Best 5 podcasts this October: Music, crime, and serious business

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·5-min read

Spring has sprung across the nation, days stretch longer, the nights are getting warmer and a springtime stroll is on every Aussies’ daily must-do list.

Whether you’re battling through the lockdown in Melbourne or enjoying slightly more freedom elsewhere, there is nothing like a thought-provoking podcast to keep you company on your commute, your daily walk, or while you wind down after work.

Woman listening to podcast on train
These five podcasts will keep you entertained no matter where you are in the country. Photo: Getty Images

This month, a splendid array of everything from a true-crime thriller with an unsettling moral quandary to the delightful cultural offerings of two of Australia’s most intelligent journalists, to a truly moving journey of self-acceptance you didn’t know you needed to embark on will keep everyone and anyone happy and plugged in.

There’s even a professionally enriching number that will leave you cloaked in a virtual power suit of information from the invaluable insights of some of the world’s most successful business people.

From the professional to the musical, there’s something to keep everyone smiling this month.

Build Brand You

Build Brand New is a brand new series harnessing professional advice from the world's best and brightest leaders. Photo: Verizon Media
Build Brand New is a brand new series harnessing professional advice from the world's best and brightest leaders. Photo: Verizon Media

Build Brand You is an exciting podcast launched by Verizon Media Academy tackling the ways you can stand out professionally using the insights of some of the world’s foremost leaders in business.

The brilliant series from Verizon Media – publisher of Yahoo Australia – explores how listeners can excel in the workforce beyond just being great at your job in a technical sense, what ‘soft skills’ should you be investing in to move forwards?

Drawing on the best of Verizon Media’s renowned Academy Masterclasses, the series brings you insights from some of the world’s top business minds, from Arianna Huffington to Nicole Hatherly and Leigh Morrison.

In the very first episode, Yahoo Finance Australia’s Editor-in-Chief Sarah O’Carroll chats with Arianna Huffington about her mission to stop burnout culture and promote mental resilience and healthy workforce culture.

You can listen to Build Brand You podcast here.

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Morally Indefensible

Morally Indefensible is a true crime offering that will make you thinking a little deeper about how your favourite tales got told. Photo: Stitcher
Morally Indefensible is a true crime offering that will make you thinking a little deeper about how your favourite tales got told. Photo: Stitcher

True crime lovers looking for their next criminal hit can breathe easy, with the latest offering from The Jinx’s Marc Smerling one that will keep you occupied from beginning to end.

Is it ever ok to lie and betray to tell true story? That’s the question this deep dive into the relationship between convicted murderer Doctor Jeffrey MacDonald and journalist Joe McGinniss seeks to answer.

In 1979, the ex-Green Beret doctor was convicted of murdering of his pregnant wife and two young daughters, and he subsequently struck up a friendship with famed reporter Joe who sought his trust in order to pen a ‘tell-all’ book about the case that divided a nation.

The book, Fatal Vision was a smash hit, but far from the tome the trusting doctor expected to be written, the journalist ultimately asserting he thought Dr MacDonald, by then a close friend, was guilty of the murders.

One that will have you twisted and knotted as you seek to discern right from wrong, Morally Indefensible is a mind-bending examination of truth, lies, murder and what is, and isn’t morally defensible.

You can listen to Morally Indefensible here.

Song Exploder

Song Exploder is a delightful treat of a podcast that delves into your favourite music, and how it came together. Photo: Radiotopia
Song Exploder is a delightful treat of a podcast that delves into your favourite music, and how it came together. Photo: Radiotopia

Long-running music podcast Song Exploder was a revelation I stumbled across this year that never fails to put a spring in my step, and is beloved by millions worldwide.

Produced and currently hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway for Radiotopia, the series can only be described as a delicious treat of a podcast for any and every music lover.

On each episode, an artist is invited to ‘explode’ or unpack the writing process behind one of their famed tracks in short 10 to 15-minute episodes.

Featuring musicians from U2, to Selena Gomez, to Lorde and Metallica the series has become a cult hit and even spawned a Netflix short series and once you hit play on that first episode you’ll understand why.

You can listen to Song Exploder here.

Tame Your Inner Critic

Clare Bowditch has delivered a true gem of a podcast with Tame Your Inner Critic. Photo: Audible
Clare Bowditch has delivered a true gem of a podcast with Tame Your Inner Critic. Photo: Audible

Tame Your Inner-Critic is five-part series from Aussie singer-songwriter Clare Bowditch for Audible that is likely to touch a nerve with many listeners in a way they never expected.

In the series, Clare delves into her personal struggles with chronic anxiety and a brutal inner critic that she first opened up about in her memoir Your Own Kind of Girl.

With the help of neuroscientist Dr Charlotte Keating, Clare present five episodes detailing useful and inspiring techniques to face, tackle and ultimately tame that negative voice in your head that you might not realise is holding you back.

Warm funny, and like a big hug exactly when you need it, Tame Your Inner Critic is a must-listen and you can do so here

Chat 10 Looks 3

Chat 10 Looks 3 is a zesty, slightly fruity and always fabulous weekly listen. Photo: Chat 10
Chat 10 Looks 3 is a zesty, slightly fruity and always fabulous weekly listen. Photo: Chat 10

An oldie, but a goody, Chat 10 Looks 3 is the weekly podcast from veteran ABC journalists Leigh Sales and Annabelle Crabbe that will keep you informed, inspired and in stitches.

First launched in 2015, the series is a no-frills conversation between two of Australia’s most intelligent women in media in which they discuss what they are eating, reading, listening to and watching.

The pair often clash over their very different tastes and these are the moments many (me) like best, as they treat listeners to the kind of razor-sharp wit most could only dream of mustering to cut down their friend’s over-enthusiastic love of Hamilton, or to debunk the myths surrounding an ‘over-hyped’ sponge cake.

Clever, surprising and not too fussy, you can listen to Chat 10 Looks 3 here.

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