In pod we trust: The most uplifting podcasts to listen to while you quarantine
From the most compelling local platforms to the world's most inspiring voices, join the conversation with Grazia's curation of pandemic-friendly podcasts
Whilst Netflix is becoming our daily staple for binge-viewing, many of us are turning to other mediums as a form of escapism to keep us entertained during quarantine.
Grazia has curated up a few of our favourites. Clear your diaries and weekends, you have some downloading to do.
I Weigh Jameela Jamil’s brutally honest podcast series, I Weigh is a must listen and it needs to be on top of your quarantine podcast list. What started out as a social-media post has become a global movement, and its focus on celebrating women makes for perfect podcast binge listening. In each episode, Jameela speaks to Hollywood celebrities about shame, mental health and general self-healing. It’s unexpectedly and irrevocably emotional, yet humorous, and it’ll bring you one step closer to understanding yourself, and the world.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls With tales of true stories – such as the 17-year-old Syrian refugee who swam her way to safety, to the girl who literally put a man on the moon - this is a really inspiring series about extraordinary women who have done amazing things. The importance of dreaming big is the main theme throughout the series, and this will help inspire you and make you realise you can achieve the impossible.
Happy Place Fearne Cotton is one of those women you want as your best friend. And In the Happy Place, you can’t help but love her a little bit more as she speaks openly to inspiring guests about their life, loves and challenges they’ve faced when it comes to mental health. In each episode she interviews guests ranging from Elizabeth Gilbert, Russell Brand to Alison Temperley, as they open up about the twists and turns their life has taken as she aims to find out, what truly makes us happy.
When Women Win Rana Nawas is becoming the queen of the region’s podcast scene. Her series, WhenWomenWin, consistently tops the charts with its stories of female role models from around the world who share their inspirational journeys and practical tools that helped them succeed. It’s about women celebrating women, and it’s an empowering and enlightening listen that you need to add to your download list. And with 80 episodes produced, that’s our weekend covered then.
The Therapy Edit With the current chaos, The Therapy Edit forces you to pause, take a deep breath and take care of your mental wellbeing. Each bite-sized episode covers useful tips, insights and reflections to support your overall wellness. It’s fronted by psychotherapist Anna Mathur and it’s one to zone in on to help you make sense of how you’re feeling. At 10 minutes each, the episodes are the perfect length when you’re in need of some grounding.
The Dukkan Show Hosted by OT, Reem and Akkaoui, The Dukkan Show focuses on stories of the great conversations friends have when they hang out at their favourite ‘dukkan’ (literally meaning ‘shop’ in Arabic). The lively hosts delve into stories that celebrates the ups and downs of life, where they talk privilege, people pleasing and presence. It’s uplifting and acts as a reminder on the importance of being balanced internally. With many of the episodes at just 20 minutes, it’s an easy listen during your lunch break.
Desert Mannequin (DM FM) Meet one of the women driving forward the region’s fashion scene. Anum Bashir, founder of one of the biggest fashion blogs in the Middle East also has a podcast series, but the topics she covers are diverse; ranging from candid Q&A’s with her husband, in-depth looks at the business of fashion to the importance of cultivating regional home-grown design talent. It’s intelligent and thought-provoking and whilst you may initially come for the fashion talk, you’ll find yourself just as equally staying to hear her powerful views on influencers, mental health and social media.