Podcasts You Need To Be Listening To

Sunday, 12 March 2017



I'll say it here, and I'll say it once. Podcasts are the next big thing. The new saying will be, 'lemme tell you about this new podcast I'm listening to'. That flatmate, you know, the one you used to live with at university? They've just uploaded their pilot episode. 

They already are pretty big and happening, lots of new ones popping up will guarantee that you'll never have a boring commute.  I fell in love with podcasts when I fell out of love listening to the same ole songs. As much as I am devoted to music, I find myself losing my concentration and replaying the past or imagining the future. With podcasts, it keeps me present. Focused on what is exactly being said. 

So if you catch me, on the street, giggling to myself it's not the hilarious voice in my head making me laugh, I'm probably listening to a podcast. 

This list can go on and further on, but I thought 5 is a good start. And these are the ones I listen to regularly. A special thanks to Kristabel who has introduced me to a handful of podcasts! 


ANOTHER ROUND

This was the first podcast that made me become ob-sessed. Buzzfeed have a variety of fun and stimulating podcasts. Another Round with Heben and Tracey straight away made me feel like I was listening to a lively and intellectual conversation with my friends. I appreciated how they would explore serious discussions on Mohammad Ali's legacy to police brutality. But I also love their interests and opinion on popular culture. Thanks Heben for introducing me to Fre Shavocado !!! Their podcast is my go-to when I want to be inspired. There's nothing more empowering than hearing two witty and motivating black females sharing their passion. And thank you, Tracey, for also agreeing on my love/hate relationship with Spoken Words. Even though it is a phenomenal method of self-expression, I too cringe at the staccato phrases!

Another plus is that I have been introduced to Bim Adewunmi, Ashley Ford and Margaret Cho. They also have an abundance of inspiriting guests. Oh, and it's a pretty boozy show, you can hear the ice gently tapping against their glasses. 

PANDOLLY

Straight after listening to Pandolly Podcast I feel obliged to pick up a dictionary and discover new words Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton expressed. Although (and they have mentioned this issue) I find it hard to figure out which one is talking! The duo has been criticised for their overly whining posh and private schooled mannerism. For me, their voices are a soothing remembrance of London. Their podcast is an arena of enthusiastic, feminist and eloquent discussions on relevant topics. I feel a little bit smarter after listening to each episode. The way how they talk about fashion is riveting. I hate to think of fashion as a materialistic interest. Pandora and Dolly remind me that it is a wearable art form!

Also, can I have Pandora's style, please? Can I just have it? I promise to give it back... like never.

(UPDATE: The podcast is now under The High Low!)



1CUPPA2SUGARS

The future is looking very bright for this podcast. Plentiful of chit chatter and relaxed convo. I'm SO impressed with the famous guests that appear. I say famous, and what I mean by famous, are people I follow on Instagram or Twitter. 1 Cuppa 2 Sugars is exactly the kind of conversation I'd have over brunch. Lots of laughs and discussions that go off topic - but revealing very interesting insights.


Have a listen, and vote for them on the British Podcast Awards! Christabel knows what she is doing.


THETELLSHOW

I am begging. Begging! When will this podcast come back on? I've never heard storytelling expressed in such a humourous and natural way. It was so uplifting to hear beautiful and embarrassing stories told by writers and actors and artists. I've started to replay these podcasts again because I have been in the mood to laugh. The Tell Show is another Buzzfeed creation.
If you're new to podcasts, I'd suggest starting with this one. It's very easy to listen to, calming in fact. My favourite part of the podcasts are the sections of Never Have I Ever (the non-sexual version) and the three final questions: what was your last kiss like? when was the last time you cried? what's wrong with you?

3 incredibly personal questions, that makes me realise how human everyone truly is. We're all same-same but different.

One more thing, I'm completely in love with Isaac's voice.


OH BOY

Oh Boy! By yours truly Man Repeller. Shall I say more? Because once you know it's by Man Repeller, you don't need to be convinced any further. Another reason why I fall for certain podcasts is because of the hosts' voices but come on you don't want to sit there listening to a monotone drab. I really enjoy how Jay Buim genuinely listens to the guests and asks questions that make them think deeper into their beliefs.
There's an array of guests that I've never heard of, it's exciting to get to know motivating creatives out there. People I wouldn't have found on my own.


*****

So! There's a list, and you better get listening!

I've given links to their Soundcloud or iTunes profiles. I prefer Soundcloud because I can't get podcasts on my iPhone iTunes, does anyone know how to? Help?

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