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Latest Podcast Loves

Author: Alice Chorley

Not a day goes past in the RMLtd Towers where we talk about the same thing twice. From X to X, we’re not backwards in coming forwards and our opinions change from one person to the next.
Except when it comes to podcast recommendations. We can all confirm that we LOVE them and every other day one of us is mentioning a new one. I know we’re not the only ones! According to a study conducted by Ofcom, the number of weekly podcast listeners has almost doubled in five years – from 3.2m in 2013 to 5.9m in 2018.

There are honestly SO many but here are my latest podcast loves:

Society and Culture (For when you want to listen to cool people doing impressive things)

How I Built This With Guy Raz
Charlotte and Adam introduced me to this and I find it SO interesting. How I Built This features entrepreneurs who have created some of the most popular brands we use every day from Bobbi Brown to AirBnB and Whole Foods. Please don’t blame us if you listen to this and want to quit your day job.

David Tennant Does a Podcast With…
As yet, I’ve only listened to one of these because it’s brand new but the first episode was Olivia Coleman and it was a dream to listen to. They obviously get on so well and, as we can all agree, Olivia Coleman is the Queen of Everything.

The Rewatchables
This is one that I don’t listen to all the time because it’s not always relevant but when it is, it really is. It’s essentially a super geeky podcast with a couple of film buffs talking about cult films. We’re talking Clueless, My Best Friends Wedding (among other ‘cooler’ titles such as True Romance and Good Will Hunting) If, like me, you go straight onto ‘trivia’ on IMDB after watching a film, this podcast is for you.

Lifestyle/Interviews (For when you want to fill your house with friendly chatter)

How to Fail with Elizabeth Day
I love this podcast because it gives you the alternative side of some fabulous people’s lives. Elizabeth Day is a brilliant author in her own right but in this podcast she delves into what wrong went, why, and how it was actually all okay.

Love Stories with Dolly Alderton
I’ll hold my hands up – I love Dolly. Again, this has been a hot topic in the Rock My Towers but I think she’s relatable and I adore how much she loves love. Love Stories is Dolly interviewing a mixture of authors, actors and writers to specifically talk about first loves, lust and forever loves. Marian Keyes and Ruth Jones are two of my favourites.

Rock My Wedding – The Podcast
I absolutely couldn’t mention podcasts without talking about our very own! Our founder Charlotte and Graphic Designer Becky talk all things weddings in a relatable but incredibly helpful way. It’s like two of your best friends chatting about your favourite subject. And yes, they actually are that lovely in real life.

Griefcast with Cariad Lloyd
My brother first sent me a Grief Cast episode, featuring our absolute favourite Adam Buxton. As a family who have dealt with loss unfortunately a great deal, I really love the concept of this podcast – funny people talking about death and grief. It’ll make you laugh but also cry, like a good dose of therapy.

What new podcasts are you listening to? We’re all friends here, so we’d love to hear your recommendations.
If you missed it and you’re new to the world of podcasts, lovely Lauren wrote this blog post last year. So now you have lots to catch up on!

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20 thoughts on “Latest Podcast Loves

  1. Would you believe that I am the only person I know IRL who listens to podcasts! I keep telling friends and colleagues because I want someone to talk to about them so badly but I can’t convince anyone to try them. They don’t know what they are missing! I listen in the car so always look forward to my too-short commute.
    I also love How I Built This and Love Stories but my absolute fave is Happier by Gretchen Rubin – please try this one. Also – Death Sex and Money, Grazia Life Advice, The Motherkind Podcast

    1. I genuinely think that once you find a good podcast it can totally change your whole routine, Angela. Keep plugging away at your friends 🙂
      I haven’t heard of Happier by Gretchen Rubin but I have read The Happiness Project, which I think is a few years old now. Have you? I’ll definitely give her podcast a go. Thank you! x

      1. I read the summary in Blinkist only. She’s written a lot of books since that and talks about the content quite a bit on the podcast. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

  2. I love podcasts for my long commute when I go into the office – the only other person I know who listens to podcasts (who got me into them) is my best friend!
    She really really rates Griefcast!

    Ones I listen to often & recommend are Dawn O’Porter Get it On (I know it’d a few years old – but definitely worth a listen), Homo Sapiens – love this show!!, The Guilty Feminist, The Moth and Ways to Change the World.

    The Rewatchables sounds fab – so definitely will give that one a listen!

    1. Ooh I love Dawn O’Porter (she was also recently on Grief Cast so you should give that one a listen to, to start with.) I think her stories on Instagram are hilarious, I’ll try the podcast too!
      Have you listened to the Ways to Change the World episode with Jameela Jamil? I sent it to Charlotte as it really resonated with me and the way we portray social media/influencers/models specifically to younger children. Not the easiest subject but I think it’s tackled well! x

      1. Yes – it was the Jameela Jamil one that got me into that podcast – I have a lot of time for that lady, she is very smart in what she says and how she tackles these thornier issues!
        If you love Dawn O’Porter – I also love her on Insta – you will love her podcast! x

      1. Isn’t it?? I just love the breadth and depth of each episode – you NEVER know what you will be listening to or where it will take you!!

  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I have started listening to David Tennant Does a Podcast With this morning……pure gold LOVE IT. And I have never listened to a podcast ever before. So after 30 minutes of listening I think I’m already hooked.

    I’d be interested in parent of toddlers chit chat type thing too….has anyone found anything good?

    1. Sarah S welcome to a whole new world! Ha.

      I’ve not yet listened to any parenting podcasts but here are a couple of suggestions that came up on our Slack channel:

      The Parenthood
      The Motherkind
      Giovanna Fletcher’s podcast


  4. There’s a few new to me here Alice that I’ll definitely have to give a go.
    Some of my recent faves are:

    The Joe Rogan Podcast – I think it’s currently one of the biggest podcasts in the world but I like the way it’s long-form conversations (rather than an interview) with fascinating people like neuroscientists, extreme athletes, comedians and even Elon Musk!

    Stuff You Should Know – It’s a deep dive of knowledge into very random things like elephants, Central Park & olive oil 😂

    Where Should We Begin by Esther Perel – My absolute favourite! Fascinating recorded couples counseling sessions by the incredible couples psychologist Esther Perel (the woman practices in 9 languages!!)

  5. * Rolls up sleeves and goes in……
    LOVE podcasts, my favourites are :
    – Supersoul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey – loved the Michelle Obama and Bradley Cooper interviews

    – Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness – if you Love Queer Eye, then you’ll love this podcast with Jonathan from the show – hilarious and a bit sweary at times. Which I love.

    – Happy Place with Fearne Cotton – very uplifting and full of inspiration when going through tough times. My favourite was her interview with Gok Wan.

    – Table Manners – Jessie Ware – I BLOODY LOVE this one, so relaxing and lovely to listen to when cooking, on the train, really anywhere when you want to unwind. So funny too, its basically Jessie and her mum interviewing celebs.

    – White Wine Question time with Kate Thornton – Kate interviews three famous friends, the one with Lisa Maxwell and Carol McGiffin made me snort my tea out through my nose on the train.

    – Where should we begin with Esther Perel – utterly fascinating series featuring real life appointments in a therapists office that you listen in to.

    Then for health and wellness, you cant beat The Doctors Kitchen and The Food Medic.

    For real life, I enjoyed Black Hands (gets a bit dark though), The Teacher’s Pet, The wonderland murders and intrigue: the ratline

    Will keep close to this thread as am always looking for new ones to try out.

    1. Thank you, Betty! Some brilliant ones there and most of which I haven’t heard of. I also love Table Manners, I have a massive crush on Jessie Ware. I think she’s ace. I’m going to need some more long journeys to listen to all of these! x

    1. I’ve never heard of this, Jenny! I’ll have a google now x
      PS I was totally obsessed with the Moomins when I was younger – love your picture!

  6. I would highly recommend ‘the hurricane tapes’ it’s a bbc world podcast, it’s an amazing mix of crime/ black history/ civil rights/ humour/ music/ culture/ celebrity.
    Thanks everyone for the recommendations above!

  7. I haven’t managed to get into podcasts yet – whenever I have listened to them I’ve LOVED them (got into StoryCorps for a while, and my husband listens to Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster which is really funny when I’ve been in the car while he’s listening). I just haven’t managed to incorporate listening into my routine yet. I walk to work rather than driving, so maybe I need to start taking headphones and have a listen. This has definitely encouraged me to find a way to listen to more though, as nearly all of the ones you’ve all mentioned sound right up my street!! x

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