*DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions are my own.
MY NAME IS RIA, AND I’M ADDICTED TO PODCASTS
Now, I may be biased because I work in the radio world, but I bloody love a good podcast. I think anything in an audio format can open up your imagination and mind in a totally new way compared to video.
The podcast has become very popular in recent years, with true crime, advice, sport and politics shows minimizing themselves to an hour or less, and recreating their sound to suit the individual listener. You, the person with their headphones on the train to work, you are the person the aim feels aimed at.
Podcasts are my new addiction. Cadbury Dairy Milk can fall by the wayside, Keeping Up With The Kardashians can take a back seat; podcasts are my new guilty pleasure. I first discovered them whilst at university last year.
HOW I GOT INTO LISTENING TO THEM
I was writing my dissertation and needed to listen to some brain food instead of hitting play on spotify. It turns out listening to music either ends up in lyrics sneaking their way into your work as your fingers absentmindedly type them out as your ears hear them, or you singing into your hairbrush when JoJo-Get Out comes up on shuffle.
The first podcast I became obsessed with was At Home With, the brainchild behind The Anna Edit and Lily Pebbles. They go to the homes influential women in the industry, and talk about their day to day lives, their careers and their homes. It immediately takes you to the heart of who the person is, and opens up a new way of getting to know the people you admire
So, now I’ve been a podcast consumer for a year or so, I thought it best to share some of my most loved shows.
Granted, the majority of these shows are made by or hosted by women. This isn’t deliberate, but for me as a young woman in the media industry, I am drawn to like minded women who I find inspiring and who work in the industry that interests me. But then again, I also love to listen to podcasts that discuss politics, food and even drag queens.
MY TOP 5 PODCAST SUGGESTIONS
In no particular order, these are my current top five podcasts that I’m listening to.
This is one of my newest podcast finds. An American podcast that looks at culture, style, sex, politics and people using women’s voices. From New York Magazine and Gimlet Media, this podcast has opened up the way I view the current social issues of today. Hearing it from American women’s point of view, hearing their discussions on the topics and diving deep to the heart of the topics is so enjoyable. My only objection is I wish they were longer! Molly Fischer is a brilliant host as well, I highly recommend it.
Ever since I read her book last year titled ‘Everything I Know About Love’, Dolly Alderton has fascinated me. She’s a brilliant writer and journalist, and miraculously comes across even better when you hear her voice. She sounded exactly how I imagined her to in my head when I was reading her book. The theme of love continues in this podcast series, she talks to her guests about their most defining relationships. Friendships, heartbreak, family and loss are all key factors in the conversations and it really is a joy to listen to. I particularly loved the recent episode with Lily Allen, and recommend you start with that one.
It’s still in its early days, but Emily’s podcast is a joy to listen to. She’s documenting her journey back to health, and body positivity plays a huge part in it. You might know her from instagram, where she posts dream like pink themed shots that really are like a little fairytale on your feed. She seems some lovely and genuine, and being able to listen her discuss something so personal is a great way to get to know her a bit more.
First off, if you haven’t read her book under the same title, do. Same goes for her other book The MultiHyphen Method. This podcast covers a lot of the topics covered in the book. Emma interviews people to discuss wellbeing, identity, mental health, the online world and social media, and gets to find out about their careers and lives in the process. It really is a great listen, and I always finish an episode intrigued to go and find out more about the interviewee. A particular favourite was her episode with Fearne Cotton back in September 2018.
Estée is, I must confess, already a girl crush of mine. The canadian babe is a powerhouse of effortless cool and her podcasts are just so her. She allows the audience to be a part of the narrative, and discusses the shared experiences of women. Listeners and fans of hers will call in with their issues or stories related to the topic at hand, and Estee and her guest will give advice or use the story to open up the conversation. It makes for a really intimate listen, you feel like you’re having coffee with friends. Her first podcast series, At The Heart Of It was also brilliant.
There are so many amazing podcasts covering a wide range of subjects and topics online. I highly recommend downloading the apple podcast app, and the BBC sounds app to discover something new and get started on your own podcast obsession journey.
If you do end up listening to any of these and loving them, please let me know! I’d love to know what you think of them.