A Need To Read

A Need To Read mixes book reviews with personal journals inspired by books and interviews with really smart and interesting people, to bring you, what is statistically, one of the best book podcasts on the internet. If you want more from me please sign up for the Good To Know newsletter-- where you can find my latest musings on whatever I’m obsessed about that week and join my book club! https://edjcunningham.substack.com/

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Episodes

Novels to read in 2023

Thursday Jan 05, 2023

Thursday Jan 05, 2023

In this episode, I chat about some fiction books that you might like to read this year. 
 
Books discussed
 
When We Cease To Understand The World by Benjamin Labtut
Kim Jiyoung Born 1982 by Cho Nam Joo
A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Someone To Love You In All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksburg
First Person Singular by Hariku Murakami
If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura
The Virgin Suicides & Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 
A Little Life by Hanya Yangihara
Siddartha & Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
 
All of the links will take you to Bookshop.org, a website where when you buy books, you support small bookstores, and I also get 10% of the sale. Which is quite nice, init. 
 
Support for the podcast
 
If you want to help me produce podcasts directly, which would be VERY KIND, head to www.buymeacoffee.com/aneedtoread 
 
You will have heard me bang on about how transformational therapy can be, that's why I am proud that Betterhelp sponsors A Need To Read. Meaning you get 10% off your first month if you wanted to chat with a therapist, just head to www.betterhelp.com/aneedtoread
 
If you have any feedback, requests, or well-wishes, send me an email at hello@aneedtoread.co.uk

#187 Dan Osman

Monday Dec 05, 2022

Monday Dec 05, 2022

Dan Osman is a Health and Wellbeing Educator, who has worked in the health and fitness industry for 17 years. 
 
We discuss; problems with social media, People’s relationships with diets, exercise, and themselves, Self-awareness, How to use values to guide you, confusing avoidance with enlightenment, body-image issues across genders,  society’s contribution to body image issues, self-objectification, and have a general moan about empty mental health advocacy.
Support for the podcast
 
I'm an independent podcaster, which is a fancy way of saying no one pays me a regular wage. And, to level with you, that is terrifying- all of the time. So, if you like what I do and want me to keep doing it please support the show in one of the following ways.
 
- Share the podcast with a friend, or review the podcast. 
 
- Make a one-off donation with BuyMeACoffee
 
- The show is sponsored by BetterHelp, so you can get matched with a therapist within 48 hours and get 10% off your first month by heading to www.betterhelp.com/aneedtoread 
 
- You can also give me feedback/comments/validation by emailing me: hello (at) aneedtoread.co.uk
 

Monday Nov 28, 2022

Support for the podcast
 
I'm an independent podcaster, which is a fancy way of saying no one pays me a regular wage. And, to level with you, that is terrifying- all of the time. So, if you like what I do and want me to keep doing it please support the show in one of the following ways.
 
- Share the podcast with a friend, or review the podcast. 
 
- Make a one-off donation with BuyMeACoffee
 
- The show is sponsored by BetterHelp, so you can get matched with a therapist within 48 hours and get 10% off your first month by heading to www.betterhelp.com/aneedtoread 
 
- You can also give me feedback/comments/validation by emailing me: hello (at) aneedtoread.co.uk
 

Monday Nov 21, 2022

Dr. Alan Flanagan, PhD, holds an MSc and PhD in nutrition from the University of Surrey, and is a former practicing Lawyer (Barrister) from Dublin, Ireland. In this podcast we discuss; nutrition, the protein problem for plant-based diets, what we’re seeing in British politics, philosophy, and Alan’s favourite books.
 
 

Monday Nov 14, 2022

Bill McGuire is a Professor Emeritus of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London, and a writer, who is regularly published in The Guardian, The Times, and The Observer. He is the author of many books, notably the newest, Hothouse Earth - an inhabitants guide, which is a look towards the future of our planet. 
 
 
In this podcast we discuss:
The impact of rising sea levels on the earth's crust, volcanos, coastal cities, and marine life
Humanity’s downward spiral due to the climate crisis  
Capitalism and climate change
And at the end, I chat about how I'm trying not to be sad all the time about what the future is looking likely to hold. 
 
Support for the podcast
 
I'm an independent podcaster, which is a fancy way of saying no one pays me a regular wage. And, to level with you, that is terrifying- all of the time. So, if you like what I do and want me to keep doing it please support the show in one of the following ways.
 
- Share the podcast with a friend, or review the podcast. 
 
- Make a one-off donation with BuyMeACoffee
 
I work with a couple of great companies who have discounts arranged for A Need To Read listeners, they're listed below. The discounts (BH) + freebies (AG) will already be applied when you click the link. 
 
- Go to Therapy and get 10% off your first month with BetterHelp, who sponsor the show
 
- Get your nutrition covered with the all-in-one AG1 shake from Athletic Greens, who also sponsor the show. 
 
- You can also give me feedback/comments/validation by emailing me: hello (at) aneedtoread.co.uk
 

Monday Nov 07, 2022

Professor Anil Seth is a Computational and Cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Sussex. His book Being You was a Sunday Times Bestseller. 
 
Take part in Anil's research
 
In this podcast we discuss:
Anil’s latest project ‘The Dream Machine’
What dreams are for?
How your brain creates experience 
How we see colour
Why we all see things differently 
What happens to your brain on Psychadelics
What happens to your brains when you learn something new
The illusion of Self
Free Will 
 
Support for the podcast
 
I'm an independent podcaster, which is a fancy way of saying no one pays me a regular wage. And, to level with you, that is terrifying- all of the time. So, if you like what I do and want me to keep doing it please support the show in one of the following ways.
 
- Share the podcast with a friend, or review the podcast. 
 
- Make a one-off donation with BuyMeACoffee
 
I work with a couple of great companies who have discounts arranged for A Need To Read listeners, they're listed below. The discounts (BH) + freebies (AG) will already be applied when you click the link. 
 
- Go to Therapy and get 10% off your first month with BetterHelp, who sponsor the show
 
- Get your nutrition covered with the all-in-one AG1 shake from Athletic Greens, who also sponsor the show. 
 
- You can also give me feedback/comments/validation by emailing me: hello (at) aneedtoread.co.uk
 

Wednesday Nov 02, 2022

Kieran Setiya is a Professor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was born in Hull, UK. He is known for his work in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. 
 
We discuss: 
Utilitarianism and the problems with focusing on happiness
The Good Enough life
Dealing with injustice
Effective altruism
Dealing with powerlessness and the limits of individualism
Meaning in an absurd world 
Assessing hope
How to face your midlife crisis 
Dealing with regret 
Meditation and presence 
Kieran’s favourite philosopher
His website is: http://www.ksetiya.net/ 
 
Support for the podcast
 
I'm an independent podcaster, which is a fancy way of saying no one pays me a regular wage. And, to level with you, that is terrifying- all of the time. So, if you like what I do and want me to keep doing it please support the show in one of the following ways.
 
- Share the podcast with a friend, or review the podcast. 
 
- Make a one-off donation with BuyMeACoffee
 
I work with a couple of great companies who have discounts arranged for A Need To Read listeners, they're listed below. The discounts (BH) + freebies (AG) will already be applied when you click the link. 
 
- Go to Therapy and get 10% off your first month with BetterHelp, who sponsor the show
 
- Get your nutrition covered with the all-in-one AG1 shake from Athletic Greens, who also sponsor the show. 
 
- You can also give me feedback/comments/validation by emailing me: hello (at) aneedtoread.co.uk
 

Monday Oct 24, 2022

Dr. Mike Banna is a GP in the South of England, a GP educator, and a Director of the British Society for Lifestyle Medicine. He also writes a weekly newsletter for Gymshark called The Doctors Note.
 
This podcast discusses mental health services in the UK, Instagram wellness advice, behaviour change journeys, shamelessly being bad at things, and a few of his favourite books. 
 
Dr. Mike is on Instagram and Twitter as @DrMikethe2nd
 
Support for the podcast
 
I'm an independent podcaster, which is a fancy way of saying no one pays me a regular wage. And, to level with you, that is terrifying- all of the time. So, if you like what I do and want me to keep doing it please support the show in one of the following ways.
 
- Share the podcast with a friend, or review the podcast. 
 
- Make a one-off donation with BuyMeACoffee
 
I work with a couple of great companies who have discounts arranged for A Need To Read listeners, they're listed below. The discounts (BH) + freebies (AG) will already be applied when you click the link. 
 
- Go to Therapy and get 10% off your first month with BetterHelp, who sponsor the show
 
- Get your nutrition covered with the all-in-one AG1 shake from Athletic Greens, who also sponsor the show. 
 
- You can also give me feedback/comments/validation by emailing me: hello (at) aneedtoread.co.uk
 
 
 

Monday Oct 17, 2022

George Monbiot is one of Britain's finest writers on Climate. He has a weekly column where he writes on political and environmental issues with The Guardian and is the author of multiple books.  His book feral has inspired a rewinding movement in the UK, and his latest book Regenesis looks at the future of farming. 
 
In this podcast we discuss
The complexity of soil 
How common farming practices are destroying the structure of soil  
What working on a pig farm is like 
How much DEFRA suck 
Where there is hope in eco-farming
The impact of animal agriculture 
The future of protein
How farmers control farming policies
 
Find more from George on his website: https://www.monbiot.com/about/
 
Support for the podcast
 
I'm an independent podcaster, which is a fancy way of saying no one pays me a regular wage. And, to level with you, that is terrifying- all of the time. So, if you like what I do and want me to keep doing it please support the show in one of the following ways.
 
- Share the podcast with a friend, or review the podcast. 
 
- Make a one-off donation with BuyMeACoffee
 
I work with a couple of great companies who have discounts arranged for A Need To Read listeners, they're listed below. The discounts (BH) + freebies (AG) will already be applied when you click the link. 
 
- Go to Therapy and get 10% off your first month with BetterHelp, who sponsor the show
 
- Get your nutrition covered with the all-in-one AG1 shake from Athletic Greens, who also sponsor the show. 
 
- You can also give me feedback/comments/validation by emailing me: hello (at) aneedtoread.co.uk
 

Tuesday Oct 11, 2022

David Robert Grimes is a Science communicator and author. His book The Irrational Ape has been discussed on this show many times. He joins me today to discuss the Law of Attraction, the pseudoscientific craze that has made millennials, Gen-Zers, and Gwyneth Paltrow believe they can bend the universe to suit their will.
 
More from David is on his website: https://www.davidrobertgrimes.com
 
I highly recommend reading his book if you have ever wondered what on the flat earth makes people believe in conspiracy theories. David's an excellent communicator. and a great voice for science and rationality. 
 
Support for the podcast
 
Hey!
 
I'm an independent podcaster, which is a fancy way of saying no one pays me a regular wage. And, to level with you, that is terrifying- all of the time. So, if you like what I do and want me to keep doing it please support the show in one of the following ways.
 
- Share the podcast with a friend, or review the podcast. 
 
- Make a one-off donation with BuyMeACoffee
 
I work with a couple of great companies who have discounts arranged for A Need To Read listeners, they're listed below. The discounts (BH) + freebies (AG) will already be applied when you click the link. 
 
- Go to Therapy and get 10% off your first month with BetterHelp, who sponsor the show
 
- Get your nutrition covered with the all-in-one AG1 shake from Athletic Greens, who also sponsor the show. 
 
- You can also give me feedback/comments/validation by emailing me: hello (at) aneedtoread.co.uk

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