10 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now
Feast your ears on the informative and creative conversations we’ve been listening to recently. 1. How To Fail with Elizabeth Day (start with Mo Gawdat episode recorded in lockdown)
Each week Elizabeth Day and her chosen guest discuss the benefits, U-turns and transformative moments that come from failure. With names from across the celebrity spectrum – previous guests include DJ and broadcaster Annie Nightingale, philosopher Alain de Botton and singer Mabel – the podcast is structured around three failures as described by the interviewee through a series of anecdotes, tear-jerking stories and revealing truths. It’s a humbling listen that reminds us that we all fail sometimes.
2. The Collector’s House by Matches Fashion (start with the Anya Hindmarch episode)
Could you pick five objects that inspire you? Whether it’s a beloved family heirloom or a dog-eared copy of your favourite book, there’s a place for it in The Collector’s House; a veritable cabinet of curiosities brought to you by MATCHESFASHION.COM. Hear from some of the creative industry’s most recognised talents, from Alexa Chung to Hofesh Shechter to learn about the objects that inspire them. Listen to Anya Hindmarch’s episode to hear why she holds a jar of Marmite close to her heart.
3. The Modern House Podcast
As a relative newcomer to the podcast world, The Modern House is a welcome addition and a must-listen for anyone with an interest in design across the board. Hosted by Matt Gibberd, co-founder of The Modern House, each episode features a notable guest who describes their top three favourite homes in the world. As well as talking about the effects of well-designed space and architectural icons, the podcast also highlights the often-overlooked quirks that make a home.
4. Talk Art
Even if you don’t know your Picassos from your Pissarros, your Klimts from your Kahlos, Talk Art is a podcast that delights in all aspects of the art world, whether it’s collecting, painting, curating, sculpting or just looking. Hosted by actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament each episode features a candid conversation with a leading artist, curator or gallerist. Now it’s seventh series, there is a whole back catalogue to choose from, including interviews with the likes of Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry CBE and Lena Dunham. For an enlightening take on the effect of the pandemic on one of Britain’s most famous collection of museums, listen to the episode with Maria Balshaw CBE, Director of Tate.
5. The Nature Bantz podcast
Hosted by Hana Sutch, co-founder of the walking app Go Jauntly, sits down with business leaders, campaigners and environmental experts to talk about the great outdoors. Combining advice on how to live more sustainably with walking route suggestions and gardening tips, this is a podcast that will motivate you to get outside.
6. The Power Hour with Adrienne Herbert
“Could getting up one hour earlier each day be the key to unlocking your full potential?” The Power Hour podcast discusses the tried-and-tested concept of making the most of your morning routine and establishing new habits as the basis for success. Hosted by Adrienne Herbert, the multi-hyphenate wellness professional, TEDx speaker and voice of inspiration, she talks to leading coaches, creatives, change-makers and innovators about the little life hacks that go into making a big difference.
7. As Me by Sinéad Burke
Sinéad Burke’s As Me podcast wants listeners to feel challenged, enlightened and empowered. The advocate, teacher, TED Talk speaker (and not to mention British Vogue cover star) speaks to a diverse roster of notable guests about the experiences and qualities that have shaped their lives. Listen to candid reflections with the likes of Hozier, Riz Ahmed, Florence Welch and Glenda Jackson who’s episode we especially loved listening to.
8. The Happiness Lab
What does it mean to be happy? In The Happiness Lab podcast, Yale professor Dr Laurie Santos shares scientific research as well as some inspiring stories that promise to alter the way we think about happiness. As an expert on human cognition and the cognitive biases that impede better choices, Dr Santos has changed the lives of thousands of people through her class "Psychology and the Good Life", which teaches students how the science of psychology can provide important hints about how to make wiser choices and live a life that’s happier and more fulfilling. We particularly enjoyed listening to the Calm Can Be Contagious episode, which includes a guided meditation. 9. Culture Call by the Financial Times
Culture today has many different facets. From astrology to architecture, Netflix to novels, this trans-Atlantic conversation between FT editors, Lilah Raptopoulos and Griselda Murray Brown, discusses each segment to understand the cultural trends shaping recent times. Hosted between New York and London, “come to hear what’s new in two cultural capitals; stay for compelling interviews that aren't afraid to go deep.” Start with the episode featuring spoken word artist, George the Poet or relive the magic of Sally Rooney’s 2018 novel Normal People, as she talks to Griselda about the origins of the book.
10. Soul Music by BBC Radio 4
This gem of a podcast recounts true stories from breakups to iconic historical moments, life-long romances to everyday habits, through a song that holds deep emotional significance with each person who shares their experience. Running for 30 series, you could easily get lost in Soul Music’s brimming back catalogue but we suggest starting with the episode that highlights Beach Boys classic God Only Knows for a heartfelt story about love or the Electric Light Orchestra’s Mr Blue Sky, which explores the impact of the brand’s off-beam classic from 1978.
About Imogen Smith
I'm a French-speaking, freelance copywriter and editor living in rural Buckinghamshire. I specialise in writing for lifestyle brands and independent magazines as well as working on content strategy projects. Professional experience aside I’m an avid podcast listener (most recent favourites include The Modern House Podcast, The FT’s Culture Call and Literary Friction), with a budding interest for gardening and a mild addiction to Depop. On a typical Saturday morning, you’ll find me either on a yoga mat or in the garden with a fresh pot of coffee