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Jon Ronson, the creator of Audible Original The Butterfly Effect, delves into the pornography industry again as he unravels the never-before-told story of what caused a beloved 23-year-old actress’s untimely death.

 

The Storyteller Series is a podcast bringing back classic radio theatre featuring engaging storytelling delivered to you monthly. Full cast productions of original short stories in an audio drama style. All will bring you on an audible journey. Check out our print edition: https://nightshiftradio.com/storytellersprint Check out the other Night Shift Radio Productions: https://nightshiftradio.com/ Want to submit your short story? https://nightshiftradio.com/submissions

 

Stories shared on the TED stage are seen and heard by millions around the world. But some ideas can’t be shared in the open — there are stories that are too risky, painful, or controversial. Sincerely, X provides a space to share powerful ideas anonymously. Stories that deserve to be heard, from people who remain hidden.

 

Hosted by comedian Tom Ballard, ‘What’s the Story?’ is a podcast from Audible, the home of audiobooks and Audible Original podcasts. Join Tom each month as he chats with a revolving panel of fellow audiobook-worms, experts, authors and comedians to discuss the latest Editors’ Extra from Audible. Each month, Audible members get access to one credit to use on any audiobook of their choice. They’ll also get Audible’s selected Editors’ Extra, a bonus best seller members are loving. Spanning ever ...

 

Wireless Theatre are one of the UK's top radio drama production companies creating original audio content to download from the company website as well as multi-cast dramas for Audible and BBC.

 

The Audible Originals series Presidents Are People Too! recasts each of the American Presidents as real-life people, complete with flaws, quirks, triumphs, scandals and bodily ailments. Hosts Elliott Kalan, former Daily Show head writer, and American historian and author Alexis Coe talk to experts, comedians, journalists, actors and re-enactors to better understand the men memorialized on the Washington Mall and those all but forgotten.

 

President and founder of Sojourners, Jim Wallis explores faith, justice, and the moral choices behind today’s headlines in this Audible Original series. In each episode, Jim sits down with an inspiring guest; from Michelle Alexander to Margaret Atwood to Rev William Barber, they discuss their deepest moral convictions and how they are putting them to work in the world.

 

As Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion dollar Ponzi scheme collapsed and the Wall Street financier went behind bars, he left behind a mystery. Hosted by journalist Steve Fishman, Ponzi Supernova is an original audio series that questions how and why Madoff was able to get away with the largest con in history and who may have helped. Drawn from hours of unheard conversations with Madoff from prison, as well as interviews with law enforcement and victims, the series takes a hard look at what happened ...

 

Original stories (with jokes and without). Conversations with people of interest. Earnest sound design. Subscribe in iTunes. Stream via Stitcher. Download here. The Ghosts & Horses Radio Hour is sponsored in part by Audible.com. You can support the show by signing up for a free audiobook download and a free 30 day Audible trial at audibletrial.com/GhostsAndHorses

 

Hi, Rob Dircks here. Join me on my monthly quest to answer questions like “What would happen if a smartphone game was so addictive EVERYONE played it at once?” or “If we’re all in a simulation, who’s running it?” Every month (or so) I write an original science fiction short story and narrate it for your listening pleasure. ENJOY! (A little background: I’m the Audible bestselling author of Where the Hell is Tesla?, The Wrong Unite, Don’t Touch the Blue Stuff!, and more. You can get in touch w ...

 

The UTSA Alumni Association's Birds Up Podcast features conversations with alumni and special guests who have a unique story to tell about their time at UTSA, unique career path, and lessons learned along the way. Our alumni nest is full of dedicated, passionate, and loyal Roadrunners who are eager to share their stories. Ready, Rowdy and Relevant. Listen Up. Volume Up. Birds Up!

 

Indian Noir (@indiannoir on Instagram & Twitter) is a critically acclaimed, chart-topping podcast featuring thrilling crime and horror audio stories set in India, featuring Indian characters. Indian Noir has been featured in the CBC, The Hindu, Times of India, ABC National Radio, Mashable, Reader's Digest India, Men's World, Your Story and other media outlets. It has won rave reviews on major podcasting platforms from critics and listeners alike and is a chart-topper on the global Apple & Sp ...

 

You know us from such hilarious and original features like: Billy-eve it or Not and Hit Us With A Poll. We also discuss sport. Help Raise Money for Movember by donating by clicking the link: https://movember.com/m/tomrouse194?mc=1 Please get in touch by leaving us a voice note to use in next week's podcast: https://anchor.fm/rouseandroche/message Get in touch with us on social media to suggest a future topic: Twitter: @rouserochepod Instagram: @rouserochepod Email: [email protected] F ...

 

American ISIS tells the story of Russell Dennison, an American who converted to Islam and traveled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State. For more than six months, Russell secretly communicated with journalist Trevor Aaronson, sending more than 30 hours of recordings that detail his suburban upbringing, his pursuit by the FBI, his embrace of extremism, and his decision to live and die on distant battlefields. Russell’s recordings provide an unprecedented firsthand account of what it was li ...

 

HT Audio Books is a non-profit online audio label & charitable arts entity bringing the literary works of Hektor Thillet in audio and available to the public free of charge. From adult romantic comedy series (Jeremy's Drama), to contemporary fairytales (Nevermore), HT Audio Books brings you in audible brilliance the many ongoing literary escapes of Hektor Thillet. The young Fantasy/ Drama writer's works takes you through fictional retells of life as he knows it with themes ranging from socia ...

 

Jeremy's Drama by Hektor Thillet Comedy/ Drama EXPLICIT: May not be appropriate for younger listeners An audio book series adapted from the novel by Hektor Thillet that dishes on the life of 20 something year old gay model Jeremy, and his stereotypical but all the more unique search for love or something like it. A funny take on gay life as seen through the eyes of a drama queen. *Please leave your comments, they are greatly appreciated.* Brought To You by HT Audio Books. visit HT Audio Book ...

 

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Prosper West Website: www.prosperwestsa.org Volunteer with Prosper West SA: https://prosperwestsa.org/get-involved/ Donate to Prosper West SA: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/wdcfriend UTSA Alumni Association: https://www.utsa.edu/alumni/membership/By Jacob Cavazos, Steven Woodall, Madison Underwood, Veronica Dominguez, Drew Addison, Yvonne Addison, Ramiro "Ram" Gonzales

 

Open House by Janet Alcorn Want a good, cheap home in this housing market? Better bring your decorating ideas. And a lighter. Narrated by Si Chen Kim Idlewood: Marie Anello (Twitter) Ed Idlewood: Adam Reynolds Mrs. Country Club: Natalie Huber Wannabe Supermodel: Amanda Brandt (Socials) Kim's Mother: Mary Jo Phillips Rolling Stones T-Shirt Guy: Cale…

 

UTSA Alumni Membership: https://www.utsa.edu/alumni/membership/ UTSA HCaP Info: https://hcap.utsa.edu/ UTSA Football: https://goutsa.com/sports/football UTSA Women's Soccer: https://goutsa.com/sports/womens-soccer UTSA Alumni Events: https://www.utsa.edu/alumni/events-programs/calendar.htmlBy Madison Underwood, Veronica Dominguez, Drew Addison, Jacob Cavazos, Yvonne Addison, Steve Woodall, Jeralynn Sitting Cossman

 

UTSA Alumni Membership: https://www.utsa.edu/alumni/membership/ Alamodome Audible Info: Website: https://alamodomeaudible.com/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/alamodomeaudible Email: [email protected] Twitter: @alamoaudible Instagram: @alamodomeaudibleBy Drew Addison, Veronica Dominguez, Jacob Cavazos, Jared Kalmus, Steven Woodall, Cynde Bard, Yvonne Addison, Madison Underwood, Adrian Bermudez

 

UTSA Alumni Membership: https://www.utsa.edu/alumni/membership/ UTSA SOSA Band: http://www.utsabands.org/sosa-membership-infoBy Steve Woodall, Jacob Cavazos, Veronica Dominguez, Drew Addison, Shelby Smith, Conner Smith, Madison Underwood, Yvonne Addison

 

Join us for a conversation with the original UTSA Football QB1, and 3-time team captain, Eric Soza! Eric discusses his journey from growing up in Mathis, TX to becoming UTSA’s first quarterback. Eric also talks about his time as a standout athlete at Beeville HS, his recruiting process, meeting Larry Coker for the first time, stories from the early…

 

The Rules written by M. C. Benner Dixon. Clara has spent years fixing up her house. But now it seems the walls are caving in. Narrated by Carmen Crafts. Clara: Ivy Dupler (https://ivydupler.com/) Tim: Mike Wyant Jr. Walter: Michael Cherniak (https://nightshiftradio.com/fight-resume) "M. C. Benner Dixon is a novelist, poet, and freelance writer/edit…

 

American ISIS is an eight-episode podcast that tells the remarkable story of Russell Dennison, an American ex-convict and Muslim convert who joined the Islamic State in Syria. As U.S. and coalition airstrikes rained down on ISIS fighters in 2018 and 2019, Dennison secretly recorded dozens of hours of audio about his past and his life with ISIS and …

 

Written by: Adam Copeland Produced/Directed by: Michael Fight Storyteller Series Editor: Michael Wyant, Jr. Narrator: Caleb Coy Cooper: Michael Cherniak McHale/Sal: Mike Wyant Jr Exley: Mathew Bianchi Detective Reese: James Hansen Frenchy: Corey Halrawk The Waitress: Ivy Dupler Various Voices: Casey Ryan Sign up to our weekly newsletter! NSRad.io/m…

 

This being the very first episode, we wanted to provide a proof of concept, not just to the Alumni Association and University, but to ALL RUNNER NATION! Introducing your hosts: Drew Addison c/o 2017 BBA Roadrunner Rugby Alumni Partner/Vice President of Surety at IBTX Yvonne Addison c/o 2009 BS Mechanical Engineering c/o 2018 MBA, Executive Current …

 

Come listen to Indian Noir exclusively on Spotify! Indian Noir will be a Spotify Exclusive from 15 June 2021, starting with the ‘Summer of Horror’ series of stories. All the existing episodes of Indian Noir will be available for streaming on all platforms - no changes on that front. But everything published after 14th of June 2021 will be available…

 

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Today, we're sharing an episode from another podcast in the TED Audio Collective: Design Matters with Debbie Millman. For over 15 years, Debbie has been interviewing incredibly creative people about how they design the arc of their lives. For more interviews with people like Jacqueline Woodson, Hrishikesh Hirway, Claire Danes, Adam Grant, Cheryl St…

 

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Ruth is prepping to take over from Katherine in the midair collision archive when she comes across a unique feather. Little does she know this feather is going to open up an entire world she didn't know existed around here. Written by: Shana Ross Ruth/Narrator: Jazzy Greene Katherine/Alekto: Leah Reporter: Amy Wyant Sign up to our weekly newsletter…

 

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More Than a Vote: Our Voices. Our Vote. is a battle cry to educate, inspire, and turn nonvoters into voters. Formed by a coalition of Black athletes and artists headlined by NBA star LeBron James, More Than a Vote is a nonprofit voting rights organization aimed at combating voter suppression, systemic racism, and misinformation that disproportionately disenfranchises communities of color. In this one-of-a-kind Words + Music special, we hear from an all-star chorus of activists and entertainers on the front lines of today’s voting rights movement.

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As you can see by the amount of podcasts which qualify for a 'best podcasts' list, there's never been a better time for podcasts. Though the format has been around for a couple of decades now, it's only in the last few years that they really hit their stride. You might say that we're living through a golden age of podcasts, if you're the kind of person who needs all their culture categorised into neat eras.

But podcasts themselves seem to live in the wild. You need a David Attenborough to point the way through the undergrowth and stop you wasting time wandering down dead ends. So to that end, this is our pick of the best new podcasts that have arrived in 2020, as well as our highlight from long-running favourites. We've even herded them into neat little categories for you too.

"Where's the funny ones?" you might start griping. "I like the funny ones. And what about true crime? I was only here for some true crime, and now it's all gone."

Chill out mate. They're in their own spin-off lists: this one's the comedy one, and the true crime one is here. We've hived off the best of the BBC's podcasts into a separate list too, because there are absolutely loads. Nice one, the Beeb.

So, this is it: our pick of the best podcasts of 2021. Need anything else? Want us to pop your Airpods in for you too? Oh, go on then. We're all friends here.


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Black Lives Matter


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Shade

Anti-racism campaigners, educators, academics and public figures talk about their work and their lives, and how the two influence each other day to day. Recent guests have included Trinidadian artist Richard Mark Rawlins, Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy, and Angelina Coronado, who curates The Menagerie Archive on Instagram.

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Today, Explained

Vox’s excellent Explained digested news strand was a hit on YouTube and Netflix, and it drops new 20-minute podcast episodes every day. Lately, it’s focused on George Floyd, police brutality and civil rights, and its episodes about police unions, the reality of black America’s nightmare, and why Trump’s attempts to blame unrest on Antifa is just plain wrong, are essential listening.

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About Race with Renni Eddo-Lodge

The author of Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race picked up where her book left off in this 2018 podcast, which follows the last 25 years of the fight for BAME rights, from the false hope of New Labour to now. Simon Woolley, founder of Operation Black Vote, Sisters Uncut and Riz Ahmed are among the key figures interviewed.

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The Death of George Floyd: Will Anything Change?

The Guardian's Today in Focus is another daily news agenda-led podcast which takes a single issue as its focus, and this recent edition features an interview with former federal prosecutor and author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men Paul Butler about the injustice of the current system and how it has to be reformed.

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Current Affairs Podcasts


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Smoke Screen

You’ll no doubt be shocked to learn that the tobacco industry isn’t quite as squeaky clean as it likes to make out. This collar between Auddy and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism digs into the Serious Fraud Office’s probe into British American Tobacco, and the attorney who blew the whistle when she was told to spy on tobacco smugglers in South Africa. This is an intriguing mixture of stringent journalism, illumination of murky corporate practices and personal account of what it means to stick your neck out and take on the biggest of Goliaths.

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Conflict of Interest

Even if you consider yourself extremely on top of the currents of geopolitics, it can be hard to riddle out exactly why conflicts start, where and how. The Imperial War Museum's new podcast lays out the roots of recent wars from the Troubles to the Yugoslav War of the early Nineties, and Afghanistan to Yemen. Celebs take on the role of asker-of-obvious-questions to the experts who show them around the museum itself and present objects and stories which show how we got to where we are, and so far it's featured Jamali Maddix and The Guilty Feminist's Deborah Frances-White.

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Human Resources

Broccoli Productions' latest explores the lingering links between the transatlantic slave trade and modern Britain. Yes, it's sort of a history podcast, but if you want to make sense of the ongoing push to decolonise areas of public life and reckon with Britain's role in the slave trade – spoiler alert: we were pretty keen on it for a long time – then this is an engaging, typically thoughtful way of doing it. Moya Lothian-Mclean, journalist and descendent of both Black African enslaved people and white slave owners, presents and takes us on a journey which starts at Lady Hawkin's School in Herefordshire – named for the wife of Britain's first slave trader.

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The Missing

In Britain someone is reported missing every 90 seconds. This podcast, made with missing persons organisation Locate International and charity Missing People, focuses on the stories of the one percent of people who are still missing after a year. It isn't just a prurient, leering true crime thing; it's a sincere attempt to push the cases of missing people forward by involving listeners in the deliberations and discussions Locate International's detectives are having to bring the families and friends of those who've gone missing some peace.

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The Fourcast

Channel 4's thrice-weekly deep dive into a single issue in the news has taken in football's reckoning with former players developing dementia, how African nations have managed to contain coronavirus, whether the pandemic will lead to Scotland jumping ship from the union, and an affecting investigation into the life of one woman who was one of the 39 Vietnamese migrants found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex in 2019.

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Reply All

The internet's former favourite podcast is at last back from an – ahem – 'extended break'. Its co-host PJ Vogt and producer Sruthi Pannamaneni departed under a cloud earlier this year after their investigation into gatekeeping and racial discrimination at Bon Appetit led Reply All staffers to point out that almost exactly the same thing was going on at Reply All, as well as anti-union harassment from Pannamaneni. Now regular Reply All correspondent and Londoner Emmanuel Dzotsi will co-host with returning Alex Goldman in a revamped and, one assumes, slightly chastened new form. It'll be different of course, but Dzotsi's been a wry, empathetic presence on the podcast in the past. Don't bet against it coming back stronger.

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A Bit of a Stretch

Three-time Bafta-nominated filmmaker Chris Atkins spent nine months at HMP Wandsworth for tax fraud. You assume that prison isn't going to be much of a laugh, but the true extent of the boredom, banality, casual violence, overcrowding and underfunding was the centre of Atkins' memoir of the same, and the spin-off podcast adds the voices of other former prisoners to explore the day-to-day of live inside. The success of A Bit of a Stretch comes with a little twinge of discomfort – it's pretty desperate that it takes a white-collar ex-convict to make middle England care the scale of the dysfunction and malaise of the prison system – but the system's intricacies and absurdities are endlessly fascinating.

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The Bellingcat Podcast

The first season of the open-source investigative website’s podcast, which unpicked the MH17 atrocity with clear-eyed original reporting, won two ARIAs, a British Podcast Award and was named Political Podcast of the Year by the Political Studies Association. Now, for a brief but dramatic two-parter, it’s looked to Cameroon. A mysterious and horrific video showing women and children being shot has gone viral. But who are they? Where are they? Who filmed them? Why did they die? Investigators around the world start working together to riddle it out.

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Today in Focus

Given how quickly everything's moving at the moment, anything more than a 20-minute catch-up can feel out of date almost immediately. The Guardian's daily podcast is an essential primer on the broader implications of this crisis, and its recent episode on how Covid-19 took hold in Italy is thorough and avoids alarmism.

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The Beautiful Brain

Jeff Astle was - and remains - The King, an FA Cup winner and West Brom's legendary 137-goal striker known for his aerial ability. When he died in January 2002 at the age of 59, though, he'd spent his last years living with dementia-like symptoms. A coroner found that minor traumas to his brain had caused the degenerative brain condition chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and recorded a verdict of death by industrial injury - the first time blame for the condition had been placed squarely on heading heavy leather footballs day after day. This four-parter follows Astle's story via raw, intensely moving interviews with his wife Laraine and daughter Dawn, before reporter, producer and host Hana Walker-Brown explores how CTE affects survivors of domestic violence and asks: what does the science tell us to do, and who's responsible for making it happen? It's a gripping and essential - if often overwhelmingly poignant and righteously enraging - listen, as much a call-to-arms as a piece of investigative journalism.

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Drama Podcasts


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Dem Times

Created by Jacob Roberts-Mensah and Rhys Reed-Johnson, Dem Times is an audio drama which follows troublemaker Samuel Adjei, whose parents are determined to straighten him out. He's sent away from home in the UK to a Ghanaian boarding school, where, suddenly an outsider, he soon realises he's going to have to do a lot of growing up. The first episode of this fish-out-of-water Bildungsroman has just landed, and the outlook's very good: Dem Times sounds a lot like it'll become a funny and moving coming of age story told from a fresh and rich new angle.

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The Sandman

This is a proper blockbuster adaptation of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel. Look how stacked the cast list is: James McAvoy, Riz Ahmed, Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Andy Serkis and Miriam Margolyes are all involved, with old Macca in the title role. It's not just a straight radio play either. Audible promises that this one will rewrite what you can do with audio drama, just like The Sandman did with graphic novels.

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Phoebe Reads A Mystery

You’ve probably set yourself some pretty optimistic goals for your reading now that you can’t really go outside, but don’t worry if the general vibe of impending doom is knocking your motivation. Audiobooks and podcasts count too. Phoebe Judge has an exceptionally soothing voice, and every day she’s dropping a chapter of a mystery thriller on this podcast. She’s just finished Agatha Christie’s first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced Hercule Poirot, and next up is The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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Get Sleepy

Can’t drop off? This meditative, deeply reassuring podcast will soothe you, even if you’re in a deep rut of agitated nocturnal fretting. Think of these half-hour stories as fairytales for adults, with New Age soundscapes and mindfulness techniques thrown in, which gently draw you into drowsiness. It's like going to a spa, but it's free.

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Sport Podcasts


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Geraint Thomas Cycling Club

That title really looks like it could do with a possessive apostrophe or a colon, but that's what it is. The 2018 Tour de France champ and two-time gold medallist dishes out expert advice, opinion and insider knowledge to amateur rider Tom Fordyce, and goes deep on the nitty gritty of what being an elite cyclist is all about. Which, as it happens, involves a lot more riding into telegraph poles than you'd think. Top guests pop up too: Aussie great Richie Porte pops in, while Sir Paul Smith puts together the perfect kit and talk about his favourite retro jerseys.

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Stadio

Berlin-based duo Musa Okwonga and Ryan Hunn talk about football, primarily the Bundesliga, and pretty much everything else besides. As with the best sporting podcasts, it’s not just about the sport. Memory, storytelling and the minutia of the game are as important as working out what species of extraterrestrial Erling Haaland is.

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Ornstein & Chapman

Depending on exactly how much Mark Chapman you feel you can take in any one week, what with him being omnipresent across BBC radio and TV whenever football – either association or American – is under discussion, this might feel like a step too far. But you'd be missing out on insight from The Athletic's supremely well-connected David Ornstein and exclusive interviews with players and insiders. Look at their recent episode with former Liverpool and Spurs director of football Damien Comolli, and his retelling of the sorry Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra racism debacle and the day Liverpool sold Fernando Torres and bought both Suarez and Andy Carroll.

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The Greatest Game

Pretty simple, this one: Jamie Carragher sits down to chat about the best game of football each guest has seen live or played in. That's about it, aside from a fairly standard bit where they pick a five-a-side team of ex-teammates or favourite players. What's interesting is the admirably insane seesawing in the quality of the guests. On the one hand: Thierry Henry, Steph Houghton, Jordan Henderson, Craig Bellamy. On the other: Niall Horan, Line of Duty's Martin Compston, Paddy McGuinness. The latest guest is firmly in the first camp, though. Steven Gerrard talks his good buddy Carra through his own favourite game – and it's not Istanbul 2005.

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The Official Manchester United Podcast

Urgh. United. Insufferable when they were successful, unbearable when the edifice started crumbling and their fans moaned about finishing fifth, and somehow still awful now they're a mid-table irrelevance with more official noodle partners than functional central midfielders. We'll say this for them though: decent podcast. This being the official podcast, they can rope in absolutely stellar guests, from Paul Scholes and King Eric Cantona to Dimitar Berbatov, whose tale of being kidnapped while playing for CSKA Sofia needs to be heard to be believed.

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Quality Chat Podcasts


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Philippa Perry’s Siblings in Session

Brothers and sisters are complicated. You love them, you resent them, you want to give them a hug, you want to tell them to please – please – fuck off. This podcast from Philippa Perry feels like you’re sitting very quietly in the corner of a neutral-shaded room with everyone’s favourite psychotherapist and a couple of siblings who aren’t seeing eye to eye, each time pulling the universal strategies and lessons from their particular sticking point. That’s included how to cope with how your relationship changes as you age, how to admit you’re wrong (and graciously forgive when you’re proven right) and how to confront and talk about trauma.

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The Great James Bond Car Robbery

You know the car: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. It’s a beauty. Heck – it’s the definitive automotive beauty. You can understand why, in 1986, someone paid $250,000 for a genuine DB5 used during the filming of Goldfinger and fitted with machine guns, ejector seat and the rest. What’s less understandable is how that car could suddenly disappear from a Florida airfield in 1997, and still be missing to this day. This podcast digs into the daring heist and follows specialists Art Recovery International as they try to track the Aston down.

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Dead Honest

Look, the idea of sitting down and relaxing with a nice, concentrated blast of pain and the wreckage that any death leaves behind isn’t exactly enticing, we know. But the unflinching attitude of Georgie Vestey’s interview podcast turns the most difficult subject of all into a listen that’s so tender and fascinating that you owe it to yourself to face down that awkwardness. Each time, Vestey speaks to a professional who stares into death’s absent eye sockets every day, from a police diver to a chaplain who looks after railway workers who’ve seen people take their own lives. Not immediately cheery, but completely sublime.

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The Town That Knew Too Much

You might have heard Nick Hilton’s previous podcast on small town English weirdness, The Town That Didn’t Stare, about the odd ways that East Grinstead in West Sussex became a nexus for alternative religions including Scientology and Opus Dei. This one picks up a similar thread, but this time it’s about the Regency town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire. Beneath its chiselled, upright good looks, Hilton argues, is a town where lies and subterfuge leak from the walls. It’s the home of GCHQ, and even outside of that there are decades of intrigue to explore.

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Manchester Arena Bomb: Stories of Hope

Ghoulish retellings of massive, traumatic events are one of the most enduringly popular and ethically icky podcasting subgenres, and they're especially hard to countenance when something as sensitive and well-made as this lands. BBC Radio Manchester's four-part series brings together survivors of the terror attack in May 2017 to talk about how they've rebuilt their lives since then, and the connections which they've made with each other. There's Usman Ahmed, who was working his last shift as a steward the night of the bombing, and who found strength in his faith, and there's Martin Hibbert, who was left paralysed below the waist by 22 shrapnel wounds but hopes to raise a million pounds for the Spinal Injuries Association by climbing Kilimanjaro.

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West Cork

This one is a bit of a phenomenon, with three (three!!) separate TV adaptations of the true crime story already in production for Netflix, Lightbox and Chernobyl producers Sister. Anyone in Ireland will already know why: the investigation into the December 1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier and its seemingly never-ending twists has been one of the longest-running and most thoroughly picked-over news stories of the last couple of decades there. Sophie was found beaten to death at her holiday home in Schull, County Cork. There was only one suspect. But it turned out to be a lot more complicated than that.

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Dear Me

Katy Wix, who you know from Ghosts and Stath Lets Flats, and cohost Adam Drake put a new spin on the two-hosts-plus-guests format by venturing out of the studio and joining their interviewees for a wander around their old stamping grounds while chatting about what message they'd give to their younger selves. So far they've leaned toward comedians, hitting up East Ham with Wix's Stath costar Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Leeds with Liam Williams and Broadstairs with Lou Sanders. It's a good conceit for getting people to open up about what they were like as kids, and gives a bit more texture to the reminiscences.

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Life Changing

Former Woman's Hour presenter Jane Garvey's new one is like a podcasting version of that Experience column in the Guardian Weekend magazine where people talk about strange, unexpected and often inexplicable events have happened to them. Grace Spence Green was minding her own business in Stratford Westfield shopping centre when she was crushed by a man who fell several storeys onto her, leaving her paralysed. Tony O'Reilly from County Carlow in Ireland put a pound on Patrick Kluivert to score first and Holland to beat Argentina 2-1 at the 1998 World Cup when he was 24, but over time his gambling freewheeled into stealing €1.75 million from his work, and he went on the run.

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Call Me Mother

Recently there's been a spate of high quality podcasts exploring queer history within living memory, and this is another fine example. Journalist Shon Faye speaks to elders in the community about where we've come from and where we're going, and the adventures they've had on the way. That includes theorist Kate Bornstein, 73, who travelled across America to live with groups including the Amish, the Baha'i and the Church of Scientology to better understand their gender identity. It does a great service to the stories which were habitually excluded from the ones we tell about the 20th century.

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Twenty Twenty

Distressing as it is that the turn of the millennium is now long enough ago to be raked over in a lovingly nostalgic way, that’s where we’re at. It has at least given us this, in which film critic Simran Hans and music critic Tara Joshi dissect the culture that made the turn of the century such a strange mixture of the genuinely exciting, the endearingly rubbish, and the optimistically futuristic. So far, they’ve looked back at The Sims, Craig David, Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, reality TV, and the golden age of the film tie-in soundtrack single. Leann Rimes’ magnificent ‘Can’t Fight the Moonlight’ finally gets its dues.

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The First Mile

Obviously none of us are going to be trotting the globe with quite the same abandon we might have been used to for the time being, but this new indie travel pod is the next best thing. Travel journalists Ash Bhardwaj and Pip Stewart do the usual guest-of-the-week thing with adventurers, writers and filmmakers, but the big draw is the evocative audio dispatches from their journeys in New Zealand and Nepal.

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The Adventure Podcast

It looks like we're going to have to settle in and get used to lowering our expectations for the next few months at least, but that's not to say you can't vicariously adventure beyond your immediate surroundings at all. Recently, The Adventure Podcast has spoken to filmmaker Emma Crome about her documentary following the last English poachers, mountain climber Nick Bullock on climbing Mount Gongga in China, and journalist George Monbiot's frankly terrifying early career covering land seizures in Manaus, the heart of the Brazilian Amazon.

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Anthems: Black

The third series of Anthems (you can read about the last, themed around Pride month, below) is another collection of manifestos, poems, speeches and stories in sub-10 minute minisodes, this time exploring life in 2020 for Black Britons. Writers, journalists and cultural figures including Afua Hirsch, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and Jade Anouka talk heritage, power, beauty, rage and tenderness.

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What is this Behaviour?

Artist Almass Badat, filmmaker Aaron Christian and comedian Reuben Christian speak to creative South Asian people including DJs, YouTubers and filmmakers about how their identities mesh with Britain and being British right now, as well as how they navigated their ways through growing up British and Asian. Aaron runs The Asian Man, a project celebrating men's style, too, so there's inspiration to draw from there if you're in a lull.

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Anthems: Pride

Released for 2020's Pride month, it's never a bad time to dig into the back catalogue of this collection of uplifting, rousing personal manifestos, stories and reminiscences from a vast range of voices. Drag queens and kings, directors, stand-ups, DJs, filmmakers and more LGBTQIA+ people reflect joyfully and tenderly on queerness in 10-minute episodes. Production company Broccoli Content’s weekly news précis Your Broccoli Weekly is snappy too.

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A Life Less Ordinary with Sophie Elwes

In 2011, Sophie Elwes became a wheelchair user at the age of 22 after breaking her back. Her new podcast features conversations with other people who've had to come to terms with and overcome huge events in their lives, including 16-time Paralympic medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, mental health campaigner Ben West, who lost his brother to suicide in 2018, and actor Ashley Belal Chin, who found peace and happiness after converting to Islam in 2002.

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The Dope Black Podcast

Pulling together podcasts under the Dope Black Dads, Dope Black Mums and Dope Sports Podcast banners, as well as extra contributions from the UK, America and across Africa, this is all about giving Black parents the space to talk about what matters to them, from grief and how lockdown can shake your mental health to exactly why it’s so hard to remember birthdays.

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Stories That Stick

The team behind the Blacticulate podcast – a portmanteau of ‘Black’, ‘action’ and ‘articulate’ – put together this one, on which BAME media makers and entrepreneurs talk about how they made their way in their industry, from DJ and radio producer Gemma Cairney to BBC and This American Life reporter Reya El-Salahi.

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What We Coulda Been

Notables from all over the cultural map talk about the things that they nearly went into before they found the things they became known for. Host Chelcee Grimes chose songwriting over playing for Liverpool, which has panned out well so far, and guests including Lucy Bronze, Dua Lipa and Rio Ferdinand will be on to talk about their own Sliding Doors moments.

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10 Things That Scare Me

The short, sharp five-minute episodes of this podcast have a simple set-up: people name 10 of their deepest unspoken fears. That's it. Some – like Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, ex-Trump White House fixer Anthony 'The Mooch' Scaramucci and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello – are famous; others aren't. But all of them feature something jarring (Morello's family had nooses in their garage when he was a kid), something that makes you laugh then nod in a that-makes-complete-sense sort of way (The Mooch is best mates with his divorce lawyer), or something obviously horrifying which you'd never considered before and will now carry with you everywhere (falling and hitting your teeth). Urgh.

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The 33 1/3 Podcast

The idea of a long-running series of book-length essays on single albums feels a little quaint these days, given that nobody’s bought an album for about a decade now, but 33 1/3 translates extremely well to a 40-minute podcast. While those 33 1/3 books are a single writer’s perspective on, say, Another Green World or Illmatic, the pod turns it into a discussion between two musicians and host and De La Soul producer Prince Paul. So far, they’ve dug into Guns ’N’ Roses’ sprawling Use Your Illusion albums and Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope.

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Fonejacker

We’re going to stick our necks out here: we didn’t realise quite how good Kayvan Novak’s Fonejacker and Facejacker were when they first arrived on TV. Fortunately, Novak has revived Brian Bedonde, Irish Mike, Terry Tibbs and the rest for some 15-minute blasts of surreal irritation against the Great British public.

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Soul Music

This long-running Radio 4 programme is the gold standard for music podcasts. It's about the strange ricochets and resonances which music can have through your life, and how the things you live through change your perspective on what a song means. The format might sound a little bit dry – each time ordinary people reflect on a different song or piece of music and its significance to them – but every single time it carries a serious emotional wallop. Recently it's covered David Bowie's 'Life on Mars?' and Talking Heads' 'Once in a Lifetime', but the archive spans 31 series going back 20 years, and often the best ones are those about music you've never heard before.

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Renegades: Born in the USA

Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen, the two cornerstones of liberal America's conscience, sit down for a big chat about life, music and everything. Some of the episodes are quite specific, like the first – Outsiders: An Unlikely Friendship, as the title has it – while others sound more like unlicensed short story collections inspired by the works of The Boss. Not many people could get away with calling a podcast episode 'Born to Run: The Loss of Innocence', but Bruce just about does.

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Getting Emotional

You've probably felt vemödalen, even if you've never heard the word before. These short episodes – usually sub-15 minutes – explore and explain the specific emotional states which English-speakers need words from other languages to describe, as well as chatting to people who've felt them. Vemödalen, if you were wondering, is that feeling you get after taking a picture and realising that it's the same one as loads of other people have taken and yours is rubbish anyway.

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Broccoli Book Club

We've mentioned Broccoli Productions a couple of times in this mega-list (see their excellent Anthems series) and this is their new one. As the title suggests, it's a book club, but rather than having your flatmate's old uni mate lumber you with a behemoth you're never going to finish, the emphasis is on reads that are going to make you more empathetic and inquisitive. It's got a slightly different rhythm to most podcasts, with each two-part discussion arriving once a month. First up is a Laura Dockrill's What Have I Done?, which details her postpartum psychosis, after the host Diyora Shadijanova talks about it with her guests, the author herself will be on to explore the book more deeply.

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Kink!

Sex educator Alix Fox hosts Audible's funny, thoughtful and unblushing dive into the world of sex subcultures. It's a warm and empathetic listen which starts out asking simple questions about what exactly kinks are and why they exist, before heading into exactly what's happening in the brain and, more importantly, what our kinks say about the society we live in. That means, among many other things, celebrating the subversive power which leather bar culture gave some gay men in the Seventies, and learning exactly how kinky things in the Middle Ages, Georgian and Victorian eras actually were. The answer: very.

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No Time To Die: The Official James Bond Podcast

Naturally, you’re disappointed that it’s going to be another few months months before you can actually watch No Time To Die. That stings. When the hurt has subsided a little though, the official companion podcast will be waiting for you. Its six episodes will feature interviews with the main cast, including Daniel Craig, plus director Cary Joji Fukunaga and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson. Perhaps even more interestingly, there will be behind the scenes stuff from stunt co-ordinators, casting directors and visual effects supervisors.

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Growing Up with gal-dem

Each time, a guest looks back at bits and pieces of ephemera from when they were younger – diaries, letters, texts – and think about where they were then, where they are now, and how they got from one to the other. So far that’s meant Michaela Coel reflecting on a blog post she wrote while at drama school, Clara Amfo on how her parents gave her confidence, and Diane Abbott looking at her maiden speech to Parliament.

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Script Apart

Even now that podcasting at large has settled into three or four cosy little formats, sometimes a podcast comes along which surprises you with the sheer obvious brilliance of its conceit. Script Apart is one of those. Each time, a writer brings in the first draft of one of their most famous works, and talks through how they got from a rough but promising kernel to the final product. A little like Song Exploder, Script Apart isn't just about its guest, though they're very high calibre; it's about how creativity works, and the pleasures and difficulties of collaboration. Among others, Armando Iannucci has been on to talk about In the Loop, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz about BlacKkKlansman, and Barry Jenkins for Moonlight.

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Wild Thing

The first series of Wild Thing followed Bigfoot watchers and hunters as they tried to convince the world of the big hairy lad’s existence. The new series goes a lot bigger: this one’s about the hunt for life beyond Earth. Laura Krantz talks to navy pilots who’ve seen strange lights, true believers at the UFO Festival in Roswell, and scientists including Frank Drake and Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Institute co-founder Jill Tarter. It’s about the points where the very outer edges of scientific exploration meet a deep human yearning to know things which might not have a definite answer.

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Books & Rhymes

This one started out as the Instagram book review page of the same name, and is now deep into its second season as a podcast. Host Sarah Ozo-Irabor speaks to guests from across African literature – authors including My Sister, the Serial Killer writer Oyinkan Braithwaite feature, as well as literary editors and publishers – about their journeys through reading. But the twist is that characters, stories and themes are paired with music that illuminates them further. Expect to hear the likes of Fela Kuti, Nina Simone, Nas and Destiny’s Child. It all gives the fairly tired host-guest chat format a joyous and original spin.

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Team Deakins

You probably heard a lot about cinematographer Roger Deakins during the promo push for 1917 at the start of the year, in which he and Sir Sam Mendes took us on a real-time single-shot journey through the trenches of World War I. Here, Deakins and his collaborator and wife James chat to other notables about the technical side of filmmaking, from directors including Mendes and Denis Villeneuve to Steadicam operators and colour scientists.

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In Writing with Hattie Crissell

We tend to think of the writing process as being a bit mysterious. Even the phrase 'the writing process' is deliberately woolly. Everyone's is different, and this podcast gets into the nuts and bolts of it with a different writer each time, revealing just how much of 'the writing process' is just staring into space while eating a biscuit very slowly. This episode features Robert Popper, writer of Friday Night Dinner and script wizard on pretty much every worthwhile British comedy thing of the last decade or so: his CV includes Stath Lets Flats, Look Around You, Peep Show and The Inbetweeners.

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The Pellicle Podcast

Going to the pub isn't going to feel the same for a very long while yet, but you can enjoy some high-grade chattering about beer, cider and wine production and the industry around it from the team behind the Pellicle magazine. It's not just the real ale bore banging on about why nobody drinks mild anymore; everything is tied to a sense of place, and drinks are a means of exploration and travel.

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Twenty Thousand Hertz

Given podcasting is an aural medium, you’d think more of them would be a bit more curious about the specifics of the sounds that they pipe into your brain. Twenty Thousand Hertz is all about the noises you hear everywhere, all the time, and how they’re made. It has pulled apart sounds as diverse as that massive bum-wobbling note that THX showed off its cinema systems with, the golden record on the Voyager spacecraft, the multi-layered construction of the lightsabre’s vvvvvwing and, recently, farts.

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Talking Sopranos

This is several cuts above your average watchalong podcast. Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa, who played Christopher Moltisanti and Bobby Baccalieri, chat about The Sopranos episode by episode, dropping behind the scenes tidbits and anecdotes all over the place and discovering fan theories they never knew about.

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Home Cooking

This miniseries about cooking during lockdown is a team-up between two heavyweights of relatable, simple but detail-rich broadcasting: Samin Nosrat’s book and Netflix series Salt Fat Acid Heat is an unbelievably useful crash-course in cooking that broke everything down to those four essential elements; Hrishikesh Hirway is the creator and host of the endlessly fascinating Song Exploder podcast.

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Hot Girls

London-based hip hop DJ Lex on the Decks talks to other women in the rap world who work either in the booth or behind the scenes: bass DJ Tailor Jae, Resident Advisor’s Shireen Ramezani and drill producer Hannah V have been on lately. Revealing interviews alternate with history lessons about the great women of hip hop and rap over the last 40 years, from Afrobeats queen Tiwa Savage and dancehall icon Spice to Missy Elliott and MIA.

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Shower Sessions with St Vincent

Annie Clark is pretty brilliant, let's be honest, and her new, slightly offbeat music podcast is exactly the sort of thing you'd hope she'd do with the medium. Unless you have Pitchfork's RSS feed wired straight into your brain stem you're unlikely to be across all the up-and-coming artists featured here, but Clark's shower-bound chats with the likes of Donna Missal, Liverpudlian musician Banners and the duo Loote are engaging, and each performs a set from their bathroom.

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Frank Skinner's Poetry Podcast

Getting into poetry is an absolutely excellent thing to fill your lockdown hours with, but actually 'getting into poetry' is a lot more daunting than you'd think. Where do you start? Let Frank Skinner guide you. He's been a stand-up for the last 30 years, but before getting into comedy Skinner was an English teacher at a college near Dudley, and his passion comes through in his drily funny half-hour episodes. This one looks at Wendy Cope's 'Not Waving But Drowning' and William Carlos Williams' 'Dance Russe'.

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Lifers

You'll probably know stand-up Ed Gamble from his other extremely successful podcast, Off Menu, which he does with fellow comedian James Acaster. What you probably won't know about Gamble is that he's a massive metalhead, and that's what his new one for Spotify is all about: the dedication and obsessions of the genre's biggest fans, and what metal means to them.

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Set Meals

If you're into food but always feel several steps behind wherever's cool on the whirling, never-ending menu that is London's restaurant scene, try this weekly update. Friends Sam Ashton and Taylor Fawcett dive into the good, bad and Taco Bell of the capital – start with their cycling tour of London's pasta restaurants and go from there.

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Bong Joon Ho on The Curzon Film Podcast

Everyone’s on a Bong tip at the minute. Parasite’s riding a post-Oscars wave of love and breaking all sorts of records, and its director is everyone’s favourite human being. This episode of the Curzon Film Podcast looks back at his career, but it’s more than just your average primer. Tilda Swinton, who Bong directed in Snowpiercer, is on hand to interview him about his career, and critics Helen O’Hara and Tony Rayns add more context, as do academic Maria Konnikova and #BONGHIVE founder member Iana Murray.

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The Rewatchables

You could be forgiven for assuming that Quentin Tarantino spends all of his time watching obscure Japanese Westerns and ranting about how great Dennis Weaver was to anyone who'll listen. That's not the case, though. Tarantino is a cinematic omnivore, as the films he brings along to this film roundtable chat podcast prove. The first two of his three picks for films he can't seem to stop himself returning to are Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and Tony Scott's runaway train thriller Unstoppable.

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Switched On Pop

If you're of the (correct) opinion that pop is the greatest art form of the last century, this is an essential. It treats the songs, artists and trends most would think of as flotsam with high-minded enthusiasm, and its break-it-down-to-basics approach never patronises and always illuminates. Vox has form for all this with the excellent Explained Netflix series and YouTube channels, and the recent dive into what exactly makes 'Baby Shark' the juggernaut is typical, pulling together the history of the do-do-do in pop, what makes kids love certain songs and how to deal with hearing it for the millionth time.

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Quentin Tarantino's Feature Presentation

In this three-parter miniseries, Tarantino has a sit down with critic and podcaster Amy Nicholson to talk about the films that the young Quentin absorbed and later bled into his own work. We start with 'Young Quentin Goes To The Movies', in which he considers the surreal revenge thriller Point Blank and its influence on Reservoir Dogs, and move into teenage Tarantino's yearning to head back to the Los Angeles of his youth having moved out to Knoxville, Tennessee. The last episode will look at the late 70s and early 80s, when Tarantino was trying to push himself into the movie biz himself.

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Did Ya Know?

The British music industry leans heavily on the talent and skills of creative people of colour, and Did Ya Know? digs into untold stories of people who've managed to make it to the top of the music biz. Lately host and former Emeli Sandé manager Adrian Sykes has spoken to Tinie Tempah, legal expert and all-round big cheese Sonia Diwan and former Island Records boss Darcus Beese, and it's all aimed at giving anyone who's not sure how to crack into the music industry an insight into how it can be done, as well as revealing how it all works.

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Dealing

This offbeat podcast swirls together some very unlikely elements into a charming and illuminating whole. Alex Alfieri and Monty Cutteridge are two young Manc lads who run Butter Lane Antiques in Altrincham, and their sideways approach to the antique jewellery scene has set them apart from the industry's slightly stuffy image. This is a podcast about starting a business, but it's also an odyssey into a fascinating high-stakes world studded with absolutely mad anecdotes.

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Foundering

The excess and catastrophe at the heart of WeWork, the company behind those flash co-working spaces which was the former golden child of start-ups before it went absolutely arse-up not too long ago, has already been told in the very good WeCrashed podcast. But Bloomberg’s Foundering has access to recordings of founder Adam Newman and interviews with clients and employees, which bring the story to vivid life.

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Out of Hours

Sorting out a side-hustle and becoming a multi-hyphenate business powerhouse is probably something you made a resolution to crack on with in January, and which given how dicey pretty much everything is right now, you might be looking at again. Take inspiration from Out of Hours, which features conversations people who started their own thing and helped it turn into something big. Start with DJ, poet and writer Charlie Dark talking about founding Run Dem Crew, the casual running club which now runs workshops, events, mentoring and support for young people around London.

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Wanna Be

How do you get from where you are to where you want to be? The creative and entertainment industries can seem incredible opaque, but Imriel Morgan is here to demystify things by chatting to guests including comedian Lolly Adefope, anti-online abuse campaigner Seyi Akiwowo and author Malorie Blackman.

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Thrilling Tales of Modern Capitalism

Slate’s business podcast looks back at the past of a different company each week and plots out how they got to where they are today – whether they’re huge successes or terrible failures. The episode about how DomiNick’s, a failing pizza joint in Michigan sold to the Monaghan brothers for $1400 in 1960, turned the globe-straddling behemoth Domino’s pizza, is fascinating.

(If you want even more depth on Domino’s – and why wouldn’t you want more depth on a story which involves a Monaghan brother dealing with delivery driver muggings by hiding in the back of the drivers’ clapped-out Volkswagen with a baseball bat – The Dollop has a great episode on it too.)

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The Sun King

In a bit of a coup, this beautifully assembled and concise six-parter is fronted by David Dimbleby, and tells the full story of how Murdoch built his empire and changed the way that millions of people around the world find out the news. It digs up insight from the people who've worked with him to answer bigger questions too: what motivates him? Is he in it for the money or the power? How much influence does he actually wield? And underneath it all, who is Rupert Murdoch?

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Whether you're new to the wonderful world of podcasts or searching for a few fresh recommendations, we've got you covered. With a similar format to talk radio, podcast themes can range from news to cooking, celebrity interviews to meaningful history, self-help to cultural analysis, and everything in between. Podcasts vary widely in length, too. Some take just five or 10 minutes for those with short attention spans, while others go on for hours so you can really settle in for the long haul. Just like a great audiobook, album or radio station, podcasts are a great way to keep your mind occupied while doing chores, making dinner, exercising or commuting.

Our favorite podcasts of 2021 include comedy podcasts that might make you fall off the treadmill from laughing too hard, storytelling podcasts that can give you a peek into a whole new world, true crime podcasts that let listeners play Sherlock, and cooking shows that basically require a snack to listen. Whatever your preferred podcast genre, you're guaranteed to find a new audio favorite on this list.

1Fat Mascara

Slap on a face mask and settle in for some me-time with this podcast that covers all things beauty. Hosts and beauty editors Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Goldstein dish on all things beauty, including their own adventures, advice and industry dirt.

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2Criminal

If you only listen to one true-crime podcast, make it this one. Criminal is one of the best, most well-researched out there. Plus it features the dulcet tones of Phoebe Judge's voice, one of the smoothest and most soothing in audio (even when she's sharing horrific stories).

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3The Sporkful

A podcast for people who love to eat and talk about the wonderful world of food, this James Beard Award-winning pod features interviews with food celebs, discussions on important issues like whether a hot dog's a sandwich and much more.

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4Welcome to Your Fantasy

If you think the Chippendales is just a bunch of buff dudes in a bow tie and not much else, think again. Historian Natalia Petrzela takes us into the seedy story behind the steamy franchise in a podcast that you won't be able to stop streaming.

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5You Must Remember This

Hosted by Karina Longworth, a former film critic for LA Weekly, YMRT dives into the forgotten — and often scandalous — history of Old Hollywood. Extensively researched and deeply fascinating, Longworth untangles the off-screen drama of everything from Disney's controversial film Song of the South to Howard Hughes' infamous love affairs.

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6Griefcast With Cariad Lloyd

Losing a loved one can be sad, scary and isolating. This down-to-earth, unexpectedly uplifting podcast can help you feel less alone as host Cariad Lloyd interviews comedians and other funny people about the unique weirdness of time spent grieving.

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7Song Exploder

You may have come across the Netflix show by the same name, but did you know that Song Exploder started out as a podcast? Music fans who always wondered about the origins of their favorite songs will want to browse this podcast's catalog.

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8WTF With Marc Maron

Even podcast newbies have probably heard of Marc Maron's longstanding interview show, in which he holds in-depth conversations with celebrities, comedians and even former presidents. It's thoughtful, insightful and yes, often funny.

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9Nice White Parents

This five-part series reported and hosted by Chana Jaffe-Walt will take you inside one public school to expose what's wrong with the system and how it got that way. Clear your schedule, because you'll be tempted to marathon the whole series in one sitting.

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10Mike Birbiglia's Working It Out

If you enjoy getting a peek behind the scenes, join comedian Mike Birbiglia and guests as they try out new, untested material on each other. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but it's always a fun ride.

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11Becoming Wise

Gain new insight on life and being human in the time it takes to percolate a cup of coffee with this podcast from On Being's Krista Tippett. Episodes feature chats with thought leaders such as the late John Lewis and Brené Brown.

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12The Lazy Genius

Whether you're having a hard time keeping it together or need a little kick in the pants, this podcast will help. Get advice on how to deal with little things like organizing your life or big stuff like navigating political differences or religion

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13Sports Wars

Professional sports can be like soap operas with scores. Some serious drama surrounds the entire industry. This podcast unpacks famous rivalries and behind-the-scenes drama you may have missed in a well-researched, gripping format even those who don't generally follow them can get into.

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14Every Little Thing

Have you ever wondered who invented pants? Why we let a descendant of vicious predators sleep in our beds? This wide-ranging podcast has the answers to everything you never realized you didn't know. Get your next conversation starter here so you can be the most interesting person at your next cocktail party.

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15WE Well-Being Podcast

Canada's first lady, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, is opening up about her mental health struggles. In this honest podcast, she explores the stigma and taboos that surround the topic with celebrities, advocates and experts.

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16This American Life

Longtime listeners may already know this Pulitzer Award-winning storytelling podcast as the radio show of the same name. Its huge backlog of episodes alone is great fodder for marathon listening.

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17Beautiful Anonymous

18Call Your Girlfriend

Hosts and long-distance besties Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow chat about everything from current events to pop culture, books and social justice in this funny and insightful podcast that makes great background listening for chores or travel. It feels like eavesdropping on a convo between pals, because that's exactly what it is.

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19The Trend Reporter

Emmy Award-winning TV personality and journalist Mara Schiavocampo gets into all the latest trends in health, beauty, style and more in this fun and informative podcast. Mara is great at getting straight to the point and asking experts about the stuff we're all wondering.

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20Dolly Parton's America

Join host Jad Abumrad on a personal journey to learn why America loves Dolly and how deep her influence on society really goes. Visit her childhood home and her theme park, learn the background behind her songs and discover a different side of the iconic Southern belle. If you're not a Dolly stan already, you will be long before the last episode.

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21Dope Labs

Best friends and scientists Titi Shodiya and Zakiya Whatley prove that just about everything that's blowing up on your social media feeds intersects with science in this fascinating pod. Even if you're not a science buff, there's lots to love here.

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22Spooked

This creepy podcast invites you to gather 'round the digital campfire as people share their true spooky stories. It's just the right amount of scary, but you might still want to tune in while there's still daylight.

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23How Did This Get Made?

If you love movies that are so bad, they're good — or just movies in general — grab the popcorn and tune in to this hysterical podcast. Each episode, hosts Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas join special guests to tear apart a film that should never have made it. You don't have to watch the movies ahead of time, but it helps.

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24Why Won't You Date Me?

We've all probably asked ourselves this same question at some point in our romantic lives. But few talk about it as hilariously as comedian Nicole Byer. Listen along as she recounts the #struggle that is modern dating. Byer's sometimes spicy stories aren't great for younger ears, so use headphones or wait until it's adults only.

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25Keep It

Entertainment is culture and society is politics and everything is all intertwined, these days. Hosts Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel and Aida Osman try and untangle about the tangled webs of our world n this podcast that will keep you up-to-date in an informative and entertaining way.

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26The Daily

If you only listen to one news podcast, this one's a good bet. Host Michael Barbaro breaks down the biggest or most interesting news story of the day (hence the name) in a format that will keep you informed. My dad used to start his day with NPR. Now, he's a Daily convert. So there you go.

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27The Alarmist

The sinking of the Titanic. The Flint water crisis. That McDonald's coffee lawsuit. This podcast investigates some of the greatest mishaps, failures and catastrophes of our time; how they happened, what went wrong and whether they could have been prevented. You'll have so much fun, you won't even realize you're learning something.

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28Decoder Ring

Those of you who used to collect Snapple caps for the random facts written inside, add Decoder Ring to your queue. Each episode explores a topic you may never have thought too much about. Think Murphy's Law, Bart Simpson, animatronic creatures and blue food.

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29Off the Gram

Join Woman's Day editor-in-chief Meaghan Murphy and her three cohosts Jamie, Heidi and Christine, for an inspirational podcast that will help you live your best life, channel your inner girlboss and navigate the ever-changing landscapes of wellness and social media.

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30Sawbones

Hypochondriacs or squeamish folk may want to sit this one out. Hosts Justin and his wife Dr. Sydnee McElroy spend each episode discussing all things health and wellness throughout the ages. It's conversational, it's quirky and it's perfect for anyone who's developed a newfound interest in medicine over the past year and change.

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31You're Wrong About

In this educational and entertaining podcast, hosts Michael Hobbes and Sarah Marshall revisit the throwback media sensations you thought you knew in a fun, deeply researched pod. They cover topics like the OJ Simpson trial, the Challenger disaster and Princess Diana in a totally new way.

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32The Murder Squad

True crime lovers and amateur sleuths, grab your detective caps and magnifying glasses. This innovative podcast lets you ride shotgun as retired investigator Paul Holes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen dig into cold cases in real time. Listeners are invited to send in theories and their own research, creating a uniquely participatory experience.

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331619

This five-part New York Times series by Hannah Nicole-Jones dives into the economic, social, health and political impact of being Black in America. It examines the way slavery changed the course of history, and it's a must-listen for literally everyone.

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34How to Fail

Think everyone has it all together but you? Think again. Journalist Elizabeth Day chats with seemingly successful people about the times they fell down and how they got back up again. Their refreshingly honest, straightforward conversations will inspire you to try again, too.

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35Ear Hustle

If there's an Orange is the New Black-shaped hole in your heart, try this podcast that covers what it's like inside the gates of San Quentin prison and what happens to former incarcerated people once they're released. Topics include how they handle romance, cell block cuisine, how incarcerated people entertain themselves and each other and what it's like transitioning back into society.

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36The Moth

True stories, told live without notes, make up this compelling storytelling podcast. Some of the guests are polished professionals but many are just average Joes and Janes with a microphone and a tale to tell. Some episodes are funny, others are real tear-jerkers and all are a great listen.

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37Judge John Hodgman

Sometimes, disputes between friends or partners need an impartial moderator, and that’s where Judge John Hodgman comes in. Guests bring their petty arguments, longstanding beefs and stalemated disputes to the celebrity and comedian who weighs in on what they should do.

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3899% Invisible

For design nerds, architecture buffs, art lovers and anyone who's ever looked at an aspect of their world and said, "How does that work?" this podcast has the answer. Roman Mars' well-produced listen will teach you something new about the places you live.

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39Radiolab

If you like your downtime with a side of education and sometimes a few laughs, Radiolab has what you're looking for. This deeply fascinating podcast investigates issues, events and elements of society that will make you go, “Huh, I’ve never thought about that before!”

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40Radio Cherry Bombe

Grab a snack before you tune in to this delicious, food-focused podcast. By the creators of the popular food magazine, Radio Cherry Bombe interviews female-identifying movers and shakers in the industry, including chefs, bakers, cookbook writers and others who influence the delicious world of food.

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41The Mortified Podcast

We’ve all got that one embarrassing slip-up that happened in eighth grade but still keeps us up at night. Guests on this podcast read their childhood journals that cover the awkward, the mortifying, and the funny moments that make up our lives. Share the shame and realize that even your worst moment probably wasn't that bad.

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42Where Should We Begin?

Real couples share their relationship struggles with modern love expert Esther Perel in this podcast that’s a lot cheaper than marriage therapy and may give you insight into your own relationship. She has lots to offer for anyone who deals with other humans — or in other words, all of us.

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43Death, Sex & Money

The name says it all. This approachable, down-to-earth podcast tackles subjects you may not feel comfortable bringing up IRL. With this podcast, listeners can gain perspective on these and other tricky topics without having to make eye contact with anyone in the process.

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44Who? Weekly

If you’ve ever stumbled upon a discussion on social media and had no idea what's going on, let hosts Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger fill you in. They spill the tea on who’s who, what they’re doing and why anyone should care. Even if you don't usually love celebrity gossip, this podcast's a whole lot of fun.

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45Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend

Anyone who ever watched the late-night host knows his expert interview skills, lightning-fast comebacks and playful style. In this fun conversational podcast, he brings all of that to your ears instead of your television.

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46The Truth

For fans of audiobooks and fiction in general, this longstanding podcast features a different short story every episode, and we've never heard a bad one yet. They range from funny to sad to a little twisted, and clock in at under 30 minutes each.

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47My Brother, My Brother & Me

If you even dip your toes into the podcast universe, you're likely to hit a McElroy brother property. They're podcast titans with a ton of titles, but the original is worth a listen. The three brothers answer questions in what's technically an advice show but mostly a rollicking good time.

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48Aack Cast! by Jamie Loftus

Remember Cathy, that seminal cartoon strip about a perpetually stressed-out woman? That's the brainchild of Cathy Guisewite, a comic that ran for 34 years and spanned a ton of offshoot products and wormed its way into our popular imagination. But trust us, you don't know Cathy. Tune in to get the goods.

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49Code Switch

Race, social justice and the complex issues facing marginalized communities are weighty topics, but the Code Switch team addresses them in ways that are digestible and approachable even for audiences who are new to the conversation. It's an important one, so give it a listen.

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50Feel Better, Live More

Lots of health and wellness advice brings up more questions than answers. Not Dr. Chatterjee's. The GP has almost 20 years of experience, so his conversations with other professionals and straightforward advice simplifies the most complicated subjects into something you can actually use.

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The best free podcasts on Audible

Audible has carved out a solid reputation as a service that puts over a million audiobooks at your disposal – but did you know the platform also hosts a number of podcasts too? There is in fact not only large numbers of podcasts accessible via the service – but a huge variety too.

You’ll find true-crime thrillers, laugh-a-minute comedies, in-depth documentaries and – no, seriously – a meditation course from P Diddy. Unlike Audible’s audiobooks, which are available as one-off purchases outside of subscription, these podcasts are available for free provided you do indeed subscribe to the service.

To find out more about the service and the different subscription tiers available, check out our how does Audible work article. You might also want to see our list of the best Audible audiobooks to see what’s available. But for a run-down of the best free podcasts you’ll find on Audible, read on.

Heist with Michael Caine

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Audible members are now free to blow the doors off this docu-series narrated by the king(pin) of crime cinema, Sir Michael Caine. Across six episodes, the Batman and Italian Job star delves into real-life heists and remarkable robberies, with the help from detectives tasked with hunting down the criminals (some of which can also be heard).

Episodes cover the Antwerp diamond robbery (the biggest in history), the Transylvania University rare book heist and the 1972 United California bank robbery (in which $9 million was looted). However, despite the intriguing crime capers, it’s Caine who really steals the show, his gripping commentary perfect throughout.

The Sun King

Can one man really change the course of history? After listening to this in-depth biography of Rupert Murdoch, you’ll definitely think so. Narrated by BBC News legend David Dimbleby, this six-part series explains how the Melbourne-born business mogul grew his media empire – including The Sun and Fox News – and how this changed elections and journalism forever.

Also covering the News of The World phone-hacking scandal and Murdoch’s precarious relationship with US President Donald Trump, The Sun King offers a forensic examination of the recent media landscape.

Murderabilia

Whether it’s football stickers, stamps or holiday souvenirs, chances are you’re a collector or something. But what drives people to collect crime memorabilia – mementos from bloody murder scenes, or art painted by notorious serial killers? That’s the central question journalists Poppy Damon and Alice Fiennes cover in this six-part series, one featuring fascinating and downright disturbing interviews with collectors and those who make a living in trading criminal collectables.

Importantly, it’s a show that not only explores the psychology behind the murderabilia industry, but also asks just how complicit all true-crime fans are in transforming murders into an object of entertainment.

Jon Snow: Making the News

Turns out Jon Snow does actually know some things. No, not the Game of Thrones one. As Jon Snow: Making the News demonstrates, the veteran Channel 4 journalist offers some incredible insights into some of the biggest global events he’s witnessed across 45 years of broadcasting.

Using original news tapes from the ITN archive, Snow revisits (often quite emotionally) the biggest moments in his career, from reporting on the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the Grenfell tower fire and 9/11. A real gem not only for the series’ mesmerising journey through recent history, but for Snow’s sharp analysis of the structural problems in the modern UK media.

The Butterfly Effect

Fronted by gonzo journalist Jon Ronson, this docu-series explores the mysterious and perplexing world of modern pornography. However, this isn’t only the much-told tale of how the industry’s young stars are brutally exploited. Instead, Ronson delivers a strangely surprisingly uplifting account of how producers are altering their output in the face of freely-accessible online porn – many now creating custom content for wealthy individual clients. EyeEar-opening, often funny and deeply fascinating throughout.

Evil has a name

The Golden State Killer, the East Area Rapist, the Original Night Stalker, The Visalia Ransacker: whatever name you want to give him, he’s the serial killer and rapist that tore apart lives across California from 1975 to 1986. Although police were able to work with witnesses to create many sketches of the notorious criminal, he evaded US police and justice for decades.

However, on 24th April, 2018, he was finally caught – a whole 44 years since his first attack. How did he stay on the run for so long? And what forensic breakthroughs were made to catch him? This series explores such questions with help of those who ran the investigation – particularly forensic criminologist Paul Holes, the man who found the killer after two decades of obsession with the case.

Overall, it’s an absolute must-listen for true crime fans.

The Dark Web

The Dark Web: you’ve probably heard of it, but do you really know how it works? Fronted by Geoff White (Channel 4 News), This critically-acclaimed 10-part docu-series exposes and plainly explains the anonymous online network used by the likes of sex traffickers, government spies and hacking groups. And, with a plethora of expert interviews, the well-paced series also delves into why the dangers of the dark web are overblown in some cases.

Most intriguing, however, are the tales of how dark web system such as Tor were set up – and why they’re deliberately maintained by the US government today.

Curious with Micael Dahlen

Is social media making us dumber? Why do movie studios announce sequels so early? Why is everyone still so obsessed with Charles Manson? And why do assholes drive expensive cars? These are just some of the questions that occupy the mind of Micael Dahlen, Professor of marketing and consumer behaviour at the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden.

Taking on one such mystery each episode – be gigantic or seemingly trivial – Dahlen interviews key experts to conjure up unexpected explanations that fuel his infectious curiosity. If you’re looking for an easy listen that broadens your horizons, this is it.

We Need to Talk About the British Empire

As host Journalist and author Afua Hirsch points out in the first episode, those who were educated in UK schools probably still have gaping holes in their understanding of the British empire. Fortunately, the six-part series is there to fill some of them in, correcting inaccurate notions of colonialism and the brutal life many endured under British rule.

Hirsch achieves this through a series of interviews with some of the leading figures in Britain today, from poet Benjamin Zephaniah, presenter Anita Rani and novelist Nadifa Mohamed – who all illuminate how the ripples of empire still influence modern life.

Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch

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Calling, all fans of The Crown: Audible now has a podcast that further explores the British leader’s life, from the public scandals to the private losses. And not only that. Fronted by veteran royal broadcaster Jennie Bond, the series also asks who the real Elizabeth II is, questioning how close to reality her on-screen portrayals really are.

Complete with accounts from historians and eyewitnesses – plus plenty of audio recreations of private moments – Life of a Monarch offers a rounded and rigorous look at one of the most remarkable people alive today.

The Kurupt FM Podkast

That’s right: People Just Do Nothing, the BAFTA-winning BBC mockumentary following the exploits of a failed gaggle of grime artists now has a podcast. And its glorious attention-to-detail, many belly-laughs and sheer stupidity make it one of the best comedy audio series around.

In fact, you might well argue the series – featuring DJ Beats, MC Grindah, ‘Weed activist’ DJ Steves and everyone’s favourite hopeless manager (and inventor of Peanut Dust) Chabuddy G – is even funnier than the TV series.

Exoplanets: The Search for Another Earth

2020 left you calling for the Earth to stop spinning and let you off? Then this is the podcast for you. Hosted by the University of Manchester’s Danielle George, this fascinating six-part series asks if humans really could move to another planet.

Specifically, the exoplanets in the universe’s so-called “habitable zones” that may host water – and even other forms of life. Crammed with expert interviews, good humour and a rocking (albeit occasionally too loud) soundtrack, at least your search for another great science podcast series is over.

Meditations: The Audible Sleep Collection

If you’re struggling to catch some Zs, this collection will easily send you off to a sound slumber. Guided by a dream team of leading experts and celebs – such as actor/musician Nick Jonas and journalist Ariana Huffington (plus the actual P Diddy for some reason) – all spoken-word ASMR-esque episodes are designed to onset shut-eye in less than 45 mins. Overall, it’s a real snooze fest – in the best possible way.

People, Just People 

Real talk: Dermot O’Leary is a very very nice man. And now The X Factor host and BBC DJ is being a very nice man on this podcast series, joined by a special guest each episode. Unsurprisingly, O’Leary proves an excellent host, squeezing touching tales and humour out of interviewees including Fleabag’s Andrew ‘Hot Priest’ Scott, former Labour leader Ed Miliband and model Yasmin Le Bon.

A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs

Let’s face it: no matter how much you loved Pterodactyls as a kid, they hardly make for suitable dinner party conversation. However, evolutionary biologist/big kid Professor Ben Garrod is trying to change that. And for good reason: as he points out, we’re currently living through a golden age of paleontological studies, research that has drastically changed our understanding of dinosaurs, from what they looked like to how they evolved.

These amazing insights crossed with Garrod’s never-ending enthusiasm ensures your interest in dinosaurs won’t go extinct any time soon.

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When? Once a week, plus the odd extra episode

How long? Two to three hours

80,000 Hours is a British organisation studying which careers can achieve the most positive impact on the world, and a lynchpin of that cluster of Oxford researchers, utilitarian thinkers, and bloggers à-la Dominic Cummings comprising the Effective Altruism movement. From its podcasts, expect a lot of philosophical debates on morality, metacognition, and global catastrophic risks – from climate change to rogue AI. Of course, they saw the pandemic coming months in advance

The Privacy, Security & OSINT Show with Michael Bazzell

What is it? The go-to podcast to learn everything about spying on other people online, while avoiding to be spied on

When? Every two weeks, plus the odd special

How long? Varies, but 45 minutes on average

Michael Bazzell – not his real name – says he worked for over a decade for the FBI’s cybercrime unit before pivoting to consulting, blogging, writing, and podcasting about being an online sleuth. In his fortnightly podcast he delivers a compact digest of tips and tools to dig up information about a person or organisation by weaponising everything from social media to credit score reports. The flip-side of that is, of course, what Bazzell calls ”extreme privacy”: making sure in every conceivable way that you are not exposing your information to internet voyeurs and cyber-criminals. Hence the episodes where Bazzell explains, in incredible detail, how everything around you is rigged to extract your personal information and turning it against you. That goes from data-guzzling loyalty card schemes, to borderline scenarios like hidden cameras in hotels – to the detection and neutralisation of which Bazzell devoted an hour-long episode. Bazzell’s style is conversational and relatable, and his tips are real gold if you are into online detective-work. But even for those who are not wont to investigate shady individuals via their TikTok profiles, the podcast offers a glimpse of the scope of potential cyber-threats we pass by every day without even realising, and of the quasi-paranoid lengths to which privacy-minded individuals are ready to go to keep out of harm’s way.

Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

What is it? Story of an NFL star who became a murderer

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Who doesn't love a good podcast or a captivating audiobook to while away the hours on a lazy day (or more likely, make the commute bearable)? With the recent increase in people making their own podcasts and more readers opting for new ways to get their literary fix aside from paperbacks, there's a huge amount of choice.

While that's of course a great thing, whether you're a fan of thrillers, comedy or historical tales, it can mean it's hard to choose what to download next.

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Here to help with that is Audible's list of its most downloaded podcasts of 2019, featuring a mix of genres and high profile authors. If you're looking for something new to get stuck into, these popular recordings could be a great place to start.

Audible's top 20 for 2019 are...


Putin: Prisoner Of Power

Journalist Misha Glenny inspects Russian president Vladimir Putin's rise to power in this in-depth series, featuring political experts.

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Evil Has A Name

The untold story of the 'Golden State Killer' investigation, which worked to apprehend a serial killer who committed serious crime for over a decade in the 1970s and 80s.

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Body Of Proof

Journalists and TV producers Darrell Brown and Sophie Ellis examine the extraordinary case of Suzanne Pilley, a woman who vanished whilst on her way to work in Edinburgh in 2010.

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More Bedtime Stories For Cynics

Parks & Recreation star Nick Offerman presents this collection of 15 short stories written in the style of a classic kid’s tale, but with a decidedly dark and adult twist.

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In The Habit: Introduction To Changing Our Behaviour

In this series, neuroscientist Ash Ranpura and comedian Alice Fraser deep dive into the science of behaviour change to help us all learn a little about making positive changes in our own lives.

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Bear Grylls' Survival Stories

World-renowned adventurer and broadcaster Bear Grylls presents some of the most incredible near-death experiences, told by those who lived to tell the tale.

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A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs

Dr. Ben Garrod, Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement at the University of East Anglia, provides a fascinating exploration into the lives of dinosaurs way back when, for those who never grew out of their dinosaur-obsessed phase.

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How To Outperform

Journalist Charlene White narrates this series by Lisa Mainwaring, which interviews staff from some of Britain’s oldest and most famous companies and institutions to find out what makes them successful.

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What Do I Do? Mental Health And Me

Having experienced her own mental health difficulties, Dame Kelly Holmes sets out to discover how other people cope. She joins each guest in a place that makes them feel good: taking a spin class with presenter Davina McCall, baking with comedian Catherine Bohart, and playing the bagpipes with journalist Alastair Campbell in his bathroom.

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The Last Days of August

Jon Ronson explores the suicide of August Ames, a woman who worked in the porn industry, asking what impact social media had on her life and ultimately her death.

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The Real Sherlock

Biographer and broadcaster Lucinda Hawksley gains unprecedented access to a treasure trove of author Arthur Conan Doyle’s never-before-seen personal letters and diaries, to get a better understanding of the man behind Sherlock Holmes.

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Mark Watson's Comedy Marathon

Watson leads this 13-episode strong series, featuring the likes of Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe and Derren Brown.

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My Lost Family

Growing up in a poor Yiddish speaking home in 1950s London, Lillian – then just a teenager – marries charming older man Raymond. One day he takes their children to the local park and then never returns. When they reappear 40 years later, the search for the truth begins. Danny Ben-Moshe builds on his award-winning documentary My Mother’s Lost Children

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The Kurupt FM Podkast

Featuring the stars of BBC comedy People Just Do Nothing, The Kurupt FM Podkast is centred on the discussion of the 'six most important subjects in the world'.

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Hysteria!

Crossing decades and continents, and from personal panics to societal scares, Alice Lowe explores the history of 'hysterical' behaviour.

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The Beautiful Brain

A podcast series hosted by Hana Walker-Brown about CTE, a brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head. Walker-Brown tackles a difficult subject with warmth.

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Hag

Exploring otherness, identity, faith, religion, gender and sexual trauma, Hag delves into forgotten folk tale sourced from across the UK by Professor Carolyne Larrington, a specialist in Old Norse and British fairy tales at St John’s College, Oxford. Drawn from illuminated manuscripts and other folkloric traditions, these stories have been revised and reimagined.

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The Sun King

David Dimbleby tells the story of how Rupert Murdoch turned The Sun from a serious broadsheet into the UK’s most widely read tabloid newspaper, before moving to the US to take on the New York Post.

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Slaving Away (series 2)

Audible describes slaving away as "a refreshingly funny and joyfully rude sitcom that proudly celebrates sex, nonconformity, and doing the wrong thing"; following the life of dominatrix Miranda.

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To The Woman

Scarlett Curtis hosts this series, in which women pen a letter to the women who've made the biggest impact on their lives.

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