Over the past year I’ve become hooked on listening to podcasts. Whether it’s on my commute to work or whilst I’m doing chores around the house, a podcast is usually what accompanies me. They’re easily downloadable, FREE and a great way to absorb information on the fly, or simply just for entertainment. Podcasts have become an increasingly popular form of media, with some shows drawing in millions and millions of listeners. The way that we consume media is constantly changing and podcasts have found their own niche and audience, where more mainstream media and radio has failed.
They allow for more unfiltered conversations, whether that be on politics and social issues, or more recreational subjects like music and sports. It’s a brilliant on-demand format, and one that has become essential to my everyday life. But with so many different podcasts to choose from it can be difficult to decide which ones to start listening to. So, here’s five that I recommend:
The Joe Rogan Experience:
Hosted by comedian and UFC sports commentator Joe Rogan, this podcast is one of the most downloaded shows on the internet. Guests include anything from fellow comedians and sports enthusiasts, to conspiracy theorists and scientists. Podcasts are usually between 2 to 3 hours long, and this long-form of conversation really allows ideas, thoughts and subjects to be thoroughly explained. By far one of the podcasts that I’ve listened to the most, and a show that I’ve learnt a lot from.
Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip:
Hosted by musician and actor Scroobius Pip, this podcast provides witty and intellegent conversations from a variety of different guests from the world of popular culture, such as James McAvoy, Goldie and Russell Howard, just to name a few. Conversations always flow with Scroobius Pip’s relaxed and attentive style allowing the guests to open up about new projects they’re working on, and their personal lives.
The Tim Ferriss Show:
Hosted by American author, entreprenuer and businessman, Tim Ferriss, this is a show that I’ve only just started listening to, but one that has already been extremely beneficial to me. Covering everything and anything from the world of business, entreprenuership and popular culture, the shows provides in-depth conversations with some of the worlds most forward-thinking individuals. Some of my favourite guests include Esther Perel, Sir Richard Branson and Arianna Huffington.
Football Weekly – The Guardian:
Hosted by Max Rushden, who is regularly joined by journalist Barry Glendenning and others, this show provides a comprehensive round up of all the football action from across the Premier League and Europe. The show is released every Monday and Thursday and it’s something that I’ve begun looking forward to each week.
Under The Skin with Russell Brand:
Hosted by comedian, writer and actor Russell Brand, this show takes a look at some of the social and political issues affecting us at this current time. Subjects are wide-ranging, going from topics such as identity politics and gender fluidity, to Marxism and political revolutions. Some of my favourite episodes include; Art and Activism with Billy Bragg, How To Construct A Global Revolution with Yanis Varoufakis, and Gender Fluidity – Is It Time To Abandon All Labels? with Mae Martin.
Other shows that I also listen to:
The Adam Buxton Podcast, The Church of What’s Happening Now: With Joey Coco Diaz, TED Radio Hour, The Spanish Football Podcast, Hardcore Listing with Chris and Stu, Hip Hop Saved My Life with Romesh Ranganathan, The Big Interview with Graham Hunter, and Coffee Break Spanish.