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Castaway

Are you in search of your next fix of podcast recommendations? Look no further than the podCAST Castaway, the podcast about podcasts. Hosted by broadcaster, performer, chancer and podcast lover Laura Whitmore, Laura is on a mission to uncover the best podcasts out there by interviewing a celebrity guest every week about what they're listening to. Whether you're looking for podcasts about mental health, comedy, love, crime or your next fictional series to binge listen to, Laura's guests have got you covered. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jessie Ware

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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

29 Oct 2020

Rank #1

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Clara Amfo

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 CityHip Hop Saved My Life‎And The Writer Is...with Ross GolanWho WeeklyThirst Aid KitDissect Podcast (Beyonce series)Daddy Issues with Angharad George-CareyTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Award, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54mins

28 May 2020

Rank #2

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Kate Thornton

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'BrienScroobius Pip's Distraction PiecesDavid Tennant Does A PodcastWhere Should We Begin?The DropoutWhite Wine Question TimeTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

21 May 2020

Rank #3

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Katherine Ryan

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 KlausnerHaving Funlessness with Jen KirkmanThe Gemma Collins PodcastWalking The Dog with Emily DeanMissing Richard SimmonsTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

14 May 2020

Rank #4

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Jordan Stephens

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 TRUTHKilling ItUnlocking Us with Brené BrownThe Adam Buxton PodcastUnder the Skin with Russell Brand is available every week only on Luminary:luminary.link/russellTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

51mins

7 May 2020

Rank #5

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Munroe Bergdorf

On today's episode of Castaway, Laura welcomes transgender activist, model and journalist Munroe Bergdorf. In this conversation, Munroe tells Laura about finding her voice and using it to fight against unfair judgements of women, as well as why Gurls Talk Podcast host Adwoa Aboah has been a big support to her. Munroe's podcast choices reveal her fascination with cults and the people who find themselves becoming cult leaders, as well as her view on Tiger King's Carole Baskin (...and spoiler alert, it may not be what you think...!)Podcasts in this episode include:Gurls TalkFeminists Don't Wear PinkCultsThis is Actually HappeningJoe Exotic: Tiger KingTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

30 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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Frankie Bridge

This week on Castaway, Laura chats to podcaster, bestselling author of 'Open', member of The Saturdays and presenter, Frankie Bridge. Frankie chats about her TikTok sessions with husband Wayne during this time at home, as well as how she, like the rest of us, can find herself negatively comparing herself to others on social media. Laura and Frankie also speak about how Frankie's band mate Mollie was her first guest on her own podcast 'Open Mind' and how Mollie has been a massive support to Frankie when she had mental health struggles on tour. With some brilliant recommendations of 'Teenage Mixtape' with Joel Dommett and Steve Dunne, and Giovanna Fletcher's 'Happy Mum Happy Baby' podcast, this is a refreshingly open conversation between two friends.Podcasts in this episode include:SerialOpen MindHappy Mum Happy BabyTeenage MixtapeIs It Just Me?Ctrl Alt DeleteTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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Jamie Laing

In this week's episode, Laura chats with fellow podcaster, Made In Chelsea star and Candy Kittens founder - Jamie Laing. Jamie shares how his podcast Private Parts, which is now on its 160th episode, has given him a chance to show his real self, completely unfiltered. Jamie and Laura also bond over their fascination with unsolved mystery podcasts, as well as their shared love of Paul Rudd. This selection, along with the odd box set recommendation thrown in from Laura and Jamie will help see listeners through the next few weeks at home.Podcasts in this episode include:Private PartsConan O'Brien Needs a FriendMissing Richard SimmonsBelievedReply AllTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58mins

16 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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Nicola Coughlan

This week, Laura is joined by the Irish actress best known for playing Clare Devlin in Derry Girls - Nicola Coughlan. Laura and Nicola share their experiences of moving to London with big dreams and the reality of feeling lonely. Nicola also talks about dealing with knock backs in the industry and how she was actually working at an opticians and living at her parents house when an open call audition gave her her big break. As ever, Laura and Nicola talk about the podcasts Nicola loves including Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness podcast and the Mystery Show, as well as the mystery of Laura's missing matching socks!Podcasts in this episode include:Duvet Days PodcastGetting Curious with Jonathan Van NessMystery ShowRuPaul: What's the Tee?Call Chelsea PerettiTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Nicola Roberts

This week, Laura is joined by former Girls Aloud singer, latest winner of The Masked Singer and her good friend Nicola Roberts. In this conversation, Nicola shares her favourite podcasts including Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations and The Imposters Club which prompts a really interesting discussion about the impact of the media on Nicola's mental health after she won Popstars The Rivals and how both Laura and Nicola struggle with Imposter Syndrome at times. Just a heads-up, this episode was recorded a couple of weeks ago in a studio, right before the UK went into full lockdown as a result of Covid-19.Podcasts in this episode include:Problem SolversOprah's SuperSoul ConversationsThe Imposters ClubTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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Niall Horan

In this week’s episode, Laura is joined by fellow Irishman and one fifth of the biggest boy band of all time One Direction, Niall Horan. Since his One Direction days, Niall has enjoyed a stellar solo career having just released his latest (chart-topping!) album 'Heartbreak Weather'. As a recent podcast evangelist, Niall invited Laura to his apartment in London to chat everything podcasts over a cuppa, as well how he finds the time between songwriting and busy tour life. From the dulcet tones of Peter Crouch in the Peter Crouch Podcast, to George Ezra and Friends, let's get Castaway with Niall Horan.Podcasts mentioned in this week's podcast include:Peter Crouch PodcastGeorge Ezra and FriendsTable Manners with Jessie WareTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Lance Bass

In this week's episode, we're joined by a fellow stateside podcast enthusiast - Lance Bass. As NSYNC's very own, Lance talks about what it was like having to keep his sexuality private whilst rising to fame, and how he's now found happiness with his husband. Lance also shares how hosting The Daily Podcast has taught him the art of listening and how he gave Hollywood starlet Anna Faris the inspiration to launch her own podcast. Podcasts mentioned in this weeks’ podcast include: The Daily Podcast with Lance Bass Unqualified with Anna Faris S-Town Dirty John My Favorite Murder Sibling Rivalry with Oliver and Kate Hudson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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Dermot O'Leary

Welcome back podcast lovers! Kicking off Season 2 of Castaway is Dermot O'Leary whose diverse podcast choices range from Edith Bowman's Soundtracking - which celebrates the incredible music in films - to Krishnan Guru-Murthy's refreshingly honest interview technique on Ways to Change the World. Laura learns about Dermot's passion for politics as well as discovering that he initially set out to become an actor before his curiosity for interviewing interesting people took over. Laura and Dermot also chat about the inspiration Dermot's own podcast titled 'People, Just People' which includes guests such as Fleabag's Andrew Scott and former Labour leader Ed Miliband.Podcasts referenced in the conversation include:People, Just PeopleHere's the ThingSoundtracking with Edith BowmanFootballistically ArsenalWe Have Ways of Making You TalkWays to Change the WorldThe Two Shot PodcastTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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Jada Sezer

Today's guest is a model, body positive and mental health campaigner, activist, podcaster and last month's cover of Women's Health magazine - Jada Sezer. On this week's episode, Laura and Jada talk about their shared infatuation with Oprah, why Jada's love of Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin? podcast reflects her curiosity in human relationships, as well as Jada’s shock at Laura's 53,000 unread emails!Podcasts referenced in this conversation include:UnsubscribeSuper Soul SundayOprah's Master ClassWhere Should We Begin? - Esther PerelThe DailyPivotProject Body Love To vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 3mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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Kelly Holmes

A first for Castaway as this week welcomes the show's first ever Dame! Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes is a double Olympic champion, honorary colonel in the army, author, mental health campaigner and podcast host of 'What Do I Do? Mental Health and Me.' Together Laura and Kelly discuss embracing vulnerability and failure, what the word feminism means to Kelly, proudly ageing ungracefully... and bathroom bagpipe sessions with Alistair Campbell.Podcasts referenced in this conversation include:What Do I Do? Mental Health and MeConversations of InspirationThe Guilty FeministHappy PlaceHow To Fail With Elizabeth DayTo vote for Castaway to win the Listener’s Choice Awards, please visit: https://www.britishpodcastawards.com/vote See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr

28 Nov 2019

Rank #15