This post was written by an external contributor. Georgia Beith helps us muddle through the muddy waters of adulthood with these super helpful podcasts.
Podcasts are up there as one of the most convenient forms of entertainment available to us in the 21st Century – whether you use them for motivation, education or simply for laughs, the fact they are easy to access from your smartphone of choice makes them the perfect companion for your morning commute to work or school. Below, we have provided you with ten podcasts that will arm you with the skills and knowledge to take the “real world” by storm.
Created in collaboration with the London Review of Books, Talking Politics is the best way to keep informed on what’s going on in the wider world. This weekly podcast features expert guests discussing both domestic and global politics.
With the world around us seemingly getting crazier with each passing day, this is one podcast that will keep you on the pulse and, importantly, make sure you can keep up to speed with all that political small talk.
The Art of Charm
Growing up and entering the adult world means getting a job, managing money, cooking for ourselves… and all of this includes learning how to communicate on a level different to the one we used in school and university.
Using behavioural psychology and social science, Jordan Harbinger decodes the ‘art of charm’. Perfect for those who have always wanted to seem like they know what they are doing, even though on the inside, we’re not so well put together.
VICE’s “Yeah, But It’s Not As Simple As That”
This podcast describes itself as the answer to those questions we’re always thinking about, but that are too complicated for Google to answer. So if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I am way too old not to know the answer to this question”, then rest assured, you are not alone. This is for the hapless young adult inside all of us.
The likelihood is that at some point in our lives we’re going to have to crack out our written communication skills. The idea of learning grammar might sound more than a little intimidating, and not at all like the perfect topic to listen to during a leisurely commute. But Grammar Girl makes navigating the difference between “can not” and “cannot” less terrifying and, dare we say it, almost fun.
Learning a second language is always an asset, no matter what your line of work is or what stage you are at in your life. This series of language podcasts features pods that can help improve your Spanish, French, Italian, German or your Chinese.
They come in manageable sizes, short enough that you can listen to them during your coffee break but they are still packed full of information.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Presented by the bestselling author of The Happiness Project alongside her sister – a combination that produces all the sibling banter that you would imagine – Rubin presents us with little, and sometimes larger, tips on how we can live a happier and more productive life.
Her format alternates between longer, more rambling podcasts, and the tiniest of mini-sodes, clocking in at only a couple of minutes long. Her episodes feature novel topics from why we should all read more children’s’ books, to why doing ten star jumps a day might help us stay more focused.
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Emma Gannon’s podcast is all about how the internet and social media has changed the way we build lives for ourselves. Each featuring a different guest, all of whom are #careergoals in their own right, this podcast is tailor-made for those of us who have grown up in the digital age.
Money Box from BBC Radio 4
As a wise man once said: “Money may not buy you happiness, but it makes being miserable a hell of a lot more fun.” We are all getting to that point in life when money and finance, and learning how to handle that on our own, becomes rather a big deal.
Whether it is something as simple as how flight compensation works, or an issue as monumental as saving for a pension fund (yes, we all have to start thinking about that at some point), Money Box is on-hand with an answer for those seemingly impossible questions.
What It Takes (Academy of Achievement)
This podcast is perfect for those days when all seems hopeless and you need a little reminder of just how much humans are capable of. Each episode features a different, amazing individual that we can all learn and take inspiration from.
What It Takes shines the spotlight on every type of person you could possibly think of, from Oprah Winfrey, to Maya Angelou, to holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. No matter what you are looking to achieve in your life, there is someone amongst this podcast’s back catalogue whose story will speak to you personally.
Beyond the To-Do List
These productivity tips will be helpful for any young professional or student. This podcast is all about how to make the best decisions when it comes to getting things done.
Ever wondered how optimising your work space could make you more efficient? Or just want to be reminded of the virtues of getting some well-earned rest? Well, look no further. This podcast will help you make the most of your day.