The bite-sized, easy-to-listen to chunks of content vary from stories about real-life crimes, celebrity pals chatting about everyday issues, and political talking points.
The popularity of podcasts is on the rise, with mega-hit 'Serial' gaining over 100 million downloads back in 2017, and with ever-improving production techniques and storytellers, the medium is not going away any time soon.
Almost any subject you could think of will have a podcast about it; food, history, film, celebrity interviews, stories, random ramblings. Whether you want something to make you laugh, or cry, or simply to be informed, there's a podcast out there for you.
Without doubt, the best podcasts are the perfect entertainment to listen to when you're doing routine tasks or traveling. You might like to listen on the commute into work, or while you're gardening, or driving, or laid in bed at night - it's basically like having your own personal storyteller at hand whenever you want!
So here are 11 of the best podcasts to get listening to
Voices with Sally Morgan
Celebrating women's voices on a number of topics - from motherhood to the menopause - Sally Morgan's Voices is the new podcast from Britain's much-loved psychic.Each weekSallysits down with strong, powerful and inspirational women to talk about their lives and what inspires them. Celebrities, authors and activists alike share their unique and inspiring stories.
Liz Earle Wellbeing
Liz Earle has launched the fifth season of her popular wellbeing podcast, providing an insight into all things health and fitness - perfect for those of us still striving to achieve those new years resolutions. But this season, it's not only about how we look and feel. Liz and her guests will be taking a look at how the products we buy affect the world around us too, examining the impact of single use plastics.
This 10-part series will see Liz chat to the likes of environmentalist and social activist Dr Ruth Valerio, beauty and bathing author Suzanne Duckett and the UK’s leading menopause expert Dr Louise Newson.
You can tune in on either iTunes or Stitcher - we'll definitely be having a listen.
The Moth is a great introduction to podcasts. It features people from all walks of life telling their stories. The stories are always true and are told to a live audience - most performances last around ten minutes, so they're neat bitesize chunks of entertainment. Some have been known to bring the listener to tears, others are funny, they're all a slice of the great human experience.
The Guilty Feminist
Comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests discuss topics "all 21st century feministsagree on" while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fearsthat underlie their lofty principles. Subjects include 'hair removal', 'crying', 'shoes' and, 'not having kids'.
If you like podcasts like 'Serial' then S-Town is for you. It's made by the same people that were behind Serial, but is the story of one man and the town he lives in. It's a beautiful and profound piece of work, brought to life by the close relationship between the main protagonist, John B. McLemore, and the journalist telling the story.
Pod Save America
A politics-themed podcast in which four former aides to President Obama discuss all the latest events in Washington. The aim is to cut through the fake news and media whitewashing and have a sane conversation about US politics.
WTF with Marc Maron
Comedian Marc Maron gets the best guests for his weekly podcast broadcast from his garage in Los Angeles. From Sarah Jessica Parker, to Mick Jagger, to Louis Theroux, Maron's inimitable, introspective style can be grating, but there's no denying he gets all the insider gossip from his guests.
Love + Radio:
More storytelling from the United States, each episode of Love + Radio is a mixture of fact and fiction, presented in a series of interviews and stories related to a theme. Music is used to great effect, enhancing your listening experience. Broadcaster Miranda Sawyer describes Love + Radio as offering: "A world full of intriguing characters who aren't quite who you think they are when you first meet them."
The BBC's Michael Buerk leads the listener through a thorny issue. Expert (and opinionated) guests engage in combative, provocative live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories.
An unlikely hit amongst podcast listeners, Philosophize This! is a podcast run by 28-year-old Stephen West, not a young philosophy professor, but a former forklift truck driver (the podcast has become popular enough that he's quit driving now). West explains and shares the ideas that shaped our world in an easy to understand way.
Which will you be listening to?
Lauren is deputy editor at woman&home.com in the UK and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren has worked on the woman&home brand for four years. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine. After starting out working for a local paper in Yorkshire, her journalism career took her to Bristol where she hunted out stories for national papers and magazines at Medavia news agency, before landing a job in London working as a lifestyle assistant.
Lauren loves helping people share their stories, bringing experiences to life online, honing her interview techniques with everyone from authors to celebrities, headteachers to local heroes. As well as having a good nose for a story, Lauren has a passion for the English language and years of experience optimizing digital content to reach the widest audience possible. During her time at w&h, Lauren has worked on big brand campaigns like the Amazing Women Awards and assisted in developing w&h expert-approved Buyer's Guides—the place to go if you're looking to splash out on an important purchase and want some trusted advice. In addition to her journalism career, Lauren also has a background in copywriting for prestigious brands such as Inhabit Hotel, eco-development K'in in Tulum, social enterprise The Goldfinger Factory and leading London architect Holland Harvey, using language in all its glorious forms, from detailed guidebooks to snappy social content.
A big fan of adventure, Lauren is also a keen travel writer and loves sharing tips on where to find the best places to eat, drink, and be merry off the beaten track. Lauren has written a series of travel guides for London hotels and loves sharing her insights into a destination's cultural and culinary offerings. If you need a recommendation on any UK destination, she's more than happy to help. At the weekend, you'll usually find her hanging out with her pet cat (or anyone else's pet she can get her hands on), escaping to the countryside, or devouring a good book.
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