12.6.19

10 More of my Favourite Podcasts (Part 3)



So I've done two of these posts now and I'm still obsessed with podcasts. In fact, I get through them at an alarming rate. Since my first two posts however, my tastes have changed a bit - I'm no long such a huge fan of the long form interview concept, which seems to have taken over podcasts. Sounds a bit mean but I don't think everyone is necessarily set out to be an interviewer. It's easier than ever now to create your own podcast, so I think the traditional format is a bit lazy. I don't mind a back and forth but I prefer podcasts that have a particular slant now.

Anyway, these are my new faves:

1. The Receipts Podcast

I live for this podcast! There are two parts, 'The Receipts' which is basically three women having a chat (see my post on mundanity for why that suits me so much) and 'Your Receipts' where the three women give advice to listeners who write in with dilemmas. My favourite is Your Receipts which is honestly just so entertaining, their advice is both wise and hilarious I could listen for hours. The Receipts part is insightful, articulate and I feel that I learn so much about their individual cultures (Audrey is Ghanian, Tolly is Nigerian and Milena is Colombian). They also have a habit of breaking into song which is a great trip down memory lane as it's mostly songs from the 2000s! Probably tied with The High Low as my favourite podcast.

2. Dear Joan and Jericha

OMG this podcast is H I L A R I O U S but so so wrong. Created by Vicky Pepperdine and Julia Davis, it's a parody of your run-of-the-mill daytime agony aunt type show where listeners send in their problems. The twist comes in the advice, which is medically inaccurate, wildly inappropriate and often very dark. It is side splittingly funny though. I haven't laughed this much since My Dad Wrote a Porno.

3. Dissect

This podcast takes an in depth look at particular albums. So far I've only listened to the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill one (probably my favourite album of all time), but host Cole Cuchna has also dissected Frank Ocean's first album as well as My Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye and How to Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar. He looks at the musical components, as well as analysing the lyrics and researching the artists' inspirations, interspersed with interview footage from the artists themselves. Love how original this concept is.

4. Evil Genius

Russell Kane hosts, with a variety of different comedians each week who discuss a controversial famous figure (Walt Disney, Enid Blyton, Margaret Thatcher and so on) and decide if they are more 'evil' or more 'genius'. Fun ensues, and it's interesting to hear different takes on the person, as well as  new facts.

5. Fashion Unzipped

Three fashion journalists from the Daily Telegraph host this one. It's all very FASHUN and sometimes I find myself rolling my eyes a little bit about how seriously it's all taken but it is still a good analysis of the fashion weeks so I do enjoy.

6. Happier with Gretchen Rubin

I've only recently discovered this one but I feel like I'm sat in a cosy room with some pals listening to this. Author Gretchen Rubin, who create the Four Tendencies personality types (do the quiz here - it's interesting) hosts with her sister, Elizabeth and they talk about topics related to her books, such as 19 for 2019 lists and clutter clearing hacks.They read out a lot of feedback and input from listeners, and it's fast becoming one of my favourites.

7. Hip Hop Saved my Life

Romesh Ranganathan was only on my periphery until I read his book and really enjoyed it. This led to me listening to his podcast and also really enjoying it. It helps if you like Hip Hop, but a lot of the chats Romesh has with his guests are just entertaining and amusing anyway. My favourite episodes include Doc Brown, Adam Buxton and Mo Gilligan. Romesh's mum also features a lot and she is crack up.

8. Love Stories with Dolly Alderton

I'm pretty much obsessed with Dolly at this point, so will listen/read/watch anything she puts out. For this podcast, she interviews various people (she has a good variety of guests, from Lily Allen to Stanley Tucci) and the stories focus around love - platonic, familial, romantic. I end up enjoying these no matter who the guest is. I particularly loved Jessie Cave, who is one of my favourite people at the moment.

9. Off Menu

One of my new favourites, Off Menu is hosted by James Acaster and Ed Gamble and the premise is thus: the guest has to construct a fantasy meal consisting of a starter, main, side, dessert and drink, which can come from anywhere, at any period of their life. It's very funny, particularly James, and has inspired many discussions with my friends about what their dream meal would be. I still haven't quite decided.

10. The Brights

I imagine a lot of people will recoil at this suggestion, and subsequently doubt all of my other recommendations! It follows the Bright family, narrated by and centred around Lydia, of TOWIE fame. I looooove myself some TOWIE and have been watching since the god old sausage plait days, so this fills a nice void in between seasons and provides some lighthearted, mindless entertainment. I think the Brights are very loveable and I have a soft spot for them in my heart.




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