Podcasts those intimate, accessible and free audio files have revolutionised our listening habits. Podcast subscriptions on iTunes exceeded one billion in 2013, and an ABC survey in 2016 suggested that committed podcast audiences listen to an average of 5 per week, with nearly one in five enthusiasts tuning in to 11 or more weekly.
Podcasts are appealing because they can be tailored to our individual interests with minimal effort and cost, says psychologist and social commentator Sabina Read, who until recently co-hosted the weekly Good Thinking radio program with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. (They no longer make Good Thinking but, fittingly, all their shows are available as podcasts.)
"Podcasts are really a personal learning tool for the masses, whether your interests include sport, relationships, technology, news, health, family or comedy," she says. "They have the benefit of providing easy-to-digest sound bites that allow us to learn and grow while still carrying on with other daily activities like driving to work or walking the dog. There's also something very appealing about listening to people's nuanced voices and emotional tones that can create a sense of human connection."
With hundreds of thousands of podcasts available, it can be tricky to know where to begin. Here's a round-up of some of the best for mind, body and spirit.
In his weekly podcast, author and entrepreneur Jonathan Fields unpicks big topics like meaning, happiness, purpose, creativity, confidence and success. Fields' curiosity means he gives his guests (who range from Bren Brown and Seth Godin to everyday people) the space and time to dive deep.
So many of us are too busy, too stressed and too tired. Brooke McAlary's podcast is the perfect antidote. She explores what can help us live a slower and simpler life, such as developing rituals for gratitude and single-tasking, meditation, screen-free bedrooms and frugal hedonism (yes, it's a thing).
It might sound a bit Oprah-esque, but if you're looking to improve yourself and live your best life, then Carly Jacobs and Kelly Exeter's podcast is for you. Jacobs and Exeter are self-improvement junkies who discuss the side effects of living a hectic life and offer tips, advice and strategies to get your calm on. They present a personable, funny podcast with heaps of life hacks a fresh one each week from learning to say no to being more decisive.
While it has a plain title, Justin Malik's daily podcast is anything but ordinary. A digest of what he calls the internet's best content, Malik narrates blog posts (with permission from their authors) which mainly examine personal development, minimalism and productivity. It could be a recipe for dullness, but Malik is skilled at curating compelling and challenging episodes. With each coming in at around 10 minutes, OLD is a bite-sized summary of what's currently great on the web.
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If you're someone who likes your wellbeing and health advice backed up by scientific evidence, it's hard to go past this podcast by ABC Radio National. The host, Dr Norman Swan, cuts through medical jargon to make complex topics digestible for listeners who want to know more about subjects such as allergies, the impact of sugar, brain training and brown fat. It's the perfect dose for those who wish their GP was up to date with the latest research and had half an hour to spend with them each week.
How to find great podcasts
Ask your friends what they're listening to.
Search by topic to find the podcast that suits your interests.
You can subscribe to podcasts via platforms such as iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and PodBean.
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- How digital clubbing became the saviour of queer nightlife during the coronavirus pandemic - i-D - April 2nd, 2020
- The Weeknd Falls Victim to Old Habits on 'After Hours' - The - The Heights - April 2nd, 2020
- In the Studio with Ruby Barber, the Florist Behind Berlin-Based Mary Lennox - W Magazine - April 2nd, 2020
- Michelin-starred meals that can be delivered to your home during lockdown - Telegraph.co.uk - April 2nd, 2020
- I used to live for travel in fact, I just wrote the book on it. But theres no running away now - The Guardian - April 2nd, 2020
- The Church and the Plague - Medieval and Modern Times (Part three of four) - FSSPX.News - April 2nd, 2020
- An acclaimed Bengali pulp fiction writer turns a voyeuristic eye on the secrets of Calcutta by night - Scroll.in - April 2nd, 2020
- Coronavirus: 5 books that open up new worlds and help you escape lockdown loneliness - YourStory - April 2nd, 2020
- Playlists Curated by Hotels and Resorts That Make You Feel a World Away - AskMen - April 2nd, 2020
- Shelf isolation: stylish reads to keep your spirits up - The Guardian - April 2nd, 2020
- Oliver Craske: Indian Sun, The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar review - a master receives masterly treatment - The Arts Desk - April 2nd, 2020
- The Weeknd Returns to Hopeless, Loveless Hedonism on 'After Hours' - Daily Utah Chronicle - March 26th, 2020
- The unconvincing hedonism of The Weeknd's After Hours - McGill Tribune - March 26th, 2020
- After Hours Is the Weeknds Most Accomplished Work Yet - The Ringer - March 26th, 2020
- Working from home seriously disadvantages me, so I'm calling for unis to void this year - The Tab - March 26th, 2020
- Ron DeSantis, Why the #@*! Are Florida's Beaches Still Open? - The Daily Beast - March 26th, 2020
- The Hollywood #MeToo Movie Inspired by a Weinstein-Esque Creep - The Daily Beast - March 26th, 2020
- The Weeknd's New Album Cuts Through the Isolation - Fordham Ram - March 26th, 2020
- 8 London restaurants that will deliver during lockdown - Spectator.co.uk - March 26th, 2020
- 16 Ways Coronavirus May Change the Way We Look at the World - Singularity Hub - March 26th, 2020
- 'Birth of the Cool': 8 ways Miles Davis changed the music scene forever - The National - March 26th, 2020
- Childish Gambino: 3.15.20 review at the peak of the zeitgeist - The Guardian - March 26th, 2020
- From Zoom to Minecraft, what will the 'new normal' for Australian museums look like? - The Adelaide Review - March 26th, 2020
- The very best London restaurants offering home delivery and takeaway during the coronavirus crisis - Spear's WMS - March 26th, 2020
- Monday briefing: 8m could be hospitalised in the UK - The Guardian - March 16th, 2020
- Give It Time Before Deciding You Hate Your New Job - Harvard Business Review - March 16th, 2020
- 5 Easy Healthy Food Swaps That Still Taste Great - Esquire - March 16th, 2020
- Guy Mortified After Realizing He Just Hooked Up With A Woman Whose Daughter He Had Recently Slept With - Comic Sands - March 16th, 2020
- Timon of Athens at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Reviewed - Washington City Paper - March 16th, 2020
- Tips from the Top: Jancis Robinsons best wine addresses in London - Financial Times - February 25th, 2020
- Euphorias Jules was based on Hunter Schafers teen years - i-D - February 25th, 2020
- The Roots of Mardi Gras Arent Just in New Orleans - The Mary Sue - February 25th, 2020
- Obituary: Andrew Weatherall, music producer renowned for his groundbreaking work on Primal Scream's Screamadelica - HeraldScotland - February 25th, 2020
- Show of the week: Californian Commando - TBI Vision - February 25th, 2020
- Amsterdams red light district tours will be banned from April - Evening Standard - February 25th, 2020
- Grimes plays the villain we want her to be on Miss Anthropocene - The FADER - February 25th, 2020
- 'I didn't recognize you with your clothes on': woman recounts visit to Nygard Cay - Winnipeg Free Press - February 25th, 2020
- OFFSnar 2020 reveals lineups for Get Losts Europen debut and Drumcode - The Groove Cartel - February 25th, 2020
- After Hours by The Weeknd Review - Pitchfork - February 25th, 2020
- 'This is no time to stop crying': punk's high priestess is back - The Sydney Morning Herald - February 25th, 2020
- My Wild and Sleepless Nights by Clover Stroud review what does being a mother feel like? - The Guardian - February 25th, 2020
- Actors Theatre of Columbus 39th season will have royal flavor - ThisWeek Community News - February 11th, 2020
- Australia's 'King Of One-Man Cabarets' Michael Griffiths Returns To The McCallum With COLE - Broadway World - February 11th, 2020
- Wines of the week: 9 bottles to celebrate Valentine's Day with - The Independent - February 11th, 2020
- Legendary rock band to play Lincoln fresh off 25th anniversary - Lincolnshire Live - February 11th, 2020
- 6 Anti-Valentines Day Films That Will Make You Happy To Be Single - British Vogue - February 11th, 2020
- Best UK wine retailers: The local, national and online retailers of the year - decanter.com - December 27th, 2019
- The Many Faces of the Occult - The Atlantic - December 27th, 2019
- Vogue Editors Pick Their Best Movies of the Decade - Vogue - December 27th, 2019
- Must I Give Gifts Every Night of Chanukah? - Chabad.org - December 27th, 2019
- Una Mullally: With the end of Le Galaxie, the glow has gone out of Irish music - The Irish Times - December 27th, 2019
- Book Review: Stoned by Jo Wood captures a unique time and a side to the Stones that's rarely seen - the AU review - December 27th, 2019
- The Spaceship of the Imagination Makes Spirits Bright - Nashville Scene - December 27th, 2019
- Integrity in our polity - The Nation Newspaper - December 27th, 2019
- Hedonism II | Top Clothing Optional Resorts In Negril, Jamaica - December 21st, 2019
- What to Expect at Hedonism | Hedonism II - December 21st, 2019
- Top 10 photography shows of 2019 | Culture - The Guardian - December 21st, 2019
- FPI says it found condoms and alcohol at DWP, wants Governor Anies to ban EDM festival in the future - Coconuts - December 21st, 2019
- Kurtenbach: The Raiders are leaving behind a fanbase with a passion you cannot buy - East Bay Times - December 21st, 2019
- The Raiders franchise will never be the same after their move from Oakland - ClutchPoints - December 21st, 2019
- Misery, not hedonism, appears to be driving increased drug use among Gen Xers and Boomers - Illicit Trade - November 13th, 2019
- Your Weekly Horoscopes Are Here! November 15th - November 22nd - InStyle - November 13th, 2019
- Dialogue with Tom Wright about History and Eschatology Part Two - Patheos - November 13th, 2019
- Rocket ships, sex cults, and South African connections - Peter Mark Kendall tells us all about his thrilling role in the true-life TV show that's... - November 13th, 2019
- Toro Y Moi reinforces his own creative progression at the House of Blues - Vanyaland - November 13th, 2019
- Why Eden Sank to Grief | Cole S. Aronson - First Things - November 13th, 2019
- Review: Friendly Fires at O2 Institute, Birmingham - a carnival of colour as band enter new dimension - Birmingham Live - November 13th, 2019
- Meow Meow lays the shtick on thick, but the songs are worth it - Sydney Morning Herald - November 13th, 2019
- Review: Botticelli in the Fire, at Hampstead Theatre - Islington Tribune newspaper website - November 13th, 2019
- Indulging In Luxury Hedonism On The White Island, At BLESS Hotel Ibiza - - The Luxury Editor - October 18th, 2019
- Embrace Your Van Winkle Hedonism With This Custom Barrel Stave Humidor - The Whiskey Wash - October 18th, 2019
- An Aegean cruise aboard Azamara Pursuit proves there are few better places to sail - Stuff.co.nz - October 18th, 2019
- A family vacation with something for everyone - The Boston Globe - October 18th, 2019
- Tony Chambers on the designs that can help solve a climate crisis - Evening Standard - October 18th, 2019
- TT Sriram, the frontman of Skrat, talks about his life between business sales and tonal scales - Indulgexpress - October 18th, 2019
- The 25 best albums of July to September 2019 - FACT - October 18th, 2019
- Room author Emma Donoghue's new novel dives deep into love and loss, and what it means to be a family - Vancouver Sun - October 18th, 2019
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- Hear Pitbull, Blake Shelton Cut Loose in New Collaboration Get Ready - Rolling Stone - October 1st, 2019
- Singapore Grand Prix: Humidity meets hedonism during Asia's most punishing race - CNN International - October 1st, 2019