Sunday, 29 July 2018

Top 5 podcasts you need to listen to

Now I know they've been around for ages but I've really found a new love for podcasts lately, whether it be while driving, as I'm doing work or more commonly just before bed. When all I have to do is listen, I can focus on getting comfortable and winding down – and before you know it you have hundreds of podcasts that you can’t recall the conclusion of.

I really enjoy informative podcasts, but my favourite kind are the ones that simply tell stories and a comedy. People are fascinating and listening to other people's stories whether it's through the form of an extended interview or giving advice makes a great listen! I've made a list of my top 5 podcasts of the moment in no particular order - they're loved equal amounts!

When Life Gives You Melons

Why I didn't listen to this sooner I don't know. It's a new favourite of mine by a girl who is absolutely smashing it at the minute - Maya Jama. Not only is she a hilarious presenter over on BBC Radio 1 and many other places, but she also has a 10/10 podcast too! Maya is a great host, sharing her own stories and making guests feel at ease - one of those people who really could be anyones best friend and older sister wrapped into one. 

What is there not to love about what feels like a group of friends sat talking about topics we all talk about? From first dates, job disasters and friendship break ups this podcasts covers all your advice needs and is only going from strength to strength. There's usually 2-3 female guests on the podcasts ranging from authors, reality tv stars, experts and everyone in between, some of my favourite so far have been Gemma Styles and Laura Whitmore. I'm growing to be a huge Maya Jama fan, so if you need a laugh, some general advice and a pick me up give this podcast a go!

Help! I Sexted My Boss

Much like chalk and cheese, Jordan North and William Hanson could not be traditionally more different, and it couldn't work better. From the first episode I've loved these two - William is the UK's leading etiquette expert very much knows what he's talking about in social situations, whereas Jordan is a BBC Radio 1 presenter with a down to earth normal lad sense of humour. They well and truly balance eachother out it's well worth giving it a listen just for their contrasting views and funny tales.

The duo deliver a half hour of rollicking back-and-forth perspectives on social mores, all with a G & D in hand. What really makes this podcast stand out is the warmth and genuine friendship between these two, there's nothing better than when a listening to a podcast and you feel like you're joining in on a conversation and who'd have thought talking about manners could be this funny? It's also now a goal of mine to get an invite to one of William's candle lit canap├ęs parties and drink gin and dubonnet out of a mug - the new cool. 

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

If you’ve seen Netflix’s Queer Eye, (and if you haven't you really should) you will know Jonathan Van Ness for his unending positivity and blowdrying skills. Having finished both series of Queer Eye more or less when they came out I couldn't help myself wanting more from the fab five.

Since 2015, Van Ness has been talking about all aspects of pop culture on Getting Curious, a bi-weekly podcast that’s available on most podcast sites and music streaming services. Each episode, Van Ness has one-on-one, 30-minute conversations with experts about current events topics ranging from learning all about Islam to understanding internet security. Van Ness, who grew up in Illinois, approaches each subject with little to no information and basic questions that allow the expert to go in-depth and relay unbiased information to both the host and his listeners. 
As someone who did not discover Van Ness until Netflix’s Queer Eye, this podcast makes the grooming expert even more lovable and relatable than before. I came to the podcast purely for JVN, but stayed for all the interesting topics covered and guests that he has on, you really can learn something everyday! 

True Geordie Podcast

The True Geordie, aka Brian Davis made his debut on YouTube for shouting and swearing about Newcastle football team. Now I am no football fan, in the slightest, but in the past year or so Brian has branched out in a series of podcasts and I couldn't be more hooked. From killers to cam girls to The True Geordie Podcast covers it all and his interviewing skills have come on miles from the first episode. Brian's blunt and candid, and sometimes controversial, remarks, matched with Laurence's, his co-hosts, witty and sarcastic comments, combine to mark this as one of the best podcasts out right now.

Brian is definitely a love or hate type of guy but takes this in his pride. He build up a reputation by speaking his mind and this is no different. I always feel like I come away from these podcasts with something to think about, something to remember and something to laugh at, if you need a good laugh or in some cases a good cry these podcasts offer this and everything in between. My favourite podcast done by this channel so far are the two with TV psychologist Emma Kenny, who is an absolute hero, great to listen to and seems to really have her shit together, and one of the earlier podcasts called the housemate had a gun which had me in tears laughing on the way to work. I can only see this podcast going from strength to strength and I'll be listening along the way.

My Dad Wrote A Porno

I immediately took to this podcast because it's so funny. In it, the host reads an erotic novel his dad recently self-published, aloud to two of his best friends—which is already the best idea for a podcast. Jamie Morton, Alice Levine and James Cooper delve into the world of Belinda Blinked – an erotic novella written by Jamie’s father under the psydeonum ‘Rocky Flintstone’. Its hilarity comes in two parts: the terribly written erotica and the knowledge and the cringe factor that Jamie is reading his own dad’s porn novel. 

My Dad Wrote A Porno has 3 series and each episode revolves around one chapter of the porno. When I recommend this podcast, people think it sounds weird and honestly, before I started it, I thought it sounded weird too, but just give it a chance. It’s had me crying with laughter in public before so trust me when I say it’s a good’un. Also it's worth saying to definitely start from Season 1, Episode 1 - you'll be very confused and maybe a little disturbed if you don't!

Have you got any podcasts I should be listening to? I'm always looking for new ones so let me know!

Beth x

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