If you didn’t notice the podcast revolution, there’s a small chance you may have been living under a rock. They’re the perfect addition to any busy career-focused girl (or guy’s) arsenal, and it’s understandable why.
Podcasts have been popping up more and more recently, with some being catapulted to mega-stardom. You’ve heard of Serial, right? That being said, there’s a whole world of shows, both huge and indie, out there for your aural (no, not that) pleasure – here are my top 5!
I’ll start with a pretty obvious one. Here in the blogging community, we’re pretty much all #GirlBosses in our own way. It’s one of the reasons I love this community so much – everyone is so kind and generous while also being very driven! Chances are you’ve read the massive smash hit #GirlBoss, the part-guide part-memoir of NastyGal boss Sophia Amoruso, but did you know there’s also a podcast?
In it, Sophia interviews various celebrity #GirlBosses to find out how they got to where they are, their motivations, and what makes them tick. It’s a great listen if you want to find out more about your favourite #GirlBosses and maybe emulate their paths to success! You can listen to #GirlBoss Radio [here].
Listen when: on the way to work/uni/school, getting ready for a job interview
Maybe a little bit random, sure, but if you love hearing about mythology, urban legends, scary stories, supernatural happenings and weird goings on, Lore is the podcast for you. The roughly 25-30 minute episodes take an unusual tale (from a mysterious mine where people keep dying, to human vampires and beyond) and delves deep into the mysteries, talking about the real-life consequences and history behind them.
The host is pretty funny when the time calls for it but also handles serious (and sometimes quite dark) material well, and I find the episodes really keep you involved in the story. For some reason I find these particularly entertaining while I’m cooking! You can listen to Lore [here].
Listen when: going to bed (if you’re daring), while you’re cooking
Similar to GirlBoss Radio, this podcast talks to women who’ve really followed their ideas and passions on to becoming pretty successful in life so far. The episodes talk to entrepeneurs approaching their market from a new angle (for example Sharmadean Reid of WAH Nails features in episode 24), or who have just come up with something completely new (like Phoebe Lovatt of The Working Women’s Club, or Venetia Archer of beauty app Ruuby).
I find this one really inspiring! You can listen to ASOS: My Big Idea [here].
Listen when: you’re in desperate need of inspiration, or when you’re pinning on Pinterest!
Told by the people who submitted them, or so the podcast would have us believe, this show features real human interest stories about experiences that have stayed with them. Some are quite small and seemingly insignificant instances like watching a couple through their window across the road and following their sad journey (my favourite episode), and some are pretty big things like a guy who decided to rob banks for fun for a while.
It’s been described as being about “intriguing characters who aren’t who you think they are when you first meet them” and I couldn’t agree more – a really interesting listen! You can listen to Love + Radio [here].
Listen when: chilling out on a Sunday evening, commuting
Every grown-up’s worst nightmare – in this podcast, people read out things they wrote when they were kids, in front of a live audience. The resulting, usually melodramatic, readings are understandably mortifying (hence the name), but also pretty hilarious.
Some are over-dramatic poems, some just stupid notes they wrote as kids, but all of them kind of make you feel better about that time you called your teacher ‘Mum’ ten years ago – don’t lie, I know that memory keeps you awake sometimes! You can listen to Mortified [here].
Listen when: you need cheering up, you’re bored at work
I’m adding Serial in because the much anticipated second season of Serial launched before I finished this blog post, and I had to include it! Serial follows Sarah Koenig’s pursuit of the truth. Over 12 episodes she investigates a case that’s been puzzling people for years, talking to the people involved and finding clues and twists with each turn.
This was the podcast that arguably started the whole ‘craze’ (though obviously podcasts have been going for years – I used to love Russel Brand’s Radio 1 podcast when I was in high school for example!) and if you haven’t heard it yet, you definitely need to check it out. The story is gripping and really well told. Go go go!
The Empire Film Podcast, IRL podcast, Criminal, The Allusionist, She Said, Wear Your Dreams by Alice Oluyitan, Esquire Classic Podcast, What I wore When. Make sure you browse the iTunes podcast library, you might just find your dream listen!
After all that, I hope you find at least one of these podcasts to be entertaining for you. There’s no need to ever sit in silence on the train again, and all of these shows update regularly too so you’ll never be without new material.
They’re definitely worth your time, and what’s even better is that you can feel like you’re being twice as productive ’cause you’ll technically be multitasking most of the time you’re listening to them.
Tell me about your favourite podcasts in the comments below – I’d love to hear your recommendations!