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The Best Podcasts to Listen to in 2021

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Whether you’re looking for something to listen to in-between Zooms while you work from home or something to keep you entertained while you get your daily steps in, we’ve shared the best podcasts to listen to in 2021 for every interest …

Since finishing up The High Low with co-host Dolly Alderton, Pandora Sykes has entered into new podcast territory with The Missing, a true crime podcast that explores stories around long-term missing persons in the UK. Each week The Missing explores a new case, speaking to friends and family about their loved ones whose cases have sadly never been solved.

This week Chanel has launched its first podcast, Chanel Connects. Throughout the seven-part series, conversations will centre around the world of culture, encompassing music, art, dance, architecture, film and fashion with creative minds like Pharrell Williams, Keira Knightley and Tilda Swinton.

One of the most captivating news stories of 2020 was the Jeffrey Epstein story. After his death while in prison awaiting trial, attention turned to Ghislaine Maxwell, his right-hand woman. Who was she? Where was she? And how much did she have to do with his horrendous actions over the previous decades. John Sweeney, an investigative reporter and former BBC journalist has launched a podcast, Hunting Gishlaine which charts Maxwell’s upbringing (her father was billionaire publisher Robert Maxwell) and her subsequent relationship with Epstein and the stories that have been revealed. Maxwell is currently in jail awaiting trial for procuring and trafficking underage girls for Epstein and others. She denies the charges. All seven episodes were released at the end of last year so you can binge through the whole series now.

You’re Wrong About aims to debunk myths about popular culture figures or big moments in history. This fascinating podcast, hosted by journalists Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall, will ensure you stay well-informed and entertained.

In Writing with Hattie Crissell is essential listening for every aspiring (or established) writer. Each episode Crissell interviews writers of all kinds about their writing practices and inspirations, pre-covid recorded from their studies, but now remotely.

The one unavoidable podcast that guarantees to have the whole world tuning in this year is Archewell Audios, hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan. Launched at the end of 2020, the first episode even featured a cameo by their son, Archie. The podcast aims to share stories from inspiring voices, like Brene Brown and Deepak Chopra, and according to Harry, “bring forward different perspectives and voices that perhaps you haven’t heard before, and find our common ground.”

For your news fix, tune into The Daily, a New York Times podcast released each morning with a round-up of the biggest news stories and current affairs of the day.

Seneca’s 100 Women to Hear is a must-listen for women around the world – especially if you are in a bit of a lockdown slump. In each 30-minute episode it shares the story of a different powerful female figurehead, from Ireland’s first female president Mary Robinson to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Florence Nightingale. Impossible to finish an episode without feeling inspired to do more.

The Michelle Obama podcast, features interviews with the former first lady’s close family and friends – including Barack – about the relationships in our lives that make us who we are.

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