I was such a latecomer to podcasts but I am now desperately trying to make up for lost time. They are a great thing to have on the background while I’m working: it can be quite a lonely existence being a freelancer and I really enjoy having people nattering away in the background when I’m working alone in my flat. So I’ve picked the 5 best podcasts to listen to now, and I tried to pick a range of themes and subjects so hopefully there’s something here for everyone. Don’t forget to let me know your podcast recommendations in the comments below!
I’ve already spoken about Sword & Scale in a post HERE but I’m going to ramble on again. If you like gory, grisly true crime stories then this is for you. I binged all 82 episodes just before Christmas and may have broke something inside my brain as I could not stop thinking, and dreaming, about murder. So I don’t recommend listening to them all back to back! The stories are all true and need alllll of the trigger warnings: they play 911 calls, read court testimony and describe things in a lot of detail. At the start of the podcast, I found the host very irritating and he does say some very problematic things. But I think he must have listened to the complaints as he does get better as the episodes go on. It’s so well-researched and well put together and – if you’re into true crime – you will love it.
On a similar vein, (don’t worry, all five recommendations aren’t about death…!) My Favourite Murder was recommended to me after I finished Sword & Scale. Full disclosure, I wasn’t too keen when I first started listening. The women who host the show are quite laid back and are the first to admit that they get things wrong and get bored and give up when researching things. I found it strange to go from S&S which is so in-depth and professional, whereas My Favourite Murder is like listening in to two women having a chat about their hobby. They are incredibly funny, silly and dark which I love. Be warned they describe it as a ‘comedy murder podcast’ so there are some off-colour jokes, however they don’t ever play 911 calls and they skim over details that are too gruesome or messed up, so if you like true crime but don’t want the nightmares then this may be the one for you.
My name’s Lex and I’m a Harry Potter geek. I can admit that. I flipping love Harry Potter so when I found out that there was a HP podcast I was all over it. Oh Witch, Please is flipping wonderful if you love Harry Potter, feminism and film theory. That sounds weird but just trust me. The female hosts are both PhD students in Canada and are HILARIOUS. I’d recommend starting from episode one (I feel like that should go without saying but some people are ODD) and also skipping some of the filler episodes (listening to people play the HP Lego computer game? Um no). You will love it.
Being Boss was the first podcast I ever listened to. I’d never found the concept of podcasts appealing but as soon as I started this one I was hooked. It’s hosted by two women (hello recurring theme!) who are creative entrepreneurs and each episode is so helpful: either from a practical advice point of point or from a supportive ‘you got this!’ aspect. They’re VERY american which – as a typical British person – I found a little hard to stomach at first, but once you embrace it, it’s a wonderful and positive podcast for creative women who want a kick up the bum.
If you’re a beauty addict like me then you will find The Beauty Brains podcast fascinating. It’s hosted by two male cosmetic scientists who have worked in the beauty industry for years and each episode is either offering advice of myth busting. You can click on the link above to look at the episode topics, but they cover things like what anti-ageing ingredients actually work, whether nail polish is damaging to nails, and if beauty products can stop stretch-marks. So. Flipping. Interesting.
So there are the 5 best podcasts to listen to now, in my humble opinion. What are you favourite podcasts? Please let me know below as I’m running out of episodes in My Favourite Murder and need something to line up afterwards!