I’m a big fan of podcasts – they are easy to listen to, mostly free to download and make a nice break from being glued to the TV screen.
I’ve rounded up my favourite podcasts for you below; give them a listen and let me know what you think, and what your top ‘casts are too!
My Dad Wrote A Porno
I’d heard about ‘My Dad Wrote a Porno’ on Reddit and jumped on it a few episodes into the first season, honestly not knowing what to expect. Instead of running for the hills whilst bleaching his eyes when he found out his dad had written a porno, Jamie Morton decided to spread the suffering across the internet for all to hear. If you want something to make you cry laughing and utterly disgust you at the same time then download this…if you can keep a straight face on public transport, then I wholly commend you!
One of the very first podcasts that I devoted hours to is the fantastic Serial, from the creators of ‘This American Life’. Hosted by Sarah Koenig, there are now two unrelated seasons waiting to grip you. I’ll admit that the second season didn’t blow me away because I just wasn’t invested in it, but season one was fantastic and I still obsess over the case covered to this day. If you’re a fan of delving into cases and mystery then this is definitely one for you.
One straight from the BBC, Woman’s Hour is described as ‘the programme that offers a female perspective on the world’ and oh boy it does not disappoint. Consisting of debates, reports, news and cultural topics all aimed at women; it is a must listen if you’re all for womankind and feeling empowered.
Death, Sex & Money
Hosted by Anna Sale, Death, Sex & Money covers all kinds of topics that we just don’t talk about – if the title isn’t a clue to the content here, then I don’t know what is. It is very relaxed and chatty and with guests such as Holland Taylor, Dan Savage and Jane Fonda it is a joy to listen to and thoroughly enjoyable regardless of your sex, age and background.
Welcome To Night Vale
Welcome To Night Vale is a twice monthly community update style podcast that shares news, weather and announcements for the mysterious small desert town of Night Vale. It is unsettlingly odd but an addictive listen, with lots of dark humour thrown and morbidity in for good measure. This was one of the very first podcasts that I tuned into and the weird, hilariously insightful and complete absurd style has me captivated. All hail the mighty glow cloud!
The No Sleep Podcast
If you’re a Reddit user, I’m sure you will have heard of the ‘No Sleep’ subreddit (and if you haven’t I recommend you head on over and check it out). I was ecstatic when I discovered that a podcast with these stories existed, and after starting right at the beginning of the show I’m almost up to date on all the episodes. It is creepy and thrilling and even though sometimes the stories are a little OTT, they do a very good job of making me wonder if there is something sinister waiting until the lights go out to strike.
Up and Vanished
I really like true crime stories and tv series, so when I saw ‘Up and Vanished’ trending I thought I’d give it a go and I’ve been hooked from the first episode. Hosted by Payne Lindsey, this podcast delves into the 2005 disappearance of Tara Grinstead, a Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher. I wasn’t expecting much when I began listening, but Lindsey’s investigation and dedication to exploring the case and finding new evidence is absolutely enthralling. Reminiscent of Serial, it’s not exactly an easy listen and demands attention, but trust me when I say it is worth it.
I’m sure this list will change with time, but for now these are my top listens and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about them! Let me know what you like to listen to and what you think of these – I’m always on the lookout for recommendations!