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10 Exceptional Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

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On March 16, people had been told by the government to avoid all non-essential contact and on March 20 all bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants were closed, as well as all schools and childcare facilities, gyms, museums and so on. Those lockdown rules are now still in place in order to fight back the coronavirus pandemic and flattening the curve.

We have been at home for what seems like an infinite amount of time, and we still need to do some sacrifices before being able to go back to a (new)normal life.

We have mastered the art of work from home, found a new routine and bake banana breads like never before. We have worked out everyday, cleaned the house, read all the books and did everything we had to do.

So what’s left? Podcasts, obviously.

Even though they gained a lot of popularity in the past couple of years, an Ofcom research highlighted that in the UK only an average of 7.1 million adults (which corresponds to an 11% of the total population) listen to a podcast per week. But podcasts are great for numerous reasons: they can be entertaining, informational, and, above all, somewhat time-consuming (which is a good thing these days). Moreover, and maybe most important of all, it’s easy to multitask while you listen to podcasts.

So here’s a list of 10 inspirational podcasts to listen to during the lockdown. 

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She Did It Her Way

Created and directed by Amanda Boleyn, the She Did It Her Way podcast is a collection of interviews with the best female entrepreneurs in the world, who tell their stories and experiences on how they achieved success by doing things in their own way. The episode differ from complex talks about business, marketing and money, to the more motivational ones, but the general aim is to help women fulfill their working dream.

Stuff Mom Never Told You

Why are men allowed to show their nipples in public? What do hormones do to our body during our periods? How can we make more friends outside work? Anney Reese and Samantha McVey answer all possible and imaginable questions every woman asks herself on a daily bases. It is a conversation of what it is to identify as female through research-based discussion around feminism and how it impacts everyday life.

The Art of Charm

AJ and Jordan Harbinger’s podcast brings professionals, authors, professors, coaches, scientists, and others to share advice and stories to improve how you think, perform, and network. The podcast’s stated aim is to teach us how to be more charismatic, how to change our career by becoming a super-connector and how to improve our personal life with reborn confidence.

Good Life Project

The podcast, hosted by Jonathon Fields, features guest speakers who inspire, teach, and share personal stories. It aims to share inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and purpose-drenched life. Definitely a must.

The History Chicks

If history is your thin, you’ll love this podcast. It presents a variety of female characters, whether real or fictional, to offer a broader overview and thus give a little push to explore and learn more on your own. With more than 150 episodes – each lasting about an hour – Beckett Graham and Susan Vollenweider tell the incredible (and often unknown) story of various and different people, from Marie Antoinette to Cinderella, Joan of Arc, Phillis Wheatley Jane Austen and even Alice in Wonderland.

Outside/In

Environmental reporter Sam Evans-Brown travels the outdoors in this nature podcast and reports a frank look at the trials and challenges of environmental decay, climate change, habitat destruction, and the myths we tell ourselves about them all. With an in-depth reporting it analyses our complicated relationship with the natural world.

Hidden Brain

This podcast, by Shankar Vedantum, use storytelling and social science to challenge our assumptions about human behavior and reveal the unconscious patterns that drive our daily life. Hidden Brain is the perfect podcast for those who are curious about life.

Call Your Girlfriend

This is a podcast created by long-distance besties Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow, who host the show in their homes in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. They discuss the intricacies of pop culture and the latest in politics, but also relationship and body-shaming issues. They call themselves unapologetic feminists and believe that friendship – particularly among women and femme-identified people – it’s an incredible social and political power.

The Broad Experience

The British-born journalist Ashley Milne-Tyts explores gender, race and culture biases in her award-winning podcast. It is about women, the workplace and success. Through thoughtful and fun discussions, influential guests and personal stories, the podcast explores why many women, although ambitious, do not fully reach their potential.

The Guilty Feminist

This is is a feminist comedy podcast hosted by Deborah Frances-White and perfect for those who always say “I’m a feminist but..”. The episodes are based around a theme, such as stereotypes, hair removal, periods, and not having children, and all the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine our lofty principles.

 

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