I follow the occasional podcast series (S Town is brilliant) but mainly I use it to find interviews with people I admire.
After finishing The Handmaid's Tale recently and LOVING It, I found myself searching for a podcast interview with Elisabeth Moss. There's a great one here about her career and how she prepares for her roles.
Running errands, on a daily commute, tackling a boring household cleaning job - I've realised these are all perfect times to listen to a podcast.
Here are a selection of my favourites I have listened to recently:
The Moth- Each week brave souls stand on a stage and share real life stories. They can be uplifting, shocking, sad, hilariously funny but always gripping and fascinating. This one with the actor Ethan Hawke talking about his stepfather is one of my favourites.
Andy Puddicombe - founder of Headspace - LinkedIn Speaker Series - A series of sad events led Andy to take a totally different course in his life - firstly becoming a buddhist monk and later starting Headspace - making meditation more easily accessible to you and me. This is a really honest, open interview. The Headspace app offers a free trial and I can't recommend it highly enough.
S Town - or 'shit town' - A really gripping podast that will stay in your mind for days/weeks afterwards. I wrote more about it here. Not to be missed.
Kristina Karlsson - Mastering your habits - Kristina started the gorgeous stationery brand Kikki.K. Here she talks about her morning routine which involves journaling and reading from 5am onwards and how she masters her habits. She's a real inspiration to me and i'm obsessed with Kikki.k stationery!
Magic Lessons - Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Eat Pray Love 11 years ago now. In this series she helps creatives develop their ideas with the help of a professional. My favourite is episode 202 where she calls on Brandon Stanton, a photographer who wrote and photographed the Humans of New York blog and later book. He helps and offers advice to a photographer who is working on a tricky family documentary project.
Any podcasts you can recommend? I'd love to hear in the comments below.