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Whether the word podcast sounds like a techy, new-fangled idea or you’ve been tuning in since day one, now’s a great time to explore some new topics. Pick a topic and you’ll find a podcast on it. They’re a great way to take some time out or to have on in the background while you’re exercising and, even better, they’re free. Stay entertained, informed and motivated with some of our favourite podcasts to listen to whatever mood you’re in.

The sports one

The totally football show


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Episode length: Roughly 1 hour

If you’re missing your football fix join James Richardson and co as they look back on the ghosts of seasons past. They’re still going three times a week with insightful analysis and deep dives into key games, goals and gaffers from the Premier League and European football. Or you can explore their archive to relive your favourite football moments from the last three years.


The newsy one

The Intelligence from the economist  



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Episode length: Roughly 20 mins

For a bite-size podcast their daily episodes really pack a news punch. The Intelligence takes a look beyond the top stories of the day for an alternative view of the news that’s hitting the headlines. This is the perfect short, news-based podcast for the small amount of “me-time” you’re getting between working from home and/or keeping an eye on the kids.


The funny one

Athletico Mince

Episode length: 30 – 40 mins

Stop what you’re doing and scroll through Bob Mortimer’s “Train Guy” videos on Twitter and Instagram for a taster. Then listen to every single episode of Athletico Mince, Mortimer’s “football” based podcast with co-host Andy Dawson for even more hilarious characters in what is undoubtedly one of the funniest podcasts around.


The clever one

No such thing as a fish 


Episode length: Roughly 50 mins

Got a few video-call pub quizzes coming up? Brush up on your knowledge with the QI Elves who share their favourite weird, wild and wonderful facts of the week. They’ve also just uploaded 52 archived episodes – get ready for your new favourite phrase to be “Did you know…”


The motivational one

NHS Couch to 5k


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Episode length: Roughly 30 mins

If you want to branch out exercise-wise and can take some time outside why not give yourself something to aim for with this 9 week training podcast from the NHS. You don’t need any experience to get going and each episode will guide you through a simple programme aimed to help you achieve a goal of running 5k. Just add trainers!


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