My Top 5 Podcasts

I’m back! After several weeks of distraction and a lack of inspiration I am back and more motivated to actually deliver some (hopefully) interesting and useful content on my little corner of the internet.

So. Podcasts. I work in an office so while i’m working really hard (obv), instead of listening to music, I spend a lot of time listening to a variety of podcasts of different genres that leave me crying laughter or feeling motivated and inspired. This blog post has been on my to do list to write for AGES as I’m always seeing instagram stories of people looking for podcast inspo so thought this could come in useful. So without further a do here is what’s keeping me entertained day to day.

  1. My Dad Wrote a Porno

THIS. IS. A. MUST! My Dad wrote a Porno is a British podcast hosted by Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Radio 1’s Alice Levine. Each episode features Jamie reading a chapter of his Father’s erotic novel ‘Belinda Blinked’ with both Jamie and Alice reacting to the content. The commentary is almost funnier than the book itself and it literally has me laughing out loud. Belinda Blinked ‘tells the story of the sexual exploits of Belinda Blumenthal and her work in the sales and marketing department of the fictional company Steeles Pots and Pans. The writing is erratic and Morton has said, “One moment Belinda is handcuffed to a trellis in a ‘medium-sized maze’, the next she’s at a charity tombola┬áraising funds for the Asses & Donkeys Trust.” This without a doubt has to be number one on my list so if like me you have a pretty crude and sarcastic sense of humour, this will be so up your street.

2. Happy Place – Fearne Cotton

If I’m lacking in positivity and motivation Fearne’s podcast tends to be my go to. In each episode Fearne draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling down to finding joy every day. She speaks with such amazing and inspiring individuals who talk about how they have made changes in their own lives or helped others to do so. I love almost all of the episodes and some are more relatable than others but one I particularly loved was her chat with Davina McCall. I came away from this episode feeling so empowered. I’m my own worst critic and Davina talks a lot about self love and not caring about what others think of you so this was a massive help.

3. The High Low – Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes

The High Low is one of the first podcasts I listened to after having it recommended to me by a friend. Dolly and Pandora cover everything from pop culture (my guilty pleasure) and current affairs. Sure, I take particular interest in the trivial celebrity gossip aspect of this podcast but I also come away from each episode feeling more educated.

4. Under the Skin – Russell Brand

Russell Brand asks ‘what’s beneath the surface of people we admire. Speaking with guests from the world of academia, popular culture and the arts, they’ll help us to see the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality. And have a laugh.’ Granted some episodes are pretty heavy going but when he’s talking to celebs that you admire it’s particularly interesting learning things about them that they perhaps haven’t opened up about before. Or you’ve read a version of a story online but here they’ll put those rumours straight.

5. Shagged, Married, Annoyed – Chris and Rosie Ramsay

Chris and Rosie claim that the only way they can have a proper uninterrupted conversation, is by doing this podcast. I didn’t know what to expect from this one but it really made me laugh. I love their banter and their sense of humour is much like my own. They cover ‘general life, relationships, arguments, annoyances, parenting, growing up and everything in between’ so it’s relatable in many ways.

I hope this is useful to some of you and will leave you feeling inspired or crying with laughter. My advice would be to go and grab your headphones (definitely need headphones) and whack on My Dad Wrote a Porno. You won’t look back!

H x

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