My obsession with podcasts is still going strong. If there’s cooking to be done or a walk to be had, I’ll usually have a podcast playing. For me, they’re a great way of hearing other people’s stories.
Call Your Girlfriend
Call Your Girlfriend describes itself as “a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere.” Each week Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow talk, by phone, about all things pop culture, feminism, politics and whatever else has caught their attention that week. I love hearing Friedman and Sow’s take on things. I may not always agree with them, but each episode makes me think and that’s what I look for in a podcast.
Ctrl Alt Delete
I’ve mentioned Emma Gannon on the blog before. She’s one of my favourite people on the internet, so when she launched a podcast I knew I was going to be a fan. Named after her forthcoming memoir, Ctrl Alt Delete sees Gannon interview people about how the internet and social media has changed their lives. Along the way you’ll find conversations about friendship, feminism, blogging, and writing.
Death, Sex & Money
Presented by Anna Sale, Death, Sex & Money deals with big questions and hard decisions. Sale’s interviewees are a mix of well known and unknown people. A recent episode sees actor Jeff Daniels talk about his career and sobriety. What makes Death, Sex & Money stand out is that each episode has a moment that stops me in my tracks due to people’s honesty. I find myself thinking, “they didn’t have to share that, but I’m glad they did.”
If you like pop culture and trips down memory lane then you’ll love Juvenalia. Presented by Alan Maguire and a guest co-host, each episode sees someone talk about a book, film, or TV show that was important to them as a child. Stand out episodes include The Fifth Element with Sarah Maria Griffin, Beauty and the Beast with Jeanne Sutton and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Sinead Burke.
The West Wing Weekly
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already heard of The West Wing Weekly. Presented by Joshua Malina, who played Will Bailey, and Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder this is an episode by episode discussion of The West Wing.
I’ve just finished a re-watch of The West Wing, but if it’s been a while and you’re looking for an excuse to revisit the Bartlet administration this podcast is perfect for you.