Podcasts are big business. A completely auditory experience, the sheer number of new shows popping up online daily is a testament to audiences loving to listen and learn.
Free, informative and entertaining audio content is at your fingertips on any one of the many dedicated podcast apps available on your smartphone, but where to start?
This week, EFM gives our top picks from a range of genres - with a podcast to suit any interest!
There’s no denying that the true crime genre has never been as big as it is right now. With entire television channels dedicated to the darker side of humanity, it wasn’t long before podcasts jumped on the (quite grim) bandwagon. And have they ever!
Arguably the biggest true crime podcast on the charts at the moment is Casefile, an Australian production with an anonymous narrator telling gripping tales each week.
If you like a side of banter with your murder, True Crime Garage, Martini’s and Murder, True Crime All The Time and Thinking Sideways are all well produced and delivered by two or more people, and are (oddly) extremely enjoyable to listen to.
Sometimes the best stories come from the most seemingly ordinary people.
He can talk for England, so it was only a matter of time before Russell Brand launched his own podcast. Under the Skin with Russell Brand is a weekly deep dive into the minds of both well-known and virtually unknown personalities. Russell and his guests discuss everything from environmentalism to spiritual health, with some enlightening (and laugh out loud) moments along the way.
A similarly conversational podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience has shot its host to podcast stardom. Joe now commands everyone from major celebrities and athletes to relative unknowns to his studio for long chats on literally everything. Fancy hearing Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler debate Joe on whether ghosts are real? He’s got your back.
The podcast sphere has exploded with shows geared primarily towards women, their physical and mental health, confidence levels and female diversity.
In need of a boost from some empowering female hosts? Check out Self Service Podcast, offering weekly musings on the divine feminine, as well as a dose of astrology and tarot for good measure.
Sacred Guidance with StellaMuse is a podcast offering discussions from a Melbourne-based women’s life coach and spiritual adviser, discussing topics like anxiety, intimacy and building confidence.
The experts of the booming personal development world are also turning to podcasts to convey their teachings.
Bestselling Aussie author and speaker Melissa Ambrosini’s podcast The Melissa Ambrosini Show has bi-weekly episodes, one of which is a mini-meditation every Monday morning to start your week on the right track.
Awaken Radio with Connie Chapman is also worth a look, as the Sydney-based life coach navigates topics such as moving through fear, embracing change and living your best life.
Sometimes you just need to laugh, and luckily your favourite podcast app is jam-packed with episodes to make you “lol”.
The Hamish & Andy Show is a weekly chuckle-fest from Australia’s favourite lads, and even though it’s wrapped up (for now), the backlog of episodes of My Dad Wrote a Porno must be listened to. It’s exactly what it sounds like, trust us.
It’s one of the biggest industries on the planet, and health and fitness is now one of the biggest genres in podcasting as well. Find motivation and hear helpful tips from experts in the health and fitness field by simply pressing play on your podcast app.
The Wellness Guys Show, ABC’s Health Report and The Evan Brand Show are a good place to start and all offer a mix of insightful information about your body that may surprise you.
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