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10 Podcasts to Listen to Now

Last updated March 3

Date created October 13

Whether you’re looking for recipe inspiration or are up for a scare with a true crime story, discover our list of the best podcasts to listen to right now.

If, like most of the population, your 2020 lockdowns were spent tuning into a gripping story or riveting interview on your daily walk, you’ll understand the rabbit hole a brilliant podcast series can send you down. Spotify, Audible, Overcast and Apple Podcasts are filled to the brim with a diverse range of listening material, whether you’re looking for recipe inspiration or are up for a scare with a true crime story. 

But where to begin? Read on to discover our list of the best podcasts to listen to right now.

1. You’re Wrong About

Hosts Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall take a deepdive into misunderstood figures and events from the recent past, and questions how and why the press and public got them so very wrong. From Anastasia to Princess Di, expect pithy humour and a change of perspective. 

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2. The Great Women Artists

Katy Hessel presents a series of explorative accounts of some of the greatest female artists of our generation and before, from Tracey Emin to Lubaina Himid. The podcast is so great that it’s transitioned into a bestselling book, ‘The Story of Art’. Listen for a radical rewriting of history through a feminist lens.

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3. Doing It Right with Pandora Sykes

Join writer and broadcaster Pandora Sykes in her weekly interview series that tackles the myths, anxieties and common themes of modern life. With guests ranging from Stacey Dooley to Joe Lycett, it’s surprisingly relatable.

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4. i-Dentity

Brought to you by i-D magazine, this docu-series highlights some of the most influential subcultures in history, exploring the evolution and legacy of its style and impact on everything from fashion to politics. Ever wanted to know more about the New Romantics? This podcast will teach you the history of the ruffle collars you’re wearing.

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5. Off Menu

Making food funny, Ed Gamble and James Acaster invite guests ranging from national treasures Kathy Burke, Ainsley Harriet and Richard E Grant to fan favourites Paul Mescal and Babatunde Aléshé share their desert island meal. Poppadoms or bread? Not one to listen to when you’re hungry…

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6. Can I Tell You a Secret?

With 7 episodes, Guardian journalist Sirin Kale shares the true story of a cyberstalker who traumatised the people of his hometown for over a decade. The podcast looks at how we present ourselves online and touches on themes of obsession and fear.

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7. The Lazy Genius

Like a self-help book but easier to digest and genuinely useful, Kendra Adachi’s podcast gives us expert advice on the things we should care about and the things we should let slide. From tips to boost efficiency at work to parenting advice and finding yourself through fashion, there’s a little something for everyone.

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8. The Daily

We’re constantly exposed to too many news sources - from scrolling on Instagram to app notifications. NY Times’ The Daily compresses the day’s top stories into a 20 minute listen that will leave you far less overwhelmed than seeking out news stories from all corners of the internet.

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9. How to Fail

We’re so used to reading advice on how to be better but what about celebrating our failures and how we learn from them? Elizabeth Day’s podcast does exactly that. Recognising that not everything can go right 100% of the time, she invites successful people to share their experiences of failing. 

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10. I’ll Have What She’s Having

Chef Sophie Wyburd and wine aficionado Hannah Crosbie join forces to present a weekly podcast where Sophie cooks and Hannah sources the wine and they put the world to rights with the occasional special guest from the world of food and design.

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