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The internet is full of misinformation about recreational drugs - both legal and illegal. Dr Suzi Gage, a psychologist interested in understanding associations between substance use and mental health, tackles one substance per episode - providing information about what we know - the harms, but also potential benefits of these substances. There's no hype, no spin and no judgement, just information. In the first series, she is in conversation with rapper Scroobius Pip.
 
Jack Pelling & Robin Allender chat to amazing guests about their personal relationship with The Beatles, and discover how their lives and work have been influenced by the greatest band of them all. Guests include Elis James, Jon Ronson, Mae Martin, Guy Chambers, Josie Long and many more. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/personalbeatles. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Thinking Out Loud is the podcast where there are no stupid questions. Every episode, Konnie Huq and her best mate Liz Owens pick a big topic, and share what they know (or what they think they know). Then, they invite a bona fide expert into the studio, to correct mistakes, answer questions, and teach us all some interesting facts. Think of it like a cross between your favourite class at school and a really interesting chat down the pub!
 
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In this episode, Helen is joined by Etienne, a third year diagnostic radiography student who has worked and been on placement in the NHS during COVID-19. We talked about how placements have been different during the pandemic, and what parts of the experience have stood out for her. If you’re a medical, nursing or AHP student, and you’d like to talk…
 
Surprise! As a Christmas treat, here's more from our festive chat with John Robins, in which John talks about his favourite Beatles songs, more cans are consumed, and everything gets a little bit silly. Contains language that might make Santa sad. Happy Christmas and thanks for listening. J & R. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/personal…
 
In this episode, Helen talks to Danny Blair, a Lecturer in Radiotherapy at the University of Liverpool. They discuss the importance of social connections, how the Radiotherapy Department have been supporting students during COVID-19, and Danny shares his tips for hosting a great Zoom quiz. We’d love to hear your feedback and experiences. You can co…
 
It's a YOPB Christmas special! And as a festive treat, we're joined by comedian, broadcaster and Beatle-skeptic, John Robins for a very merry, can-fuelled session. Will we convert John into a Beatlemaniac and get him to renounce Queen? Seems unlikely, but you'll have to listen to find out. We also offer our thoughts on Paul McCartney's new Lockdown…
 
In this episode, Helen is joined by Dr Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist and author. They talk about the effect on our mental wellbeing of spending time outdoors or with a view of nature, and the new appreciation many of us have for going outside after lockdown and self-isolation. We’d love to hear your feedback and experiences. You can contact us at …
 
Helen is joined by Professor Vicky Karkou, Director for the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing at Edge Hill University. Lots of us have been dancing, singing, painting, cooking, gardening, and doing craft projects during COVID-19. In this episode we talk about how arts and creativity benefit our mental wellbeing, the research evidence in this a…
 
In this episode, Helen is joined by Professor Laurence Alison and Emily Alison, to revisit the topic of resilience (episode 2). We talk about the four pillars of resilience: health, purpose, joy and feedback, and think about strategies to help us keep going after months of challenges and uncertainty. More information about resilience and stress, in…
 
A live episode recorded earlier in the year in London at Vault Festival, in association with Child.org. Suzi speaks to Alex Aldridge. Alex is a Phd student at Royal Holloway, researching sex, drugs and sexual ethics. The conversation touches on various aspects around drug use during or around sex, including chemsex, issues of consent, and in partic…
 
In this episode, Helen is joined by Luke, a junior doctor who worked as a sub-FY1 in the NHS at the end of his final year of medical school. We talked about what it’s been like, the things that have helped him to cope, and the importance of looking out for each other. If you’re a medical, nursing or AHP student, and you’d like to talk on the podcas…
 
It's the final show, and it' a little bit different this week as we're joined by musician, Benoit Pioulard in an ambient hidden track to end the series. Our very sincere thanks to everyone who has joined us and especially those who’ve shared their personal Beatles with us. If you’ve enjoyed the podcast and would like to see us return for more, why …
 
In this episode Suzi talks to James Nicholls, the CEO of an organisation called Transform, who are a think-tank working in drug policy reform. The conversation covers what is meant by various different types of drug policy, from regulation to decriminalisation to legalisation, as well as discussing what evidence-based drug policy might look like, b…
 
Josh Widdicombe is here to share his personal Beatles in a bumper episode. In addition to Josh's relationship with the Fab Four, we chat about Glastonbury, the danger of becoming a music dweeb, persisting with Pet Sounds, and being pranked by Trout Mask Replica. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/personalbeatles. See acast.com/privacy for…
 
In this episode Suzi speaks to Tom West, head of operations in one of the University’s institutes, about how he changed how he consumed news, after finding it was impacting on his mental health. This includes an exploration of the evidence around how news can affect us, strategies he found worked for him, and how the COVID-19 pandemic interfered wi…
 
It's a Yoko Ono special! Actor and comedian Gabby Best joins us to talk about her love for Yoko Ono, and particularly her Twitter feed. Other topics of discussion include reassessing Yoko and her work, musical theatre audition nightmares, roasted baguettes, and the 1993 power ballad from the film The Three Musketeers. We also hear the details of Ga…
 
Suzi and Helen look back on the highlights and challenges of starting a podcast in a pandemic. Find out why we created the podcast, what we’ve learnt, our plans for the future, and how this podcast has helped our mental health. We love hearing your feedback, ideas and questions: our email address is covidpod@liverpool.ac.uk…
 
We're back (briefly)!! In the first episode of a new little run, Suzi speaks to epidemiologists Dr Kate Fleming and Dr Luisa Zuccolo about what we know about the evidence around the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. How do they compare to other things women are advised against doing, like smoking, or eating soft cheese? Why does alcohol s…
 
Musician, producer and founder of Spacebomb records, Matthew E. White joins Jack and Robin from Richmond, VA to chat about The Beatles and George Martin's impact on his sound and career. Matt also talks about his eclectic musical influences, the Lady Madonna piano in Abbey Road, and the ingenious arrangement on Ob-Lad-Di-Ob-La-Da. Support this show…
 
Medical students and graduates share what they wish someone had told them when they started medical school. We’ve made this episode particularly for the first-year medics starting University during COVID restrictions, but I think it’s useful for us all to reflect on what we’ve learnt about looking after our mental health. Thank you so much to every…
 
Actor and comedian Al Roberts shares his personal Beatles with Jack and Robin this week. You may know Al from his roles in sitcoms, Stath Lets Flats, Feel Good and Ghosts, as well as being 1/3 of comedy trio, Sheeps. Al was kind enough to revisit the entire Fab Four catalogue in preparation for the episode, so we chat to him about the band's evolut…
 
In this episode, Helen is joined by Dr Richard Latten, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Deputy Director of the Wellbeing Team at the University of Liverpool School of Medicine. Richard talks about his experiences working clinically during COVID-19, including uncertainty, the different phases of the pandemic, and a request from a patient. If yo…
 
Comedy legend and George Martin impersonator, The Actor Kevin Eldon and author Jem Roberts pop in to chat about the fantastic new book Fab Fools: The Last Ever Untold Beatles Story. Lots of lovely chat about The Beatles and comedy, Neil Innes and The Rutles, and the origins of Kevin's perfect George Martin impression. Support this show http://suppo…
 
In this episode Helen is joined by Dr Julie Hanna, Director of Studies for the Occupational Therapy programme at the University of Liverpool.Julie talks about what mindfulness is, how it can be incorporated into your life, and why it could be particularly useful to students at the moment.The episode also includes a guided mindfulness meditation to …
 
Hazel Wilde of the Mercury-nominated band Lanterns on the Lake joins Jack & Robin this week to talk about their fantastic new album, growing up with Magical Mystery Tour and the Frog Chorus, post rock, Brit pop and terrible teenage band names. Spook the Herd by Lanterns on the Lake is available on Bella Union now. Support this show http://supporter…
 
In this episode Suzi is joined by junior doctor and comedian Matthew Hutchinson to talk about conspiracy theories around covid, and healthcare more generally. Matt provides great insight in to why people might hold these conspiracy theories, and also offers advice on when and how to challenge them, and when it's better not to engage.Here are some l…
 
This week, comedian, writer and 1/3 of Sheeps, Jonno joins us to share his Personal Beatles, revisionist Paul and Only Fools and Horses in a hilarious episode recorded IRL* and CIH**. *In real life **Cans in hand. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/personalbeatles. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Helen is joined by Dr Teodora Manea Hauskeller, Lecturer in Clinical Ethics at the School of Medicine, University of Liverpool. They talk about the ethics of care during the pandemic, and how themes in the student experience episodes (5, 8, 11, 15 & 16) illustrate these concepts: considering the effects of PPE, visiting restrictions, and technology…
 
Comedian and writer Josie Long shares her Personal Beatles with Jack & Robin this week. Amongst many other things, we discuss her love of Revolver, her hatred of The Beatles' children's songs, and her newfound love for Paul. We also chat about her other formative musical experiences and championing of 90's indie rockers, Gomez. Support this show ht…
 
Suzi is joined by Vicky Thornton, who is the Head of Nursing at the University of Liverpool, to talk about moral distress and moral injury – two related concepts whereby a person feels unable to act in a way that aligns with their morals due to circumstances beyond their control - and the pressure or strain this can place on a person, as well as pr…
 
Christian Madden, keyboard player for Liam Gallagher, joins Jack & Robin this week to talk about The Beatles' great key players, Billy Preston and Nicky Hopkins, as well as Liam's Lennon influence. We also chat about recording at Abbey Road, playing with Daniel Johnston and evaluating 80's McCartney. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/per…
 
This week, Jack & Robin are joined by comedian, musician, producer and host of the Lunchwatch podcast, Johnny White Really-Really. It's a magical mystery tour of a conversation which includes chats about Steve Albini, scary nighttime thoughts, teenage listening shame, being mocked by Penny Lane, and some cracking controversial Beatles opinions. Sup…
 
In this episode, Helen is joined by Carys, who has just graduated in medicine and has been shielding during COVID-19. She talks about the challenges of shielding and how she adapted her expectations, the things that have helped her to cope and what she’s gained from something that initially felt negative and restrictive.If you’d like to get in touc…
 
Suzi is joined by Professor Pauline Slade, a clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Liverpool. Suzi and Pauline discuss the challenges for students managing and processing distressing experiences while working during Covid (and more generally). Pauline provides information and reassurance about what initial responses to trauma ca…
 
Jon Ronson discusses his personal Beatles with Jack and Robin this week. There's also chat about 'Paul is Dead' conspiracy theories, outsider art, and one of the great rock n roll anecdotes involving Keith Richards, Concorde and M and S vouchers. The book we discussed at length is Craig Brown's One, Two, Three, Four: The Beatles in Time. Photo: Eml…
 
Helen is joined by Imogen, who has just graduated in medicine. She talks about her experience of working as a sub-FY1 in the NHS, feeling anxious about catching COVID-19, and what it was like when that actually happened.If you’re a medical, nursing, physician associate or AHP student, and you’d like to talk on the podcast about your experiences of …
 
Comedian, writer and Beatles superfan, Mae Martin joins Jack & Robin this week to talk about formative Beatles records, the relationship between music and comedy, and her Beatles tattoo. We also discover Jack and Mae's least favourite Beatles song. Check out all the tracks in this episode on our Spotify playlists (we know, Paul's Boutique came out …
 
In this episode, Helen is joined by Hannah, a 3rd year student nurse. Hannah talks about how she felt well-supported by her family, friends, lecturers, and colleagues while working in the NHS during COVID-19.Student nurses at the University of Liverpool have played an active role in caring for patients during the pandemic. The interviews with Hanna…
 
Guy Chambers is one of the UK's most successful songwriters, having written numerous number one hits, most notably songs like Angels, Let Me Entertain You, and Millennium with his long-time collaborator, Robbie Williams. As a producer, he has worked with everyone from Diana Ross to Kylie, and even one Sir Paul McCartney. Guy chats to Jack and Robin…
 
Suzi is joined by Dr Paula Byrne, the lead for PSM on the medical degree at the University of Liverpool. In this episode they discuss the concept of ‘feeling terrified’, in part inspired by an email we received from a student who is nervous about going back in to hospitals in September. In the episode Paula discusses why feeling terrified can be a …
 
Epidemiologist, author and host of the brilliant 'Say Why to Drugs' podcast, Dr. Suzi Gage joins Jack and Robin this week to talk about her own personal Beatles. Suzi chats about her early Beatles influences, drugs and creativity, and living in Liverpool as a Beatles fan. If you enjoy the show, please give us a rating! For more info, or to get in t…
 
In this episode Helen talks to Shantanu, a second year medical student who founded the Be Free campaign. He has recently been given The Diana Award for his work promoting positive mental health and reducing stigma around mental health problems. You can find more information on the Be Free campaign on their website: https://www.befreecampaign.org/ht…
 
This week, Jack & Robin are joined by Welsh stand-up and broadcaster, Elis James. Elis is a massive Beatles fan and is perhaps best known for his work with John Robins on Radio X and BBC 5Live. We chat about the Beatles touring years, bishop gossip, meeting Paul, and which Beatle would you not want to fight? Thanks for listening and please subscrib…
 
This episode is especially for medical students revising for exams postponed by COVID-19 (but it may be useful to other students too!). Chris Huntley talks to Helen about evidence-based strategies you can use to study effectively, stay motivated, and look after your mental wellbeing while revising.Medical students at the University of Liverpool can…
 
The journey begins. In our introductory episode, Jack and Robin discuss their personal Beatles, as we begin to try and unpack the mystery of how this rock n roll band can still mean so much to us half a century on. They also attempt to answer one of the most important cultural questions of the 20th century: who had the best beard? Thanks for listen…
 
In this episode, Helen is joined by Megan, a 3rd year student nurse. She talks about her expectations and experiences of working in the NHS during COVID-19, and what's helped her to cope.If you’re a nursing, medical, physician associate or AHP student, and you’d like to talk on the podcast about your experiences of working or studying during the CO…
 
In this episode, Suzi talks to Professor Kate Bennett, an expert in grief and bereavement research. They discuss what it’s been like to experience a bereavement during the pandemic, and offer advice for both those who have experienced loss recently, and those who know people who have and want to offer support.If you want to take part in Kate’s rese…
 
This episode revisits strategies to recharge your mental health: Medical and Nursing students share the things they’ve been doing during lockdown to look after their mental wellbeing.Listen to Episode 1 for more information on the ‘coping reservoir’ model, based on this publication:Dunn, L.B, Iglewicz, M.D. & Moutier, C. (2008). A Conceptual Model …
 
This week, Dr Suzi Gage takes us on a deep dive into the misconceptions, myths, and misinformation surrounding drugs. Plus, we find out about jealous Buddhists, Suhail exposing hypocritical government officials, and re-wiring the brain. (Just a quick note: this episode was recorded in March and contains some references to ketamine) You can get Suzi…
 
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