Podcast listening tips

Put your headphones on and enter the world that is podcast.

Below are some of my favourites, there are so many to choose from, so here a just a couple to get you started, basically there are podcasts on just about everything. Drama and storytelling are currently hot, but there’s comedy, sport, documentary, religious, health and lifestyle, news – yeah, like I say – pretty much everything really.

And these are two pretty comprehensive tips lists from the Guardian.

Podcast tips 2017 part one

Part two

Homecoming – a thriller about a secret new experimental treatment for American war vets and the repercussions this has on all involved. It’s from Gimlet Media and stars  Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, and David Schwimmer. Schwimmer’s character is fantastic, think of a combination of management guru and psychopath and you are getting there. It’s beautifully produced and is a great story.

From the UK is the very surreal, but highly entertaining Imaginary Advice. The twisted brainchild of poet and performance artist Ross Sutherland. The Casino Exit edition is great as is this one.

This is a nice gruesome story – Alice Isn’t Dead – from the US. A road trip – with a supernatural psycho-killer.

There are the classics such as This American Life and Radiolab which remain a sort of Gold Standard for podcasting. Planet Money and Freakonomics Radio are another two in this category.

Reply all is an in testing dive in the world of the Internet – this episode on pizzagate is amazing for a host of very scary reasons.


There a lots of more straightforward interview podcasts which are very good. This is a very popular one from John Lee Dumas which features daily interviews with entrepreneurs.

There are lots of sport podcasts, whatever you are in to there will be a podcast for it – this is the Guardian’s Football weekly.

And comedy – this is a UK comedy. What would you do if you discovered you Dad had written an erotic book? Well, Jamie Morton decided to make it into a podcast.

Top podcasts from the Netherlands include: (yeah they’re in Dutch)

Man met de Microfoon which is a great mix of real and almost-real stories from a suburb of Amsterdam. A crafted production.

Het leven, een gebruiksaanwijzing – from the VPRO, highly produced stories of people in seemingly totally different situations going though similar trials and tribulations.

The podcasts from the Correspondent – independent journalist organisation – are also very good.

For a full overview of the Dutch world of podcasting – head over to podcastluisteren.nl  – the website run by my friend and podcast colleague Richard den Haring.