Podcasts have taken off over the past few years, and for a good reason. Providing anyone with a platform to talk about whatever they desire for however long they wish can be a recipe for disaster, though it has also created space for a spectrum of phenomenal content. Ranging from comedy and true crime to opinions and personal anecdotes, the world of podcasting leaves no subject unexplored, meaning there is definitely something out there for you. If you’ve not yet jumped aboard the podcast train or you’re just looking for something new, here are five of the best Australian podcasts worth listening to.
Everyone loves a whodunnit, and nothing will have you playing detective quite like the true crime podcast Trace. Created by ABC journalist Rachel Brown, Trace investigates the details of an almost 40-year-old unsolved murder case. The story of Maria James, who was stabbed 68 times in what police dubbed a ‘ritualistic murder’, has gained huge speculation since Brown launched her podcast. While Brown has stressed she does not have any evidence pertaining to who murdered Maria James, she believes it is out there. Following the massive intrigue surrounding the story, Brown also released the book Trace: Who Killed Maria James?, which digs even further into the mysterious murder.
Buzzfeed Australia’s show Pretty For An Aboriginal delves into previously unchartered podcast territory by challenging perceptions of Indigenous culture and stereotypes surrounding women of colour. Hosted by Nakkiah Lui and Miranda Tapsell, Pretty For An Aboriginal tackles everything from dick pics to the influence of American black pop culture on Indigenous Australians. Featuring guest appearances from the likes of rapper Briggs to Orange Is The New Black’s Yael Stone, Pretty For An Aboriginal will get you thinking no matter the colour of your skin.
In 2015, Australian comedian Rosie Waterland released her first book, The Anti-Cool Girl, a no-holds-barred memoir detailing life growing up with mentally ill and drug-addicted parents. In 2016, after getting sober, Waterland’s mum Lisa read the book and concluded the majority of what her daughter had written was untrue. Each episode of My Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie sees Rosie reading a chapter from the book before discussing it in detail with her mum to determine what really happened and how their memories conflict. Hilarious, poignant and confronting, My Mum Says My Memoir Is A Lie is a podcast like no other.
If you’re after a podcast that is easy listening yet will keep you engaged, Wil Anderson and Charlie Clausen’s Thirty Odd Foot Of Podcast is the one for you. Since launching in July 2010, the comedy podcast has run weekly, consisting primarily of personal anecdotes, in-depth discussions about ridiculous hypothetical situations and conversations about sport, film and popular culture. You can expect to hear about everything from the ongoing saga of Clausen’s missing bin to mid-strength beers and potatoes – all of which will have you in stitches.
Hosted by comedian Josh Earl, Don’t You Know Who I Am? is a gameshow-meets-podcast which sees Earl pitting comedy greats against each other to see just how well they know one another. Each episode, a new batch of four guests bluff, lie and guess about anything and everything from who sends messages to strangers through AirDrop to who thinks pumpkin is for pigs. The podcast has seen appearances from the likes of Charlie Pickering, Tom Ballard, Hannah Gadsby and Cal Wilson and is guaranteed to keep you entertained.