Podcasts have become increasingly popular and a welcome way to escape the monotony of commuting and household chores.
During lock-down we’re all turning to different forms of entertainment to help soothe our weary minds, whether it’s binge-watching a Netflix series, enjoying a live stream online or catching up on books gathering dust on the shelf.
My favourite part of the day since quarantine measures began has been going for a walk – and podcasts have proved great company.
For those new to podcasts, it can be hard to find the right ones. Here are a few recommendations to help you find your own ‘podcast hug’…
How To Fail
A celebration of our shortcomings and imperfections, How To Fail reminds us failures shape us the most.
Hosted by journalist Elizabeth Day, each week a guest reveals their personal challenges and ingrained anxieties and how dealing with them has helped them grow and succeed.
Try one of the special coronavirus episodes featuring Solve For Happy author Mo Gawdat, which feature comforting advice on how to cope with anxiety during the pandemic.
The High Low
Hosted by writers and close friends Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, The High Low features their insightful and funny take on current events and includes excellent book recommendations and some silly news for light relief.
Following a break for Sykes’ maternity leave, the duo returned this month with a new season in which they share their thoughts of life in lock-down.
The Guilty Feminist
The Guilty Feminist does what it says on the tin. Each week, host and comedian Deborah Frances-White and her epic guests discuss topics “all 21st century feminists agree on”.
Frances-White also hosts The New Normal, a series in which she talks to friends via Instagram Live and asks them what they are doing to survive the lock-down
The Blindboy Podcast
Hosted by Rubberbandits frontman Blindboy, The Blindboy Podcast covers topics that range from dog saints and cognitive behavioural therapy to performance art and volcanos, all delivered in a thick Limerick accent and accompanied by jazz piano.
Dolly Parton’s America
Dolly Parton’s America is a deep dive into the world of the living legend. An intimate portrait of the country star and her impact on American culture, this podcast looks at everything from Dolly’s discography to deeply personal anecdotes.
Alone Together is a new weekly podcast hosted by Laudable in association with JPI and Reach. The series shares stories of community heroes and provides expert advice that sheds light on science surrounding the pandemic.
Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness
Calling all Queer Eye fans. In this podcast hair stylist Jonathan Van Ness talks to a different expert each week on themes ranging from LGBTQ law to kittens.
Bringing the same honest yet optimistic outlook we’ve come to love, Van Ness allows us to learn about a whole host of issues in a digestible yet intelligent way.
Hosted by Jessie Ware from the comfort of her dinner table, Table Manners feels like a cosy catch-up rather than a formulaic interview. With Ware’s mother, Lennie, in charge of cooking each week, the pair talk to guests about their life, loves and favourite food.
Dear Joan And Jericha
Excruciating yet addictive, Dear Joan And Jericha sees Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine take on the roles of self-involved, middle-aged agony aunts. Addressing their listeners’ relationship woes with a mixture of condescension, crudity and cruelty, this podcast will shock and amuse you in equal measure.
The Calmer You Podcast
In this podcast host Chloe Brotheridge, a hypnotherapist, anxiety expert and author, tells you how to manage anxiety, deal with the overwhelming nature of modern life and take time out to breathe – something we could all do with right now.
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