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The Top 36 Podcasts of 2017

January 9, 2018


 

Here you will find 36 podcasts you need to be listening to. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm new to podcasts, I just didn't see the point in them, couldn't fathom the appeal. Oh how that has changed. I'm addicted, I'm in a deep, dark podcast warren and I'm not ready to pop up from the rabbit hole anytime soon. I have a long list to get through. It's like I found a new hobby, a hobby that makes almost very shit job somewhat manageable. I even cleaned out the fish tank the other day, to enable myself to be able to listen to more of S-Town - I was engrossed. If you catch me cleaning my oven, then you know I need to seek help!

 

 

As I've said, I'm new to this podcast game, so most of these recommendations are from my friends and followers. They are in no particular order. I have added some notes to a few of the podcasts I've listened to. 

 

 

 

Please note none of these are child-friendly listening. I've commented on some in bold type. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.The Adam Buxton Show  (Comedy) 

The Adam Buxton Podcast. The Adam Buxton Podcast is a light-hearted and comedic conversational podcast created by and starring English comedian, writer and actor Adam Buxton.

I have listened to the Romesh Ranganathan which is very funny. Many of my followers adore this podcast. Looking forward to hearing more.

 

 

 

 

2.Scummy Mummies Podcast  (Comedy, Kids & Family)

The Scummy Mummies comedy duo host a fortnight cant show for less than-perfect parents and perform live shows around the UK. The podcast has been recommended by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times and featured on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. 

I had so much fun when I appeared on this podcast and this was really the catalyst for getting me into them. 

 

 

 

 

3.My Dad Wrote a Porno (Comedy) 

Imagine if your Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened - but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he's decided to read it to the world in this brand new comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1's Alice Levine, Jamie will be reading a chapter a week and discovering more about his father than he ever bargained for.

Personally this podcast isn’t my bag but so many of you LOVE it, that I couldn’t not include it. It was probably the most common suggestion. 

 

 

 

 

4.Dirty John (Personal Journals) 

Startling new true crime podcast Dirty John (LA Times/Wondery/iTunes) looks at love, deceit and how warning signs can quickly lead to danger.

It's ok but not my favourite true crime podcast.

 

 

 

 

5.The Guilty Feminist  (Comedy)

Ever felt like you should be better at feminism? Join comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests for this comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience. Each week they discuss topics "all 21 first century feminists agree on" while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles. Deborah Frances-White is the 2016 Writers' Guild Award Winner for Best Radio Comedy for her hit BBC Radio 4 series Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She is an Edinburgh Fringe regular, a screenwriter and is in huge demand for her corporate seminars.

I have listened to a couple of these, it's not my bag, I find it a little patronising, but interesting none the less. 

 

 

 

 

6.Woman’s hour (News and Politics) 

The programme that offers a female perspective on the world

 

 

 

 

7.Fearless Rebel Radio (Self-Help)

Fearless Rebelle Radio is dedicated to empowering you to break free of societal standards and body shame. Summer interviews the leading experts in body image, the anti-diet movement, self-help and feminism, covering a range of topics that include: body positivity, size acceptance, self-worth, self-esteem, intuitive eating and eating disorder recovery, health at every size and positive psychology. Summer also gives practical advice and shares personal experiences to help you accept your body and break free of diet culture. Summer Innanen is a professionally trained coach specializing in body image, self-worth and confidence and is the best-selling author of Body Image Remix.

I listened to the one with Bodyposipanda, which I enjoyed thoroughly.

 

 

 

 

8.The "F" It Diet Radio (Self-Help)

This podcast is for chronic dieters who want support navigating diet culture, and learning to eat normally. This is the way to heal "food addiction". Episodes have a mixture of advice, support, storytelling, listener Q and As, interviews, and some fun miscellaneous stuff. The F It Diet is more radical than intuitive eating. This is NOT YOUR MOM'S INTUITIVE EATING.

 

 

 

 

9.Death, Sex and Money (Society & Culture) 

Death, Sex and Money is an interview-style podcast hosted by Anna Sale that discusses the big questions "often left out of polite conversation." The podcast launched in May 2014 and is produced by WNYC Studios. The podcast features celebrities and experts, as well as guests with little to no name recognition.

 

 

 

 

10.Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations (Society & Culture) 

Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with SuperSoul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.

Amazing if you need self-help tips, and of course anything Oprah does it is great. 

 

 

 

 

11.The High Low  (Society & Culture) 

A weekly pop-culture / news podcast brought to you by Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes - the former co-hosts of The Pandolly Podcast.

I found it difficult to keep track of who is who because they sound similar, and that distracts from listening to the content. Also they are both clearly very well educated and for me it sometimes feels a little unrelatable. 

 

 

 

 

12.Wine and Crime (Comedy)

Wine & Crime is a new true crime / comedy podcast. Join three childhood friends as they chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesota accents!

 

 

 

 

13.Sword and Scale (Social Science)

The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions, proving that the worst monsters are very real. We cover true-crime stories, high-profile trials, unsolved murders and missing persons cases.

 

 

 

 

14.Reply All (Technology) 

Reply All is an American podcast from Gimlet Media, hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. It features stories about how people shape the internet, and how the internet shapes people. Vogt and Goldman previously hosted the technology and culture podcast TLDR for WNYC. Reply All premiered November 24, 2014.

 

 

 

 

15.Walking The Dog with Emily Dean  (Comedy) 

Walking The Dog from The Times. Emily Dean takes some of her friends for a walk with their dogs. They talk about the weird, the wonderful, the funny and the extraordinary.

 

 

 

 

16.Two Dope Queens  (Comedy)

Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are funny. They're black. They're BFFs. And they host a live comedy show in Brooklyn. Join the 2 Dope Queens, along with their favorite comedians, for stories about sex, romance, race, hair journeys, living in New York, and Billy Joel. Plus a whole bunch of other s**t.

 

 

 

 

17.The Nod  (Society and Culture)

Luther Vandross ballads. Oil sheen spray. ‘Twice as good.’ What do these things have in common? They are each, in their own way, essential to some facet of the Black experience. In The Nod, a new podcast from Gimlet Media, co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings gleefully explore all the beautiful, complicated dimensions of Black life. It is a fun, yet poignant examination of both the biggest moments and most under explored corners of Black art, media, and culture.

 

 

 

 

18.How Did This Get Made (Comedy) 

How Did This Get Made? is a podcast on the Earwolf network. It is hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. Each show, which typically has a different guest, features the deconstruction and mockery of outlandish and bad films. 

 

 

 

 

19.The Mortified Podcast (Personal Journals)

The Mortified Podcast is a storytelling series where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids—diaries, letters, lyrics & beyond—in front of total strangers. PS: It totally likes you

 

 

 

 

20.Under The Skin with Russell Brand  (Comedy)

'Under The Skin' asks: what's beneath the surface – of people we admire, of the ideas that define our time, of the history we are told.

 

 

 

 

21.The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson (Society & Culture) 

Join bestselling author Jon Ronson as he traces a very strange butterfly effect. A teen in Brussels had an idea – to make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are mysterious, delightful, surprising, and sad. This 7-part series takes you on a journey to places you’ll never expect.

I've just listened to the first episode, but I'm eager to listen to more. The investigative journalist style reminds me of Louie Theroux.  

 

 

 

 

22.Emma Guns (Fashion and Beauty)

Each week beauty journalist and presenter Emma Gunavardhana chats to a beauty industry insider; from skincare experts, make-up artists, fellow beauty editors, bloggers, beauty junkies - you name it. So if you love beauty you'd better tune in. 

 

 

 

 

23.Serial (News and Politics/ True Crime)

Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.

Recommended to me by Zoe from Dress Like a Mum, this was the first ever podcast that I became addicted to, I was hooked from the first episode.

 

 

 

 

24.In the dark  (News and Politics/ True Crime) 

In the Dark is an investigative podcast from APM Reports. Season 1 focused on the investigation of the abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Season 2 will be released in the spring of 2018.

Disturbing and captivating, it asks some very intriguing questions law enforcement about society as a whole. 

 

 

 

 

25.S-town (News and Politics/ True Crime) 

John despises his Alabama Town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.

I really enjoyed this, it's a completely different world, and one which kept me captivated.

 

 

 

 

26.Radiolab (Natural Sciences)

Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.

One of my followers suggested to start with the Blame episode and said you’ll be hooked - great advice, it is a really interesting. 

 

 

 

 

27.This Amercian Life (Personal Journals)

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.

 

 

 

 

28.How I Built This with Guy Raz (Business) 

Host Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the movements they built.

 

 

 

 

29.Dirty Mother Pukka (Kids and Family) 

A panel of mothers, a panel of papas and one simple mission: to Parent the Sh!t out of Life. This is the honest, funny and occasionally grotty podcast for people who happen to be parents. Mother Pukka (Anna Whitehouse) is a journalist, editor, vlogger and family-flogger. With partner Papa Pukka (Matt Farquharson), they believe parents can laugh through the madness of keeping small humans alive.Each episode puts grown-up quandaries to a panel of brutally honest mums, followed by a panel of equally frank dads, to reveal the dirty truth of each rung of the parental ladder. Whatever the questions, Dirty Mother Pukka is the #nofilter truth about modern parenting.

 

 

 

 

30.The DO Lectures  (Business) 

The idea is a simple one. That people who Do things, can inspire the rest of us to go and Do things too. So each year, we invite a set of people to come and tell us what they Do. For more, visit www.thedolectures.com

 

 

 

 

31.Making things better and making better things  (Business)

Podcast of Mark Shayler at Ape. Works with businesses to do things better and do better things. Founder of innovation and sustainability company, Ape. Founding partner of the Do Lectures and Green Lab. Author of Do Disrupt: Change the Status Quo or Become it.

 

 

 

 

32.Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel

Where Should We Begin takes you into the antechamber of our most intimate moments so that we might learn, explore, and experience alongside the couples who have been gracious enough to let us in.

This podcast allows you into the therapist room - it is extremely riveting. 

I could love this one more, just wish there were more episodes.

 

 

 

33.The In and Out by Dawn O'Porter

This was weekly podcast from writer, presenter and founder of BOB by DOP, Dawn O'Porter. Each week Dawn will talk to someone interesting about why they wear what they wear. What does the way you dress say about you?

The main content is about style, she has a brilliant interview style and finds out really interesting facts about her guests. 

 

 

 

 

34.Desert Island Discs

Guests are invited to choose the eight records they would take to a desert island.

Absolutely addicted to this podcast, especially the ones with Kirsty Young. My favourite episodes are Sheryl Sandberg and Kay Mellor. 

 

 

 

35.Letters To My Fanny

Women who are changing the world - how they get sh*t done and why they do it. Production assistance by Shola Aleje and opening music by Gerald Healey

 

 

 

 

36.Sex with Emily 

Dr. Emily Morse shares her expertise on sex, relationships and everything in between! Submit your questions to Emily by emailing feedback@sexwithemily.com. For more sexy fun, including blogs, photos, videos or to stream this show, visit sexwithemily.com.

Incredibly enlightening.

 

 

 

 

Some other podcasts you might be interested in:  

 

 

 

The Mystery Show 

Call Your Girlfriend 

Awesome with Alison 

Talk Stew with Reggie Yates 

Making Oprah 

Big Magic 

All Killa No Filla 

Say Your Mind 

The Read

Friend zone 

The Receipts

Irishman Abroad 

The Vulnerable  Podcast

Blindboy Boatclub 

Crimetown 

Missing Richards Simmons

 

 

 

 

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