Every good podcast we listen to has a great story at its heart. It’s what makes us listen and keeps us listening.
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Most of us know just how hard a good podcast, with a great story, is to come by. We often spend hours trawling through SoundCloud and iTunes looking for our next listen.
Well, we’re here to help. We’ve put together five of our favourite podcast that we think you should be listening to.
Each episode features an interview with journalists about their most hard-hitting stories, their methods, and their connection to their subjects.
It provides us as listeners as a unique insight into how journalists get and write their stories.
We also get to hear something we normally wouldn’t, how journalists feel about their stories after they’ve been published.
Past episodes have included interviews with Gay Talese, Malcolm Gladwell, and Michael Lewis.
In each episode, host Colette Sexton talks to industry experts on the issues that really matter.
Recent episodes have looked at the challenges of running an independent newspaper, how Brexit is affecting the marketing industry and a look into the communications strategy of one of the countries biggest supermarket chains.
The podcast provides stories, in-depth knowledge and the opportunity to learn more about the field of PR, marketing and the media.
Revisionist History isn’t your average history podcast. This podcast is about taking history and turning it on its head.
In each episode of the three seasons so far host Malcolm Gladwell goes back and reinterprets something from the past. This could be an event, a person, an idea.
They usually find something overlooked or something that has been misunderstood.
The team have put together this podcast because as they put it Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.”
It is a fascinating listen with topics ranging from an unknown artist who took the UK by storm in the nineteenth century to Elvis and the one song he couldn’t sing.
Problem Solvers is a podcast from Entrepreneur magazine. It features business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side happy, wealthy, and growing.
Hosted by Jason Feifer, Entrepreneur’s editor in chief, the aim of the podcast is to pull these stories out of people so that other businesses can avoid the same issues.
In every episode the team cover a different issue ranging from how to deal with going viral to how to combat imposter syndrome.
The podcast is a perfect one for anyone in business, looking to tell their own business story and avoid the downfalls of others.
Happy Face is no ordinary true crime podcast. This is the story of a serial killer as told by his daughter
The Happy Face Serial Killer terrorised women across the United States over a span of five years. He was a long haul truck driver called Keith Hunter Jesperson and he had a family.
Jeperson’s daughter Melissa, now 34 years old and working in journalism, wants to tell the story of her father, his brutal crimes, the cat and mouse game he played with detectives and how she is coming to terms with her life as his daughter.
The podcast is a collection of conversations as we listen to Melissa, her mother and others try to come to terms with the questions they have about the life they lived with a serial killer.
The podcast is a completely unique look at the life of a serial killer through the eyes of his family.
The Habitat is a unique story about a remote mountain in Hawaii.
On this mountain exists a fake planet Mars.
The podcast follows the real-life journey of six volunteers who are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for a year.
Their goal is to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet.
The series is hosted by Lynn Levy who has been documenting and speaking about this experiment since the beginning. She communicates with the volunteers through communicating with them through audio diaries. These diaries detail their discoveries, their frustrations, and their evolving and devolving relationships with each other.
These diaries have been turned into a brilliant series of tales from the fake red planet.
Beyond 6 Seconds
Beyond 6 Seconds is a podcast where they share extraordinary stories from everyday people.
In each episode, the host Carolyn Kiel looks at stories of life and creativity, triumph and struggle. These stories can and have ranged from everything from people who are starting their own businesses to those who have dedicated their time to giving back to their own communities, and those working with exciting new technologies to advance our world.
This is a podcast to inspire you.
Listening to the different stories of struggles and success spurs the audience on to do better. As the team say so themseleves, “Who knows, their stories may even provide you some extra inspiration to develop your own talents and passions!”
Of course, we had to include our own podcast in our list of series to listen to this year.
After the success of our radio column Breakthrough Media Moments that Shaped the World on Newstalk FM last year, we relaunched with a bigger and better weekly podcast series.
Media Moments is a show about those strange, unique, weird and often bizarre times when the world changed forever in an instant.
The firsts, the unexpected twists, the things we thought they’d never say and do. The birth of new technologies, and the death of things we thought would last forever.
Our first season brought you from Miracle on the Hudson through to a brand new episode. “When Peter Finch was mad as hell” looked at the story behind Peter Finch’s Oscar-winning performance in The Network.