15 of the best podcasts

15 of the best podcasts

15 of the best podcasts

Taking the pulse of the most-played podcasts in the office was a little more difficult than our 4 must-read business books. We collected 15 of the best podcasts, as voted by the staff of Monica Clare Recruitment. They skew to a curious mind, cover a span of interests and are decidedly not business focused.

We’ve grouped their taste into some general categories.




Your early morning minutes are precious, and this podcast is designed to fit in with that. Get the latest news headlines in minutes, published each weekday at 6am.

And a version perfect for the school-run!


Motivation and mindfulness

This one is geared towards carving out a life you love. You only need 15 minutes to spare to give this daily podcast a listen. As the namesake suggests, they focus on one inspiring quote and a “prosperity teacher” helps to dissect it.

Direct from Oprah’s mouth, “Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you.” She pulls from her catalogue of famous interviews with celebs and though-leaders all in the name of becoming your best self.

From the best-selling author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin takes the practice of gratitude to a whole new level. You’ll find practical advice, good habits and great anecdotes.


Personal journeys

Since her time in office, former PM Julia Gillard has moved on to the role of Chair of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership. Each episode she sits down with a leader (both male and female) and talks about what needs to be done so more women have the opportunities to lead. An extra feel-good: all the earnings from the podcast go back into funding the Institute.

Elinor Moshe focuses on the construction and property industries and looks at the people behind the projects. She looks to find the answer to the question, “What does it really take to have an exemplary career in construction and property today?”

A single mum taking life by the reins. Marlo Mack and her young transgender daughter produce a podcast that details their life, challenges they face and delves into what exactly it means to be a girl. Watch the background to the podcast here.



 For many, experiences and understanding have been reduced to what we see on screens. And it’s a mistake to presume the things we see are unbiased. The Times tech columnist Kevin Roose looks at how the internet affects us. We know Twitter ignited the Arab Spring, what else could it be doing?


Mystery and crime

This podcast investigates the disappearance of Marion Barter who has not been seen for 23 years. Only last year her case was taken over by the Unsolved Homicide Squad and is being treated as an active homicide investigation.

Host David Ridgen narrates a nonfiction story about cold cases over multiple episodes. There are currently six seasons, each focusing on a different Canadian crime.

A disappearance most in Australia are familiar with; Theo Hayez, last seen in Byron Bay in May 2019. The podcast is hosted by The Australian’s national crime correspondent, David Murray, who had eyes on the ground and joined the unofficial search party.

By now, we all know the truth about Bill Cosby. This podcast gives a voice to one of his victims, Andrea Constand, who carried the burden of being the only one of 60+ accuser’s whose case could be tried in court.

This one is very well-known, ranking number 1 on iTunes for several weeks. It’s an investigative journalism podcast, dedicating each season to one nonfiction story.

Yet another true crime podcast, this time detailing the medical company Theranos and what would become a huge fraud investigation in the US.



Honourable mentions


Basically, a whole lot more crime with a few outliers:

The Missing Cryptoqueen; Dirty John; To Live and Die in LA; Who the Hell is Hamish?; Where Should We Begin with Esther Perel; Chat 10 Looks 3; The Teacher’s Pet.


What’s your take on our 15 of the best podcasts?


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