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The podcasts that will help you stay connected during lockdown

With social distancing the new norm, we are seeking more ways to feel in touch – to each other, our communities, our interests and the world around us. Download these podcasts to further your connections while staying at home, says KATIE BERRINGTON

Lifestyle

To stay connected to nature

BBC Earth

Get lost in wondrous immersive soundscapes and in-depth storytelling of nature, science and human experience from across the world. Each 30-minute episode takes listeners on an epic journey of discovery, whether it’s to the deep-sea floor or the very edge of space. bbcearth.com

To inspire communication with loved ones

Call Your Girlfriend

This podcast bringing long-distance best friends together feels particularly relevant right now. In each episode, real-life friends Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman call each other to talk everything from pop culture to politics. callyourgirlfiend.com

To keep some normality at home

Staying In with Emily & Kumail

The real-life couple behind the 2017 hit film The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, use their unique experience of quarantine to offer advice and recommendations on being at home. Profits go to charities helping those affected by Covid-19. podcasts.apple.com

To expand your musical knowledge

Dolly Parton’s America

Use this time to delve into a deeper listen of Dolly Parton’s legendary discography, encapsulating the landscape and cultural scenes that inspired an icon. wnycstudios.org

To discover new places

This City

Clara Amfo explores the streets of London with some of the city’s most recognizable residents, to uncover the places that made them – from their favorite hidden gems to the locations of defining moments in their lives. podcasts.apple.com

To widen your literary appreciation

BBC Radio 4 Bookclub

From newer releases to old favorites, readers question authors about their best-known novels, with past episodes featuring Margaret Atwood, Colm Toibin and Marian Keyes. bbc.co.uk

To uncover the feelings behind fashion

Pieces of Me: My Life in Seven Garments

Follow the stories of Incredible Women such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Halima Aden, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Zainab Salbi as they discuss defining moments of their lives – and the clothes they were wearing at the time. net-a-porter.com

To learn something new

No Such Thing as a Fish

From the researchers of BBC panel show QI comes a podcast based on extraordinary truths, in which the show’s writers share their most incredible fact finds of the week (ideal for the next quiz you are planning). audioboom.com

To wind down

Get Sleepy

At a time when our sleep feels more disrupted (and dreams more bizarre) than ever, this podcast offers to lull listeners into a peaceful slumber guided by mindfulness, sleep meditation and a soothing story. podtail.com

To reminisce about your favorite restaurants

Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

Tantalize your taste buds at the comedic duo’s magical restaurant, where specials guests are invited to choose their dream menu: starter, main course, side dish and dessert. play.acast.com

To broaden historical horizons

We Need To Talk About The British Empire

On a journey to make sense of the legacy of the British Empire, Afua Hirsch explores the stories of people who lived through it. Speaking to leading cultural figures, from writer and poet Benjamin Zephaniah to actor Diana Rigg, broadcaster Anita Rani to novelist Nadifa Mohamed, Hirsch unpicks its impact on identities, attitudes and relationships today. audible.co.uk

To find more joy

Happy Place

Something that we are all in need of now – the tools to finding greater happiness. Hosted by Fearne Cotton, guests in each episode share their own experiences and expert advice on finding new and different ways of finding more joy in the everyday. officialfearnecotton.com

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