8 podcasts to help curb cabin fever
Let’s face it, being confined at home with only your family and pets to talk to for an unquantified amount of time can become tedious really quickly. Despite the threat of a global pandemic looming outdoors, sometimes being inside can feel frustrating and overwhelming. When you’ve face-timed your entire friends-list, mastered cooking all of your favourite meals with limited resources, and completed every online yoga class your aching muscles can possibly take, those moments when you don’t know what to do with yourself can feel heavier than usual.
Oftentimes we find that listening to a good podcast can alleviate feelings of boredom, lethargy and unwanted solitude. A good podcast fills up the room in our minds with new voices, interesting characters and compelling perspectives. Working like a placebo for loneliness, podcasts invite us into the conversation, even if we’re merely thinking out our responses, or laughing our heads off at some wacky idea one of the hosts has dedicated an hour to deconstructing.
That’s why here at NBGA we’ve spent the last few weeks searching the far reaches of cyber-space to put together a list of the most hilarious, informative and mind-stimulating podcasts for our no-basic girls to get lost in. Whether you’re looking for advice, inspiration or just a good chuckle, we’ve got you covered. So, dive in, and discover a world of audible bliss that can be experienced anywhere in the house; from your couch, to your kitchen.
The Receipts Podcast
For those of us who are missing out on some quality, unfiltered girl-talk with our friends right now, The Receipts Podcast has got us covered. Hosts Tolani, Audrey and Milena are always up for a good giggle. Across episodes, covering all the topics that would pop up in the modern girls’ group chat. In doing so, creating a virtual safe space for us all to laugh lightheartedly about topics that are often too taboo for mainstream media. With episodes titles like “I’d rather be a hoe”, “Laughs in offing pant” and “Daddy issues and double standards” – you won’t want to miss out on all the gossip that goes down. Bring your receipts along with you ladies!
3.55 by CHANEL
3.55, is a brilliant archive of interviews from some of contemporary fashions’ most pivotal figures. It’s alternating global hosts have had the honour of interviewing generations of fashion innovators from the late, great Karl Lagerfeld (R.I.P), to Pharell Williams, Soo Joo Park and Lily Rose Depp. The Chanel Podcast is one of the most diverse podcasts out there, with each series following the fashion house to the far reaches of the globe, and giving listeners the inside scoop on what goes down at the fashion house’s grandest events year round; year in year out. If you’re wanting to mentally escape the boredom of being inside, you can now listen to Chanel all around the world – and in multiple languages – from the comfort of your own home.
Why Won’t You Date Me? by Nicole Byer
Nicole Byer has a way with words when it comes to evaluating matters of the heart. If you’re struggling with bagging yourself a date right now, her podcast “Why Won’t You Date Me” is the perfect playground to brush up on your game, ready to bag your crush when quarantine is up. If there’s someone that’s been on your mind, but something unexplainable is holding you back from shooting your shot, fear not – Byer most likely has a hilarious episode where she – or one of her knowledgeable guests – divulges their dating mishaps and successes for us all to learn from. With episodes like “Having Sex in Drag”, “Dating as a Virgin in your 30’s” and “Featuring the Man Whose Floor I Peed On” – one things for sure, Byer’s wacky stories and fearless honestly have a knack for instilling confidence in the most hopeless of daters out there.
Pretty Big Deal by Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham is an undeniable force in the fashion industry. A fearless role model who empowers other women to feel comfortable in their own skin. On her captivating podcast Pretty Big Deal, each episode Graham invites creatives who have achieved massive success within their respective fields and interviews them. With guests like Dapper Dan, Kim Kardashian-West and Gabrielle Union on the line-up, you won’t want to miss the motivational sound-bites Graham pulls from her interviewees with each brilliant instalment.
No Money, Mo Problems by Mo Gilligan
Mo Gilligan has catapulted himself towards national treasure status in the UK, as the co-host of The Big Narstie Show on Channel 4. When he’s not educating Britain on black-culture with his legendary MC friend, the hilarious energy draws creative inspiration for his critically-acclaimed stand-up comedies by reminiscing. Each week on his podcast “No Money, Mo Problems”, the comic invites a friend to take a trip down memory lane with him, as he hilariously depicts what it’s like to grow up in London. With episode titles like “I used to think chips had pork in it”, and “Shut up with your speedboat trainers”, you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to give his much-loved podcast a spin.
The Gurls Talk Podcast by Adwoa Aboa
Adwoa Aboa is an advocate for young women who feel like they’re the underdogs in society. Her podcast Gurls Talk, is an online haven where women of all backgrounds can come to find solace from the pressures of wider-society. Aboa introduces the podcast every week as a place where “girls talk, girls share, girls listen and girls take control”. Starting the podcast to create a community of support for young people who have struggled with their mental health, it’s a forum where bright minds come to chat and discuss their ideas. With guests such as, Serena Williams, Munroe Bergdorf and Ashley Walters – there’s always an inspiring conversation to be had.
Dissect by Cole Cuchna
Dissect is a serialised musical podcast narrated by Cole Cuchna, a composer with a talent for academically examining contemporary music styles from Hip-Hop, to alternative R&B and Rap. Each season, Cuchna picks a pivotal figure in music and dissects their work with meticulous detail, approaching each record thematically, whilst lending his trained ear to pin-pointing examples of innovative musical experimentation. With legendary albums such as Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” on Cuchna’s roster – Dissect is a podcast for the invested music nerd.
Breaking Beauty by Jill Dunn & Carlene Higgins
If you’re spending your time in quarantine brushing up on your make-up skills, Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins’ “Breaking Beauty” podcast is the virtual place for you to be. Whether you’re trying your own ‘at-home’ acid peels, dying your hair bubblegum pink for the first time, or simply want to learn about the business behind some of the biggest make-up brands worldwide, Dunn and Higgins will most-likely have an episode which de-constructs the science and industry behind the products you’re using. A game-changer for girls who need answers when it comes to the safety, ethics and efficiency of a plethora of over-marketed beautifying tools, Beyond Beauty is an essential podcast for those who find catharsis in self-pampering.
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by, Tahirah Thomas