July 29, 2015

Podcasts That I Love


I bloody love a podcast. Nothing beats a rainy weekend cooking or blogging or curling up on the sofa and putting on a really good podcast that you can just float away with. I always learn something new from the people/podcasts I listen to – so I thought I’d make a list and share them all with you. They are mainly ones about creativity, which I’m really into. Let me know if I’ve missed any – these ones are more industry-led I suppose, for media professionals or anyone who is interested in storytelling. But I’m interested in others, anything to do with learning something new…..

Ctrl Alt Delete 

Obvs I have to put my own podcast in here!!!! Because I’m shameless! It’s new, it debuted in the top 20 iTunes Top Charts in its first week of launch! I interview inspirational people about their experiences online & the pros and cons of social media. Tune in here.

Ladies Who Lunch 

Absolutely love this new pod from YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen, especially loved the live episode they did at Playlist Live talking about jealousy and envy at work and in friendships. Tune in here.

Magic Lessons With Elizabeth Gilbert

This is a brand new podcast, there are three available right now. They answer questions from writers struggling to get on with their creative work, and she has amazing guests like Cheryl Strayed who pop on the line for a chat and to give some advice. You can listen here.

Lena Dunham’s Women Of The Hour

I love Lena Dunham’s new podcast (obvs I would.) The topics include things like friendship, our bodies, and features badass women such as Emma Stone. Oh, I just love it.

Dear Sugar Radio 

Talking of Cheryl Strayed, this is her podcast, with other fellow “Sugar” Steve Almond. They were both writers for the Dear Sugar column for the Rumpus, and after reading Cheryl’s book Tiny Beautiful Things which was an amazing compilation of all her columns, it’s so brilliant to have another portal for Dear Sugar, right into our ears. If you’re looking for brutal honesty, you’ve come to the right place. You can listen here.

Girl Boss Radio

The author of #GIRLBOSS Sophia Amoruso has a podcast which is a brilliant, and hosted from the closet in their offices. I really loved her book a lot so it’s nice to have an extension of similar topics each week. The first guest was Charlize Theron, and then Grace Helbig. Looking forward to hearing more.

The NYPL Podcast

This is one of my favourites – this is the archive of events that take place at the New York public library. My favourites include Patti Smith on authors she loves and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith on Race, Writing, and Relationships.

Filler Podcast 

Filler Podcast is for the creative industries hosted by Matt Shore and Harry Hitchens, brought to you by little coffee shops. Both hosts are very talented young creatives who are up to all sorts of things including this podcast. They host really interested people on here, such as successful bloggers, YouTubers, designers at Facebook, editors at magazines. This is totally up my street. You can listen here.

She Does Podcast 

This podcast had me sold at the description “conversations with creative women making their mark in the field of media.” One of my faves is one with Ann Friedman called Success Whatever That Means.

Longform Podcast 

This is described on the website as “a weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer or editor on craft and career” hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff. They host guests such as Anna Holmes (founding editor of Jezebel, currently at Fusion) and other writers or big names at the New Yorker, or Grantland for example. Each episode is about an hour long. You can listen here.

Not Too Deep 

This is hosted by YouTuber/TV Presenter Grace Helbig and is what it says on the tin: not too deep. She interviews fellow YouTubers and authors and it’s just a bit of FUN. You can listen here.

Desert Island Discs 

OBVIOUSLY I HAD TO PUT THIS ONE ON HERE. It’s favourite one. It doesn’t need any introduction. This podcast has got me through some DARK TIMES. I really recommend diving into the archives, they go back to 1940s. Thank you DID. You can listen here.

Great Lives, BBC 4

When I got through the many archives of Desert Island Discs and needed some else, I downloaded Great Lives to see if it offered anything similiar. It’s a much different layout, but I really like it. I especially enjoyed the ones on Nora Ephron and Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopez. You can listen here.

The James Altucher Show 

I read James’ book a while ago called “Choose Yourself” and I found it to be the world’s biggest pep talk. So it’s great to listen to this podcast if I’m ever lacking inspo. I guess it focuses mostly on “entrepreneurship” and has guests like Seth Godin, Neil Strauss, Maria Popova (found of BrainPickings). You can listen here.

Plz Advise 

Molls podcast! I just like listening to Molly McAleer’s random thoughts and controversial opinions and random musings. She’s a co-founder of HelloGiggles website for millennial girls and her guests included people like Catfish’s Nev Schulman. You can listen here.

5×15 Podcast 

I often go to the IRL talks and I loved them. So it’s nice to have it on my iPhone too for whenever I want to just dip into an inspiration talk. People like Jon Ronson, Germaine Greer, Matt Haig. You can listen here.

This is one of my favourites from the podcast.

Ted Talks, Ideas Worth Spreading

I love Ted Talks (who doesn’t) so I like having this podcast on my phone too, in case there’s one I want to re-listen to, or discover new ones. You can listen here.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

This is Gretchen’s podcast that talks “my experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits”. She discusses things from creativity, to how to get over failure, to positivity. You can listen here.

The Moth Podcast

I LOVE THE MOTH. I’ve written about the Moth IRL story slams for the Independent, and for my blog lots of times, so obvs had to include this podcast here as one of my FAVES! You can listen here.


This podcast is amazing – each episode is an hour long, and covers a broad range of really interesting topics, including “thought experiments”. They describe themselves as: “generally try to shake up your universe.” You can listen here.

Reading Lives 

I found this one via Ashley Ford (if you don’t follow her on Twitter, GO DO IT). Reading Lives is an interview podcast with interesting people who love books, hosted Jeff O’Neal from BookRiot.com. You can listen here.

Please send me any that I’ve missed…xoxox

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  1. Sian says:

    So many to add to my list here – thank you! I recommend Private Passions (from radio 3) if you haven’t already come across it – very Desert Island Discs-esque x

  2. Megan says:

    If you like Gretchen Rubin’s podcast, you might be interested in Elizabeth Gilbert’s! It’s called ‘Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert’ and in the second episode she chats to Cheryl Strayed, it’s pretty wonderful. All about creativity and the creative process x

  3. Wowsas! Never an excuse for a dull train journey again – thanks for all the tips! (I retweeted them too babe)

  4. Emma says:

    I’ve included that one in the list 🙂

  5. I love discovering new podcasts, so thanks for this. I’ve just downloaded Reading Lives.

  6. Yasmine says:

    I’m obsessed with podcasts too! Looking forward to listening to Happier and Reading Lives. I think you might like Being Boss, a podcast for creative entrepreneurs by two self-described boss ladies – so good!

  7. Emma says:

    This is sounds SO up my street- thanks Yasmine 🙂

  8. Emma says:

    OMG thank you for the suggestion. Sounds amazing x

  9. Emma says:

    Aw thanks love xxxxx

  10. Emma says:

    You’ll love it 🙂 xxx

  11. Nicole says:

    I love ‘Mystery Show’ which is hosted by the brilliant @starleekine. Each episode is a mystery that Starlee solves without the use of the Internet.

    Also, I love love love Stuff Mom Never Told You! @CristenConger and @TheCarolineErv have regular episodes about the $10 woman and waist training. Hilarious and you learn so much!

  12. Emma Copland says:

    I only recently got into podcasts but now I am obsessed, I can’t wait to check out some of these recommendations

  13. Yeah, I am becoming a podcast junkie, if there’s such a thing. I just downloaded most of your list. I am always collecting new ones and I love listening to them while cooking or driving.

  14. Yeni says:

    Soo I listen to podcasts whilst turning my hair from tangled afro to fabulous. My favourite podcast is from buzzfeed and it’s called Another Round. I also love the Pandolly podcast

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