Jess Commons | Deputy Editor | Saturday, 23 April 2016

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The Best New Podcasts To Listen To In November

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Best New Podcasts For November

Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown

As we go into the oh my gosh thank fuck it’s nearly over final stretch of the godforsaken US election that’s seen reason shot to shit and misogyny, lies and racism become daily new stories, give yourself a reason to chuckle by listening to Rich Hall (he’s that old angry American dude who’s on Have I Got News for You quite a lot) as he keeps you up to date with the election goings on through stand-up, sketches and interviews. Basically, it means you don’t have to read one more opinion piece about Donald Trump ever.

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 Launch date 19 October. Listen to Rich Hall's (US Election) Breakdown here.

Always Open

Barb Dunkleman is one of those famous people that does something on the internet but like, I’m not really sure what that is. Anyway, she’s fun and, for her new podcast she basically hangs out with some pals, gets drunk and talks about everything from sex, boobs, dating, peeing your pants... Hell, they’ve even talked about the clown epidemic from last month. Listen, and get drunk during. It’s the next best thing to hanging out with your own mates.

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 Launch date 28 September. Listen to Always Open here.

How I Built This

Listen to this podcast on the off-chance that you might be able to suck up motivation and inspiration through your headphones and kick your lazy ass into gear. Each week, Guy Raz speaks to a different AMAZING person about the product they built. Products like Instagram, Airbnb, Spanx, VICE. NDB. Listen, learn and put your learnings into action.

how i built this podcast

Launch date 12 September. Listen to How I Built This here.

Histories of the Unexpected

One of those podcasts that peddles itself on the fact that even the most mundane stuff has got some sort of fascinating history about it. Stuff like oranges. Yeah, who knew they had something interesting in their background? Ditto for gloves. And hair. Hosted by Dr. Sam Willis and Professor James Daybell.

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Launch date 22nd September. Listen to Histories of the Unexpected here.

A Stab in the Dark

Brought to you from the TV channel that brings you Most Haunted this podcast is all about crime fiction in TV and literature. Probably a very good one for those of you trying to jump on the mystery crime bandwagon and write a book or a TV show yourself. So far they’ve interviewed Val McDermid, Lee Child and David Morrissey.

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Launch date October 4th. Listen to Stab In The Dark here.

Best New Podcasts For September

Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn

YouTuber Gaby Dunn is rubbish with money by her own admission so this podcast all about peoples’ relationships with money comes as something as a relief for those of us who are similarly crap at finance. In Bad With Money, Gaby interviews everyone from her parents to Matilda actress Mara Wilson about how their relationship with money has affected them. Give it a listen, who knows – you might even learn something.

Launch date: 23rd August. Listen to Bad With Money here

It’s About Time 

Who better to talk you through some of the most interesting tales from history than Time Team presenter and Baldrick himself Sir Tony Robinson? Each week Tony brings a different historical episode to life. From The Pankhurst sisters to Charlie Chaplain there’s plenty to learn. 

Launch date: 29th August. Listen to It's About Time here

Made Of Human with Sofie Hagen

If you’ve listened to The Guilty Feminist you’re going to love this. Hosted by GF’s Sofie Hagen, this slightly surreal concept follows Sofie’s attempts to become a real proper human by speaking to humans that she likes. So far she’s had comedians Josie Long, Jordan Raskopoulos and Chris Gethard on.

Launch date: 23rd August. Listen to Made Of Human here

 The Ark

 Got (literally) five minutes and want to learn something cool? Tune into The Ark whose mini mini episodes cover all the cool, weird and wonderful creatures from around the world including the Giant Forest Ant (it’s massive) and the very weird manatee-esque Dugong. Think of it a mini way to fill your time in between watching David Attenborough documentaries.

Launch dates: 25th August. Listen to The Ark here

Stir The Pot

Edd Kimber is better known as food blogger The Boy Who Bakes. He won the first ever Great British Bake Off. Which basically gives him the same level of importance in British society as The Queen. In this podcast hosts different guests each week who speak to Edd about FOOD. First up is chocolatier Paul A. Young. 

Launch date 8th August. Listen to Stir The Pot here. 

Best Podcasts For August

Sooo Many White Guys

For girls that LOVE 2 Dope Queens with Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson and can’t handle the fact that it’s on a break RN. This NEW offering from Phoebe basically sees her interviewing lots of different super interesting people from rapper Lizzo to Broad City co-creator Illana Glazer to Gina Rodriguez from Jane The Virgin – basically lots of people who aren’t erm, white guys.

Launch: 27th June. Get Sooo Many White Guys here.

Funny From The Fringe

Feel like the Fringe has totally passed you by? Listen to the back catalogue of this very funny Radio 4 offering which is basically a digested news feed of all the goings on of the day. If you don’t live in Edinburgh, this podcast is your guidebook to help you figure out which new comedians you need to have on your radar for when they do follow-up gigs in the rest of the UK.

Launch: August 2nd. Get Funny From The Fringe here.

Soundtracking with Edith Bowman

Edith Bowman’s great isn’t she? She’s the big sister you never had; the one that would let you borrow her ID and lie for you to Mum and Dad. This Desert Island Discs-esque show sees Edith chat to people of note from the film world to talk about the music they use in their cinematic offerings. Fingers crossed for Nicholas Winding Refn pls.

Launch: 3rd Augus. Get Soundtracking with Edith Bowman here.

Swipe, Match, Marry

Hosted by Marny, James and Ste (you can figure out which one gets which verb from the title), three friends talk love, life and sex in this bonkers 2016 world of dating. Join them as they cover everything from first date sex, being friend-zoned, coming out and er, placenta brownies (what? Yeah). Think the amiable friendly banter of My Dad Wrote A Porno but minus Rocky Flintstone. Which is probably a good thing.

Launch: 12th July. Get Swipe Match Marry here.

The Run-Up

As we draw closer to the United States election (yeah, enjoy your last three months not being governed by Supreme World Leader Trump), it’s pretty important you stay up to date on what’s going on. But where to even begin with the GIANT amount of coverage? Streamline your information intake with this new New York Times new podcast that comes twice a week and gets the opinions and news angles from a whole host of reporters, columnists, writers and analysts.

Launch: August 9th. Get The Run-Up here.

Best new podcasts July

My Dad Wrote A Porno Season 2

It’s back! Rocky Flintstone and the gang are back for season two of last year’s unexpected podcast hit. Bascially. If you missed the first round, Alice Levine, Jamie Morton and James Cooper read out Belinda Blinked, a porno book written by Jamie’s dad. Now, he’s written Belinda Blinked 2. So naturally, they’re back to read more about Belinda’s unorthodox sexual escapades.

Get it here.

Invisibilia Season 2

Another fave from last year, and this time Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller have company. They’re joined by Hanna Rosin, a writer and they’re back to telling tales of the invisible things around us that shape our world. Check out their first episode on what happens when you try to teach Russian McDonalds workers American customer service.

Get it here.

The Briefing Room

Hailing from Radio 4, this podcast takes a bigger look at the issues you just read the headlines about. Which is handy because all your friends read the headlines to so you’re probably all spouting the same line you all read on the Guardian. So far they’ve covered what really happened at BHS, the new IRA and anti-semitism on the left.

Get it here.

Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History

Writer and cultural icon Malcolm Gladwell has turned his hands to podcasting. You might have heard one of his episodes of his new show Revisionist History on This American Life last week – it was the one about the basketball players who are too scared to shoot underhand even though it statistically makes them more successful. Each week, Malcolm goes back in time to take a look at a thing from history in a different light. There’s been three epsiodes so far to catch up on.

Get it here.

You’ve Got Time

If you’ve finished Orange Is The New Black (hold me) and need someone to talk it through with, here’s your chance. You’ve Got Time is the podcast presented by Erin Whaley which looks at issues brought up in the show and discusses them with experts who can shed more light on the matter.

Get it here.

Best new podcasts June 2016


This new one from the guys over at NPR is a real doozy. Think the more investigate-y news stories on This American Life and you’ve got embedded. Each week, presenter Kelly McEvers or one of her team ‘embeds’ themselves in a news story to find out what’s behind the headlines. Like the episode where they hangout in a small town in Indiana with a huge HIV and addiction problem, or the one where they go to El Salvador and watch the effects that the gangs that control the cities have on the everyday people just trying to get on with their lives.

Launch date: 31st March. Get it here

Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder

Another true crime podcast! This one’s set in the UK and follows the death of Daniel Morgan, a private investigator who was murdered in London, reportedly as he was about to expose a deep level of police corruption. Since then, there’s been five failed police investigations into his death but to no avail. Will this podcast manage to get to the bottom of things finally? With some of the biggest players in the police, government and media industry potentially at risk, who knows?

Launch date: 1st June. Get it here

The Pandolly Podcast

Ex Debrief fashion ed Pandora Sykes hooks up with sometimes Debrief writer Dolly Alderton in this terribly fashionable new podcast. Each week, Pandora and Dolly discuss the weird and wonderful news in celeb and fashion land all whilst being terribly entertaining.

Launch date: 17th May. Get it here

Actual Innocence

Sure, finding the bad guy and locking them up is interesting but what about the people who are locked up for crimes they didn’t commit? Actual Innocence tells the stories of the people who were wrongly convicted for crimes they didn’t commit including Julie Baumer who was wringly sentenced to 10-15 years in prison for supposedly shaking her baby nephew to death. Her case was overturned.

Launch dates: 24th April. Get it here


We’re heavy on the true crime podcasts this month but we couldn’t miss this one off – it’s taking Australia by storm. Another serialised look back at an old crime, this one is about three Aboriginal children who were abducted and murdered from the same street. No-one has ever been prosecuted. Family members and friends believe the police didn’t do enough to solve the murders. The series is made up of interviews from those involved, including a man who stood trial for two of the murders. There’s only a couple available on iTunes but you can get the whole thing on Soundcloud here.

Best new podcasts from May 2016

Spirits: A Drunk Dive Into Myths And Legends

You know how to make all those fascinating podcasts about folklore and legends more exciting? Add booze. That’s exactly what the super-cool Amanda McLoughlin and Julia Schifini have done. Julia loves history, myths and the like and Amanda admits she knows little to nothing about what Julia’s talking about. But she does bring the booze. They’re eight episodes in so far so check them out for the history of Bigfoot, Persephone and Hades and WATER KELPIES. Which, if you were one of the seven people who watched the 1996 Ted Danson starring smash hit Loch Ness will be very exciting for you indeed.

Launch date: 2nd Feb. Get it here.

Beauty Talk Podcast

The UK’s first beauty podcast. Why’s no-one done it before? Seems like it would an excellent idea. Especially considering how bonkers big the beauty industry (and the cash behind it) is. Jemma, Beccy and Lex all work in the beauty industry and are beauty bloggers. Each episode they talk about new products, new trends, tips, tricks and hacks.

Launch date: 17th April. Get it here.

The Courage Makers Podcast

A good one for a Monday morning. Each week, Meg Kissack, the feminist activist and blogger behind That Hummingbird Life interviews different people from around the world who have nailed it in their lives and are happy to give you a little bit of advice on how to do they same. Don’t worry, Meg is British, not American so while her podcast is inspiring, it’s not like SUPER GREAT OMG HAVE A GREAT DAY NAMASTE inspiring.

Launch date: 22nd Feb. Get it here.

Someone Knows Something

What’s that? A new serialised true crime podcast? Yep, go on then. This one is about Adrien McNaughton, a five year old boy who disappeared in 1972 when he and his family were visiting a lake in Ontario, Canada. Now, David Ridgen, a filmmaker who grew up in the area has gone back to see if he can find out what happened…

Launch date: 1st March. Get it here.

Samira Stalks

Want to find out more about all those weird and wonderful people you learn about in TED Talks? Tune in to Samira Stalks, hosted by Samira Sohail as she interviews everyone from Adriana Marais, a finalist in the MARS 1 mission,  Chrissie Lam who engineered the LOVE IS bracelet made by the Massai Tribe and sold in the US and Alexander Warder who owns her own art gallery.

Launch date: 5th Feb. Get it here.

Best new podcasts from April 2016 

Ctl Alt Delete

It's only the excellent blogger Emma Gannon (aka Girl Lost In City) with her brand new podcast! When does Emma Gannon sleep? Emma Gannon when do you sleep? Anyways, she kicked her podcast off with a bang talking to Elizabeth Gilbert from Eat, Pray, Love fame (don't judge her by that film) and.... uber blogger Zoella! Listen on a Monday morning on your way to work when you could do with a massive pep talk.

Launch date: 5th April. Get it here.

Two Dope Queens

Straight off the bat episode one of Two Dope Queens is a winner; it's sponsored by old favourite Mail CLIMP which makes for a nice trip down memory lane. Presented by Jessica Williams (recognise her from The Daily Show?) and Phoebe Robinson, a comedian that calls herself a 'Blaria' (AKA a Black Daria). Between them, the two girls host a live comedy show with some of their favourite no-holds barred comedians. It's hilarious.

Launch date: 5th April. Get it here.

Ladies Who Lunch

Ingrid Nilsen is the YouTuber that sent the internet into meltdown when she came out on her channel last year. Cat Valdes (Catrific) is the super perky 26 year old also YouTuber and together the two are Ladies Who Lunch. So far in their podcast they've covered feminism, dating and friendship. It's quite earnest and chirpy, but interesting nonetheless.

Lauch Date: 29th March. Get it here.

The West Wing Weekly

Literally only for those that have binge watched Aaron Sorkin's West Wing from start to finish. Otherwise it'll make zero sense to you. If you are cool enough to have watched it all though (and we very much suggest that you do) tune into this podcast with Hrishikesh Hirway (West Wing nerd) and Joshua Malina (Will on The West Wing, David on Scandal) as they go through the show, episode by episode - there's 156 - with indepth discussions on each and every point.

Launch date: 23rd March. Get it here.

What Would A Feminist Do?

Jessica Valenti is super great. This is her weekly podcast from The Guardian that involves Jessica speaking to women at the forefront of feminist issues, Jessica's own views on everything from abortion to catcalling to Hilary Clinton.

Launch date: 19th March. Get it here.

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