Going on a long journey? Stuck in traffic? Taking the dog for a walk? Collecting the kids? If you are on the move, take the opportunity to be entertained, enthralled or enlightened. I rarely leave home without a podcast download ready to listen, so here are my 10 favourite podcast recommendations. In this list I am sure you’ll find one or more that you’ll also enjoy.
1. The High Low
Presented by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Skyes my love for this podcast has taken me completely by surprise. These women cover a range of topics from the serious to the absurd. Each week they share what they have watched, read and their thoughts on the latest news headlines (plus a ‘agony aunty’ style segment). Their commentary is savvy, compassionate and very relatable. This is a great podcast for many reasons, but I particularly enjoy listening to the witty banter of two very good friends.
2. The Daily
If the 2016 election of President Trump got you interested in American politics, then this podcast is for you. It’s approximately a 20 minute insight every day (except weekends), into the latest on Trump’s Whitehouse headlines. The podcast is New York Times journalists giving background on the headlines they are covering like the run-up and aftermath on the firing of FBI Director, James Comey (start with ep. Friday May 19th 2017), or the very moving interview with Mark Gray, Trump supporter, who spent 38 years working in the coal mines of Kentucky (ep. Thursday March 30th 2017 ) or the crackdown across the country on illegal immigration (ep. Monday 31st July 2017). In my view, this podcast is journalism at its finest.
Malcom Gladwell is a genius at story telling with a difference. This podcast takes you on a journey into the past and gives you the tools to see past events and history with a different lens. Every episode will draw you in, but standout episodes include The Lady Vanishes (16.06.2016), Blame Game (04.08.2016) and The Prime Minster and the Prof (13.07.2017) which will give you a whole new perspective on Winston Churchill’s hero status.
This ‘laugh-out-loud’ labour of love by Deborah Frances-White is like tonic for the soul. Every week the podcast delivers a diverse range of very funny women to discuss topics like “Hysteria”, “Sexuality” and my personal favourite ‘Taking up Space” (episode 29). Hosted by Deborah and produced by her husband Tom Salinsky, the podcast has thrown-down-the-guantlet at an industry unable to believe a market exists for female comedians. Now, with over 10,000,000 downloads, the podcast (produced at sold out live shows in the UK, US and Australia) continues to tackle gender issues with fresh thinking and perspective. Yes, it has ‘Feminist’ in the title – but the ‘Guilty’ means it’s the type of feminism that we (men included) can all indulge.
I often miss ‘Sunday’s Newspaper Panel’ broadcast on RTE radio at 11am, but the show is also available for download. If you can get past Marian’s heavy microphone breathing, you will always find a good line up of panel guests, covering Irish politics and world news in a discussion format that provides analysis and thought.
If you miss the Desert Island Discs broadcast Sunday at 11.15am, the Podcast download is the next best thing. The music is secondary to the life stories told by Kirsty Young’s guests, but would be amiss without it. Even if you have never heard of the interviewee, you be completely absorbed into the life and experiences told. Listening to Stella McCartney and Sue Perkins was a standout joy, but Sheryl Sandberg’s story stopped me in my tracks.
Having lived and worked in the UK for many years, the Brexit decision made me realise the London bubble I’d been living. While nobody really knows the outcomes of Brexit, we do know is that the UK leaving the EU is likely to have long-term implications, particularly for Ireland. If you want some specifics on the very complex process of the UK leaving the European Union, then this Podcast will shed some light, meaning and keep you up-to-date on how the negotiations are progressing.
Only just discovered this Podcast and was hooked after listening to Bob Geldof, Chris O’Dowd, Sharon Horgan episodes. There is something so uniquely delightful about the Irish personality and it definitely shines through with these interviews. Here The Daily Edge recommends 8 episodes to get you started.
I am waiting for the release of this Podcast, described as couples in therapy with Esther Perl, due in October, 2017. I listened to a segment on American Life in episode 617: Fermi’s Paradox Act 2 – ‘Two can be as Sad as one’. It’s almost a little discomforting to be a ‘fly-on-the-wall’ of this couple’s troubles, but it’s truly outstanding to hear how Esther navigates the couple through the mire of emotions in trying to help them mend.
This is seriously hilarious. Still rated at either 1 or 2 in iTunes charts, it was originally posted back in 2015. If you want some ‘mind candy’ this will definitely satisfy. This Podcast is rude, but the commentary between Jamie Morton, who reads out chapters from the erotic books his 60 year-old dad has written, and his friends James Cooper and Alice Levine, makes it just so funny.