COVID-19 may be keeping most of us indoors, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a little global culture in the safety of our own homes.

These are our favourite podcasts right now and we think you’ll love them, too. They’re funny, relevant, perceptive and inspirational. You can listen to all of these on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

@supersoul

Hear Oprah’s selection of personal interviews that feature thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.

We recommend starting with the Michelle Obama episode, titled Your Life in Focus. She discusses the ups and downs of her 28-year marriage, reveals her favourite TV shows and talks about her new-found hobby, yoga. We get a candid peak into a world-famous woman’s life, who just happens to be as normal as the rest of us.


SheSez, with Linda Grasso

@she_sez

Journalist Linda Grasso hosts open conversations with fascinating women about the things that matter most: happiness, health and purpose. In her signature unabashed style, the well-known TV broadcaster showcases her seasoned interviewing skills, fuelled by a keen sense of what women want to know. With a good mix of topics that suit women at all stages of life — activists, mothers, grandmothers, professionals, business owners, artists, sporting heroes… the lot!


Empower Midlife

@itsmejuliemoran

“Don’t fear midlife — embrace it!”

Julie Moran explores topics like dealing with empty nest syndrome (is it really an issue?), rekindling a marriage after 30 years, managing the effects of menopause, coping with depression, learning new technology, mastering social media, going back to work after illness and so much more. Julie still doesn’t have all the answers, but she invites you on her journey to figure them out together.

Some parts of these are difficult listen to listen to, but we recommend starting with one of the early SheSez podcasts which features Jenn Greenhut. She’s an everyday woman who defied extraordinary circumstances to survive stage four triple-negative breast cancer — and come out of it with a refreshed outlook on life.


Anna Faris is Unqualified

@unqualified

Put simply, this is relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood stars. From Judy Greer and Andrea Savage, to Pamela Aldon and Casey Wilson, this long-running podcast has Hollywood icons of past and present giving you all of the wrong (or sometimes exactly right) advice. For one hour, you’ll be part of a small community where those of us who have no idea what the hell we’re doing can find comfort and laughter in shared experiences.


Color Forward

@colorforwardpod

As multicultural women living in a multicultural society, we have plenty to talk about. In each 40 minute Color Forward episode, experts Rosa Santos and Merary Simeon, highlight the successful women who have overcome cultural adversity and mastered the art of resilience. Listen every two weeks for your regular dose of inspiration, empowerment and motivation.

We have plenty of other pieces to keep you entertained during this tense time. Try these calming mindfulness exercises you can do at home. Have any podcasts recommendations? Email them to mail@platinum-mag.co.uk.