COVID-19 has affected everyone in different ways, and it has dramatically altered how we keep ourselves entertained and engaged. Fortunately, many podcasts have continued to release new and very topical episodes. Whether you’re looking for an insightful analysis of the impacts of the crisis, a deep dive into the world of professional cycling or an escapist fantasy, here are five podcasts recommended by local Parade businesses.
Lifestyle: How To Fail
We've made the most of having doors closed and working from home by soaking up plenty of podcasts. We've even been listing some of our favourites to share with our community. Some days we want to listen to information-rich podcasts focusing on the health or economic impacts of COVID-19 to keep up to date (like the ABC's Health Report). Other days we want some light pop culture and current affairs with an international flavour (so we tune into The High Low from the UK).
And of course it's great to hear from people navigating the emotional and societal implications of how our world has changed. We've featured a couple of episodes on this theme from How to Fail, an articulate and interesting examination of how to react when you’re faced by a threat or a crisis and you don’t know what it looks like. It also serves as an important reminder that failing is a part of learning and being kind is important.
Recommended by Elizabeth Donaldson, Brick + Mortar
After five years, Brick + Mortar will be closing its doors at the end of June. The online store will be open until then - if you need some inspiration check out their Instagram or Facebook pages. And as a farewell gift they’re connecting the public directly with 80 artists, designers and makers, helping to continue their mission of supporting the local artistic community.
Tech: Reply All
If you ever see things go viral on Twitter that you don’t understand, this podcast is for you. Reply All deals with anything internet or tech-related, and there’s a great section called “yes, yes, no” in which they explain things that have happened on the internet that I would otherwise know nothing about. It’s a good way to keep on top of what’s happening online but it’s very light-hearted and it makes me smile.
Recommended by Sonia Lucic, Mac Centre Norwood
Sonia Lucic has been selling Mac products to the public for longer than Apple themselves. It’s why the Mac Centre Norwood is Adelaide’s premier location for buying and servicing Apple products and accessories. And if you find yourself with a tech problem while in quarantine, the Mac Centre also offers remote assistance over the phone.
For Art Lovers: Art For Your Ear
Danielle Krysa is a curator who talks to contemporary artists about their work, their lives and what makes them tick. She’s based in Canada but she interviews artists from all around the world including Australian artists like CJ Hendry.
It’s a great introduction to new artists and if I’m listening to someone whose work I don’t know I’ll look them up because they do describe artworks quite a lot. They also go off on tangents and explore interesting ideas, and it’s a great placed to get inspiration.
Recommended by Nicole Black, Art Images Gallery
Art Images Gallery’s current exhibition brings together the works of six contemporary artists from around Australia. Abstract In Nature is just that; a richly varied collection of largely abstract works dedicated to each artists’ immediate surrounds. The exhibition runs until May 24, and if you’re not able to see it in person you can take a virtual tour of the exhibition here.
Sports: The Move
Despite his history, Lance Armstrong is still one of the biggest names in cycling. In this podcast he talks about what’s happening in the cycling world as well as things that you don’t often hear in the media like his own personal struggles. He’s very up to date and offers some interesting insights about current and upcoming races and the equipment cyclists are using.
Recommended by Stephen Charvos, Bicycle Express
Bicycle Express has experienced a significant increase in business since the lockdown began, as closed gyms and quieter roads have enticed more people to use their bikes (or buy new ones). As a result stocks are low across Australia, but they’re currently being resupplied and if you are dusting off a bike that’s been sitting in the garage for a while, it’s important to get it serviced before hitting the road.
Books: Making Sense
Sam Harris is a neuroscientist by profession but he's also a modern day philosopher. He’s developed a reputation for interviewing fascinating subjects and addressing a wide range of complex issues. This podcast focusses on people who’ve published books recently, exploring both topical and evergreen topics such as the science of happiness, the future of work and the psychological effects of living in lockdown.
Recommended by Kathy Romeo, Dillons Bookshop
Dillons’ is operating with altered trading hours and physical distancing guidelines including a limit on the number of customers allowed instore at any time. You can also order and pay over the phone thanks to the call + collect service, and the helpful staff have plenty of recommendations for lockdown reading.