You can smell this wellness nonsense coming a mile away
Some of the most terrible podcasts are made by people who really should know better, like dear old Gwynnie
Podcasts are a gold rush at the moment, aren’t they? Anyone can record whatever they like and put it online in the hope that it could become the next worldwide sensation. Lots of podcasts are very good. Alas, not all of them.
I’d have thought that the worst podcasts would be the ones made by people with no broadcasting experience who just fancied having a go in their bedrooms, but, weirdly, that’s not true. In fact, some of the most terrible podcasts I’ve heard are made by people who really should know better; people who are already extremely famous for their voices and presenting talents. Celebrities, it turns out, rather like the idea of talking at length about their opinions to listeners who can’t easily answer back.
And so to Gwyneth Paltrow, in the news at the moment because she has just launched a new Netflix series, The Goop Lab, based on her website and lifestyle brand, Goop. The show is all about what Paltrow calls “wellness”, and what most other people would call “pseudoscience”, or a four-letter equivalent. But Netflix isn’t her first foray into nonfiction broadcasting; The Goop Podcast has already been running for nearly two years. ..