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Podfolio founders Penny, Katie and Sam have picked a selection of their favourite podcasts, videos and articles.  This is Penny’s selection of her favourites.

Penny says ‘I love the analogy of the Sorting Hat in the Hidden Brain podcast on personality types, a favourite topic of mine. The investigative series, Girl Taken, had me gripped on my daily walks during lockdown and the video How One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life is a salutary lesson for us all. The Science of Laughter and the stories of the female code breakers at Bletchley Park are also in my top picks. The Bletchley Park women are so inspiring, I could listen to them for hours!’

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The Sorting Hat

(50 mins)

The desire to find our tribe is universal. We like to know who we are and where we belong. This fascination has led to a thriving industry built on the marketing and sale of personality tests. Shankar Vedantam from Hidden Brain, explores the world of personality testing and the many different ways we assess personality and potential – from the Chinese Zodiac to Harry Potter houses to the Myers-Briggs test.


How To Fail

How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better.

In this episode: Elizabeth talks to Glennon Doyle the author of three books, the latest of which, Untamed, is a memoir that defies easy categorisation, somewhat like the woman herself.


Girl Taken

A stolen daughter, a grieving mother and a real life search for the truth. Join BBC Journalist Sue Mitchell and former soldier Rob Lawrie in the race to find a little girl taken.

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Science of laughter

(44 mins)

Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series of The Infinite Monkey Cage with a science/comedy chat. They are joined on stage, by comedian Frank Skinner, as they look at the science of what makes us laugh, why we laugh at all, and whether humour and laughter are uniquely human traits. Joining the panel are experts in what makes us chuckle, Prof Sophie Scott and Professor Richard Wiseman.




The Happy Secret to Better Work: funny and fast-moving

(12 mins )

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that it is actually happiness that inspires us to be more productive. Become positive in the present as 90 % of long-term happiness is down to how your brain processes the world.


Thai Cave Rescue: The boys are found

(7 mins)

Having been missing for ten days, this video shows the moment the boys are found alive deep inside the cave network. And so begins the most dramatic cave rescue the world has even seen.


Nov 2019 – How one tweet can ruin your life

(17 mins)

For the longest time Jon Ronson revelled in the fact that Twitter gave a voice to the voiceless. But somewhere along the way, things took a turn. In this passionate, eloquent talk, Ronson explains how too often we end up behaving like a baying mob and that it’s time to rethink how we interact with others online.



Meet the female code breakers of Bletchley Park


Deciphering enemy code during the second world war was arguably the first role for women in tech, by Suzanne Bearne for The Guardian.

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Does Using Social Media Make You Lonely?


Or does it depend on the user and  how they use it ? Davis Ludden for Psychology Today

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