Podcasts the Fashion Quarterly team can’t get enough of

12 September 2021

Here are team FQ's current podcast recommendations—covering everything from love and pop culture to what it means to fail.

WORDS BY Hemma Vara

Providing hours of entertainment and intrigue, podcasts provoke thought, offer invaluable knowledge, and inject much-needed humour into our lives.

Here are the podcasts the Fashion Quarterly team are listening to in lockdown:

Sarah Murray, Managing Editor

How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

The premise of this podcast is simple—each celebrity guest (think Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Dolly Alderton, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie et.al) talks about three failures they’ve had in their life. Instead of highlighting their amazing accolades and awards, How to Fail celebrates when things didn’t go quite right and what failure actually taught them about how to succeed. There is something so comforting about listening to people share their most vulnerable moments that they ultimately overcome. 

Danielle Clausen, Fashion Director

Modern Love

In its 16-year history, New York Times’ Modern Love column has detailed many heartwarming, and at times heartbreaking, moments. Throwing back the curtain on the complicated love lives of real people, hosts Daniel Jones (editor and creator of Modern Love) and Miya Lee (editor of Tiny Love Stories and Modern Love projects) explore the vast archive of personal essays. A 20-minute pick-me-up, Modern Love celebrates love in all forms from a first-person perspective—romantic or otherwise. It’s the perfect way to get out of your head or indulge your inner hopeless romantic. 

Courtney Joe, Creative Director

After Work Drinks

If lockdown has you missing your besties and the conversations that come with a glass of wine (or two) after work, then After Work Drinks is the podcast for you. Hosted by journalists Isabelle Truman—also one of FQ’s contributing writers—and Grace O’Neill, these two best friends tap right into the zeitgeist with intelligent yet unashamedly humorous discussions on all things pop culture, fashion, news, and politics. With episodes airing twice-weekly, Truman and O’Neill will ensure you stay on the pulse with their witty and insightful commentary on today’s headlines.

Hemma Vara, Digital Producer

The Deep

Powerful and thought-provoking, The Deep holds space for individuals and their experiences—which at times are devastating, shocking, and extreme. Covering everything from trauma to addiction, these are real accounts told by real people, making The Deep a podcast that’s perhaps unlike anything you’ve heard or experienced before. Hosted by self-professed ‘Anti-WAG’ Zoe Marshall, her authentic approach and the stories that follow are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Bobby Saunders, Art Director

Confessions of a Train Wreck

This podcast is for those who feel like they have got things under control in some areas of their lives, but things can be a bit of a train wreck in their personal lives. From dating and gym fails to feminism and real-world problems, host Phoebe Parsons covers it all by sharing her experiences. Confessions of a Train Wreck is full of laughs, joy, and even some home truths, and trust me when I say it is a must-listen to this lockdown. 

For more podcast inspiration, here’s why you should tune into Raising The Curve, a podcast about investing. 


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