Being stuck indoors with time on your hands is a great reason to try out different things. If you’ve never listened to Podcasts before, now’s the time to discover them. Podcasts are an exciting and rapidly evolving form of audio media. They can be thought provoking, gripping, informative or just hilarious. Here are our pick of 10 Podcasts you should get into right now:
Adam Buxton , one half of the hilarious comedy team Adam & Joe, has become one of the best podcasters in the UK, with this sweet-natured show. The always likeable Buxton has an enlightening chat with great guests such as Steve Coogan, Wes Anderson, and Louis Theroux. The jingles are first class too,
Blank Check is one of the funniest movie podcasts around, presented by film critic David Sims and actor Griffin Newman. The show “ looks into the filmographies of directors who’ve had a massive success and were given a series of blank checks to make whatever crazy passion projects they want.” Their opinionated, frequently off-tangent chat makes for hilarious listening.
John Ronson is among the most engaging investigative reporters around, and the author bestselling non-fiction books like ‘The Psychopath Test’. Here, he turns his talents to the podcast medium, with a gripping investigation into the suicide of porn star August Ames, and the cyber-bullying that lead to it.
There are many chat shows hosts in the US, but Conan O’Brien has to be the most genuinely witty, able to improvise comedy gold out of any situation. This podcast allows him to chat with guests in a more freewheeling style, and some of the most fun comes from Conan’s playful bickering with his assistant Sona.
Podcasts are also a fascinating storytelling medium, where fiction can be told over different chapters. Rabbits is one of the most gripping examples. It follows a curious young woman investigating a dark game known as Rabbits, and the deadly secrets it holds. You’ll be hooked before you can press pause.
For those curious as to how Maltese innovators are playing a role in the world of science, we recommend ReThink. This is a podcast from Think Magazine, the University’s science publication. In the show, the hosts Daiva and Chris revisit past articles in the magazine and see what developments have occurred since. It’s exciting to discover just how pioneering some of our scientists are.
Sport may be taking a hit, with games and major events cancelled, but The Times of Malta’s Sports Desk is still going strong, and there are several interesting past episodes to dive into. The show looks at the world of sport from a local perspective, and contains interviews with major players and coaches. If sport’s your bag, Sports Desk’s your pod.
If you want to discover more about our islands from the comfort of your couch, try Visit Malta’s podcasts, available to download on their site. There are two fascinating series to enjoy. The first is UNESCO Heritage Trail, which takes you on a trip through our best sites. The second is the Movie Locations series, and a glimpse at the movie magic that has turned Malta into the Mediterranean’s Hollywood.