Michelle Obama rises above celeb dross

Irish Examiner - - Culture | Arts - Eoghan O’Sul­li­van

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.

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