Life Rambles: Top Five Podcasts

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A while back Lau shared her favourite podcasts with you all and I discovered some new podcasts to listen too – thanks Lau. As I found Lau’s podcast post so useful I thought I should share my favourites too. After all, there’s no such thing as too many brilliant podcasts to listen too, is there? I for one need more to get me through my runs, my commute or to have on in the background as I attempt to tidy my room. So read on for some podcast suggestions as I discuss my top five podcasts to listen to right now.

The West Wing Weekly

First up we have my absolute favourite – the series that I’m racing through. The West Wing Weekly. I know Lau mentioned it in her round-up but it’s genuinely amazing so it had to appear in my top five podcasts list too. If you’re a fan of The West Wing you will love it. It has interviews with cast and crew, really interesting guests who discuss policy related to the episodes and loads of secrets from being on set. Like did you know that Dule, who plays Charlie, always managed to fix it so he would finish filming first, simply by ensuring he was only seen at certain camera angels and away from all the talking. Therefore meaning he could head home hours earlier than those in the middle of everything, even if they only had one line. Genius!

Ctrl Alt Delete

Next on my top five podcasts list is Emma Gannon’s Ctrl Alt Delete podcast. Each episode is Emma talking to a brilliant guest about their experience of the online world. And topics range from building confidence online, to finding your voice and even using Twitter to find a literary agent. Every episode is super interesting. And with over 70 episodes so far there’s bound to be someone or a theme that you will identify with. My recent favourite episodes have been Grace Victory’s, Sophie Kinsella, Lucy Lendrem and Louise O’Neill. And I can’t wait to listen to Scarlett Curtis’ episode or Mara Wilson’s.

Stuff You Missed in History Class

My inner history geek is a big fan of the third podcast on my list, and that’s Stuff You Missed in History Class. I’m very late to the game on this one so I’ve downloaded episodes dating back to 2015! But the great thing about this is that there are loads of interesting topics being discussed and they cover a huge array of topics and periods in history. Next on my to be played list are: Foreign Food in the US, Lady Jane Grey, the nine-day queen and knitting’s early history – talk about an eclectic mix! The two people discussing the topics are clearly really interested in the topics, which draws you in. Plus they don’t patronise or assume any knowledge. Bonus!

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More or Less: Behind the Stats

This podcast is for those that can’t handle longer podcasts. I’m with you – sometimes 40 minutes is to long! The episodes of More or Less: Behind the Stats vary in length but most are 9 minutes long. Each episode strives to make sense of the statistics that surround us, so they choose a saying or statistic each episode and pick it to pieces. A LOT of information is sent your way about the topic as it gets discussed. Yet another reason why the short length is good!  Some of my recent episodes delve into such pertinent issues as: Trump’s inauguration crowd – was it bigger than the women’s protest one the next day? Do we really need to drink eight glasses of water a day? What is the real attention span of a goldfish? Definitely download the podcast asap to find out – it’s all so fascinating!

Desert Island Discs

And rounding off my top five podcasts list we have Desert Island Discs, that absolute classic. And yes another one that appeared on Laura’s list. Sorry, but it’s just so good! I finally listened to the David Beckham one recently and that one is so fascinating. One that wasn’t, the Emma Bridgewater one. So yes this is definitely one that involves a bit of picking and choosing!

So there we have it my top five podcasts. What would be on your list? I’m always on the lookout for new podcasts, so share away!

-Fi x