For the times you need to step away from this new reality, look no further than our top 10 podcast picks. Offering a brilliant distraction from the day to day grind, we've got something in here for your every mood, whether you want to indulge in a bit of escapism, soothe your anxiety or simply have a little laugh.
Happy Place - Fearne Cotton
This uplifting podcast is packed full of life advice with an array of inspiring guests talking through how they navigate everyday life (check out one of our faves with Mary Berry). It’s hosted by the always lovely Fearne Cotton who aims for positivity and honesty in these unusual times. She champions mindfulness and life affirmations to calm you down in a way you can really benefit from.
Feel Better Live More - Dr. Chatterjee
If overdosing on the news right now is making you feel a little bit anxious, take a moment to download Feel Better Live More. Dr. Chatterjee, a GP with over 16 years experience, offers practical advice and tips on how to support your health and wellbeing, both mentally and physically, through discussions with health experts and different personalities. Dr. Chatterjee explains it best himself: 'Health has become overly complicated. I aim to simplify it’. He's even got a new episode out all about coronavirus, so it's well worth a listen to help manage any worries.
Table Manners - Jessie Ware
Serving up fabulous food and laidback chat; Jessie Ware’s podcast is all about cooking with her mum Lennie at home, with celebrity dinner guests dropping in each week for a bite and a natter. The mother and daugher duo love cooking and you get some incredible sounding home recipes, although that doesn’t stop them from bickering and laughing! Expect a heartwarming but hilarious mum and daughter dynamic with oversharing guaranteed.
Happy Mum, Happy Baby - Giovanna Fletcher
If you’re a parent with young children, Giovanna Fletcher presents a collection of frank and warm conversations with high profile mums and dads. This includes a recent interview with HRH Kate Middleton who talks openly about motherhood and her fears. Expect a discussion on all aspects of parenthood – the highs, the lows, the challenges and the rewards! It’s brilliant for any parent seeking solidarity and support.
Desert Island Discs - BBC Radio 4
This weekend classic by BBC Radio 4 has enough brilliant content to keep you going for years, with archives downloadable from present day right back to 1952. They have an incredible roster of guests all sharing the sound tracks to their lives - all you need to do is decide who tickles your Desert Island Discs fancy! We recommend picking a year and episode at random, it’s a great listen whilst cooking the dinner. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll learn new things.
Serial - WBEZ
This has been around for a while and has pretty much gained cult status, if you haven’t yet listened, it’s SO good! This true crime podcast sees journalist Sarah Koenig investigate the case of Adnan Syed who was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend. Now in its third series, the show follows daily court proceedings in Cleveland in all its unexpected drama. Start right at the beginning of Series 1, we’ll see you on the other side…
The Moth - The Moth
Make a brew, get some biscuits, settle down and tune into The Moth podcast. An eclectic storytelling podcast, with true stories told live. Highlights include tales about what it’s like to decorate the White House at Christmas and dating dispatches from a devout Mormon. Some of the guests are polished professionals but many are just average people with a tale to tell. Their bravery makes this podcast feel especially intimate.
CASTaway - Laura Whitmore
Billed as the podcast about podcasts, Laura Whitmore inteviews a hosts of celebs – from Dermot O’Leary to Dame Kelly Holmes and most recently, One Direction’s Niall Horan. It’s chilled, informative, lighthearted and jam packed with celeb approved recommendations. Perfect if you fancy an easy 40 minute listen.
The Adam Buxton Podcast - Adam Buxton
Comedian Adam Buxton chats to celebrities, actors and fellow comedians in a rollercoaster of laughs, emotion, sometimes a bit of a singalong, and back to laughs. With homemade hilarious jiggles top and tailing each episode, there are tons of comedy royalty guests in its back catalogue that are well worth checking out.
Dolly Parton's America - WNYC Studios & OSM Audio
Even if you’re not a huge Dolly fan, this upbeat exploration of Dolly’s life and influences is a hug in a podcast. A sprinkle of daily Dolly magic gives these isolation days a little brightness and certainly makes our new “9-5” reality go a little faster.
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