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If You Love Brené Brown, You'll Love These Self-Help Podcasts

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Between romantic relationships, family and friendships, career and money goals and maintaining good mental and physical health – being a good human is a lot of effort, and sometimes asking your family and friends for advice can get tiring. This where self-help podcasts are a great alternative, like those of Brene Brown.

Many people are familiar with the podcasts, books and talks of professor, author and lecturer Brené Brown. However, she is not the only self-help podcast expert.

Here are five self-help podcasts to listen to if you love Brené Brown:

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin, the bestselling author of The Happiness Project, presents the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin. It’s lively, thought-provoking and offers practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to live by. It’s also quite similar to some of Brene Brown’s talks. Looking for a podcast covering 2020’s most important topics? Head here.

The Minimalists Podcast

Hosts Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less on The Minimalists Podcast. Minimalists don’t focus on having less, they focus on making room for more: more time, passion, creativity, experiences, contribution, contentment, freedom.

The Pineapple Project

Journo and ABC presenter Jan Fran presents The Pineapple Project, a podcast that explores how to find community and connection amidst the coronavirus crisis. If you’re looking for this year’s best podcasts, head here.

Ten Percent Happier Podcast

Dan Harris was an ABC news anchor who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America. Now, he’s the writer and host of Ten Percent Happier, a podcast that explores happiness from all angles, just like Brene Brown. Check out the best podcasts made for and by women.

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. Oprah speaks to everyone from Sheryl Sandberg to J-Lo for a podcast series designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self. It’s become insanely popular, just like these podcasts. 

There are also plenty of podcasts out there if you’re looking to learn a new language, consume some of BBC’s best content or get stuck into true crime. If you don’t know where to start, check these podcasts out – or these, if you’re a Spotify user.

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A Guide To BBC's Best Podcasts

Love Louis Theroux?

Ahh, the BBC. Home to Fleabag, Peaky Blinders, The Office, Doctor Who, and of course, our beloved Louis Theroux. There’s plenty of great TV to watch on BBC, but did you know they’re also home to a repertoire of some seriously impressive podcasts?

These are 5 of BBC’s best podcasts:

13 Minutes To The Moon

Ever wondered how the hell we actually landed on the moon? The BBC Podcast 13 Minutes To The Moon tells the story of the people who made Apollo 11 happen. If you’re looking for this year’s best podcasts, head here.

The Missing Cryptoqueen

Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her financial revolution. Then she disappeared. Why? Jamie Bartlett presents a story of greed, deceit and herd madness for this BBC podcast. Speaking of powerful women, check out the best podcasts made for and by women.

Grounded With Louis Theroux

If you love Louis Theroux’s documentary series, you’re going to become quickly addicted to his mid-pandemic BBC podcast Grounded with Louis Theroux. Stuck at home, Louis is using the lockdown to track down some high-profile people he’s been longing to talk to including Boy George, Helena Bonham Carter, Rose McGowan and more. It’s become insanely popular, just like these podcasts.

Short Story

Looking for a speedy escape from reality? Listen to the BBC podcast Short Story, your weekly fix of brand new stories written specially by today’s best writers. Recent episodes include a story of a young gay man living and loving on the margins of Houston, Texas and two friends discussing love as one of them re-embarks on the dating scene later in life.

1Xtra Talks

The most recent episode of BBC podcast 1Xtra Talks sees hosts Ace and Seani B discuss the death of George Floyd and racial injustice, starting an incredibly important conversation. If you’re looking for podcasts that explore 2020’s most important topics, head here.

There are also plenty of podcasts out there if you’re looking to learn a new language, do a bit of self-improvement or get stuck into true crime. If you don’t know where to start, check these podcasts out – or these, if you’re a Spotify user.

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How A Joke About Committing Crime For Content Birthed Your Next Fave Podcast

“It has destroyed our credibility...not that we had any to begin with."

Sometimes the best ideas come from the craziest places – particularly when you’re stuck in COVID-induced isolation and have a lot of time on your hands. Just ask OG Chaser Charles Firth, who just launched the new podcast The Chaser Report, a half-hour topical comedy current affairs show focused on how to survive the lockdown – particularly through the consumption of alcohol.

On the most recent ep of It’s Been A Big Day For, Firth explained where the idea for The Chaser Report came from. “It’s interesting, Nova approached us to do a podcast at the beginning of the year, and what we wanted to do was actually a true crime podcast,” he said. “They are the thing to do.” LISTEN BELOW:

Firth joked the whole idea was for one of the Chasers to commit a murder so they could create a podcast about it. “We didn’t know any unsolved crimes – but this way, you’d know the beginning, middle and end, you’d know the motive, all the characters.”

“Then the pandemic happened, and the only thing anyone is listening to is COVID-related.”

While Firth acknowledged that there has been “13 trillion” podcasts that have launched since the global pandemic, “there is a gap in the market for current affairs programs that you know you can’t trust.”

Instead of pointing out all the fake news floating around the Internet right now, Firth insists The Chaser Report leans into the bullshit and takes a big whiff. “We’ve actually been burning down 5G towers,” he joked.

“It has destroyed our credibility a little – not that we had any to begin with,” Firth said of the podcast. 

When it comes to surviving the tight government restrictions and rules around social distancing, Firth admits it’s not been easy.

“I’ve been drinking so much more than usual,” Firth admitted. “We’re not working from home, we’re surviving a pandemic while trying to work from home.”

“You have to laugh, or otherwise you’d just sob,” he said. As for taking care of your mental – and physical – health while in isolation, Firth’s tip is to “pour all the kombucha out, and pour in vodka.” 

You can listen to The Chaser Report on all your favourite podcasts platforms right now. 

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