Podcasts to help with social-distancing

Some of the staff here at Key Enterprises are big fans of listening to podcasts. They're a great way to unwind, learn something, and just to help you sit still and be mindful for a while. Oh, and lots of them are very funny. We're living through a time of social distancing and a lot of it is spent at home not really knowing what to do with our days. We've put together a list of some of our favourite podcasts ranging from science, food, comedy, history and mindfulness for you to enjoy and help mix up your daily routine.

I love to put a podcast on for my daily socially-distanced exercise, most of them are less than an hour but walking for that amount of time can burn plenty of calories and helps me feel really good! Listening to a podcast makes exercising, or simply getting outside, less daunting because you're taking your walk with funny and interesting people in your headphones!

All of these can be found for free online, I'll provide links with each podcast describing where you can find them but they are all available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Acast and all of the usual podcast sources. Be warned, some of these podcasts feature comedians who swear sometimes and often discuss adult or sensitive themes, please take that into consideration before you tune in. So, here we go, these are some of our favourite podcasts! 

You’re Dead To Me You're Dead To Me is a history/comedy podcast from historian and creator of the Horrible Histories TV series, Greg Jenner. Greg describes it as a history podcast for those who don't like history, or for those who never paid enough attention to it at school. The podcast has two seasons and covers such a wide range of content along with special comedian guests to make it a really fun podcast!  

You can download and listen to You're Dead To Me here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07mdbhg/episodes/downloads Off Menu with Ed Gamble & James Acaster Okay, this one is quite silly but very funny, and a great concept you can recreate with friends and family at home! Imagine you are in a dream restaurant where you can order any starter, main course, dessert and side from anywhere or any time in the world. Celebrity guests talk about their favourite food and what they'd dine on in the dream restaurant, catered to by their brilliant comedy hosts James and Ed. 

You can listen to the Off Menu Podcast for free here: https://play.acast.com/s/offmenu/ep1-scroobiuspip The Adam Buxton Podcast Adam Buxton is a very well known name in the podcasting world. His conversations are brilliant and he has such a wide array of guests including Louis Theroux, Aisling Bea, Ruby Wax and Michael Palin. Always a really enjoyable listen, some are funny, some are poignant... all of them have very strange home-made jingles in the middle.  You can listen to the Adam Buxton Podcast for free here: https://play.acast.com/s/adambuxton How Do You Cope? ...with Elis and John How Do You Cope? Is a podcast hosted Elis James and John Robins on the BBC. Celebrity guests are invited on to talk about their lives and what challenges and hurdles they've faced along the way and most importantly, how they coped. Guests include boxer Jane Couch, journalist Poorna Bell and comedian quizzer Paul Sinha. 

You can download and listen to How Do You Cope? on the BBC website here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07rq6vh/episodes/downloads Sue Perkins... An Hour Or So With: Sue Perkins hosts another good old fashioned conversation podcast where a wide variety of guests come along to discuss their lives, their work and their passions with the wonderful Sue Perkins. Guests range from the delightful baker Mary Berry to Alan Partridge writer Armando Iannucci. 

You can listen to Sue Perkins on Audioboom here: https://audioboom.com/channel/perkins No Such Thing as a Fish No such thing as a fish is a podcast created by the QI Elves where the great researchers behind the TV show get together and share their most interesting facts of the week. There are currently 315 episodes so you aren't ever short of a new listening experience!

All episodes are available to listen on the No Such Thing As A Fish website: https://www.nosuchthingasafish.com/ Griefcast Griefcast is a podcast where Cariad Lloyd gets together with funny people to talk about the often taboo issue of death and grief. It won Podcast of the Year in 2018 so it's definitely worth tuning in to! Not just from the mental health side of things but also just interesting, funny and engaging conversations! Each week, Cariad talks to a different guest about their experiences of grief. Together they share their views on the pain, loss and the weirdness that happens when someone dies. Past guests have included Adam Buxton, Aisling Bea, Susan Wokoma, Robert Webb and David Baddiel.

You can listen for free on Acast: https://play.acast.com/s/griefcast Life, interrupted. With Simon Thomas Simon Thomas has been through many challenges in his own life since losing his wife to cancer. He has decided to get together with celebrities and notable people to discover how crisis and desperation can lead to hope and inspiration to moving on and having a happy life. Very inspiring podcast, at times it can be quite sad when learning about the struggles of others but ultimately it is a very positive conversation about healing and adapting. 

You can find all of the Life, Interrupted episodes here on Global Player: https://www.globalplayer.com/podcasts/42KrCd/

There you have it, a small collection of our favourite podcasts, we hope you enjoy discovering them! If you have any other suggestions that we have not mentioned here, please get in touch in the comments or on social media and we'll gladly share your favourites!