Recently blasted through Untold : The Daniel Morgan Murder podcast
Thanks for the recommendation. Its appeal is similar to that of Serial
, which I assume most people here will have listened to already (if not, highly recommended)
I'm a BBC whore: A Point Of View, Start The Week, Infinite Monkey Cage, Front Row, Arts & Ideas, Thinking Allowed, The Media Show, In Our Time, Inside Science, The Film Programme, Friday Night Comedy, Kermode & Mayo, From Our Own Correspondent, Short Cuts, The Inquiry, The Forum, Analysis, Seriously/The Documentary, The Reith Lectures
- but I'll make special mention of More Or Less
, which is the most valuable show the BBC produce.
When I'm not sucking on Auntie's tit, the 538 US politics podcast
was intended to cover the 2016 election then disappear, but it's become a rational guide to the spiraling lunacy of the incumbent. I'm almost certainly the only person on Earth who loves
the Bret Easton Ellis podcast
, but I'll pimp it anyway. That guest list looks uninspiring, but Easton's the star.
Each show opens with an impossibly long monologue that bombards the listener with ideas and allusions delivered at the same speed as that old lipsmackingthirstquenching ...
Pepsi ad. Then you realise Easton's made his poor guest sit there while he perorates, battering them into submission for the rest of the show. It's basically a diary charting BEE's failure to make it in Hollywood.Freakonomics
is NPR's sister show to More Or Less
, and TED Radio Hour/This American Life
are great if you're okay with them pushing a social agenda in a voice that's a cross between Bill Lumbergh and Kermit. Pick of US factual shows is Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History
, which explains why we're stupid and keep on doing stupid things even when we know they're stupid.
My favourites are the terrifying Toyota Brake Scandal
and the whimsical story of why big, butch basketball players would rather be rubbish than look like little girls