Episodes
In this episode, Laura is joined by singer-songwriter, podcast royalty and co-host of the Table Manners podcast - Jessie Ware. The pair discuss what inspired Jessie to start the podcast as well as how the podcast has became an outlet from her music. Jessie talks about the podcasts she listened to whilst in lockdown, including Dolly Parton’s America as well as other prolific podcasts like such as The Guilty Feminist, Scroobius Pip’s Distraction Pieces, Human by Jess Mills and How To Fail with...
Published 10/29/20
In this week’s episode, Laura is joined by podcaster and entrepreneur, Irene Agbontaen. Host of TTYA Talks (aka Taller Than Your Average) Irene started the podcast back in 2015 as “an inclusive space for the excluded girl”. Together Laura and Irene talk about 2020 being a transformational year in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as some of Irene's favourite black hosted podcasts. Irene's choices includes the hilarious Receipts Podcast, the prolific ancillary podcast to Reni...
Published 10/22/20
On today's episode, Laura speaks to co-host of Sh**ged. Married. Annoyed, Rosie Ramsey as the pair discuss the incredible journey of Rosie & Chris Ramsey’s award winning series. As a busy mother of two, Rosie shares how the podcasts Scummy Mummies, and Happy Mum Happy Baby have kept her occupied as well as Rosie's love for true crime podcasts, why they are so gripping, and what attracts us all as humans to listen. Rosie also shares that the podcast ‘Serial’ ignited her love for this genre...
Published 10/15/20
Welcome back podcast lovers! Kicking off Season 3 of Castaway is the Queen of Podcasting - Deborah Frances-White. Laura and Deborah discuss the incredible journey of The Guilty Feminist, as well as Deborah’s lockdown favourites including nostalgia podcast with Scrubs actors Zach Braff and Donald Faison Fake Doctors Real Friends, film review podcast Best Pick and some juicy sex and relationship podcasts including You'll Do and award-winning Brown Girls Do It Too - amongst many more. As Deborah...
Published 10/08/20
On this final episode of season 2 of Castaway, Laura speaks with radio presenter, passionate music-lover and her good mate Clara Amfo. Clara talks about her own podcast 'This City' which celebrates stories from some of London's most recognisable names, as well as sharing her incredibly diverse podcast selection. This includes the pop culture podcast Who Weekly as well as Thirst Aid Kit which inspires a great discussion between Laura and Clara around their celebrity crushes and why it's okay...
Published 05/28/20
On this week's episode, Laura chats to the brilliant Kate Thornton who is a true podcast addict. Kate, who started off in journalism and made her mark as the youngest-ever editor of Smash Hits magazine, chats to Laura about her journey in getting to this position and some of the famous faces she's met in her career. In amongst this, Laura and Kate talk through all things podcasts including Kate's own podcast White Wine Question Time, why she believes in the power of therapy taking inspiration...
Published 05/21/20
On today's episode, Laura gets Castaway with Canadian comedian, writer, presenter, and now actress Katherine Ryan. In this conversation, Katherine talks about the power in using creative outlets like podcasts to explore issues that aren't often spoken about - sharing her own experience of pregnancy loss on her podcast 'Telling Everybody Everything'. Katherine also tells Laura how she's coping in lockdown with her childhood sweetheart and 4 dogs, as well as why she misses the buzz from stand...
Published 05/14/20
On this week's episode, Laura speaks to the open book that is Jordan Stephens. Jordan found fame as one-half of the duo Rizzle Kicks and has gone on to host two brilliant podcasts about mental health. In this conversation, Jordan tells Laura why he believes that 'honesty is medicine' and why he's drawn to podcasts that delve into the human psych from leaders such as Russell Brand and Brené Brown. Laura and Jordan also talk about cancel culture, the evolution of celebrity and why Jordan has...
Published 05/07/20
On today's episode of Castaway, Laura welcomes transgender activist, model and journalist Munroe Bergdorf. In this conversation, Munroe tells Laura about finding her voice and using it to fight against unfair judgements of women, as well as why Gurls Talk Podcast host Adwoa Aboah has been a big support to her. Munroe's podcast choices reveal her fascination with cults and the people who find themselves becoming cult leaders, as well as her view on Tiger King's Carole Baskin (...and spoiler...
Published 04/30/20
Published 04/30/20
This week on Castaway, Laura chats to podcaster, bestselling author of 'Open', member of The Saturdays and presenter, Frankie Bridge. Frankie chats about her TikTok sessions with husband Wayne during this time at home, as well as how she, like the rest of us, can find herself negatively comparing herself to others on social media. Laura and Frankie also speak about how Frankie's band mate Mollie was her first guest on her own podcast 'Open Mind' and how Mollie has been a massive support to...
Published 04/23/20
In this week's episode, Laura chats with fellow podcaster, Made In Chelsea star and Candy Kittens founder - Jamie Laing. Jamie shares how his podcast Private Parts, which is now on its 160th episode, has given him a chance to show his real self, completely unfiltered. Jamie and Laura also bond over their fascination with unsolved mystery podcasts, as well as their shared love of Paul Rudd. This selection, along with the odd box set recommendation thrown in from Laura and Jamie will help see...
Published 04/16/20
This week, Laura is joined by the Irish actress best known for playing Clare Devlin in Derry Girls - Nicola Coughlan. Laura and Nicola share their experiences of moving to London with big dreams and the reality of feeling lonely. Nicola also talks about dealing with knock backs in the industry and how she was actually working at an opticians and living at her parents house when an open call audition gave her her big break. As ever, Laura and Nicola talk about the podcasts Nicola loves...
Published 04/09/20
This week, Laura is joined by former Girls Aloud singer, latest winner of The Masked Singer and her good friend Nicola Roberts. In this conversation, Nicola shares her favourite podcasts including Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations and The Imposters Club which prompts a really interesting discussion about the impact of the media on Nicola's mental health after she won Popstars The Rivals and how both Laura and Nicola struggle with Imposter Syndrome at times. Just a heads-up, this episode was...
Published 04/02/20
In this week’s episode, Laura is joined by fellow Irishman and one fifth of the biggest boy band of all time One Direction, Niall Horan. Since his One Direction days, Niall has enjoyed a stellar solo career having just released his latest (chart-topping!) album 'Heartbreak Weather'. As a recent podcast evangelist, Niall invited Laura to his apartment in London to chat everything podcasts over a cuppa, as well how he finds the time between songwriting and busy tour life. From the dulcet tones...
Published 03/26/20
In this week's episode, we're joined by a fellow stateside podcast enthusiast - Lance Bass. As NSYNC's very own, Lance talks about what it was like having to keep his sexuality private whilst rising to fame, and how he's now found happiness with his husband. Lance also shares how hosting The Daily Podcast has taught him the art of listening and how he gave Hollywood starlet Anna Faris the inspiration to launch her own podcast. Podcasts mentioned in this weeks’ podcast include: The Daily...
Published 03/19/20
Welcome back podcast lovers! Kicking off Season 2 of Castaway is Dermot O'Leary whose diverse podcast choices range from Edith Bowman's Soundtracking - which celebrates the incredible music in films - to Krishnan Guru-Murthy's refreshingly honest interview technique on Ways to Change the World. Laura learns about Dermot's passion for politics as well as discovering that he initially set out to become an actor before his curiosity for interviewing interesting people took over. Laura and Dermot...
Published 03/12/20
Today's guest is a model, body positive and mental health campaigner, activist, podcaster and last month's cover of Women's Health magazine - Jada Sezer. On this week's episode, Laura and Jada talk about their shared infatuation with Oprah, why Jada's love of Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin? podcast reflects her curiosity in human relationships, as well as Jada’s shock at Laura's 53,000 unread emails! Podcasts referenced in this conversation include: Unsubscribe Super Soul...
Published 12/05/19
A first for Castaway as this week welcomes the show's first ever Dame! Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes is a double Olympic champion, honorary colonel in the army, author, mental health campaigner and podcast host of 'What Do I Do? Mental Health and Me.' Together Laura and Kelly discuss embracing vulnerability and failure, what the word feminism means to Kelly, proudly ageing ungracefully... and bathroom bagpipe sessions with Alistair Campbell. Podcasts referenced in this conversation...
Published 11/28/19
This week, Laura interviews comedian, bestselling author, dog lover and fellow podcast host Sara Pascoe. As a self-confessed 'murderino', Sara shares how she listens to murder podcasts with her boyfriend right before bed (the more gruesome the murder, the quicker she falls asleep!). Laura and Sara chat about their dogs Mick and Mouse, as well as all things sex power money inspired by Sara's passion for breaking down taboos in her own podcast. Podcasts referenced in the conversation...
Published 11/21/19
Today's interview is recorded in the London studio of British photographer and film director Rankin, in amongst a busy shoot day. He has photographed everyone from David Bowie to Kate Moss and THE Queen (yes, the actual Queen). He created the publications Dazed and Confused and Hunger as well as Rankin Film. In this episode, Rankin shares how his podcast selection is driven by his love of gripping, real life stories and his fascination with the darker side of humanity. Think Serial, Slow Burn...
Published 11/14/19
This week, Laura is welcomed into the home of presenter, actress, bestselling novelist and podcast host Giovanna Fletcher. They chat about running marathons (...well 10K and half marathons which are just as impressive!), G’s yellow sofa and their insatiable love of a good cushion, writing books, David Tennant, relationships before and after children and why Giovanna launched her podcast Happy Mum Happy Baby to help other women feel less alone in motherhood. They also laugh a lot. Podcasts...
Published 11/07/19
Recorded backstage at the London Irish Centre, today's podcast features one half of Irish rap duo The Rubberbandits, Blindboy. With over a million worldwide listeners tuning in to his own podcast every month, Blindboy shares why he believes that we're in the midst of a podcast boom. Laura and Blindboy also chat about listening to podcasts as a form of mindfulness, the role of democratic podcasting in society and the influence of platforming voices and opinions - both positive and potentially...
Published 10/31/19
On today's episode, Laura speaks with model Daisy Lowe about interviewing her mum on her own podcast Femme, her unconventional childhood growing up in the spotlight and how podcasts such as Fearne Cotton's Happy Place have guided her through a time when she was struggling with her own mental health. Daisy's podcast choices reveal her love of Gregory Porter, her passion for getting to the heart of the story and her openness to vulnerability. Podcasts referenced in the conversation includes:...
Published 10/24/19
Laura kicks off her debut podcast with comedian Iain Stirling as her first guest. Together, Laura and Iain discuss their shared love of Kathy Burke, why Iain was a podcast fan before it was cool to listen to podcasts and the story behind Iain’s podcast named after his book 'Not Ready to Adult Yet'. Podcasts referenced in the conversation includes: Not Ready To Adult Yet by Iain Stirling The Adam Buxton Podcast by Adam Buxton Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip Richard...
Published 10/17/19