9 Podcasts You Will Be Addicted To In 2019

2019 is the year I’ve decided to be better at it this podcast thing. You see, I learned the hard way that stumbling upon a podcast you legitimately enjoy is a myth. The key to tuning into the good'uns is following through on sincere recommendations from friends, colleagues and clever people in the know. So - surprise - that's what I've done right here.
From the recently released to returning favourites; love, books, womanhood and real life events – these are the podcasts I've been introduced to at the end of 2018 that I'm taking with me into the new year. Fancy joining?
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The Sista Collective



Lead by BBC 5 Live journalist Jessie Aru-Phillips, The Sista Collective is an animated and earnest conversation between a group of young women of colour. Aru-Phillips is joined by regular podcasters Team GB Olympic athlete Anyika Onuora, BlackGirlFest co-founder Paula Akpan and The Apprentice finalist Joanna Jarjue to discuss everything from identity, hair politics and relationships through the lens of being a black British woman. There are as many laughs as there are points of serious conversation and the focus is deliberately shifts to cover the entirety of the UK. Recent guests include Spice Girl Mel B, but in essence, it’s an open conversation about life right now that’s a joy to listen in on.

Listen on BBC Sounds
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F**ks Given



Let’s talk about sex. No, really. We don’t do it enough which is why YouTube’s Come Curious duo, Florence and Reed have launched a podcast to encourage us to do it a bit more and be proud of the sex we’re having. No stress about numbers, they chat about the good, the bad and the weirder encounters in your shag catalogue. We’re not talking about the half-assed sex chat you might come across on TV, we mean everything from anal rimming and weird fetishes to repeat-sleeping with your ex and navigating emotional tumoil in the process. It’s frank chat by two young women who have had the same thoughts as you.

Listen on iTunes and Spotify
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The Gurls Talk Podcast



Since launching online community Gurls Talk, model Adwoa Aboah has recently started a similarly focused podcast to create a space for women to discuss the issues that affect us. Though celebrity guests are a significant part of the dynamic – Jorja Smith features for the show’s debut, followed by British female boxing champ Ramla Ali – the focus is the type of conversation you might candidly have with your own pals. Adwoa describes it as an opportunity to “talk, share, listen and take control of our shit”. Think self-help via the wisdom and experience of famous faces you may already look up to.

Listen on iTunes
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Believed



The fact that Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar abused hundreds of women and girls over such a long period of time remains a difficult to comprehend. As we continue to come to terms with this huge cultural moment, largely defined by the Nassar case, Believed gives essential consideration to the team of women who won a conviction in one of the biggest serial sex abuse cases in America. It attempts to try and understand how Nassar got away, the system of gaslighting used to misdirect attention and what it finally took for his survivors to be believed.

Listen on NPR
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The Rewatchables



Keeping up with film is hard enough, let alone trying to keep up with podcasts about films, which is why The Ringer's The Rewatchables offers a welcome respite from the cinematic whirlwind. It's all about the films that people watch over and over again (could you tell from the title?) and it's the type of relaxed and humorous chit chat that's interesting enough to keep you invested but accessible enough should you want to dip in and out of the episodes that discuss your personal favourite films.

Listen on Soundcloud
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This Is Love



How many times have you asked yourself “what even is love?” Too many to count? Well Radiotopia’s new offering discusses “how to be alone, how to live forever, how to wait, how to worry, and yes, how to love”. It’s beautiful to listen to despite the dramatic differences between the narratives of each episode. It’s all part of the excitement. True to the broad and expansive nature of the word “love” you never quite know where each story is going to go. The recently launched second season opens with an episode about how a couple plans to live forever via AI… love knows no bounds.

Listen on Spotify and iTunes
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Mostly Lit



I feel bad I didn't get into this one sooner. Heavily recommended by so many of my pals (and now me), Mostly Lit sees Alex Reads, Raifa Rafiq and Derek Owusu host the pop culture chat everyone needs to listen to. Books feature heavily, obviously, but the wider convo winds around topical points of interest and that little thing known as the millennial experience. Insightful doesn’t quite do the podcast justice, but we’ll go with it. The trio are great to listen to and yes, it’s one of those scenarios where after a few episode you’ll feel compelled to personally make friends with each of them.

Listen on Soundcloud
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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness



That’s right, ICYMI you can have Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness in your ear whenever you so wish, my friends. It’s not the newest of the bunch but its no wonder that, in the year after the Netflix show took the world by storm, attention is suddenly on his nice and easy podcast. It’s pretty straight forward – Van Ness sits down for a 30 minute or so chat with a famous friends, colleagues and experts to learn about something timely. And when we say something, it can be anything from Brexit to addiction. His earnestness always makes for open, insightful conversation that might surprise you. Never fear, though. His signature fun-loving, overtly bubbly attitude is very much present, too.

Listen on Earwolf
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The Butterfly Effect



I’d like to bring your attention to Jon Ronson’s widely followed podcast, The Butterfly Affect ahead of the January release of his next one. In short, The Butterfly Effect is about the porn industry. It traces its progress from an idea to a revolution in technology. Aside from an insight into the consequences of free porn, there’s a gripping sense of mystery around it. There are wild diversions into unexpected territory as well surprisingly tender moments. Though not directly related, it makes an interesting prelude to the upcoming Last Days Of August series in which Ronson investigates the suicide of a young female porn star.

Listen on Audible or iTunes
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