As someone who commutes to work for over two hours a day, I can’t express enough how much I love and need podcasts. Different from investing a chunk of time in listening to an entire audio book, popping on a podcast is an ideal way to drift off into another world for an hour or two – and perhaps learn a thing or two at the same time!
If you’ve listened to the usual suggestions (Serial, This American Life, etc.) here are some podcasts you may not have heard of, or as I like to call them, my top ten:
This gem of a podcast is brought to us by two of my fave YouTubers, Lily Pebbles and The Anna Edit. Not only are these two best friends, but they also share a love for interiors. In At Home With, Lily and Anna ventre into the homes of people they admire and interview them about their life, career and their home space.
This is a super casual, conversational podcast and they’ve hosted some amazing guests so far (Jo Elvin, Lisa Eldridge, Madeleine Shaw to name a few). If you listen to At Home With on Acast, you can view a selection of photographs of the guest’s home that accompany each episode – perfect for any fellow interior snoops!
My best friend lives in China. So I know what a long-distance best friendship is like. Call Your Girlfriend is the podcast for long-distance besties as it’s a weekly catch-up between two best friends living on the east and west coasts of America.
Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman talk about what is happening in their every day lives as well as what is happening in the US – from politics to pop culture. They’re both really intelligent but keep the convo casual and funny at the same time, making it feel like you’re just a fly on the wall in their friendship!
This is probably the first podcast I ever listened to. It’s an oldie but a goodie! Hosted by ABC radio, Conversations is just that… a conversation between Richard Fidler and a different guest every day. There have been so many guests on this podcast over the years that it’s hard to pinpoint just one favourite, but the topics range from memoir to politics, to drug use and the secrets of humpback whales. If you’re interested in people and stories, you’ll adore Conversations.
Emma Gannon has got to be one of my favourite people ever. Not only does she have the best glasses collection I’ve ever seen, she is also a fantastic interviewer. Ctrl Alt Delete is a podcast where Emma interviews a different guest each episode about their career, life and social media. She’s interviewed Lena Dunham, Estee Lalonde and Seth Godin, just to name a few.
The majority of Emma’s guests are women who work in creative industries and I’ve discovered so many inspiring books, podcasts, films and YouTube channels since listening to her podcast – one of my all-time favourites!
Filler podcast is one of my recent discoveries. If you’re interested or working in a creative industry, you’ll want to tune into this one. Filler is hosted by two young guys, Harry Hitchens and Matt Shore, as they sit down for a coffee with inspiring creatives working in fields of film, television, social media and photography.
Their guests are always really interesting and I love to hear how their career paths got them to where they are now.
We’re kicking it local with this next one. Sisteria is a podcast that is made in Melbourne and it’s all about women’s experiences as creators & consumers of arts & culture. The discussion is led by Stephanie van Schilt and Veronica Sullivan as they interview a different creative woman each episode.
Topics often covered in Sisteria revolve around feminism, creativity, inclusion and social politics. My favourite episode so far is the one with Amy Gray when they chat about parenting, doing what you want and sending nudes.
Each episode of Wilosophy starts with Wil Anderson asking his guest the (not so) simple question, “Do you have a philosophy?” Their answer results in an often complex and interesting tale of tangents about what they perceive to be the meaning of life and their perception of the world around us.
Although this isn’t a podcast that has regular episodes, there are some absolute corkers as Wil picks people to interview who he finds interesting – often comedians, actors, musicians or journalists. My favourite episodes are Wil’s interviews with Jane Caro, Charlie Clausen, Adam Briggs and Meshel Laurie.
The Wheeler Centre is one of my favourite places to go in Melbourne. With a tagline like ‘books, writing and ideas’ who can blame me? The Wheeler Centre is host to a massive range of authors, thinkers and writers each year and a lot of their events are recorded so anyone can tune into their podcast and have access to the ideas and discussions brought from their guests.
Seriously, dive into their library of podcasts and you’ll have something to listen to every day for the next few years.
Most lists of suggested podcasts will include Serial and This American Life as they’re two of the most popular podcasts series of all time. S-Town is the newest podcast from the same creators and it plays out like an ongoing non-fiction tale of an unlikely friendship between a journalist in America and a man living in ‘shit-town’ Alabama.
It’s really hard to explain what this podcast is about as it takes many twists and unexpected turns throughout the story, but it is excerpts of emails, phone calls and real-life catch ups between two people as they get to know each other over a period of years. If you’re interested in small American towns with secrets and complex characters, you’ll enjoy this.
I was convinced by the title of this podcast that I wouldn’t enjoy it. I knew that the premise was simple: a son reads out the script of a porn book that his Dad has written. I thought it would be overdone, crass and not funny. But when Sim and I decided to give it a go on a recent road trip, we were soon in fits of laughter!
It is a seriously hilarious re-telling of a seriously hilarious piece of erotic ‘literature’. I wouldn’t suggest listening to this in public because you’ll be in tears of laughter in no time.
That’s my list of top ten podcasts! Do you have a favourite podcast that’s not on my list? Let me know in the comments below as I’m always keen to try something new. If you listen to one of my suggestions and enjoy it, I’d also love to hear about it 🙂