The Hottest Podcasts You Should Be Listening To – And Why

I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again: PODCASTS ARE AWESOME!

I honestly don’t know what I was doing with my life before podcasts. They are so easy to listen to and they provide me with endless stories, talking points and laughs. You can pop one on in the background while you’re at work or you can listen whilst you cook your dinner. Laid down by the pool on holiday or on a long car journey. They are entertainment for every occasion.

The only problem now is that I have so many I want to listen to that I fear I won’t have the time to get through them all. So here is my list of recommendations broken down into a weekly to-do list to make life easier. If you’re up to the challenge, maybe join in with me. Or try out one of these podcasts each day and then see which ones you loved and want to continue with.

The world is your podcast oyster…

Oh, by the way… did I mention that they’re all free to listen to?

Monday

Everyone hates Monday. So what better way to turn it around than by making it #PornoDay?!

That’s right, we’re kicking off the week with some good old-fashioned erotic literature being read aloud and ripped apart. Welcome to My Dad Wrote A Porno I’m sure you’ve already heard of it.

The premise is that Jamie Morton’s father wrote a ‘book’ called ‘Belinda Blinked’, and it is truly awful. The writing is clunky, the sex scenes are so unsexy it’s hilarious and a storyline is non-existent. The three presenters, Jamie, Alice Levine and James Cooper, read a chapter each episode and they rip it to shreds.

Prior warning: Do not drink your coffee while you listen to this podcast because you will spit it everywhere.

At approximately 20 minutes per episode, they are a good quick dose of hilarity in your day. I recommend listening in the afternoon at work when you’re lagging and could use a good pick me up. Be prepared to laugh out loud… and feel a little squeamish.

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Tuesday

OK, so we had a nice start to the week but now it’s time for something grittier. Let’s solve a case.

Up and Vanished Season 2 has just begun and I couldn’t be more excited! The first season amassed over 200 million downloads and there is a reason why – it was incredible.

Up and Vanished was the first podcast to not just discuss a murder, but to actually reopen a cold case. It is the first of its kind and it is bloomin’ great. We are going to start at the beginning and try work it out with the narrator, Payne Lindsay, as he goes along.

This season he is investigating the disappearance of Kristal Anne Reisinger. She disappeared two years ago at a full moon drum circle in America and there have been no arrests or leads in the case. If it’s anything like season one, Payne is going to find out some serious evidence.

The first season resulted in two people being arrested and is currently still on trial, over a decade after the crime was committed. If you can’t get into Season 2, definitely go back and listen to Season 1!

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Wednesday

For all my theatre peeps, there is finally a podcast out there that is talking honestly about the industry. Say ‘hello’ to The 98%.

Why is it clled The 98%? Well, because believe it or not, the actors you see in the movies are not an accurate representation of the performing industry. 98% of performers are constantly auditioning and praying for their big break. The 98% discuss the real #actorslife.

Hosted by two British actresses, Alexa Morden and Katie Elin Salt, the 20-something performers discuss issues such as gender bias in the industry, auditioning, mental health and choosing to step back from the industry. If you are a girl, a feminist and a performer, this podcast will especially be right up your alley!

While this is a new podcast and doesn’t have the same production value as other podcasts on this list, the girls talk about some seriously relatable stuff. It’s great to finally have somebody discussing on an open platform the trials and tribulations of the hardest industry in the world.

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Thursday

Now that we’ve had a day’s break, let’s get back to some good old fashioned murder podcasts!

My Favorite Murder is the mother of all murder podcasts. Why? Because it is also a comedy podcast.

Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark are two comedians/writers/actors living in LA who, one day, decided to sit down and discuss murder stories over a glass of wine. Along with them discussing a load of random anecdotes about their lives and what is going on in the media, they take it in turns to tell each other a murder story.

Their conversations about the stories open up the door to debates, discussion, cussing out the murderers and celebrating the survivors and the victims.

They also have a weekly minisode where they read out listener’s emails telling their own stories. They started off as hometown murders but now tend to be more tales of sinkhole horrors and hilarious discoveries about family members.

As soon as you start listening to My Favorite Murder, you will understand why there is so much hype around this podcast. It is awesome!

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Friday

This is a new podcast I’ve recently been recommended and I’m hooked. All of my office are now listening to it…

The Teachers Pet is an Australian podcast that is attempting to open the case of a mother who went missing over 30 years ago.

Lyn Dawson disappeared 36 years ago without a trace. Her husband claims that she left him and her two young daughters. But nobody has ever heard from her and none of her bank accounts have ever been touched. But most crucially, her P.E teacher husband, Chris Dawson, moved his 16-year-old student lover into their family home 3 days after she ‘left’.

I am praying that she did a ‘Gone Girl’ and got the hell out of there, making her husband look guilty in the process. But sadly, I don’t think this will be the case. All I am hoping for is that the podcast finds some concrete evidence to find out what exactly happened to Lyn all those 36 years ago…

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The Weekend

It’s the weekend! Get out of the house, you loser! Unplug your headphones, put down your phone, and go out into the real world with loads of stories to tell your friends.

You can tell them about terrible murders, the hilarious adventures of ‘Belinda’, and debate whether you would rather be called an ‘actor’ or an ‘actress’. The world is your oyster now that you’re so incredibly cultured from your week of podcasts.

Enjoy!

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