Our love affair with podcasts runs deep, and this month we find ourselves needing some light relief more than ever. Whether you’re keen for a new listen to get you through your workout or if you’ve just burned through your Netflix binge, we’ve found this month’s best new podcasts to plug into.
As per usual, we’ve got you covered with a generous serving of true crime and inspiring stories. You know the drill. Fire up the playlist, here are all the podcasts worth bingeing this month.
The Night Driver
While we don’t like to play favourites, The Teacher’s Pet has to be one of the greatest podcasts of all time. So we’re pretty pumped to tell you about the latest offering from Hedley Thomas, the Walkley Award-winning investigative journalist whose podcasts have been downloaded over 50 million times around the world. Teaming up once again with The Australian, Thomas is back The Night Driver—and yes, it’s another true crime number that will chill you to your core. The podcast will follow the story of Janine Vaughan who was abducted one rain-soaked night in Bathurst nearly 20 years ago and was never seen again. To this day, her disappearence and suspected murder has not been solved and her family are desperate for answers. Thomas will once again turn detective as he explores the flawed police investigation riddled with corruption, the potential suspects (including a former cop) and how Vaughan’s murder tore a regional town apart.
The Michelle Obama Podcast
If there’s one thing the world needs right now, it’s the wise words of Michelle Obama. Ideal for those who devoured her best-selling memoir and Netflix doco Becoming—or for literally anyone that just wants to be inspired—the podcast will explore candid and personal conversations with a host of famous names. Featuring the likes of her husband, Barack, her mother Marian, Conan O’Brien and former senior advisor to Barack, Valerie Jarrett, Michelle will show what’s possible when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable. During her intimate chats she’ll cover subjects like relationships that shape us, from siblings and close friends to partners, parents, and mentors to our relationship with ourselves and our health.
The Travelling Tribe
Listen up wanderlust seekers, if lockdown has you missing airports, long-haul flights and overseas adventures (us too!) then you’ll want to plug into The Travelling Tribe stat. This newbie is all about—you guessed it—travelling and will take you on adventures around the world, even if your passport won’t technically allow it right now. Hosted by travel journalist Amy Mills and her entrepreneur sister Marissa Bowden, the duo interview thought-leaders in travel and inspiring families around the globe. They also spill their own personal travel experiences, as well as tips and guides for exploring destinations like locals would. In their first ep they catch up with travel writer and photographer Edwina Hart who reveals what it's like to be stuck at sea during a global pandemic.
Back From Reality
If you’re a sucker for a good reality TV show, and have always been curious to know what goes on behind the scenes and after the credits roll, then this new podcast has your name written all over it. Hosted by Aussie actor Gabirelle Scawthorn, in each episode she’ll dive deep with various reality stars talking about the highs and lows of fame, how their lives changed as a result and ultimately how they came “back from reality”. No matter your reality show flavour, chances are Scawthorn has caught up with them. There’s The Vixen from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Amy Hart from Love Island, Belinda Chapple from Popstars and Fiona Falkiner from The Biggest Loser.
Move Your Mind
Join Aussie actor and mental health advocate Nick Bracks in this honest and raw podcast where he opens up the conversation around depression, anxiety and wellbeing. Offering an intimate look into his own struggle with mental health and how he ultimately came out the other side, Bracks also provides listeners with easy-to-action advice to help them stock their own self-care toolkit. In season one, Bracks is joined by household names including Packed to the Rafters star Hugh Sherdian, chef Manu Fiedel, Olympic gold medalist diver Matthew Mitcham and netball legend Catherine Cox, to detail how they proactively nurture their wellbeing while maintaining a public profile. There’s also practical everyday advice from wellness industry leaders including the nation’s mindfulness pioneer Dr Craig Hassed and Australia’s doctor of sleep Dr Carmel Harrington.
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