I have become obsessed with podcasts. I mean, I’ve been listening to shows like This American Life for years now, but recently my need to listen to interesting stories or learn something new has become almost limitless.
Here’s a list of my current favorites.
Dan is a veteran journalist and broadcaster so knows how to produce and edit a compelling show. I can, hand on heart, say I learned more about World War 1 listening to his serialised podcasts on this awful period of history than I ever learned at school. And I’m English so we studied this A LOT.
I got through all four episodes in this series while lying on the beach in Mexico…maybe not your most relaxing beach listen but that’s how compelling I found it. Each episode is typically 2 hours long so they keep you satisfied for a while.
An NPR podcast that explores the invisible things in our lives that effect us profoundly. Like expectations…our own and other peoples. Like computers and how technology affects us or how social norms determine our behaviour. If you have even a scant interest in human behaviour, this is podcast for you.
Veteran journalist, editor and agony uncle starts each episode with his take on an issue du jour. On the verge of tears after the shootings in Orlando; feisty and directive on the coming US election. He then goes on to proffer advice on all things relationship. And I mean ALL thing.
From threesomes to coming out to your religious conservative parents to sex club etiquette, he weighs in on it all. I don’t always agree with his advice but I love that he helps me shape my own thinking on some of the challenges facing his listeners.
From the crew at Gimlet Media, this show takes subjects that should be boring and tries to discover if they’re actually interesting. Like broccoli. And mould. It’s a fun easy listen and bit by sneaky bit you actually learn stuff.
A Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration and a publisher and public event convener. Yup.
On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? A recent episode, looking at ambiguous loss and the myth of closure could not have come at a better time as we’re now in these post #brexit times.
Melvin Bragg this is not. It’s a new(ish) podcast from two charmingly posh Sunday Times Style writers Pandora and Dolly. Could you hope for two more public school sounding names? It’s fluffy, silly and sort of reminds me of home.
Offering a wonderful insight into women’s lives, with contributions from everyone from Emma Stone (who doesn’t love her?) to a Brooklyn metal sheet worker. This mini-series is worth getting stuck into.
Inspired by his own personal crisis (recently married, new to New York and stuck in a job he hated…can anyone relate? … Anyone?) presenter Jonathan Hirsch documents the stories of people from around the world who find their lives utterly altered by events big and small.