At Navada we absolutely love podcasts, but there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to listen to them all which is why I’ve sat through every single one (okay, maybe not every single podcast but I do listen to a lot) and chosen five of my favourites on behalf of the rest of the Navada team. Enjoy!
You’re probably aware of Scroobius Pip from his music, but he also does a good turn as an interviewer in his Distraction Pieces podcast. Pip’s ability to secure interviews with a huge range of celebrities from across comedy, music, literature and beyond also means that if you don’t recognise one guest there’ll be one along in a week or two you do know.
Listen to: Limmy Parts 1 & 2 – Less of an interview, more a chat between two good pals. A very interesting insight into the world of Glaswegian comic mastermind Limmy.
Hosted by two (sometimes three) former Obama staffers, Pod Save America gives an unashamedly partisan twice-weekly recap of the goings on in Washington D.C. Frequently funny and always insightful, PSA naturally isn’t going to appeal to people of every political leaning but if you want to try and understand just how politics in the US works during this incredibly bizarre period in our history this is a good place to start.
Listen to: 9 Parts Hero, 1 Part Troll – A live show in the immediate aftermath of another busy week, including Trumpcare’s defeat.
Ostensibly a podcast about the internet, much of Reply All’s charm lies in the fact that it’s actually an exploration of what the internet has turned us into. You don’t need to be a tech whiz to understand what’s going on here, because we’ve all bumped into the topics, themes and memes that presenters tackled in each episode during the hours we spend browsing the web.
Listen to: Long Distance Parts 1 & 2 – Someone receives a scam tech support phone call and the team behind Reply All go to extraordinary lengths to find out who’s behind it.
There’s a lot to be said for very literal podcast names. At least you know exactly what you’re going to get when you download them. Stuff You Should Know is about just that – stuff you should know. The formula is very simple. Take a topic, like how beer works, and explain it in the simplest possible terms. That’s it. You’ll feel just a little bit smarter after each episode.
Listen to: The “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s – An opportunity to take a look back at the 1980s and remember that, yes, during this period people actually believed that satanic ritual abuse wasn’t just a thing, but that everyone was at it.
This American Life needs little introduction. The public radio show is now one of the most popular podcasts in the world, with millions of listeners around the globe and it’s not hard to see why. Each week the reporters use one loose theme to tell amazing stories from remarkable people around the globe.
Listen to: One Last Thing Before I Go – You will cry.