Whether you need some background noise while working from home, or just love a good story, podcasts are the travel-friendly sibling of your favourite book or movie—and there are millions to choose from. But don’t be daunted by the amount of amazing audio available—we got you. Whether you’re looking for new perspectives on faith, ways to care for our beautiful planet or you want to keep up to date with big global issues, here are 13 podcasts—in no particular order—we think will enrich your earbuds in 2023. Happy Listening!
‘A weekly conversation about the beauty and complexity of belief in the 21st century.’
Length: 20-40 minutes
Where to find it: Life & Faith is available on any podcast app.
Start with this episode: Can You See Me? Christine Caine’s Fight Against Modern Slavery, Forestmaker
‘Religion is at the centre of world affairs, but profound questions still remain: Why are you here? What happens when you die? Does God matter? God Forbid seeks the answers.’
Length: approx. 60 minutes
Where to find it: God Forbid airs live on Sundays 6am on ABC Radio National + replayed on Sunday 10pm and Monday 9pm or listen on any podcast app.
Start with this episode: Reflections on consumerism: buying more, gaining less? – featuring Baptist World Aid’s very own Director of Marketing and Communication Rebecca Oates.
‘Lectio 365 is a free daily devotional resource that helps you pray the Bible every day. Lectio 365 content is available in written and audio format, and devotionals can be downloaded a week in advance to be read or listened to later.’
Length: 10 minutes
Where to find it: the Lectio 365 app is available for download for iPhone and Android.
‘Every week on Undeceptions, we’ll explore some aspect of life, faith, history, culture, or ethics that is either much misunderstood or mostly forgotten. With the help of people who know what they’re talking about, we’ll be trying to ‘undeceive ourselves’, and let the truth ‘out’
Length: approx. 60 minutes
Where to find it: Undeceptions is available on any podcast app.
‘A podcast for those interested in thinking about science and environmental issues from a Christian perspective.’
Length: 30-40 minutes
Where to find it: The Natural Philosopher is available on any podcast app.
‘Temporary reveals – in longform stories, podcasts, art and photography – the lives of people who came to Australia seeking refuge, and the laws that entangle them in an endless uncertainty.’
Length: 20-30 minutes
Where to find it: Temporary is available on any podcast app.
‘Inspiring conversations with Indigenous role models and trailblazers, with host Marlee Silva.’
Length: 30-50 minutes
Where to find it: Always was, always will be our stories is available on any podcast app.
‘Background Briefing is daring narrative journalism — Australian investigations with impact. Our award-winning reporters forensically uncover the hidden stories at the heart of the country’s biggest issues.’
Length: 30-45 minutes
Where to find it: Background Briefing airs live on Sundays 8am on ABC Radio National + replayed on Sunday 11pm and Tuesday 12pm or listen on any podcast app.
‘Named by The Guardian as one of 27 “podcasts to make you smarter,” Global Dispatches is a global affairs podcast with impact. Episodes often shine a spotlight on under covered global issues and listeners leave each episode informed, inspired and more deeply engaged in the world around them.’
Length: 15-45 minutes
Where to find it: Global Dispatches is available on any podcast app.
‘The Squiz Today Podcast is published each weekday at 6.00am. Our quick weekday news podcast is designed to fit into your morning routine – perfect for the commute, the gym or over a morning coffee.’
Length: 10 minutes
Where to find it: The Squiz is available on any podcast app.
‘Wardrobe Crisis is a fashion podcast about sustainability, ethical fashion and making a difference in the world. Host Clare Press was the first VOGUE sustainability editor, and each week she interviews international guests about the big issues facing the fashion industry. Get to know their personal stories and be part of the change.’
Length: 40-60 minutes
Where to find it: Wardrobe Crisis is available on any podcast app.
‘Delve into an immersive exploration of a single poem. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing — with a podcast, a book, a vibrant conversation on Substack, and occasional gatherings.’
Length: 15 minutes
Where to find it: Poetry Unbound is available on any podcast app.
Start with this episode: Naomi Shihab Nye — I Feel Sorry for Jesus
Descriptions have been drawn from each podcast website and/or Apple Podcasts.