A Beginner’s Guide to Podcasts

Whether you’re firmly on the hype or a podcast novice, there’s no escaping the growing volumes of self help, celebrity chatter and comedy podcasts filling the surrounding sound waves. With International Podcast Day on the horizon we’re giving you all the need to know info. From how to listen to podcasts to what they even are, oh and we have a few suggestions of the best podcasts to get you started…

#1 What are podcasts?

In essence, a podcast is a bite size piece of audio available for the masses to listen to on the internet. Perfect for times when you don’t want to listen to music but fancy a bit of inspiration, education or entertainment. Podcasts began to gain popularity in the early noughties for the way that they fit in with our busy lifestyles. Being able to simply turn on a podcast, plug your headphones in and crack on with your commute, workload or housework. 

#2 How do I listen to podcasts?

Easy peasy, there are a variety of ways to listen to podcasts, take a look at our list below.

  • Google Podcasts app
  • Spotify app
  • Apple Music app
  • Alexa Podcasts 
  • BBC podcasts on BBC Sounds app

#3 Coggles Top Podcasts

#1 In The Third Person

This 5 part series hosted by Mike Skinner of The Streets and mate Murkage Dave, sees the pair interview some high profile celebrities. From Oasis legend Liam Gallagher to fashion IT girl Alexa Chung the series features a selection of laid-back chats about life, learnings, laughs and anecdotes. 

#2 The High Low

Weekly pop culture podcast The High Low is hosted by award winning journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes. The pair chat openly about all that is the 21st century. From film releases to social media, celebrities and politics, you’ll feel as though you’ve just stuck the kettle on with your two best friends. If you haven’t listened to any episodes yet, you’re in for a treat with over two years of content to catch up on!

Podcast @pandorasykes


#3 Under The Skin with Russell Brand

The multi-talented, actor, comedian, author and activist Russell Brand plays host to come seriously impressive opinion leaders, academics and members of pop culture in his podcast Under the Skin. Discussing thought provoking and powerful topics mixed in with laughter and anecdotes the podcast welcomes guests from a variety of backgrounds. From comedians Lena Dunham and Richard Ayoade, to motivational speaker Jay Shetty and TV personality Fearne Cotton this is definitely a podcast that needs to be on your radar.



#4 BBC Radio 4 – Costing the Earth

Taking a frank look into the effect that the human race is having on our planet, BBC 4’s podcast Costing the Earth is is an important conversation starter. Looking into sustainability and the environmental impact of 21st century life, the podcast discusses topical issues including, fast fashion as well as methods of how we can end our over whelming plastic problem. We’d highly recommend this podcast if you’re looking for some inspiration on how to live a greener more eco-friendly life.

#5 Table Manners with Jessie Ware

Hosted by singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, Table Manners is a light hearted sit down with chef mum Helena, and a variety of celebrities from the world of music, culture and politics. Chatting about everything from food and family to everyday culture, the podcast takes place at Jessie’s mum’s kitchen table adding to the authenticity of the conversations. Previous guests have included, Loyle Carner, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sadiq Khan.


Words by Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

Writer and expert