Ultimately, we’re all just trying to get through the week without feeling as worn out as a pair of post-Glastonbury trainers. And that means snatching little pockets of joy wherever we can – whether that’s spending 15 minutes outdoors at lunchtime, making a fancy dinner on an ordinary Wednesday, or listening to a genuinely life-enhancing podcast.
But life-enhancing can mean anything to anyone, and a straw poll of Team Stylist members threw up a grab-bag of options. Picture editor Alessia adores Pardon My French, in which Garance Doré chats with inspiring women about life and work, particularly the ‘carte blanche’ episodes, “where members of the Doré team talk candidly about everything from burnout to self-love”.
Editorial assistant Chloe, meanwhile, has recently discovered a podcast that speaks to her forgetful nature. “Finding Annie, the new podcast by fellow memory loss sufferer Annie Mac, is an extreme comfort to me. Through conversations with her nearest and dearest, she jogs her memory of major life events – prompting proper you-are-not-alone feels.”
Features intern Danai says that Sooo Many White Guys – a podcast in which comedian Phoebe Robinson chats to ‘artists who (mostly) aren’t white dudes’ – makes her commute “much less stressful”. And Stylist Loves’ editor Kat flips between the “brilliant, moving and funny” How to Fail with Elizabeth Day (who *klaxon* will also be at this year’s Stylist Live LUXE) and – quite unashamedly – Private Parts, the podcast by Jamie Laing (yes, he of Made in Chelsea fame). “It’s silly and rude, but absurdly life-enhancing. Day and Laing have also appeared on each other’s podcasts, and both episodes are truly uplifting listens.”
Below is our pick of the tech for podcast binges – whether you’re listening at home or on the move.