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 All Killa No Filla

For fans of dark humour and true crime, comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard- McLean’s All Killa No Filla podcast is for you. Fascinated by the psychology behind their crimes, each episode explores a different serial killer, sharing interesting facts and delivering them with quick wit. As educational as it is funny, this is one to download if you’re a fan of the macabre. 

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#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!

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#3 Getting Curious

One of Netflix’s most beloved, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness is more than just a hair magician. On his podcast Getting Curious, JVN talks to experts and inspirational figures from different industries, exploring topics from Brexit to bees to influencing with guests including Reese Witherspoon, Jameela Jamil and Lizzo. Empowering through education, JVN has a way of making even the most complex topics feel fun and accessible. Definitely a commuting favourite of ours.

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#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 The Receipts

Maybe avoid listening to this one at work if you want to avoid cry laughing in the office. Made by three best friends, The Receipts podcast gives you all the tough love you need as Audrey, Tolly and Milena talk pop culture, dating and friendship. We especially love their ‘Your Receipts’ episodes, giving advice to dilemmas of their audience in a way that makes you feel like you’re sat with your friends around a brunch table. A huge mood booster; put The Receipts on if you need a cheer-up.

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Words by Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

Writer and expert