25 April 2018

The Podcasts I Listen To


I've got into the habit of listening to podcasts at work, and let me tell you, it's revolutionary. As long as you don't need to concentrate, podcasts keep you occupied, entertained and informed, and it's just an all-round lovely way to pass the time - these are the ones I rate.

The Fringe of It

The recent endeavour of Liv Purvis and Charlotte Jacklin, The Fringe of It feels like two friends chatting about countless topics - not in a very structured or organised way - but that's what makes it so good. They have a topic which they discuss every week, from 'Getting Out of a Funk' to 'Talking to Strangers', but they chatter away about the TV they've been watching and what they've been buying that week, too. I adore watching Charlotte on Instagram stories, so this is that in an extended form, minus the visuals of course. All of the other podcasts mentioned here have guests, but this one is just conversation between two friends, which I've come to love.

Ctrl Alt Delete

I've probably mentioned this one numerous times on here, but I can't put together a podcast post without talking about the Queen of all podcasts, and podcast host, Emma Gannon. Emma organises the best guests to chat with about pretty much everything, but with a focus on the Internet and how they feel about the online world. There are over 100 episodes available, so there is absolutely no shortage of conversation. Emma often interviews authors and journalists, and because I enjoy hearing about anyone's writing process and way of working, Ctrl Alt Delete is a real treat to tune into every week or whenever there's a new instalment.

Get It Off Your Breasts

This is Emma Gannon's other podcast, which she launched last year after the success of Ctrl Alt Delete, but I don't need to tell you that - you've probably heard of it - and if you haven't I urge you to have a little listen to Get It Off Your Breasts, which she co-hosts with Lliana Bird. Each week Emma, Lliana and a guest bring up a topic that has been on their mind lately - everything from the use of the word 'empowerment' to pubic hair and ridiculous clothing sizes. It makes for very interesting conversations, sometimes conflicting opinions, and all together brings awareness to important topics - or the not-so-important, but annoying. The second series has just finished, but there are lots of episodes to sink your teeth into.

Happy Place

My latest discovery, and one of my favourites! Popular presenter Fearne Cotton hosts this podcast, Happy Place, which she launched this year, and already she's had on some amazing guests. Think Stephen Fry, Tom Daley, author Matt Haig, ex Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and Dawn French. Fearne is an absolute natural at interviewing people, so it makes for easy yet insightful listening. She talks to the guests about happiness, life, love, loss and everything in-between. The podcast itself is very well made and I'm so looking forward to seeing what other guests she brings on in the future.

Get It On

This podcast by Dawn O'Porter isn't active right now, but I've heard there will be more episodes soon. Dawn, who is so lively and entertaining to listen to, chats to celebrity guests about their personal style and why they wear what they do. She talks to mainly women, but men too, which incidentally have become my favourite episodes. Her husband, the ever so entertaining Chris O'Dowd, and Jason Segel have been guests and are absolutely hilarious. Other guests include Dawn French, Caroline Flack and Alan Carr. You don't have to love fashion to enjoy Get It On - it's as much a podcast about the personality as the personal style.


What podcasts do you listen to?

-Emma
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