Look, I know this is a bold statement, but podcasts might very well be one of my favourite things about the 21st Century. This is pretty much me, a lot of the time:
I love to listen when I’m making, cooking, cleaning and tidying – basically any activity where my hands are busy but my mind is free.
I first posted about my love of podcasts back in 2015, in my ‘Podcasts to Craft To‘ post. Since then, I’ve discovered some new interesting, amusing and generally wonderful podcasts, so I figured it’s about time for Podcasts to Craft to Part 2!
I love this podcast. So. Much. Hosted by comedian Deborah Francis-White (as well as a different guest co-host each week), The Guilty Feminist is a podcast about our noble goals as 21st Century feminists, and the hypocrisies and insecurities that undermine them. Each episode begins with the hosts making their guilty feminist confessions. E.g. ‘I’m a feminist, but I didn’t shave my legs between the ages of 18 and 24, until I got invited to a big awards night and wanted to wear a pretty dress.’ Or ‘I’m a feminist, but last week I was too tired to go to a womens’ rights seminar, so instead I stayed home and binged on Sex and the City.’ Each episode also has a theme, and a guest is invited on discuss the theme with the hosts. If you’ve ever wanted to delve further into feminism but felt a bit intimated, this is the podcast for you. It’s a safe space where challenging and thoughtful discussions are had, with a big dollop of humour and without judgement. It gives me lots of warm and fuzzy feelings for the sisterhood.
For fans of: Women of the Hour, stand-up comedy
As a crafter and a maker, I often find myself fan-girling over Melbourne/Australian artists, crafters and makers, so I kind of feel like this podcast was made just for me. Penny Ferguson of MinPin Design, and Esther Sandler of Togetherness Design have joined forces to create a podcast in which they interview their fellow creatives. They get to know the ‘person behind the talent’, and discuss their creative process, struggles and inspiration. It’s a fairly new podcast, but guests to far have included Shuh Lee, and Cat Rabbit (who I previously fan-girled over in this post) and I can’t wait to hear more!
For fans of: Art for your Ear
Hosted by Honor Eastly, Starving Artist is a podcast about art, money and how to combine those two things. I know what you might be thinking. ‘Money? Gross! Don’t corrupt creativity with talk of finances!’ But that’s exactly the attitude that Honor is trying to change. In her own words, ‘the show is basically an excuse for me to ask successful artists really nosy questions about their financial situation, and record the conversation.’ Which I think is super important. It’s easy to feel like a failure as a creative when it seems like everyone around you is making a full time, fabulous living from their art, and I think it’s important to have more open conversations about the practicalities of surviving and thriving as creative folk. Episodes so far have delved into quitting your day job for your creative career, how to approach negotiating a pay rise, and using your face to sell your work.
For fans of: the Extraordinary Routines blog, and keeping your sanity as a creative
If you’re an avid podcaster, you probably already know about this one. It blew up a couple of months ago and enjoyed almost ‘Serial’ levels of popularity. If you haven’t heard it, I don’t want to say too much about it, as I think it’s best to go in blind with this one. Do not Google it, do not ask anyone about it, just go directly to iTunes, download all seven episodes, pick up a craft project, and binge, binge, binge! I will say that if you like stories about everyday people, and amazing, probing journalism, this will probably be up your alley.
For fans of: This American Life, Serial
This is vintage queen Dawn O’Porter’s podcast about fashion, but if you think you’re not enough of a fashionista to listen to fashion podcast, don’t scroll on just yet. This podcast is less about name dropping fashion brands, and more about how clothes make us feel, and help us express ourselves. In each episode, Dawn chats to a guest about their approach to fashion and clothes, and as Dawn is also a TV presenter and happens to be married to Irish actor Chris O’Dowd (from the IT Crowd & Bridesmaids. What a cool couple!), her guests often include a few well known names. It’s always a lot of fun, and just a little bit fancy!
For fans of: Dawn’s TV show ‘This Old Thing’, and anyone who likes to have fun with fashion without taking it too seriously.
Confession: I’m into true crime and murder stories. I feel like this makes me a bit of a terrible person, but judging by the popularity of podcasts like My Favourite Murder, I’m not the only one, so we can all be terrible people together. Casefile is an Australian podcast that delves into crime and murder stories from around the world, in great detail. Just don’t make the mistake that I frequently make, and listen to it when you’re home alone at night. It’s fine though, I never wanted to feel safe in my own home anyway.
For fans of: My Favourite Murder, true crime
Also hosted by The Guilty Feminist’s Deborah Francis-White, Global Pillage is a comedy panel quiz show, in which two teams of comedians take on the hive-mind of the audience. The questions revolve around customs, norms and idioms from around the world. The show also strives for diversity amongst its guests, making it unique amongst comedy panel shows, whose panels are often made up almost exclusively of straight white men. It’s great to hear from different voices, and makes for fun and quirky listening.
For fans of: QI and pub trivia
This is just a portion of my current favourite podcasts, but I might save the rest for Part 3! All of these can be downloaded for free from iTunes. Are you a fan of any of these podcasts? What are you favourite podcasts? I’d love to hear your recommendations!