What podcast should you try out next?

28 September 2017

Every week, I find myself trying out a bunch of new podcasts, looking for something to add to my favourites. This week I'm sampling Hiding In The Bathroom, a podcast for introverts!

I have a few ways of finding new shows, The New York Times Podcast Club recommends one every week. It's how I discovered 74 Seconds, which has been one of the journalistic standouts of the year.

E-newsletters are great for super specific recommendations - the Bello Collective sends a regular email with a breakdown of recent podcast episodes of notes, along with a short description of why each made the list.

Because I produce the occasional audio piece for work, I listen to the Transom podcast, which is all about the craft of audio storytelling. They've put me onto awesome podcasts like Sleepover, and played incredible stories from first-time producers too.

This week I'm trying out Amazing Podcasts, which you can subscribe to in podcasting apps. It promises to deliver three curated episodes each week. At a glance, they seem to be mainly American shows with a news and current affairs bent - but there's an Oprah episode in there, so you never know!

And finally, Death, Sex & Money have put together a crowd-sourced playlist called Welcome to Adulthood, aimed at this year's cohort of new uni students. It's an eclectic mix of shows and topics, covering everything from getting your tech in order to processing grief. I listened to Ellen Burstyn's Lessons on Survival, and loved this: "I have what I called should-less days. Today is a day where there's nothing I should do. So I only do what I want to do. And if it's nap in the afternoon or watch TV, and eat ice cream, I get to do it."

P.S - Would you pay for a podcast? I've just started supporting one of my most favourite Australian podcasts, Not By Accident, on Patreon.  I've pledged a small amount per episode and feel great about doing it. I look forward to every new episode and really value it as an independent and artful production. The show is made by Canberra woman Sophie Harper, who shares her decision to become a single mum and everything that's happened since.

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