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.
It’s finally time to talk about everyone’s favourite poppable party essential - BALLOONS! Float away on a journey through balloon history, federal helium reserves and Jo’s persistent case of pharyngitis.
Birthdays at work. Every workplace does them differently - some do monthly group birthdays, others encourage employees to bring in three cheesecakes on their birthdays and other companies give employees a day off on their birthday. Join robustly healthy Jerry and pharyngitis-ridden Jo for a fun chat about celebrating your birthday on the clock.
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.
This episode was meant to be about the birthday industry but Jo fell into a clown-hole and Jeremy went on a cake rampage, so it’s a true variety show, complete with all kinds of nonsense. But as always, it’s very fun to listen to and you’ll learn some things!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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...
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!
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.
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.
There’s a Happy Birthday Podcast episode about parties and you’re all invited! Join Jo and Jerry for the perfect mix of poignant storytelling and incoherent ramblings as they talk about birthday parties from all kinds of angles.
What’s this birthday business about anyway? Commemorating the day of your birth makes sense, but throughout the centuries, birthdays have gotten pretty big for their boots. The cake, the candles, the singing, the presents, the Facebook notifications… birthdays are a big deal. In the very first episode of Happy Birthday Podcast, Jo and Jerry look at the beginning of the modern-day birthday traditions that everyone knows so well.