Podcasts come in mainly two forms – audio and video. To find out more about what a podcast is read our guide, What is a podcast?. You can listen to podcasts on a variety of different devices, or download an app to listen to podcasts from a particular service, for example Spotify. This great guide for beginners covers how to listen to a podcast for various devices.

Various types of podcast

  • Professional podcasts such as those produced by the BBC or newspapers are easily available and often free.
  • A lot of insight on topical news stories is available from podcasts, which often give a different slant from the output of the main broadcasters.
  • Comedy and quirky content is constantly being produced. There’s a huge demand for novelty items. A well-used website for finding new sources of podcast entertainment is StumbleUpon.
  • Another very useful type of podcasts is how-to tutorials.
  • Travel podcasts can provide helpful tips from impartial reviewers.
  • Podcasts from experts in the fields of science, business or psychology provide access to the ideas of great modern thinkers.
  • Recommended podcasts

If you’ve downloaded iTunes, you’ll find a very good list of the most popular podcasts there. To access this, open the iTunes program on your computer, click Store in the left-hand column, and then click Podcasts from the list at the top.

Here is a hand-picked selection to get your podcast journey started:

  • BBC Podcasts - the BBC’s official list of the hundreds of podcasts they’ve produced.
  • The best travel podcasts - article in the Travel section of the Telegraph, listing podcasts that provide excellent travel advice and tips.
  • Ted podcasts - Offer a wide variety of podcasts from science podcasts to lifestyle podcasts and to arts and entertainment podcasts. All delivered from leading experts in each field.
  • The Naked Scientists – A great source of science news and science discussions that is also available on Spotify and Apple podcasts.
  • Happy place by Fearne Cotton- a great lifestyle podcast that discusses life, loss and love as people discover what happiness means to them.

Comedy is very personal, but the following are great fun:

Also see our list of the Best Mental Health and Wellbeing Podcasts.

Happy listening!!

Last updated 21/08/2020.