I’m not entirely sure how and when I got into podcasts. I wasn’t ever really interested listening to anything but music on the radio when I was younger but somehow I started listening to them. It may have been when I went to study in Japan, since I was really into the Adam and Joe podcast. I remember sitting on the bus each week on the way to my part time job trying hard not to laugh out loud at it. It really reminded me of home and was a real comfort when I felt homesick.
I guess I use podcasts in the same way now – to make me feel more at home. As you’ll see, I do listen to a lot of BBC podcasts, but that’s also because I hate having time in the day when I’m not working my brain. I’d like to be learning even when I’m out and about, and podcasts are the perfect way to do that. So, here are the podcasts that I listen to!
First up is a little boring, perhaps. BBC Outlook is a 50 minute “true life story” podcast that’s put out every weekday except Friday. This is also the reason why I have 100 podcasts I’ve not listened to yet. They contain stories and interviews with really extraordinary people, from a Korean guy who used to be a North Korean spy to a Nigerian singer to a girl who was sex trafficked to America. Some of them look a little boring from the outside, and 50 minutes is a long time, but if you have a long commute or spend a lot of the time driving about, these are great in the background.
Next up we have one of my favourites – the BBC Food Programme. These come out weekly and have roughly 30 minutes of programme about specific food areas. There was one about street food the other week and that just made me hungry…and the one about Irish cooking made me want to hop on a plane and get over there. As you may have guessed, I like food. So I love listening to things like this with all the latest food trends.
Next up is more BBC with The listening project. In regional BBC centres over the country, the BBC set up recording booths for people to go in and just talk to people they know, and these podcasts contain snippets of the outcome. I’ve listened to 6 year old little girls interviewing their grannies about their past boyfriends, guys talking to their parents about being gay and the conversation that will stick with me the most – two nurses talking about what people do and say just before they die. Some of them make me laugh out loud, some make me cry in public. But I think more people should listen to this since it’ll make us all better people.
Radio 4 Friday Night Comedy is my last BBC podcast and contains two comedy shows – The News Quiz and The Now Show. The News Quiz is hilarious… kind of like Have I Got News for You, but for radio and with Sandi Toksvig who is really amazing. The Now Show is a bit naff, even though it has a lot of great people on it like Hugh Dennis (the dad from Outnumbered). I bare with The Now Show weeks and just look forward to the weeks with The News Quiz.
Lastly is a podcast channel which I only just found recently, and it’s my new favourite thing ever. You know that feeling where you have a favourite tv show and you’re looking forward to it all week? Well I have the same feeling with this – Fortnight on the Internets. As the name suggests, it only comes out every other week, but it’s well worth the wait. It has all the “news” from around the web – memes, YouTube videos, internet trends…basically all the things I love. I wouldn’t have known about the weird happenings with Pronunciation Guide or what Drake Hands are if I wasn’t a listener! There really isn’t another podcast out there like this – it’s amazing.
Now over to YOU! Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones! Let me fill up my phone with even more!!