Our Top 10 Podcasts
One half of the Parent Tribe team is kind of obsessed with podcasts. The other half wishes she had time for them!
If you're not into podcasts, read on because we've come up with our TOP 10 PODCASTS, and we think you'll love some or all of them. We've even picked some of our favourite episodes to get you started. Give them a try.
If you're already a fan of podcasts, we need your help to expand our repertoire! Let us know what you think of our list. Have we missed any gems? Help us discover new shows by telling is which are your favourite podcast in the comments.
THE IMPORTANT, CUTE ONE: How to Be A Girl
Each episode usually starts with a wonderful girl chatting away to herself or her mum – the way all 6, 7, 8-year olds do. The podcast is made by the girl’s mum, who uses the pseudonym Marlo Mack, and follows their journey as they both navigate her life as a transgender girl. The episodes are short, cute, emotional, and inspiring. From the realities of the 'bathroom bill' to the girl’s love of Laverne Cox and the importance of #transvisibility - expand your mind, question your own assumptions and listen to this one. It’s beautiful. Marlo Mac has created animations for each episode. Here's episode 1.
THE THOUGHTFUL ONE: There Are Other Ways: Conversations About Doing Life a Little Differently
Our friend, Fiona Barrows, a brand storyteller, started this podcast just recently and we love listening to the latest episode each week. Fiona interviews people who have chosen a bit of a different path in life. In her episode with Elle Croft, social media manager, blogger, and published author, they talk about how not having a university degree forced her to prove herself in a different way, and what it was like writing her first novel, The Guilty Wife.
We loved her episode with Laura Jane Williams about life as a dating columnist for Grazia, choosing to be single and how that feels on the other side of a relationship, and independent parenting.
And if you've ever felt a bit flat after an Instagram or Facebook scrolling session, you'll enjoy the episode with Lucy Sheridan, which is all about comparison - why so many of us suffer from it, how social media plays a part, and why comparison can stop us from living life our own way.
A thoughtful, easy-listen podcast.
THE REFRESHINGLY HONEST ONE: Happy Mum Happy Baby
Giovanna Fletcher has followed up her successful book of the same name with this podcast about motherhood. She talks frankly about the highs and lows of parenting with her celebrity friends like including Emma Willis, The Unmumsy Mum, Rochelle Humes and Davina McCall.
“There’s no such thing as the perfect parent, and we’re all simply doing our best…It’s time to stop comparing ourselves and champion each other instead.” Amen to that!
THE FUNNY & POWERFUL ONE: The Guilty Feminist
"This is The Guilty Feminist, the podcast in which we explore our noble goals as 21st century feminists and the hypocrisies and insecurities which undermine them." That’s how host Deborah Frances-White introduces each episode. It doesn't at all take itself too seriously, but it totally hits the mark when it comes to sensitive, complex issues like the patriarchy, period poverty, mental health and loads more. It's stand-up comedy mixed with women talking honestly about feminist issues. Episode 74 about The Handmaid's Tale, and episodes 71 and 73 about [Harvey] Weinstein Culture were absolutely brilliant. We're big, big fans of this podcast.
THE DEPENDABLY FASCINATING ONE: This American Life
2.5 million downloads each week make this a truly tried and tested podcast. It's made by the same people that brought us Serial - the smash hit podcast that kinda put podcasts on the map. (We haven't put Serial on our list, but only because it's a bit obvious! Consider it No.11 on our top 10 list!). Here's how they describe the podcast: "Mostly we do journalism, but an entertaining kind of journalism that’s built around plot. In other words, stories! Our favourite sorts of stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. Like little movies for radio." Episode 587, The Perils of Intimacy, is one of our all-time faves.
THE SHORT & SNAPPY ONE: TED Talks Daily
The audio version of the best TED Talks - perfect for listening to on the go. If you've never come across TED Talks, they are presentations from the world's leading thinkers and doers about thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable, delivered in front of a live audience. From 4 - 33 minutes, these are perfect for the commute or while you're doing the washing up. #glam
THE 'MY DAD WROTE A PORNO'-STYLE FILM ONE: Regretflix
In this podcast, our friend Sophie and two pals work their way through the 100 worst rated films on IMBD. It's got the feel of My Dad Wrote A Porno, with the three of them sitting round a coffee table pulling apart these terrible films. The love the rapport between them, their genuine love of films, and the horror and despair they often feel after watching each film. They openly admit to being a bit rubbish at releasing episodes regularly, so prepare for a bit of a wait between then. Worth it though! You'll enjoy this even if you don't consider yourself a film buff.
THE FITNESS ONE FOR NON-FITNESS PEOPLE: NHS Couch to 5k
We must confess that we haven't actually listened to this one, but we have a lot of friends who have at they're really impressed by it. The idea is to get people from 'couch potatoes' to running 5k. It's like having a personal trainer in your ear and it guides you through a simple, totally achievable nine week running plan. Honestly, this is a winner if you haven't a clue where to start with running.
THE WILL YOUNG ONE: Homo Sapiens
"Though it bills itself as an LGBTQ+ version of Woman’s Hour, Homo Sapiens is much jollier and funnier than that sounds." The Guardian. In this podcast, Will Young and his friend Chris Sweeney, sit around Will’s kitchen table chatting (funny, totally real, often with dogs barking in the background or the delivery man knocking), and then they interview people like Alan Cumming Marika Hackman, Jeremy Corbyn, Jack Monroe, and Owen Jones. The theme is LGBT issues. Much like The Guilty Feminist, this is a podcast that manages to cover the deep, complicated and often difficult issues with enough humour to make it a really enjoyable and rich listen.
"When we double barrelled our names it caused a bit of a furore, but no one would’ve asked Jessica Ennis-Hill…she did what millions of people do, it’s not making a statement." From episode 20, featuring Helen and Kate Richardson-Walsh.
THE INSPIRING ENTREPRENEURIAL ONE: How I Built This
Each episode features an interview with founders of some of the biggest companies in the world and traces their [often] humble beginnings, the mistakes, the winging it, self-doubt, the highs and the lows. It really does make you feel like anything is possible for your small business – “if they can do it, so can I!” Our favourite episodes include 'The Knot: Carley Roney & David Liu' about their massive online wedding-related business; ‘1-800-GOT-JUNK?’ featuring Brian Scudamore (you won't believe the tanacity!); the episode with the founders of Zumba (rags to riches); the episode about the toy company Melissa & Doug, and the interview with Jane Wurwand, the British founder of Dermalogica. The perfect podcast for all you entrepreneurial spirits!
If you're after more podcasting inspiration, check out The Guardian's podcast section - it's brilliant! We love their weekly recommendations.
There you have it! Our top 10 podcasts. Let us know what you think of our list, and what your favourite podcasts are in the comments.