Since acquiring a 40-minute walk to work, the criteria for my auditory requirements have deviated from a musical playlist, to a different kind of lyrical entertainment; the podcast. If it’s world you’ve yet to dabble in, let me tell you, it’s plentiful. As with most things, the quality varies, but find a good one and it’s comparable to a good book, and great TV show or that box of chocolates that you feel the need to devour in one sitting. Despite being a relative newbie to the podcast scene, I’ve managed to make my way through quite a few series. Below, I’ve cherry picked the ones that are well worth a listen:
1. Podcast fan or not, if you have access to the internet then you will have heard of Serial. This cult series, brought to you by the people behind This American Life, makes for compulsive listening. The first season, about the murder of Hae Min Lee is (if my sources are correct) the most downloaded podcast of all time. It really is that good.
2. For a bit of light relief, I’m a huge fan of Get it On by Dawn O’Porter. It features different people talking about their attitudes to fashion. Note, this is not a podcast that tells you what to wear. In fact, quite the opposite. It’s about empowering people to wear whatever they feel comfortable in, rather than kowtowing to the fashion industry’s demands. I love it.
3. I’m a big fan of Lena Dunham and the honesty that she brings to her projects and Women of the Hour is no different. Featuring a range of inspirational ladies, it covers all the topics – and more – that you would expect Dunham to tackle, including, love, friendship, careers and the much debated female form.
4. Missing and Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams? The title says it all, really. This emotional podcast, brought to you by CBC, makes for compelling listening.
5. Continuing with the true crime theme, The Accused was also excellent. Masterminded by the Cicinnati Enquirer, it takes a closer look at the events surrounding the death of Beth Andes, while trying to establish who was responsible for her murder.
I’m now on the hunt for a new podcast – are there any you can recommend?2 likes