10 podcasts you should be listening to right now
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The British Podcast Awards this week announced its winners. Featuring everything from gripping true crime to hilarious comedy, this year’s entries covered all bases.
We've hand-picked our top ten to keep your commutes ticking by and to give you the upper hand in topical debates.
Image Credit: Barthy Bonhomme1. Ways to Change the World with Krishnan Guru-Murthy Channel Four News anchor, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, hosts this engaging and insightful podcast. Each week Guru-Murthy interviews a different celebrity, philanthropist or activist, delving into the ways in which they have ‘changed the world’. So far guests have included, activist and actress Jameela Jamil, author Salman Rushdie and singer-songwriter Imogen Heap. 2. Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster Another interview podcast but this time with a culinary twist, Off Menu features comedians James Acaster and Ed Gamble. Each episode the pair ask a special guest to name their ideal meal, including a starter, main, dessert and drink of their choice. Gamble and Acaster are the perfect pair, keeping guests on their toes and sharing insights into their favourite cuisine and dishes of choice. 3. The Guilty Feminist Deborah Frances White’s hilariously insightful podcast, The Guilty Feminist, is a weekly feature offering panel discussions, stand-up comedy and incredible special guests. The podcast’s iconic catchphrase "I’m a feminist, but" highlights the podcast’s core philosophy: that no one can be the perfect feminist and that’s okay. The podcast has built up a strong following since its conception in 2015 and is beautifully light-hearted, whilst maintaining a level of sensitivity and insight. 4. George Ezra and Friends This feel-good interview podcast features weekly interviews from George Ezra. Having started the podcast after a short hiatus, Ezra’s interviews focus solely on the true nature of life as a musician. Each guest brings something different to the table, with Ezra branching out to artists from other genres besides his own. From big names like Ed Sheeran and Elton John to newcomers like Sigrid and household favourites like Tom Jones, Ezra has covered all his bases. 5. No Country for Young Women A refreshing, insightful and poignant podcast, No Country for Young Women is a brilliant podcast from hosts Sadia Azmat and Monty Onanunga. Each week, with special guests, the pair discuss "life, love and work in a white man’s world". The podcast is a thoughtful and relevant reflection on race, ethnicity, sex and relationships, with the hosts allowing for a lighthearted yet serious discussion of issues which desperately require our attention. 6. Beyond Today From Radio 4’s flagship Today programme comes the current affairs podcast, Beyond Today. Hosted by Tina Daheley and Matthew Price, the podcast deconstructs the biggest news stories of the day in digestible 20-minute episodes. Using the expertise on offer in the BBC’s newsroom, the podcast hones in on specific news stories, taking different angles and allowing a space for different and diverse voices. Every Friday, a special guest is invited in to give their perspective on a particular issue, allowing for a more in-depth and insightful discussion of important and pressing news. 7. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink Following the success of her recently published book of the same name, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink is an excellent podcast from journalist and activist, Scarlett Curtis. Curtis is joined by a different guest each week, predominantly those who contributed to the book. The podcast is founded on the discussion of what feminism means, looks like, and sounds like to Curtis’s special guest. From actresses Saoirse Ronan and Lolly Adefope to activist Alika George and novelist Helen Fielding, Curtis chats to a whole host of powerful and inspiring women, giving an insight into 21st Century feminism. 8. You, Me and the Big C: Putting the can in cancer This poignant podcast from Radio Five Live began in March 2018 and featured three presenters, Deborah James, Lauren Mahon and Rachael Bland. All three discussed their life with cancer, with the aim of de-stigmatising and normalising conversations around the disease, all the while maintaining the show’s light-hearted feel. Since Rachael Bland sadly passed away in September 2018, her husband, Steve Bland, occasionally co-presents the show. The podcast won Moment of the Year at this year’s awards. 9. Have you heard George’s podcast? This fresh and innovative podcast is a mismatch of music and fiction, effortlessly put together by George the Poet. It's an immersive and dynamic podcast that took the British Podcast awards by storm, picking up a whopping three awards. The podcast deals with pressing and topical issues such as Grenfell Tower, poverty and the lives of young people living in London. A refreshingly different and creative show, Have you heard George’s podcast? is one to watch. 10. Brexitcast Picking up the Listeners' Choice award this year, it is hilariously fitting that Brexitcast is a favourite of so many podcast-listeners. Another podcast from Five Live, the programme attempts to make sense of all the major Brexit occurrences during the long months since the referendum in 2016. The podcast is hosted by the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, its Europe editor, Katya Adler, political correspondent Chris Mason and Brussels Correspondent Adam Fleming, giving perhaps some of the best-placed insights into the highs and lows of this drawn-out process. It is a great listen if you, like me, haven’t got a clue what is going on.