Kickass Podcasts That You Need To Listen To
There's no question about it that there is a huge resurgence in podcasts at the moment. I think a lot of this is down to the fact that there is simply more choice available and there is something for everyone. They're a great alternative to listening to music when you're commuting or doing general life admin and it kind of makes you feel like a multi-tasking boss, because you're learning and picking up your dry cleaning at the same time (mindblowing I know).
Below are some of my favourites, in no particular order:
1. The High Low
Brought to you by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes (both former regular contributors to The Sunday Times Style), this is a fun weekly podcast that talks about all of the recent interesting news from the past week. It's called The High Low as they discuss a mix of politics and the trivial; they openly discuss everything from how you should react to International Women's Day to how it's basic to like Chrissy Teigan and why young girls are missing school due to their periods. This is definitely one to add to your listening list.
2. Girlboss Radio
This is the podcast that got me into podcasts, started and hosted by Sophia Amorouso (founder of Nasty Gal and also owner of the term #girlboss). Sophia interviews a bunch of different kickass women from lots of different backgrounds and careers. They give honest advice and reflections on their careers and life choices so far. Interviewees include Charlize Theron, Amel Monsur (Creative Director at VICE Media), and Christene Barberich (Global Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder, Refinery29). There haven't been any new episodes since December but there is a great backlog to listen to, hopefully there will be more episodes on their way soon.
3. Get It On
The very yummy Dawn O'Porter has started a podcast focusing on a subject that is close to her heart, fashion. Dawn speaks with a variety of people about what clothes mean to them, the significance of fashion at key moments in their life and hilarious fashion faux pas. Guests include Jo Whiley, Jason Segel, Alan Carr, Aisline Bea, and Dawn French.
4. Ctrl Alt Delete
This has replaced the Girlboss shaped hole in my life, it follows the same concept of interviewing successful women in business but Ctrl Alt Delete focuses more on women in the creative field such as authors, designers, influencers and fellow podcasters. I often listen to this in the morning as I'm getting ready as the conversations are really inspiring and motivating. There are 67 podcasts available and Emma Gannon adds more each week so there is plenty to get stuck into! Some of my favourites include the episode with Tiffanie Darke (insight on being a mother, what it was like being editor or Sunday Times Style) as well as the conversation with Laura Bates (who started Everyday Sexism and talks about some of the amazing work she is doing to empower young women and battle sexism).
5. My Dad Wrote A Porno
This is hands down the most hilarious podcast of them all, I have genuinely burst out laughing on the tube and in the middle of the street listening to this (and if that's not reason enough to listen to this then I don't know what is). Jamie Morton found out that his 60 year old dad had written an erotic novel and decided to share it with the world. Each episode is a chapter of the book and there have been two books so far with many more on their way apparently! Each episode is unscripted and is read allowed by Jamie to the hysterical reactions and commentary of friends James Cooper and Alice Levine. A must-hear for sure.
6. Fashion No Filter
This is a fairly new podcast hosted by they very stylish duo of Camille Charriere and Monica Ainley. At first I was dubious about the concept of talking about fashion, would it be difficult to engage with concepts and trends that I can't see? However they do a great job of peeking behind the curtain in the world of fashion and their genuine passion for this comes through. The podcast at times feels a little too scripted and the content can often jump around in a disorderly way but there have only been two episodes so far and I'm interested in following along to see how this evolves over time.