The power of a podcast

By Matt Balmer
April 2, 2020

Working from home can be lonely. Podcasts certainly don’t replace human interaction, but they go a long way to helping you feel connected with the world.

Whether you choose a design-themed offering to catch up on issues pertinent to our industry, current affairs or something light-hearted that makes you laugh, listening to a podcast can reduce those feelings of isolation. Here are a few that have been recommended to me.

Woman’s Hour – a daily podcast offering a female perspective on the world. Covering an eclectic mix of current affairs and lifestyle. And who doesn’t want Jenny Murray’s dulcet tones in their ear?

Fearne Cotton, Happy Place – Fearne draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue and find joy in each day.

Desert Island Discs – I never get tired of hearing the thoughts and record choices from celebrities and world figures and the BBC has all 2252 episodes available to download.

The Horne Section – Raucous and ridiculous this podcast from the comedian Alex Horne with musical support makes me laugh out loud.

No Such Thing as a Fish – The researchers behind the TV show QI each present the favourite fact they have unearthed that week. Light hearted and enlightening.

Ted talks Daily – If you are looking for something to really get those brain cells working, this feed brings you thought provoking ideas on every subject imaginable from artificial intelligence to zoology given by the world’s leading thinkers and doers.

The Interior Design Business – A business focused series that offers engaging insights and best practice guidance.

SpeakEasy  – The SBID has teamed up with Pierrus Agency for this new series. Hosted by founder Grant Pierrus the first episode features a conversation with Dr Vanessa Brady OBE.

The Kitchen & Bathroom Design Podcast – Focusing on two key rooms, this podcast talked to designers in the industry and tackled subjects from charging fees to managing client expectation. (Listen out for regular contributions from Studio’s editor Elspeth.)