Need Something to Listen to…Top 10 Podcasts of 2016

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Year of Podcasts

This is year has been dominated by podcasts. When I get a chance to slip in a word on podcasts during a conversation I get two responses: an eyebrow raise with a question or a sentence “I have heard of it, but don’t know the purpose or how use it.” Then my body does this weird motion (others can’t see, but I feel it) where I suddenly become animated. Thrilled that I will be the one introducing them to the world of podcasts.

If you don’t know what a podcast is, in the most basic term it’s a radio but you can get it whenever you want! It is more than that it is a audio subscription service to voices and stories you want to hear. You are in control of what you consume. Depending on the author of these podcast you might receive them daily, weekly or monthly. And the cherry on top is: they are all FREE!

So what is the best way to subscribe? One of the easiest and efficient way is through an mobile app. After some trial and error I have found one that suits my need quite well. At first I was satisfied with Apple’s Podcast app, which you can subscribe through iTunes as a good starting point if you are invested in the Apple ecosystem (I own a mac laptop and iPhone), however what if you don’t own any Apple products or you don’t want to get tied down with Apple services. I was of the latter; I wanted a better alternative one that is accessible on the web and used by both iOS (Apple’s operating system) and Android (non-Apple).

Below is my brief list of apps and web versions gained through my limited experience.*all of my recommendations are based on my personal use, I am not paid to mention them here.

For iOS (Apple)

Free: Podcasts by Apple

Paid: Pocket Casts by By ShiftyJelly £2.99

For Android (non-Apple)

Free: Podcast Player by or

Paid: Pocket Casts by By ShiftyJelly £2.49

Web Browser:

Free: Podcast Player by

Paid: No monthly subscriptions. Free 
14 day trial. If you like what you see, pay only $9 (roughly £7). Just once.

So go ahead, start with a free version It’s a risk free way of testing the waters if you enjoy podcasts (which I am sure you will do)

I have been listening to Podcast almost every single day, it has helped on my down days and encouraged me through my good days. For me it seemed reasonable to take step further after dabbling into free version I opted for paid version Pocket Casts (for my apple phone and my web browser). I only paid once for both of them which amounted to around £10.

I see it like this: I used to spend £2-£3 on a cup daily which is way more than £10 at end of the week. I am investing in something that I will pay once, no reoccurring costs and a high ROI (return on investment). I have learnt a lot and discovered myself.

Now you have downloaded the app or web version to subscribe to podcast. There hundreds of podcasts you will feel which is both a curse & a blessing Don’t let this scare you! It’s like picking a book from a genre you enjoy.

If you like categories relating to business, self-improvement, business productivity, real stories, current affair interviews and faith (otherwise browse around I am sure there is a podcast for your taste or who knows you might even start one :)

My top 10 recommendations of 2016 (not in any particular order)

  1. KERA’s Think an old companion; originally I used to listen this as radio show back in the United States but when I moved, I thought I lost one my favourite topic-driven interview and call-in programs. Until I found them parcelled as a podcast, hosted by Krys Boyd also one my favourite interviewer. The topic is so varied which makes it delicious.
  2. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes a recent gem I found a great interview show . Lewis is awed at the guests he speaks to, which is so refreshing. He extracts great lessons and makes the person who is sitting with him face to face comfortable. His aim is to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet; to help you find out what makes great people great.
  3. The Art Of Charm Podcast a practical podcasts that simplifies social science, behavioural economics, cognitive psychology into actions you take right away.
  4. Happier with Gretchen Rubin it is like having your sister over for tea. Not to far fetched because Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft. I love how they are so engaged with their audience. This podcasts never fails me, to make me smile.
  5. This Is Your Life with Michael Hyatt a long-standing figure in the world of blogging. You can tell as you listen to his experience on leadership and productivity.
  6. Kind World so recent that I am listening it to right now. A short-form podcast less then 10 mins. I love the idea behind it: stories of the profound effect that one act can have on our lives (non-fiction). Aren’t true stories the best :)
  7. The Mad Mamluks hosted by Syed Imran Muneer (SIM) and Shaykh Amir Mohammed Saeed, a roundtable type of discussion. The team behind the show who’s objective is to promote a balanced intellectual and spiritual understanding of Islam. Often times we hear a speaker or lecturer telling us all the things wrong with the world and we’re left asking ourselves, “Well, what can we do about it?”. We want to show real life Muslims from communities around the world sharing their stories, experiences and making the world a better place to live.
  8. Qalam Institute Podcast this podcast has so much going on 40 Ahadith of Imam Nawawi, Seerah — Life of the Prophet, The Hangout and more!
  9. 99% Invisible design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. You won’t see ordinary things in the same way again!
  10. The Slow Home Podcast with Brooke McAlary I devour quotes like ice cream the truth is cold as you savour each bite. One that came to mind “slow down to speed up” We all need to do, but do we? There is an ever-growing group of people who are saying no to life lived at 110%. They are opting to slow down, simplify, say no and focus on the things that are truly important. Brooke McAlary, founder of Slow Your Home is one of them, and in this podcast she chats to others who have adopted a similar approach to life: simple living, slowing down, opting out, saying no.

The Podcast Bug has bitten you, you won’t feel the same again!

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