Beauty, career and wellness: our top 10 podcast picks to try

Photo by Daniela Mota
Photo by Daniela Mota

Many of us have those tasks that keep us occupied but not enough from keeping our minds from wandering. These tasks could come in pockets of 30 minutes, an hour or three hours and here’s where podcasts come in.

They’re accessible and great to keep you company as you complete your daily tasks. So why not switch up your music playlist with something new to fill your ears: either riveting audio storytelling or perhaps an intellectually stimulating conversation to keep you entertained.

Here’s a list of podcasts you should listen to when you're doing anything that doesn’t require your ears:

Life Things Podcast

This title is as self-explanatory as it gets, the podcast provides a window into some of South Africa’s ingenious entrepreneurial and creative minds. The hosts, Thithi Nteta and Keagan Carling, interview women from various disciplines to talk about their careers, greatest challenges and other 'life things'. These witty and authentic hosts produce unparalleled lifestyle content that will go well with your morning coffee, or tea. 

You can listen to Life Things on Apple podcasts.

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Naked Beauty

Recently nominated for the 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards, The Naked Beauty Podcast by Brooke DeVard is an incredibly honest conversation about all that concerns beauty with some of the world's beauty industry leaders. If you love all things beauty or just want to keep up with the latest industry trends, you’ll enjoy this podcast. You’ll feel like you’re having a chat with your girlfriends.

You can listen to Naked Beauty on SoundCloud, Spotify and Apple podcasts.

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Cheeky Natives

Imagine being in conversation with an esteemed literary voice every week, in engaging, in-depth and nuanced conversations about topics featured in the local literary world. The hosts, Dr Alma-Natasha Cele and Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane, drive necessary conversations about literature that will stimulate your mind and open your eyes to a plethora of ideas and insightful points of view.

You can listen Cheeky Natives on SoundCloud and Apple Podcasts.


This is South Africa’s answer to Serial, the very popular U.S. investigative journalism podcast. Produced by journalist and author Paul McNally, Alibi follows the story of Anthony de Vries, a man who has been in prison for 17 years for murders he says he didn’t commit.

The story unfolds over eight episodes and involves cash-in-transit robberies, car chases and apartheid cops. The timeline of the events starts in 1994.

You can listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud.

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Justice Denied

If you have a special interest in this kind of investigative journalism content News 24’s Justice Denied podcast series, a production in collaboration with the Wits Justice Project. Narrated by Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath, the special project series uncovers stories of four people who were sentenced to life in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.

You can listen to the podcast on Soundcloud and the News24 website.

Singing Bones

If you love fairy tales and their origins, then you’ll enjoy this series. It takes a look at where the stories come from and discuss their “bare bones” and how they fit in popular culture. It also draws comparisons to similar tales in other cultures and explores how they fit into the modern day.

You can listen to the podcasts on the Singing Bones website.

Story Worthy

This goodie hosts lots of talented comedians, musicians and actors who each tell a 10-minute story regarding a major life event which is sometimes funny, and sometimes heartbreaking. It’s beautiful to get to know some of these famous people so intimately. They're heartwarming and you can definitely find comfort in knowing you’re not the only one going through some of life’s more difficult challenges.

You can listen to the podcasts on the Storyworthy website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Reply All

A great podcast about the internet, its history and the kinds of things that have been done with it since it was invented. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, the show was launched in 2014 and doesn’t just tell stories of technology, but stories of humanity too. It’s very interesting and the topics and guests range from the inventor of the pop-up ad to an episode about LSD.

You can listen to the podcast on the Gimlet Media website.

Optimal Living Daily

Imagine your daily affirmations unpacked in about 10-minute bites of insights. Justin Malik narrates handpicked blogs to listeners for free to help optimise your life. These are podcast episodes short enough to get you refocused when you have small pockets of time at your disposal during the day but long enough to unpack and offer perspective on universal life and career challenges.

You can listen to the podcasts on the Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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In Good Company

This podcast is for all the entrepreneur and career women who are ready to take the working world by the horns. In Good Company addresses the unique challenges women face in there corporate and entrepreneurial worlds head-on. From lessons about raising funding to dealing with office microaggressions to online trends about business, women who’ve been there and done that share their stories of resilience that led to the successes. 

You can listen to In Good Company on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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