91 episodes

Glasgow & Barcelona based podcast, hosted by Sean McDonald. Sean interviews people from various segments of society, discussing serious topics with Scottish humour. From life stories, to social commentary and discussion on mental health topics, modern culture and more. Contact at seanmcdonald.podcast@gmail.com.

Blethere‪d‬ Sean McDonald

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 333 Ratings

Glasgow & Barcelona based podcast, hosted by Sean McDonald. Sean interviews people from various segments of society, discussing serious topics with Scottish humour. From life stories, to social commentary and discussion on mental health topics, modern culture and more. Contact at seanmcdonald.podcast@gmail.com.

    Kenny MacKay of Flip The Mindset

    Kenny MacKay of Flip The Mindset

    We talk about podcaster Kenny’s upbringing and how a traumatic event that resulted in the passing of his brother impacted his entire outlook on life, his time as a professional footballer and the mental battles that long-term injury caused him.


    We also chat about his podcast, Flip The Mindset, and how he aims to help people with the project.


    Contact: seanmcdonald.podcast@gmail.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/seanmcdonald01
     
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Scotland's Youngest Ever MSP Ross Greer

    Scotland's Youngest Ever MSP Ross Greer

    Ross Greer is a Member of Scottish Parliament, and the youngest ever elected, representing West Scotland for the Green Party in 2016.


    - We talk about behind the scenes at the Scottish parliament and everyday goings on, including seeing Nicola Sturgeon buying a meal deal in Tesco


    - Ross talks me through his highly publicised clash with Good Morning Britain anchor Piers Morgan, after he challenged people’s perceptions of Winston Churchill


    - We discuss Ross’ political experiences to date, including an unlikely friendliness between him and former Tory Leader Jackson Carlaw


    - And as always, plenty more


    https://twitter.com/Ross_Greer


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Debt: Taking Back Control // with Senior Debt Adviser Tommy Gallacher

    Debt: Taking Back Control // with Senior Debt Adviser Tommy Gallacher

    I'm joined by Senior Debt Adviser Tommy Gallacher, from https://www.dontfretaboutdebt.net/ we discuss the social stigma around debt and the stresses that come with carrying around the weight of that on your own.


    Tommy explains the solutions available to people struggling with debt, and how you can take free, simple steps to stop paying more than you can afford and relieve pressure from creditors.


    We also discuss the reasons people fall into debt in the first place, including high interest payday loan companies and ‘buy now pay later’ schemes from online clothing brands. Debt can affect people from all walks of life, but it’s rarely spoken about due to the element of shame associated with it. We unpack all that, and more.


    For free, impartial debt advice, tailored to your specific needs, get in touch with Tommy or visit https://www.dontfretaboutdebt.net/, but before you do, listen to this episode and make up your own mind.


    Contact Tommy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tommygallacher
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Classic Episode: Ex Al-Qaeda Bombmaker and MI6 Spy Aimen Dean

    Classic Episode: Ex Al-Qaeda Bombmaker and MI6 Spy Aimen Dean

    Aimen Dean was an Al-Qaeda bombmaker who had sworn an oath of allegiance to Osama Bin Laden. He eventually defected to work for the British Security Services as a spy for seven and a half years, before his cover was blown by ex-US Vice President Dick Cheney.


    We talk about his motivations for taking up arms, the part that radicalisation played, becoming disillusioned with the cause, and his time with MI5 and MI6.


    Aimen's Book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nine-Lives-Time-Inside-al-Qaeda/dp/1786073285


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    • 1 hr 58 min
    Suicide: Less Hashtags, More Conversation Please // with Darren McGarvey

    Suicide: Less Hashtags, More Conversation Please // with Darren McGarvey

    I'm joined by Scottish rapper, author and social commentator Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey for a second time, on Blethered.


    We talk about Darren’s new TV series ‘Class Wars’, coming soon on BBC Scotland, and we take a look at Scotland’s drug death statistics and the Scottish government’s recent response and actions to mitigate the crisis.


    We also discuss suicide, and why deeply uncomfortable conversation will ultimately be more effective than well-intentioned hashtags and soundbites, plus plenty more.


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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Adam Miller aka Old Firm Facts

    Adam Miller aka Old Firm Facts

    Adam Miller is a football writer and columnist, who started out by writing and sharing jokes online on the very popular @OldFirmFacts Twitter account, before turning it into a full time career


    We talk about how he made that jump and some of the experiences he’s had so far, the transformative power of doing what you really enjoy in life, and the positive influence that new voices in media can have.


    Old Firm Facts on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Oldfirmfacts1


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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
333 Ratings

333 Ratings

CroninR ,

Thank you

Only recently found your podcast and it’s perfect entertainment/education on my morning stroll so thank you. Especially loved your chat with Aimen but mainly Jake Warren, seriously fascinating way of reporting. Oh and thank you, I’m now back in Conflicted again haha !!

Don1985 ,

Great podcast

Really interesting topics on Blethered. Had some great guests on.

S1 and S2 intro tune was great, not sure how he wrangled that one!

Tmcglad36 ,

Excellent content

Well worth a listen, great content as usual

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