Michelle Obama rises above celeb dross
Bextor: One of the success stories of lockdown thanks to her Instagram kitchen discos, the popstar’s podcast finds her speaking to “busy working women, who also happen to be mothers, about how they make it work”. It’s been done before - and indeed, Myleene Klass on episode four is most interesting when talking about Hearsay and “trying to fit in”.
■ The Joe WIcks Podcast: Another pandemic go-getter, the Body Coach “asks some of his inspiring mates about their secret to physical and mental happiness”. It features such hardhitting questions as this posed to first guest Gordon Ramsey: “Of all the things you’ve achieved, Gordon — from TV shows to restaurants, Michelin stars all over the world — what is the thing you’re most proud of?” Ramsey: “Thing I’m most proud of? Really good question...” Is it though?
We might gravitate towards such stars’ podcasts because we like them and want to get even more content out of them, but with similar guests (Fearne Cotton appears on both), yawnsome ideas, and back-patting interviews, they’re very much in the easy-listening MOR genre of the podcast world.