As we all continue our enforced time at home, it becomes harder and harder to pass the time and keep ourselves occupied and alert. Many are catching up on reading and on boxsets as you would expect. But another hugely popular industry is that of podcasts. There is something for everyone out there. So I took a look at my favourite podcasts.
This is one of my favourites, and much needed in the current climate. It is hosted by Andy Zaltzman, who has been at the helm since its inception as a Times podcast. In those days it was co-hosted with John Oliver, until he found fame and fortune in America. Now it has different guests each week, usually free, and is a topical comedy podcast. It discusses current news with real wit and satire.
Stuff You Should Know, often abbreviated as SYSK, is an award-winning podcast and video series published by Stuff Media and hosted by Josh Clark and Charles W. “Chuck” Bryant, both writers at HowStuffWorks. It is a simple premise, that the two genial hosts make very listenable. Every podcast is on a different seemingly random topic, and that is it. Their success has seen them do tours and many live shows. They also do mini podcasts where they talk on a subject for 15 minutes or less.
Part of my and many others’ obsession with true crime, this is a great listen. Join comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard – McLean as they explore a shared passion, namely serial killers. Each episode they discuss a serial killer. Some of the meatier topics run over two or three episodes and much of the episode is them chatting before they get down to business.
As a football lover and football podder, I had to choose something from the sport, and probably best i do not choose mine! But this is my favourite of the genre that take a look at all areas of football, not just a single club. There is a twice-weekly premier league podcast, a show dedicated to lower leagues and
Almost a franchise such has been its success! A look at statistics in everyday life, its founders and hosts have released best-selling books, done huge tours and the podcast goes from strength to strength. A fascinating listen on a different topic each show.
As a film-lover, I find Mark Kermode a very reassuring listen. I do not always agree with his opinion, but I wouldn’t expect to. But I respect what he says. What’s more, the show is brilliant and professionally hosted by his sidekick Simon Mayo.
This is the team that are the researchers for the QI TV show, and now they are a huge success, with their own regular sold-out tours. The four contributors each show each come to the show with an obscure but interesting fact. They then discuss it with great humour, a great listen every single show.
This is the podcast hosted by renowned food critic Jay Rayner. And that’s all you need to know, as he discusses all things food! He writes better than anyone on food in my opinion, and is an interesting listen too. Common sense and not afraid to speak honestly too. A must-listen if you have interest in food, cooking and restaurants.
The 2nd BBC show on the list, this is another statistics show, that looks at stuff in the news and dissects the numbers behind the stories. A fascinating listen.