One of my New Year’s resolutions was to listen to podcasts more often and boy have I done that. Through trial and error, I have discovered a wide range of podcasts that I enjoy and could listen to for hours on end. Podcasts have been around for a long time, but I have noticed a recent spike in podcast interest among young people, especially with so much content from youtubers, comedians, writers, actors etc. Even if you don’t think podcasts are the thing for you, I greatly encourage you to give them a listen as they have so many benefits. Benefits including trivial things such as getting educated and staying informed, to getting inspired and helping with personal growth. I have been listening to all my podcasts on Spotify, but they are available on other platforms including iTunes Podcasts and BBC podcasts.
If you love QI and learning random facts to impress your friends:
- No Such Thing as a Fish
Hosted by the ‘QI elves’ Dan Schreiber, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski, each week they bring their most interesting and unbelievable facts to each other and discuss them. From topics such as alarm clocks in space, to badgers on submarines, to the speed of snow. I highly recommended this podcast if you want your friends to think you’re smarter than you actually are.
If you need an inspirational pick me up:
- Happy Place with Ferne Cotton
Eponymously named after her bestselling book, Happy Place covers ‘life, love, loss and everything in-between’. Her guests are a mixture of celebrities, close friends of Cotton and people who have inspired her. One episode that stuck with me is the interview with Zephyr Wildman, a close friend of Ferne, who lost her husband suddenly; she talks of ‘finding a happy place amongst the darkness’.
If you want to hear some Female Empowerment:
- Small Doses with Amanda Seales
Amanda Seales: Actress, Rapper, Singer, Comedian and all-around impressive lady. Each week she talks about the ‘Side effects of …’ addressing a wide range of topics, some ‘light’ topics such as moving and holidays to some hard-hitting topics such as sexual harassment and free speech. Seales has no-f**ks given approach to talking about all of the topics which is refreshing opinion in our, arguably, overcautious society. If there are any issues you are having or experiences of yours, odds are she’s got an episode relating to it.
If you enjoy quirky comedy and have an interest in food:
- Off-Menu with James Acaster and Ed Gamble
Each week the two comedians, Acaster and Gamble, invite a guest to their imagery restaurant in which they can choose an entire meal brought to them by Acaster a ‘magical genie’ who can bring the guest any food from anywhere, including and not limited to family cooked food or multiple different restaurants. It may sound rather dull, but from such a strange concept comes a lot of little hearted conversation and unproblematic comedy.
If you just love ‘Love’:
- ‘Love Stories’ with Dolly Alderton.
Dolly Alderton is well-equipped to talk of love as an award-winning journalist with a dating column in the Sunday Times and having written a wonderful, and bestselling, book called ‘Everything I Know about Love’. Alderton interviews a number of guests asking them about themselves and love. She asks most interestingly for people to talk of their first loves, which often leads to a funny discussion from the guest’s childhood, and about unrequited love.
If you’re interested in the acting biz:
- David Tennant does a podcast with…
Although he’s only on his first series of the show, Tennant has already had celebrity guests such as Broadchurch co-star and recent Oscar winner Olivia Coleman, the first female Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker and Gandalf himself; Ian McKellen. If those names alone don’t persuade you to listen, then nothing will. They talk of their personal experience including, but not limited to, their journey through the acting business.