What I’m listening to: My favourite podcasts

I’ve been a podcast listener for over two years now – and I’m obsessed! Here are my top recommendations.

Serial

I missed the boat the first time round when everyone was raving about it, but two years ago I decided to give it a go and I instantly knew why it got so much hype. This true-life crime story is told by Sarah Koenig and you follow her has she tries to understand a murder investigation in Baltimore, America.

For most people, the first season was the peak of Serial’s greatness and the second season didn’t quite live up, however, for me the second season was even better. I studied International Relations at university (as well as journalism), so the story that was told about an American solider being captured by the Taliban really resonated with me. At times, it’s hard listening but the themes of morality, corruption and crime and punishment are so, so interesting.

S-Town

As it’s from the same producers as serial, I knew I was going to enjoy this podcast. You have to give this one time to get you into it – the first few episodes I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but halfway through and I was totally hooked. S-Town stands for shit town and it follows the life and explores the character of a man called John who is a troubled soul who hates the town he lives in. The story is pretty harrowing, but again, like Serial, it brings up so many important questions about life. Honestly, give it a go!

Desert Island Discs

With a huge back log of celebrity interviews, I could spend hours listening to Desert Island Discs. The principle behind the show is that each guest is asked to select eight music tracks that mean something to them – basically, if you were a castaway, which eight pieces of music would you choose to take with you. Then, Kirsty young interviews them about their telling choices. From David Beckham to Caitlin Moran – there’s something for everyone here.

Under the Skin

Disclaimer: if you don’t like Russell Brand, you won’t like this podcast. It’s hosted by the zany comedian and each time he interviews an expert in various philosophical roles. He tackles big topics like gun control, government corruption, poverty and mental health. My favourite episodes include ‘Selfie–obsession: Can narcissism ever make us happy?’ and ‘Can we really stop terror?’. You will learn A LOT!

Keeping it Candid

I’d been following Sophie Milner on Instagram for a while and when it popped up to say she was starting a podcast I thought it would definitely be worth a listen. Sophie sits down with fellow blogger friend Millie Cotton and each week they discuss a variety of different topical subjects – anything from the gender pay gap to the (sometimes condescending) term ‘influencer’. I like how down to earth the girls are, just casually chatting away – you almost feel like you’re part of their friendship group, listening in on their lives and opinions. I was lucky enough to get tickets to a live recording of their podcast, at the W London on Monday. Here’s a sneak peek…

I’m keen to get your podcast recommendations, so comment below!

R x

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