You hear that rattling? That’s the sound of radio broadcasters shaking in their boots as they witness, or least hear about, the podcasts phenomenon that is currently occuring.
Whether seen as a threat or an opportunity for traditional audio, the fact is that Ireland is truly in the grips of a passionate love affair with podcasts.
Roughly two-in-five consumers in Ireland listen to podcasts regularly – putting us well ahead of listening averages across the EU and in the US.
If you’ve jumped on the podcast bandwagon, however, you might find yourself stuck for some go-to listening material – because we all know Apple podcast charts are not reliable whatsoever.
So if you’re on the hunt for some fresh podcasts and, even better, ones that you can consistently rely upon to deliver content worthy of your precious ear-time weekly, read on for 12 podcasts that you definitely should be subscribed to.
Akimbo is unlike any other podcast I have listened to. American author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin has a specific genius for breaking down complex cultural issues into user-friendly, actionable solutions that people actually need. It’s smart and simple.
In each episode of Curiosity Daily you’ll quickly brush up on fascinating research and curiosities, from new planet discoveries to plants that light up in the dark, this podcast helps you understand the world a little better in just a few minutes.
Sword and Scale
If true crime stories are a source of constant intrigue for you then you’ll need to add Sword and Scale to your must-listen list. You’ll be equally horrified and fascinated by the despicable crimes that they delve into.
Hosted by Irish Times Culture Editor Hugh Linehan, Inside Politics is a quick and accessible way to swot up on what’s going on in the world of Irish politics that week.
There’s a lot we take for granted in the world. Open your eyes, or rather pop on your headphones, and let 99% Invisible unveil the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.
Fit and Fearless
The three women behind the #girlgains movement, Tally, Zanna and Vic, come together weekly for Fit and Fearless, a light and refreshing podcast on all things fitness and body confidence.
How I Built This With Guy Raz
Show host Guy Raz interviews the people behind some of the world’s best known companies, providing a fascinating insight into how their signature brands went from a light bulb idea to a household name. Some of my favourite How I Built This episodes include those with the founders of Lululemon and Dermalogica.
The High Low
Every woman I know who’s a fan of this show wants to be friends with The High Low hosts Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, and you will too. The duo bring to the table what they’ve been consuming over the past few days (podcasts, books, articles, movies etc.) and discuss a high-low mix of the week’s trending stories.
The Blindboy Podcast
If you listen to this without being familiar with The Rubber Bandits you might be a bit taken aback by Blindboy’s, eh, unusual wit. But a few listens of The Blindboy Podcast and you’ll come to love his brand of so-weird-it’s-wonderful comedy, and unique approach to addressing cultural issues – a.k.a his ‘hot takes’.
Mothers of Invention
The partnership of former Irish President Mary Robinson and Irish comedian based in New York Meave Higgins is an unlikely one, but rather genius. Together they present Mothers of Invention, an uplifting and informative series about climate change, bringING to light the game-changing women who are working to tackle this major issue that effects everyone.
Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations
There are few people that have the connections and notoriety required to bring the some of the world’s most influential thought-leaders together in one podcast, but Oprah is one of those people, and that’s exactly what she’s done. Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations is an inspiring series that brings us one step closer to answering those big life questions, one interview at a time.
The Joe Rogan Experience
Breaking onto the scene in 2009, The Joe Rogan Experience was one of the OG hit podcasts. Bringing together an eclectic mix of fascinating interviewees, host Rogan, an American stand up comic/mixed martial arts fanatic/psychedelic adventurers (his own description), is still on top of the game.