Five Podcasts For Podcast Newbies
I think of myself as a bit of an podcast veteran, I have dedicated days.. weeks… months… of listening time to podcasts and I love being able to share my amazing finds with you all. However! I know a lot of people out there have still not started listening to podcasts and they don’t really know where to begin and how to generally get started! So lemme tell you!!! First of all, if you are an iPhone user, I find the easiest place to access podcasts is via the podcast app, it should be on your phone already, but if not, just download it from the iTunes app store. If you are on android, then I would head over to stitcher where you can listen for free. Generally, I listen to all my podcasts via the iPhone and either connect it to headphones or a bluetooth speaker, but there are times where my phone is in a different room and I find it easier to listen via the stitcher website. I dunno what it is, but I think it’s easier than listening via iTunes. ALSO, there are quite a few podcasts now available on spotify. Failing that, every podcast has a website, so just google the name of the podcast and it should come up with a webpage where you can stream directly from there. I hope that helps! OK! let’s get onto my recommended podcasts for you newbies! Just an FYI, if you are already a podcast fan, you might want to head over to this post to deep dive into these recommendations! Oh and finally, I would like to point out the joyful little radio in this post, it’s by VQ and it’s bloody brilliant! I have these in all different colours spread around my house and I love them because you can connect them to your iPhone and play podcasts out of them, they are also DAB radios! Annyyyhoooo let’s get onto the post!
Ah Serial! This is the starting place for sooooo many podcast listeners. If podcasts were a members only club, then Serial would be your joining fee or initiation or maybe just the front door. It’s basically the podcast which brought podcasts back to life and it’s also the most downloaded podcast EVER. EVER!!!!! It’s one story told week by week (although you can binge it now, obvs) and it’s about a murder trial and all the twists and turns and it’s beautifully written, really interesting and really shines a light on the american justice system. If you liked Making a Murderer, you’re gonna like this and if you are new to podcasts, this is the ONLY place to start. Oh and once you have done Serial Season 1, skip season 2 (I think we all know it’s not that good) and hop straight to season 3 which has just been released. OR try S-Town, which has the same This American Life team behind it, again, it’s a brilliant listen!
Forever one of my favourite ever podcasts… I just love it! There was only ever 6 episodes made, but each one is pure perfection! Oh and once you are done, if you need a Starlee fix, then I HIGHLY recommend you listen to Act 1 of this episode of This American Life. It’s amazing and it’s just another reason why I’m so obsessed with Starlee Kine! Embarrassing fact alert: I tweet her often and she has NEVER replied, I’m convinced we cold be friends but she doesn’t seem to wanna let me in!?
It’s funny, the first episode of Criminal I EVER listened to made me think ‘This podcast isn’t for me!’, which is CRAZY as now it’s a podcast I adore and I have listened to each episode multiple times and if I wake up in the night and I want something to listen to until I fall back asleep, it’s ALWAYS Criminal I go for…. and I know that sounds weird. But I promise, this podcast isn’t all about missing people and murders, it’s more about the world around Criminals. It will make more sense when you listen. Pretty much every episode is brilliant, but Bump in the Night is one I particularly like, as well as The Gatekeeper.
Reply All is probably the second podcast I ever fell in love with, it’s a podcast about the internet and all the weird and wonderful things that happen in this online world. It *can* get a bit techy, which my boyfriend really likes, but I prefer the none techy episodes which are more about people. My favourite episodes include A Stranger Says I Love You, Man Of The People, Zardulu, On The Inside (part 1 and 2) and Today’s The Day is also really fun.
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Full disclosure, I don’t listen to every episode of this one, however, if the guest is good, it can be a GREAT listen, really inspiring, informative and uplifting. It has a real ‘women in business’ theme to it, featuring lots of guests from the world of online, fashion, beauty and literature who are really interesting and inspiring. If you are a blogger looking to learn from other people in the industry, this is a great place to start! There are a LOT of episodes in the back catalogue to work your way through, so have a scroll through and listen to the ones which jump out to you in terms of conversation theme or guest. Once you have worked your way through all of them, you can always go back and listen to the rest!
Ta Da!!!! And if you have listened to all these podcasts and you want more recommendations, then head over to this podcast edit.