A list of my personal podcast recommendations

For everyone who has asked for a podcast recommendation recently! a long list for you to #trypod. Please ask for any content warnings if required as many will apply! I have made up a completely arbitrary rating system to guide you to my favourites but tastes vary of course.



I use Overcast on iOS and I really like it. I have had recommended Pocket Casts, Stitcher, and Antennapod recommended for Android.


When I am doing my hair and makeup, in the shower, driving, making food, cleaning, hoovering, running. Constantly.


Download: In The Dark, Song Exploder, Embedded, Mystery Show, and the best This American Life’s (see the playlist on their website).


1995 — “A podcast about all the crazy shit that happened in 1995. From the OJ trial to the Oklahoma City Bombing. Season 1 looks back at the Paul Bernardo trial.” So far very matter-of-fact. Good reporting. Looking forward to future series! ⭐⭐⭐

Bowraville — “The Australian’s crime reporter Dan Box investigates an unsolved serial killing in Bowraville. Three children, all killed within five months, all living on the same street.” ⭐⭐⭐

Crimetown — “Every season, they investigate the culture of crime in a different American city. First up: Providence, Rhode Island, where organised crime and corruption infected every aspect of public life. This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters — a story where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Criminal — “Criminal is a true­ crime podcast that understands crime as something sociological, historical, even anthropological — that crime is a function of people, time, and place.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In The Dark — “Child abductions are rare crimes. And they’re typically solved. For 27 years, the investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota yielded no answers. In the most comprehensive reporting on this case, Madeleine Baran reveals how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fuelled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation’s sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving effectiveness and accountability.” Fantastic reporting, wide-ranging, well done. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Missing — “Over the course of an entire season, the show investigates the world of missing people — who disappears, why they disappear, the pressures of life on the run, and who tracks them down — and charts the progression of a missing persons search.” ⭐⭐⭐

My Favorite Murder — “Ready yourself for a murder adventure hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories. Each episode the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder, and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Check your anxiety at the door, ’cause Karen & Georgia are dying to discuss death.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stranglers — “Stranglers is a fascinating, contemporary audio investigation of the Boston Strangler story using never-before-heard voices, interviews with actual suspects, extensive original research and new conversations with the victims’ family members.” Good. Drops off after a while. Don’t listen to if you hate sound effects. ⭐⭐


Embedded — “ Hosted by Kelly McEvers, Embedded takes a story from the news and goes deep. What does it feel like for a father in El Salvador to lie to his daughter about the bodies he saw in the street that day? What does it feel like for a nurse from rural Indiana to shoot up a powerful prescription opioid? Embedded takes you to where they’re happening.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Home of the Brave — “Home of the Brave is a new podcast series about America created by longtime radio producer Scott Carrier. Each show has been well crafted and it’s his unique and understated recording method that is a hallmark of great things to come for the series.” Scott Carrier is one of my favourite people of all time. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Radio Diaries — “First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This American Life — “ This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.2 million listeners. There’s a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. Most of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essay. There’s lots more to the show, but it’s sort of hard to describe.” Can be variable, but check their favourites page. Every listener has their favourite episodes too! Too wide-ranging for one rating.

Undone — “When big news happens, the world tunes in and then moves on. But often the stories we thought were over haven’t really ended. They were the beginning of something else. Undone is a new show that digs up the surprising things that happened when we weren’t looking.” Cancelled too soon. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


More Perfect — “Supreme Court decisions shape everything from marriage and money to public safety and sex. We know these are very important decisions we should all pay attention to — but they often feel untouchable and even unknowable. Radiolab’s first ever spin-off series, More Perfect, connects you to the decisions made inside the court’s hallowed halls, and explains what those rulings mean for “we the people” who exist far from the bench. More Perfect bypasses the wonkiness and tells stories behind some of the court’s biggest rulings.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Lecker — “lecker (German): delicious {adj}, tasty {adj}, mouth-watering {adj}. A podcast about the life-changing power of a good meal.” Really good so far. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Sporkful — “The Sporkful isn’t for foodies, it’s for eaters. Each week Dan Pashman and his guests explore the huge, fun world of food and eating that’s beyond the realm of recipes, chefs, and restaurants.” I pick and choose which episodes I think look good. The two series, Other People’s Food and Who Is This Restaurant For?, are great, as are the interviews with comedians usually. ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Invisibilia — “ Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior — ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.” Interesting, if sometimes stretching small studies too far. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Radiolab — “ Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.” Can be variable too. Every listener has their favourite episodes! Too wide-ranging for one rating.


Dadfeelings — “A podcast about fictional father figures (and real-life dads)”. Funny, poignant, deep, and shallow. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lore — “Lore is a podcast about the frightening history behind common folklore.” Interesting and creepy, lovely voice. Can be irritating if you like balanced arguments around the supernatural. ⭐⭐

Myths and Legends — “This show brings you folklore that has shaped our world. Some are incredibly popular stories you think you know, but with surprising origins. Others are stories that might be new to you, but are definitely worth a listen. These are stories of magic, kings, Vikings, dragons, knights, princesses, and wizards from a time when the world beyond the map was a dangerous, wonderful, and terrifying place. ⭐⭐⭐

Reply All — “Reply All is a show about the internet and trained rats, time travel, celebrity dogs, lovelorn phone scammers, angry flower children, workplace iguanas, and more.” Good, fun. ⭐⭐⭐

Rookie — “Each week, Tavi Gevinson will interview people we admire — including musicians, actors, and artists of all kinds — about what it means to be a person. Episodes will also feature audio editions of Ask a Grown (as always, with questions from Rookie readers and listeners like yourself), Life Skills, pop culture recommendations, and work by Rooks from around the world.” Brand new!

Song Exploder — “Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work.” Really great, really interesting stuff you might never have considered. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

You Must Remember This — “You Must Remember This is the podcast dedicated to exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century.” I’ve only listened up to the Manson series but it’s very enjoyable even if you thought you were never interested! Don’t listen if you hate people doing voices. ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Making Gay History — “The Making Gay History podcast mines Eric Marcus’s decades old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his award-winning oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.” Beautiful glimpse into history. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

One From The Vaults — “One From the Vaults, a trans history podcast by Morgan M Page. We bring you all the dirt, gossip, and glamour from trans history!” A combination of the above two podcasts exactly, weirdly. ⭐⭐⭐


How to be a Girl — “Marlo Mack is a single mom raising a young transgender daughter. With her daughter’s help, she produces How to Be a Girl, an audio podcast about their life together and the challenges they face.” Crosses over with gender. Interesting, well-produced first-person experience. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Not By Accident — “A podcast documentary series by Sophie Harper about choosing to become a single mother and coping with being one.” Sweet dispatches from Sophie’s life. ⭐⭐⭐


Here Be Monsters — “An unusual podcast exploring the dark corners of the human mind and new frontiers in science, art and philosophy through visceral storytelling.” ⭐⭐⭐

Mystery Show — “A podcast solving people’s every day mysteries. A mystery isn’t a mystery if you know too much.” THE BEST. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

S-Town — “John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.” ALSO THE BEST. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This Is Actually Happening — “Through first person, short format storytelling with no commentary, This Is Actually Happening probes the chaotic interiors of the human experience as we find out what happens when everything changes.” Really fantastic. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Working by Slate — “Slate interviews Americans about their jobs.” Interesting, not listened in a while so no rating.


A History of Ideas

All in the Mind

Another Round

Hidden Brain

Mind Changers

Politically Re-Active

ProPublica Podcast

Science Vs


Stuff You Should Know

Very Bad Wizards

All of these: https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series