Podcasts present an accessible, cheap and often interesting alternative to the abyss that is silence during any task or activity that would usually be considered a bit of a schlep. Morning commute? Upgrade it. Queueing at the post office? Listen to an in-depth analysis of something you literally have never thought about.
Banish boredom and cancel the urge to contemplate all your past mistakes while grocery shopping with a quality podcast that isn’t even remotely about a grisly murder that will likely imprint upon your psyche like a bad tattoo.
With the promise to bring you all the “dirt, gossip and glamour” of the often unheard or erased stories of trans history. OFTV is an incredibly researched deep-dive that couldn’t feel more unlike a stuffy history lesson.
Hosted by designer Recho Omondi, The Cutting Room Floor is a podcast for fashion lovers who like their critique served with a generous side of sass. Sharp, honest and relatable—try your best not to keep bringing this addictive podcast up in conversations.
All the songs you loved taken apart bit by bit so that you’re inevitably left in awe. The whole might be greater than the sum of its parts, but the parts sure are interesting to analyse, especially with host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway.
Hosted by one of Twitter’s finest—Ira Madison III—Keep It is a conversation with comedians, journalists, activists and more about the relationship between pop culture and politics.
An online community dedicated to encouraging all-the-way nerdiness among black woman and people of colour, Black Girl Nerds presents a much-needed, often hilarious critical analysis of pop culture and the whitewashing of media.
Co-hosted by Aminatou Sow and the Ann Friedman, listening to Call Your Girlfriend feels a lot like eavesdropping on a conversation you’d really like to be a part of. Candidly discussing everything from menstruation and body shaming to workplace drama and the power of pronouns, Amina and Ann are the besties you wished you had.
Sex, relationships, race and identity… Food 4 Thot is a brazen discussion that educates as much as it entertains (which is a lot) and all you have to do is try to keep up.
Masterfully using storytelling as a trojan horse for what could be very scientific discussions, Hidden Brain is a favourite amongst podcast aficionados for a reason. Uncovering the unseen patterns in human behaviour, this insightful podcast indulges your curiosity and illuminates your own behavioural blindspots.
Hosted by Slumflower and Suli Breaks, This Is Spoke is an uncensored exploration of current issues with some of the UK’s most interesting musicians and writers.
With guests like Esther Perel and Mark Manson discussing gender dynamics and internalised sexism in the hopes of encouraging frank discussions, The Gender Knot is an earnest and educational listen covering everything from the art of an apology to the power of vulnerability.