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Once upon a time, a long, long time ago….there was a little girl who loved stories.  She loved to read and gobbled up books by the tree load.  However, she also loved being told stories.  And she was very lucky because her dad was an expert story-teller.  He did read books to her sometimes, but more often he told her the stories in his head and conjured a world from spoken words.

Well I’ve grown up but my love of the spoken word has never left me. I found my way to my university radio station and spent a couple of years with close friends messing around making our own show.  Highly skilled and slick we were not, but we had so much fun!

And then one day, someone invented podcasts and my phone became a portable story-telling machine.  Podcasts keep me company on my commute to and from work, on car journeys, and at night when I can’t sleep.  They soothe and lull me, they interest and energise me. There is an endless supply of topics from traditional radio shows to serialised documentaries.  I can hear stories from all sorts of voices.  I don’t know if it’s just because it’s a particular interest, or if it is because of the medium, but, for me, podcasts are one of the spaces that women’s voices can be heard.  Don’t get me wrong, there is still a lot of traditional, male-dominated radio shows out there, but there is a growing number of women who are occupying the airways. 

I am drawn to current affairs and human interest stories.  My favourites at the moment are Death, Sex, & Money; Fresh Air; This American Life; The Women’s Podcast.  I also really enjoy Two Dope Queens and Desert Island DiscsMarc Maron's WTF is pretty awesome, but sometimes I need a little less intensity.  I sorely miss Stuff Mom Never Told You, but there is still the archive, which is some consolation.


Simone Cameron-Coen