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  • In the last episode of this series of Castaway - Laura speaks to fellow podcaster, the brilliant Gemma Styles. Gemma’s podcast ‘Good Influence’, covers a range of different topics from climate change to therapy, food waste to sustainable fashion. On today’s episode, Laura asks Gemma how she’s found life as an influencer, her love of food and some of the causes she’s really championing through her podcast recommendations. Some of Gemma’s choices included some first timers here on Castaway like Nature Therapy and Remember Who Made Them, to some firm favourites like How To Fail and Off Menu.

    Gemma’s podcast recommendations include:

    Good Influence (Gemma's podcast)

    Off Menu

    Love Stories

    Remember Who Made Them

    How to Fail

    Nature Therapy podcast

     

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  • In this episode of Castaway, Laura welcomes Hannah and Suruthi, the hosts of RedHanded podcast. The duo discuss their fateful meeting at a party where they bonded over their love of True Crime which led to their spontaneous decision of launching a podcast together. Millions of downloads later, they haven’t looked back. In this episode, Laura speaks with Hannah and Suruthi about some other true crime recommendations such as The Root of Evil Podcast and The Forgotten: Women of Juarez. Some Castaway favourites are also mentioned including The Blindboy Podcast and Back Issue which tells the stories behind formative moments in pop culture.

    Hannah and Suruthi’s podcast recommendations include:

    Red Handed

    Root of Evil Podcast

    Back Issue - Tracy Clayton & Josh Gwynn

    The Blindboy Podcast

    HarmonTown

    Forgotten: Women of Juarez

    The Creep Drive

    Pod Save America

     

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  • Laura goes back to her jungle roots, as she welcomes latest I’m A Celebrity! star - Jordan North. The BBC Radio 1 presenter speaks about his experience in the Wales-version of ‘the jungle’ and his iconic moments that won the nation's hearts on the show. Jordan, who has his own podcast called 'Help I Sexted My Boss' with etiquette expert William Hanson, also brings some new recommendations to Castaway, including Football Feminism and everything in between, The Chris Moyles Show and How To Wow with Chris Evans. 

    Jordan’s podcast recommendations include:

    Help I Sexted My Boss (Jordan's podcast)

    Football Feminism and everything in between

    The Chris Moyles Show

    How To Wow - Chris Evans

     

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  • This week on Castaway, Laura is joined by the winner of Series 1 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK - The Vivienne. As Laura goes through Viv’s podcast choices, we learn a couple of her surprising interests. Whether that be her passion for Jurassic Park or Theme Parks, The Vivienne talks about her childhood explaining why she has a special place in her heart for them. Laura also discusses The Vivienne’s life in drag, and how the last few years have treated her since she’s flown into the spotlight. Full of lightness, laughter and a great chat, we hope you love this episode.

    The Vivienne’s podcast recommendations:

    Fancy a Brew (The Vivienne's podcast)

    Girl Group Gossip with Cheryl Hole

    The Theme Park Duo

    The Jurassic Park Podcast

    Sibling Rivalry

    Straight Talk With Ross Matthews

     

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  • This week on Castaway, Laura speaks to fellow podcast lover, broadcaster and house music icon - Annie Macmanus. Known to many as Annie Mac, Annie shares with Laura why she’s keen to step away from 'Annie Mac' and prefers these days to be known by her full name instead. Its this change that sparked Annie’s curiosity in moments that change us, and led to her releasing her podcast series Changes - which the two talk about. Of course Annie also shares some of her favourite shows including, Literary Friction podcast, Nice White Parents to On Being podcast.

    Annie’s podcast recommendations include:

    Changes (Annie’s Podcast)

    Literary Friction

    On Being

    Nice White Parents

    Blindboy

    Grounded with Louis Theroux

     

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  • Today’s episode of Castaway features the wonderfully optimistic, hilarious and oh-so-stylish Tan France. One fifth of our favourite fab five - Tan has been teaching us all on how to live more stylishly; whether that’s through his makeover looks in Queer Eye or his wardrobe advice in Next In Fashion. Put simply, Tan is one of TV’s golden treasures. On today’s episode, Laura speaks to Tan about his rise to stardom following his move to LA when he was just 17, as well as how no one at Queer Eye expected it to become such a part of our zeitgeist. When it comes to pods, Tan shares how he discovered Jessie Ware’s music through her successful ‘Table Manners’. Tan also chats about some of the shows he’s devoured including his friend Conan O’Brien hosting ‘Conan O’Brian Needs A Friend’ and one of Laura's personal favourites - ‘Oprah’s Super Soul Sessions’.

    Tan’s podcast recommendations include:

    Super Soul Sunday

    Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend

    Three Girls One Keith

    Table Manners

    Anna Farris Is Unqualified

    Armchair Expert

     

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  • This week on Castaway Laura was virtually welcomed into Edith Bowman’s home. A fellow presenter, music lover and podcast addict - Laura and Edith chat about Edith's die hard (pun intended!) love of films, which led to launching her incredibly successful podcast ‘Soundtracking’ back in 2016. On today’s episode, Edith shares her favourite shows, which include the music and lyrics podcast ‘Song Exploder’, the fictional agony aunt duo ‘Dear Joan & Jericha’, and longtime best-of-british show ‘The Adam Buxton podcast’. Filled with Edith’s favourite celebrity interview moments, this episode is a corker.

    Edith's podcast recommendations include:

    Soundtracking

    Adam Buxton’s Podcast

    Dear Joan & Jericha

    Table Manners

    Marc Maron WTF

    Song Exploder

     

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  • In this new season of Castaway - Laura Whitmore is back and joined by some very special guests for Season 4. In this first episode, Laura speaks to KSI, YouTuber, Pro-Gamer, Boxer or as Laura says 'someone who does it all'. With a cool 33 million followers to his name and over a decade of content creation, KSI is now making waves in the music scene, his latest single 'Don't Play' with Anne-Marie reached number 2 in the UK charts earlier this year. Laura unpicks KSI's podcast listening habits as he brings a whole new list of YouTube native shows to our ears. An episode not to miss!

    KSI's recommendations include:

    True Geordie

    No Jumper

    What’s Good Podcast

    Wafflin Podcast 

    Happy Hour Podcast

     

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  • We're wrapping up this season with an incredibly influential podcaster and author Dolly Alderton. Before announcing the end of the much-loved show The High Low, Laura had a chance to pick the brains of one of the most successful British podcast hosts about what podcasts she loves to listen to - from Fortunately with Fi and Jane - to the lighthearted Adam Buxton Podcast. Laura also speaks with Dolly about her her most recent novel - Ghosts. A warm, interesting and eloquent conversation between two podcast lovers. Podcasts in this episode include: Fortunately with Fi and Jane The High Low Guys we fucked Here's The Thing Soul Music The Adam Buxton Podcast

     

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  • In this week's episode of CASTaway, Laura welcomes Joss Stone - host of her debut podcast series A Cuppa Happy. Following a hugely successful music career and a world tour, Joss has now turned to podcasting interviewing the likes of Boy George and Wim Hof and unpicking what it is to be happy. Joss also shares some of her podcast favourites, including the likes of The Deliciously Ella Podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience and Stuff You Should Know - this episode has something for you all! Podcasts in this episode include: Stuff You Should Know with Chuck and Josh - Carrots Episode A Cuppa Happy The Joe Rogan Experience The Deliciously Ella Podcast

     

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  • Today Laura is joined by OG podcaster, author and journalist - Emma Gannon. Emma started out the hugely popular Ctrl Alt Delete podcast back in 2016 and has been interviewing guests such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Ava DuVernay and Gillian Anderson on their careers and the choices they have made ever since. From the wonderfully warm and conversational shows like Nobody Panic to the thought provoking like Brene Brown's Unlocking Us and In Writing with Hattie Crisell, Emma shares the podcasts that saw her through this very strange year. Laura and Emma also chat about Emma's brilliant debut novel - Olive. Podcasts in this episode include: Nobody Panic Call Your Girlfriend Unlocking Us - Brene Brown Awards Chatter podcast In Writing - Hattie Crisell

     

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  • You might know our guest from her break out role as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter - and more recently, host of The Chickpeeps podcast. Laura is joined by fellow Irishwoman Evanna Lynch. Evanna’s recommendations are wonderfully varied including Not Today, Thank You with Jake Yapp, Juliet Allen in Authentic Sex and The Yikes Podcast with Mikaela Loach and Jo Becker - that talk about all those Yikes moments going on in the world right now. Laura and Evanna also chat about her vegan podcast The Chickpeeps which has had the likes of Fearne Cotton and fellow Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright share their passion for plant-based. Podcasts in this episode include: The Chickpeeps The Yikes Podcast Not Today, Thank You by Jake Yapp Authentic Sex by Juliet Allen My Dad Wrote A Porno The Blindboy Podcast Anna Farris Unqualified

     

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  • In this episode, Laura is joined by singer-songwriter, podcast royalty and co-host of the Table Manners podcast - Jessie Ware. The pair discuss what inspired Jessie to start the podcast as well as how the podcast has became an outlet from her music. Jessie talks about the podcasts she listened to whilst in lockdown, including Dolly Parton’s America as well as other prolific podcasts like such as The Guilty Feminist, Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces, Human by Jess Mills and How To Fail with Elizabeth Day. Podcasts in this episode includes: Table Manners Dolly Parton’s America Keep It! The Guilty Feminist Distraction Pieces Human with Jess Mills How To Fail with Elizabeth Day

     

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  • In this week’s episode, Laura is joined by podcaster and entrepreneur, Irene Agbontaen. Host of TTYA Talks (aka Taller Than Your Average) Irene started the podcast back in 2015 as “an inclusive space for the excluded girl”. Together Laura and Irene talk about 2020 being a transformational year in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as some of Irene's favourite black hosted podcasts. Irene's choices includes the hilarious Receipts Podcast, the prolific ancillary podcast to Reni Eddo Lodge’s book About Race podcast and the New York based culture podcast The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle West. Podcasts referenced in the conversation includes: TTYA Talks Receipts Podcast About Race with Rene Eddo Lodge The Read 

     

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  • On today's episode, Laura speaks to co-host of Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed, Rosie Ramsey as the pair discuss the incredible journey of Rosie & Chris Ramsey’s award winning series. As a busy mother of two, Rosie shares how the podcasts Scummy Mummies, and Happy Mum Happy Baby have kept her occupied as well as Rosie's love for true crime podcasts, why they are so gripping, and what attracts us all as humans to listen. Rosie also shares that the podcast ‘Serial’ ignited her love for this genre and led her to podcasts such as Man In The Window and Girl Taken. Podcasts in this episode include: Man In The Window Scummy Mummies Happy Mum Happy Baby Blood Ties Girl Taken

     

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  • Welcome back podcast lovers! Kicking off Season 3 of Castaway is the Queen of Podcasting - Deborah Frances-White. Laura and Deborah discuss the incredible journey of The Guilty Feminist, as well as Deborah’s lockdown favourites including nostalgia podcast with Scrubs actors Zach Braff and Donald Faison Fake Doctors Real Friends, film review podcast Best Pick and some juicy sex and relationship podcasts including You'll Do and award-winning Brown Girls Do It Too - amongst many more. As Deborah takes us through her list of recommendations, as ever, the conversation finds its way to topics such as feminism, sexuality, race and antiracism, as well as some of Deborah’s career highlights. Podcasts referenced in the conversation includes: The Guilty Feminist Fake Doctors Real Friends Best Pick Catherine and Sarah - You'll Do Brown Girls Do It Too Have You Heard George's Podcast We're Having A Moment by Baratunde Thurston

     

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  • On this final episode of season 2 of Castaway, Laura speaks with radio presenter, passionate music-lover and her good mate Clara Amfo. Clara talks about her own podcast 'This City' which celebrates stories from some of London's most recognisable names, as well as sharing her incredibly diverse podcast selection. This includes the pop culture podcast Who Weekly as well as Thirst Aid Kit which inspires a great discussion between Laura and Clara around their celebrity crushes and why it's okay for women to embrace their desires.

    Podcasts in this episode include:

    This City

    Hip Hop Saved My Life

    ‎And The Writer Is...with Ross Golan

    Who Weekly

    Thirst Aid Kit

    Dissect Podcast (Beyonce series)

    Daddy Issues with Angharad George-Carey

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  • On this week's episode, Laura chats to the brilliant Kate Thornton who is a true podcast addict. Kate, who started off in journalism and made her mark as the youngest-ever editor of Smash Hits magazine, chats to Laura about her journey in getting to this position and some of the famous faces she's met in her career. In amongst this, Laura and Kate talk through all things podcasts including Kate's own podcast White Wine Question Time, why she believes in the power of therapy taking inspiration from Esther Perel and why she couldn't stop listening to real life drama series The Dropout.

    Podcasts in this episode includes:

    Full Disclosure with James O'Brien

    Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces

    David Tennant Does A Podcast

    Where Should We Begin?

    The Dropout

    White Wine Question Time

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  • On today's episode, Laura gets Castaway with Canadian comedian, writer, presenter, and now actress Katherine Ryan. In this conversation, Katherine talks about the power in using creative outlets like podcasts to explore issues that aren't often spoken about - sharing her own experience of pregnancy loss on her podcast 'Telling Everybody Everything'. Katherine also tells Laura how she's coping in lockdown with her childhood sweetheart and 4 dogs, as well as why she misses the buzz from stand up with a live audience. Laura and Katherine also chat about the right to reply with hecklers, why Katherine is a big fan of Gemma Collins (who, in her words, is the UK version of Mariah Carey!) as well as some brilliant podcast recommendations thrown in such as Emily Dean's Walking The Dog and the mystery podcast of Missing Richard Simmons.

    Podcasts in this episode include:

    How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner

    Having Funlessness with Jen Kirkman

    The Gemma Collins Podcast

    Walking The Dog with Emily Dean

    Missing Richard Simmons

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  • On this week's episode, Laura speaks to the open book that is Jordan Stephens. Jordan found fame as one-half of the duo Rizzle Kicks and has gone on to host two brilliant podcasts about mental health. In this conversation, Jordan tells Laura why he believes that 'honesty is medicine' and why he's drawn to podcasts that delve into the human psych from leaders such as Russell Brand and Brené Brown. Laura and Jordan also talk about cancel culture, the evolution of celebrity and why Jordan has resorted to chatting with his dog in lockdown!

    Podcasts in this episode include:

    WHOLE TRUTH

    Killing It

    Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

    The Adam Buxton Podcast

    Under the Skin with Russell Brand is available every week only on Luminary:

    luminary.link/russell

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