Online Living Editor, Lucy Thompson provides you with her list of podcast essentials
There are podcasts about anything and everything, and they’re wonderful. They are perfect if you are on the walk to uni , occupied with a mundane task like cleaning your room, or travelling across the world. There are infinitely many to choose from and these are some of my favourites - perfect if you are new to the world of podcasts!
My Dad Wrote a Porno
This is pure comedy gold. Jamie Norton reads and comments on an erotic novel written by his father or ‘Rocky Flintstone’, with his two friends, James and Alice . Throughout the podcast the hosts laugh through chapters of the terribly written ‘Belinda Blinks’ - which follows Belinda , an executive at a pots and pans distribution company. The hosts revel in the sheer cringeyness and un-eroticism of the novel - vocalising exactly what you think about the alluring description of Belinda’s breasts hanging ‘like pomegranates’. Warning: if you are listening to this in public, your involuntary fits of laughter will garner some stares.
This is undoubtedly the guilty pleasure of the list. It’s an anti- slutshaming, sex-positive podcast, presented by comedians Corinne and Krystyna, who interview men they have fucked every episode. It’s funny, crude and so not politically correct, and you feel like you’re involved in a candid conversation with friends. The chemistry between the two hosts is great, the tone is light and the guests enjoy the show. This podcast could have easily been vacuous and cringey, but it discusses the double-standards of sex, with revealing insights from the men they interview. If you want to laugh and don’t mind graphic description - this is the podcast for you.
And finally, it’s an obvious choice, but it wouldn’t be a podcast list without it. Serial is the titan of the podcast world and it began my love affair with the medium. It has been discussed to death , so I will be brief in its description. It’s 12 episodes which conduct an in depth investigation into the murder of Hae Mi Lee and Adnan Syed who was convicted of her killing. It’s as brilliant as everyone says and even surpasses Netflix’s Making a Murderer.
Special Mentions: S-Town, This American Life , The Good Life Project, Un told-The Daniel Morgan Murder and TED Radio Hour.
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