5 podcasts you NEED to be listening to

The student year is nearly over for many of us, just a few more weeks left to go! Life at the moment is all about multi-tasking, so why not make that a little bit more enjoyable? Whether you need something to help you or amp you up, or just something to listen to while you’re getting from Point A to B, here are five podcasts to help put your ears to work.

  1. My Millennial Money

My Millennial Money is hosted by three thirty-somethings (Glenn, Erin and John) talking about everything from the cost of contraception to superannuation. Learn how to make the most of your side hustle dollars and how to be a decent tenant. Money is not something that we often get a good education on, unless it’s from Mum/Dad or from the school of life/hard knocks – so take advantage of the experts’ advice!

Despite it being finance based, it’s not a boring podcast. Each of the hosts seem like normal, functioning human beings, and they keep it interesting by sometimes featuring guests or just teasing each other. The chat is light and happy enough that I’ve been able to listen to this without getting bored out of my skull. Plus, I’ve actually retained some information! To start getting some kind of adult-y standard of money knowledge, it’s a good benchmark.

  1. Meditation Minis

Don’t go listening to this while you’re driving a car or riding a bike or operating a forklift, ok? Meditation Minis is a 10-15 minute series of podcasts with Chel Hamilton. We all know we’re supposed to meditate, that it’s good for us, that it’s self-care, that it’s important to help us focus. How often do we actually take time to do it, though? Each time I finished one of the podcasts, I felt like softened butter. With more than three million listeners, she must be doing something right. Even if in the next few weeks you’re slammed with assessments, and you feel like there’s no way you’re going to get your head around what it is you’re struggling with, whack one of these puppies on your podcast listening device and self-care for a few minutes.

  1. Fail with Greta Lee Jackson

We all know (but sometimes forget) that in the stories of great inspiration, there would have been failures along the way to the path of success. It’s a part of life. This podcast goes through a range of different failures: small, big, inconsequential, catastrophic. Ultimately, it’s about how failure has helped build up the person to make them stronger. Greta interviews a diverse range of people from Tanya Hennessy (comedian and blogger) to David Collins (one of the Umbilical Brothers), with some of her own fail tales thrown in for good measure! It makes you realise that failures are not always the fails that they feel sometimes.

  1. Osher Gunsberg Podcast

The Osher Gunsberg Podcast’s tagline is, “A weekly conversation that hopes to help you make today a little better than yesterday”. It did genuinely make my today better for listening to it, which is the best way I can try and define it. This podcast explores so many different topics that it was impossible to try and pin anything down. I suppose the best way to describe it is a really in-depth conversation about genuinely interesting things that you didn’t think you would be interested in, but it turns out: it actually was interesting. Osher is open, honest, curious, easy on the ears and makes an hour go by relatively quickly. Bookmark this for the drive from the Coast to uni.

  1. The Teacher’s Pet

***WARNING***

DO NOT START THIS PODCAST IF YOU HAVE STUFF DUE. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO STOP LISTENING. YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF GOOGLING ALL ABOUT IT, AND FEELING ALL THE FEELINGS.

In 1981, mother of two Lynette Dawson went suddenly missing from what appeared to be a fairytale marriage. Two days later, her husband moved his teenage lover into the marital bed. It wasn’t until six weeks later that he reported Lynette missing. And then… nothing. The Australian’s Hedley Thomas has been following this case since 2001, and put together this amazing, diverse, addictive podcast that links all of the pieces no one has yet had a chance to put together.

This has been allllllllll over the place. It’s in the news, and I have to say, I’m invested. I’m in. I feel the outrage for Lynette’s family, the sorrow for her daughters, and the disgust in corrupt policing from the 80’s. I’m not a true crime person usually, but I’ve surrendered to this one. 13 episodes, different lengths, but usually around an hour, you’ll end up recommending it to erryone.