74 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
    • 4.0 • 8 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.

    Blethered en Español // Conversación con Pablo

    Blethered en Español // Conversación con Pablo

    Un episodio en español, hablando con mi amigo Pablo.


    Pablo es de Argentina y ha vivido en Barcelona, ​​Francia, Italia e Irlanda. Hablamos de la vida con Covid, sobre viviendo en países diferentes y más.


    An episode of Blethered in Spanish, with my friend Pablo. Pablo is from Argentina and has lived in Barcelona, France, Italy and Ireland. We speak about life with Covid, living in different countries, and more.


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    • 30 min
    A (Scottish-Indian) Woman In A Man’s World // with Aarti Joshi

    A (Scottish-Indian) Woman In A Man’s World // with Aarti Joshi

    Aarti Joshi is the head of marketing and communications for DF Concerts, the people who brought you T in The Park, TRNSMT and countless concerts and music events.


    Aarti is Scottish-Indian and while being as Scottish as you could possibly be, she also has a very rich cultural heritage, of which she’s rightly proud. We talk about what it was like to grow up with a different cultural background to the so-called ‘norm’, and experiencing racism in different forms.


    We also discuss Aarti's interesting career, encounters with Paul Weller at T in The Park, and about the need to take time out and rest, for both physical and mental health.


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Gambling Addiction & Campaigning For Regulation // with Matt Zarb-Cousin

    Gambling Addiction & Campaigning For Regulation // with Matt Zarb-Cousin

    Matt was previously Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman and has been instrumental in bringing about more stringent regulation on betting companies in the UK, through the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. 


    We talk about Matt’s previous gambling addiction and the depths that he fell to as a result, we discuss the impact of gambling in communities throughout the UK, and Matt talks about working with Jeremy Corbyn in the run up to the general election, as well as both our thoughts on the current political landscape both north and south of the border.


    If you’ve been affected by any of the issues raised in this episode, take note of the advice Matt gives and you can also find relevant links and information in the episode notes. Don’t suffer in silence, people are there to help you.


    Gamban: https://gamban.com/
    GamCare: https://www.gamcare.org.uk/
    Matt's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattzarb


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Grammy Award Winning Songwriter Graham Lyle

    Grammy Award Winning Songwriter Graham Lyle

    Graham grew up in Largs and moved to London in the 1960’s, where he worked as a songwriter for Apple Music, the legendary music label owned by The Beatles.


    He had his own illustrious performing career as part of Gallagher & Lyle, before he turned his attentions to songwriting again. He's written tracks for Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, and so many more global superstars. 


    Graham talks about having three number 1 hits at the same time in multiple countries, winning Grammy awards and being inducted into the Grammys Hall of Fame, songwriting with Paul McCartney, and about world famous DJ Kygo covering ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’, a song he wrote for Tina Turner.


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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Shamima Begum, Deradicalisation & National Security // with Aimen Dean

    Shamima Begum, Deradicalisation & National Security // with Aimen Dean

    Aimen Dean was a member of Al Qaeda before he defected to join MI6, where he continued to operate within Al Qaeda as an undercover spy.


    In this episode, we discuss Shamima Begum and her appeal to be able to return to the UK, I ask Aimen if he thinks deradicalisation programs work, and I ask him some listeners questions.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Guns, Gangs & Number 1 Hits // with Musician Dan Dare

    Guns, Gangs & Number 1 Hits // with Musician Dan Dare

    Music Producer & Performer Dan Dare grew up in West London and was involved in gang culture and serous crime at a young age, before throwing himself into music. He quickly earned a solid reputation in the industry and has worked with numerous major artists worldwide, and most recently co-wrote and produced Head & Heart, the current UK Number 1 by Joel Corry and MNEK (July 2020).


    We talk about Dan’s tough upbringing, his music career and the honesty about his mental health in his music. His lyrics are raw, powerful and honest; we look at what fuels that expression and how he deals with any mental health issues that he faces.


    You’ll also hear about Dan’s experiences with celebrity dating app Raya, we discuss the true definition of being a strong person and about how men struggle to show their emotions. And, as always, plenty more.


    Dan's Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0afI2bb9YP5PpZwT8nwlZH?si=QoBqLuFvTVu35Jc-Y1icnA
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/slangslanging?lang=en


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    • 1 hr 13 min

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