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Podcasts, schmodcasts!

Even before the bairn was born I was a big fan of a podcast, regularly listening to them on my commute to work. But since he was born, podcasts have really come in to their own when it comes to having something to listen to during the night feed (headphones in!), to listen to on our evening walks or even just to have on through the day as some background noise that isn’t crying.

Here are my top 7 podcasts that help get me through the week:

  1. Guardian Football Weekly

Who can turn down a twice weekly fix of Barry Glendenning’s dulcet tones, Jonathan Wilson’s cynicism and finding out what weird food Lars Sivertsen had for breakfast? Max Rushden presents as the panel works through the football stories of the week.

  1. Oh no, Ross & Carrie

ONRAC is hosted by Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy. In it, they put themselves into cults, religions and go to loads of weird courses and seminars. They then report back about their experience including the all-important hot drinks rating. There’s a massive back catalogue covering things like UFOs, Flat Earthers, Mormonism and an amazing 10(?) part series on Scientology where they went deep! Well worth a search, even just for that.

  1. Man Talk

Man Talk is a podcast which aims to reduce the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. It’s hosted by Jamie Day ( and in made conjunction with the charity CALM, he chats to men about their experiences and their mental health. A great listen and a great insight into how

  1. My Dad Wrote A Porno

Imagine you found out your dad wrote porn novels, that they were terrible and then chose to read it out on a podcast with two of your friends? Well, a guy called Jamie Morton did just that. It’s horrifically cringeworthy but bloody brilliant to listen to.

  1. Golazzo

GOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLAAZZZOOOOOOO! Aaaaah, mid-90s Serie A, pink newspapers, sarcasm, desserts and James Richardson. Halcyon days. This is the perfect mix if you want the nostalgia of Saturday morning Football Italia and the stories from way back as well as a look at what’s happening in Italian football today.

  1. Ways to change the world with Krishnan Guru-Murthy

I use Channel 4 for my news. I like the fact it’s an hour long show and it allows them to look a bit deeper into the stories and push for interviews that go deeper than the headline. In ways to change the world, Krishnan Guru-Murthy sits down with a guest and discusses at length the big events of the week.

  1. Capital

This podcast is actually a 6 part series that I’ve finished but I wanted to put it in the list anyway. It’s about a government department set up to follow through with the will of the people after a 51/49 result in a referendum…you can see where this is going, right? Well, this referendum was about capital punishment (hence the name) and the government department set up to manage it all is about as well organised as our current government is when it comes to Brexit. All improv, all brilliant.

Notable mentions should also go to The Totally Football Show, The New Statesmen Podacst, The Totally Football League Show, In Our Time with Melvin Bragg, Walking the Dog, The European Football Show and The Unconventionalists.

Got any suggestions that I should be listening to? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on twitter @attemptingtodad.

Thanks for reading! See you again soon.

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