5 podcasts to get you through the week

Never not podcasting.

02 Mar 2018

I still remember the first time I discovered podcasts. I was off work with an eye infection (rocking that pirate look) so I couldn’t watch TV or read. Nightmare. I was about to die of boredom when I downloaded Serial, becoming instantly obsessed and also setting the bar pretty high for my new addiction. Three years on I’m never not listening to podcasts – on the bus, in the shower, in the gym, cooking dinner, on the five-minute walk to the corner shop. Here are the ones currently making my daily life a lot more interesting:

Chilling at home:

When you’re just chilling out or finally getting around to those chores you’ve been putting off, a good story will help you pass the time. Enter West Cork, a 13-part true-crime drama that you’ll want to binge in a weekend. It’s the work of husband and wife journalist team Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde, who spent three years investigating the unsolved murder of French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in a remote area of West Cork, Ireland, in 1996. It’s totally gripping, with all the twists, turns and false leads you expect from a true-crime story, plus an unforgettable cast of characters you just couldn’t make up.

Where to find it: Audible

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Heard it already? Try this instead: In The Dark, Acast, Apple Podcasts
Another addictive Serial-esque story based around the disappearance of an 11-year-old boy in Minnesota.

Pre-drinks with friends:

Hosted by Deborah Frances-White, this weekly pod is recorded during a live comedy show featuring a panel of mostly female comedians who discuss modern feminism and the insecurities and challenges women face. It’s a lofty premise, but it’s delivered with warmth, honesty and a lot of humour – like eavesdropping on a conversation with a bunch of cool and very funny friends. Each show opens with an ‘I’m a feminist, but…’ segment that usually has us actually laughing out loud. “I’m a feminist, and I passionately believe in the body positive movement, but I also really, really want to look good sitting down naked,” is one example. I can relate.

Where to find it: Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify

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Heard it already? Try this instead: 2 Dope Queens
Comedians Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson riff about everything from race issues to Tinder. I want to befriend them.
Where to find it: Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify

On your commute:

You’ve had a long day, the train is delayed, you’re squished in beside a guy eating a family bag of cheese and onion crisps. You need something to transport you to another world, and fiction podcasts are just the thing. Limetown was first released back in 2015, but with a new series planned for this year, now’s the perfect time to give it a go. The story of a radio reporter who’s recording her investigation into the overnight disappearance of an entire town of 300 people is the perfect combination of gripping and creepy.

Where to find it: Acast, Apple Podcasts

Heard it already? Try this instead: Six Degrees Of Assassination
A fast-paced thriller starring Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, following two MI5 officers in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on London.
Where to find it: Audible

On your lunch break:

While a show about the internet maybe doesn’t sound like the most appealing listen, the Reply All guys – Alex and PJ – are all about digging out absolutely amazing stories. Their bite-sized shows (around 30-40 minutes, the perfect accompaniment to your cheese-and-ham) will make your lunch hour whizz by, and you’ll come back to your desk with much more interesting stories for your workmates than a rant about the queue at M&S. Highlights include episode #44 where PJ takes LSD for a week behind Alex’s back to see if it can unlock his true potential. Yes, really.

Where to find it: Acast, Apple Podcasts

Heard it already? Try this instead: Death, Sex And Money
Host Anna Sale somehow manages to get her guests to open up about the most personal subjects in life, and the result is funny, heartbreaking and totally absorbing.
Where to find it: Acast, Apple Podcasts

At the gym:

Radio and TV presenter George Lamb is running the London Marathon, and podcasting his way through training, week by week. It’s a huge task, but luckily for him he’s got the one and only Sir Mo Farah as a running mentor and the Body Coach Joe Wicks looking after his workouts and nutrition. George is relatable as the ‘ordinary’ guy being trained by these two fitness stars, and he’s honest about the highs and lows (6am alarm calls to go running in January weather do not sound pleasant). Even if you’ve never so much as gone for a jog, let alone considered running 26.2miles, this is full of motivation and tips to inspire you to get fit. We love Mo’s NBD comments about running (he’s super casual about his 120 miles per week) and Joe’s quick and healthy recipes (yes, you can eat chocolate for breakfast).

Where to find it: Audible

Heard it already? Try this instead: Beginner: The Guardian Guide To Running
If anything’s going to motivate you to get off the couch and into your trainers, it’s this eight-week training programme that talks you through your workouts. You’ll be happily jogging around with your new podcasts for company in no time.
Where to find it: Acast, Apple Podcasts

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