As we continue to socially distance and in some parts of the country, we’re in full lockdown, more of us are turning to podcasts as a way to tune out and take a break. Here are Acast’s Top 5 Podcasts for the coming month of August.
Following a bicycle accident, Aussie journalist Sarah Allely suffered a mild traumatic brain injury. Unable to do the things that she loved like reading and writing, Sarah found that immersing herself in nature alleviated her pain and helped her on the path to recovery. In series two of the biographic podcast Sarah seeks to unearth why nature has a therapeutic impact on the brain. At a time when many of us can’t escape to nature, Brain on Nature’s expansive sound design is the next best thing.
Nick Bracks is known for starring in Neighbours, strutting down the catwalk and for being the son of a former Victorian Premier. But for the past decade, Nick has devoted his time to de-stigmatising conversations about mental health in Australia. In his new podcast, Nick openly shares his struggles with depression. Joined by the likes of Packed to the Rafters star Hugh Sherdian, beloved chef Manu Fieldel and other mental health advocates, Nick offers listeners advice on how they can take control of their mental well-being during these uncertain times.
While we are all fatigued by the dread and doom of the daily news cycle, it is still important to be informed. Free from the negative spin and complicated jargon, The Squiz Shortcuts is a weekly deep dive into a topic that is taking over the Aussie newsfeed. From TikTok to Trump, each week creators and co-hosts Claire Kimball and Kate Watson take a short and sharp look into the biggest news stories of the past seven days to ensure you are on top of what you need to know.
In the brand new show, local comedians Zach Ruane (from Aunty Donna) and Mish Wittrup, introduce listeners to the lockdown obsession you didn’t know you needed until now: actor John Leguizamo. Each week Ruane and Wittrup lay their love of cult movie star Leguizamo on the line and review one of his many fine films, TV shows, music video appearances or Ice Age performances. Who knew an exploration of Sid the sloth could be so entertaining?
If you are yet to binge historical TV series Outlander in 2020, you are doing isolation all wrong. Leaving no stone unturned, Outlander’s unofficial podcast partner Outcasts is the perfect accompaniment to all the 18th Century Scotish Highlands gossip you have been craving from the show. With the help of the cast and crew from the iconic series, hosts David Berry aka Lord John Grey and Tim Downie aka Governor Tryon delve into the juicy behind the scenes details that fans of the show will love.