With more than 18.5 million podcast episodes available online and rising steadily, you could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed when deciding what to listen to during your daily commute. Countless hours of entertainment, education and enlightenment are at our fingertips, but there’s not enough time to sample it all.
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with a range of podcasts to suit a variety of moods. Just click on the images below to be taken directly to the podcast.
Let’s crack on.
Feeling overwhelmed? Listen to… Nobody Panic
The Nobody Panic podcast was sent by the podcast gods to help us blunder our way through life as a Proper Adult. I think we can all agree that is something we need. Like, immediately. Yesterday even.
Hosted by comedians Stevie Martin and Tessa Coates, they cover a range of topics such as how to stop procrastinating, how to sleep better and even how to survive a hangover. Not only have they done their research, the information is provided in an interesting and hilarious manner that makes you feel like you are sat having a chat with your friends (who just happen to be much funnier than you are).
Current number of episodes: 82 (this includes 55 episodes as the previously named ‘The Debrief’ that you must also listen to – this is mandatory)
Average running time: 40 minutes
Feeling uninformed? Listen to… The Week Unwrapped
Let’s be real. Newspapers are out and nobody has time to sit through the six o’clock news anymore. So where do we get our news from now? My vote is for podcasts, because they enable you to hand-pick the news you actually want to hear about.
There are so many news related podcasts to listen to, but The Week Unwrapped is special because the big headlines are put to the side for the presenters to instead discuss topics they believe the week should actually be remembered for. This is best demonstrated by their tagline, ‘the biggest unreported stories of the week, discussed, digested and debated’.
Presented by Olly Mann and journalists from The Week magazine, every episode is an interesting, thought-provoking and easily digestible delivery of hot topics that are destined to affect us all in the years to come. Recent episodes saw discussions on vegan meat, spying police and yoga trousers. Nothing like a bit of variety!
Current number of episodes: 98
Average running time: 30 minutes
Feeling uninspired? Listen to… The High Low
Hosted by journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, the High Low is a delightful discussion on a mix of current affairs and pop culture topics, delivered at a break-neck and often hilarious speed. Countless book and podcast recommendations come out of what is essentially a good ol’ natter between two friends who also happen to be intelligent, wise and unashamedly brazen. Expect to come away from each episode feeling so woke you won’t know what to do with yourself.
But what’s my favourite part, you ask? Dolly and Pandora are not afraid of stretching their vocabulary and as a result I now have a lot of new words stashed away. Self-flagellate and hackneyed are personal favourites, ready to whip out at a moment’s notice.
Current number of episodes: 78
Average running time: 60 minutes
Feeling curious? Listen to… Ologies
Okay I’m just going to come right out and say it, science is interesting. American TV host Alie Ward proves this every episode as she interviews an ologist (an expert in a particular area of scientific study) about what drives them, why they love what they do and how they stumbled onto their careers. To top it off she provides bite-sized facts about these topics, direct from the people who love what they do.
You will accidently learn a whole lot of science and you will be completely surprised at how engaging and down-right funny each discussion can be. My favourite episode is Eschatology, where Alie talks to a man who is an expert in determining what will be the end of humankind. You know, that old thing.
Current number of episodes: 62
Average running time: This really varies, anytime from 40-90 minutes
Feeling sorry for yourself? Listen to… Dear Joan and Jericha
Hosted by multi-career women Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine, Dear Joan and Jericha is a hilarious parody of agony aunts who never quite get the advice right. Hilariously rude and politely offensive, this podcast will have you laughing during the worst of times. But there’s more than meets the eye as the comedy is also a very clever dig at the sexist and often patronising tips that are doled out in women’s advice columns, where the man is always right and the woman needs to do better to meet his needs. Get a nose job to appease his roleplaying fantasies, be flattered by the sexual attention from your godson, support his passion for adult baby groups… As the fictitious letters roll in, the advice gets more absurd and more crass, leaving you in hysterics while they push each other into the realms of utter filth to see who will break first.
Unfortunately with no new episodes since June the pair are currently on hiatus, with fans calling out for a second season of brilliantly bad advice.
Current number of episodes: 8
Average running time: 25 minutes
So there you have it, my top podcasts for five different moods. Have you listened to any? Do you have any recommendations of your own?