The Best Podcasts

6 October 2020

By Lauren E. White

Podcasts have become one of the most popular things to consume in modern popular culture. Essentially, it’s a little radio show in your ears on the go, or in your bed, and you can consume as many as you want whenever you want and however much you want. So, what are the best podcasts we’ve listened to?

1. Ricky Gervais, Happy Place

Fearne Cotton is probably the reason why podcasts have taken off so much. Happy Place is her podcast empire and it started the trend that is now as commonplace as listening to music.

One episode of Happy Place stars Ricky Gervais – and it’s a hoot. Touching on coronavirus, his second series of After Life (which was amazing) and his views on life in general, Ricky Gervais has you laughing the whole way through. His quick wit and blunt nature are perfect for a podcast. I don’t know why he doesn’t do one himself.

2. Gordon Brown, David Tennant Does a Podcast With…

This is one of my all-time favourite podcasts. I knew I liked Gordon Brown and loved David Tennant, but I didn’t realise how much I adored them both together.

The podcast touches on a whole number of issues: Gordon Brown’s regrets about not being there for his father when he was Chancellor, what it’s like having the eyes of the media on you all the time, growing up in super religious households, and Gordon Brown’s fascinating and, at times, tragic life.

3. Alice Temperley, Happy Place

Whoops… back to Fearne Cotton. But, honestly, she is so good at what she does. One of my other favourites is Alice Temperley – creator of Temperley London, a modern women’s fashion brand.

If you’re interested in fashion and the business itself, this one is worth a listen. Alice and Fearne also chat about being working mothers which is super interesting, especially when it’s about creating and running your own hugely successful business.

4. Malala Yousafzai, Oprah Winfrey

I have loved Malala for many years now, and I have loved Oprah for just as many (if not more). Two incredibly powerful and profound women talking together makes for fascinating listening.

Malala recounts when she was shot in the face by the Taliban, and then how she felt about being the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. It’s humbling to listen to her story.

5. Louis Theroux, Beyond Today

Few people in this world are more interesting than Louis Theroux. The adored journalist speaks to BBC 4’s Beyond Today podcast about making his documentaries, becoming an Internet phenomenon, and his new book.

What was most interesting to me, though, was the part where he talks about how he chooses the topics he will be filming on.

6. Sam Fender, L Devine’s Growing Pains

I couldn’t write an article about podcasts and miss two of the North East’s very own – Sam Fender and L Devine. Both hailing from our glorious region (and L Devine having a stint at St. Thomas Moore in Blaydon), they come together to discuss growing up here – and it’s hilarious.

If you’re not familiar with our accent and dialect, though, you’ll need to brush up. Otherwise, this is a breath of fresh air as opposed to the same old southern voices on podcasts.

Happy listening!

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