‘Podcasts embody what is arguably the essential promise of the Internet: a means for surprising, revealing, and above all ennobling encounters with people, things, and ideas we didn’t know.’ – Jonah Weiner
If you spend a lot of time with me (sometimes not even that), you will know I am practically an ambassador for PODCASTS! And if you do not listen to podcasts, where have you been?! You need to get on this. This could be your new thing in 2019. Whenever I see friends or family I either tell them a podcast they need to listen too or how great a podcast was I just engrossed in. Literally, it is an ever growing space at the moment, with new podcasts coming out each day. Sorry to Jessica Sansome who has a list of about… let me think… 50 billion!
Whether you like sport, culture, health and fitness, fashion or comedy. I just safely say, there is a podcast out there for you. I walk a lot and it is the perfect way to make my walk far more enjoyable, rather than listening to the same old playlist. I really enjoy listening to health and fitness, comedy and also, I love listening to podcasts that will teach me things for my careers.
With no further ado, here are my top seven podcasts I listen, love and recommend. And please, please, please, let me know if you listen to any of them or have any recommendations for me as I would love to have a listen.
This one has to be the top podcast of all time. Mainly because I just love the host – Venetia Falconer. So, this podcast just adds to my fangirling ha ha. But this is a weekly interview podcast where Venetia and a special guest (including Lucy Watson, Gaz Oakley, Dolly Alderton) talk about all things food. Some guests are specialists and some are chefs, it is a real mix of people. Each discusses their thoughts behind food and wellbeing, as well as what food they eat, how they entered into this career, as well as their death row dinners. It is a really interesting listen. My favourite episode was Venetia’s Christmas special with Dr. Robin Hart, where they spoke about managing stress and anxiety at Christmas (plus his voice is the softest, most calming thing).
Sounds a little weird, yes, I get that. But it is, basically, what it is called. The host Jamie Morton has found out that his dad, a.k.a Rocky has been writing erotic novels. You can only imagine how he would feel! After finding out, he felt it should be shared with his two friends, Alice Levine and James Cooper, as well as the rest of the world. And we are could not be happier because it is the funniest thing I have ever heard. I look like a crazy lady walking down the street as I am in fits of laughter whilst listening to this podcast. Give it a chance and I promise you, all you will be thinking is ‘oh my, what is going through this mans head!’
Fearne Cotton. Absolute babe. She interviews incredible people such as, Russell Brand, Dawn French and Matt Haig about life, love, loss and everything else. I really enjoy the way Fearne interviews each person and how all her guests share their journeys which are full of ups, downs and honesty. Plus, I love the little theme tune.
Ella and her husband, Matthew Mills have bought us a podcast about the plant-based world and how this can benefit not only ourselves but also the planet. Not only this but they also discuss the realities behind the Deliciously Ella brand, whether that be the good or the bad, how they fit everything into their busy lives and how they became the one of the top vegan blogs in the world.
Directly from Jessie’s dinner table, well, or her mums, Jessie and Lennie bring in guests to have a taste of the food they have been cooking up and drink wine whilst discussing, well, pretty much anything. Whether they are from the music world or politics, this podcast is a mix of interesting topics with a touch of comedy. Especially, when there is small domestics between Jessie and her mum, Lennie over the stove.
My two favourite journalists have only gone and bought out a podcast. Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton have created a weekly pop-culture and news podcast. Discussing everything from what they have been reading (I am always amazed by how much they read) to what people have been tweeting. If you want to keep up-to-date with what is happening in this world, this is the podcast for you.
So, I have found a theme here. If I am obsessed with them on Instagram and they bring out a podcast, I am the number 1 fan! And, my fashion favourite Estee also now has a podcast, which I am very happy about. She is such a cool girl and a complete girl gang ambassador. In her podcast, she discusses the shared experiences of women. It is like you are basically at a sleepover with your best friends talking about boys, dating, the pill, your sexuality, family. No topic is off the table! She includes specialist guests and listeners are able to call in and ask their questions.
PODCASTS I WANT TO LISTEN TOO: You’re Booked by Daisy Buchanan, Power Hour with Adrienne Herbert and The Glossy Project.
Now, stop reading this and get on the Acast, Apple or Podcast app and have a listen.