Convenient, portable, educational and entertaining, it’s no wonder we love podcasts so much. The growth in their popularity over the last few years is exponential, with recent data suggesting there are over 525,000 active shows and 18.5 million episodes.
It’s understandable then if you feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to choosing one you’ll like. While we can’t attest to having listened to all 525,000 shows, between us we’ve listened to… well, a lot… and we’ve hand-picked our top 10, across a range of genres, for your listening pleasure.
Australia’s very own Wil Anderson hosts this funny but serious look at the lives of some of the country’s most recognisable names including Tim Minchin, Annabel Crabb and John Safran, to name but a few. Asking ‘smart people stupid questions to find out the meaning of life. Or something’ is the premise. Entertaining, insightful and fun is what it is.
Described by Esquire magazine as "engaging, irreverent and unashamedly intellectual", Little Atoms explores a broad spectrum of topics from human rights to religion to academia via exclusive interviews with the best writers in literature, science, art and politics.
Sincerely, X gives voice to ideas we may not otherwise hear, from anonymous speakers. The reasons they remain anonymous are varied, some may be victims of crime, others perpetrators or investigators. There’s one thing they have in common – an idea to share.
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Health and Fitness guru, Jennifer Gale, and her expert guests talk all things older women’s health. With over 100 episodes so far, you’ll find the answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, whether they’re about osteoporosis and menopause, or sexual energy and skydiving.
Transformative Life Coach, Liz Applegate, interviews people aged 40 plus who are looking at midlife in a refreshingly positive way. Inspiring and uplifting, the stories and advice are designed to empower women over the age of 40 to ‘live a kick-ass life’.
Terrible, thanks for asking
Nora McInerny, who describes herself as a ‘notable widow’, hosts this moving podcast that talks openly about pain and loss. From survivors of rape, battlers of cancer and children facing the loss of a parent, the stories will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions. Humour, surprisingly, being one of them.
Desert Island Discs
Dating back to 1942 when it first aired on the BBC’s Forces program, the format of Desert Island Discs remains delightfully simple – chose 8 tracks, a book and a luxury you’d take with you to a desert island. Now a podcast, and with hundreds of famous personalities participating, it’s a concept that never tires.
ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing describes itself as ‘daring narrative journalism’, investigating hidden stories behind some of Australia’s biggest issues, from banking scandals to backyard steroid factories to the finances of the Anglican church. Hard-hitting journalism at its best.
An Australian true crime story, two The Age reporters tell the story of Phoebe Handsjuk whose death in a garbage chute in 2010 was declared by the coroner as misadventure, a verdict her family disputes. Featuring interviews with family members, friends, witnesses and investigators,
Phoebe’s fall makes for gripping listening.
Available exclusively online, weekly podcast BBC Ouch talks all things disability and mental health, in a mostly light-hearted manner. Plenty of personal experiences, guest presenters and expert discussion in these lively, often humorous, bite-size episodes.
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