5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To



Much like everyone else on the internet, I've become more than slightly obsessed with podcasts. The playlist on my podcast app is ever increasing and I love listening to them when I'm pottering around the house or travelling to work. My taste in podcasts can vary rather a lot, so there's no real theme here beyond 'what I've been enjoying recently'. I've got so many new podcasts queued up to start listening to, and one day I might delve into more genre-specific lists, but for now, here's a brief list of some of the podcasts I've been listening to recently that I think are rather good. 


 
All Killa No Filla


It seems to be almost something of a trend to admit to being interested in serial killers but, what the hell, I'm interested in serial killers. Yes, the gory details can be rather horrifying, but the psychology nerd in me has always been interested in the mindset behind their behaviour. All Killa No Filla (side note: isn't that the best name ever?) is a podcast by Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard - two women whose fascination of serial killers surpasses that of most people, including myself. Every episode they pick a new serial killer to focus on and they basically spend the episode having a chat about them. As two comedians, they are very good at making such a morbid subject matter entertaining- they bring humour to it without being insensitive. However, they still love to talk about the gory details, which at times can be rather harrowing- their episode on the Moors Murders is a prime example of this. If you have any interest in serial killers, but don't necessarily want something that's too heavy going, this one is totally worth a listen. 



Buffering the Vampire Slayer


This one I have become very obsessed with as of late- it's been my bedtime listening for the last few weeks. Buffering the Vampire Slayer (side note: I was wrong. This is the best name ever.) is a podcast about, unsurprisingly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Hosted by Buffy superfans Jenny Owen Youngs and Kristen Russo, the podcast consists of them watching through the show and discussing it, episode by episode. Their love and enthusiasm for the show totally shines through when they speak, especially when it comes to talking about the characters - seriously, their love for Cordelia Chase knows no bounds. They wrote a song about her and everything. I only watched Buffy for the first time a few years ago but I absolutely loved it and it's really giving me a notion to watch the series through again. They've only made it to Season 3 so far, and there's some later episodes that I can't wait for them to get to (*cough* Once More With Feeling *cough*). 



Get It Off Your Breasts


Damn it, we have another contender for best podcast name. This one is hosted by Emma Gannon and Lliana Bird- each episode they bring on a guest and have a discussion about certain issues in society. This podcast is fairly new on the scene so there's only been three episodes so far, but each one has been more brilliant than the last. Their episode with Dawn O'Porter was especially interesting- their discussion about the genderisation of children's clothing and toys had me nodding my head so much I looked like the Churchill dog. 



The Debrief


Hosted by Stevie Martin and Tessa Coates, The Debrief is essentially an advice podcast about the daily problems we all go through as 20-somethings- from periods to networking to surviving your friend's wedding without wanting to drink yourself into a stupor. Their episode on finding what you want to with your life, in particular, was one that I found very helpful and relatable. More than just being useful, it's very entertaining to listen to. Stevie and Tessa are both hilarious people and listening to them feels like having a chat with friends, which is something I really love in a podcast.  



Invisibilia   


This is probably definitely the most serious on this list, and it's certainly not as easy to listen to as the others, but it's so good that I couldn't not mention it on a round-up of my favourite podcasts. Invisibilia, hosted by Hanna Rosin, Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller, discusses the invisible forces that shape our behaviour. Each episode takes a somewhat general topic and, very cleverly, creates a narrative using different anecdotes, interviews and scientific evidence. It's the type of podcast that really makes you think and ask questions. The episode that examined Mirror Touch Synesthesia was incredibly interesting (especially for me- psychology nerd, remember?) and the episode on the influence of expectations kind of blew my mind. If you listen to any podcast from this list, it should be this one.

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