It probably wont come as a surprise to you, but I love a good podcast. I’ll admit; when we came up with the idea for Banging Book Club, I wasn’t really into them. Once we’d recorded a couple of episodes, however, I figured it was probably best to have a proper look at what we were getting ourselves into. Serial became my gateway drug, and from there I’ve been getting my fix on train journeys and in long queues every since.
I thought I’d share with you today some of my current favourites; the podcasts I have consistently enjoyed over the past couple of months and keep going back to. I’m pretty sure there’s something in here for everyone, so have a read and do check out the ones that sounds up your street!
I don’t think anything I write could do justice to this podcast. It is by far the most insightful and inspiring one I listen to – in fact I try to leave this one until the journeys home as I can guarantee I’m going to want to walk through my door and go straight to my piano. Ross Golan uses this podcast to interview fellow songwriters – some of whom you will have heard of, like Charlie Puth and Julia Michaels, and others whom you’ll have never known but you’ll definitely have heard their music. My friend Lauren actually recommended it to me, already being a convert herself. There’s nothing I like more than sitting down to listen to an hour of music talk, about how they write their songs and the stories behind them. Definitely my favourite podcast I’ve discovered so far.
I have a real brain crush on Ed Miliband. I actually met him while he was Labour leader for a job I was doing in 2015, and he left a lasting impression as a good-natured, well-intentioned man, which to be honest I wasn’t expecting. This podcast further reaffirms that impression, as Ed and Geoff talk about big ideas that could improve life in Britain, and even the world. My favourite episode so far has been the one about rent control – let’s be real, is anyone really surprised? They explain problems through their potential solutions, which I really love as it feels like a fragment of optimism in the ever catastrophic news landscape we are faced with everyday. Whatever political ideology you align with, this series is well worth a listen.
I love love love this podcast, which makes sense as I love love love beauty and skincare. Carlene and Jill interview really influential people in the beauty industry and discuss how they got to where they were, their favourite products and what inspires them, among other topics. It’s a really calming listen – it helped me get through a really turbulent flight in December – and it has warmth to it that makes you fall in love with every company director or co-founder you listen to discussing their products. If you’re as interested in beauty, and the beauty industry, as I am, it’s a worthy listen.
I only got around to listening to my first episode last week but I’ve fallen head over heels for Sophie and Millie’s podcast! I must have consumed at least four more in the time that followed my discovery of their chat about Instagram rates with Chloe Plumstead; it was so refreshing to hear other women in this industry talking about the weird and wonderful emails they receive and how hard it is to be not taken seriously by everyone you work with. This pop culture podcast covers everything on bloggers’ radars – heard about the Logan Paul scandal or Missguided’s new campaign? Trust me, they’re already on it. If you’re a) female and b) enjoy dank memes, you’re probably going to like it.
How could I leave out Ctrl Alt Delete? I feel like Emma has paved the way for young British female podcast voices, and rightly so; her interview series is fascinating listening, and she speaks to everyone you could possibly be interested in about everything to do with social media, creativity, careers and all the other bits in between. You want an interview with Zoella? She’s got it. How about Henry Holland? Alice Levine? Yup, it’s all there. My personal favourite is her interview with Sali Hughes, it really resonated with me to hear them both talk about, yup you guessed it, being a woman in the public eye online. But also makeup, because I’m predictable and unsurprisingly, you can learn a lot from a beauty journalist. Definitely pick this one up if you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or you’re in need of some inspiring chats with the world’s creatives.