A Nod to Podcasts

By Amber Parris

If you’re new to the world of podcasts and aren’t sure where to start your journey or you’re a regular listener who’s run out of ideas, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite podcasts to give you a little inspiration.

For newbies a podcast is an audio programme that you can download on your phone and listen to anywhere, anytime. Most are free and cover absolutely every topic known to man ranging from true crime to mindfulness.

So if you fancy a break from TV, radio, reading or scrolling, finding your perfect podcast couldn’t be easier thanks to apps such as The Podcast App, Audible Audio Books, iTunes Podcastsiheartradio, BBC Sounds and many more, all of which can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play or via Amazon.

Here are our top picks:

True Crime/Drama

Wondery presents Joe Exotic

Joe Exotic is the number one lock-down obsession (besides banana bread) since a documentary about the self-proclaimed tiger king launched on Netflix. This podcast brought to you by Wondery will give you your next tiger king hit. It also brings to light a lot of details that were excluded from the Netflix documentary, but we won’t ruin them for all you cool cats and kittens.

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They walk among us

Are you a true crime fan, but you’ve run out of documentaries to watch on Netflix? Well fear not as They Walk Among Us podcast will bring you a weekly dose of true crime. There are currently four seasons available, so there is no doubt that it will keep you entertained for hours on end. Why not ask your friends to listen to it as well, and then you can discuss it on a group video chat?

Serial

This award-winning podcast investigates unsolved and complicated true crime cases. By taking things back to basics and asking the most obvious questions, every episode reveals new unearthed secrets. With many different opinions, what will your verdict be?

Conspiracy Theories

For avid fans of conspiracy theories. Delve into unsolved mysteries, historical cover-ups and things that could never really be explained.

Criminal

Everybody has heard of serial but not long before serial catapulted true crime to the forefront of podcasts, Criminal was born. Hosted by Phoebe Judge it offers a break from sensationalized true crime story telling. Each tale comes with an unbiased narrative allowing the story to tell itself and the listener to form their own opinion. Allow phoebes soothing voice lull your way through some fascinating true crime events.

Bear brook

This podcast dives into a grisly unsolved murder of a nameless family in New Hampshire in the 1970’s. The victims who remained unknown for more than thirty years, yet always in the minds of the small community of Allenstown who were rocked by such a senseless tragedy. This is the story of how communities across the country banded together to identify the victims and the fascinating science behind it all.

Root of Evil: The true story of the Hodel family and the black dahlia

The black Dahlia is Americas most infamous unsolved murder case. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the culprit behind this gruesome murder. This podcast unearths secrets that span generations of the Hodel family and will stop you in your tracks at points and make you think “Did I hear that right?”. A twisted family tale presented to you by Hodels own great granddaughters. It’s a raw investigation into their own deepest darkest family secrets.

Paradise

This podcast is brought to you by BBC Radio 5 live. It re-examines the case of British backpackers Chris Famer and Peta Frampton who went missing while travelling Belize in 1978. Over nine episodes 5 Live’s Stephen Nolan and reporter Dan Maudsley investigate the tragic fate of the Manchester born childhood sweethearts. Only one man was suspected as being the perpetrator but evaded capture for nearly 38 years despite pleas from members of his own family. This is a harrowing tale of complete injustice and raises serious questions on UK and US law enforcement and a tale of how in the era of social media, modern communication can change the whole course of an investigation.

Comedy

Anna Faris is unqualified

In this day and age, you can receive relationship advice from your favourite actress, Anna Faris. This podcast consists of interviews with celebrities and cultural figures, followed by personal phone-calls to listeners asking for relationship and other advice.

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Sh**ged Married Annoyed

This podcast is created and hosted by comedian Chris Ramsey and his wife Rosie, so we didn’t expect it to be anything less but funny. Their honest approach to relationships and parenting has gained them a lot of fans, who tune in every week to listen to their podcast.

Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

Podcast like never been before, comedians Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite special guests into their ‘restaurant’ to each choose their favourite starter, main course, side dish, dessert and drink because who doesn’t like talking about food?

From women to women

Off the gram

This podcast will help you live your best life, channel your inner girl boss, and navigate the ever-changing landscapes of wellness & social media. Each week there is a special guest which includes fashion designers, celebrity trainers, CEOs and other women who can help you be the best version of yourself.

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The high low

The high low is brought to you by award-winning journalist Pandora Sykes and best-selling author Dolly Alderton. This podcast covers all the highs and lows from the previous week in the news, and it prides itself in 250,000 listeners per episode.

Overnight success

Overnight success is based off a book by the same title by Maria Hatzistefanis aka Mrs Rodial. Maria talks about everything from how to be an overnight success, how to create buzz for your brand and how to get investment for your business. This podcast will be ideal for anyone who needs some motivation with starting their business or life in general. It features a lot of celebrity guests like Huda Kattan, Lorna Luxe and Mario Dedivanovic.

The receipts podcast

This podcast is hosted by three friends who are willing to talk about anything and everything. It’s fun, honest and relatable to millennial women who are dealing with relationship issues as well as work and career issues. It is guaranteed to leave you in tears… off laughter!

Things you can’t ask yer mum

Hosts Lizzy and Lindsey talk about a variety of topics from money, style, body confidence and a lot of other things you might not what to talk to your mum about.

Parenting podcasts

Happy mum happy baby

Giovanna Fletcher hosts the happy mum happy baby podcast, on which she discusses all aspects of motherhood with other high-profile mums and dads. It’s the perfect podcast for parents as well as parents to be, it’s heart-warming and supportive.

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Scummy mummies

Being a new parent can be scary and overwhelming at first, you will probably think to yourself am I doing this right? That’s when podcasts will come really handy, especially one like Scummy Mummies which is hosted by two comedians Ellie Glbson and Helen Thorn. It’s relatable, down to earth and it will tell you that it’s okay to make mistakes as a parent.

Confessions of a Modern Parent

Nadia Sawalha and her husband Mark, sit down to discuss all the issues of parenting in this day and age. The internet has changed a lot including how we parent our children, is the internet and social media platforms a healthy place for children? The answer to this and many more questions you might be asking yourself can be found in this podcast for parents.

Educational

You’re dead to me

This is the history podcast for people who don’t like history and of course for those who do. A good podcast to use as a home-schooling tool for your children!

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Stuff you should know

Ever wondered how grass works? On this podcast you can learn everything you ever wanted to know, hosted by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant.

Ted Talks Daily

Ted talks daily are not only educational but also inspiring, with a daily new podcast you will learn something new and interesting every day. Some of them will make you laugh, and others will make you cry, but all of them will definitely keep you entertained at home or on your daily walk.

Wellbeing

Happy Place

Fearne Cotton carries on the discussion of finding a joy in each day and dealing with pressures of this fast-paced life in her podcast called Happy Place. In each episode Fearne chats to inspiring individuals who changed their lives or help other people change their life. This podcast will help you reconnect to your happy place.

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The Mindful Podcast

Unwind and get your mind to a state of calm with short episodes ranging from meditation to gratitude.

Owning it – The Anxiety podcast

Exploring everything from what anxiety is, why it happens to us, how our brains work, why it’s actually very normal and the tools and techniques necessary for owning it, this practical and relaxed series tackles the reality of anxiety from a relatable perspective.