Podcasts are having a big moment in my world at the moment. I like to listen to them during the afternoon lull at work, on my Tube commute (God forbid somebody knock into me and my book!), and just before bed. On the whole I prefer to read to unwind, but podcasts certainly tick off storytelling for me when my eyes are fatigued from a day off too-much-screen-time. And I’m also a huge fan of listening to a good comedy podcast when I’m in the thick of work and needed a sprinkle of motivation.
If you’re looking for something new to listen to, add these series to your subscription list ASAP – I’ll do my best to convince you why…
First Day Back
A colleague told me about this serialised podcast and I’m so thankful that she did.
First Day Back delves deep into the story of individuals and their first day (and then some) back after a life-changing experience. The first season documents the host’s ‘first day back’ after maternity leave, which admittedly I didn’t listen to. The second season, however, documents the harrowing story of Lucie, a woman who shot her husband dead but can’t remember doing so. It’s a great listen.
Asking For A Friend
I’ve got to hand it to Lauren Conrad, a.k.a. my ultimate inspiration throughout my twenties, for launching an advice podcast series just when The Hills: New Beginnings premiered on MTV. This series was a brilliant listen and I’m not ashamed to say I sometimes re-listen to episodes because I find Lauren’s voice so calming. The episodes tap into issues most millennials face and is great whether you’re a twenty-something or in your thirties’: in short, it’s real and gritty in a very LC way.
Friends with Friends
Fellow Friends enthusiasts, you need to listen to Friends With Friends. Hosted by Dave and Pete, each episodes sees them sit down with a friend (you might recognise one or two!) and dissect their guest’s favourite episode in granular detail. I thought I loved Friends, but the hosts know it so well that it’s kind of impressive. The concept is that you can watch the upcoming to-be-discussed episode, and then join in on the conversation. I binged the whole thing in about a fortnight, so…
In Good Company
I think I’ve said this before, but on the whole I’m not a big fan of ‘girl boss’ or motivational podcasts because I find all of the advice a bit airy-fairy in the same way that I fell out of ‘how-to’ posts in the blog world. However, In Good Company is a stunningly produced podcast by Otegha Uwagba, author of Little Black Book and founder of Women Who, and it is incredibly well done.
Not only are her guests always meticulously well-chosen, Uwagba imparts genius gems of advice and nuggets of wisdom and does so with the most soothing voice ever. She’s not afraid to tackle trickier topics like finance, race and hierarchy, and I always come away feeling empowered and ready to take on my own goals.
The Lady Vanishes
Last but not least, I’m still utterly obsessed with The Lady Vanishes. A true crime series, it’s an ongoing pod that revolves around the disappearance of Marion Barter in Australia. The episodes are wonderfully detailed and are so gripping; I’ve spent many an hour researching into the case, hoping for a lead. As I write this, big developments are being made, so it’s well worth a huge binge and getting up to speed so you’re in the know when any news articles are published.
Now, over to you: do you have any podcast recommendations for me?