10 Podcasts to Discover (if you haven’t already)

Podcast hosted by different stars is the new normal to relax, motivate, inspire and educate under the COVID-19. Image courtesy of various.
Dissect, hosted by Cole Cuchna, unpacks an album in every season of the podcast. Image via Spotify.
Sarah Koenig, journalist of Serial podcast. Image via Wikipedia.
The Michelle Obama Podcast gives you a glimpse of Michelle Obama’s life. Image via Spotify.
Jerry Saltz shares insights on how he approaches viewing and reviewing art in one of the episodes of In Other Words. Image via Apple Podcasts.
Harlem Fashion Row’s Brandice Daniel, Black in Fashion Council Co-Founder Sandrine Charles and creative consultant Henrietta Gallina on actionable anti-racism by fashion brands. Image via The Business of Fashion Podcast.
Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour in Hidden Brain. Image via NPR Podcast.
HARDtalk, the in-depth interview program of BBC hosted by Stephen Sackur with noteworthy guests on current issues. Image via BBC.
The Science of Success Podcast is hosted by Matt Bodnar and gives insights on the road to success. Image via The Science of Success Podcast.
Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory. Image via Wikipedia.
Author and podcast host Elizabeth Day shares everything you can learn from career failure. Image via BBC.
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Our podcast recommendations to relax, motivate, inspire and educate.

TEXT: Carina Fischer
IMAGES: Courtesy of various

 

One of the ‘side effects’ of the world being swept up by the storm of a global health crisis is that many of us are finding ourselves swiping mindlessly through news stories, social media posts and more as we scroll through a never-ending feed (that is, if we ever stopped scrolling to begin with). But too much screen time and blue light is proven bad for our health, so why not tune into a podcast instead? We did, and here are our favourites whether you are looking to unwind, feel inspired, educate yourself—or all of the above.

 

Dissect, hosted by Cole Cuchna, unpacks an album in every season of the podcast. Image via Spotify.

 

Dissect

When it comes to music podcasts, many of them focus on individual artists, songs or genres. The Dissect podcast takes a slightly different approach—an album is unpacked in its entirety for one season of the show. Hosted by Cole Cuchna and now a part of the Spotify podcast network, this up and coming podcast has been praised by the likes of Forbes, Times, Complex and Google. The latest season deconstructs  Childish Gambino’s 2013 concept album Because of the Internet, but other notable seasons include Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Tyler the Creator’s IGOR, Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Kendrick Lamar’s Damn.

 

Sarah Koenig, journalist of Serial podcast. Image via Wikipedia.

 

Serial

If you are looking for a binge-worthy true crime podcast, Serial has you covered. This was arguably the first investigative podcast of them all: the incredible hype and success from the first season propelled an influx of true crime podcasts everywhere. For the first unsolved mystery, host Sarah Koenig examines and deconstructs the murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999, who’s ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed was convicted as the murderer. The thrilling detail combined with the vast range of external sources and opinions and case inconsistencies makes for an incredibly compelling podcast that is impossible to stop listening to.

 

The Michelle Obama Podcast gives you a glimpse of Michelle Obama’s life. Image via Spotify.

 

The Michelle Obama Podcast

Launched in July, The Michelle Obama Podcast has been making waves. For fans of Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, this podcast is a must. The inaugural episode saw Michelle joined by her husband, former US President, Barack Obama. The two discuss their upbringings and principles of working for the greater community in a frank and relatable manner through thoughtful insight and personal anecdotes. The podcast is a candid and personal dive into Michelle’s beliefs, experiences and closest relationships, whether it be her husband, sibling, friends or colleagues—just a few of the many relationships that allowed her to become the inspirational woman that she is today.

 

Jerry Saltz shares insights on how he approaches viewing and reviewing art in one of the episodes of In Other Words. Image via Apple Podcasts.

 

In Other Words             

Created by Sotheby’s Art Agency Partners and hosted by Charlotte Burns, In Other Words dissects the complex and nuanced worlds of art criticism, the art market, and more, with some episodes more issue-driven and others offering the view of art world trailblazers, including mastermind German art dealer David Zwirner, Museum of Modern Art Director Glenn Lowry and renowned American art critic Jerry Saltz.

 

Harlem Fashion Row’s Brandice Daniel, Black in Fashion Council Co-Founder Sandrine Charles and creative consultant Henrietta Gallina on actionable anti-racism by fashion brands. Image via The Business of Fashion Podcast.

 

The Business of Fashion Podcast

Lauded as an essential resource for fashion creatives and entrepreneurs alike, The Business of Fashion is the word on everyone looking for the ins and outs of the fashion industry. Their eponymous podcast shares similar content in regards to its crucial nature and multidisciplinary stance in fashion. An earlier episode sees Harlem Fashion Row’s Brandice Daniel, Black in Fashion Council co-founder Sandrine Charles and creative consultant Henrietta Gallina discussing the imperative steps that brands must take in order to be actively anti-racist to propel the fashion industry on the right track forward.

 

Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour in Hidden Brain. Image via NPR Podcast.

 

Hidden Brain

For something less ‘current’ but equally informative, Hidden Brain, an NPR podcast, uses a combination of science and thrilling narrative to unpick what drives human choices and directs our relationships, using a various assortment of stories to help explain for context.

 

HARDtalk, the in-depth interview program of BBC hosted by Stephen Sackur with noteworthy guests on current issues. Image via BBC.

 

HARDtalk

HARDtalk, run by the BBC, takes the listener through detailed, exhaustive and uncompromising interviews with noteworthy guests on current issues. Listen to a discussion with naturalist Chris Packham on “finding the good in the bad” of COVID-19, or tune in to their interview with André Leon Talley, the former creative director of Vogue USA, for an impactful discussion on race, fashion and more.

 

The Science of Success Podcast is hosted by Matt Bodnar and gives insights on the road to success. Image via The Science of Success Podcast.

 

The Science of Success

One for the mental health list, The Science of Success, is rated the #1 evidence-based personal growth podcast hosted by Matt Bodnar. Guests of the show are from a vast variety of fields, from neuropsychologists and entrepreneurs to US Navy pilots, ex-CIA Officers and bestselling authors. Each offers telling insight on how to become the best version of yourself, with grounded advice on how to improve your overall mindset through understanding how your mind works and what exactly your goals truly are.

 

Intersectionality Matters! is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory. Image via Wikipedia.

 

Intersectionality Matters!

Just one of many resources to tune into for those wanting to deconstruct the complex, multifaceted topic of racism, as well as learn how to be actively antiracist yourself, Intersectionality Matters! should be on your list. The podcast highlights how the unique overlap between matters such as race and gender or race and sexuality can entrench injustice, through the voice of American civil rights activist and critical race theory scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw.

 

Author and podcast host Elizabeth Day shares everything you can learn from career failure. Image via BBC.

 

How To Fail with Elizabeth Day

Perhaps one of the oldest sayings in the book is to learn from your mistakes and use your failures as a means to become stronger—How To Fail with Elizabeth Day encapsulates exactly this mentality. With each episode, a new interviewee is brought on and previous failures are revisited and broken down. Reflect on your own recent shortcomings, with the intent to grow and improve and not to mercilessly criticise your past self. Learn how to apply your new way of thinking to your everyday life, and come out of the other side stronger and more clear-headed.

 

 

 
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