Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Podcast Recommendations (and a bit of news!)

I've been a huge fan of podcasts for years but recently I've added a few new ones to my list of favourites. Perhaps you got really into podcasts listening to Serial* at the tail end of 2014 but aren't sure what to listen to next. Or perhaps you're a podcast addict who's always on the look out for more to listen to. Either way, this is the post for you!

Start Up 

This is an absolute must-listen for anyone interested in tech/business/start up culture. It's a podcast by Alex Blumberg, and follows his journey to start a new podcasting company. Alex has previously worked on This American Life so he knows his stuff when it comes to production, but does he know how to start a business? Each episode takes us through a process like choosing a name for your business, hiring a team, or finding investors. It's absolutely brilliant, and tells you the warts and all stuff that other start ups won't.

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This is the first podcast launched by the start up that Alex Blumberg starts in Start Up (above, and meta) and it's a great show about internet things. Episodes are around 20 mins and cover anything from brand new app trends to weird stuff from the days of dial-up. It has quickly become a firm favourite and makes me really excited to get out of bed on Wednesdays.

PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman also used to produce another fab internet themed podcast called TL;DR which is also worth a listen.

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Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase

Betty is an air stewardess for a major American airline and in this podcast she shares stories from the sky and her travels, and interviews with the crew. Betty is so charming and sweet and just has a great way of telling stories from a job that I suppose lots of people might find uninteresting. She finds humour in everything (like cleaning up poop!) and because she travels a lot, you get to hear about parts of the world you might never visit. 

I've only recently discovered this podcast, and the first episode I listened to was Butt to Butt or Crotch to Crotch but I've since gone back and listened to a lot of previous episodes, all of which are equally awesome.


Criminal is the first podcast I recommend when people tell me how much they loved Serial. Each episode focuses on a different true-crime story ranging from crop theft to counterfeiting to cover-ups. It's gripping and sad and frustrating, as the reality of crime often is.

Episodes are monthly so it's not quite a regular fix, but there's a great back catalogue you can go and get stuck into RIGHT NOW.

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Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown

Comedy fans will love this panel-style show about two flatmates, Tom and Ben, and their landlord Matthew, as they battle it out to see who must take care of menial household tasks like cleaning the windows and paying the council tax bill. They are joined by other comedians each week and past guests have included the likes of Aisling Bea, Adam Buxton, and David O'Doherty. It's pure silly fun, and I promise their jingles will be stuck in your head for ages (in a good way).


Call Your Girlfriend is:

a) The best Robyn song of all time and also my favourite song of all time and should be yours too
b) A new(ish) podcast from two awesome ladies
c) A mantra for life
d) All of the above

OBVIOUSLY, the answer is D! But in this case, it's especially B as the Call Your Girlfriend podcast is brought to you by long distance best pals Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow who check in regularly to catch up about popular culture, important issues currently affecting women, Kanye news and basically anything else that takes their fancy. I love this podcast so much because it's such a rare joy to hear two women just having a conversation and being insightful and silly and doing it on their terms. There should be more of this in the world!

This episode is a CORKER (confronting trolls and naming your baby Nutella):

And lastly want to tell you about a BRAND NEW podcast that just launched called Bookish Blether. It's hosted by yours truly (THAT'S ME!!!) and my awesome pal Nicola who loves books just as much as I do. Each episode we'll be talking about a different bookish topic, as well as sharing reviews, recommendations, and news from the world of books.

Here's Episode 1. Be sure and let us know what you think and follow us on Twitter at @BookishBlether and on Tumblr for extra bookishness. 

Those are just a few of my current favourites. Do let me know what you think if you listen to them, or if you have any recommendations of your own!

*I'm assuming most people who read this will have listened to Serial or at least heard of it by now, but if you haven't, I DEFINITELY recommend it too!


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