Charge up those AirPods because the Verse team has rounded up, in their humble opinions, the crème de la crème of podcast recommendations.
MOD.Cast’s Seven Siblings from the Future takes a look at Australia in 2050. The seven siblings, who are technically second cousins, each represent a different cultural group that makeup Australia’s social fabric in 2050. Each episode focuses on a different siblings’ ideal for the future and poses some big questions about the environment, industry, technology, employment, and society. It challenges the gloomy, climate crisis driven narrative about our future. Yes, there will be huge challenges in 2050, but our future is going to have some pretty cool perks as well. For one, it’s highly likely our public transport system will be made of individualised, electric, autonomous vehicles. Imagine never having to catch a bus again. Also, in a shameless self-plug, I had the pleasure of producing two of the MOD.Cast episodes, so watch out for the ones featuring Ava (a genetically modified teenager in “austronaut” school) and Kai (a hopeless romantic whose life is intrinsically tied to transport and climate migration).
Emma — The Daily Zietgiest
A funny and informative look at what’s happening in politics and pop culture. This podcast is part of the iHeartRadio family, so the production value is super high. Co-hosts Jack and Miles have a team of writers and researchers to ensure the integrity of the pieces they present, and their show notes contain a list of footnotes so that you can read more or see where they got their information from. Oh, and it’s also fucking hilarious; each episode features a comedian special guest (frequent guests including Jamie Loftus, Laci Mosely and Billy Wayne Davis). They delve into (and help you to understand) big issues like the impeachment inquiry and coronavirus, but balance this by also doing things like ripping on Elon Musk’s new EDM track, delivering updates on the capture of the Massachusetts parking lot pooper, and making fun of the right-wing, Christian podcast host who wants to sue the NFL because he got a boner during the halftime show. See, funny and informative.
A casual chat between four creative individuals about a whole host of topics related to design, creativity and finding your way as a young designer. It’s full of insight and valuable information but presented in a fun, casual and engaging format. It pretty much always has me laughing out loud (usually when I’m on a train full of people), and I secretly get excited when I open my podcast app and there are a heap of new episodes waiting for me!
Leah — The Moth
A broadcast of storytelling events hosted around the world. The stories are always true (as remembered by the storyteller) and are always told live to an audience. When you press play, you don’t know if you’re going to laugh, cry, or be silenced with suspense as the narrative begins to unfold in your ears. Full of emotion and told from the heart, these are real stories about the ups, downs and in-betweens that are life.
Jordan — The Ground Up Show
A fascinating and candid insight into the lives of people who are bold enough to take the steps towards pursuing their passions and life improvement. This podcast will inspire you to find your passions, while gently reminding you that we all struggle along the way.
This award-winning podcast takes the hard-to-swallow subjects in life (like death and money) and makes them all the more fascinating with stories and stellar sound mixing. If Jan Fran and Claire Hooper aren’t reason enough to give it a listen, just know that this podcast helped me enjoy housework. Yes, you read that right.
Words Verse Team
Photo Juja Han