Podtastic: My current Podcast Picks.
I am always up for new ways to absorb knowledge or great storytelling. Podcasts were a very new thing for me this year and I have fully submitted to their allure. My only problem now is much the same issue I have with books, so many to consume, so little time.
I love listening to Podcasts on a dog walk, on the treadmill, cheering up the daily washing up marathon or in my car sans small child distractions. I find it such a great way to multi task and absorb more information than I ordinarily would. As a writer I just want to know more and have a wider understanding of varying topics. It's all part of becoming a better writer.
The Podcasts I’ve listened to are all very different. The short list here are the ones I cannot stop listening to, and have become completely submerged in, so much so that I now listen to them in the gym instead of music which is a big deal. I’ve followed my favourites with some I’ve got on my ‘to listen to’ list, so if you’ve listened to any of these I’d love to hear if you think they’re worth a listen.
5. The High Low
I am pretty late to this Podcast, there was a lot of talk about it online, and Dolly’s column in The Sunday Times Style Magazine seems to be highly praised. As I am terrible at reading the weekend papers or keeping up with current affairs, this podcast seemed like a really great way to hear discussion on current affairs. What I love about this podcast is that it leads me into so many other media such as online articles, newspaper articles along with recommended books, interviews and even other Podcasts. I could lose an entire day with the intellectual wormholes these women create, taking me to content I want to know about but far more quickly than I could manage.
4. Happy Mum Happy Baby
This is probably the Podcast that got me into Podcasts. As a stay at home mum you can go days sometimes without seeing another adult, or more importantly another parent. A parent being an adult who would ultimately understand you without words passing lips. I also have a soft spot for Giovanna, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and she is just as lovely in real life as she appears online. The great thing about this podcast is it may be mostly celebrity interviews, but ultimately what unites them with the listener is that we’re all parents (assuming all listeners are parents of . course!) And, like us, they all have different approaches with varying difficulties and joys along the way. You will smile, laugh, and cry - just like your average day as a parent then!
3. Where Should We Begin?
This podcast I found by accident and it is incredibly fascinating. Esther is an author and psychotherapist, specialising in sex and relationships. The Podcast, according to her website “..takes you into the antechamber of intimate moments.” In each episode we are graciously invited by a couple to explore the intricacies of modern relationships. Once you start listening I promise you will be hooked, especially if you are intrigued by people and what makes them tick. I will be forever grateful I found this series as it gives a wider understanding and knowledge of relationships.
I cannot express this importance of this Podcast enough. When I was younger I lost my Grandad (Mum’s father) and my Granny (Dad’s Mother) within a week of each other. They were two of the most important and influencial people in my life at that time and yet I didn’t really understand grief or what I was feeling. People would tell me I was brave but I didn’t really know if that was true. A confusing time and yet a time that definitely helped shape an understanding of myself.
What I love about listening to these stories is it helps to build a more rounded view of grief, that it’s not linear and no two stories are the same. I constantly yearn to understand people more, so when those close to you lose loved ones what is the best thing to do? What do they need? I believe we can’t really know for sure, however listening to this will take you one step closer. If you have experienced great loss in your life then it will bring real comfort.
Right, I have absolutely left the best until last. I tell anyone and everyone I can about the pure brilliance of this Podcast. If nostalgia is your thing then get downloading. Laura Kirk bravely reads through her teenage diaries, and along with Laura Gallop they discuss subjects such as MSN Usernames, Boys, Ski Trips, obsessions with Freddie Flintoff and why parties were so anxiety ridden.
For frame of reference they set the scene by quoting the date, popular music, film, and notable events of the time. As someone who struggles to remember the horror of teenage school years, I find this an uplifting and enjoyable walk down memory lane. Even though I am almost ten years older than the girls (groan) I can still very much relate and appreciate the feelings experienced. I especially enjoy the fact that the two Laura’s are extremely different in personality and character, which gives depth and perspective to the memories. I am so addicted that I’m motivated to go to the gym just so I can hear the next installment. Pure brilliance!
Next on my list
We are big fans of TV Shows such as ‘How it’s Made’ in our house, and my 4 year old son loves watching ‘Do You Know’ on Cbeebies. Both of these shows demonstrate how everyday things are made or how they work and this Podcast is very much in the same vein. So I reckon it will be right up my street, who doesn’t love a cheeky BTS?! Geeky pleasure.
This is another Podcast that I see interesting discussions about, presented by comedian Deborah Frances - White. I love the idea that it celebrates Feminism in a refreshing way, addressing the hypocrisies and insecurities towards the subject. I think I feel more comfortable with a funny yet realistic approach towards being a modern day Feminist.
Another widely celebrated Podcast with numerous accolades. Discussing themes from her book of the same name, Emma Gannon talks with guests on subjects such as the internet, tech, social media, feminism and creativity. I look forward to listening, especially the episodes which feature guests such as Zoella, Dawn O’Porter and Alice Levine.
If, like me, you are somewhat obsessed with true crime stories, especially ones such as ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘The Staircase’, then I think this is our kind of listening. Over the course of one season, Serial uncovers one true crime story. The host, Sarah Koenig, is just as in the dark as we are ad doesn’t know the outcome until we come to the end of the series. I’m really excited about this one, I’m reluctant to start as I know it requires utter concentration, perhaps one for when there are no distractions.
I hope you enjoyed my roundup of Podcast recommendations, please leave a comment below if you have any of your own. Get in touch if you listen to any of those listed above, please head over to my social media channels to join in the discussion, I’d love to hear your opinions.