When I’m not spending quality time with Netflix or overthinking that one line of copy I wrote 2 weeks ago that could’ve been better now that I think about it, I’m listening to podcasts during my commute to and from work — unless Beyoncé’s got a new album (RIP everything else).

Here are some of my favourites channels to listen to:

Today, Explained

Brought to us by the same creators of Explained on Netflix, Today Explained condenses current affairs in America in 20 minutes…which can be exhausting because America. 

The show breaks down everything from myths on metabolism to Elon Musk’s breakdowns (I was rooting for you!) to how the United States has a role (and a rather important one at that) in the funding for the war in Yemen. And if you’re anything like me, aka will cry at the mention of “children were killed”, then do not start with episode ‘Could one man’s death change the conflict in Yemen?’ unless you’d like to cry in the train. I’m sorry passengers, I’m not usually like this.

You can listen to the show here.

Pretty Big Deal with Ashley Graham

To those unaware of the wonder that is Ashley Graham, she is essentially the face for the plus size community. She’s walked for brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, Christian Siriano — as a size 18 (which is typically considered XXXXL in Asia) and that’s a pretty big deal because it’s no secret that the fashion industry is still working on embracing bigger models.

Ashley discusses body positivity, entrepreneurship, racial identity, the importance of being inclusive and more with guests like Noor Tagouri, Gabrielle Union and Kim Kardashian. She’s loud, proud and absolutely lovely. Get on it, f’reals.

You can listen to the show here.

The Guilty Feminist 

Before we get into it: being a feminist doesn’t mean hating men, okay? Please take your ignorance somewhere else. Like Google.

I’m a feminist but when a guy that I like refers to me as ‘his girl’ I don’t dislike it — which some feminists will see as me allowing myself to be referred to as property/enabling the construct of ownership. The Guilty Feminist hosts talks about the “insecurities, hypocrisies and fears” that underlie the feminist movement.

This show features a panel of women from various backgrounds (comedians, activists, entrepreneurs) who discuss everything from emotional labour to orgasms to what it means to push back. The conversation is about women but it’s not just for women — I find that men, who are open to learn, will be able to have a deeper understanding to the issues women have to work through via this podcast. It’s insightful and I always learn something new after each episode.

You can listen to the show here.

Business Wars

I’m curious to understand how products have the ability to shift our behaviour and how brands in the same industry position themselves to stand out in the market. Like Coca Cola and Pepsi, there’s a smaaaaall difference in its flavour (Coca Cola being the one that tastes better); competition is high and there’s little room to be different. Business Wars explains how and why (in a rather animated manner) they do it for, and what the outcome of their strategies have been like.

The host, David Brown, has compared brands like Netflix vs. Blockbuster, Nike vs. Adidas, Marvel vs. DC, Hearst vs. Pulitzer and many more! If you enjoy learning about the evolution of companies, markets and consumer behaviour, definitely start with its Coke vs. Pepsi  episode ‘cos that shit is sweet.

You can listen to the show here.

Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer

When people ask me why I don’t have a boyfriend yet, I usually ask the question back to them because honestly why won’t men date me? Is it because I don’t giggle enough? Do I have to twirl my hair to let them know that I’m interested? Is that the dating signal? Or is it my sarcasm? Hmm. That can’t be it.

I used to think that I was the only one who faced this issue of battling feeling undesirable and knowing that perhaps I’m just not the target audience of this market (thanks Advertising), until I listened to this show. Nicole Byer is entertaining and is the human equivalent of having bangers and mash on a rainy day; very comforting. She also shares anecdotes of her dating history and why she uses a photo of herself and a huge dildo as her profile picture on Tinder. Yes.

You can listen to the show here.

Unexplained

I love me a good ol’ conspiracy theory and/or unsolved mystery. There’s something about the unknown that’s very tempting but I’m not going to venture into anything on my own because I’m a little chicken shit. HOWEVER I will not stop at listening to other people’s experiences. That’s why we listen and share ghost stories even though we know damn well we can’t sleep after, right?

My best friend introduced me to this show, sharing an episode of how someone had tried to record bird songs from his garden but caught voices speaking to him through the transmissions at the same time. Did someone close-by tap into his frequency? Or were they from the other side? Goosebumps? Same, fam. But it’s too interesting to skip!

You can listen to the show here.

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