Peak Podcast? But we just got started.
Okay, okay … we’re late to the party.
Yes, you’ve been listening to podcasts forEVER. What were we thinking?
It is not like there weren’t plenty to choose from.
According to Podcast Insights, 2020 (as of January 2020) there are over 850,000 active podcasts and more than 30 million podcast episodes in existence. This is pretty impressive growth in just two years, considering there were around 500,000 active podcasts in February 2018.
So, how do you choose what to listen to?
Here are a few we’ve been recommending:
The Modern House
The Modern House is a design-led estate agency. Its website is an exquisite mix of tantalisingly out-of-reach properties and hugely accessible writing and curation about design, architecture and creativity. We recently discovered their podcast and we have devoured 3 of the 4 episodes which are available. The premise is simple — and this appears to be the secret of a good podcast — interviews with creative souls about the 3 houses that most influence them. The conversations slide beautifully between the descriptions of the houses and the inspiration that emerges from them. It is hard to choose between Edmund de Waal (ceramicist) and Rosa Park (co-founder of Cereal Magazine) as our favourite interviewee. At around the 35-minute mark in length, these episodes hit a sweet spot for us … the ideal attention span.
With quotes like this, we’re going to come off the fence and pick Edmund de Waal (unless Rosa Park is listening, in which case it is a dead heat!):
Each space has the possibility of being something else.
Modesty is important (in architecture).
If you place an object down, it changes the world.
Love in the Time of Coronavirus
Charlie Gladstone already hosts one of our favourites, The Mavericks Podcast, a series of interviews with creatives, entrepreneurs and founders who break or create the mould.
As you would expect from a serially restless and successful entrepreneur, Charlie has perfectly captured the lockdown mood with ‘Love in the Time of Coronavirus’. It is short and snappy. A simple premise … he asks people from the very wide network he has nurtured through The Good Life Experience, Pedlars and his estate at Glen Dye, three questions of the ‘here and now’.
Where are you and who are you with?
What good do you think will come out of this time?
Tell me something really good you have discovered or started doing again.
The answers range from the pithy, to the gently rambling … interviews are interspersed with Charlie’s own recommendations for good reads or — and this is great for Mr Fables who grew up musically through the late 70s when double albums were a thing for long-haired rock bands and their fans — favourite long-playing ‘records’ (CDs just about squeeze in).
Monocle 24: The Urbanist
Back in the day, we subscribed to Monocle Magazine and imagined ourselves living in one of their selected ‘top’ cities. Melbourne, Helsinki, Vancouver … we’re pretty relaxed; we might just drift around trying them all out for size.
So, when our favourite magazine creates a podcast about our favourite cities and their futures, it is going to be on the ‘list’.
In praise of our cities, The Urbanist 443 - Radio
We ask our housebound editors and correspondents across the globe to reflect on what they cherish about the places in…
By its own reckoning, ‘The Urbanist’ “with an influential audience of city mayors, urban planners and architects, is Monocle’s guide to making better cities, be it new technology, state-of-the-art subways or compact apartments”.
Mondays and Thursdays, if you want to follow it religiously … or just pick episodes, usually less than 30 minutes in length, often just 5–10 minutes. Edited in a magazine style so episodes are always interesting and varied.