Podcast News Roundup | Basically…with Stefanie Preissner Live Show at Smock Alley Theatre & More!

Welcome back to HeadStuff’s Podcast News Roundup, your go-to place for podcast news and recommendations. This week’s roundup features HeadStuff’s Podcast Of The Week and also looks at Basically…with Stefanie Preissner‘s podcast live show at Smock Alley Theatre, LinkedIn’s new podcast network, a new Bookcast by Dolly Parton and James Patterson and more!

As always if you host a podcast and want it featured as our podcast of the week, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be sure to check it out!

Podcast of the Week

The Laughs of your Life with Doireann Garrihy returned last week for a brand new season. Each week, radio presenter Doireann Garrihy talks to influential Irish people about laughter. There’s nothing better than laughter and in this podcast, Doireann brings out the funniest stories her guests have to offer.

She has already spoken with a long list of hilarious people about their memories of laughter, whether it’s their first laugh, times they were laughed at or recalling their funniest moments. She chats to well-known people including the lives and laughs of Robert Sheehan, Imelda May, and Pat Shortt, to name a few. 


Doireann kicked off her newest season with comedian and actress Aisling Bea. They chat about growing up in Kildare and her memory of her first prank.

Basically…with Stefanie Preissner brings podcast live show to Smock Alley Theatre

Basically…with Stefanie Preissner is a podcast which takes news stories and issues and makes sense of them, basically. 

Fans of the show will have seen Stefanie chat with experts on a wide range of topics including mental health, politics, interviews, religion, death, fertility, dating and much more. 

On Wednesday March 23rd, Stefanie is taking Basically live to Smock Alley Theatre, where fans can watch Stefanie interview three special guests live on-stage. Guests include comedian PJ Gallagher, immunologist Luke O’Neill and drag queen and gay rights activist Panti Bliss!

Tickets cost €28 and are available right now on the Smock Alley Theatre website. If you’re a member of HeadStuff+, you can access these tickets at a reduced price of €24. 

LinkedIn unveils new business-focus podcast network

LinkedIn is expanding into podcasting with the recent debut of their own podcast network. The LinkedIn Podcast Network is business-focused, featuring show from the LinkedIn News Team and prominent industry figures. 

The shows on the network are hosted by experts and touches on technology, mental health, idea curation, the job market and more. 

The new podcast network offers listeners a chance to learn more from industry professionals while allowing them to connect with the hosts on LinkedIn. As such, the network aims to continue conversations outside of the podcast shows. 

Shows on the network include Big Technology by Alex Kantrowitz, Brown Table Talk by Dee C. Marshall and Mita Mallick and The Anxious Achiver with Morra Aarons-Mele. You can check out the LinkedIn Podcast Network here.

New podcast by Dolly Parton and James Patterson launches

Spotify have teamed up with country singer Dolly Parton and best-selling author James Patterson to create a brand new audio experience blending Patterson’s gripping storytelling and Parton’s original music. Run, Rose, Run Bookcast will be available for free exclusively on Spotify, with new episodes releasing weekly. 

“We are honoured to partner with Dolly Parton and James Patterson on Run, Rose, Run,” Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s Chief Content and Advertising Business Officer said. “This unique audio experience exemplifies the limitless potential of audio and Spotify’s commitment to partnering with exceptional creative talent on new innovative formats.”

“I still can’t believe that I get to launch Spotify’s first-ever Bookcase with my buddy James Patterson,” Dolly Parton said via Spotify. “I hope that listeners will be able to feel the connection between the book and the album as we work to bring this story and these characters to life, as only two storytellers can.” 

“I’ve been a fan of Dolly Parton’s storytelling for years, so I was thrilled to collaborate with her on Run, Rose, Run and bring these characters to life,” James Patterson said.

Run, Rose, Run follows an aspiring musician who travels to Nashville to pursue her dreams. But she holds a brutal secret that serves as the inspiration for her heart-wrenching songs, and she soon learns that her hidden past threatens the future she’s trying to build. 

The Run, Rose, Run soundtrack released today through Butterfly Records in partnership with Ingrooves/UMG. The novel will be released on March 7th along with the final six episodes of the Bookcase. The first two episodes of the Bookcase debuted last week, February 23rd. 

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