Five New(ish) Podcasts to Listen to on The Beach This Summer


Time magazine recently announced their ‘Top 10 Podcasts of 2018’.

Of course, this is a subjective list – it’s the top ten podcasts according to Time. But they are a publication with punch, they know what’s good and noteworthy, so I was a little embarrassed to discover I’d only listened to two of their top ten. How could I call myself a podcast junky?! (literally never called myself that but by God I’ve thought it).

So here are five new(ish) podcasts for you to consume this summer that I can vouch for personally or have high on my list to devour. P.s. I’ve purposefully left out the usual suspects of The High Low, Serial and The Daily etc etc.

ESPN and 30 For 30 presents: BIKRAM

ESPN’s 30 for 30 usually tackles a different “sports story” in each episode, but they broke from tradition in season three with a five-episode arc on Bikram yoga’s #MeToo scandal. Bikram Choudhury, the founder of the cult-like empire, was accused of sexual assault and in this podcast the host hands the microphone to Choudhury’s victims. I found it particularly unsettling how positive and convincing the Bikram movement sounds in the first episode and then how quickly things changed.

Two-Up presents: 36 Questions

Full disclosure: it’s kind of cheesy and super cute lol. It’s a musical. A podcast musical. 36 Questions is a fictional story of a married couple in crisis. It’s based on the famous Modern Love essay that was published in the New York Times in 2015 – 36 Questions designed to make strangers fall in love.

Crooked Media presents: The Wilderness

If you’re as obsessed as I am with Pod Save America (you’re probably not), then this is for you. Hosted by Obama’s former top speech writer, Jon Favreau, The Wilderness is like a post-mortem of the 2016 election and how the Democratic party f*cked it all up. Favreau interviews over 100 people from voters to pollsters to politicians, looking at what went wrong in 2016, and where to from here. I devoured this when it came out in July and found it inspiring, educational and ultimately hopeful. I’d expect it to be pretty cool to listen to retrospectively now that we know the outcome of the midterms!

Slate presents: Slow Burn

An in-depth, documentary-style podcast about former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky in the nineties, how the media portrayed the scandal, that dress, how Clinton survived impeachment, and how badly Lewinsky was treated. It’s pretty shocking to listen to in 2018 in the wake of #TimesUp and #MeToo.

Alison Rice presents: Offline

Former editor of Who What Wear Australia, Alison Rice, interviews the women behind some of your favourite Instagram accounts from Elle Ferguson to Carmen Hamilton, ultimately exploring the concept of “true self”. But it was her interview with Pip Edwards that gave me chills. Pip forever.

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