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Saturday, 1 December 2018

My Favourite Podcasts Part iv

So today I thought I'd share part four of my favourite podcasts, following on from part three the other week. Here are six more podcasts which I've been really enjoying lately and which I hope you'll love as much as I do if you give them a try!

18 // Fortunately - I don't really know how to describe this podcast but it's absolutely brilliant. The fabulous BBC broadcasters Fi Glover and Jane Garvey meet weekly at the BBC and talk about the weird and the wonderful with a different guest every week. They even stop people who just happen to be walking by in the building and have a quick chat with them, you never quite know what you're going to get but it's always great. I first subscribed because I adore Jane from listening to Woman's Hour and have quickly grown to love Fi just as much. Fortunately is such an uplifting, entertaining listen and I highly recommend it.

19 // Desert Island Discs - This is the recommendation that you must have heard of. Desert Island Discs has been running since 1942 and in it guests imagine that they are to be stranded on a desert island alone for the rest of their lives but are allowed to take eight songs, one book (aside from the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare), and a luxury. The interviews are just lovely and end up discussing in huge depth the guest's life and why these songs mean so much to them. Episodes make me laugh, cry and sometimes leave me with a better outlook on life. The particular highlights for me have been with guests Billie Jean King, Anne-Marie Duff and Stella McCartney but there are literally thousands in the archives.

20 // The Fringe of It - The Fringe of It is a relatively new podcast which launched this year and the premise is that friends and amazing bloggers, Charlotte Jacklin and Liv Purvis (both of whom I adore), meet to discuss what they've been up to, loved on telly, been shopping and eating, before talking about a dedicated topic, sometimes with a special guest. I love how they combine a catch up (which are often full of some fab recommendations) with getting into meaty topics like money, activism and women's health and never finish listening to an episode without having a smile plastered along my face.

21 // George Ezra & Friends - This podcast is another one which is a relatively new discovery and which was created this year. In each episode George Ezra interviews a different person from the music industry about how they got to where they are, what they've learnt and what's important to them. They're really great interviews and you can tell that the guest feels totally relaxed in George's company, giving you so much more of an insight than your typical media interview. I was a little bit in love with George Ezra already (just look at that face) but I'm even more in love with him now having listened to his great podcast and I definitely think you should check it out. My personal favourites so far have been with Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Sam Smith and Jessie Ware.

22 // Love Stories with Dolly Alderton - This podcast was a one-off (although it would make my entire life if Dolly released another series), nine episode series in which Dolly Alderton aka my idol interviewed guests about love. She asked each of them to tell specific stories to them of their first love, an unrequited love and an everlasting love - there are definitely more but those are the three I remember off the top of my head. Each interview is such a delicious conversation and it's the only podcast this year I've kept coming back to to re-listen, and I have a feeling I'm going to be coming back to them for years to come. My favourite Love Story interviews were with Vanessa Kirby, Afua Hirsch and Ruth Jones.

23 // Political Thinking with Nick Robinson - In Political Thinking former political editor of the BBC and current presenter of the Today Programme Nick Robinson "talks about what's really going on in British politics". Each week he summarises the key events of the time and then interviews a political guest about them and about their life, how they got into politics and their approach to issues and current affairs. From Diane Abbott to Jacob Rees-Mogg to Caroline Lucas, Nick has a range of guests on from week to week and there's never a dull moment, in my opinion anyway. I think that Robinson is a really excellent interviewer and the episodes I've enjoyed the most so far have been with Jess Phillips (love her), Sir John Major (didn't expect to find this one as interesting as I did) and with Peter Tatchell. It's a great listen and a great way to keep up with what's going on in British politics.

So there you have it. I've now recommended 23 of my favourite podcasts! If you haven't taken a look at them already you can find part one, part two and part three of my favourite podcasts by clicking on the links I've added. If you do give any of them a go let me know, I'd love to hear what you think!

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