We don’t know about you, but we’re loving the latest season of Narcos Mexico. If true crime is your thing, tune in as Real Narcos meets the real agents tasked with bringing down some of history’s most notorious criminal masterminds – from the ‘King of Cocaine’, Pablo Escobar, to the most powerful drug trafficker on the planet, El Chapo. The initial season – which kicked off in March – is only three episodes in (so there isn’t too much catching up to do), with new instalments released every Monday. Addictive.
Bryony Gordon’s Mad World
Back with new episodes, the third series of journalist Bryony Gordon’s beloved podcast is a little bit different – not least because the world has gone a tad…mad. Aiming to guide listeners through these unprecedented times Bryony sits down with household names, frontline healthcare workers and mental health staff to remind you that even when you’re isolating, you are not alone. Recent guests include bake-off star Nadiya Hussein and therapist Donna Lancaster. In Bryony’s trademark honest style, expect equal parts practical advice and cheer.
FT Culture Call
From pop stars to memoirs, abstraction to athleisure, FT editors Lilah Raptopoulos (in New York) and Griselda Murray Brown (in London) try their best to make sense of culture today. We’ve been loving the show’s most recent episodes, which have included guests like renowned psychotherapist Ester Perel, chef Samin Nosrat and This American Life host Ira Glass – all discussing how they’re coping in the current crisis. Want some escapism? No problem – take a browse through the back catalogue for exclusive interviews with director Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) and best-selling author Lisa Taddeo (Three Women).
The Guilty Feminist – The New Normal
If you’re not already tuning into Instagram each day at 6pm to listen to The Guilty Feminist host Deborah White chat with some of her closest friends, this new podcast is your chance to catch up on the archive at your own pace. Listen in as Deborah connects with some seriously high-profile names – think Scarlet Curtis, Aisling Bea and Sara Pascoe – to ask them how they’re doing during lockdown. Each day, guests answer the same 12 questions, discussing what coping strategies they are trying, discarding, keeping, succeeding and failing at.
The podcast that brings you honest, topical conversations around the kitchen table with no boundaries is back with a new season. Join hosts Sarah and Serena as they chat to the people who inspire them while tucking into seasonal, home-cooked dishes using their guest's top three favourite ingredients. We loved the most recent episode with London printmaker Lisa King, which offered an exclusive insight into the swimwear designer’s experimental creative process, cross-cultural upbringing and the emotional response it sparks in her work.
Grounded With Louis Theroux
Now stuck at home like so many of us, famed interviewer and investigative journalist Louis Theroux is using the lockdown to track down some of the highest-profile people he's been longing to talk to – from all walks of life and on both sides of the Atlantic. Having launched barely a week ago, Theroux’s first guest is writer and documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson – who’s holed up in New York – to discuss their professional rivalry and how Jon is handling the lockdown. Fans of The Adam Buxton Podcast or WTF with Marc Maron will love this.
Saturn Returns With Caggie
Calling all OG Made in Chelsea fans. Join Caggie Dunlop as she and her guests explore the challenges and opportunities that come with change and our individual quest for authenticity. Aiming to bring calm and clarity during times of transition – not to mention this unsettling time for many – the podcast is underpinned by the astrological transit known as your Saturn Return. With the first season only five episodes in, recent guests have included nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert and fitness guru Shona Vertue. Get ready – the girl talk gets real.
The Divorce Club
This new show is a light-hearted yet penetrative look at one of modern society’s longest-lasting taboos – divorce. Hosted by comedian and author Samantha Baines, who recently got divorced (don't worry she's fine, she says), the first guest to grace the airwaves is fellow comedian and divorcee Sarah Miillican. Listen as the two women compare notes and emotions, chat confidence and sexual explosions – and the moment they changed their exes name in their phone to "the arse". Now happily married, Sarah also talks re-entering married life, losing friends and what it’s like to move back in with your parents aged 29.
If you’re anything like us, you loved the recent ITV drama Quiz, which delved into the ‘coughing Major’ scandal that engulfed popular turn-of-the-century quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. If the three-part series left you wanting more, now’s your chance. Bringing you tales of what happens next when people win or lose, discover some of the show’s biggest secrets from those who worked on it – starting with the production team behind Quiz.
The Good Stuff With Deborah James
Hosted by award-winning podcaster Deborah James (You, Me And The Big C) and her two children Eloise and Hugo, this new podcast is designed to encourage families to stay positive at home. Each Monday, Deborah, Eloise and Hugo investigate the research around questions such as: how does music boost your mood? Why should we look after the animals on our planet? And what does kindness look like in different countries around the world? With new episodes every few days, each Thursday the trio turn the show into a "good news only" channel, sharing positive stories sent in from listeners all around the world.
Changes With Annie Mac
Featuring conversations with artists, writers, musicians and a host of fascinating people about how we navigate and overcome some of the biggest changes in our lives, the new series of this podcast hosted by broadcaster and DJ Annie Mac looks at how change punctuates our lives, how we confront it and react to it, and how change has never been more important than in this very moment. Launching on the 4th May, expect to hear from some of the biggest names in music and culture, including Swedish singer-songwriter Robyn, author Caitlin Moran, BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated Syrian filmmaker and activist, Waad Al-Kateab and writer, academic and Vogue cover star, Sinead Burke.
Working From Home
By working from home, many of us have been plunged into a new world of conference calls and solo tea breaks. And without the support and company of our colleagues, it’s no surprise to hear that people are feeling isolated and unproductive. In each episode, join editor-in-chief of Stylist magazine Lisa Smosarski and editor-at-large Alix Walker, as they bring the office to you, offering the support – and distraction – you might craving. Joined by high-profile guests such as fitness sensation Joe Wicks and actress Emily Atack, the show tackles everything from comparison culture and vivid dreams, to over-eating and favourite films.
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