Our Hands Down, Favourite Podcasts from 2018

Here at This Is Essential headquarters we’ve become slightly obsessed with podcasts. Whether we’re driving to work, doing housework or just going for a walk, we’re most likely going to be listening to a gripping podcast and sharing favourites with each other.

2018 was definitely a good year for podcasts and we’ve got a few that we think you might want to sink your teeth into. From fictions that were turned into TV series, to court cases that made you question everything you thought you knew about the justice system, here are our favourites.

Couples Therapy with Candice and Casey

With over 10 million subscribers on YouTube, we probably don’t need to introduce Casey Neistat. His videos have average about 1.5million views each and his relaxed yet fun persona came to life in his weekly podcast with is wife, Candice Pool.  The premise of the podcast is simple: every week they delve into aspects of their relationship, letting the world see that even YouTube couples argue and make up just like the rest of us.  Unfortunately the podcast will no longer continue but it was fun while it lasted and definitely one of our favourites.


This Gimlet show was an absolute hit, so much so that it was made into a Prime Original TV series starring Julia Roberts. It’s a psychological thriller that starts off in an experimental facility. Trust us, you won’t want to stop once you start!


How I Built This with Guy Raz

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your business idea, this is the show to binge on. Guy Raz interviews some of the biggest entrepreneurs and slowly unpacks what they did to get where they are.


In The Dark

This show is perfect for anyone who loves crime podcasts. With two seasons out, the narrative weaves through some of the loopholes in the American justice system and takes you through two separate cases that will leave you with more questions that answers.

Oprah’s Master Class

Jay Z, Dwayne Johnson, Patti LaBell, Shaquille O’Neal, Ellen DeGeneres. Those are some of the names featured in this podcast series. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to be an icon, then listen in as some of the world’s most iconic names share  their story with us. It’s a beautiful reminder that nothing good comes easy and that the key to mastering anything lies in pure grit, raw talent and a whole lot of patience.

Passing Through

This podcast is an absolute gem of a find. It’s hosted by Nneka Julia who shares stories about the places she’s passed through and the conversations that led to a deeper layer of self discovery. One can’t help but see a lot of themselves in her. Season two comes out in the first week of 2019!


Pretty Big Deal with Ashley Graham

This fun, lively podcast hosted by the bubbly Ashley Graham is a sure way to get you in a happy mood! She interviews some of the trailblazing icons in society (like Kim Kardashian West, Gabrielle Union and Serena Williams) in a lighthearted way that leaves you wanting more.

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