The best podcasts to listen to in isolation

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If you’ve been social distancing or self-isolating, you might be looking for new things to do to keep yourself entertained and stay positive during this challenging time. And podcasts are great fun and can feel like you’re not alone.

Don’t worry, because we’re bringing you our top podcast picks to make you laugh and keep you informed from the comfort of your own home. All podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts or Spotify for free (some podcasts may have additional payment options, if you want to join groups).

DISABILITY AFTER DARK

Originally launched in 2016 by Andrew Gurza, Disability After Dark focuses on sex, relationships and everything in between as a disabled person.

Andrew sits down with various people including medical professionals, authors, and members of the disabled community, unafraid of shying away from some of the topics and questions that are seldom asked about disability.

With almost 200 episodes to catch up on, it’s sure to keep you busy while you’re social distancing.

OUCH

Ouch is a podcast run by the BBC, that covers a range of topics related to disability including in recent episodes, the COVID-19 outbreak and how it will affect disabled people.

With interviews from famous disabled people, as well as conversations about employment, certain conditions and knowing your rights, it’s an essential listen that combines information and advice with lighthearted conversations and positive stories.

You can also listen on the BBC Sounds website or app.

MY DAD WROTE A PORNO

There’s only one podcast we can recommend if you want to laugh so much you’ll forget everything else that’s going on. Follow the story of Belinda Blumenthal and her high powered job as sales director at Steele’s Pots and Pans.

Jamie Morton reads a chapter of the books each episode to his friends, James Cooper and Radio 1’s Alice Levine, though this podcast comes with a twist: Jamie’s dad is actually the author of the Belinda Blinked series, written under the pen name, Rocky Flintstone.

Nothing can prepare you for the antics Belinda and her colleagues get up to, so make sure to tune in to find out for yourself. If you need a laugh, this is the podcast for you.

THAT PETER CROUCH PODCAST

Hosted by ex-England player Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Radio 1’s Chris Stark, the trio bring their guide to being a professional footballer. 

Covering topics such as retiring from football, what it’s like in a changing room, and Peter’s iconic goal celebration, it’s a podcast you can enjoy and laugh along to even if you’re not a football fan.

You can also listen to this on the BBC Radio 5 website.

BERKHAMSTED REVISITED

Hosted by two women named Laura, the pair read through Laura Kirk’s teenage diary, from a young teenager all the way through to her time at university.

The diary chronicles the highs and lows of Laura’s teenage years, and is highly relatable for anyone who grew up in the noughties. From learning to use MSN, to regrettable fashion choices, it’s the ultimate feel-good podcast that will provide a welcome escape from current events.

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