Podcast binge – what’s on your list?

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. 

Podcast binge

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):

Ctrl Alt delete by Emma Gannon.

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.  

The interviews of Dolly Alderton who talks about Women we Admire and Not Believing your own Hype and also Laura Bates, the founder of Everyday Sexism are also worth a listen.    

Myths and Legends by Jason Weiser

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. 

The New Statesman

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. 

You Must Remember This by Karina Longworth

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 by the New York Times

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. 

The Allusionist by Helen Zaltzman

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.

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  1. April 15, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Making a note of these – I love Emma Gannon and Modern Love!

    • thesingleswan
      April 15, 2017 / 10:38 pm

      You might also like The High Low by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. Pen x

  2. April 17, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Hmm! Will give some of these a go. I loved my podcasts when I was commuting, it’s not the same on mat leave. My favourites were Serial (obvs!), Ana ferris Unqualified, Radio 4 Women’s Hour and Lena Dunham’s Women of the Hour – she’s brilliant. Mrs H xx #KCACOLS

    • thesingleswan
      April 17, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Hi Mrs H,

      yes, I listen to a lot of Radio 4 Women’s hour. They’ve just had a focus on single parenthood which was great. I have never heard of Ana Ferris Unqualified. Pen x

  3. April 17, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    We listen to This American Life a lot on NPR. And Welcome To Night Vale. Both great podcasts. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

    • thesingleswan
      April 17, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions. I will check them out. Pen x

  4. April 18, 2017 / 10:44 am

    “Walking the Dog” is one I found recently, a very laid back chat to various celebs while out walking their dogs. #kcacols
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    • thesingleswan
      April 19, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      Oh, that’s interesting. I really like that idea. I will take a listen. Pen x

  5. April 18, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Funnily enough I record a parent podcast with other bloggers but haven’t really listened to many myself. I must give some of these a try! #TheTruthAbout
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    • thesingleswan
      April 19, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Let me know what you think. Pen x

  6. April 18, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    I have actually never listened to a podcast. It seems I am missing out. I will have to look in to these.

    • thesingleswan
      April 19, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Yes, have a look. Let me know what you think. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      April 19, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      Blogs are good too! More difficult on the train or when you are walking though. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      April 19, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      “Take me as I am” was great. There is another one from last week which was about a woman who gave birth in Djibouti. It is fantastic. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      April 19, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      Enjoy. Let me know what you think. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      April 20, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Hi Jenny, I only get a chance to listen to them when I am on the train on the way to work when I want to block out the noise of all of the other passengers. I agree that when Cygnet is in bed, the silence is golden. pen x

    • thesingleswan
      April 20, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Great. Let me know what you think. Pen x

  7. April 20, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Ooh I haven’t listened to a podcast in ages. Yours sound a bit high-brow for me 🙂 I like the sound of The Allustionist though – I love that kind of thing – sounds fascinating. I really enjoyed the first series of ‘Serial’ but other than that I always used to come back to good old Adam & Joe when I went out for a walk because I just loved their silly sense of humour! Thanks for the food for thought here and for linking! #thetruthabout
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    • thesingleswan
      April 20, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Yes, I think the Allusionist is right up your street. Modern Love is also great. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      April 21, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks Debbie. Let me know how you get on. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      April 23, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Fair enough. Podcasts are great for a commute if you have one. pen x

  8. April 23, 2017 / 11:13 am

    This is an awesome round up! You need to do this again. #KCACOLS

    • thesingleswan
      April 23, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you. Pen x

  9. April 24, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    I’m not really a podcast fan. Between the kids, blogging and actually spending some time with my husband/watching telly…I don’t have time to do anything else!

    • thesingleswan
      April 25, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      I absolutely get you. I only get chance to listen to podcasts because I have an hour long commute each way to work. My train journey and my walk is my podcast time. Pen x

    • thesingleswan
      April 26, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      Indeed, I also love Woman’s hour. Pen x

  10. November 7, 2017 / 10:15 am

    A few more for you to try, based on some of your own awesome suggestions! If you like Helen’s style then you may also like her brother’s – a lot more zany, but one of the best satirical shows out there – The Bugle.

    If you’re not listening to No Such Thing As A Fish by now then you are missing out on one of the best podcasts out there bar none – it’s the researchers behind QI, but without the annoying “comedians” trying to crowbar their standup routines into proceedings.

    After that, Freakonomics is worth a go, along with Radio Lab. Both US-based and sometimes a little niche, but fascinating and sometimes inspiring.

    • thesingleswan
      November 7, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      Oooh, interesting. Thanks! I am always on the search for new podcast recommendations. My most recent is Unfiltered by James O’Brien. Worth a listen. I will listen to these. Thanks! Pen

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