Listen up! 7 podcasts to try in 2022
Fancy something fresh in your podcast feed? Pop in your headphones and block out the world with everything from glitzy celeb interviews to gritty true crime...
Need a break from gory true crime and guffawing comedians? Postcards from Midlife is a Chanel No 5-scented breath of fresh air, covering the gamut of beauty, wellbeing and career success to mental health and menopause. Glossy mag editors Lorraine Candy and Trish Halpin host interviews from every glam, interesting and intelligent woman going, from Liz Earle and Davina McCall to Caitlin Moran and Trinny Woodall. We’re eagerly awaiting their chat with Claudia Winkleman about turning 50, landing in your podcast feeds on Sunday 27 Feb.
(Psst – keep an ear out for a guest spot from our ed-in-chief Hero, who gives her top tips on how to find your tribe and create a new life when you start somewhere afresh.)
Serial and S-Town addicts, here’s your newest dose of investigative journalism. Edited by Sarah Koenig and co-hosted by Brian Reed from S-Town, The Trojan Horse Affair is the first podcast from the podcasting dream team to take place in the UK. It covers the mystery of an anonymous letter that fell into the lap of a Birmingham city councillor in 2013, which detailed Operation Trojan Horse, an apparent plan for Islamist extremists to infiltrate the city’s school system. After mass panic in the press and government enquiries, the letter was pronounced a hoax – but the sender was never found. Strap in for political intrigue galore.
Hot off the presses, this brand new podcast from Gen Z’s fave sultry songstress might come as a surprise, but it sounds extremely promising. Expect interviews with everyone from Sir Elton John to K-pop superstar, CL – in the first episode, Dua interrogates Olivier Rousteing, fashion genius and Creative Director of Balmain. Watch this space!
Planning a house reno in 2022 (or just constantly sprucing)? TV host, ELLE Decoration columnist and interiors CEO Laura Jackson’s new podcast covers everything from tiling your bathroom to picking lampshades, all with expert tips from tradespeople and interior designers. The premier season landed in one fell swoop in January – perfect for binge-listening – and we’re already totally sold. Now, where did I put that wallpaper steamer…
If you binge-watched Dopesick on Disney+ at the tail end of last year, this podcast will be right up your street. It’s a series of interviews with Tony Hathaway, a prolific American bank robber who was finally caught in 2014 – but his story is far more fascinating than your standard true crime yarn, as Hathaway was a top engineer at Boeing, grappling with a devastating OxyContin addiction. Compelling listening for your commute.
Season 7 of our favourite no-nonsense health podcast is here. If you’ve ever faked an orgasm, tried every diet under the sun, wondered if you’ve got what it takes to train for a marathon or bemoaned your lack of sleep, Dr Hazel Wallace (above – doctor, personal trainer and all-round wellbeing guru) has an episode that can answer your questions. Totally fascinating, always factual.
Eavesdropping on people’s first dates over Zoom might sound teeth-grindingly cringe, but trust us – First Dates, this is not. From the same genius team behind Esther Perel’s couples therapy podcast, Where Should We Begin?, This is Dating carefully match-makes prospective daters depending on what they’re looking for in a partner and then watches the results. Behavioural scientist, dating coach and author of How Not to Die Alone (sounds promising) Logan Ury is on hand for debriefs and analysis.