The Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now
Prepare to be entertained, educated and inspired
The world of podcasting has flourished in recent years, with thousands of hours of engaging (and free) new content flowing through apps every week. Established comedians, journalists and broadcasters as well as fresh talent have taken to the platform, creating must-listen shows that often become water cooler talk.
Liven up any situation with hilarious, educational, inspiring and thought-provoking audio at your fingertips via our pick of the best podcasts to listen to right now.
Best Podcasts: Love & Life
This beautiful podcast from author and journalist Elizabeth Day celebrates the things than haven’t gone right in life because she firmly believes (as do we) that the things that haven’t gone right in our lives often lead to the most meaningful growth and to greater successes – not only that, but our failures are often much more interesting than our successes! Each week Elizabeth Day interviews everyone from her good friends Dolly Alderton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge to Alain de Botton, ‘Hot Priest’ Andrew Scott, Graham Norton and so many more. As she says, ever so calmly, in her soul-soothing British accent ‘this is a podcast about learning from our mistakes and understanding that why we fail ultimately makes us stronger because learning how to fail in life actually means learning how to succeed better.’
Available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
Based on the column so cool that it spawned a hit podcast and in turn an epic Prime series, Modern Love is a podcast that shows that sometimes the truth is even lovelier than fiction. As writers and interesting folk from all around the world, tell their real life love stories with a measure of honesty and openness so often missing from our lives, you’ll find yourself falling in love. Beautiful and calmy presented, listening to this podcast is pure serotonin, it feels like coming home.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and via The New York Times
With two episodes a week, this podcast from British comedians Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe is the perfect combination of relatable hilarity and schadenfreude. As they tell stories of raising their own young children during lockdown and in the aftermath and interview other hilarious folks about their own parenting journeys, parents will see their own trials and tribulations reflected back to them heavily coated with comedy and those without kids might just feel incredibly validated. If you ask us, it’s the best parenting podcast in the game.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Global Player and Spotify
Hoovering is a podcast from comedian Jessica Fostekew who settles in every week to have a frank conversation with an interesting guest about all things eating. Delving into the funny and infuriating aspects of our relationship with food which, as we all know, can be a little complicated.
Available on Acast, Apple Podcasts and Spotify
Hosted by BFF's Chloe Fisher and Ellidy Pullin, this weekly podcast talks all things friendship, womanhood, grief, loss, love and everything in between. Expect to laugh, cry and laugh again as each episode tackles one topic or event in their lives. The latest episode on Chloe's wedding journey will make you keen for a big night out with your girlfriends.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Overcast and Spotify
You may know her from The Bachelor, but Abbie Chatfield is so much more than just a Gemini. Her conversation-driven podcast, It's A Lot, tackles everything from dating and sex, to current affairs and pop culture, in the same way you would chat about it with your friends. Super engaged with her listeners, she regularly does call outs for questions and topics via Instagram, and gets in guests and experts that can shed a light on the topic du jour.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Nova Podcasts and Spotify
Best Podcasts: Comedy
A personal favourite and a silver bullet solution for anyone who is missing traveling and restaurants, Off Menu is the podcast from British comedians James Acaster and Ed Gamble. Each week they interview a hilarious guest about their dream meals, their favourite starters, main, side courses and desserts. An entertaining hour that will leave you walking away with plenty of restaurant recommendations around the world, what could be better.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Acast and Spotify.
I mean, it’s a classic, isn’t it? They’re Australia’s favourite duo – other than maybe Kath and Kim – and listening to them is the auditory equivalent of eating the perfect bowl of mac and cheese. Comforting, delicious and with an 100% hit rate.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or on the Hamish and Andy app.
This rip-roaring comedy will have you in stitches wherever you’re listening. As the title suggests, presenter James Morton discovers, to his horror, that his 60-year-old dad has written an amateur erotic novel under the pen name Rocky Flintstone. To process this discovery, Morton invites his friends to do dramatic readings of the cringeworthy material, along with hilarious running commentary, and the enduring show has become a cult favourite.
Available on Acast and Spotify
Billed as the podcast for “smart women who love dumb stuff”, listening to Shameless is like catching up with two of your sharpest, most clued-in mates. Melbourne journos Zara McDonald and Michelle Andrews cover anything and everything, from the Bachelor and ‘Instagram Face’ to Drake and Youtube vloggers. They tackle each topic with humour and a keen eye, often linking pop culture phenomena to bigger societal issues such as fame, feminism, prejudice and body image.
Available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts
In one of funniest new podcasts on the scene, comedians Bea Barbeau-Scurla and Lauren Bonner invite fellow comics, athletes, and writers to ask the burning question – were you hot in high school? Delving deep into the teen experience, they uncover nostalgic, surprising and often touching insights into the world of youth, teen angst, body image, sexuality and self-esteem, with plenty of laughs along the way.
Available on Whooshkaa and Apple Podcasts
Best Podcasts: Crime
Unravel is an ABC produced podcast in which Australia’s best journalists investigate some of the nation's most chilling cold cases. Season one, Blood on the Tracks, investigates exactly what happened when a train hits a body deliberately placed on the tracks that divide the white and Indigenous populations of Tamworth leading to a reveal no one expected. Season two, Barrenjoey Road, investigates a teenage girl who goes missing hitch-hiking home from Newport Surg Club in the 70s. Season three, Last Seen Katoomba, digs into the 1998 disappearance of young mum Belinda Peisley. The fourth season is deeply personal as ABC journalist investigates his brothers relationship with a con-woman who has wreaked havoc across the globe in Snowball. The most recent season, Juanita, tackles one of Australia’s most iconic unsolved mysteries, the disappearance of journalist and activist Juanita Nielsen.
Available on ABC Radio, ABC Listen, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts
A true crime comedy podcast isn’t often a combination we hear about but, that’s exactly what My Favourite Murder is. Hosted by funny ladies, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, you can get your daily dose of giggles and gore, all in the one place.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Switcher and Spotify.
This gripping series explores the case of Theo Hayez, an 18-year-old backpacker who vanished in 2019 while on holiday in the beautiful beachside town of Byron Bay. Unlike other crime podcasts that revisit old cases, The Lighthouse was produced in parallel with a major police investigation and recorded as local volunteers, Theo’s family and journalists from The Australian explored multiple theories and searched for clues.
Available on The Australian, Apple Podcasts and Spotify
Offering something a bit different to the usual murder, Scam Goddess takes a lighthearted look into fraud and those who practice it. Each week Laci Mosley and a guest comedian deep dive into a new scam, racket or hoodwink, from Instagram imposters and first date scammers to Ponzi schemes and Airbnb bamboozlers.
Available on Earwolf
Get a behind the scenes look at the dark side of Australian life in this podcast presented by true crime author Emily Webb and self-confessed true crime obsessive Meshel Laurie. They take listeners on a journey through some of the most mysterious and disturbing cases to have ever taken place in our towns and suburbs, exploring our nation’s underbelly via interviews with writers, victims, investigators and even perpetrators.
Available on Australian True Crime
Best Podcasts: News & Current Affairs
Old Boys Club is the relatable podcast that actually helps you understand Australian politics – a topic which we can all agree is confusing as hell (especially now)! Hosted by Aussie legends and girl bosses, Justine Landis-Hanley and Matilda Boseley, this brand new Aussie podcast will help you understand what the hell is actually happening in Australia right now with their helpful explainers covering everything from the federal budget, refugee policies, the vaccine rollout and interviews with Aussie politicians. This is the podcast you’ll need to follow along with the political chats at your next dinner party, you’ll feel smarter just by listening plus, they’ve got an awesome theme song from boss Sydney composer Alexis Weaver is beyond good.
Available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Anchor.fm, Breaker and more.
Start the day with 7am, a daily news show from the publishers of the Monthly and the Saturday Paper. Some of Australia’s best reporters unpack the big stories of the day and expertly explain who's involved, what it means and why it matters. Whether it’s politics, science, economics, climate, industry or crime, each topic is covered with expert journalistic values and storytelling panache, making it a news show that’s both trustworthy and approachable.
Available on 7am Podcast
Background Briefing is essential listening for any Australian after daring, in-depth narrative journalism, and one of the best podcasts to listen to when you’ve got your full attention to spare. Each week, award-winning reporters forensically uncover the stories at the heart of our nation’s biggest issues, exposing injustice, holding those in power to account and illuminating stories that deserve to be heard.
Available on ABC, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts
In Trust Me, I’m an Expert, The Conversation's editors bring you a plethora of fascinating stories from the academic world. They invite experts to bust myths, explain science and put the news headlines into context, diving into big questions as diverse as “what’s dark energy?” and “how do I detect political spin?”
Available on The Conversation and Apple Podcasts
Best Podcasts: Self-help
Legendary couples therapist Esther Perel opens the door to her practice, recording real-life sessions in which men and women bare the most raw and intimate details of their troubled relationships. No issue is off limits – infidelity, impotence, childlessness, addiction and cross-cultural barriers – while endlessly wise Perel guides each couple to conflict resolution, healing and forgiveness. Regardless of your relationship status, there’s plenty to learn about empathy and communication from these compelling real life interactions.
Available on Esther Perel and Spotify
Routines and Ruts is one of the best podcasts to listen to as many of us adjust to the self-starting requirements of working at home. Host Madeleine Dore speaks to freelancers, artists, comedians, writers and other creatives about how they find flow and how they recover when they go completely off track. Guests cover resilience and rejection, motivation and procrastination, successes and setbacks, with plenty of invaluable lessons to learn.
Available on Spotify, Pocket Casts and Apple Podcasts
Get on top of your finances (or even boost them) with the help of this light-hearted podcast covering money issues for millenials. The conversational show hosted by Glen James and John Pidgeon teaches, encourages and entertains all at once, covering a diverse range of topics including working from home, slow fashion, goal setting, moving overseas, superannuation, salary packaging and more.
Available on Spotify
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