The top podcasts this week include a promising new political program that aims to be more than just a show for fathers.
Picks of the week
The Kitchen of Your Mother
New episodes will be available every week starting on Wednesday, May 23rd.
Michele Norris, the host of this celebrity interview series, asks guests about the impact of their childhood kitchen on their present selves. In the first episode, guest stars Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves-McConaughey fondly recall learning how to tell stories, using a wood-burning stove built by their grandfather, and discovering the power of ice cream to resolve arguments. It’s a delightful and nostalgic conversation. Alexi Duggins.
Law and Disorder
Easily accessible, new episodes every week.
The podcast featuring retired high court judge Nicholas Mostyn, human rights campaigner Helena Kennedy, and former justice secretary Charlie Falconer will not be a bland and agreeable show. Instead, the trio discusses topics such as Trump and the widening gap between the legal field and political leaders in a thought-provoking manner.
Improving the Future
Easily accessible, new episodes released every week.
Wise and sweary climate scientist Chris Turney presents the cure for your planet-induced existential dread, speaking to people who are doing more than doomscrolling to change things. Maggie “Billie Eilish’s mum” Baird is the first guest, who points out the huge difference one meat and dairy-free day a week could make. HV
Easily accessible, new episodes are released on a weekly basis.
This staggering, bold four-part series tells the tale of former GB youth swimmer Alexis Quinn, who escaped psychiatric care to blow the whistle on widespread sexual assault. It’s a troubling look at both her tale and the year-and-a-half investigation into sexual abuse on English mental health wards it prompted. AD
Gun and Wand: The Official Companion Podcast
Widely available, episodes weekly
Alfie Packham and Caroline McEvoy are the presenters of this accompanying podcast for the crossover between Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders, titled Gun and Wand. However, the show itself is not real. This does not hinder the discussions on topics such as unclothed sorcerers and a tutorial on crafting a mystical language by linguist Dr. Brian Spleen. HV
There is a podcast available for that topic.
Hannah Verdier has picked out five top-rated podcasts centered around topics of health and wellness. These podcasts cover a range of topics, including how to relax and destress, as well as dispelling false beliefs surrounding popular health trends.
If you ever reach a state of exhaustion where you have not stepped outside all day, set aside your phone and let Slow Radio calm you. There is a strangely mesmerizing quality to listening to three consecutive morning bird songs, even if they include the frenzied chirping of what may sound like angry birds. If nature is not your preferred sound, there are other meditative options in the half-hour episodes, such as immersing yourself in the chimes of a clock or discovering what a transmitter picks up at night. It’s the self-care podcast that you didn’t realize you needed, but once you listen to one episode, you’ll eagerly anticipate a daily break.
Scottee: Self Help
Rephrased: The constant bombardment of positive mantras may become overwhelming for those struggling with mental health issues. However, cabaret artist and activist Scottee offers an antidote in his “amateur’s guide to staying alive.” Instead of recommending meditation, exercise, or bullet journaling, Scottee shares his personal experiences and coping methods for maintaining sanity. The podcast has a warm and intimate atmosphere, making Scottee feel like a supportive friend on a rainy walk, even though he questions his own reasons for doing it.
Zoe Science & Nutrition
The Zoe study is at the forefront of a movement focused on improving health and nutrition through continuous research. Their podcast provides an excellent source for staying updated on the latest news. From dairy and snacking to protein and nuts, they have dedicated episodes to addressing major food-related topics that often make headlines. Their discussions cover recent studies on gut health, artificial sweeteners, and ultra-processed foods, all from a scientifically-backed perspective. In a world where diet recommendations constantly fluctuate between low carb, Keto, and fasting, it’s refreshing to hear a well-rounded and unbiased approach.
In a society where Instagram influencers, health-conscious mothers, and fitness enthusiasts are prevalent, Michael Hobbes and Aubrey Gordon offer a refreshing perspective by debunking the questionable science behind various health and wellness trends. They tackle important questions such as: Why is it necessary to walk 10,000 steps every day? How can one handle a weigh-in at the doctor’s office when they do not want to step on the scale? And is it true that French women never gain weight? Each episode is filled with entertaining humor and practicality, as Hobbes and Gordon refuse to buy into myths, outdated statistics, and “what I eat in a day” videos.
How do you handle it? with Elis and John
Elis James and John Robins, the hosts of the show, are known for their candid discussions about their mental well-being. Their openness has encouraged their guests to also share their experiences. In this series, guests such as James Cracknell, Katie Piper, and Jordan Gray have talked about the challenges they have faced in their lives. Each episode starts with the hosts checking in on each other’s well-being, creating a warm and safe space for conversation. A particularly moving moment is when Robins opens up about his struggles with alcohol and acknowledges that he had hit rock bottom before starting his journey towards recovery.
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