What are your favourite podcasts?

A few months ago I started listening to podcasts while I fold the laundry, and it is actually life changing! I don’t know what took me so long, but better late than never! Instead of folding laundry on a daily basis, I’ve started piling up our clean, dry laundry and keeping it in a big basket in our laundry room. (On a separate note, I should say that I’ve given the kids the task of taking all our laundry off the line every day and putting it into the basket! Also life changing!)

Then, once or twice a week, usually in the evenings after the kids have gone to bed, I spend an hour or so folding laundry and listening to a podcast. I actually get excited to fold laundry!! 

Are you in to podcasts too? If so, I’d love to hear your favourites. It would be wonderful to get some new recommendations. Below I will share some of my favourites so far:

  • How I Built This with Guy Raz.  He interviews entrepreneurs and innovators behind some of the world’s best known companies.  I find these interviews so inspiring, and honestly just so interesting. I’ve listened to a few, but my favourites are actually the interviews with women. I LOVE the interview with Sara Blakely who founded Spanx, and the one with Roxanne Quimby, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees.
  • Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4. A friend in London turned me on to this series of interviews where people share the soundtrack of their lives — the 8 songs they’d want to listen to on a deserted island. I started with her favourite, a moving interview with David Nott, and was hooked after that.  Last night I listened to the interview with Tom Hanks.
  • A few weeks ago, in my quest to discover some new podcasts, I googled ‘Best podcasts of 2018’ and somehow ended up at Everything is Alive. It’s a series of unscripted interviews in which all the subjects are inanimate objects. In each show, a different thing (a grain of sand, a can of soda, a stuffed alligator) tells its life story. At first, I thought it was a bit weird that a guy was having an interview with a can of soda, but as I listened, I found the whole thing intriguing. Somehow, I was questioning life and death and our purpose on this planet. The interviews are short and sweet, and offer an interesting perspective you will have never considered before.
  • I asked my sister for her favourite podcasts and she told me about Fresh Air on NPR. She warned me to stay away from the American political ones (knowing I wouldn’t love that), but told me to listen to the recent interview with Bradley Cooper, because who doesn’t want to spend an hour listening to Bradley Cooper while you fold laundry? ; ) She also told me to listen to This American Life. There’s a list of top suggestions if you’re new to the show, and I am making my way through that list. So good!
  • Sweet Annie from Brimful shop sent me an email a few months ago with some of her favourite podcasts.  She recommended Dear Sugars saying: “this podcast isn’t airing any new episodes, but it’s brilliant and empathetic. People write letters about life problems and the hosts give the most wonderful, compassionate advice.” I listened to Emotional Labor a couple months ago and found myself nodding the whole time.
  • Modern Love on NPR was recommended to me by a few different friends. These are stories about love, loss and redemption, and they will make you laugh, cry, and be moved by how love can change us.
  • I was interviewed last year by Australian Birth Stories, sharing the story of all five of my births. I have since listened to a few other birth stories and always end up being moved to tears. (I also follow them on Instagram, and should probably stop doing so because every single photo makes me want to have another baby!)
  • Lastly, I was also interviewed by the ladies at We Get to Know a few months ago and really enjoyed talking to them. I haven’t listened to their other interviews, but judging from their interview style and questions, I’d like to hear more from them.


Please share your favourites below. I’m so eager to hear!

Courtney xx

p.s.  I don’t have any photos of myself listening to podcasts, so I’ve shared a tidy photo of my laundry room (laundry already folded!). These photos were taken by Natalie McComas for our architect, Fiona Gibson’s, website.



Comments (59)

March 14, 2019

I agree – podcasts make even vacuuming and cleaning the loo enjoyable! ‘One Bad Mother Podcast’ is fantastic. Two friends discuss parenting in a very non judgmental and supportive way. They have great guests and make me feel lots of shared human experience with other parents. ‘Tilt Parenting’ is a great look at differently wired kids and neurodiversity. ‘The Longest Shortest Time’ is another really lovely parenting podcast with a focus on celebrating our diverse experiences of having children in our lives. ‘The Moth Radio Hour’ is brilliant for anyone who loves hearing peoples’ stories. They’re all true stories told in live story slam type events then adapted for the podcast. They make you love people and our complicated lives. I’d agree with your sister that ‘This American Life’ is great. Their offshoots ‘Serial’ (especially series 1 & 3) and ‘S-Town’ are really good too. ‘Invisibilia’ by NPR is beautifully done and good if you’re interested in human perception and how we interpret the world around us. Hope you enjoy some of those.

March 14, 2019

I do love a good podcast. The David Nott Desert Island Discs is so moving (he also recently narrated his autobiography on Radio 4 – well worth a listen too). Current favourite podcasts are Deliciously Ella and Goop for thought provoking lifestyle topics, Love Stories with Dolly Alderton – go back to the first series – her Emma Frued interview is brilliant. The High Low again with Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes. Ways to Change the World from Channel 4 news is so paradigm shifting. Really, really interesting interviews – Munroe Burgdorf on racism really opened my eyes. And David Tennant does a podcast with is quite a fun one. You may find yourself doing extra washing over the coming weeks 😉

Courtney in Australia
March 15, 2019

Haha! I just said to my husband that I actually wish I had more laundry to fold!! So many good suggestions! Thank you so much for sharing. xx

March 14, 2019

One of my favorites is Tablemanners with Jessie Ware and her mum. I love how cute and hilarious they are together!

June 16, 2019

I’m addicted to podcasts Courtney and like you love boring tasks now as they are an excuse to tune into one!!! I wanted to fully agree with the ones mentioned here as I love Love Stories, the High Low and Table Manners at the moment! I’ve been a Desert Island Discs fan for years (in fact it was the unspoken behind the idea to ask authors their 10 fave kids books on babyccino!) I also really love Griefcast – which sounds really sad but is actually life affirming. And I can’t not listen to The News Quiz on radio 4 and in our time when I want to try and be clever!

March 14, 2019

Love podcasts to make the housework interesting. I’m also a great fan of the Audible app.
Some other podcasts I’d recommend: BBC Woman’s Hour, Down The Rabbit Hole Radio (discussions & reviews of children’s literature), WakeCup And Smell The Coffee (some really interesting discussions about global issues such as palm oil & plastic)

March 14, 2019

Hi Courtney, I really love listening to podcasts as well! 😉
I have two suggestions for you which are the opposite of each other but really quite great! “Where should we begin? With Esther Perel” is a podcast of couple counselling sessions. It’s amazing, sometimes super difficult and intense, leaves you broke and hopeful at the same time… The other one is Armchair Expert with Dax
Shepard – fun interviews super honest and non pretentious…
Catarina, from Portugal 🙂

March 14, 2019

I second to “Where should we begin? With Esther Perel”, in fact, everything coming from the great Esther is great and I recommend highly.
I also like Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, created in relation to the book with the same name.
The Great Indoors for interior design lovers.
Stuff You Should Know and The Guardian’s Science Weekly for curious minds about how things work and science related things.

March 14, 2019

Totally agree with you Catarina! Both of those podcasts are favorites of mine!

March 14, 2019

Desert Island Dishes – a foodie one.
The high low – current affairs, books.
Deliciously Ella – well being.
The Guilty Feminist- funny
Sheer Luxe very informative, books, tv, fashion.

March 14, 2019

I love Where should we begin with Ester Perel. Love!
The Daily (NY Times)
This American Life
The Moth Radio Hour
Here’s the thing with Alec Baldwin

March 14, 2019

Love love love Melissa Ambrosini podcasts 💗

March 14, 2019

I love listening to the bbc iplayer programmes, I’m sorry I haven’t a clue and In our time. Also a Friday night favourite: no such thing as a fish. My husband and I are both hooked: the QI elves discuss their favourite fact they came across that week and they all chip in. Informative and at times hilarious. I particularly like the dynamic of tge four hosts who clearly enjoy each other’s company!

March 14, 2019

Seconding the recommendation for the high low and deliciously Ella. How to fail is also great.

March 14, 2019

The guilty feminist!! So good and funny and makes you think about who you are and your privilege. Also talks about how to raise well rounded feminist children!! I LOVE IT

March 14, 2019

I love catching up on radio 4’s ‘Woman’s hour’!

March 14, 2019

I have also just got into podcasts, makes boring jobs a lot less monotonous!! Great to have some suggestions as it’s hard to know where to start. I have really loved all of the Deliciosly Ella ones so far, super interesting information in all of them!

March 14, 2019

Mothers of Invention is an incredible podcast, very uplifting and gives voice to inspirational women all over the world.

March 14, 2019

I adore the High Low, presented by Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton. Both women are so articulate and offer really thought provoking and considered views on current affairs. Their book reviews are great too.

I also love Table Manners, with Jessie Ware and her hilarious mother. They interview different chefs/actors/singers etc on their food history (what they like to cook, what they ate growing up, fondest meals etc). It’s funny, easy to listen to and great entertainment!

March 14, 2019

I like Experts on Expert (start with Wendy Mogel or Jonathon Haidt) and Armchair Expert. And S Town.

March 14, 2019

I listen to
The high low
Is it just me? (Very funny)
Happy Place by Fearne Cotton (very uplifting and interesting)
At home with Anna Newton & Lilly Pebbles
When life gives you melons
Love stories with Dolly Alderton (lovelovelove this one, and her book is brilliant too)

March 14, 2019

I love a good podcast and so happy to have all these new recommendations……
Caliphate – my #1 reconnection
Trace – crime
Unravel – crime
Ladies we need to talk – typical issues for women
Dirty john – drama / crime
Ophrahs super soul Sunday

Vero vera
March 14, 2019

I’ve never listen to podscast !
I am very exciting trying it.
What app do you use to listen to it?

Courtney in Australia
March 15, 2019

Oh get excited! So many good ones. (I’m even wishing I had more laundry to fold now that I have all these wonderful recommendations!)
I just simply play them on my laptop computer. No app necessary! x

March 14, 2019

I’m loving Bethie Hungerfords new podcast, Friends with Recipes!! Guests cook a favourite recipes and chat to Bethie about all sorts of things. They’ll go off on the most interesting tangents so even if you’ve listened to other podcasts/read interviews from the guest previously you learn so much about them that you never knew. Highly recommend!!!

March 14, 2019

Love to get some inspiration. I personally love the ‘no filter’ podcast from mamamia. Candid, honest conversations on hard topics done in a really engagement way. Also I was obsessed with ‘The teachers pet’ series who zoomed in oAustralian society in the 80s along with a possible murdercase. So addictive!!

March 14, 2019

Forever35, A few things, How to be Amazing (especially the Ina Garten episode!). I’ve listed to podcast for almost 9 years. Welcome to the party!

March 14, 2019

How I Built This is the best! Could happily discuss those stories for hours. Have you listened to the Chicken Salad Chick one? (My favorite). TED Radio Hour is another goodie (also hosted by the brilliant Guy Raz). ‘TED Kids & Family’ and ‘TED The Interview’ also good. And Goop! Don’t gun me down (I know GP is a little like marmite, you either love her or hate her) but she does get top guests. Am trying to find some more engaging podcasts for learning Spanish, should anyone have any suggestions?

March 14, 2019

Melussa Ambrosini show!!! Loooooooovee it!!!!

March 14, 2019

Podcasts are my lifeline for housework! It changes everything! Serial was a fun, addictive one.
I really love Joe Rogan. His long form interviews cover a huge range of guests from all different backgrounds. Topics are covered that I didn’t ever think I would be interested in yet found fascinating (some favorite guests were Micheal Pollan’s interview, Jordan Peterson, David Goggins, Dr. Rhonda Patrick: all so different yet fascinating). Sam Harris’ Making Sense podcast is always intellectually stimulating for sure. Loved his most recent talk with Stephen Fry. I’ll be trying some of your recommendations now, thanks for sharing!

Fiona Cordingley
March 14, 2019

The High Low is my absolute favourite, I feel like I’ve been having a lively discussion with friends when I finish and always feel like I have learnt something new, whilst it still being relaxed listening. I also love desert island disks.. and would recommend audiobooks to intersperse with the podcasts- most of my ‘reading’ is via audiobooks but it means that I can do all these jobs at the same time.

March 14, 2019

Same here: also discovered podcasts lately and think they make dreary chores or long car rides so much more fun!
My English favorite ones are
On Being with Krista Tippet and
The unspoken podcast with Miles Adcox and Ruthie Lindsey

Annie from Brimful
March 14, 2019

Ooo, I am so happy to see you’ve created your own list of favorites! Like so many have already said, This American Life is just SO GOOD. I often do my weekly long runs for each episode – and the miles just fly by! Here are a few others to try:

Code Switch is a race and culture podcast by NPR.

I don’t listen to On Being with Kristen Tippett very often, but this particular episode was phenomenal:

Also, I have not listened to it yet, but I hear good things about Kind World:

March 14, 2019

Where should we begin with Esther Perel
Heavyweight – especially if you like Fresh Air & This American Life
Reply All – #57 Milk Wanted – this episode is fascinating- about breast milk!

March 14, 2019

Unruffled – with Janet Lansbury – great podcast about respectful parenting

March 14, 2019

Young House Love Has a Podcast is awesome. It’s about home design, remodeling a house and fun facts about design. The hosts are hilarious and I just love them as people (they’ve been blogging for a few years now). Their latest episode is about differences in home features around the world – really interesting.

March 14, 2019

These are fab suggestions – so pleased I’ve fallen on this post as I was looking for new recommendations. Some of my other faves are Serial by This American Life – 3 series and all pretty gripping g. If you like them then try a new one by the BBC called The Ratline. Fascinating personal story of a Nazi General. Thanks again!

Nicole Suttner
March 14, 2019

Love “Dear Sugars”! So sad the podcast ended. Definitely add “On Being” with host Krista Tippett. She is a brilliant interviewer and her guests are all so intriuging. Listening feels like a meditation combined with radical discovery.

March 14, 2019

Wow in the world for your kids!

March 14, 2019

Hi Courtney,
‘Universal Sisterhood’, Aussie women telling their story. A Christian perspective. Everything from dating your husband, motherhood to loosing a child.

March 14, 2019

Love love love “the model health show
well & good, deliciously ella.

March 14, 2019

Top podcast in my opinion is WTF with Marc Maron. If you want a really good intro to him and also love fresh air, listen to the one with terry gross. He’s also interviewed Obama, Paul McCartney, robin williams… the list of big names is long but some of his best interviews are people who aren’t as famous. He’s just a fantastic interviewer.

I also like “by the book”. Two women read a self help book, live it by the letter for two weeks and then report on what happened. While the two ladies have speech patterns that can get a bit repeptitive, it’s just such a fun idea and I usually laugh a couple times per half hour episode.

Lastly, I really like “stuff you should know”. There are so many episodes, you could cherry pick any random topic that sounds interesting. These two guys have a great back and forth and I like how impartial they are to their findings.

sara amado
March 14, 2019

Also while folding laundry and when alone in the car: The writer’s voice and Fiction, both from The New Yorker. It’s a great way to ‘read’a little during the day;)

March 14, 2019

There are so many great podcasts! But if I had to recommend just one it would 100% be Radiolab. Sort of about science. But very accessible. It’s really about curiosity and humanity. I get excited recommending it to people!

March 14, 2019

Low Tox Life, The Slow Home Podcast, Wardrobe Crisis, Zero Waste Countdown, The Minimalists, The Art of Decluttering, & Talking Tudors. I LOVE podcasts!

March 14, 2019

What a beautiful and tidy utility/ laundry room ….I’d like to hang out there too! must get into podcasts – been putting it off for no reason except i’m not sure how to get started.

March 15, 2019

Also enjoying Dessert Island Discs – wondering if that means I’m i‘ve hit middle age ?
The High Low – good current affairs, general weekly discussions uk based but as a Brit in Australia I particularly enjoy it.
Love Stories with Dolly Alderton
Also loved The Teachers Pet – made a drive from Sydney to Byron and back super quick and enjoyable !

March 15, 2019

The History Chicks!!!

March 15, 2019

Invisibilia is one of my favorites. I also enjoy How I Built This, Story Corps, and This American Life. The Esther Perel one is great too!

Alexandra Maria
March 15, 2019

I love some of the above suggestions! I too am a big fan of Fresh Air and This American Life.

Here are a few others I absolutely love:

– “Radiolab” (by WNYC Studios)- fascinating stories, beautifully curated, rich sound design that has me deeply engaged almost every time.

– “On Being with Krista Tippett” – Tippett interviews fascinating people about specific experiences and then deep dives. I love her gentle approach and I learn about such incredible humans every time.

– “Tara Brach”- she is well know for her work on gratitude and self-compassion and offers meditations that have wise mind, open heart energy. Maybe save the meditations for a quiet moment and listen to her talks while folding laundry?

– The last suggestion isn’t so much a podcast as it is an incredible lecture series by Francis Weller, the author of “The Wild Edge of Sorrow.” I can only say that when I first read his book I couldn’t help but completely dive in. Such potent wisdom about grief, soul work, the importance of community/tribe, our purpose here on the planet…it’s just mind blowing and resonates deeply for those of us feeling overwhelmed by the state of our world. It’s poetry, it’s art, it’s gorgeous, really. You can find out more about his work and his two different lecture series (the first is called “Living a Soulful Life” and the second series that he’s currently offering is “Alchemy of the Soul.”) here:

When I first met Francis he shared a beautiful quote from Jaime Gil de Biedma which pretty much sums up the overall vibe of Francis’ work:

“I believed I wanted to be a poet, but deep down, I just wanted to be a poem.”

Thanks for this post. And thank you for creating this virtual community. I love the generous vibe of it all :-).

Xoxo from Oakland, CA USA

Courtney in Australia
March 15, 2019

Oh that’s so lovely of you to say. Thank you!
And thanks for all these wonderful recommendations. xx

March 15, 2019

The Scummy Mummies Podcast – funny informative and some really good interviews. They have a really good bit at the end of each episode where everyone gives a scummy mummy confession!

Rebecca Taormina in Brooklyn
March 18, 2019

Harry Potter and the Sacred Texts is fantastic!

March 18, 2019

Just started really getting into podcasts! Some of my favorites:

Modern Love – short episodes reading essays submitted to the NYT column read by notable personalities. At the end, the essayists are interviewed and offer an update. Also produced Kind World.

Ear Hustle – Stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by inmates at San Quentin State Prison in California. Was really surprised by this one.

Ask Me Another – Live show from NPR that mixes trivia games with comedy and music.

The Dropout – The story of Elizabeth Holmes & Theranos: a tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye (facing criminal charges)? Was especially intrigued by this since I live in California’s Silicon Valley.

Public Official A – the rise and fall of former Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich and how he did whatever it took to reach the top. How the complexities, charisma, and tragic flaws of this public official resonate today. Not one for politics but I found this fascinating.

Can’t wait to dive into all of these while I paint, do house chores, or am in transit. Thank you for sharing!

March 24, 2019

Love all these suggestions!

Am personally a huge fan of ‘Masters of scale’ by Reid Hoffmann. It’s so good!

March 25, 2019

I love Lewis Howe’s podcasts. Very inspirational and stuff you should know! I can’t wait to dive into these NPR podcasts you recommend 🙂

March 26, 2019

So many great suggestions! I have to make a list. My number 1 podcast for when I’m cleaning/folding laundry is the “Happier” podcast with Gretchen Rubin!
I also like listening to Marie Forleo’s business podcast, as well as the all-time favourite How I built this (although I haven’t liked all of them).

August 23, 2019

I too am a fan of many of the podcasts listed here, which my treks across town much less tedious! One of my all-time favorites, which I’m surprised I didn’t see mentioned anywhere, is Death, Sex, and Money, with Anna Sale. Enjoy!!! ; )

Katerina | Once a Foodie
December 31, 2019

I used to love “Dear Sugars” – such a shame they have stopped adding episodes!

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