We at SpaLife Magazine are just like many of those who have been captivated by the spell of podcasts and love listening to all sorts of shows. To give you an idea of what types of podcasts are out there and to share our favourites with you, our former Editor, Anika, and new Art Director, Jemima, have put together a ‘Top 6’ of their favourite shows that are definitely worth a listen.
Millennial hooked me with a topic that I struggle with myself: ‘how to manoeuvre your twenties.’ Megan Tan, the show’s host, creates a platform where she shares her struggles and adventures of life after university with like-minded people. The podcast helps you overcome those little moments of panic about your future by reminding you that you’re not alone. There is a whole generation of us sitting in the same boat, whether we want to be or not. But the question that Millennial brought to my attention was, am I going to let this boat sink, or do I keep paddling?
The Heart sure is something else; it’s brutally honest but with a lot of style. Listening to the carefully edited episodes about sex, love and relationships makes you drift off into a world full of secrets, fetish and taboos. It makes you wonder about the world you live in, all the things that you don’t know about yourself and the people you’re surrounded by. I always describe The Heart as ‘audio art’. It’s not just a discussion or story-telling but rather a compilation of episodes that tell you stories through sounds and voices while approaching serious topics in a creative way.
Mum Says My Memoir is a Lie
This podcast is one of my absolute favourites, mainly because it tackles sensitive topics with a humorous twist. Rosie Waterland, the host of the podcast and author of The Anti-Cool Girl, shares a chapter of her book in each episode, then discusses them with her mother. This unique setup allows Rosie to deal with her childhood which included alcohol and drug addicted parents and living in foster care, as well as her adulthood where she dealt with mental health issues such as PTSD and attempting suicide.
However, some episodes talk about typical teenage problems like bullying and Rosie’s first sexual experiences. I can only recommend listening to this podcast, especially if you’d like to know more about mental illness from first-hand experience.
Plumbing the Death Star
What makes this podcast so brilliant is not intellectual or serious conversation but simply three blokes embracing their love of pop culture, science fiction and pissing themselves at their own antics and jokes, which are perhaps only hilarious because of how stupid their tangents are. It’s an absolute gem and picks apart nerdy films from the occupational health & safety issues of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory to Aquaman’s thoughts on global warming and what would have happened if Hagrid was five years too late. If you want some ridiculous comedy that embraces the cool nerd in you, this is for you.
The Guilty Feminist
I love The Guilty Feminist because it’s not another pretentious podcast. It’s pitched as a podcast that discusses topics ‘all 21st century feminists agree on’ while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine their lofty principles. It’s hosted by Deborah Frances-White and special guests who have you in stitches, cringing at hilarious anecdotes which highlight the challenges of being a western modern feminist.
Every episode opens with ‘I’m a feminist but,’ from ‘I’m a feminist but I recently danced to the misogynistic anthem Blurred Lines,’ to ‘I’m a feminist but when I went on a date with a man with unshaved legs and went back to his house I chickened out. But don’t worry I went to his bathroom and used his razor.’ It’s nice to know you’re not the only one out there who sometimes feels a bit guilty. It’s refreshing to have a laugh at ourselves and our hypocritical actions.
Under the skin with Russell Brand
Russell Brand has always been a controversial comedian, notorious for his drug addiction, publicity stunts and insolent comments that have seen him thrown out of several rooms. However, that’s exactly why he’s a brilliant character. He is one of the few celebrity faces who isn’t afraid to stand up and challenge politics and social thought, who also displays a sensitivity to the beauty of life and humanity.
Sometimes his stream of consciousness becomes so convoluted, verbose and hyperbolic that his discussions are overwhelming. But in Under The Skin, he channels a calmer, less agitated and thoughtful version of himself while still inflecting the conversation with humour and relatability to give you a good chuckle.
Words by Jemima Ung and Anika Schulze
Jemima Ung is from Brisbane, Australia and has previously studied at the University of Queensland. She is a Publishing/History of Art & Design student at Bath Spa University. She is inspired by the creative talent she sees around her and is driven by the desire to see their talent acknowledged and noticed.
Anika Schulze finished her studies in Publishing and Creative writing this year and is now pursuing a career in publishing and freelance design. She is driven by creativity and the urge to improve and learn new skills. Every project she works, she approaches with dedication, commitment and a whole lot of tea drinking.