Corinne asked me about the kinds of podcasts I like on Facebook the other day, so I thought I’d write a whole post about it!
I think it’s ace to find out what other people like to listen to, inspiration-wise. Maybe if I share my favourites, you’ll share some of yours too?! Fingers crossed for that.
I listen to podcasts when I’m walking or on the tram or
putting on my make-up trying to make my face look like it’s awake. It’s a good way to sneak in some fresh ideas and cool conversations. Sometimes I even listen in the bath.
This list details what I’ve got in my phone at the moment (and why!) Scroll down to the comments if you’d like to share your faves too?
If you are new to podcasts: Search for the podcast title in your podcast app to listen on a device – or just Google the podcast’s name to listen on your computer.
I love a bit of meat on the bone and Longform does it so well. Long interviews with interesting types. You could start with the Cheryl Strayed one? Or Malcolm Gladwell? I love the Tavi one. (I am Tavi obsessed, for sure!)
How To Be Amazing
Another favourite due to length (one hour is perfect for a long walk!) I recently listened to the Tavi Gevinson (!) episode and loved it.
This American Life
I think this is up there in the Everyone’s Favourite Podcast stakes. I don’t listen regularly enough, but I have my friend Ella to tell me when something SUPER good-for-me comes up. Like the ‘Is That What I Look Like?’ ep with Molly Ringwald (please excuse previously autocorrected MOLLY RINGWOOD.)
Here’s The Thing
Hosted by Alec Baldwin, it’s kinda like listening to someone’s cheeky Dad talking to people over dinner. You could start with the Lena Dunham or Sarah Jessica-Parker eps?
Oh I love this one. Debbie Millman interviews all manner of creatives and it’s really ace to eavesdrop. I highly recommend the Oliver Jeffers episode.
BBC Woman’s Hour
A chatty radio show type of podcast. There’s always varied and interesting content ranging from revenge porn to depression to family life to period photos on social media. The issues of the day, so to speak, five days a week.
BBC Food Programme
I forgot about this and then Michelle reminded me. She recommends the Bread For Scotland ep and I recommend the Jane Grigson tributes. There’s heaps more good stuff in their archive, too.
Death, Sex and Money
A podcast about life, love and family too. All kinds of subject matter fall within the Death, Sex and Money spectrum. Have a listen to the Siblings episode if you are not sure where to start?
TED Radio Hour
The ubiquitous, much beloved TED talk bundled up in a podcast, brimming with ideas and innovation. What could be better? Perhaps you could begin with Why We Collaborate?
Conversations with Richard Fidler
I used to sort-of know Richard Fidler when I lived in Canberra and I am always super chuffed when I hear his name attached to awesome things. Go him! You could start with Bruce White On Bees? Do you want to know more about bees? I bet you do! There are also interesting eps with Ramona Koval, Hannah Gadsby and Robin Barker to name but a few.
Stuff You Should Know
Because you don’t know it all and there’s heaps of stuff you probably missed while you were gazing out the window at school, wishing you had a Frosty Fruit. Try ‘How Racial Profiling Works‘ or ‘How Clowns Work’ or ‘How Tea Works‘ for starters.
Culture, human behaviour, conversations. This is a hugely popular podcast that you might like too! How about trying the ‘Failure Is Your Best Friend‘ or ‘Think Like A Child‘ episodes? There are a heap of other good ones too.
Radio National’s wonderful program has a podcast version too. Profiles of artists, musicians, writers as well as current affairs issues make Life Matters a must-listen for many Australians. You can see the program breakdown here (as it’s a bit hard to see what’s on when on your phone!)
The Slow Home Podcast
This is a relatively new podcast, but it’s great and has gained heaps of momentum in a short period of time. Focused on simplicity and slow living, Brooke McAlary interviews heaps of interesting types about their approach to a pared back life. I love the ep with Down To Earth’s Rhonda Hetzel – a long time favourite of mine.
About to grace the Melbourne Writer’s Festival as a real LIVE production, The Moth is a storytelling focused show where you get to listen in as things unfold.
Note To Self
This ace show is based around coping with digital life, the changing online world and the weird stuff that happens on Facebook. Kind of. Try the Judging Your Originality In A Cut And Paste World ep? Or perhaps How Eating Disorders Evolved Online.
The Tim Ferris Show
Tim Ferris is a smart cookie and I like to hear the things he has to say. You could start with Brain Picking’s Maria Popova on Being Interesting, Creating More Time In A Day, And How To Start A Successful Blog? Sound poifect to me!
The foodie podcast of Orangette’s Molly Wizenberg. Try the Picnic or Banana Bread eps for starters. I’m suddenly hungry…
Argh. I love this podcast. It’s for smart peeps who like tech and life. Sounds just like us, right?! You could begin with their Caitlin Moran or Tavi Gevinson or Miranda July episodes? They also do Game of Thrones recaps, if GoT is your kinda thing!
Good Life Project
Jonathan Fields talks to interesting people about their interesting lives and discusses creativity in general. I think you’ll like it. I’m currently downloading How Constraints Fuel Creativity: When Less Is More.
The Mortified Podcast
Snigger. This is funny. And mortifying. People read stuff they’re written as teens/kids in front of a live audience – and this podcast listens in. I’ll let you choose a favourite. Options include Jenny: Is My Boyfriend Gay? and Shelley: Are You There God? It’s Me. Shelley.
The Dinner Party
I really like this. We listen to it on long car trips, sometimes. It covers culture, food, drinks, music, movies, books and more. Maybe try the one that covers Amy Schumer and Kurt Cobain.
What do you like to listen to, podcast wise?
PS – I ran to the hairdresser after I published this and came back to see a few auto-corrected errors! Sorry about that. I have fixed them up now, but apologies for the glitchy-glitches. Totally my fault.
PPS – I didn’t include ‘business’ or ‘writing’ or ‘blogging’ related podcasts, to keep things nice and broad- but feel free to mention those in the comments!