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01 November 2017
Podcasts are basically taking over the world rn.
Not only are they informative and interesting, they’re just so damn convenient!
Bored on your morning commute? Or maybe you need something to zone out to while doing mindless work? Too easy, just pop in your earphones and listen to one of these addictive AF podcasts.
Here at Showpo HQ, we’ve been obsessing over podcasts lately, with our most recent discussions revolving around Dirty John – highly recommended if you’re into true crime, btw.
I’ve rounded up the Showpo team to give me their top must-hear podcasts, ranging from murder mysteries to pop culture and everything in between…
You’ve heard the old adage ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ – well, Jamie Morton did just that when he found out his father a written a terrible erotic novel. Instead of burying the thought in the back of his mind and pretending it didn’t exist – like most of us would – he turned it into a hilarious cringe-a-long podcast and enlisted the help of friends to read a chapter a week to the entire world.
Where to listen: www.mydadwroteaporno.com
Managing the likes of Fat Joe, Missy Elliot and 50 Cent, Chris Lightly was a huge figure among hip-hop, but in 2012 he was found dead at his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and the music world was left reeling. Hosted by Reggie Osse, this podcast tells the story starting from his youth hustling in the Bronx, right up until his final days.
Where to listen: https://gimletmedia.com/mogul/
Usually abbreviated to SYSK, this award-winning podcast is updated several times a week and educates listeners on a huge variety of topics, usually interwoven with funny anecdotes and pop culture references. Some of the most popular episodes include ones covering Spam, hangovers, tipping in restaurants, cheese and pinball.
Where to listen: https://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts
Seriously, who doesn’t love Oprah? Well, if you’re a fan of the former talk show host, you’ll love this podcast expansion on her ‘SuperSoul Sunday’ television series, which is a collection of eye-opening interviews with the world’s top thinkers and teachers.
Where to listen: Apple Podcasts
A weekly pop-culture and news podcast by Polly Alderton & Pandora Sykes that covers everything from the trivial to the political. Discussions range from Rob Kardashian, to memes that broke the internet, to the perils of unpaid internships. If you like a bit of variety in your listening, this would definitely up your alley.
Where to listen: https://www.acast.com/thehighlowshow
Conversations with Richard Fidler explores the lives of people you may not have heard of, but have done amazing things nonetheless. There’s a lot of interesting stories throughout the series, including one about a mother who learned how to sign with her daughter and the bond it created between them, and an investigation into notorious cult The Family.
Where to listen: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/episodes/
You’ve probably heard this one doing the rounds lately, and with good reason. This six-part series tells the story of Debra Newell and John Meehan’s toxic relationship while exploring themes of love, betrayal, deception, and domestic violence. It’s gripping from start to finish, and I’m definitely not surprised it’s been downloaded more than seven million times.
Where to listen: http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-dirty-john/
Introduced as ‘Australia’s First Crime Podcast’, this series features both high profile local and international cases, including the case of Daniel Morcombe, The Wanda Beach murders and the Port Arthur Massacre. Definitely a must-listen for any crime buff.
Where to listen: http://casefilepodcast.com/
The series explores the everyday lives of inmates at San Quentin, a facility in California. It’s an engrossing look into the day-to-day struggles of these prisoners, with several giving raw interviews that give insight into the dreary existence between the walls of the prison.
Where to listen: https://www.earhustlesq.com/
Belgian-born psychologist Esther Perel is an expert on relationships and sex and first came into the public eye after she published her book, Mating In Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence – which discussed sustaining intimacy in a long-term relationship. In this series, she allows her audience to listen in on therapy sessions, where you’ll get unfettered access to deeply personal issues between married couples.
Where to listen: https://www.estherperel.com/podcast
You’ve probably already heard of Aussie media personality Mia Freedman and her website, Mamamia. An extension of her popular website, the weekly podcast is hosted by Mia, Jessie Stephens and Monique Bowley as they discuss everything from pop culture to politics, body image to motherhood and feminism to fashion.
Where to listen: Apple Podcasts
A podcast made by women, for women, Ladies, We Need to Talk gets right into the taboo subjects others are afraid to talk about. Hosted by Yumi Stynes, topics include masturbation, menstruation, loss of libido, motherhood and more.
Where to listen: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/ladies-we-need-to-talk/
For all you economically inclined people (or even those who have NFI about it and would like to learn), The Money goes into depth about the Australian economy and how exactly it works, as well as explaining how this effects things globally.
Where to listen: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/themoney/
Words by Jessica Lynch
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