I love a good podcast. In fact podcasts have recently become a bit of an addiction. I look forward to my daily Podcast binge. Whilst standing on a stuffy train on my commute to work Podcasts enable me to zone out and imagine that I am somewhere else and in conversation with some really interesting people.
I’m always on the look out for new and interesting podcasts and I’d love to hear your recommendations. Here, in no particular order, are my current top six (I know it’s a strange number – It was going to be five but I got a bit carried away):
Emma Gannon is your archetypal millennial. The internet and social media define her world. She has written a book, also entitled Ctrl, Alt, Delete about growing up online. She interviews some interesting people for her podcast – most are journalists and writers of a similar age to her. My favourite podcast episodes include her interview of Tiffanie Darke on Generation X vs Millennials. I am now reading Tiffanie Darke’s book “Now we are 40: Whatever Happened to Generation X?”
I was born in 1980 which means I am a ‘cusper’ or a ‘generational nomad’. I am neither Generation X nor millennial, yet at the same time I am both. I find I identify a bit with the world that Tiffanie Darke describes in her book, but I also identify with Emma Gannon’s world as described in her podcast.
Jason tells stories from myths, legends and folklore that have shaped our culture. I particularly enjoyed Oedipus: Motherboy. We’ve all heard of the Oedipus complex, a term used by Sigmund Freud to described a boy’s feelings of desire for his mother and jealousy and anger towards his father.
Oedipus was a mythical Greek King who killed his father and married his mother. Jason Weiser tells the full story of Oedipus’ attempts to avoid fate, but fate prevails. Greek mythology does not like you to escape your fate! Time for a podcast binge. Go and listen.
If you’ll allow me to go a little bit intellectual and high brow for a minute, my next podcast has to be the podcast by The New Statesman. The special edition deep dive on tackling terrorism struck me as very balanced and informed.
Laura Kuenssberg’s thoughts on the idea of media bias are also well worth a listen. Laura Kuenssberg is the Political Editor for the BBC. My Mum thinks she should be our Prime Minister. I’d vote for Laura too.
This podcast is a new discovery for me following a recommendation from a friend. Each week Karina takes a new Hollywood star from the 20th century and conducts some really in depth research to discover their lives, their personalities, their quirks and their preferences. I really enjoyed the episode about Marylin Monroe.
Modern Love has long been my guilty pleasure and the fuel for many a podcast binge. Every Wednesday, an actor reads out an essay on “love, loss or redemption”. These essays have previously been published in the New York Times’ Modern Love column.
My favourite episodes are probably The End of Small Talk in which a guy makes a decision to never engage in small talk again even on a first date. He makes a point of only having deep and profound conversations and finds that he builds better connections with people. Take Me As I Am is also good. It tells a story about dating while manic with bipolar.
Helen Zaltzman loves words and this podcast takes different words and studies their etymology. It sounds quite dry but trust me it isn’t. I look forward to this podcast every week.
My favourite two episodes are the two entitled Under the Covers. These episodes look at the available vocabulary for sex and genitalia and romance fiction. I wrote my Masters thesis on romance literature. I also examined the language used in romance literature to describe sex and male and female genitalia- “his hard member” and “her soft flower”. I’ll let you work out which was which. These episodes were therefore right up my street and indeed a twenty minute orgy of nostalgia.
Enjoy your podcast binge.