The Field Day Podcast brings you the newest critical thinking and informed discussion of culture, history and technology from specialists and academics from Ireland. Along with the podcast, Field Day is busy in many fields of activity, including journalism, theatre and public lectures. See fieldday.ie to learn more or visit our youtube channel.
Announcement – November 2020
The Field Day Podcast is going on a hiatus from November 2020. It takes quite a bit of time and energy to produce the kind of content we want to share, and time and energy are in short supply these days, in the face of other commitments. Additionally, as the podcast approaches its 3rd anniversary, […]
31. Irish Culinary History, with Dorothy Cashman
The political doesn’t always correspond in Ireland to the culinary. Dorothy Cashman reads the long-forgotten recipe books of Irish country houses, and inserts them into the history of the country and the world. In her analysis of one recipe book from Kilkenny, she gives us a fascinating portrait of a network of women and food […]
The Compact Disc at 40
2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the technical standard for the compact disc. Eamonn Bell explains how this format is an important hinge in the establishment of digital music for the general consumer. As a portable medium, it belongs to the era of vinyl and magnetic tape, yet as the first widespread digital music format, […]
Absence and Presence in Hollywood: On Polly Platt, with Aaron Hunter
Polly Platt is not a household name, and that is the problem we tackle in this episode. She was a lynchpin in the making of an astonishing list of some of the best American films for more than two decades. So how come so few people know about her? When her name is remembered, it […]
28. The Atmosphere of Crowds, with Illan Rua Wall
Crowds create atmospheres. Police try to control those atmospheres. From the interaction between them, says Illan Rua Wall, emerges power. And that power can take the form of political upheaval and unrest, or the consolidation of pre-existing sovereignty. A lecturer in law at the University of Warwick, Illan Rua Wall pursues questions of police and […]
Post-work and Busynesslessness
When it comes to work, the coronavirus has changed everything, and changed nothing. We are more idle, and we are busier than ever. Some employers bring therapets (therapeutic pets), such as alpacas, into the office. It helps people get out of their heads, as Stephen Dunne explains in this episode. So, what’s wrong with our […]
Stimulating, intellectual, engaged
Excellent informative podcast on all matters relating to Ireland’s culture. Well researched, a delight to listen to.
very interesting and entertaining