An embodiment of our 21st Century need to be perpetually entertained, podcasts provide endless content for us to consume, offering a veritable smorgasbord of funny, moving, informative and intriguing shows. So it’s really no surprise that we have to keep stumbling upon new listening gems. Herein we round up some of our picks of the moment:
Inside The Hive from Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair Special Correspondent Nick Bilton sits down for a weekly chat with some of the most interesting figures in tech, culture and politics. Discussing various topical issues — think Cambridge Analytica, robotic innovation, Silicon Valley politics and, of course, Trump, prepare yourself for an illuminating 50 minutes of listening.
Conceived, recorded and produced from inside San Quentin State Prison, this podcast is the result of a collaboration between two inmates, Earlon Woods and Antwan Williams, and prison volunteer Nigel Poor. It explores the daily lives of those incarcerated and provides insight into the world behind bars, a political and nuanced landscape that at times, doesn’t feel much different from our own.
The New Yorker: Politics and More
This weekly discussion about politics is hosted by The New Yorker Executive Editor, Dorothy Wickenden. Tackling politics in the age of Trumpism and engaging with issues like the March for our Lives and the American judicial system — their recent episode about John Thompson was profoundly eye-opening — it is the podcast helping us to stay engaged and continue questioning.
Chanel 3.55 The Handbag Stories
Talking to 10 of fashion’s most influential women of the moment, Amanda Harlech — one of Karl Lagerfeld’s closest’s confidants — set up a studio in Coco Chanel’s iconic Paris apartment on Rue Cambon, to discuss style, fashion, their own inspirations and of course, their Chanel handbags. Margaret Zhang’s episode is a definite highlight.
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations
The undisputed queen of talk show television and all-around media darling, Oprah, hosts this podcast to help connect us to the deeper meaning of the world. Through a series of interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, luminaries and experts on health and wellbeing, this podcast will lift you up and give you pause for thought. We have it on good authority that the episode with Gwyneth Paltrow and GOOP is not to be missed.
The podcast for those of you voraciously tearing through any and all media coverage of Harry and Meghan or participating in Buzzfeed quizzes to discover which royal you would be based on your dream wedding, Kaitlin Menza and Lisa Ryan leave no stone unturned in this in-depth discussion of all things royal. Particularly pertinent in the lead up to Prince Harry’s wedding, whether your interest has just been piqued or you consider yourself a die-hard royalist, this compelling show is a must-listen.
Produced by the team behind The Telegraph UK’s fashion pages, this podcast lends a behind-the-scenes look into the world of fashion and beauty. From being backstage at the fashion weeks of Paris and Milan to discussing current trends and controversies, the relaxed conversations are an easy way to stay on top of all the goings-on in the sartorial realm.