Podcasts have taken the world by storm over the last two years and it’s easy to see why. They’re easy to listen to while on the go or even when you need to wind down at the end of a long day and the on-demand nature of podcasts means that you can tune in whenever suits.
Renay Richardson, Content Manager at the podcasting platform Acast suggests six of the best:
- National Theatre Podcasts - Perfect if you fancy a night at the theatre, but the budget won't allow. The National Theatre have put together this collection of podcasts that feature live recordings from of their ever-popular events. Featuring guests such as The Private Eye, Danny Boyle, Julie Walters and Andrew Marr, this podcast will make you laugh, question, and even give you an insight into their lives.
- The Penguin Podcast - Hosted by the esteemed Richard E. Grant, this podcast takes place in the Penguin Studios and gives listeners the chance to get to know staple personalities of the arts worlds, and books they have written. Guests have a range of interests including writing, acting, business, history and even philosophy. Richard tackles some of the more difficult questions concerning their creative process, and invites you to sit back and listen to the stories that they have to share. A regular feature of this show is the ‘five objects that inspired them’ segment, which invites the guests to bring in or speak about the different things that inspired their writing.
- The RHS Members Podcast by Royal Horticultural Society - Got green fingers? This podcast is a must for any keen gardeners, and even those who just enjoy walking around the beautiful RHS gardens. With tips and advice such as arranging flowers to look beautiful in the spring time and preparing your grow-your-own for winter, this podcast is brought to you by different members of the RHS team and includes exclusive tours of their renowned gardens. A new episode is aired every month, making sure gardeners are prepared and inspired for the month to come, and are kept up to date with the latest news in the world of gardening.
- Bookd by Harper Collins - Ever wanted to know a bit more about what you’re reading? Maybe you’d like to know more about the author or find out what their next offering is. If so, this is the podcast for you. Brought to listeners by Tanya Brennand-Roper, together you can delve into the world of publishing, authors and their imaginations. This fortnightly programme interviews the stars of literature, art, film, music and politics, and is sure offer a fascinating perspective on how stories are written, as well as debating some of the more controversial parts of the books.
- Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young - First created by Roy Plomley in 1942, this hit format has now made the move to podcasts, where you can catch all of the episodes that you missed and listen to your favourite ones all over again. The classic style continues on this podcast with Kirsty Young inviting special guests to feature as ‘castaways’ and asking them to choose eight tracks that they would take with them, revealing just why these songs are so significant to them. If you’ve ever wondered about the people behind the stories you read in the papers every day, this is the podcast for you.
- Made in Sweden: The Podcast of the Father - With Nordic Noir slowly taking over our TV screens, and true crime being all the rage, this podcast takes a slightly different route and covers a chilling real life story in six parts, and answers the question: ‘How do people grow up to become criminals?’ The seed of this podcast was first planted in the novel The Father by Anton Svensson, telling the story of how three brothers became Sweden’s most wanted criminals. Here’s the clincher. It’s narrated by the fourth brother, Stefan Thunberg, alongside crime journalist and author Anders Roslund. Tune in every Friday for the next six weeks to catch each instalment of this strangely captivating tale.
Using Acast, podcasts are simple to download and enjoy. Just download the app on to your phone or tablet through the Apple App store or Android App store on Google Play and start creating your playlist. Once you follow a show, new episodes will appear in your feed, making it easy to keep on top of your favourites. Visit Acast for more information.
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