Sparking Change Podcast

Dil Wickremasinghe shines a light on the latest social justice and mental health stories and hopes to spark positive social change one conversation at a time.

Just one week after her decade long Newstalk show “Global Village” was abruptly cancelled, Dil joined The HeadStuff Podcast Network to create her brand new podcast, Sparking Change with Dil. Her new podcast will continue the work she began over a decade ago on national radio but will be even more ambitious. Along with her dedicated team Dil hopes to raise awareness, break down barriers and stigma, and nurture social entrepreneurship and active citizenship.

The weekly hour long episode is released on Monday mornings and comprises of two or three segments based on the latest social justice and mental health stories.

Dil is an award-winning broadcaster and journalist and began her career in Irish media in 2006 by volunteering in Phoenix FM, a community radio station in Blanchardstown. Just two years later she began presenting a weekly 2 hour live show on Newstalk 106-108 FM.

“My decade long show was axed just weeks after I publicly spoke out about a fellow presenter’s views on rape, I am determined more than ever to continue my work as a journalist and advocate for the voiceless in our society. It has always been my personal belief that equality for one person is equality for all and have always regarded my work more than just a job but my own civic duty to inspire positive social change one conversation at a time.”

Sparking Change with Dil is available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and all other podcast apps, as well as HeadStuff.org/Dil

 

Recent Show Feed from HeadStuff.org

  • #31 | Karl Callan and Emma Fagan: on the ‘Repeal’ Short Film
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on April 18, 2018 at 5:30 am

    Karl Callan and Emma Fagan: on the ‘Repeal’ Short Film and its Intended Message In this hugely relevant and important episode of Sparking Change, Dil speaks to Karl Callan and Emma Fagan about the short film, ‘Repeal’, in the lead-up to the referendum on repealing the eighth amendment. Karl Callan is a writer, director, actor […] La entrada #31 | Karl Callan and Emma Fagan: on the ‘Repeal’ Short Film se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • #30 | Dr. Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan: A True World Citizen
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on April 13, 2018 at 5:21 am

    In this captivating and moving episode of Sparking Change, Dil speaks with fellow Sri Lankan (more on that in the episode), Dr. Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan (don’t feel bad, even Dil has some difficulty pronouncing it!). Since finishing his PhD in NUI Galway, Thamil now lectures in international law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law […] La entrada #30 | Dr. Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagan: A True World Citizen se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • #29 | Dress Good, Feel Good: Chelsea Barry (War Panda Cosplay) on Cosplay as a Form of Therapy
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on April 11, 2018 at 10:33 am

    In this episode of Sparking Change, Dil speaks to Irish cosplayer, Chelsea Barry – aka War Panda Cosplay about cosplay, and the power of dressing up — as a character from manga, TV or anything you like — in helping us to feel better about ourselves. Chelsea has been a cosplayer since 2014. She has […] La entrada #29 | Dress Good, Feel Good: Chelsea Barry (War Panda Cosplay) on Cosplay as a Form of Therapy se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • #28 | Video Games for Anxiety, with Owen Harris
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on April 6, 2018 at 5:05 am

    On this episode of Sparking Change, Dil speaks to Owen Harris – game and Virtual Reality designer – about his VR experience, ‘DEEP’, and how ordinary board games also help him to take care of his mental health. Owen has dealt regularly with anxiety and depression over the years, and DEEP was originally his safe […] La entrada #28 | Video Games for Anxiety, with Owen Harris se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • #27 | How to Handle Work, with Aoife McElwain
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on April 4, 2018 at 5:00 am

    This week on Sparking Change, Aoife McElwain, food writer for The Irish Times and Totally Dublin, talks to Dil about her new book Slow at Work, and the importance of learning to slow down and manage your anxiety. Dill hears all about Aoife’s Aunt Linda – the name she gives her inner critic – and why naming […] La entrada #27 | How to Handle Work, with Aoife McElwain se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • #26 | Rachel Moore, of Express your Gender
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on March 30, 2018 at 9:17 am

    On this week’s Sparking Change, Dil talks to Rachel Moore, a speech and language therapist at Insight Matters, and founder of Express Your Gender (xYg). Rachel is passionate about gender diversity and expression and works with many people in the transgender community as they build confidence and self-esteem. While we often focus on the visual […] La entrada #26 | Rachel Moore, of Express your Gender se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • #25 | Síofra Dempsey: On Being Non-Binary in the Trans Community
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on March 28, 2018 at 4:03 am

    On this week’s episode of Sparking Change, we talk to Síofra Dempsey about the power of pronouns, the importance (and difficulty) of challenging society’s ideas of what gender identity means and on being non-binary in the trans community. Síofra began using the ‘they’ pronoun two and a half years ago, and tells Dil about those difficult […] La entrada #25 | Síofra Dempsey: On Being Non-Binary in the Trans Community se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • #24 | A Very Special St. Patrick’s Day Location: The Honest2Goodness Market.
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on March 23, 2018 at 11:26 am

    In this week’s Sparking Change, Dil records from a very special St Patrick’s Day location – The Honest2Goodness Market in Glasnevin. We hear from producers and regular visitors about the importance of real food, community, and hen-dog friendship. 2:25 Bríd Carter: founder of Honest2Goodness First up, we hear from Bríd Carter, co-founder of the market […] La entrada #24 | A Very Special St. Patrick’s Day Location: The Honest2Goodness Market. se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #23 | Aoife Martin
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on March 12, 2018 at 7:02 am

    In this episode of Sparking Change, Dil speaks to Aoife Martin about her experience of returning to work following her transition, and her concerns about the issues faced by young transgender people today, and the inextricable bond between feminism, trans rights, and bodily autonomy. Aoife made headlines last year when her employer welcomed her back […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #23 | Aoife Martin se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

  • Sparking Change with Dil #22 | Yemi Azamosa
    by Dil Wickremasinghe on March 7, 2018 at 6:02 am

    In this episode of Sparking Change, we are joined by the effervescent Yemi Azamosa – spoken word artist, activist and charismatic human – about her upcoming show The Mouth of a Shark, and the experience of queer migrants in Ireland. Yemi is originally from Nigeria and reminds us of how accepting and safe a place Ireland can […] La entrada Sparking Change with Dil #22 | Yemi Azamosa se publicó primero en Headstuff. […]

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