Here is something I learnt today: the term ‘podcast’ was invented by Ben Hammersley in an article he wrote for The Guardian in 2004. It is an amalgamation of the words ‘iPod’ and ‘broadcast’. He also suggested the terms ‘audioblogging’ and ‘guerillamedia’ but I think it’s fair to say the rightful winner stuck. My love of podcasts has only grown during lockdown and I’d like to share a few that have been keeping me company on my daily stroll.
1. Angela Scanlon’s Thanks a Million
If you love listening to the sweet dulcet tones of an Irish accent as much as I do then this one’s for you. Interviewees include Aisling Bea, Sian Clifford and even the Ice Man, Wim Hof himself. Each episode delves into what the subject is grateful for, ranging from birdwatching to breathing, from dating apps to dancing. A cheery reminder of how the simple things in life can bring us the most joy.
2. Banged Up
Interviewed by a prison lawyer, two ex-prisoners tell all about their experience of life inside, broaching subjects of drugs, violence, relationships and boredom. This is a fascinating look at prison life.
3. Whole Truth
Jordan Stephens is pathing the way to de-stigmatise talking about mental health. His open and honest interviews with authors, rappers, influencers and more shows the universality of struggling with mental health and the power of talking about it. My favourite episode has to be with hip hop artist, Scroobius Pip.
4. You’ll Do
Comedians and couple, Catherine Bohart and Sarah Keyworth, interview famous faces and their other half / ball & chain / partner – whatever you want to call them – about what they describe as “the good, the bad, the boring and the downright disgusting” features of their relationship. If you are any bit as nosey as me then I hope you will enjoy this one.
5. Almost Famous
We’ve all wondered what it would be like to be famous but have you ever wondered what it would be like to be related to someone famous? An insightful look into what it’s like growing up when your mum, dad, brother or sister is in the public eye. Chris Martin’s sister and Ryan Giggs’ brother are among the guests interviewed by Barnaby Slater.
6. I Weigh
A new series in which actor, presenter and activist, Jameela Jamil, interviews A-List celebrities about their relationship with shame, ways they combat it, own it and learn from it. Surprisingly relatable and very funny, it feels appropriate to be recommending it given Mental Health Awareness Week has just passed.
By Philippa Strahan