Top Podcasts I’m Obsessed With Currently

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The realer the better. That is what I look for when I’m in search of a new story. A human touch that’s tangible and connecting. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Connectivity…
The knowing look in a stranger’s eye or an understanding that sinks deeper below the surface. Insight into something we didn’t know before. Interest that is found outside ourselves or our bubble. One of the ways I like to find connections outside of my surrounding is to listen to podcasts.

Life stories shared, getting to know a stranger’s voice coming through tiny speakers, words that accompany me through life’s mundane or Bitesize Wonders.

Here are the podcasts I’ve been obsessively listening to lately and the reasons I’m sure you’ll fall for them too.

Terrible, Thanks For Asking.

“How are you?”

“Really, how are you?”

“But no – really – how are you?”

The answer coming out of our mouths is almost always an instinctive “Fine, thank you!”. There are many reasons for this, but I think the main one is that the question itself is often as instinctual as a common “hello”. It shouldn’t be. 

In ‘Terrible, Thanks For Asking’ Nora McInerny gives real people the space to answer that question honestly. Without a hint of being patronising or judgemental, the podcast allows its guests and listeners to feel a whole range of emotions when recalling monumental life moments. Some are sad, traumatising, or painful. Others were filled with joy, laughter, and fondness. Most are a combination of feelings ranging from the brightest blue to the warmest yellow. Well, kind of like life itself.

Genre: Personal Stories

Click here to listen to ‘Terrible Thanks For Asking’ on Spotify

Crime Junkie.

Here’s one thing I wouldn’t recommend: listening to this podcast in the middle of the night. Or maybe I would, given that’s what I literally do. Always. All the time.

Ashley and Brit bring suspense and intrigue to this weekly podcast. If you’re obsessed with anything crime related, then this one is for you. If you’re not interested in true crime, be careful around this one, because… you know what they say about curiosity!

There are a lot of fair discussions being had around true crime within media and the ethics surrounding it, and whilst they’re important to have, one thing I appreciate about this podcast is that they do their best to be respectful to the parties involved in the story – victims and victims’ families.
They also financially support various organisations helping solve cold cases or in the identification of Jane Does, as well as encourage their audience to do the same.

Genre: True Crime

Click here to listen to ‘Crime Junkie’ on Spotify

The Lana Blakley Podcast.

If you’re like me and you instinctively click on random advice videos on YouTube, chances are you’ve watched one by Lana Blakely. Her YouTube videos are often easy to recognise by her long black hair, beautiful Swedish sceneries and the most calming voice you’ve probably heard.

You may not know, however, that over a year and a half ago Lana started her own lifestyle podcast.

They are not fully scripted or structured, but rather candid sit-downs and a puppy sometimes interrupting in the back. 

It’s a genuinely chill podcast where it feels like you’re having conversations with a friend about FOMO, authenticity, dating, friendships, travel and more. If you hold on to many thoughts and are working through figuring life out in your 20s then this one is certainly for you.

Genre: Personal Stories

Click here to listen to ‘The Lana Blakley Podcast’ on Spotify

Passing Through.

I’m sure we can all agree that to a certain degree, travelling makes us wiser in many ways. As someone who has moved around a lot, I feel I can attest to that.
There’s so much one can learn on a journey above unfamiliar grounds. Who do you become around uncertainty? What do you realise out of the blue when you’re bent on creating the Pinterest-worthy dream trip? When you use travel as a literal escape, how do you pull yourself back to reality?

Nneka Julia takes all the wisdom she’s been picking up whilst grabbing postcards around and has put them in one podcast. She may just be passing through, but the lessons, memories, and growth, she carries within her forever.

p.s. I am absolutely in love with her deep voice too. You need to hear it to get it!

Genre: Society – Culture 

Click here to listen to ‘Passing Through’ on Spotify

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