Ohhhh I love a good podcast! Admittedly, it took me a long time to jump on this fast moving train that is the World of audio.
I’m definitely a reader; I can speed read and skim effectively, and long videos bore me. I have a short attention span for rubbish, and if I’m listening or reading something it has to grab me immediately and be worthy of my time.
That’s probably why I’d never bothered with most Podcasts before. Who has an hour to sit around and listen to someone lamenting about their life or shooting the shit (as I thought Podcasts were) that were poorly recorded and mastered, offering no real intrinsic value, or who’s voices were bland?
It wasn’t until I heard Serial (along with the rest of the World) that I really began to sit up and take notice.
These audio gems weren’t poorly recorded. They set the bench mark for what I believe a podcast to be… a television show for your ears.
It took months of scouring the Podcast store to find some more of that high quality ear-porn we’d been spoilt with, and finally the search is paying off.
My husband and I are addicted. We go for a drive at night JUST to listen to the latest eps of our favourite ‘casts. We turn the TV off, have it playing through the speakers, clean the house, cook dinner, fold the washing….anything. It’s something we love doing together, and always gives us something to look forward to, talk about, and even have interesting (and heated) debates about the topic of choice.
Here are a few of our favourites.
Ever wondered how the Freemasons work? How ice cream works? How anything weird and wonderful really works? This is for you. Educational, humorous and light, it’s perfect to find out more about a topic you’re interested in- or even better, discover things that you never knew you were interested in.
I stumbled across this cast one night when we were camping at Lake Bunnerong. It was silent, there was no one else camping near us and I dare say the whole lake was empty. The image for the podcast is scary… but that’s nothing compared to the stories. Read from the first-person’s perspective, with no music or added pizzaz, no gore or gruesome details, it’s safe enough for squeamish tummies, but scary enough for horror buffs. Highly recommended, just don’t listen alone.
The grandaddy of all podcasts. Over 500 eps, which are all available on their website. It’ll keep you entertained, and busy, for years.
I LOVE this cast. Hosted by two women who are funny, witty and inquisitive, Invisibilia delves deep into the things that we think and do, why we them, and will make you laugh, cry and everything in between. Listen to “How to be Batman” and try not to be blown away.
Narrated by Alex Blumberg, as he takes us through his journey of starting up a…wait for it…PODCAST BUSINESS (named Gimlet). You’ll hear embarrassing exchanges that’ll make you cringe and hide behind your eyes (such as Alex pitching his idea to billionaire investor Chris Sacca), responsible conversations where his wife gently nudges him in the right direction (as women always do), and then you’ll positively cry with happiness when Alex and partners kick major goals. I tweeted the show when it ended, telling them that I felt as though I was a part of it…A must listen.
Produced by Gimlet, and narrated by the adorable Starlee Kine, this is my new favourite show. Each week, Starlee solves a mystery. Sometimes its as simple as “What happened to that video store down the road?” or “Why was Britney Spears holding my book- and what did she think of it?!” to my favourite ‘Belt Buckle’ which takes her through a minefield of clues, trying to find the owner of the most amazing belt buckle ever made, and ‘Source Code’ which turned me, a decided Jake Gyllenhaal non-fan (not a hater but I definitely didn’t rate him at all) to a total FAN GIRL. Bloody brilliant. Just do it. Trust me.
Unclassified Woman with Michelle Marie McGrath
Exploring the lives of child-free women… and busting myths wide open. This is a podcast I was grateful to be interviewed on, and Michelle holds space for women to share their stories, and explores common misconceptions around child-free lifestyles. Thought provoking and uplifting!
A new one I’ve found- I was particularly interested in listening to the interview about the family of 6 who lived in a bus!!! Relaxing and easy to listen to, slowing us down, as the name suggests, and provides simple changes you can make at home (I’m totally doing #Project333!!)
No Filter with Mia Freedman
Love her or hate her, this is interesting shit.
The one that started it all. Following the story of a murder that happened in Baltimore in 1999, or a young woman called Hai Min Lee, the accused- Adnan Syeed has always maintained his innocence. Sarah and the Serial team, investigate, interview and begin to uncover the real story. Addictive.
A follow up from Serial, by Adnan’s childhood friend, now lawyer Rabia Chaudry, and two other lawyers, they pick apart the case, go deeper than Serial, and give a totally new dimension and layer to the case. It’ll make you question everything you know about the law, justice, and why it’s so important to have smart lawyers on your side! Only listen if you’ve listened to Serial, or it won’t make sense.
Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert
Can this woman do anything wrong? Author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, shares insight on some of the most beautiful topics.
Life Habits Mentoring with Karel Vredenburg
I haven’t listened to many; but I really think there’s something here for everyone.
The very first podcast I ever listened to, three or four years ago. Mary Maddux shares gorgeous meditations, and with her soothing voice and relaxing music, you can totally drift off into another place.
A recommendation by one of my VIP Club House members, Gill. Thoughtful, mindful listening, with roots deep in eastern philosophies and Buddhism. Great listening.
Lewis, ex all-American sports star turned entrepreneur and top notch interviewer has some brilliant chats with some of the most inspirational people you can imagine. My fave? The interview with E.T The Hip Hop Preacher. Just fantastic.
The Queen of social media lends her hand to podcasts. She’s great, giving loads of insight from her years of working with Tony Robbins, and from building a hugely successful online business.
The Caravan Project.
It’s not available just yet, but will be. Read more about it here.
What podcasts do you love?