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From the Gilmore Girls to erotica: our podcast recommendations


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Since 'Serial's premiere a couple of years ago, we've had more podcasts on the market than ever, catering to any taste that you could possibly possess.

This range comes with benefits, but the amount of choice can also lead to an overwhelming sense of dread. To aid with your search, we’ve picked some of our favourites to help you out.

Featuring recommendations from Matthew Magill, Megan Kenyon and Tricia Wey.

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For the movie buff: We Heart Hartnett

This comedy podcast takes a deep dive into the career of American movie star Josh Hartnett, once lauded as the Next Big Thing in the early 2000s. Hosts Patrick Willems and the brothers Torpey (Matt and Jake) dedicate an episode to each of Josh’s film exploits, from the mainstream (with entries like Pearl Harbour and Sin City) to the incredibly indie. Check it out for both critical insight and conspiracy theories about the behind the scenes workings of Hollywood.

The NSFW one: My Dad Wrote a Porno

Launching in 2014 after a revelation at Christmas dinner, MDWaP follows host Jamie Morton as he reads chapters from his father’s series of erotic novels aloud to friends James Cooper and Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine. Each 40 minute episode centres on a chapter of one of the novels, with the hosts reacting to the story in real-time along with the audience. Certainly one to listen to with earphones in!

For the binge-watcher: The Gilmore Guys

In 2014, Gilmore Girls came to Netflix for the first time. Kevin T. Porter, a fan since (almost) the beginning, thought that a podcast could be fun, so tweeted the following:

With The Good Place writer Demi Adejuyigbe at his side, the Gilmore Guys was a hit, and the duo went on to do live shows across America in addition to their hundreds of in-studio episode. If you’re already a Gilmore Girls fan, or need something new to feed your TV addiction, the podcast is a fantastic companion to the viewing experience.

The nerdy one: Not Another D&D Podcast

If your life lacks a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, then this podcast can help to change that. Hosted by DM Brian Murphy, this D&D play podcast centres around a team of adventurers looking to right the wrongs that a prior adventuring party caused whilst trying to save the world. Featuring Emily Axford, Jake Hurwitz and Caldwell Tanner of CollegeHumor fame, their 2 hour episodes are a hilarious way to while away the time.

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For the musical theatre lover: Jim and Tomic’s Musical Theatre Happy Hour

If you’re the sort of person who listens to Broadway cast recordings in your spare time, then Happy Hour is the podcast for you. Hosted by Fringe theatre director Jimi Mitchell and high school teacher Tommy (known online as Musical Theatre Mash), Happy Hour looks at a musical per episode, analysing its score, plot and historical context. With musical interludes from the show throughout the episodes, Happy Hour is a great way to avoid boredom on your commute.

The topical one: Ways to Change the World

Produced for Channel 4 News and hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, this podcast spends each episode interviewing a celebrity or otherwise notable person, going in-depth about issues we face in the world and how to fix them. Guru-Murthy has stated that: “When I present Channel 4 News, in-depth analysis and great journalism come together to explain the events of the day. But this new podcast wants to help you go much deeper and discuss answers, not just problems”.

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