SoundMadeSeen's Must-Listens: A Curated List of Our Favourite Podcasts of 2023

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Published 30/11/2023 by Rane

At SoundMadeSeen, we're not just passionate about creating engaging visual stories from audio content; we're also avid podcast listeners. As we near the end of 2023, we've been tuning in to a variety of podcasts – from the thought-provoking to the downright hilarious.

In this post, we're excited to share 'SoundMadeSeen's Must-Listens: A Curated List of Our Favourite Podcasts of 2023.' This list is more than just a collection; it's a mosaic of narratives, ideas, and voices that have resonated with us and, we believe, will echo with you too. Whether you’re seeking inspiration, entertainment, or insight, these podcasts are sure to enhance your listening experience and maybe even your life! So grab your headphones, and let's dive into the audio adventures that have captivated us this year.

The Maintenance Phase podcast

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Dive into the world of wellness and health myths with 'Maintenance Phase,' a podcast that turns a critical eye towards trendy health fads and wellness scams. Hosted by Aubrey Gordon and Michael Hobbes, this show combines in-depth research with a witty, often humorous approach. Each episode tackles a different wellness topic, debunking popular myths and shedding light on the often overlooked complexities of health and fitness culture. From the real story behind calorie counting to the myths surrounding 'superfoods,' 'Maintenance Phase' offers a refreshingly skeptical perspective that educates and entertains. It's a must-listen for anyone who's ever questioned the latest health trend or wondered about the science behind the headlines.

Big Small Talk

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"Big Small Talk" stands out as a vibrant blend of in-depth news, political exploration, and a refreshing dive into pop culture. Perfect for those who are keenly interested in world events but find traditional news too daunting or biased, this podcast serves as an engaging alternative. Hosted by the insightful Sarah Jane Adams and Hannah Ferguson of Cheek Media, each episode skillfully navigates through the complexities of current affairs and political landscapes, while also embracing the lighter side of pop culture. The hosts' approachable style makes even the most serious topics accessible and relatable. It's a must-listen for anyone seeking a more nuanced and less corporately influenced perspective on the news and trends shaping our world.

Startups for the Rest of Us

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Embark on a journey of entrepreneurial discovery with 'Startups for the Rest of Us,' a podcast that demystifies the startup world for everyday entrepreneurs and small business owners. This podcast is a treasure trove of insights, strategies, and practical advice for anyone looking to navigate the challenging yet rewarding landscape of startups. Each episode, filled with valuable lessons and experiences, is designed to help listeners avoid common pitfalls and accelerate their path to success. Whether it’s discussing bootstrapping techniques, product development, or marketing strategies, 'Startups for the Rest of Us' provides a relatable and realistic approach to building a business from the ground up. It's an essential listen for aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners alike, offering a wealth of knowledge to help turn startup dreams into reality.

Bad Dates with Jameela Jamil

Bad Dates with Jameela Jamil

Get ready for a rollercoaster of laughter with 'Bad Dates with Jameela Jamil.' This podcast is a treasure trove of the most hilarious and outrageous dating and shagging stories, shared by comedians, audience members, and even Jameela Jamil herself. Each episode is packed with wildly entertaining tales that range from awkward to absurd, offering a light-hearted and often eye-opening look at the world of dating. The stories are not just funny; they're WILD. It's the perfect podcast for anyone who loves to revel in the humor of life's less-than-perfect moments. Tune in for a guaranteed good laugh and some truly unbelievable dating escapades.

Blocks with Neal Brennan

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Immerse yourself in the creative and often comedic world of 'Blocks with Neal Brennan.' This podcast offers a unique window into the mind of Neal Brennan, co-creator of 'Chappelle's Show,' as he delves into the blocks that hinder creativity in both the artistic world and everyday life. Brennan’s sharp wit and insightful commentary make each episode a compelling listen, as he interviews a variety of guests, from renowned comedians to other creative professionals. Together, they unpack the challenges and triumphs of the creative process, often sharing personal anecdotes and life lessons. Whether you're a creative professional or simply someone who appreciates a good laugh mixed with deep insights, 'Blocks with Neal Brennan' is a must-listen podcast that entertains as much as it enlightens.

Team Human


Dive into the thought-provoking world of 'Team Human,' a podcast that stands as a rallying cry for those who believe in the deep value of human connection and collaboration in a technology-driven world. Hosted by media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, this podcast is a fascinating exploration of how we can maintain our humanity in the midst of the digital age. Each episode features insightful conversations with a diverse range of guests – from artists to activists, philosophers to technologists – all united by a common goal to amplify what makes us human. 'Team Human' challenges listeners to rethink the relationship between society, technology, and the individual. It's an empowering and enlightening listen for anyone interested in how we can collectively create a more humane and sustainable future.

There you go!

As we wrap up our tour of 'SoundMadeSeen's Must-Listens of 2023,' it's clear that the world of podcasts has something for everyone. From the hilarious escapades of 'Bad Dates with Jameela Jamil' to the thought-provoking insights of 'Team Human,' these podcasts not only entertain but also enlighten, making us laugh, think, and sometimes even rethink our perspectives. Whether you're looking for a companion during your commute, a spark for your creativity, or just a good story, these podcasts are sure to enrich your listening experience in 2023. So, plug in your headphones and prepare to be captivated. Happy listening!

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