I was talking about one of my favourite podcasts to a family friend the other day when I realised I no longer listen to any of the channels I previously recommended on my blog. Given the every-growing number of fantastic podcasts available, I feel it is time for an updated list; one which features some of the podcasts I am currently listening to.
If you are a podcast listener, check them out, you might like them. If you don’t listen to podcasts, it might be time to get on the band-wagon (see my earlier post, ‘Podcasts: Conversations with old friends’, to get you started).
I LIKE THEM SO MUCH I SUBSCRIBE:
- The BBC Food Program
This is by-far my favourite podcast channel. Admittedly I am reasonably obsessed with food, but I think even the most ambivalent eater would be able to find something of interest here. Topics include things like Future food, Diet and dimentia, The art of fermentation, Pizza, Food stories from Venezuela, Women and beer, Dishing the dirt on clean eating and Champagne underground.
I am particularly fond of their small series, which include ‘Terra Madre: a global food gathering’ (celebrating food cultures around the world), ‘Eating to run’ (optimising body efficiency through diet), and ‘How we eat’ (examining how different cultures and eating practices have evolved, and their effect on us today).
- The Health Bridge
An East-meets-West medical philosophy podcast hosted by two practicing doctors, some of the hard-core medical terminology can be a little overwhelming for the average listener. Even so, this is a really, really interesting podcast, and the large majority of the content is simple enough to follow.
Topics range from psychology to hormones, dietary restrictions to immune diseases, lifestyle choices to mental health. I played an episode called ‘Rethinking narcissism with guest Dr. Craig Malkin’ on one of our more recent road trips, and my family all promptly began diagnosing each other.
- Wardrobe Crisis with Clare Press
This podcast is a collection of interviews conducted as research for a book (of the same name), which provides an in-depth analysis on the detrimental effects of the fast fashion industry. Each episode features an interview with a different guest speaker; the line-up of personalities include the likes of climate activist Tim Flannery, Vincent Stanley, the ‘Director of Philosophy’ at outdoor/adventure brand Patagonia, and Blake Mycoskie, the ‘Chief Shoe Giver’ at TOMS (a one-for-one shoe company). These interviews should be compulsory listening for anyone who wears clothes (ie. everyone). If you are interested, I found the early series on plastic pollution particularly powerful.
CHANNELS I LIKE TO BROWSE, AND OCCASIONALLY LISTEN TO:
- All In The Mind by ABC Radio National: This podcast features leading researchers and scientists from the field of behavioural psychology. Individual episodes include topics like ‘The psychology of hoarding’, ‘The genetics of depression’ and ‘The gendered mind’.
- The Gadsby by Hannah Gadsby: I love Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, and this three-part podcast series had me shaking with laughter and wiping tears from my eyes as I sat squished against the window on the train. All the dour early morning commuters stared at me, of course.
- Wilosophy by Will Anderson: While I don’t find comedian Wil Anderson himself particularly funny, his podcast works well as a repository for interviews with some the leading names on the Australian comedy circuit. Annabel Crabb, Tim Minchin, Tom Ballard, Charile Pickering, Adam Spencer, Todd Sampson and my favourite, Judith Lucy, are among the line-up.
RANDOM EPISODES I THOUGHT WERE INTERESTING, AND YOU MIGHT LIKE TOO:
- ‘The psychology of tattoos’ from Stuff To Blow Your Mind.
- ‘The Indigenous memory code’ from All In The Mind.