Podcast are a great way to either take in information or help you concentrate whilst getting work done. I work in an open plan office where I am surrounded by the irrelevant conversations of other teams which is the perfect atmosphere for me. Now that I am confined to working from home I am surrounded by complete silence. At work I often listen to music and the occasional podcast. However, since working from home I found myself listening to more podcasts. In this blog I will talk you through some of my favourite podcasts.

  1. Hip Hop Saved my Life with Romesh Ranganathan

Romesh Ranganathan not only invites artists from the music world but comedians, actors and presenters to talk hip-hop. But you can probably enjoy this podcast even if you hate hip-hop as Romesh is brilliant at getting his guests to spill personal stories that are loosely related to hip-hop. On the other hand, he can also have deep conversations about hip-hop history. Have you ever imagined Louis Theroux discussing hip-hop with Romesh Ranganathan? So have I. Well luckily for you that has actually happened. 

  • The Joe Rogan Experience

Our MYP Adam Renny recommended The Joe Rogan Experience. Comedian Joe Rogan invites guests from the comedy, sports and science worlds to have in-depth conversations. A highlight episode is one that features American whistle-blower Edward Snowden who leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013 when he was a Central Intelligence Agency employee.

  • The Infinite Monkey Cage with Brian Cox and Robin Ince

Oldham lad Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince take a look at the world through the eyes of scientists. An episode I would highlight is Conspiracy Theories. Brian and Robin explore various conspiracies focusing on how they spread and the psychology behind why people are led to believe them.

  • Pioneer Places

Rochdale’s Co-operative past is explored by local young people as they visit many locations and report back to retell history through discussion, roleplay and lots of dry humour as they also look into historical Rochdale murders. Oh, did I mention that I feature on this podcast too. Yes, I am plugging this amazing podcast that features me.

  • Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

The podcast format allows American talk show host Conan O’Brien to have less scripted and more personal conversations with his guests alongside his assistant Sona Movesian and Producer Matt Gourely. The three are such different personalities that it makes perfect comedy for a podcast as they argue throughout. The Jeff Goldblum episode is one to highlight as he and Conan makes all kinds of strange noises in typical Goldblum style.