Like a lot of people, I LOVE listening to podcasts. Whether I’m sat on the train, working, on a long drive or even just cleaning the house, I will most likely have a podcast on. There’s something so comforting about having someone talk to you, educate you or make you laugh whilst you’re just going about your day to day business.
I wrote a post a few years ago all about my favourite podcasts. Back then, I was pretty new to podcasts and was only really listening to a few. If you fancy having a look back, you can find it here.
Since then, I’ve listened to hours upon hours of podcasts. I’ve tried so many different genres and themes and have so many I really want to share! Comedy podcasts are my go-to but I love listening to a one-off series that tells a story in a few episodes, the odd educational podcast, and, of course, true crime. I’ve tried to include a little bit of everything in my list of recommendations so hopefully there’s something here for everyone to enjoy. I listen mostly on Spotify but as far as I’m aware, most of these podcasts are available on all the big audio platforms.
Shagged Married Annoyed
Now, I’m pretty sure most people have listened to as least one episode of this, but I wanted to include it just in case! Chris and Rosie Ramsey host this comedy podcast that has me in stitches every Friday. I’ve been listening since the second or third episode and I never, ever miss one; I’ve actually listened to the whole thing through a couple of times! From the hilarious ‘beefs’ (and the Beef family) to questions from the p-p-p-public, this podcast is well worth the listen. Expect stories to have you giggling and gagging (see: story about a nerve in episode 65).
For the true crime lovers amongst us, this is one of my favourites. I’ve tried all sorts of true crime podcasts but I always end up going back to this one. I like the way Ashley and Brit tell the stories and leave you with ‘full body chills.’ Most of the crimes they talk about are in America and they include a mixture of well-known and lesser-known cases which keeps it interesting.
Witness History: Witness Black History from BBC World Service
This podcast has recently been added to my list as I work to educate myself further on the Black Lives Matter movement. It contains interviews with key figures from important moments in black and civil rights history. I’ve learnt so much that I ashamedly didn’t know before. For me, the episode ‘The first self-made female millionaire’ was such an inspiring listen.
Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
I started listening to this on the recommendation of a friend and I love it. If you’re a foodie, this is the perfect podcast for you! Ed and James invite a guest to talk about their dream meal. It’s essentially a podcast all about food; what more could you want!? My personal favourite episode is the Christmas special with Joe Lycett.
Confronting: O.J. Simpson with Kim Goldberg
This 10 episode series is amazing. I’ve listened to it twice through and could still listen again. If you’re fascinated with the O.J. Simpson trial like I am, I 100% recommend listening to this. Hosted by Kim Goldman, the sister of Ron Goldman, the podcast takes you through the trial, the evidence and the aftermath, all from the perspective of a victim’s family. Its so interesting, but so heartbreaking, especially the voicemails played from Ron’s answering machine. The episode in which Kim talks to members of the jury from the trial is a particularly compelling listen.
Happy Place with Fearne Cotton
Happy Place is one of my most favourite podcasts. Fearne talks to people about their lives and their happiness in the most gripping and calming way. Great for a late night listen or work commute, these episodes give you a great insight into the vastly different journeys people have taken throughout their lives and how they deal with all the things, thoughts and feelings life throws at you. Hillary Clinton’s episode is a personal favourite, as is Rio and Kate Ferdinand’s.
I hope this list has inspired you to listen to a new podcast! I hope I included something for everyone as I like to listen to a little bit of everything. I listen to different podcasts for different moods and situations, but I absolutely think there’s something out there for everyone so get listening to find out what’s for you!
Do you listen to any of these? Any others I should try?