11 Podcasts To Listen To This Month

Whether it’s a particularly good episode from a long-running favourite, or a new name causing ripples on the airwaves, here’s a roundup of some of our favourite podcasts to listen to this month...

Anthems: Women’s History Month

From the same team that brought you the Broccoli Book Club, Anthems is a collection of original manifestos, speeches, stories, poems and rallying cries written and voiced by exceptional people, that celebrate and contemplate what it means to be human. Now, to close out Women’s History Month, they’ve launched #AnthemsWomen – a collection of 31 original manifestos voiced by exceptional women that celebrate and contemplate what it means to be a woman. From poet Charly Cox to writer, podcaster and cancer survivor Lauren Mahon, the entire collection is available to listen to now – and even better, most episodes clock in at under 15 minutes.

Episode Highlight: Dr Soph|Human

With each interviewee basing their manifesto or ‘anthem’ around a single word, Dr Soph – a clinical psychologist and yoga teacher – has focused on one of the most unifying words in our language. Skilled in multiple specialist therapeutic interventions, she’s supported many people to make genuine change in their lives, and reflects here on what it means, and what our potential is, as human beings.

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Daisy Is Insatiable

To coincide with the publication of her book of the same name, Daisy is Insatiable is an intimate look at love, lust, life and everything that makes sex fascinating. Why do we yearn for romance? How can we feel confident when it comes to our body image? What is the difference between sex and love? Each week, Daisy shares a revealing conversation with a different guest – so expect raw honesty and plenty of explicit laughs.

Episode Highlight: Daisy is Insatiable with Dolly Alderton‬‬

Daisy’s first guest is the author and broadcaster Dolly Alderton, who joins the host to explore the themes of love and sex in her own first novel, Ghosts, as well as some of the themes and ideas explored in her debut memoir Everything I Know About Love. As an advice columnist for the Sunday Times, Dolly advises the nation on matters of intimacy, so expect to listen in on a conversation about sex and power, sex and exploration, and growing up and gaining a greater understanding of your sexual self.

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Getting Emotional

Ever felt vemödalen? Or presque vu? Or mudita? No? Well, maybe you have, and you just didn't realise it. Getting Emotional is about obscure emotions you may have felt, but had no idea there was a name for. Each week host Bex Lindsay focuses on a different feeling or notion, and talks to guests who can tell us more about where they came from, and if they've felt them too.

Episode Highlight: Vemödalen with Rankin‬‬‬

Ever taken a picture only to look at your camera and realise it isn’t exactly the best image you could have taken? That crushing disappointment has a name, and it's vemödalen. On this episode, Bex talks to legendary photographer Rankin about his thoughts on the emotion. Has he felt it before? Why does he think we feel it more often nowadays? And, ultimately, how has photography changed in the last 100 years, if at all? The two delve into holiday pics, school photos and airbrushed selfies to find out more.

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Learning Lots

Join actresses Brie Larson (Room) and Jessie Ennis (Veep, Better Call Saul) as they set out to hold stimulating conversations around pop-culture, trending topics, and some of life's deepest questions. Each episode takes listeners through various segments and features celebrity guests, friends and experts the world over. Released in fortnightly instalments, it’s a slow burner, but we’ve found most episodes to be well worth the wait.

Episode Highlight: Truth ft. Glennon Doyle & Spiros Michalakis‬‬

During the second episode, Brie and Jessie sit down with New York Times bestselling author Glennon Doyle and mathematical physicist Spiros Michalakis to learn about what truth really means. With the idea of authenticity and self-awareness bandied around today more than ever, the two experts explain why it’s never been more important to understand your own personal truth and how to put that out into the world constructively. 

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Made of Stronger Stuff

Our bodies reflect change in the world around us – something many of us may have noticed over the past year, whether it’s a stiff back (#WFH) or more headaches. In this scientifically-backed show, psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken ask – one body part at a time – how much control do we really have over our physiological health and how can we ensure ours stays in peak condition?

Episode Highlight: The Heart

In this episode, Kimberley and Xand focus on the heart, which has been branded the seat of emotion by generations of poets and songwriters. They find out whether it’s medically possible to die from a broken heart, hear from a woman who lived for 16 months without a human heart, and Xand opens up about how long Covid is affecting his heart.

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Renegades: Born In The USA

For anyone who’s already polished off his autobiography and exhausted the podcast he hosts with his wife, Renegades: Born in the USA is a series of conversations between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen about their lives, music and enduring love of America – despite all its challenges. From discussions about race to the fallibility of the American Dream, the two unlikely friends discuss the state of the nation they both call home – as well as its possible future. 

Episode Highlight: Race In The United States

An important listen to anyone looking to further their own education around issues of racism, this episode tackles one of today’s most fervent issues head on. The two discuss their early and ongoing experiences with race and racism and dive headfirst into why now’s the time to have those important – and sometimes uncomfortable – conversations in the name of progress.

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Sweetbitter

Sappho is one of only a few female poets known from antiquity. And while much of her work has been destroyed – with only one full poem, Ode to Aphrodite, remaining – she’s considered one of the best poets of all time. Despite her first-person, female-loving poetry, some scholars have fought against the popular image of Sappho as both a woman and lover of women, and still do today. In this investigative podcast, Ellie Brigida, Alyse Knorr and Leesa Charlotte delve into the truth and controversy of Sappho’s life, the Isle of Lesbos and homosexuality in ancient Greece, collaborating with experts in the fields of poetry, queer studies and theatre.

Episode Highlight: Ode To Aphrodite

As one of the more academic listens on this list, it’s best started from the beginning. With only two episodes released per month, the show has only run up to its tenth instalment so far – despite launching at the end of last year – so there’s plenty of time to play catch up. Plus, this inaugural episode clocks in at under 20 minutes, making it one of the quicker ones of the series.

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The Filling With Anna Barnett

The kitchen is where so much of life happens: it’s where we chew the fat, make big decisions and, when no one’s watching, slurp straight from the tin. In this podcast (a foodie’s dream) Anna Barnett, heads into the kitchens of celebrity guests to swoon over the styling, discuss their career highs and lows, and get stuck into some serious food chat. Each weekly episode ends with the same guest showing Anna their strongest sandwich game – and very possibly the contents of their fridge.

Episode Highlight: Rachel Khoo

While there’s already a rich archive to explore here, we loved the most recent episode, which featured chef and food writer Rachel Khoo, who is now based in Stockholm – albeit still creating TV shows, writing cookbooks, judging the Great British Menu, and being a mum.  In this instalment, Anna ‘Zooms’ in to ask Rachel to share her experiences – from her previous life in fashion PR, to her first TV show filmed from her Paris flat, to prioritising diversity in her production teams. 

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The Solo Collective

Whether by choice or circumstance, as a freelancer or a company employee working from home, more of us are becoming solo workers than ever before. But once you've made the leap, how do you actually work well in isolation? And how can you thrive while working alone? In The Solo Collective, a new podcast hosted by Rebecca Seal, the author of SoloHow to Work Alone and Not Lose Your Mind, you can hear interesting and engaging stories from the experts who’ve done it. Guests include Dr Laurie Santos (host of The Happiness Lab podcast), Emma Gannon (host of Ctrl-Alt-Delete podcast) and Henry Holland (fashion designer).

Episode Highlight: Date Yourself

Are you getting in the way of your own success? Now, more than ever, it’s so important we have the right tools available to separate your professional and personal lives. In this episode Emma Gannon, proves she knows a thing or two when it comes to understanding and managing your inner critic. Rebecca speaks to Emma about understanding self-sabotage triggers, managing mental health and why celebrating your essential self with rituals can make you feel, and live, better.

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Things You Can’t Tell Yer Mum

This is an oldie but such a goodie – and now, there’s finally a new season to get stuck into. In the third outing of this highly entertaining podcast, bloggers and best friends Lindsey Holland and Lizzie Hadfield continue to tackle the kinds of subjects you might not be comfortable discussing with your nearest and dearest – think sex, dating, money and everything in between. Plus, the two discuss how they've been faring in lockdown 3.0 and answer all of your questions, giving advice on how to cope with the ongoing pandemic, how to tackle toxic friendships and how to find a routine.

Episode Highlight: 9 Things You CAN Ask Yer Mum with Anne (Lizzy's Mum)‬‬‬

If you’ve not tuned in before, head back into season two to catch this gem of an episode. As part of the series finale, the girls are joined by Lizzy’s mum Anne, who offers her two cents on that week’s issues and questions – from motherhood to love, optimism and the meaning of life.

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Winners Circle Breakfast Show

Having only launched in February, The Winners Breakfast Show podcast is an upbeat morning breakfast show hosted by The Saint Aymes Sisters and The Flag Twins. Hailing from similar backgrounds, the sibling duos have each founded successful businesses. In a time where economic uncertainty sees many approaching the world of entrepreneurship, this podcast brings a certain ‘sexiness’ to the world of business – and with it, denounces the orthodox notions and demographics typically associated with it. Having broken through the glass ceiling, the hosts now share their insights in the hopes of encouraging a new era of unrestrained talent, youth and diversity into the world of business. 

Episode Highlight: Imposter Syndrome. What is it? How to overcome it.‬‬‬

Researching this topic is exactly what led us to discover this podcast in the first place. And while ‘imposter syndrome’ is a buzz word often addressed on five-second Tick Toks, in reality it can cripple people into not pursuing their passions or their dreams. In this episode the hosts dive in to find out more about what it really is, and how can sufferers escape the empty and anxious feeling it brings with it. A must listen for anyone who feels like they’re the ones getting in their own way.

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