• Isabelle Osborne

Podcasts: new favourites, thoughts and recommendations

Podcasts are a concept I adore. I find that, as a predominately audio learner, I can glean so much from a debate or a conversation that's delivered via a podcast. I enjoy listening to podcasts if I'm doing a job that doesn't require much concentration, so I can fully engage with the podcast; this means I usually listen to them when ironing, or cleaning.


For the eagle eyed among you, you may recall I did a blog post recommending some podcasts last year, which you can read here. I still regularly listen to all the ones I recommended last year, however since then, I have found a few more podcasts that I'd love to recommend.


As before, there's a mixture of podcasts on this list, and I think the recommendations show how my style and tastes have changed slightly since last August; I'm now finding that I love listening to travel-related pods, which has definitely sparked a newfound love of adventure stories and renewed my interest in going down the travel journalist route. However, this list also shows I have maintained my interest in politics and history.


The First Mile


This is a travel podcast which brings us the untold stories from the incredible (and scary) world of adventure. Presented by Ash Bhardwaj and Pip Stewart, two travel journalists with incredible stories and experiences, the podcast explores everything to do with travel. Ash and Pip debate the world of travel with some seasoned travellers, who each reveal details of how they got their first break in travel writing, how they started a professional career in travelling, or how they make a success of their travel career.


I LOVE this podcast. The episodes are brilliantly engaging and I have learnt a lot about the travel industry whilst listening. One of my favourite episodes featured Monisha Rajesh, a travel journalist who wrote 'Around the World in 80 Trains' (which I reviewed here). She talks about how she got into the industry and the adventures she has had since, touching on how her travels have changed now she is a mother. I also loved the episodes where Ash and Pip interviewed each other; it was great to hear the stories of the hosts' journey to co-hosting a mega podcast and hear their advice for getting into the travel industry, as well as the lessons they have learnt along the way.


Check out the podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-first-mile/id1535504708.


Americast


I came across Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel's podcast last year in the Autumn time, and I'm really glad I did. The podcast is packed with facts, debates and conversations, and primarily followed the US presidential election, providing a deep dive into what was happening behind the headlines. The presenters are engaging and knowledgable, which makes for an interesting listen.


The podcast was especially intriguing to listen to when the election was in process, as I could hear the inside story that subsequently provided helpful context for the events taking place. For example, I found the episode about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, launched shortly after her death, incredibly insightful and helpful for learning about her life and the mark she made on America's political landscape during her time as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, as well as how her death could have influenced the presidential election.


Check it out here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p07h19zz


The Fault Line


A podcast which came highly recommended by my mum, 'The Fault Line' is hosted by David Dimbleby, who takes us back to the 18 months between 9/11 and the Iraq War in 2003. Dimbleby talks to prime ministers, politicians, spies and more, which allows him to paint a picture of how and why we invaded Iraq. The discussions Dimbleby has asks us to question whether this era of lies, secrecy, corruption and mistrust set the precedent for the events of today, and what the potential implications of the Iraq War were.


One thing I was completely shocked to hear was on the first episode, when Bill Murray, a US spy, claims he repeatedly informed the White House that his intelligence told him that Saddam Hussein did not have any weapons of mass destruction. I'm still listening to the podcast (every episode looks at a different part of the story), and with every episode I am learning more about the relationship between President George W Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair, how the leaders interacted before the Iraq War, and what went on behind closed doors.


Find out more here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-fault-line-bush-blair-and-iraq/id1531812209


Small Steps, Big Impact:


Small Steps, Big Impact is a six-part podcast hosted by Zanna van Dijk, one of my favourite influencers. The podcast aims to show how everyone can make positive differences to the world by making simple, easy and practical changes to our lifestyle. The discussions range from diet to well-being, lifestyle to cutting out plastic, and the guests Zanna chats to offer great tips for how to live a more sustainable life. Zanna is such an inspiring woman, and this podcast stands as evidence for the wonderful work she is doing to create a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly world.


I loved the final episode of the series, when Zanna chatted to her boyfriend Anthony Maule (who I recognised after watching Zanna's YouTube videos for a long time). Anthony talks about small changes he has made in recent years, which shows how easy it is to change our lifestyle to make it more sustainable.


Give it a listen here: https://browse.entale.co/show/4b1efd16-d7f7-4732-9b40-cf1c4ddd8020

Words are all we have.

 - Samuel Beckett

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By Isabelle Osborne