11 Podcasts To Download Immediately

A podcast for every life scenario


Whether you're looking for a pastime to get you through the morning commute, or the answers to why the earth is round, here's a selection of podcasts guaranteed to get your mind buzzing.

1. The podcast for inspiration: The Moth

Storytellers from all over the world share their experiences with a live audience. Speakers range from Bill Clinton's speechwriter to a woman who braved the Arctic solo. If these stories don't inspire you to get out of bed and run a triathlon, then we don't know what will.


2. The podcast to share with friends: Call Your Girlfriend

Listen in to three best friends catching up - probably over wine - with Ann Friedman, Gina Delvac and Aminatou Sow. This is a podcast for long distance besties everywhere. There's talk of period pains, men, and what to wear, basically our lives. 

3. The podcast if you're a feminist: DoubleX Gabfest

Hannah Rosin and guests talk you through the critical feminist conversations of the week, with a lot of laughs. It's also worth checking our Slate's Culture Gabfest too, as this is also very good. 


4. The podcast for insomniacs: Sleep With Me Game of Drones

Who said bedtime stories are only for kids? This groundbreaking podcast gives you an alternative to counting sheep that will stop your mind racing and send you into a deep sleep. Drift into dreamland by listening to these funny, yet monotonous episodes of what some might call bedtime stories for adults.

4. The podcast if you like pushing boundaries: Death, Sex and Money

Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities (aka Jane Fonda) and regular people about relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here. This podcast deals with all the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.

5. The podcast classic: Serial

Ok, we know you've probably listened to Serial already, but if not, stop EVERYTHING and download it immediately. This spinoff from This American Life is a whodunit weekly show that puts you at the heart of a gripping, true murder story that unfolds over the season. It's a remake of the type of radio show that your grandparents were glued to when they were kids – you know, before TV even existed. It's addictive. 

6. The podcast to have a laugh to: Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast

Dubbed the podfather, Richard Herring offers up good old entertainment with his weekly comedy show in which he chats to some of the biggest (and not so big) names in comedy. Side-stitching episodes include guest appearances from Sue Perkins, Stephen Fry and Nick Frost. A healthy dose of Richard Herring humour on the morning commute will make for the best start to your day.

7. The podcast of general knowledge: Thinking Allowed 

So you've got a big dinner party coming up and you're looking to catch up on issues of the moment? We've got you covered. Packed into a half hour show, Laurie Taylor discusses how modern society works. From talking about life as a lesbian in a communist state to rethinking the modern phenomena of the gym, you'll soon be forming your own opinions on things that really matter...

8.  The podcast for story tellers: The Spark 

Think of this as the British of The Moth (above). Here people have come to a stage, and told their story in the most honest way, in just 5 minutes. Inspiring.

9. The podcast that all other podcasts look to: This American Life

The brilliant Ira Glass extracts amazing real-life stories from Americans in first person format – from some Chicago frat boys to a nurse at a Wisconsin hospital. The editing is brilliant. And the stories remarkable. You'll laugh, and probably cry. Listen, and love. 

10. The podcast for culture lovers: The Read

Join Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture. With their humorous attitude, the pair tear into all of music's finest - apart from Queen Beyoncé, of course.

11. The podcast if you like a bit of raunch: My Dad Wrote A Porno

What would you do if you found out your dad had written a porno? More so, he'd published that kink on Amazon via self-publishing? Well, obviously, you'd make a podcast of you reading it aloud to your mates. Here ELLE editor Alice Levine and pals sit around a kitchen table, with several cups of Yorkshire brew, dissecting Jamie Morton's dads new book. It's proper snort inflicting stuff, and will keep you coming back for more. By the end of episode two, we wished our dads had written one too. Well, almost.

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