With a life always on the go, podcasts are a great way to keep in tune with news, interesting topics and expand your knowledge without necessarily having to be stuck to a screen.
Read this article to discover a curated selection of podcasts to make you feel happy. Thought-provoking topics, engaging hosts and great guests that will brighten up your day and get you thinking.
1. “I Weigh” with Jameela Jamil
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of taking care of ourselves. The way I got through the pandemic was with the help of Jamila Jamil, and her ‘I Weigh’ movement.
This incredible mental health podcast is breaking the stigma around weight, shifting the narrative from numbers on a scale to the things in our lives we feel most proud of.
Which begs the question – what really makes us who we are, and what in our lives do we truly weigh?
Each week Jameela talks to an array of interesting guests who
cover a whole host of topics from breaking the gender binary, to crushing the shame around our bodies.
This podcast is perfect for making you feel not only good about
yourself, but also a little less alone in this wild world.
Well worth a listen.
2. “Getting Curious” with Jonathan Van Ness
The sensational hair and self care guru themselves Jonathan Van Ness takes us on the ultimate journey of curiosities in this hilarious, informative, energetic podcast!
Van Ness leaves no stone unturned on their fascinating quest for knowledge. Any question you can think of, on any topic you can imagine, JVN has asked it. Or probably will ask it next week. At any rate they’re hot on the heels of the best brainiacs, who are eager to get us thinking!
Each week Jonathan brings on some of the most well informed experts to
discuss a diverse range of issues, asking questions like What’s A Day In The Life Of A Coral Reef and What’s It LIke To Be An Ex-Nun.
A perfect podcast for those deep thinkers, but also for those of us that have always wondered – Why Is Olive Oil So Extra?
3. “That Peter Crouch Podcast” with Peter Crouch
Okay, do I love football? It’s a strong no.
But something about this podcast is so hilarious and ridiculous, it’s making me think that maybe there is something to this so-called beautiful game.
Imagine a 7ft something Peter Crouch huddled behind a
minuscule microphone, flanked by the hilarious Chris Stark and Tom Fordyce, chatting absolute nonsense to the who’s who of football royalty each week.
Bafflingly funny and effortlessly charming, this podcast is perfect for both the hardcore footy buffs, who will thrive on the delicious details of the sport, but also the football newbies, who just want something silly to listen to on the drive home.
Believe me, this ‘pod’ will get you obsessed with the identity of the infamous ‘Parched’ quicker than you scream ‘back stronger!’.
4. “Off Menu” with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
It’s so weird, and it works so well!
Gamble and Acaster band together in this delicious treat of a podcast, chatting to a host of different celebrities each week about their
favourite foods, culminating in the formation of a magical, make believe three-course menu. Drinks included, of course.
This comedy duo bounce off each other effortlessly,
making it a truly dynamic listen. Guests include actor Rob Brydon, who nervously contemplates his love of Welsh lamb, and baker extraordinaire Nadia Hussain, who candidly admits she will absolutely judge you on your chips.
This gem of a podcast will leave you hungry for more. And also for chips…
Warning – make sure your favourite snack is on hand. A great listen.
5. “Grounded” with Louis Theroux
Louis Theroux. Need I say more? I don’t need to…but I will! Recorded during the pandemic, this brilliant series of interviews conducted by Louis Theroux never fails to bring copious amounts of intrigue, comedy, joy and shock.
He provides us with a smorgasbord of fascinating guests from Rose McGowan, who talks so candidly about her experience as a key whistle blower in Hollywood, to Miriam Margolyse, whose shocking tales about her life know no bounds.
Theroux is gentle yet direct, carefully guiding his guests to topics that will tantalise and thrill! In my opinion, an essential listen.
Seriously. Do it.
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