cancel Culture" video! Note: In our discussion of Jordan Peterson’s political correctness lecture, I made a sarcastic comment about looking “slim in this dress.” After the episode came ou…
 
This week, Stefanie speaks with accredited psychotherapist Katie McKenna. Katie explains how “the fawn response” manifests in children and adults in both helpful and detrimental ways. Stefanie and Katie discuss how to know if you’re a “fawner,” where the response might come from, and how therapy can help fawners achieve more balance in their lives …
 
This episode focuses on grief and loss and may be triggering for some listeners. This week, Stefanie speaks with Liz Gleeson, a psychotherapist and educator who specialises in grief and loss. Stefanie and Liz discuss misconceptions about grieving and the harmful societal expectations we have around bereavement. She offers suggestions for supporting…
 
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