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November: my favourite podcasts

I stumbled upon the most wonderful podcasts this month. Here's a few of the best ones.

I like that podcasts are rising in popularity. That reassuring radio hum, a friendly and familiar voice, the interesting stories. Podcasts represent the revitalisation of radio and I am so here for it. 

I haven’t updated my Top 5 podcasts to learn recently so I thought I’d share some of the ones that have caught my ear of late.  All of these can be found on Apple podcasts and Spotify. 

Heavyweight

This podcast tells the stories that are seemingly mundane but have changed the lives of those involved. Host Johnathan Goldstein has this way of telling a joke with such sarcasm that I’ve had to rewind to hear the rest of the story because I was laughing so loud. Chortling perhaps. Not only is the podcast hilarious but it’s also poignant.  I’ve had a tear in my eye quiet a few times. I’ve linked one of my favourites but each is special in it’s own way. Enjoy the weird and wild ride!

SuperSoul Sessions: Bryan Stevenson – The Power of Mercy & Forgiveness 

Oprah interviews some incredible people but this one left a deep impression on me. Bryan Stevenson is an attorney and a human rights activist, among other things. He talks about his work with people on death row and the importance of mercy, through heart-aching and heart-warming stories.

 As I work on the next season of School of Hard Knocks, his lessons are something that will stay with me. Especially this quote: 

Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done

Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy 

The High Low

Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton are my kind of ladies. They talk about politics, pop culture, books and everything in between. They are bold, witty and smart (and I’d really like to be friends with them). One of my favourite quotes from Pandora really sums up things “I have to tell you now or it will fall out the other side of my head.” A daily struggle for me too. Enjoy her use of the word gusset in this one… 

The Food Medic: Live Podcast – Cancer and Diet

Dr Hazel Wallace is a medical doctor whose focus is “bridging the gap between traditional medical advice and the latest thoughts and developments in nutrition and other areas of lifestyle.” Each episode Dr Wallace interviews experts for their take on the newest nutritional trends. I’ve linked her most recent because it busts some myths on nutrition for avoiding cancer and has some real gems in there for prevention.

And here’s a random list of goodies:

RadioLab – Baby Blue Blood Drive: A fascinating look at the horseshoe crab and it’s miraculous, baby blue blood. They’ve survived mass extinction and outlived dinosaurs, and we rely on their blood for survival. So. Good. 

Planet Money – Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers: Ever tried to get tickets to a show and within minutes the tickets are being sold by scalpers? Well, Kid Rock has found a way to stop scalping. Worth a listen!

Reply All – The Snapchat Thief: What happens when someone steals your identity online? And who are these people? This is a super interesting insight into the underground trade of ‘OG’ handles online. 

The Daily – How El Chapo Ended Up in a Brooklyn Courtroom: I love the Daily for a quick update on the news in the US. Their episodes are only around 15 minutes long and they interview some interesting people. I enjoyed this one – the history of El Chapo I hadn’t understood before. 


I could just go on and on but there’s a few I listened to this month. Which ones are your favourites? Can you recommend any others?

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