I’m a big fan of writing a blog post that involves a list of my favourite things. I think the reason for this is that I like how neatly everything chunks up into pieces, and how structured my page looks when I do that. Previous favourite things posts have included; 10 books I want to read this winter, London brunch spots, and my personal favourite, breakfasts to impress. Following along on this them is today’s post of current favourite podcasts.
Over the last few months I have been getting more and more into podcasts. I’ve always had the odd episode on my phone but I’ve never been that good at actually listening to them. But after obsessing over Serial, series 1 I got into the habit of listening more and now I listen to podcasts all the time. When I’m out running, or in the bath, or on my way to work with no space on the train to read.
So if you’re new to podcasts, or are obsessed but need a few new ones to add to your playlist, here are my current five favourite podcasts.
The West Wing Weekly
The West Wing Weekly, or TWWW as it’s known, is an episode by episode discussion of The West Wing TV show by Joshua Malina and Hrishi Hirway. The pair relive each episode, discussing the plots and behind the scenes facts all without giving away any spoilers to future episodes. They’re also regularly joined by cast members who share their own stories from their time on The West Wing. If you’re a fan of the seven series show then I’d highly recommend. I bet it’ll be on your list of favourite podcasts pretty soon too.
Desert Island Discs
A BBC Radio programme that was created back in 1942, this show sees current host Kirsty Young ask guests to share which eight records they would take with them to a desert island. With each record the guest explains why this has been chosen, and invariably gives us a look into their life. If I had to pick my favourite episodes then they would probably be Caitlin Moran, David Beckham and Judi Dench. Oh and the one with Tom Hanks as that one got me through last year’s BUPA 10k race.
Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon
Okay so I only listened to this, because Fi kept telling me that I’d like it. And as is always the way, she was right. Damn her! Emma Gannon is a blogger and author who interviews different guests for her podcast. She’s got a really lovely way of interviewing and as you listen is sounds like you’re eavesdropping on two friends having a chat. I’ve really enjoyed her chats with Grace Victory, Scarlett Curtis, Lena Dunham and Nimko Ali.
Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes
This one was suggested to me, after someone (I can’t remember who) found out how much I enjoyed Serial, series 1. Accused looks at the murder of Beth Andes in Ohio back in 1978. Her boyfriend was found innocent by two juries and this show looks at the investigation in 1978. I’ve got two episodes left of this, and I’ve been enjoying it so far, what I like is that the focus is on the evidence, it’s not about trying to prove someone innocent or guilty. Instead it’s looking at what happened in the days after the murder.
This American Life
This American Life is a weekly public radio show in the US and is also the show behind Serial. Each week the team share a different story which means you can totally dip in and out of episodes. I’ve just finished listening to 360: Switched at Birth which was just jaw dropping to listen to. Then there’s 607: Didn’t We Solve This One? which made me so angry. 559:Captain’s Log is the first one I listened to, and a good introduction into the podcast.
So there you have them, my current favourite podcasts. What do you think? Do you listen to any of these? Would you recommend any others?
– Laura xx