The 10 Podcasts That Are Getting Us Through Lockdown 2.0

Listen up, curl up, and catch up.


Ondela Mlandu |

We’ve passed the 21-day mark and that means we’re days closer to (hopefully) getting ‘freedom’. In the meantime, we’re sure you’ve scrolled down Netflix and Showmax several times and you’re over sitting still and watching something. If you haven’t already been listening to podcasts, why don’t you give it a bash? In tough times there is no better distraction than an informed stranger with something interesting to say.

PS: Women’s Health is excited to present our BRAND NEW podcast. Go Hustle: The Podcast is for women who are working their careers on their own terms. Each week, we speak to leading South African female entrepreneurs and corporate movers and shakers as they share their stories and career insider tips with us. You can listen to the podcasts here (bookmark it too, okay?).

In the meantime, this is what the Women’s Health team has been listening to, to make the days go by quicker:

1/ Why won’t you date me?

Available on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts

This podcast is about why comedian Nicole Byer is still single, despite being a really cool person. Each week she interviews her fellow comedians, some friends or an ex (yikes!) to find out more about their dating life. Content producer Chandre Davids loves the podcast because Nicole is hilarious and makes even the most sensitive subjects sound like everyday topics. “It’s real, relevant, relatable and makes you feel like the single life is actually not that bad,” she says.

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2/ Ghost of a podcast

Available on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Anchor

If you’re interested in astrology then this one is for you! The host of the podcast is an astrologer, psychic medium and animal communicator with over 20 years of experience. Every episode brings something interesting to the table. She talks to callers about the horoscopes for the week. This podcast is Chandre’s weekly fave. “Not only because it’s something, I’m interested in, but because Jessica (the host) gives amazing life advice. Even if astrology is not something you believe in, you can still learn so much about relationships, self-development and how to better the world,” she adds.

3/ On Purpose with Jay Shetty

Available on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts

The host of the podcast is Jay Shetty. He is a former monk, who now works to motivate others through sharing the journeys of really wise and insightful people. “I love that this podcast isn’t all like ‘love and light’, it gets down to the real struggles many of us face and shares how people overcame them.  It’s inspirational, practical and easy listening,” says Chandre.

4/ Stuff You Should Know

Available on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean

Digital Managing Editor, Susan Barret often finds herself going back to this podcast. The tag line is: “If you’ve ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.”  Susan says, she’s learnt about things she would never have completely understood in ways they don’t teach you in school. “If I wasn’t always a social distancer by nature, I’d have been ace at dinner parties. But now, because we’re all social distancing, I highly recommend this podcast. A) You’ll learn so much stuff. And B) You’ll be the star of the show when you do eventually find yourself around a table again,” she says.

5/ Oprah’s Supersoul Conversation

Available on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t adore Oprah? Senior Journalist, Ondela Mlandu is a fangirl and since Oprah is no longer on our screens, she now listens to her podcast. Mama O sits down with people from all walks of life to unpack various topics touching on mental health, relationships, chats with celebs and everything that allows you to deeply connect with yourself.

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6/ Jesus and Jollof

Available on Soundcloud, Podbean, Stitcher, Apple Podcast

If you loved the series Insecure, then you’ll love this hilarious podcast hosted by well known Yvonne Orji who plays Molly on Insecure and her bestie and writer, Luvvie Ajayi. The pair talk about being Nigerian born, living in America, relationships and basically everything. Their humour makes you feel as though you’ve known them for years. Why “Jesus and Jollof? The ladies love Jesus and they love their jollof (rice).

7/ The Homecoming with Dr Thema

Available on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis is a licensed psychologist, ordained minister, and sacred artist. Each of her conversations cover spirituality, psychology, and culture. “Recently, she’s been speaking about how COVID-19 has holistically affected our lives, it’s great!” says Ondela.

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8/ Reply All

Available on Stitcher and Apple Podcasts

Art Director, Pia Hammond highly recommends Reply All, if you’re into unravelling the internet. The hosts PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet explore the power of the internet.”The podcast is basically about the internet — be it security hacking to cultural happenings around the world which are trending. The two hosts are dorky and loveable,” says Pia.

9/ RedHanded

Available on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts

Murder mysteries and crime investigations your kinda content? Then this true-crime told by two outrageously funny British women,  who’s share a love for the genre will keep you at the edge of your seat. “The hosts are so quick-witted you want them to be your bffs,” says Pia.

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10/ Hunting Warhead

Available on Stitcher, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Podbean

If you love a good investigation and some thrill then follow journalists and police uncover the biggest paedophile ring in the world. So raw, but necessary!

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