A treat for your ears.

Is it us or is everyone starting a podcast these days? We’r not complaining, after all a podcast is one of the best on-the-go mediums for information and inspiration.

One of the Middle East-based outlets recently got a shoutout from actor and style icon Sarah Jessica Parker. The star is clearly a fan of Kerning Cultures – a podcast that shares inspiring stories from the region and beyond.

 

 

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“It will transport you to places far away and introduce you to stories and people you likely do not know. It’s so beautifully done by all the reporters and contributors and the time spent listening gets us all one step closer to better understanding those whose lives seem very different from our own,” she wrote in her Instagram post.

Here are some of our other favourites to plug into.

How To Fail

Ever heard the phrase “everything happens for a reason”? Sometimes our failures can feel overwhelming, but journalist Elizabeth Day puts a positive spin on them. She invites an array of starry guests to share their greatest disappointments that have shaped their current achievements. Our favourite episodes include Mo Gawdot and star of hit TV series Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

 

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The High Low

The current affairs and culture podcast hosted by journalists and writers Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton will keep you up-to-date with the latest news and debates, while also bringing a little humour to your day. The hosts also share their reading recommendations and regularly invite writers such as David Nicholls.

The Goop Podcast

For everything weird and wonderful from the world of wellbeing, The Goop Podcast has you covered. Run by Gwyneth Paltrow and her team, the lifestyle platform discusses everything from trauma and loneliness, how food affects our mood, what causes addiction, and beauty insights.

When Women Win

Prepare to be inspired by iTunes’ number 1 podcast in the Middle East, When Women Win. Hosted by Oxford University graduate and entrepreneur Rana Nawas, it aims to help women rise in their professional and personal lives. Most recently she has interviewed founder of The Modist Ghizlan Guenez and our past cover star Manal Rostom.

 

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Deliciously Ella Podcast

Queen of healthy eating and the reason we now have zoodles with everything, Ella Mills hosts the podcast with her husband Matt where they discuss everything from mindfulness, periods, plant-based diets and grief. They regularly invite experts onto their show to give us a better understanding of nutrition – are fruit sugars bad for us? – skincare and stress management. Tune into “Lessons in Happiness from Around the World’ that looks at selection of concepts from various countries, and an insightful fashion sustainability chat with the founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, Livia Firth.

Desert Island Discs

You’d struggle to find anyone who hasn’t listened to at least one episode of BBC’s long-running feature Desert Island Discs. A simple concepts invites guests, such as make-up artist Pat McGrath, actress Judi Dench, artist Tracey Emin, Stephen Hawking, Christopher Nolan, Stella McCartney and more, to share eight pieces of music and what they mean to them. Truly insightful and fascinating.

Hangout with Rushdi

Rushdi Rafeek founded the humorous Hangout with Rushdi podcast to champion undiscovered artists, performers, and content creators. He also touches upon other topics such as dealing with grief, American politics, and the pros and cons of women’s magazines.

 

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The Gurls Talk Podcast

Hosted by model Adwoa Aboah, the motivational podcast Gurls Talk invites guests to share their fierce stories. Her recent episodes include inspirational chats with Serena Williams, JJ – UK-s first hijab-wearing female football referee, and Jorja Smith.

You, Me and the Big C

Long-time listeners of You, Me and the Big C were in a state of mourning when founder and co-host Rachael Bland lost her battle with cancer. The podcast, co-hosted by cancer bloggers Deborah James and Lauren Mahon, explores the issues surrounding the disease in a human and humorous detail. “The coolest club you never want to be a part of.”

Adam Buxton

If you want to listen to random ramblings between a comedian and a celebrity that often leads to profound and hilarious discoveries, then Adam Buxton is your guy. With over 100 episodes to choose from, we suggest adding a chat with actor Simon Pegg, director Greta Gerwig and writer Zadie Smith to the top of your list.

Tales of the Trade

Dubai-based podcast features pioneers and entrepreneurs from the sandy city who share their challenges and achievements. Check out the episode with the founder of Surf House and co-founder of popular fitness studio Crank.

The 2 cents podcast

The dreaded M word gets addressed in the millennial The 2 cents Podcast. Hosted by three friends, the episodes address dealing with money envy, how to get out of debt and how to start saving. Honest and upfront, just how it should be.

 

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Costing The Earth

Want to learn more about sustainability and the current state of climate change? BBC’s Costing The Earth looks closely at the issues surrounding fast fashion, overuse of wet wipes, how the environment is impacting fertility, and more.

Kerning Cultures

Hebah Fisher created Kerning Cultures to share stories of culture, history and current affairs from the Middle East. There are also lighthearted and sweet episodes such as the Baklava Challenge and Loving Lynn – a story of a young housekeeper from the Philippines who fell in love with her employer’s nephew in Lebanon. It follows her struggle with feeling like an outsider when they got married.

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