Not surprisingly, the past year has seen a marked increase in the number of people listening to podcasts. Here’s a round-up of some of the best podcasts out there – perfect listening while notching up your daily steps, getting stuck into the gardening or tackling that DIY job you’ve been putting off!
Don’t Tell Me the Score – Simon Mundie
What can sport teach us about life and how best to live it? Each week Simon Mundie sits down with an expert and uses sport to answer life’s big questions. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, Simon’s enthusiastic interviewing style, plus his variety of inspiring guests, make this well worth a listen.
How to Wow – Chris Evans
Described as a technicolour “how to…” gold mine of inspiration, wisdom and experience. It’s all harvested first-hand from the minds, hearts and spirits of dynamic, maverick and high achieving individuals who are living proof that the road may be long and life may be hard but if you dream big, put in the hours, keep on showing up and never give in, amazing things happen.
Table Manners with Jessie Ware
Jessie Ware hosts this podcast about food, family and the beautiful art of having a chat, direct from her very own dinner table. With a little bit of help from her chef extraordinaire mum, Lennie, each week, guests from the worlds of music, culture and politics drop by for a bite and a bit of a natter. Oversharing is guaranteed and there is some swearing – so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it does have an army of fans who eagerly await each new serving from Jessie’s table.
Word of Mouth – Michael Rosen
This is the podcast version of the long running BBC Radio 4 series presented by the very engaging poet and wordsmith, Michael Rosen. Covering topics such as slang, jargon and etymology, this is a must if you’re at all interested in how society shapes language and how, in turn, it influences us.
The Travel Diaries – Holly Rubenstein
It’s easy to see why this is the UK’s No.1 travel podcast, and why some have dubbed it ‘Desert Island Destinations’. Each week travel and entertainment journalist, Holly Rubenstein, interviews a different high-profile traveller about the eight travel chapters of their life, uncovering the seminal travel experiences that have shaped who they are today.
You Should Have Been There – Simon Calder & Mick Webb
Here’s another travel-based podcast that has helped to satisfy the wanderlust of those who have sorely missed being free to travel over the past year. Simon and Mick are laid-back, aimable co-hosts, who explore a new travel-related topic in each edition. Recent subjects have included group travel, confessions of a tour guide and the best ever travel film.
Soul Music – BBC
Another excellent podcast from the BBC, Soul Music looks at the powerful impact of particular songs. Each broadcast is a montage of different individuals talking about what that episode’s song means to them. The result is an aural celebration of the ability of music to form a deep connection with our emotions and memories. Recent highlights have included Sunshine on Leith and I Will Survive.
David Walliams’ Marvellous Musical Podcast
Did you know that Mozart loved fart jokes and had a pet starling? Or that Beethoven was so scruffy he was once arrested for being a tramp? Aimed at making classical music accessible for all the family, listeners join David Walliams for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century heart throb Franz Liszt to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven.
You can listen to podcasts for free online or by downloading apps such as BBC Sounds, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify to your smart phone or tablet.