All Hail Kale – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talk about my experience with health and wellness podcast All Hail Kale by BBC Radio and hosted by Tim Samuels. The podcast had 6 full episodes and wrapped up its first season at the time of recording.

PodApplaud-All Hail Kale

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about the Podcast: All hail Kale.

All Hail Kale is a general wellness podcast put out by BBC Radio. The first series has wrapped up with a total of 6 episodes that fall between the half-hour and 40 minute mark, as well as a 3 minute intro to the show. The show is suitable to all ages.

BBC describes the show as, “Wellness with wit and actual evidence – from award-winning journalist Tim Samuels. Investigating what foods, therapies and lifestyles to embrace – and which are just nonsense.”

Going into the podcast I was expecting most of the focus to be about food, due to the title and big leafy bit of Kale on the show’s cover art. Sure, the first two episodes are about food, but it branches off after that. I recently listened and talked about NPR’s Life Kit  and thought this might be more of the same, but I took the plunge anyway… I think I might have a weakness for either food and nutrition information, or bright yellow cover art.

The combination and variety of vocal clips, phone calls, on the scene reporting and Tim Samuel’s cheeky narration made the show quite easy on the ears. Nothing to nitpick when it comes to the show’s production. Tim’s delivery feels just like watching the news he has that tell tale journalist speech pattern that you would come to expect from your local news anchors, well if they had a british accent at least. Depending on your tastes that could be a positive or negative, I tend to like it personally.

How about the content of the show? Well they cover topics such as, whether or not milk is actually good for us, which foods should be considered among the top ten healthiest foods, how gut health could be linked to mental health, and how it is possible to rewire the brain amongst other interesting ideas. I had already seen a few of these topics covered elsewhere before listening to the show, but All Hail Kale covered them in in a very digestible way. I was never bored when the information was presented even if I was already aware of the topic. This is probably due to the interview clips, the guests on this show never fail intrigue. Many double as recognized experts and talented public speakers that have a way of grabbing your attention. Tim also speaks with a few people that may not be experts by any means but have a very interesting experience or viewpoint to share. I have definitely had a few takeaways from the show, nothing life-changing or overly eye opening, but something to think about and maybe look into further.

I like the entertaining parts of the show and the informative parts, but I did find the informative parts a little lacking. Yeah I enjoyed the interview clips with the man who spent 38 days with his family lost at sea it was fascinating, but it was also 20% of the episode. I guess that is the give and take that they use to trick you into learning. Tell you a really interesting story then mix it up with some facts, throw in a bit of dry reporter humor and then drop some more info on you. I think what it comes down to is these very highly produced podcasts from major news outlets can’t keep up with the content podcast listeners are capable of consuming. I could happily listen to hour-long episodes instead of 30 minute ones and would be very happy to see a release every week year-round, but instead they put out 5-8 episodes weekly and then take a break for nearly half a year while they assemble some more episodes.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! Despite my ranting I give All Hail Kale  ⅘ a round of applause.
I would recommend this cast to curious people who might want some clarity on the topics covered by All Hail Kale, I’d look at the write ups for each episode,  and if one catches your eye, give it a go. Despite the show’s intro music being a literal choir, the information at hand probably won’t change your life in any meaningful way . Good for entertainment and discussion material.

So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.