Happy St. Patrick's Day! Will you be celebrating today? I will! Beyond the green garb and the celebratory beers, I'll be marking the day with these ten great podcast episodes. Some are old, some are new, some are long, some are short. But in all of them, Ireland's rich culture and history take center stage.
Dyeing Chicago River Green Has History Of Trial And Error from Weekend Edition [March 16, 2013, 3 minutes]. The 50-year history behind Chicago's festive St. Patrick's Day tradition.
Like So Many Others, Leaving Ireland For A Better Life from Weekend Edition [March 15, 2014, 3 minutes]. Over the past few years, more than 20,000 Irish immigrants have come to the United States in search of better lives.
Mold from Surprisingly Awesome [Nov. 3, 2015, 31 minutes]. In their first episode ever, hosts Adam Davidson and Adam McKay discuss mold's fascinating past, including the way it shaped Ireland's history.
Pursuit of Happiness from This American Life [Sept. 29, 2000, 59 minutes]. Act three of this one -- When Irish Eyes are Smiling -- tells the story of the beloved NYPD officers who travel to Chicago every year for two of the city's biggest St. Patrick's Day parades.
St. Patrick's Day Beyond 'Kiss Me' Signs And Green Bagels from Tell Me More [March 17, 2014, 6 minutes]. Historian Christine Kinealy reflects on the events that led to the Irish diaspora so many years ago, while encouraging everyone to take part in the day's celebrations.
St. Patrick's Day, Irish Coffee, & Submarine Day from Stuff You Should Know [March 17, 2014, 5 minutes]. The (brief!) history of St. Patrick's Day, plus the significance behind the shamrock, and the reason we all should be drinking Irish coffee in submarines right now.
The Irish Potato Famine: An Unnatural Disaster (Parts 1 and 2!) from Stuff You Missed in History Class [June 17 and 19, 2013, 23 minutes each]. Hosts Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey take us through the country's great famine, explaining the political factors along the way.
You Are What Your Grandpa Eats from Radiolab [Nov. 19, 2012, 13 minutes]. Swedish academic Lars Olov Bygren explains how periods of famine -- like Ireland's infamous 19th century one -- can impact future generations for the better.