My Top Podcasts of 2020


I am obsessed with podcasts, and have been since 2018 when my friend told me that she listened to podcasts on her walk to uni. I'm not going to lie, I was initially a bit overwhelmed with the selection available to me, but over the past few years have managed to whittle my list down to a select few that I listen to all the time.


For those of you who have never really given podcasts a chance, why not? There are so many topics out there because you can not only learn about your favourite topics, but also about current news events. It's also really awesome to just hear about things from someone else's perspective.


I have always listened to my podcasts on Overcast, but there are so many ways for you to listen. I know that Spotify last year released a podcast feature, and Apple Podcasts is always an option.


This is actually going to be a 2 part series, since I have so many podcasts I actually listen to. This one will focus on my general favourites, while my next post will dive into space podcasts. I've got a good mix of lifestyle, health & fitness, as well as science podcasts. So, without further ado, let's get stuck into my list of podcasts!


 

Clueless The Podcast

Feeling lost and clueless about where to go next, what career path to take or what to do with your life? Then this is the podcast for you! Maybe you've just graduated from university and have been thrown into the 'real world'. Or maybe you're in a job where you feel burnt-out and emotionally drained. Here at Clueless The Podcast, we want to talk about the realities of life in your 20s while discovering ways to conquer our goals and live a life we're passionate about. Inspiring guests, positive vibes and great chat - let's figure it all out together!


I love the message that Clueless are spreading, about how life can be super unexpected sometimes, and to follow your passion. I am officially obsessed with this podcast, and love hearing about the journeys that their guests have been on. They have brought on some super inspiring guests, with more to follow! I love the conversations that they have, and how each guest really relates to feeling lost at some point in their life, as many of us students/recent grads are prone to feeling. Plus, Zara and Rachel are super personable and lovely hosts!


Recommended episodes:

How To Adult - Applying For Jobs, Conquering Imposter Syndrome & Surviving Graduate Life with Maddie!

Escaping the 9-5 and Travelling Around the World with Ruben!

Featuring in Vogue and Going Viral with Gigi Hadid - Jessie's unconventional journey to her dream job!


What We Said

Intended to inspire and entertain, best friends Jaci Marie & Chelsey Jade talk candidly about health, business, relationships, life, etc. You can expect the girls to be joined by occasional guests, reading friends' & fans' stories, & offering unsolicited but heartfelt advice.


What We Said is one of my all time favourite podcasts. It's actually the podcast that initially got me hooked to podcasts in general, so I really owe it all to Jaci and Chelsea. All the episodes are so interesting, conversation flows so naturally, and it really just feels like you're having a chat with some friends in your living room. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for some casual chats about lifestyle topics, dating & marriage tips, entrepreneurship advice, insight from some incredible guests, and some absolutely hilarious guest stories.


Recommended episodes:

Most Embarrassing Stories

How To Attract Good Things Into Your Life

Celeste Thomas-How To Achieve Glowing Skin/Holistic Skincare


BBC The Science Hour


Science news and highlights of the week


This is your classic collection of super interesting science stories from professionals all around the world. Each story is quite different, so be prepared to learn about a range of science topics.


Recommended episodes:

Engineering a Plastic-Eating Enzyme

Goodbye Jet Engine?


The Skinny Confidential Him & Her

Lauryn Evarts Bosstick is the entrepreneur & creator behind The Skinny Confidential, a blog, brand, podcast, and YouTube channel that reaches millions of women and men trying to live their best lives by sharing wellness, business, beauty, & lifestyle tips. Michael Bosstick is a serial entrepreneur and brand builder as well as the Co-Founder and CEO of the Dear Media Podcast Network.


What a hilarious husband and wife duo! Lauryn and Michael have raw and unfiltered chats with guests on a whole range of topics- and they are not afraid to be completely honest. They offer a lot of advice and life-changing tips on how to elevate your life, with some great guests along the way.


Recommended episodes:

No, We Can't Grab A Coffee! With Amy Landino - Organizing Your Time, Being Selective, Time Batching, & Calendar Prioritization

How To Build A $100 Million Dollar Business With Ashland Hard Seltzer Founder, Josh Landan

Dr Michael Gervais on Combatting Anxiety, Dealing with Narcissists, Starting the Day Right, & Avoiding Toxic Negativity


Food Medic


Welcome to The Food Medic podcast hosted by medical doctor, personal trainer, blogger, and author, Dr. Hazel Wallace. In this podcast you will hear from leading experts in their field who share evidence based advice on how we can live healthier lives and cut through the confusing information that we find online.


Okay, so anybody who knows me knows that I freaking love the Food Medic. She is my inspiration and I literally hang on to her every word. I even have one of her books (which I highly recommend). She's super informative and educated, which is a no-brainer considering she has a medical science bachelor's, a degree in medicine, and a post-grad in nutrition. You can tell she genuinely cares about changing peoples' lives, and wants to cut through all the mis-information online. I also love the fact that the is at the forefront of a new type of medical doctor; one that understands the importance of medicine, but also believes in the power of health, fitness, and food to help you live a better life.


Recommended episodes:

S1 E5: What To Eat and When To Eat

S3 E4: Body Image With Nadia Craddock

S2 E4: Stress with Doctor Rangan Chatterjee


30 Minute Italian


Boost your confidence in speaking Italian in 30 minutes or less with the 30 Minute Italian Podcast. We cover expressions, sometimes sexy grammar, and culture through personal travel stories and detailed examples.


I absolutely love languages, and try to listen to a range of podcasts in Italian, French, and German. However, I won't go into complete detail into what I listen to, as I was maybe thinking of saving some tips on language learning in another blog post. I really like this podcast as it's easy to understand, especially as I normally listen to podcasts as I drive to work. They break down terms and expressions, and the hosts are quite engaging!


Is there really a formula for learning Italian? YES.

4 Phrases for Making Friends in Italy

Compliments To Give in Italian


Wardrobe Crisis



WARDROBE CRISIS is a sustainable fashion podcast from VOGUE's sustainability editor Clare Press. Join Clare and her guests as they decode the fashion system, and dig deep into its effects on people and planet. This show unzips the real issues that face the fashion industry today, with a focus on ethics, sustainability, consumerism, activism, identity and creativity.


After seeing a documentary about where clothes go when they aren't sold in charity shops, I really wanted to make a conscious effort to learn more about the people behind the brand. I came across Wardrobe Crisis and was immediately hooked. There are so many interesting people in the fashion industry! I've also learned a lot more about certain brands and how they have made steps in creating more sustainable products.


Claire Bergkamp- Stella McCartney's Secret Sustainability Weapon

Blake Mycoskie, TOMS' Chief Shoe-Giver for One on One

Beyond Marie Kondo! Adam Minter Unpacks Secondhand, Recycling & Reuse


Analysis


Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.


One area I am definitely lacking is in my knowledge of politics. I was curious about public policy in Britain, and wanted to educate myself a bit more about various topics. Each episode of BBC 4's Analysis dives into a quick discussion 30 minute discussion about a certain topic, and brings in various people to share their view. This is great if you want an interesting update about a topic that can sometimes be quite dry.


Authenticity

Varieties of Capitalism


Style Your Mind



Named by Forbes as one of the "top women-led podcasts to download now", Style Your Mind is for success-driven women who want to design their thoughts, empower themselves, and build a beautiful life and career. Hosted by bestselling personal development author and entrepreneur Cara Alwill Leyba, this show is for every woman on the edge of change who is ready to reinvent herself, elevate her thinking, and transform her life. Join Cara each week for powerful conversations, uplifting interviews, and a mega dose of inspiration.


Can you tell I have a thing for uplifting podcasts that empower you to be your best self? Okay, because I definitely do. I love this podcast, as I like to think I have quite an entrepreneurial mind, and am always thinking about what I truly want out of my life. Cara delves right into super important topics to help you level up your life. Would recommend to all those who have an entrepreneurial fire within, or those just looking to improve their mindset.


How to Speak Your Dreams Into Existence

Episode 127: What Loving Yourself + Loving Your Body REALLY Means with Ilana Muhlstein

Episode 97: Building TRUE Female Relationships + Growing Into Your Highest Potential with Lori Harder, Author of A Tribe Called Bliss


At Home With



‘At Home With…’ is the podcast series that’s part ‘Through The Keyhole' and part having a good ol’ catch-up on the sofa with your mates, brought to you by online content creators Lily Pebbles and Anna Newton. The two seasons of their chart-topping podcast see them interview a whole bevy of guests in the comfort of their own home; from trying Kombucha homemade by beauty industry royalty Liz Earle in her kitchen, to delving into Jo Elvin’s wardrobe - they really get stuck in. Want to hear them talk to cool women, who are doing cool s**t? Join them ‘At Home With…' 


You know how some things are just inherently cosy, just when you think of them? That's "At Home With..." in a nutshell. Everything about this podcast is cosy, right down to the hosts, conversations, and even the general theme. I love how Lily and Anna speak to such inspirational humans, right at the comfort of their homes. It really helps make these successful individuals feel a lot more like you and me. Plus it's cool to hear about their homes!


S1 Ep 7: LIZ EARLE - Founder, Liz Earle Wellbeing & Liz Earle Beauty

S1 Ep 3: TERRY DE GUNZBURG - Founder, By Terry

S2 Ep 6: LUCY WILLIAMS - Blogger, Writer & Brand Consultant


Her STEM Story




A weekly podcast about Extraordinary stories of real women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Listen to know more about the amazing work women across the globe have been doing in the different STEM and STEM-related fields. Learn about what motivates them, what struggles they overcame, and how we can close the gender gap in male dominated fields.


Honestly could not recommend a more interesting podcast about STEM. I am so in love with Prasha and every single one of her guests that she brings on. Although I am slightly biased to the aerospace guests because that's where my interest lies, I have become so hooked on some other women's amazing stories and have never been let down by an episode. Definitely give it a listen if you're in STEM, or even if you're just curious about what some people do within STEM. Some of the guests didn't even study STEM and have come from really unique routes!


Episode 20: Leading Women Engineers

Episode 71: 5 Things I Learnt From 100+ STEMinists

Episode 53: The Space Geologist


Fit and Fearless



Get inspired by Tally, Zanna and Vic – aka the #GirlGains crew - as they talk all things fitness and body confidence.


Okay, so everyone knows I love fitness and trying new activities. When I found this BBC 5 Live podcast I was immediately hooked. The hosts are all super personable and down to earth, and speak really candidly about all sorts of fitness related topics. I love the range of things that are spoken about on this podcast, and it also helps give me loads of ideas for getting my body moving!


The power of running

Cutting The B-S Around Fitness and Food

Fit & Fearless: The Truth About Sugar


Honey Soleil



Tune in weekly on Tuesdays to Honey Soleil for intriguing interviews and personal advice on all aspects of living your best balanced life.


You can tell that Sierra is passionate about organisation, and really has gotten it all down to a tee. There aren't too many episodes of this podcast, but each one is a gem! Sierra gets right to the point of her episode, but also includes a little bit about her, which I absolutely love. If you're looking to get your life together, "Honey Soleil" is the way to go.


Raw Talk 1: Balancing a Busy Schedule, Going to Therapy, & Building your Self-Confidence

30 Simple Things To Do Right Now To Change Your Life

Creating A Healthy & Balanced Life, Foods to Boost Your Energy & Mood, and Building Up Your Immunity with Dr. Mona Vand


The Go-To: For Entrepreneurs in the Know


Dive into the minds of some of Canada’s successful entrepreneurs with The Go-To: For Entrepreneurs in the Know, a collaboration between the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), The Scotiabank Women Initiative™ and Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. Its impactful conversations will leave you with tangible resources and entrepreneurial secrets to help you elevate your business. Discover topics that are fundamental to growing your business, like branding, sales, mentorship and more. Then, across 5 special edition episodes, learn what it means to be resilient during times of adversity and apply practical considerations to your business directly. Get your notebooks ready and let’s dive in!


Scotiabank has done an incredible series about women entrepreneurs! I always love hearing more about women in business in Canada, and the lessons that they have learned. As someone who would ideally like to have a business in the future, I love all of the tangible advice that is offered, completely free of charge, on "The Go-To: For Entrepreneurs in the Know." Thanks, dad, for being a loyal Scotia customer and recommending this to me.


Social Enterprise: Leading with Values

Professional Services: Building Your Network

Owning Your Personal Leadership with Steve Rio & Jacqueline Jennings


This Podcast Will Kill You



This podcast might not actually kill you, but it covers so many things that can. Each episode tackles a different disease, from its history, to its biology, and finally, how scared you need to be. Ecologists and epidemiologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke make infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation and provide the perfect cocktail recipe to match.


Before I start, I have to say one thing. Fiadhnaid Lydon, this podcast is calling out your name. Anyways, in the wake of all this COVID scary-ness, I realise that I am really not aware of how diseases came to be, and how it all works on a biological scale. Episode 43 has really great COVID info, but I don't want to focus on that in this post because you can read about it everywhere. This podcast is absolutely brilliant, as engaging hosts Erin and Erin (who are absolutely hilarious) break down all you need to know about a certain disease each episode. It's also not too complex so that the everyday listener can understand. You will learn a lot from"This Podcast Will Kill You" with a few laughs added in for good measure. Plus, you've gotta love the cocktail recommendations that they have for each episode.


Ep 5 Plague Part 1: The GMOAT

Ep 35 Lyme Disease: I'd like to check you for ticks

Ep 40 Dancing Plague: Worst Dance Party Ever


Stuff You Should Know



If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks, then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.


You know all those random things you've always wanted to know more about (or should know more about) but never really go through the motions of actually learning about them? Well, this is the podcast for you! I love how these episodes launch into a big discussion about everyday things that you hear about, but don't normally dig into. There are also so many episodes, that I'm pretty sure there's something for everyone. Just choose a random episode and get stuck in!


SYSK Selects: Why can't we find Amelia Earhart?

What's the deal with accents?

How Diabetes Works


Naked Scientist



The Naked Scientists flagship science show brings you a lighthearted look at the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world's top scientists, answers to your science questions and science experiments to try at home.


Yes guys, it's another science podcast. But this one is so dang interesting! I love how they have a range of guests on each episode, and spend just enough time speaking to them. You can learn about all sorts of innovative science going on around the world, without any of the technical jargon. Plus, the host is super engaging! Regardless of whether you're an artist or a doctor, this podcast will have something for everyone!


Extremely Fast: The Science of Speed

Life in the year 2100

The Science of Social Media


 

There we have it, my top pick of podcasts! I know that they're a bit of a random mix, but it means there's always something to listen to!


What are your favourite podcasts?


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