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The Lennon Courtney Podcast is where high culture and (un)guilty pleasures meet. Each week, Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney bring wit, wisdom and empathetic analysis of sometimes controversial but always thought-provoking topics. It’s an infotainment sandwich of cultural phenomena and social issues laced with pop culture. It’s the thinking woman’s guide to… Madonna’s Face, The Hidden Sociopaths in your life, Identity Theft and Stupid Fashion.
 
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We are working on series 10 of the Lennon Courtney podcast right now but while you’re waiting, why not take a listen to one of our favourite conversations from series 9. In The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Stalking we talked about the sliding scale of stalking particularly online. The same technology that is meant to make our lives easier, can now als…
 
This throwback episode from season 9 was inspired by an experience Sonya's daughter Evie last year when she experienced shaming and judgement for something she had no control over. Season 10 is on the way with a whole new look and feel so stay tuned for more LC Podcast goodness.Enjoy!
 
We're primping and blow drying S10 ahead of its release in the next while but in the meantime enjoy one of our favourite episodes from S9 - The Thinking Woman's Guide to Comparison. We ask why we compare ourselves to other and why can't we just be content with what we have. Listen to find out more!
 
Series 10 of the podcast is being assembled at the moment and we’re bringing a whole new look and point of view next season. In the meantime, you can listen back to this past episode from series 9. The idea of boundaries in all areas of work and life came up a lot in 2022 and The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Boundaries summed it all up. Listen free on…
 
In the main episode we talked all about getting everything done and spinning endless plates. So for our bonus this week, we decided to chat to 10+ years, career consultant expert, Lynda Barry of Lynda Barry Career Consulting to get her insight into balancing work and life - (but we all know balance is a myth, right?). We loved our conversation with…
 
Our lives are as busy as ever and many of us feel stretched beyond capacity. So how do we continue to keep all our various life plates spinning and stay well? As always, Sonya and Brendan discuss and dissect the issue with wisdom, wit and warmth.
 
In this bonus episode we were joined by Mary Hayes, project lead with Women's Aid's Too Into You campaign. She talked to Sonya and Brendan about relationship red flags and online safety. If you have been affected by anything in this episode you can call the Women’s Aid 24hr National freephone helpline on 1800 341 900 or chat online at toointoyou.ie…
 
This week, we’re talking about the sliding scale of stalking particularly online. We’ve all googled someone we’ve just met but online stalking is a far more serious matter. The same technology that is meant to make our lives easier, can now also be used against us and potentially put us in harm's way. In this episode, we’ll look at ways to keep us …
 
In the main episode this week, Sonya and Brendan talked about PDAs but for the bonus minisode, we took a different tack. We recorded this episode a while back, after the Johnny Depp trial and the memeification of people's experiences was on our minds. We discussed the dilution of serious issues online and the lack of critical thinking engaged when …
 
Does public pecking and over the top smooching give you the ick? This week we’re talking all about P.D.As. Brendan shares what he’s like when he falls in love and we ask, are we living in an age of performative affection? Listen free wherever you get your podcasts.Sonya and Brendan.
 
In our bonus minisode this week, we decided to focus on online judgement. Brendan and Sonya talked about the experience of Morgan Bullock, an American, Irish dancer who got trolled and celebrated online all at the same time because of her talent for Irish dancing. Brendan also shares his experience of Tik Tok and let’s just say, some viewers weren’…
 
This episode was inspired by an experience Sonya's daughter Evie a few months ago when she experienced shaming and judgement for something she had no control over. And the only place to hear the full story is right here. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy!Love, Sonya and Brendan.
 
Sonya and Brendan have known each other for 15 years but...how well do they really know each other? In this fun, bite sized minisode they asked each other a few important questions like - 'What is Sonya's spirit animal?'See you next Thursday for another new, full episode. Sonya and Brendan.
 
This year, Sonya and Brendan celebrate 15 years of friendship and 10 years of their label, so in this episode we wanted to ask - what is the secret to sustaining a long term relationship? They share their own takes with their signature wit and wisdom plus, Sonya shares how she never forgets a romantic anniversary.Sign up to our newsletter (link is …
 
Drink this bonus minisode in and share it with whoever needs to hear it. We were lucky enough to talk to Alan Lyons of KinchLyons.com, business psychologists. Their tag line is 'the psychology of better business' and aim to help people to be themselves more with skill. While Alan talks about how setting boundaries in your professional relationships…
 
One of our new favourite phrases here at The Lennon Courtney Centre for Higher Education is 'don't set yourself on fire to keep other people warm'. Putting other people's needs above your own serves no one but it's a habit many of you told us you've gotten stuck in. So in this episode, we're talking about boundaries - why you need them and how to p…
 
In the main episode this week we talked about putting yourself first. In this bonus minisode, Brendan and Sonya shared ways they make time for themselves and ponder the question that everyone is asking themselves these days 'Should I get an air fryer?'P.S This week's main episode is out on Thursday and it's all about boundaries so make sure you sub…
 
We're baaaack!We never really left you but The Lennon Courtney Podcast is now officially off its hols and back on all your favourite podcast platforms…right now!For our first episode of series 9, we present to you The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Putting Yourself First. Having talked to thousands of you during our break, we know that so many of you ar…
 
In series 5 we were still in lockdown number - well, who knows - and we were all feeling a tad fed up. That’s why we decided to do The Pissed Off Issue. We asked if some anger was good for us, we got a few things off our chest and Brendan got the conversation started by asking if hives still existed - an important question we’re sure you’ll agree. …
 
In our Pearls of Wisdom series, a few podcasts back, we chatted to best selling author and chef Rachel Allen. At 18 Rachel left Dublin to study at the world famous Ballymaloe Cookery School and the rest is history..or should that be her-story. Since then Rachel has gone on to create an incredible 19 best selling cookbooks and has appeared on TV and…
 
Way back in the sixth series of The Lennon Courtney Podcast, we invited some excellent guests to join our podcast party. This week, we're throwing back to our chat with sports writer, podcast host and activist, Joanne O’Riordan. Joanne first gained attention for skipping school to confront then Taoiseach Enda Kenny about his proposed plan to reduce…
 
Brendan and Sonya are just putting the finishing touches on series 9 of the Lennon Courtney Podcast but while they work up a sweat in the editing suite, please enjoy this archive episode. We ask, what exactly is the f*cking metaverse? Do we need a passport to get there and if the metaverse fell and there was no one around to hear it, would it make …
 
Last year we had the pleasure of chatting to Angeline Ball. Angeline came to the world's attention in 1991 when she starred in The Commitments as Imelda Quirke. In this episode, Angeline talked about Deadly Cuts, the brilliant Irish comedy set in a hairdressers she was promoting at the time. She also talked about ageing, her musical dreams and perh…
 
The new Lennon Courtney Podcast season will be arriving imminently. In the meantime, you can listen back to our episode all about the fashion industry. We discussed everything from haute couture to fast fashion and shared our personal experiences of working in the fashion business daaaahlings! It’s a timeless episode that will take you from day to …
 
Back in series 7 , we had the pleasure of chatting with paralympic gold medal winner Ellen Keane. Ellen hails from Clontarf in Dublin and was born without part of her left arm below her elbow. She was Ireland’s youngest ever athlete when she swam in the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games at just 13 years old, coming 6th in the 100m breaststroke. In this…
 
This episode was recorded back in April 2022 following the fatal assault of two gay men in Sligo. Brendan was shaken by the devastating event and he shared in this episode how he was feeling and how it prompted him to make a big life decision. Season 9 is coming soon! In the meantime, make sure you're following Lennon Courtney on Instagram, Faceboo…
 
Sonya and Brendan are still making series 9 for you but to keep you going, we have unlocked this archive episode from our vault in Zurich especially for you. This is The Lennon Courtney Podcast Archive: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Good Taste. In this episode Brendan dazzled us with his variety of accents, Sonya and Brendan discussed the origins o…
 
Series 9 is on the way but in the meantime, please enjoy this archive episode of The Lennon Courtney Podcast. We recorded this during one of the lockdowns with friend of the podcast, TV and radio presenter Zoe Hardman. Zoe hosts the very popular Weekend Breakfast on Heart Radio in London and is also the co-creator and presenter of chart-topping par…
 
In this throwback episode from the last series, we’re talking about channelling Queen Elsa from Frozen and letting sh*t go on.If the metaphorical thorn in your side is holding you back, Sonya and Brendan will tell you how you can pull that sucker out. For those of us feeling a bit stuck at the moment or are in need a little pep talk, this is the ep…
 
The new series of The Lennon Courtney Podcast starts very soon and we know you’re probably tying yourself in knots with excitement. To tide you over, listen back to one of our favourite episodes from the last series - The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Fatal Fallouts. In this episode, Sonya and Brendan asked why some friendships endure over others and h…
 
This week’s archive episode was recorded in 2020 when we all lived in Zoom screens. Still, not even a pandemic could stop us from podcasting. In this re-release, Sonya and Brendan talk about their relationships with their fathers and Brendan recalls the time he contemplated fatherhood in McDonalds. A brand new series of The Lennon Courtney Podcast …
 
Of course Sonya and Brendan are both flawless individuals who have never made a single mistake in their lives but they understand that other people do. That is why, back in series 5, they wanted to do an episode all about mistakes. They shared private snafus, embarrassing public errors and also, why we have to allow each other to make them.The new …
 
Series 9 of The Lennon Courtney Podcast starts soon (date TBC) so to get you in the podcast mood, we're releasing some of our favourite past episodes over the next few weeks. This week, we're sharing an episode from way back in 2020 that we did on the subject of guilt. In fact, you’re probably feeling guilty right now for being on your device/worki…
 
Stop the clocks! This is the last bonus episode for series 8 but do not get too blue because we will return very soon (after a little R&R) with shiny, new series 9. But for now, enjoy Sonya, Brendan talk about Netflix bingeing, memorable meals and the smell of Weetabix. Let's just say - they were all a little hyper for this one. Enjoy!…
 
Welcome, Lennon Courtney-ers to the final episode for series 8. For our season swan song, we present to you, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Good Taste. In this episode Brendan dazzles us with his variety of accents, Sonya and Brendan discuss the origins of taste plus, ask if the concept of good taste is even relevant anymore. It is the socks and san…
 
The best things in life are free which is why we offer this bonus episode to you free, gratis and for nothing. All we ask in return is that you repay us with a positive review wherever you get your podcasts - it really helps us grow! Anyway, back to the episode. This week, Brendan shares the time he spent a bananas amount of money on designer shoes…
 
In this episode, we’re taking on the rich subject of really, really, really, really, really, really rich people - the hyper wealthy. Would we be happier if we had a billionaire’s bank balance and how would we spend it? Imagine - you’d never have to worry about leaving the immersion on again…. Also this week, Sonya tells us about the time her friend…
 
Well shake your hips - it’s Bonus Episode Monday! In this minisode, Brendan and Sonya describe what their ideal F*cking Metaverse would look like and Brendan gets philosophical. It’s out of this world and under ten minutes - perfect for the Thinking Woman on the go.
 
For centuries, great minds have contemplated the big questions like 'What is the meaning of life?' and ‘How early should we arrive at the airport?’In this episode, we are wrestling with another weighty concept most of us have zero clue about - namely - the f*cking metaverse. Just what the f*ck is it? Do we need a passport to get there and will Mark…
 
In this delicious vol-au-vent of an episode, Sonya and Brendan recall their memories of the 2015 marriage referendum including Deirdre O’Kane taking Brendan for a reassuring pint. It's the minisode you can eat between podcast meals without ruining your appetite. To sign up to our free newsletter follow @lennoncourtney on Facebook, Instagram and Twi…
 
In this episode, Brendan shares the effect that recent high profile attacks on gay men have had on him and how it has forced him to make a big life decision. We also look at the roots of homophobia and discuss the concept of radical morality. Links to anything mentioned in this episode are included in our free newsletter. Follow @lennoncourtney on …
 
Our episode, The Thinking Woman's Guide to Our Weight Loss Secrets got a bit of reaction online but if you listen, Sonya and Brendan promise there is no need to be offended. In this bonus episode, they clarify their position and say if you're happy in your skin, we're happy for you. The Lennon Courtney Podcast is a judgement free zone. As Sonya say…
 
You wanted a brand new The Lennon Courtney Podcast episode? Well, weight, eh - we mean, wait no more. This week, it's The Thinking Woman's Guide to...My Weight Loss Secret. In this episode, we talk about the world’s obsession with weight loss, look at diet trends over the years and share how our family histories have shaped our weight loss journeys…
 
Roll up! Roll up! The Lennon Courtney Podcast bonus episode has pulled into town with six extra minutes of delight especially for you. In this minisode morsel, the conversation went from deep and meaningful nuggets of wisdom to talking about boiled black pudding, swimming cramps and fried bread. And if you want your mind blown even more, just wait …
 
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