My podcast consumption has been out of control for the past few months. Which has been a blessing and a curse. I love finding new podcasts, but being cooped up and in quarantine has pushed even the sanest people crazy. Luckily, it has presented an opportunity to explore podcasts beyond my typical reach. I’m looking abroad. And let me tell you, it has been glorious.
My podcast travels have landed me in Ireland, listening to Mens Rea. The Latin translation for mens rea is “guilty mind.” Which, in reality, really couldn’t be a better name for a true-crime podcast. The concept of mens rea explores the mental element of a person’s intent to commit a crime. It’s the necessary element of all crimes, and essentially, what constitutes if a crime was knowingly committed.
Listeners will instantly be impressed with host Sinead. And why not? She is not only a charismatic host with fantastic narration skills. Sinead researches, writes and produces this addicting podcast. Her background is very impressive with a BA from Trinity College Dublin, and an MSc in Human Rights in 2012 from University College Dublin. She also holds a Diploma in Prof. Legal Studies.
Sinead has been blessing podcast fans since 2017 with a variety of topics and episodes. Listeners can expect a new episode every 2 weeks that focuses on crimes in Ireland and the UK. She will explore every nook and cranny of crimes ranging from stories of the IRA to cases exploring hostages and kidnappings. With that kind of case variety, it’s hard not to stay locked into each episode.
What stands out most on Mens Rea is the writing and production. Sinead’s narration gives you the feeling that you are listening to an hour-long audiobook. The worst part of my day is typically when an episode of Mens Rea ends…So I just push play on the next one.