Over the past couple of years, I have become something of a podcast ADDICT. Podcasts are such a great source of entertainment – what could be better than listening to interesting people talk about interesting things?! One thing I have noticed though, is that this is a platform that has grown massively and become quite saturated; there are SO MANY great podcasts out there, that it can be difficult to find ones that are most suited to you, or to even know what to search for. I have definitely come to rely on other blog posts and articles with recommendations for podcasts to listen to, so I thought I would pass the favour on and write one of my own! I did write an initial ‘Podcasts I’m Enjoying’ post a couple of years ago, which you can read here, but I figured it was definitely time for an update. So, hope you enjoy and happy listening!
Comprised of two seasons so far, this is a podcast hosted by Canadian scholar, cat-lover and general bad-ass feminist, Hannah McGregor. About a year ago, I started to get really interested in the hot topic of feminism, but couldn’t find a ‘way in’. I was looking for someone who could talk about this issue in an articulate, balanced and inspiring way, while sparking an interest in me personally, and for some reason, I just couldn’t find this. Everything I had read or heard I found stale, serious in a way that made me feel bad or helpless, or not representative of my own experiences and perspectives. Until I discovered the Secret Feminist Agenda podcast. Hannah is funny and exciting, she has wonderful and interesting guests and listening to her podcast feels like I am listening to a thrilling conversation that I want to be part of. Incidentally, Hannah is also the co-host of the podcast ‘Oh Witch, Please‘, which is a podcast that I mentioned in my first post on this subject and is still one of my FAVOURITE podcasts!!
If you are into real-life crime drama, this is a podcast for you. Think ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘Serial’ (also a fabulous podcast by the same producers). Divided into a season of episodes, this podcast uncovers the story of a man from a tiny town in the deep south of Alabama. The podcast involves a mysterious murder, lots of secrets and a few surprises too. Full of suspense and made even more hyper-dramatic because it’s completely REAL and all of the people in it are REAL, I guarantee you will be hanging on the end of every episode of this podcast.
For me, this podcast provides the simple joy of listening to an interesting conversation. Hosted by Emma Gannon – intellectual internet chick, influencer and writer – each episode comprises an interview with a different guest, from someone like movie director Greta Gerwig, to director of GIRLBOSS Jerico Mandybur. The interviews generally turn into lively discussions about current events and issues faced by today’s typical ‘millennial’, and I find them to be intelligent and relevant. Emma also co-hosts the podcast, ‘Get It Off Your Br**sts’, a podcast where women talk about things that annoy them in a humourous yet meaningful and honest way, and I can also highly recommend giving this podcast a listen!
I had to include one podcast in this post that was book-related and for now, this one wins this category! If you are looking for a podcast to garner some new book recommendations and reading inspo, this is IT. New episodes of this podcast come out once per week, in which co-hosts Liberty Hardy and Rebecca Schinsky of ‘Book Riot’ discuss that particular week’s new book releases. It is a conversation about books and the love of books, and I can attest that these women have very good literary taste!
I thought I would include one fiction podcast in this list as, sometimes, when I am looking out of train windows or walking to the supermarket, I just don’t want to think, and prefer to have entertainment put directly into my ears for me. This podcast is reminiscent of a radio play; its a thriller, it has a wonderful cast and a good dramatic storyline. It also takes the clever form of overheard snippets of conversations and phone calls – something that I find really effective and captivating. It’s difficult to ‘put this one down’!