Round-up: 5 Podcasts You Need to Listen to

Get ready to be 103 times smarter. (That's a number based on real mathematic algorithm equation-thingys and not the first the number that popped into my head.) Below are 5 podcasts that are good on the ears, and the brain. (If you didn’t get that, I meant that they’re enjoyable to listen to and make you smarter – don’t worry girl, I got your back.)

I’ve recently become a podcasttict – that’s a podcast addict and a completely made up term – and have been scouring the interwebs for great podcasts to recommend to you. Yes, I do this public service just for you. (And maybe a little bit for me.)

Whether you enjoy stories, career advice or inspiration-based podcasts, there's something here that’ll have you hooked. So hooked you’ll be deliberately driving round, trying to find more traffic jams, so you can sit there and listen to “just one more.

Psst… ! If there is another great podcast you’d recommend, let me know in the comment below or send me a message here!


1. I don’t know how she does it


This podcast makes women Australia-wide feel less guilty about not having it all together. The secret? No woman feels like she has it all together. BUT there are a lot of busy women who have practical tips, tricks and time management practises that keep them, well, sane.

I Don’t Know How She Does It, produced by mamamia, has real conversations with successful, busy women about their lives, businesses, schedules and how the heck they manage it all. It's essentially, you know, how they actually do it.

The best bit about this podcast – and apologies for getting a bit high school musical on you – is that it reminds us we’re all in this together. #TheSisterhood


2. Trace


Host Rachel Brown investigates a cold case from June 1980. Maria James, mother of two, was stabbed to death in the back of her suburban Melbourne bookshop. Her killer was never found.

But, Brown finds there were witness reports that were never investigated and a lot more to this case than was lead on.

This is a heartbreaking true story. If you loved Serial, this is for you.


3. Pretty for an aboriginal


Every Aussie women should listen to this podcast. Hosts Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell discuss the “uncomfortable” and taboo topics ‒ sex, power, and the hardest of all, race.

My favourite quote from Buzzfeed, who produce this podcast:
[its] set to rock traditional perceptions of Indigenous Australia and challenge rigid mindsets of what women of colour can and cannot do.


4. Dirty John


Meet Debra Newell. She’s a successful interior designer, who's been married a couple times and has four grown children. Debra, like any of us, just wants someone to share the rest of her wonderful life with.

She meets John Meehan, a handsome doctor who sweeps her off her feet. Despite Debra’s family disliking John (they feel there is something a little ‘off’ about him), Debra starts a relationship with him.

Hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times, Dirty John will have you yelling at your phone / car audio / computer: "WHAT! NOOOOOO!"

You'll likely never want to trust another human being after listening to this. Jokes! That was a bit dramatic. (But also serious.)


5. In the dark


This is another American one but it’s so damn interesting. It discusses the abduction of Jacob Wetterling. A case that took 27 years to solve – despite the man responsible living in the next town and having priors. Rather than reviewing the actual case, In The Dark looks into the faults of law enforcement while investigating this case. In particular, the way a county sheriff’s office conducts an investigation.

Get ready to be bamboozled.