Podcasts, my latest recommendations

Ever since Serial was the most talked about ‘cast of 2014/15, I’ve listened to podcasts on and off – mostly dependent on recommendations (from Rach) and when I tend to find ones I really love (then I’ll binge listen where possible). This tends to be for entertainment value (cue MDWAP) or for general knowledge (cue Brexitcast). I wanted to share my faves and some of those I want to get into more too!

I actually tweeted about Brexitcast over the weekend which got picked up by BBC Politics and Chris Mason one of the presenters. As you can imagine this ‘cast is about Brexit, but what it does (that other boring politics commentary doesn’t) is make it easy to understand AND even more surprising, entertaining. Thanks to this, I contributed to a conversation with my parents about Brexit over the weekend to which my dad said “yes that actually makes a lot of sense” – never have I ever (if we were playing the drinking game, I’d be drinking), really added much value in a political conversation before, it was a monumental moment for me. Chris Mason, Adam Fleming and their guests bring the politics to life through their hands on experiences, reporting and meetings with the relevant leaders. Would 100% recommend for those who want to keep up but aren’t sure of the best news source – or for some light political humour too!

[LIFE UPDATE 9th November: sooo, as a total follow up of what I wrote above about Brexitcast, the presenters tweeted me and THEN the producer contacted me and invited me to be on the podcast this week, and so you can listen right here – hahaha so random, enjoy]. 

My Dad Wrote a Porno (MDWAP) came as a recommendation from a friend and at the time it was quite well into season 1 so I was able to binge listen to the majority of the season (love this, catching up late with binging as an option haha). Premise of the ‘cast is that presenter / storyteller Jamie’s Dad wrote a raunchy “business” story which he reads out – subsequently commentated by James & Alice (Levine from Radio 1), with hilarious interludes from both their comments, and from the story itself. Cue, weird references to all body parts, bizarre business situations and references to fruit you’ll want to forget. Recommend for light hearted entertainment and plenty of smirking whilst listening in public!

For anyone who listened to Serial, S-Town was a similar investigative ‘cast, about the life of John (produced by the same people, This American Life). A small town guy who lived an usual life in Woodstock, Alabama, but with some unusual twists and turns. The story unravels some insights about John himself, his life, his family, habits and collections. A tricky one to get into, and episode 1 leads you to think it’s going to be a completely different story – as the original purpose of the ‘cast was to investigate a murder. You’ll have to listen to find out why the purpose changes. Recommend for those that enjoy investigations and basically being nosy into other people’s lives!

Lauren introduced me to Dirty John the other day and I’ve listened to it pretty quickly. Another investigation, this time of a dodgy character, (yes another) John who had been conning women and family for years. This story delved into his life with Deborah and her family – his deception, lies and abuse towards her and her family is exposed in this six part story. Recommend if you like real life drama that’s an easy listen, yet pretty gripping!

On the must listen more of list (ones I’ve caught a few of but want to hear more):

  • The Week Unwrapped – an insight to the news that mightn’t have made big headlines but is still important.
  • At Home With – my fave bloggers Anna & Lily interviewing inspiring women from the fashion / beauty industry whilst nosing around their homes.
  • Hey it’s ok – the glamour podcast on which Editor Jo Elvin interviews celeb guests on topics and asks, is it ok to… lie, be alone, never change your haircut etc etc etc. Make us all fell a bit better about life!
  • TED Talks daily – always so inspiring and so much to learn, no excuse really!

Not got to yet:

  • Masters of Scale
  • The Guilty Feminist
  • Under the Skin with Russell Brand
  • Blue Planet 2 (just started this weekend and has already gone to the top of the charts!)

What are your recommendations? Love hearing about new ‘casts to try out! 

Sarah with a clapperboard

I really wasn’t sure which photo to use, other than a really boring one of my phone – so this one I’ve picked from the Wimbledon photo shoot we did in June! 


  1. Sue Takhar
    November 5, 2017 / 9:00 am

    Hi Sarah I also got hooked after listening to Serial ! I’ve started to also listen to coffee break Spanish – so far so good trying it out in work friends !!! Really easy if you want to learn basics of another language !! Early days but who knows !

    • Sarah
      November 6, 2017 / 9:14 am

      Haha amazing, Serial was so good! Ohh that sounds handy, will take a look – thanks Sue!

  2. David
    November 8, 2017 / 9:36 am

    Have you listened to Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell?

    • Sarah
      November 8, 2017 / 11:36 am

      I have not, will take a look !

  3. March 19, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Hey great article! Have you ever listened to Ripe Potatoes, it’s new and really funny! They review movies and the hosts have really good back-and-forth. You should check them out! It’s on iTunes, GooglePay, and Stitcher

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