Podcasts for mums

Recommended podcasts for mums

 

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I get very happy when someone recommends a good podcast to me. Podcasts are one of the best things that have emerged from the technological age we’re all surfing in. So, if you are a mum and you don’t read so much anymore (because you don’t have the time to), podcasts are the easiest and cheapest way to keep your mind alive.

Podcasts are so easy to access, and you can listen to them anywhere and at any time. All you need are a device like your smartphone, iPod, tablet, mp3 player etc. and an Internet connection. When you find a podcast you like, just hit the download button and save it.

Another good thing about podcasts is – like music and books – there are different categories. Whether you are interested in food, parenting, feminism, politics, spirituality, homeschooling, blogging… there are so many podcasts out there for you to choose from.

As a big fan of podcasts, I’d like to share with you some of the ones I regularly listen to.

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Question of the Day – The hosts are Stephen Dubner and James Altucher. These geeky men answer interesting questions sent to them by their listeners. This is my favourite podcast so far; it’s short, I get to listen to the different views of the hosts who are from different backgrounds. I have gained knowledge from the interesting answers to the apparently simple questions answered on this show. This podcast will improve your life and you’ll surely gain knowledge with answers to questions like, What Makes Intelligent People Intelligent? Try it and if you like it, you can subscribe here.

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Dear Sugar Radio – The hosts are Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed. Steve and Cheryl read out letters written to them by listeners seeking guidance on a difficulty they are facing. Cheryl and Steve counsel the letter writer by drawing on their own life experiences. But, the advice does not end there: they usually invite an expert (in the field of that problem) to offer advice as well. My favourites so far: Moms Who Hate Motherhood and Sibling Rivalry. This podcast gives clarity to the problems we face in life. Subscribe here.

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BBC Radio 4 Food Programme – If you are a foodie, you’ll love this podcast presented by Sheila Dillon. It investigates every aspect of the food we eat. My husband John loves this podcast as well. Every year, John (unfailingly) buys the books recommended by the Food Programme for me at Christmas. Here is a sample of what John listens to before he goes shopping, Cookbooks of 2015. Subscribe here.

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Death, Sex & Money – I discovered this podcast by chance – and it is one of my greatest finds! It is hosted by Anna Sale. It covers the “big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.” Anna, like Oprah, has a way of asking her guests questions without judging them. Even if she does, you’ll never know.  As a starter, I’d like you to listen to these episodes first, Brooke Shields, Recovering Daughter and Autism Isn’t What I Signed Up For.  And if you decide you like them, you can subscribe here.

this_american_life_header2This America Life – is the most popular podcast in America. It is hosted by Ira Glass and deals with all manner of subjects. My favourite episode in 2015 was Status Update. One part of this episode deals with the allure of “likes” on Instagram… particularly for teenage girls.

Do you have a favourite podcast? Or do you want to recommend some to us? Please tweet or leave a comment on the blog.

Yvonne xxx

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