My favourite podcasts

Over the past year I’ve become a devoted podcast listener. I like that podcasts enable me to learn about events and reflect on issues away from the glare of my laptop screen, especially during my commute. I’m always happy to hear other people’s podcast recommendations, so I decided to share my own. If you know of any others I might like, please let me know in a comment or tweet.

1. The Guilty Feminist Podcast

Early starts are better with Sofie, Deborah and their guests. Discussion topics to date have included speech, femininity, representation, dating and periods.

Recommended episode: Worth with Sarah Millican.

2. Woman’s Hour

I love the variety of Woman’s Hour. Each show covers several interesting topics and helps me to tune in to the world beyond work.

Recommended episode: Children and Anxiety, What next for Hillary Clinton?, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Women and Scottish Gaelic folk songs.

3. Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon

Emma’s interviews with people from across the creative industries are insightful and entertaining.

Recommended episode: Luisa Omielan – Why Art & Comedy Can Save You.

4. Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert

Listen to this for creative encouragement and fascinating stories.

Recommended episode: Living the Dream and Facing the Nightmare, featuring Neil Gaiman.

5. Weekly Economics Podcast by the New Economics Foundation

A favourite with Worthwhile alumni, this podcast discusses economic news, trends and issues.

Recommended episode: Should We Start Counting The Work We Do For Free?

6. Ted Talks

I like to listen to the latest talks in addition to my favourites.

Recommended episode: It’s Time for Women to Run for Office – Halla Tómasdóttir.

7. Women of the Hour by Lena Dunham

I appreciate that this miniseries features experiences other than Lena’s. I especially like Zadie Smith’s funny comments on work and productivity.

Recommended episode: Work.

8. Desert Island Discs

Personal stories and songs are always a great combination.

Recommended episode: Colm Tóibín.

9. Happier with Gretchen Rubin

I enjoy Gretchen and Elizabeth’s conversations around happiness, self-improvement and relationships.

Recommended episode: A Discussion of the Five Love Languages.

10. Mind Body Musings by Maddy Moon

I don’t agree with everything Maddy says, but I give partial credit to this series for how much more relaxed I’ve become with food.

Recommended episode: Caroline Dooner – How to Stop Being Afraid of Food (For Good this Time).

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