The best podcasts to listen to in isolation

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If you’ve been social distancing or self-isolating, you might be looking for new things to do to keep yourself entertained and stay positive during this challenging time. And podcasts are great fun and can feel like you’re not alone.

Don’t worry, because we’re bringing you our top podcast picks to make you laugh and keep you informed from the comfort of your own home. All podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts or Spotify for free (some podcasts may have additional payment options, if you want to join groups).

#NOLIMITS

Ex-Royal Marine commando Mark Ormrod hosts his podcast #NoLimits, which discusses his time in the Armed Forces, and records his experience as a triple amputee since returning to civvy street. The podcast also acts as an opportunity for him to pass on the valuable information and lessons he’s learned throughout his journey, to help other veterans who might be in a similar situation to him.

If you want some positive reinforcement, a motivation boost or an encouraging word during these difficult times, tune into #NoLimits today.

MY DAD WROTE A PORNO

There’s only one podcast we can recommend if you want to laugh so much you’ll forget everything else that’s going on. Follow the story of Belinda Blumenthal and her high powered job as sales director at Steele’s Pots and Pans.

Jamie Morton reads a chapter of the books each episode to his friends, James Cooper and Radio 1’s Alice Levine, though this podcast comes with a twist: Jamie’s dad is actually the author of the Belinda Blinked series, written under the pen name, Rocky Flintstone.

Nothing can prepare you for the antics Belinda and her colleagues get up to, so make sure to tune in to find out for yourself. If you need a laugh, this is the podcast for you.

THAT PETER CROUCH PODCAST

Hosted by ex-England player Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Radio 1’s Chris Stark, the trio bring their guide to being a professional footballer.

Covering topics such as retiring from football, what it’s like in a changing room, and Peter’s iconic goal celebration, it’s a podcast you can enjoy and laugh along to even if you’re not a football fan.

You can also listen to this on the BBC Radio 5 website.

MY FAVORITE MURDER

If you’re a true crime fan, this is the podcast for you. Each week Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark bring you the stories of their favourite murders, from well-known serial killers such as the Zodiac Killer and Golden State Killer to lesser known incidents from around the world.

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Their sense of humour ensures the podcasts don’t become too dark or morbid, and bring a lighthearted feel to a topic that we don’t usually like to speak about.

The Veterans Network also has podcasts available that will keep you busy over the coming weeks.

What are you listening to to pass the time? Let us know on Twitter.

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