Podcasts to get you hooked this month

No matter your listening preference, we've found some of the best podcasts available for bingeing this month.

Want a gripping real-life story told week to week? Looking for inspiration in your personal life or career? Keen to hear from parents going through similar pressures? Or simply cruising for an entertaining way to endure your daily commute?

Whatever it is you're looking for, there’s a podcast out there to fill that gap. We've sorted the diamonds from the dross.

For true crime fans

Must listen: The Teacher’s Pet
No doubt you’ve been inundated with recommendations for this investigative podcast into the disappearance of a young mother-of-two in 1982 which has also exposed a culture of sex crimes at several Sydney high schools. If you haven’t, it’s not too late to jump on board.

Helmed by The Australian’s Hedley Thomas, The Teacher’s Pet is asking what really happened to Lyn Dawson after her star football player husband Chris alleged she’d walked away from the marriage - and just one week later moved his teenage lover into the family home.  In the intervening years, two Coroners courts have found Chris Dawson to be responsible for his wife’s murder and yet no charges have ever been laid.

A still-live investigation, each week the podcast has aired has seen more witnesses come forward, more fresh evidence revealed and more government bodies urged to act. Will the finale finally see justice for Lyn?

Also check out: Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo
In the 1970s, young indigenous Canadian girl Cleo was removed from her family home and sent to live in the US as part of a controversial forced adoption program. Some years later, her mother was told Cleo had been raped and murdered while trying to hitchhike home. For Cleo’s siblings, the only proof their adored sister even existed is a grainy stamped-sized photograph. But they never knew what happened to her, where she was buried or if anyone had been charged with her murder. Over nine episodes, journalist Connie Walker assists Cleo’s family in their hunt for the truth. This is a gripping, binge-worthy listen that requires a box of tissues for some episodes.

For smart, up-to-the-minute pop culture 

Must listen: The High Low

Many moons ago, American magazine maven Tina Brown declared that the mix of "high low" - high culture joined to low gossip - was the way to a reader's heart. UK double act Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton are using that rule to great success, discussing all that is happening in the pop culture world each week with the aim, they say, of  mixing "the trivial and the political." Whether it's disseminating the latest Hollywood scandal, reviewing a gripping new book or TV series, debating a universal emotional dilemma or discussing the latest Trump gaffe, the pair delve deep into the topics we're all talking about, no holds barred.

For parents wanting advice (without the judgement)

Must listen: The Parent Panel

"All parents, all honest, mostly hilarious," is how this podcast is sold on iTunes. Produced by the folk at Kinderling Radio, each week Shevonne Hunt - a mum of two, journalist and Kinderling Radio host - is joined by two guest panellists (themselves parents and ranging from mummy bloggers to politicos and everyone in between) to discuss the what's what of the parenting world. When should you start giving kids chores? What sleep hacks actually work? How do you deal with a sibling fight? What's the secret to travelling with kids? It's great advice with a healthy dose of laughs which covers all ages from tots to teens.

For career motivation

Must listen: How I Built This with Guy Raz

They may be billion-dollar brands today but most big companies started from very humble beginnings. Former war correspondent, journalist and National Public Radio host Guy Raz interviews the founders of big-bucks businesses from Spanx to Instagram to Airbnb and more to find out how they took the spark of an idea and made it into the global phenomenons they are today. Smart and insightful, Guy gets the most out of his subjects who open up about the hard times they faced on the road to success. If you have a flickering business idea in the back of your brain, give this a listen for some serious inspiration. 

For a feel-good lift

Must listen: This is Love

True crime fans may be familiar with Phoebe Judge, the dulcet-toned host of Criminal. This is Love is her latest venture, which sees her attempt to answer "life's most persistent mystery", love. Over six episodes, you will be charmed with real-life tales of love against the odds, sacrifices made in the name of love, unconventional romances and the lengths both parents and children will go to to keep love alive. Each episode focuses on one, very different love story, and each is more charming than the next. A second season is due to drop next month but until then enjoy these heartstring-pulling stories.

For a wellness hit

Must listen: All Being Well

All of us can use help balancing the pressures of modern life with looking after our well being. But where do you start? All Being Well isn't a bad place. Aiming to make wellbeing tools accessible for all, each week host Kayla Robertson interviews leaders in the wellness industry who share their wisdom and insights. To date, guests have included  David Holmgren, the co-creator of the global permaculture movement, environmentalist campaigner Tim Silverwood and yoga teacher and nutritionist Lola Berry and. Whether you're interested in learning more about sustainability, making your work more meaningful, how to include more yoga and meditation into your daily routine or how to make your home greener, there are a wealth of takeaways to gain from this podcast.

For wedding planners

Must listen: Hitched

You've put a ring on it, now what? That's what this 10-episode long podcast hopes to answer with each instalment tackling a different wedding prep dilemma, helped out by a wealth of experts. Hosted by Aleisha McCormack aka The Bridechilla, Hitched disseminates the dos and the don'ts for brides and grooms to be. What financial conversations should you be having? Do you really need to hire a wedding planner? Who should make the cut on the guest list? And how can you make your big day one to remember? These are just a few of the burning questions the podcast will answer making it a great planning tool for all stages of your wedding run up and beyond.



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