5 Podcasts You Should Really Be Listening To

5 Podcasts You Should Really Be Listening To
Carly Jacobs

‘ve become super obsessed with podcasts this year. I live in Melbourne so I walk everywhere, often up to 2 hours a day, so I’m constantly looking for new podcasts as I can rip through a whole feed of a newly-discovered podcast in the space of a week. Serial will always be the love of my life and here are a few that I find awesome at the gym. However if you walk a lot, here are 5 podcasts you should really be listening to…

podcasts you should really listen to


This is a very new discovery but I’ve binge listened my way through the whole series and I love it. It’s written and narrated by Arron Mahnke and each episode is a 20 minute story about something creepy. Warning: Episode 7 In The Woods, is horrifying. Don’t listen to it alone or in the dark… and definitely not in the woods.

Call Your Girlfriend

This is a gorgeous podcast with two of the most awesome chicks in the world. Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow are two long distance besties who call each other every week and record their conversation. It’s funny, thought provoking and very smart stuff. Get on it.

Sean Wes

This is more for the business minded people but Sean Wes is a entrepreneur who really pushes the envelope on digital marketing. I’m making this sound super dry, but it’s not I promise. It basically a podcast about awesome, actionable business building tips from a dude who’s tried them all himself.

No Such Thing As A Fish

This one is a classic but sometimes it gets forgotten. It’s made by the researchers of QI and it’s pretty much a podcast about the cool shit they discovered that week. Very listenable.

Gilmore Guys

Two guys who watch and dissect episodes of The Gilmore Girls. Very cute and a must listen for anyone who’s a Gilmore Girls fan.

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What podcasts are you listening to? Let me know in the comments?


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  1. Mary Christine 3 years ago

    The X-Files Files. Welcome To Night Vale. Cracked (your recommendation!). How To Do Everything. And Judge John Hodgman remains my all-time favorite. Woo!

  2. J 3 years ago

    The longest shortest time (I’m not a parent, but I just love the podcast) Note to self, Strangers, Death sex and Money, Invisibilia, Radiolab and Love and Radio.

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      I just started listening to Death Sex and Money and it was amazing! An episode about siblings? It was brilliant! Great suggestion.

  3. Vicki Wallis 3 years ago

    I must listen to the Gilmore Guys. V x

  4. leah 3 years ago

    I love green guide letters, the little dum dum club, wilosophy, tofop are all my faves.

  5. Maddi 3 years ago

    i loved serial (who didnt!) and then basically downloaded a bunch of the most popular ones on itunes. Im a big fan of Triple J Hack; Chat 10 Looks 3 (hosted by Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb); Mamamia Outloud; and Start-Up. Thanks for the suggestions!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      I cannot wait for the second series of Serial. So excited! I love Annabel! I’m in!

  6. Bonn 3 years ago

    I, too, am obsessed… I’ve been so sad that I haven’t had the time to read, and so to find the podcast option for when I’m driving or walking has been incredible. I’d go so far as to say life changing! My faves at the mo: Happier with Gretchen Rubin, One Minute Mindfulness, The Wellness Guys, Stuff You Should Know, HBR Ideacast and Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin. Ima look up Call Your Girlfriend – sounds really sweet!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Isn’t it great? I know what you mean – I’ve started crocheting this year and it’s kind of replaced my reading so I listen to podcasts while I do it. Mr Smags and I went on a road trip and I crocheted while we listened to an audio book. The best! Call your girlfriend isn’t exactly sweet… it’s more sassy!

  7. hailz 3 years ago

    I call things I don’t understand ‘witchcraft ‘. Podcasts are included in this. I’ve never listened to one and don’t get how to do it!! Lol. I’m hardly a techno-phobe either!

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Do you have an iPhone? Just type ‘witchcraft’ into the search bar… kidding! It’s just in the podcast app. Like iTunes. My mum even does it. I have faith in you.

  8. Sarah 3 years ago

    I love happier by gretchen Rubin, pro blogger, up for a chat, Katy says, okay…I’m a podcast junkie. Next blog post….my top 20 podcasts…lol

  9. hmbalison 3 years ago

    I highly recommend the Satellite Sisters–5 real sisters gabbing about news, talk and laughs. They are fantastic.

  10. Kelly 3 years ago

    My new fav … Death Sex & Money. I also quite like This American Life & Conversations with Richard Fidler (my absolute top pick is Paul Carter – I actually think there is 2 episodes with him and I could listen to them again and again). I also enjoyed Serial and have been listening to Undisclosed which is kind of a follow on. It is from a group of lawyers supporting Adnan and they review the details of case in depth. Sometimes it is a bit taxing to keep up with all the details but it is still has me going back each week to listen.

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    Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

    That’s my new favourite too after yesterday! Love it! I was listening to Undisclosed but it’s just not as listenable. I got bored. 🙁

  12. Shelby Wright 3 years ago

    Another vote here for Conversations with Richard Fidler! Sometimes it comes on the radio when I’m in the car, and I can’t get out of the car until it’s finished, even if it’s someone I’ve never heard of before. There was a recent one with Julia Zemiro (and Ellen Fanning – Richard was on holiday) that I really enjoyed.

    In fact ABC have a lot of great podcasts (First Dog on the Moon, TGIF, Soundproof, Self-Improvement Wednesday, The Minefield). I’m an old person though and usually listen to the actual radio 🙂

    For new music I used to like KEXP Song of the Day, Stereogum, and Triple J new music – I’d wait until I had about ten or twenty songs, listen to them all on my commute, and save the ones I wanted to keep. I’ve discovered a couple of my favourite bands this way! Also a lot of bands I never want to hear again, but the sheer volume and wide variety means a low hit rate is still worthwhile. KEXP in particular has an enormous archive.

    And if you like quizzes then Podquiz is the utter bomb. I’m a trivia fiend and I love it.

  13. Kerrie 3 years ago

    Story Club, Chat 10 & have just discovered The Mitchen, which sounds promising.

  14. Emily Bennett 3 years ago

    Love this list! Downloading furiously as we speak! Totally agree re Undisclosed. Yawn. Meshel Laurie’s Nitty Gritty Committee is fantastic! Really thought provoking. I also enjoyed Criminal but they don’t produce many eps.

  15. Tanya 3 years ago

    Doctor Karl (on Triple J) is always on my podcast list.
    I’ve also recently been listening to Rum, Rebels and Ratbags, which is a factual and yet often funny look at the first 50 or so years of European settlement in Australia.

  16. Jeannie Antoline 3 years ago

    Too many to list but my favorites are Stuff You Missed in History Class, The Moth, Lore, Cracked, and This American Life. I also devour anything related to Serial…(I heard a rumor about the one coming up) and A Cast of Kings (Game of Thrones) Love the suggestions, great topic Carly!

  17. Louise 3 years ago

    I know I’m replying late but I only just found this site! Extra Hot Great and Pop Culture Happy Hour are good for the pop culture side of things, Answer Me This and Good Job Brain for trivia, Story Collider is short personal stories about science, Witness / Sporting Witness (BBC) are personal stories from history

  18. residanna 2 years ago

    Ah I just found this! I think someone needs to make these in to a list. Nice and neat 🙂 I am kind of addicted to all things Jack Rabbit FM right now particularly Sweet Teen Club (I feel you girls are my spirit animals).


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