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Only Child Day

4/9/2018
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Happy Only Child Day. Also called “I was so perfect my parents only needed one child” Day, this is a day for only children to appreciate all the things they love about being an only child. Join Jo and only child guest, Inga Vennell, for a look into the childhood and adult life of a person that doesn’t have to share their parents.

Duration:00:50:46

Let’s Laugh Day

3/19/2018
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Happy Let’s Laugh Day! Research shows that 80% of laughter isn’t the result of something funny. But Let’s Laugh Day is all about the other 20%! Join Jo and her guest Maddie for a chat about one of the world’s most wonderful and weird physiological phenomenons.

Duration:00:43:23

National Cereal Day

3/6/2018
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Happy National Cereal Day! Join Jo and guest Sian Kilgour to find out how this wildly popular morning meal went from a rock-hard digestive aid for soldiers to a cultural phenomenon.

Duration:00:57:07

World Compliment Day

2/28/2018
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Happy World Compliment Day! Today, tell people how amazing they are, tell yourself how amazing you are and, of course, listen to this episode of HBDP. Join Jo and Anita Suster for a chat about the social role of compliments and a fair few stories about strange compliment encounters.

Duration:00:44:54

National Love Your Pet Day

2/19/2018
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Happy National Love Your Pet Day! In today’s episode, Jo and dog owner Erica Boucher, talk about the history of animal domestication, touch on pet psychology and generally gush about how wonderful the pet-person relationship can be!

Duration:00:49:05

Send a Card to a Friend Day

2/6/2018
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Happy Send a Card to a Friend Day! Join Jo and fellow greeting card designer Issy Kerr for an aural celebration of Send a Card to a Friend Day, the day that encourages people to make their mates feel special.

Duration:00:34:09

Happy Birthday Podcast Season 2 Coming 7 February!

1/14/2018
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Happy Birthday Podcast has gone rogue! And I think you’re gonna like it.

Duration:00:01:59

Episode 23: Halloween vs. Birthdays

10/30/2017
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Halloween and birthdays have quite a bit in common! Or, at the very least, Jo and Jerry make it seem like they do so that they can get away with recording an episode about Halloween. Tune in for a chat about evil spirits, religious traditions and, of course, treats!

Duration:00:33:40

Episode 22: Candles, We’re Coming for You

10/15/2017
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Time to tackle one of the only birthday staples we haven’t covered on Happy Birthday Podcast: CANDLES! There’s more to ‘em than you think.

Duration:00:36:04

Episode 21: What Happens Between Birthdays

10/1/2017
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Years, months, weeks, days - humans have been measuring time in this way since about 300BC. And their organisation of time wasn’t random; it was based on the cyclical nature of… nature. Your birthday marks another year passed, so this week on the podcast, we’re going to get to know a year really well.

Duration:00:29:15

Episode 20: The Birthday True Crime Special

9/17/2017
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An episode of Happy Birthday Podcast like no other. This time, Jo and Jerry dip a toe into the world of true crime with two real-life stories about birthday crime.

Duration:00:30:05

Episode 17: Birthdays? More Like Sexydays!

8/5/2017
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From grand gestures to society’s birthday sexism issues and right through to the five love languages, Episode 17 of Happy Birthday Podcast is all about the good, the bad and the Kanye of how people celebrate birthdays with their partner.

Duration:00:37:49

Episode 15: 4th of July - Happy Birthday, USA!

7/3/2017
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A special release of Happy Birthday Podcast to commemorate the birthday of Jo’s homeland! Join J and J for a star-spangled episode that touches on American history, 4th of July traditions and, of course, birthday parties in graveyards.

Duration:00:26:33

Episode 14: The Birthday Come-Down

6/24/2017
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The day after your birthday. If you’ve put a lot of effort into planning your party or there was a lot of emotional energy in the lead-up to the big day, the come-down can be brutal. Join Jo and Jeremy for a talk about emotional hangovers and George Clooney.

Duration:00:29:59

Episode 13: Everything You Need To Know about Birthday Presents

6/11/2017
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First of all, how good are presents?! It feels great when someone puts time into picking something out or planning a fun experience for you. In this episode, Jo and Jeremy look at the idea of karma, the insanely fascinating psychology of wrapping paper and the duo even dips their toes into the topic of Kanye West, gifting extraordinaire. Give yourself the gift of a good listen and tune in!

Duration:00:35:24

Episode 12: The Case of the Birthday Waste

5/28/2017
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Environmental scientist and activist Jeremy leads the charge in Episode 12! Join Jo and Jeremy for a chat about environmental concerns related to birthdays and parties from the “one-time-use” culture of partyware to the pressures around gift giving. You’ll leave with some approachable pearls of environmental wisdom and a newfound enthusiasm for party-throwing!

Duration:00:30:05

Episode 11: Your Actual Birth Day

5/13/2017
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In honour of Mother’s Day, Jo and Jeremy finally address the elephant lingering in the corner of a studio wearing a tiny party hat: your ACTUAL BIRTH DAY. The day you were born! Some say that the day you were born determines a lot about your personality - and perhaps it does because both hosts were born on a Sunday and they’re both awesome, so… science! The duo also delve into some of the more amazing facts about baby development and Jo gets into the nitty-gritty of the story of birthing...

Duration:00:40:05

Episode 10: No Champagne, No Gain

4/30/2017
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How much could Jo and Jeremy possibly say about champagne? Oh, PLENTY. In this effervescent episode of Happy Birthday Podcast, your two podcasting pals toast to the bubbly bevvie that’s become the official drink of celebrations, birthday-related and otherwise. Next time you take a spritely sip of sparkling wine, you’ll be glad you listened to Episode 10 of the only birthday podcast on the planet!

Duration:00:36:04

Episode 6: Your Birthday Brings All the Greetings to the Card

3/4/2017
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Birthday cards have been around since forever(ish). Ancient Egyptians were giving each other birthday cards! In this episode of Happy Birthday Podcast, greeting card designer Jo and environmentally-minded Jerry take a close and calculating look at the bits of folded paper that have become such an important part of birthdays and a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide.

Duration:00:28:43

Episode 4: There’s a Darker Side of Birthdays

2/4/2017
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This episode of Happy Birthday Podcast is a little darker than most. From the statistical leap in birthday deaths to the good ol’ Birthday Blues, Jo and Jeremy look at some of the more melancholy aspects of birthdays. The duo also covers ways to combat these bad birthday side effects, so hopefully you’ll leave feeling positive despite the somber content.

Duration:00:29:23

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