Podcasts: Why I Love Them and My Top 5

Podcasts. I can’t get enough of them. For the past year, I’ve gotten into the routine of listening to them while multitasking. I like having some background noise when, for example, doing my makeup in the morning. I used to play YouTube videos in the background but I’d end up having to watch it to really focus on the video and then it would take me longer to do my makeup routine. Podcasts, on the other hand, are perfect to have playing in the background. I also frequently listen to them when I’m on my way to lectures or I am generally commuting somewhere. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that makes me love them so much. The best way I can explain it is that I get to be a fly on the wall if it’s a podcast where there are two or more people on the show. With a podcast such as ‘Keeping it Candid’ by Millie Cotton and Sophie Milner, it feels like I’m listening in to a conversation between two friends of mine. There’s something more authentic about podcasts in comparison to, say, YouTube videos. Unlike with YouTube videos, the hosts don’t get to edit what they say during a podcast. Or at least not nearly as much. They might include a snazzy intro and outro, but that’s about it!

There are countless podcasts which range vastly in genres. Personally, I’m a big fan of podcasts that touch on wellbeing, motivation, pop culture and crime. I especially like listening to these genres if they’re hosted by people I’ve followed on social media for a long time. I think it’s great that people are expanding to this medium and connecting with their audiences through podcasts as it feels more personal. Below I’ve listed my top 5 podcasts that I’ve been listening to. There’s many more that I’m keen to listen to, such as Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations, but I haven’t gotten round to it yet so I can’t recommend them.

The first podcast I ever listened to was ‘Keeping it Candid’ by Millie Cotton and Sophie Milner. I’d been following Sophie on Instagram for a few months when she started to post stories about her new podcast episodes going live. She would briefly mention topics discussed and they all seemed interesting to me. If I had to describe this podcast in a nutshell, I’d say this is a podcast for the millennial woman. They talk about social media, pop culture, current events, dating and friendships. Essentially, they talk about things that my girlfriends and I would discuss on a Saturday night over a glass of red wine. I relate to a lot of their views and I’m still an avid podcast listener after a solid year. Still going strong!

‘The Health Code’ is hosted by Sarah’s Day (aka Sezzy) and her boyfriend Kurt Tilse. They cover topics such as workout advice, personal growth, motivation, nutrition and their personal journeys. I discovered Sarah’s Day randomly one day when I felt a random spurt of motivation to workout and searched for quick workout videos on YouTube. Mind you, this was VERY random for me, considering the fact that I was travelling the Gold Coast solo at the time and would normally have a million things I’d rather do than break out into a sweat. Ever since, I’ve been following her on Instagram and have really loved tuning into the show. Sezzy and Kurt have very bubbly personalities that instantly translates through the podcast and brightens my mood. They inspire me to work on myself and my health and that’s pretty great. If you’re in need of some motivation to smash your goals, I couldn’t recommend listening to this podcast enough.

‘Couples Therapy with Candice & Casey’ is another favourite of mine. I’ve been into YouTube for longer than I’d like to admit and I’ve known of Casey’s channel for quite some time. Admittedly, I don’t watch his vlogs often. However, I adore all the videos he has together with his wife Candice. Despite YouTube videos showing a tiny percentage of their life together, they seem like such a great couple. I’ve often seen people writing in the comment section that Candice “always seems angry on videos” and so on but I like that she doesn’t fake her emotions for the camera. Not everyone likes being filmed and put on the internet to be scrutinised. Understandably. Both Candice and Casey cover this topic among many, many others in their ‘Couples Therapy’ podcast. They talk about their rollercoaster of a relationship and frequently are very raw on the podcast. There’s something so refreshing about a ‘well-known’ couple being open about their issues instead of faking ‘the perfect life’ on social media. I feel like I’m not getting my point across as well as I’d like to but, trust me, it’s worth listening to their podcast. I suggest checking out some videos of them together on Casey Neistat’s YouTube channel before listening to their podcast, especially this one.

I started listening to ‘The Teacher’s Pet’ after Cazinc wrote a blog post about it. This podcast is hosted by Hedley Thomas, a journalist from The Australian. It’s about the unsolved case of Lyn Dawson’s disappearance. A lot of people suspect her husband and former rugby league player Chris Dawson of murdering her. There are a lot of episodes discussing all the details of the case and it is an extremely gripping podcast. By the end of one episode, you want to hear another one. I, like many others, think that Chris was definitely behind the murder of Lyn to be with his Year 11 sports student – Joanne Curtis. I still have many episodes to go through but it’s a very infuriating case. If you’re into crime TV shows or murder mysteries, you’d find ‘The Teacher’s Pet’ very interesting.

Finally, my last recommendation: ‘Thick & Thin’ by Katy Bellotte. I’ve been watching Katy’s YouTube videos (HelloKatyxo) since I was around 15 years old (woah..). I only started listening to her podcast a few days ago but I love it already. She recently moved to New York City and is what I would describe as a hopeless romantic. I am nothing of the sort but it’s very interesting for me to hear about her experiences of living and dating in New York City. It’s very modern day Sex and the City kind of stuff. She’s my age so I relate to her about a lot of things. More than anything, I kind of like that she’s so in tune with her feelings and emotions. I can admire her ability to be so vulnerable and put herself out there on the Internet and in life.

 

That’s my Top 5 podcasts! Do you have any podcast recommendations for me?

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