I came late to the podcast world, but now I'm in it - wow. I love them! I would say that they are my main source of media entertainment - whether listening whilst commuting, whilst cooking dinner or running (OK, jogging) at the gym.
I've wondered whether my affinity with podcasts is something to do with the nature of the long form interview, and how in many ways this is reflective of therapy sessions. Often for an hour, often two people in dialogue with each other, using the space to learn more about each other - there are certainly similarities.
Two podcasts that I have recently been introduced to and that I would like to share with you today are 'Made of Human', hosted by comedian Sofie Hagan, and 'Griefcast', hosted by comedian Cariad Lloyd.
Sofie describes her Made of Human podcast as about connection:
"I sit down with a lovely person and we talk about life. I want to find out how to cope with being an adult person. I want to find out how to deal with all of the confusing bits of life. All of the hurtful bits of life. I want to sit, for just an hour, with a great person and learn from them. And - if they have no idea how to 'adult', then that will be absolutely okay - at least we will have an hour of feeling like we're not the only ones in the world"
Guests include comedians, activists, authors and all round interesting people with their own stories to tell about how they mange to live in what can be such a challenging world.
From talking about how to live, to talking about how to cope with death...
In 'Griefcast' Cariad invites us to consider questions such as 'how do we actually grieve for someone?', and 'how does it change & evolve as we get older?'. She tells us that:
"My dad died when I was 15, and it took me many, many years to express what I had gone through, so I decided to create Griefcast, a chance to talk, share and laugh about the weirdness of grief, death, pain and agony, but with comedians. So, its not that depressing, I promise"
There's something beautifully moving about the gentle way Cariad and her guests explore this difficult issue, with humour and love and sadness. As a listener, it feels like a privilege to be invited into each guests unique experiences of death and it has certainly made me reflect on losses in my life and my attitude to death. And, she's right - it's not that depressing.
Take a listen - I hope you enjoy these as much as I am.