The Best Podcasts You Need To Listen To
Are you looking for something to entertain (or keep you awake) while feeding? Need some escapism for 10 minutes peace and quiet? Something to make you giggle? To pass the time on your commute? A bit of (very) grown-up humour? Or something that’ll help you forget what time it is? … Enter the Podcast!
Whether you're a podcast fiend, or haven’t discovered the magic of them yet; we have plenty of suggestions for you here, which we hope might become firm favourites.
The Boob Group – With very cheery American hosts; this will either give you a much-needed boost or grate on your nerves, depending on your mood! It looks at different breastfeeding topics each episode and feels well researched and professional.
Scummy Mummies – Very funny and irreverent; Scummy Mummies is a comedy podcast for ‘less than perfect parents’, who like a glass of wine, and don't judge themselves for serving fish fingers for every meal. Items like ‘What’s on our clothes this week’ bring some much-needed humour to the everyday stresses of being a mom.
Roam Schooled – A podcast all about finding things out yourself. Rather than just asking the internet for answers to topics; a Dad and his twin daughters hit the road in a camper van, in order to discover the answers to life's big questions.
The Longest Shortest Time – Described as a podcast about ‘parenthood in all of its forms’, The Longest Shortest Time covers a broad range of subjects both about parenting, and about humanity in a broader sense. Really engaging.
No Such Thing As A Fish – Presented by some of the QI Elves, each of the podcast’s hosts presents an obscure fact each week that they can discuss, with hilarious and ‘quite interesting’ consequences.
Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People – The idea is simple: a nameless stranger will phone up host Chris Gethard and talk about anything they like, and they’ll have an hour long discussion about it. He doesn’t know in advance who’s calling, or what they’ll want to discuss, so it’s a bit like a blind date. So far, callers have talked about homelessness, passport renewal, and which animal they’d prefer to be eaten by!
Dear Sugar – This is the podcast version of an advice column; hosted by writers Cheryl Strayed (writer of ‘Wild’) and Steve Almond. They take on any listener question, no matter how deep or dark, and offer wonderfully frank empathy in return.
Weekly General Meeting Podcast – A fab Irish podcast hosted by Shane Langan and Nial Conlan, The Weekly General Meeting Podcast is all about creativity; showcasing emerging Irish writers, comedians, artists, and filmmakers.
Blinkist - Blinkist lets you read the key lessons from 2000+ nonfiction books, in 15 minutes or less. With all the key points broken into chapters; it may not be an alternative to reading the full thing; but is a great way of helping you decide if a book’s worth purchasing. Perfect if you're worried about your brain turning to mush while on Maternity leave.
The Penguin Podcast – The penguin podcast hosts a different author each week, to talk about their work, and the objects that have inspired them. The first series was hosted exclusively by Richard E. Grant, though Konnie Huq and David Baddiel host some of the more recent episodes.
Song Exploder – In each episode, musicians take apart their songs piece by piece; telling the story of how they were made, and what the inspiration was. Guests include Björk, U2, Metallica, and hundreds more.
Ted Talks – On podcast or video, you can learn about … well … anything!
Woman’s Hour – Created by BBC Radio 4 (which also has an amazing number of comedy shows on offer too) Woman’s Hour is an institution; with a new episode every day covering every topic imaginable; and now also including ‘Late Night Women’s Hour’ hosted by Lauren Laverne.
The Women’s Podcast – A relatively new rival to Women’s Hour, The Women’s Podcast is 'by women, for everyone' created by The Irish Times. It's hosted by Róisín Ingle, with great guests, and a fascinating range of discussions.
Sorta Awesome – A super chirpy podcast, keeping you up to date on all things culture, media, trending conversations and general chat.
Maeve in America – Irish comedian Maeve Higgins has moved stateside; and now brings us the funny, and often infuriating stories of immigration, told by the people who’ve experienced them.
The Alison Spittle Podcast – The utterly loveable and hilarious comedian Alison Spittle interviews a different person each week (often recorded in front of a live audience.) Previous guests include David O’Doherty, George Hook, and Sinéad Burke.
Adam Buxton Podcast (contains some bad language) – Adam Buxton has created a brilliantly funny and fascinating podcast, interviewing guests as broad as Zadie Smith, Michael Palin, Sarah Pascoe, and Louis Theroux. He seems genuinely excited to meet everyone he chats to, and rounds off each podcast with brilliant jingles, and the sounds of walking his dog.
How Did This Get Made – Questioning where dreadful films come from; hosts Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas & June Diane Raphael dissect the ‘so bad they’re brilliant' films, that should have never seen the light of day.
Mortified – Would you like to re-read what you wrote in your childhood diary? Well, these people are doing just that in front of a live studio audience. Thank you for your bravery, everyone.
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Our Sexual History – A fascinating look into the raunchy secrets from Irish history, about what the heroes and heroines of Irish mythology really got up to.
My Favourite Murder – If you have an interest in true crime, this podcast is for you! It discusses some pretty gruesome cases; but is hosted by two bubbly women who have all the shock and inappropriate humour you need while discussing murder. Now with a cult following, each inadvertently hilarious quote is turned into fan art; with 'Stay Sexy, Don't Get Murdered' becoming their official tagline.
My Dad Wrote A Porno – Jamie Morton's dad has started writing erotic fiction, under the pen-name ‘Rocky Flintstone’. So with the help of friends Alice Levine and James Cooper, he reads a chapter each week and they ‘critique’ it. It’s so unbelievably hilarious, that you may have to pause it occasionally when your giggling gets out of control. They also have a live show in Vicar Street coming up.
S-Town – Made by the creators of Serial; S-Town is a documentary podcast about a possible murder cover-up, but it quickly develops into a fascinating character study of the people in small town Alabama. At it's centre is John, who insigated the investigation: A clockmaker who built a maze in his backgarden, and who doesn't quite fit in.