Get Inspired by my 5 Favourite Podcasts for a Rainy Day

Are you on the hunt for an array of tried and tested podcasts to get stuck into? Never fear… here are 5 of the best podcasts you simply can’t miss out on!

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Over the past decade, podcasts have really taken the world by storm. Whether you’re exercising, heading on a long journey, or just relaxing before bed, they’re perfect for any scenario.

I didn’t really get into podcasts until pretty recently, but boy am I glad I did. They make for the perfect accompaniment for me as I head on my countryside walks. They’re also great to listen to when you’re doing more mundane tasks around the house, or ones that require little concentration in the workplace.

If you’re on the hunt for some great podcasts to listen to, whatever the time or situation, you came to the right place. Five of my favourite podcasts await…

1. Redhanded

My all-time favourite podcast, which I’ve been listening to obsessively at the moment, is Redhanded. This is a true-crime podcast, hosted by two women in their twenties, Hannah and Suruthi. The two of them, whose voices are very nice to listen to, take us through some of the most mind-boggling, gory, and horrific criminal cases out there. Some, like the Fred and Rose West trials, are more obvious, and others are much lesser-known, but it truly grips me, and sometimes scares me, from beginning to end.

The two have thoroughly researched every case, leaving no stone un-turned. They also have very similar ideologies to me, in terms of their strong feminist discussions, and talks about intense racism, amongst more. They are truly inspiring women, who not only entertain and horrify, but also get my mind turning.

If you love true crime podcasts, or just love interesting tales, then this is a podcast like no other. You’ll hear stories you’ve never heard before, and be horrified to your core, making this the perfect podcast for walking… alone… in the woods… if you like that sort of thing… Lets just say it certainly leaves me looking over my shoulder as I head on my way through the fields!

An absolute must-listen.

This police car represents my favourite true crime podcast, called Redhanded

2. The Ricky Gervais Show

This was the first podcast I ever listened to, as I was introduced to it by my boyfriend a couple of years back. I, like many others out there, started off with a very narrow idea of Ricky Gervais, so claimed to not really like him. But, after listening to his podcast, hearing the wonder that is Karl Pilkington, and discovering Ricky’s many TV shows, including Derek and After Life, I’ve loved him ever since. I was even lucky enough to see him perform live in Cardiff a year or so ago, and he was brilliant.

If you love Ricky Gervais, or even if you’re not quite sure and need persuading, this is the place to start. Ricky is joined by Stephen Merchant, where the two of them pose philosophical questions, and enjoy Karl’s brilliant responses. It is absolutely hilarious, and one that Josh and I enjoy listening to on long journeys, as it really adds some laughter to any room.

3. Dr. Death

This non-fictional podcast surrounds the horrific story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, otherwise known as Dr. Death. This psychopathic surgeon changed many lives for the worst, and even ended a couple of lives along the way, thanks to his botched spinal surgeries.

After training as a neurosurgeon, it became apparent that this Doctor was by no means following the Hippocratic Oath. Instead of protecting his patients to the best of his abilities, he seemed to be butchering them left, right, and centre. This left many patients paralysed, to this day, and two dead.

But how could this all happen, right under our noses?

The podcast takes you on a whirlwind adventure about the lives Dr. Death destroyed, and how the system failed his victims. We take a look into the intricacies of state lines, doctor’s boards, and neurosurgery, to get a taste of how the world of US medicine works. We also get the gruesome details of many of the surgeries Duntsch botched, which leave you morbidly wanting more.

To discover the story of the first surgeon to ever make it to prison for malpractice and negligence, with all the gory details along the way, this is the story for you. I was gripped and horrified from the very beginning, and certainly won’t step into the surgical theatre any time soon, if I can avoid it.

This golden skull represents Dr Death and the fantastic podcast about him

4. Blood Ties

Blood Ties is a little different to your average factual podcast, and involves a few episodes describing a fictional tale, starring Josh Gad and Gillian Jacobs. Although it is initially strange to hear a story, with a script and sound effects to match, whisking you away into fictional lives through your ears, it’s a really interesting ride.

When brother and sister, played by Josh and Gillian, lose their affluent parents in a sudden plane crash, their lives are turned upside down. Their father’s success in life leaves the two to plan a public memorial for them, which gives them almost no time to grieve.

When Gillian’s character is approached by a reporter, who claims to know a dark secret about her father, she has to know more. Meeting up with this reporter, she discovers that her father really wasn’t the man she thought he was, and it brings a lot to the surface that she has to question.

This was a great podcast to enjoy on my walks, and certainly provided a storyline to get stuck into. My only issue was that the final episode did fall somewhat flat. However, it was worth it for the surprises that we came across along the way.

If you’re looking for something easy to enjoy, and something which immerses you into a story, this is the one for you.

5. Conspiracy Theories

As a pretty open-minded person, I really enjoy hearing every side to every story. So, Conspiracy Theories is really the best podcast for the job; explaining all the theories behind certain events, including Princess Diana’s death and Area 51, to name a few.

The podcast is hosted by an American man and woman, who have extremely classic voices for voice overs. Although some reviewers have expressed their disgust at these voices, I really had no issue with them.

The pair really do leave no stone un-turned. They spend their time explaining the stories, and then delving into each of the known conspiracy theories surrounding them with great detail. Although they do spend their time debunking many of the theories with the known facts, this is great. In the end, we are left with only the last couple of more plausible theories, which really provides some great dinner-party conversation starters!

So, if you’re someone, like me, who enjoys sucking in all the available knowledge out there about everything, so you can make up your mind logically, this is the podcast for you. It provides curiosity, dips into many of our fears, and helps us to piece together the deep mysteries of our world.

Podcast equipment is essential for putting together one of Joanna Journals' favourite podcasts

What Are Your Favourite Podcasts?

This list is by no means exhaustive. As expressed, I’ve only recently gotten into listening to podcasts frequently, so these are just my favourites I’ve come across so far.

With this in mind, I’d absolutely love it if you left your favourite podcasts, and a little summary of them, in the comments down below. Considering this lockdown thing doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon for me, I will probably be enjoying my podcast walks for many months more. Because of this, I am bound to run out of episodes from my favourites very soon, so I need some suggestions!

Have you got any you’d like to share with me? Or, perhaps you’ve listened to some of my favourites and have some thoughts of your own about them? Whether it be your thoughts, opinions, or suggestions, I’d love to hear it, so don’t be shy!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Naomi says:

    I’m a huge fan of true crime & conspiracy theories, so I’ll definitely be giving some of these a go! I listened to Unheard: The Fred & Rose West Tapes which was so so interesting as it covered a lot of stuff I didn’t know about the case. The Minds Of Madness podcast series is also really good- it has tons of episodes that focus on 1 crime each, so so interesting (and terrifying)!

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    1. Joanna Journals says:

      Thanks so much for reading, Na, and for the recommendations! RedHanded had a 2-parter on the Wests, but it’s such an interesting case that I think I’d defo be interested to learn more. The Minds of Madness defo sounds up my street too, so thank you! I think you’d really enjoy Dr Death specifically, as it’s to do with a brain and spinal surgeon, so probably right up your street. I think you’d probably like RedHanded too – let me know if you give them a try 😊😊xx


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