Firstly, thanks for the AMAZING responses to the Nothing New post from last Monday, I am hugely motivated by all the support and I hope to keep you entertained by my ‘no new clothes’ journey this year.
Podcasts are my current obsession. This January I’ve hardly left the house. I was ill (again) for the first few days, then deliberately kept clear of those tempting sales and what with the miserable weather, it was easier to stay put. As much as I love Radio Four, a girl needs a change now and then, so I started to investigate podcasts, and now I’m addicted. Binge-listening while ironing/ cooking/ researching/ sewing/ scanning eBay/ whatever, seems to be much less guilt-inducing than binge watching Netflix or box sets.
Most of the ’50 best podcast’ lists I’ve been through have been written by 25 year olds and point you to stuff 25 year old’s find funny, too many of which sound just like my kids talking in our kitchen. So I’ve compiled a list of podcasts that should appeal to stylish grown up women. Do add your favourite in the comments section too, I’m keen to have a few more to listen to.
Radio Cherry Bombe on the Heritage Radio Network
Cherry Bombe is a brilliant and stylish magazine about women in food which has a weekly radio programme on Heritage Radio. Each show is turned into a podcast and can be downloaded by connecting to the Radio Heritage site here. I click the iTunes button and listen via that link. Start with the Martha Stewart episode and love her all over again.
Desert Island Discs
I think Kirsty Young is a brilliant interviewer, she must seduce the guest with her smoke-and-honey voice into making them think it’s just her and them, because she gets such authentic and moving results. Start with Kathy Burke, Nicole Farhi, Keith Richards and Tom Hanks, but you can go way back, the list is extensive. Listen here
This is fashion blogger The Man Repeller’s podcast channel, and tbh if you have a twentysomething daughter/office companion then you might have the subjects Leandre chats about well covered already. Not having daughters, I find it a fascinating insight into what worries, amuses and drives mid-twenty-year old women.
By far my favourite podcast of all time, Wittertainment is a weekly film show that I’ve been listening to religiously for years. Mark Kermode is a terrific and opinionated film critic and Simon Mayo a thoughtful and funny host. Both have families and cover many subjects other than film. I get quite cross when they have a week off.
The Moth Radio Hour
Last summer, eldestson and I drove from Greensbro, North Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee via Ashville, LOTS of driving. I love driving on American highways, it’s so easy compared to driving in London; the speed limit is slow and the roads are wide and spacious. We lost ourselves in the beauty of the countryside and podcasts. The Moth is the best place to go for personal storytelling. Sometimes moving, sometimes sad and nearly always very funny, we ate up the episodes as we ate up the miles. Highly addictive.
Untold: The Daniel Morgan Story
If you liked Serial (I’ve not listed this because everyone knows about it, right?) and like a murder mystery, then try Untold: The Daniel Morgan Story, a gripping investigation of a true story, based in the UK that, if it was fictional, you’d scoff at as being unrealistic. Brilliant, dedicated journalism and sheer refusal to be fobbed off with establishment lies and corruption has resulted in a must-listen podcast. We were so gripped by it on our cross America drive that we sometimes drove the long way round so we could finish an episode.
Sow Grow Repeat.
For garden-nerds only and when Gardeners Question Time gets too home counties, Sow Grow Repeat, by the Guardian’s gardening team Alys Fowler and Jane Perrone, is an information rich podcast that dives deep into current gardening issues. Imagine ear-wigging a couple of brilliant gardening mates discussing how to grow stuff you’ve always wanted to try but were a bit unsure, in a chatty, knowledgeable way. Start with Perennial Vegetables or the Ask Alys Special 2016.
Women Of The Hour by Lena Dunham
Women of The Hour is an hour of Lena interviewing women she considers interesting. She’s like the big sister or best friend you wish you’d had. I found the recent Goodbyes, about the last episode of Girls funny and really moving.
You Must Remember This
Recommended by the fabulous India Knight, You Must Remember This is about old school Hollywood; the stories, the scandal, the glamour and everything that you want to know about behind-the-scenes at the movies. Fascinating.
Stuff You Should Know
For anyone who is generally curious about how things work, Stuff You Should Know is great to dip in and out of, either to find out about stuff you generally are interested in such as How Perfume Works to the more esoteric, like Mermaids, Not A Real Thing.
Here’s The Thing
Who would have though Alec Baldwin – yep that one- would have such a great podcast channel? Here’s The Thing is Alec chatting to his celeb friends, many of whom you need to be a grown up to remember or find interesting. He comes up with good questions (I didn’t expect him to be bright, but goes to show, can’t judge a book…) and because he’s a celeb himself, pushes into areas others might not dare. Listen to him interviewing Patti Smith, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Schumer. Surprisingly brilliant.
Now, which ones are are you listening to?