Before I get into the main blog post, I know I haven’t posted much since last week (if anyone cares?) but life has got in the way. I don’t want to or need to become someone stuck to a posting schedule or putting pressure on myself to blog, so I’m just going to post when I’ve got something I really want to write about. I’ve got quite a few half-hearted drafts saved but I don’t really want to be putting out lukewarm content that I’m not happy with. Plus, I started this blog primarily for myself and as a creative output, not necessarily with the intention of a drawing in a significant audience. Although, I’m definitely loving how much interaction I’ve had with my blog recently and it’s really lovely to know that a few people enjoy what I’ve been putting out there!
Anyway… back to the post.
Recently, I’ve been absolutely loving podcasts. They’re such a welcome change from TV, films and the internet and social media. I find myself listening to them constantly; whilst I get ready in the morning, when I’m cooking, when I’m having a bath, when I’m running or walking the dogs and on trains, buses and tubes. I also just listen to them when I have a bit of time to chill in my room. What I love about a podcast is that you become truly immersed in whatever you might be listening to, as personally I can’t listen to a podcast and text at the same time otherwise I won’t follow the audio properly. It gives me a little bit of a break from Instagram etc. and perhaps most importantly, takes my mind off niggling worries or concerns I might have about my life in general. I suppose you could say they’re a little bit of an escape and it’s nice to think about something completely different for half an hour so. Also, I’ve learnt a lot from many of the podcasts I’ve listened to and some of them have challenged me to consider my viewpoints on certain things or the way I approach situations.
I just really love podcasts and genuinely think they’re something everyone should get into if they’ve got the time to listen. So if you’re at all interested in my favourite podcasts at the moment or looking for some new podcast choices, read on!
In the Dark
In the Dark is a two series podcast by APM reports, a sub section of American Public media, the producer and distributor of public radio programs in the United States. APM reports produces investigative journalism in the form of podcasts and documentaries; it’s well worth having a look at their website.
The In the Dark podcast provides two series of top-notch criminal investigative journalism about two high-profile cases in America, the Jacob Wetterling kidnapping and the Curtis Flowers trial.
I would recommend this podcast to anyone who loves watching crime programs such as CSI or Criminal Minds. It is fantastically scripted and produced; the depth of research is seriously impressive and the journalists are incredibly thorough. The podcast certainly keeps you gripped from start to finish and its similar to a TV show in a sense that you want to constantly binge the episodes. However, In the Dark is not one for the faint hearted, as it is rather emotional and distressing at times; a fact made more pertinent by the continuous inclusion of interviews with the victims and defendants families, plus others involved in the case. A definite must listen for anyone into this type of thing.
The High Low
The High Low Podcast is by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes and is described by acast as a pop culture and news podcast. Basically, Dolly and Pandora chat about the daily going on’s of the world and discuss interesting articles and books they’ve been reading recently. I’ve really been enjoying this podcast as it’s made me think in a lot of different ways about current new stories and has actually given me a lot of new ideas for reading material. I’m a lover of random bits of information so it really appeals to me in this sense.
I feel clever and informed when I listen to this podcast and I believe that Dolly and Pandora handle important issues insightfully and sensitively, without sidestepping uncomfortable aspects of the topic at hand. It’s totally not boring, as they’re often rude and outrageously funny. The podcast makes me feel strong and feminine in the all the right senses of the word and most definitely makes me feel inspired.
Dolly and Pandora are unashamedly middle class. I’ve seen that as a problematic issue in a lot of the reviews I’ve read about the podcast. But so what? Most podcasts are pretty middle class and the whole act of listening to a podcast is extremely middle class… so let’s move on.
My Dad Wrote a Porno
Surely you must have heard of this?! This is an absolutely fantastic podcast and it’s seriously laugh out loud funny. I can’t believe I’ve only discovered it this year.
So quite literally, Jamie Morton’s Dad wrote a porno. Instead of remaining mortified and never bringing it up again, he decided to read and record it with his friends Alice Levine and James Cooper, one chapter a week. This was a bloody amazing decision as the result is hilarious. Alice’s and James’ commentary alongside the reading is just wonderful and the porno itself is so stupid and sometimes you really can’t believe what you’re hearing. I often find myself laughing out loud on dog walks (alone!) whilst listening to this and I’m honestly not even embarrassed. This trio has absolutely nailed the art of being truly funny and the art of taking the p*ss.
What I love most about this podcast is not only the fact it has four (FOUR!) series to listen to, is that it can completely take me out of my own mind when I’m worried or angry or sad. I can stick this on and instantly forget for an hour about any problems I might have. The other two podcasts are quite serious, so if you’re just looking for a laugh and a relax – this is the one to go for.
Thanks for reading and happy listening!