Sunday, 2 April 2017

podcasts you should listen to

With limited time in the day to listen to podcasts due to the ever increasing workload of my impending GCSEs, they take a backseat and instead music is the only thing that gets me through walking home from school (and the occasional friend that interrupts me whilst I'm listening to Ed Sheeran's new album). Most of my spent time listening to podcasts is outside so what did I think was a creative and completely original way to photograph this post? Take photos outside of course… (hmm perhaps not as creative as I first thought). There are so many podcasts on iTunes but I just don't have the time to listen to all of them, what are my picks of the best?

I first discovered Pandora Sykes' and Dolly Alderton's podcast whilst I was on holiday last year, a weekly roundup of the news in the world - from the topics that everyone's talking about to the obscure articles that you'd never think to research - PanDolly had me hooked from the very first podcast. Dolly and Pandora took a hiatus from the podcast yet earlier this year came back bigger than ever with The High Low. On their podcast they discuss books they’ve read, things they’ve watched on TV, news stories of the week, questions people have sent in etc. They cover everything whether it’s pop culture or political therefore it’s so easy to listen to. I feel like I’m being educated in the issues of the world (ie. Theresa May featuring on US Vogue) and then bamn an insert about Love on Netflix or Made in Chelsea; both shows I happily indulge in. Who doesn’t want to follow Binky’s pregnancy right?

Favourite episodes?
I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite, they’re all so varied and discuss different topics on the media each week; I would say every episode is worth a listen to.


The Guilty feminist is one of the funniest podcasts you will ever listen to. Walking in public isn't the best way to listen to the podcast due to how impossibly funny it is (I can inform you I did get some strange looks) but also the podcast is one of the first things I’ve listened to that discusses feminism in a way that is so easy to connect to and it makes being an activist for equality seem accessible for everyone - because it is and I think no-one should feel that they can’t stand for what they believe in. The guests comedian Deborah Frances-White brings to the show add something different every week, they discuss topics that are so personal with such ease.

Starting off every episode with ‘I’m a feminist but…’ adds a layer of intimacy and how simple it is to approach feminism; you don't have to be a man hater, quite opposite actually, be a man embracer. On top of being incredibly witty, they discuss issues that may be considered taboo in a way that is totally normal - how it should be in the 21st century. For younger listeners, the content could possibly be a little explicit however the concepts that are talked about on the podcast are so worth listening to and it is so great to hear a range of people's views on feminism.

Favourite episodes?
Both the episodes from International Women's day were absolutely hilarious and I would recommend listening to both, especially if you’ve never listened to the podcast before. For those of you that are fans of Harry Potter you may recognise Cleménce Poésy speaking on the podcast. Again, they’re all worth listening to because Deborah always touches on issues that I think can relate to both women and men (also they’re just great if you want a laugh on your evening commute).


Emma Gammon interviews so many amazing people on her podcast Ctrl Alt Delete. Spanning from the likes of blogging babe Tanya Burr to Lena Dunham, a relaxed interview that seems more like a chat, every episode is something new and I always find myself intensely stalking whoever she interviews; the guests are brilliant and the conversations? Even better. At the heart of every podcast is how the internet as changed our lives, for the better, for the worse and what people are doing with the power of putting yourself online for everyone to see.

Favourite episodes?
There aren't any that I don't love. Even if you don't know who Emma is interviewing, they're worth listening to because you never know what gem you might find. Emma's interview with Lena Dunham stood out to me, in the episode they discussed issues surrounding life online and offline and a new light was shone on Lena - I am now regretting never finished Lena's book (I was given it a few years ago and I'm almost certain I wasn't old enough to appreciate her wisdom) so I think I may have to start reading it again.


If you wanted something more ‘fashion’ orientated then Conscious Chatter is definitely the podcast for you. Hosted by Kestral Jenkins (who created AWEAR world) , Conscious Chatter highlights the people who are changing the fashion industry for the better. She talks with people who are leading the charge to further good changes in a complicated industry. Discussing ethical fashion in an environment that is positive and promoting those in the industry that are striving to develop a better world of fashion.

Favourite episodes?
All the episodes focus on completely different areas of slow and conscious fashion, yet all have the common thread of positivity, especially regarding ethical fashion. Conscious blogging stood out to me for many reasons, in the episode Kestrel chats to three bloggers that are spreading awareness of ethical fashion and the industry; having the power to influence other people for the better.
The Youth Fashion summit was also an incredibly insightful podcast to listen to. As a teenager, it’s so great to see inspiring young people getting behind ethical and conscious fashion and suggest how we can educate our own communities on the realities behind our clothing.


From listening to a copious amount of podcasts, I have come to realise that there is no way I am going to stop listening to them soon. They’re informative, funny and you don’t need to be paying 100% attention whilst listening to them to still soak in whatever is being talked about. Oh and I have to mention Rookie mag is coming out with a podcast on April 4th so keep an eye out for that, I don't know what it's about but if the podcast is anything like their blog I think I'm going to be hooked.
What are your favourite podcasts? Let me know in the comments below!
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  2. love your photos b, they're so cool!I reallly need to listen to The High Low! I love Pandora Skyes x
    www.lexiealexandra.com

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    1. Thank you Lexie! The High Low is pretty fab x

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  3. Your podcast list is so similar to mine! A friend of mine only recently got me into the Guilty Feminist, which I love, and Ctrl Alt Delete has been a long and lovely listen. I would recommend giving Dawn O'Porter's Get It On podcast a listen too, if you like PanDolly!

    Besma | Curiously Conscious

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    1. OOh I'll have a listen to that later!

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  4. I love podcasts post! I've not listened to any of these apart from Ctrl, Alt, Delete, so it's good to have some new shows to try. I did a similar post a few weeks back and really enjoyed thinking about why I liked each of the podcasts that I listen to. Although already I could easily update that list with new shows...
    Laura

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    1. I'll have a read of your post too, I love new shows to listen to as well!

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  5. I love Emma's podcasts, although I only just got into listening them, I now have plenty to choose from. xx

    http://simplllyme.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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    1. They're great aren't they and all of them are so different xx

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  6. Emma Gannon's podcast sounds really interesting and like something I'd probably like. I always hear about how people love podcasts but to be honest I've never properly listened to one because I've never known where to start- so this was really helpful :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. They are so interesting, I'm glad this post has helped :)

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  7. Your photos are so beautiful with the flowers Eleanor! I've never really been one to listen to podcasts but I will definitely be following your recommendations and trying these out now. Thank you for the suggestions!x

    Erin // Everything Erin

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    1. Thank you so much Erin! I think you would love The High Low, it's so easy to listen to! x

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  8. I've never listened to podcasts mainly because the first image that pops up in my mind is a middle-aged corporate white woman listening to them to try and get away from her shitty and failing family...yeah my imagination is definitely a vivid one ha. BUuut this post has definitely changed my perception on them, they do seem pretty cool and to see that there are so many that are orientated to our demographic is v refreshing to see. I'll listen to a few of these soon- lav the photos too!

    Dalal // monochromedaisies.blogspot.com

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