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04.02.2019- Listening Loves: Perfect Podcasts

Over the last eighteen months or so, I've found myself really getting in to podcasts. Whether it's as a welcome distraction from the loud phone calls on the train first thing in the morning, or as a leisurely way to spend a weekend morning, there's something really lovely about being able to dip in and out of such a variety of topics and issues at the touch of a button. There are so many fantastic podcasts out there to listen to, and more or less a guarantee that almost every interest or hobby under the sun has an accompanying listen! I've curated a handful of favourites which I listen to regularly- which make me laugh out loud, as well as reduce me to a blubbering mess at times too!

Desert Island Discs- The undisputed queen of podcasts, and perhaps broadcasting in general. I adore this programme! The premise is so simple, but really illuminating, and it's always amazing to hear from such a broad spectrum of guests- particularly people who I might not be too familiar at the outset. Much like sitting down for a good old catch up with a friend over a cup of tea and a slice of cake, there's something wonderfully comforting about the Desert Island Discs format- so much so that I usually save the podcasts to listen to on the way to work on a Monday morning to make the start of the week just that bit more bearable. My all-time favourite is probably Anne-Marie Duff's episode, but the archive is full of absolute gems! 

The High Low- A weekly magazine podcast from Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes- aka serious friendship goals! The High Low is a brilliant one stop shop for catching up on current affairs, and I love the issue-lead approach which Dolly and Pandora take, all whilst retaining a really warm and friendly feel. It's also a fantastic listen if you're looking for some reading recommendations or just want to catch up on what everyone's talking about week to week. 

In Our Time- Another treasure from Radio 4 is In Our Time. A wonderful series which I've been listening to for a good few years now, it takes a weekly deep dive into one particular topic, from historical figures to scientific discoveries, from artistic movements to literature. I always feel like my brain expands a thousandfold every time I tune in, and again there's a brilliant back catalogue of past episode available if there's something in particular you're keen on finding out more about.  

Let's Discuss- A gorgeous listen from blogging friends Ella and Monica, Let's Discuss is wonderfully conversational and really relatable, touching on a really broad range of lifestyle focused subjects. They also host a brilliant array of really interesting guests too, and having worked with them on an episode in the run up to Christmas, they are honestly two of the loveliest people- something which really comes across in every episode.

Table Manners- Naturally a podcast which centres on food is always going to be a winner in my books, and Table Manners really is a lovely listen. Hosted by Jessie Ware and her mum Lennie, each episode features a special guest and comes direct from Jessie's dining table. It's a chat over dinner with some really interesting subjects, including Paul Smith, Alan Carr and Stacey Dooley. Dreamy. 

The Fringe of It- Co-hosted by Olivia Purvis and Charlotte Jacklin, The Fringe of It is a regular favourite which never fails to put a smile on my face. As well as featuring hilarious highlights from Olivia and Charlotte's weekly reading and television viewing, it also includes contributions from a bounty of really interesting guests such as Gina Martin, and one of my all time favourites- Anita Mitra aka Gynae Geek. Again, just like catching up with your friends over a cuppa! 

What are your favourite podcasts?

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