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Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend newly released podcasts from the worlds of comedy and documentaries. Plus Miquita Oliver talks about Quiz Chat repeat, a new daily quiz podcast. Featured Podcasts: The Sink Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat Harry Hill's Noise Dear Joan and Jericha The Orgasm Cult Quiz Chat Repeat (with Miquita Oliver) VENT Documentaries Intrigue: Mayday The Mentor Bed Of Lies The Lock In with Jeremy Paxman The Rest is History
Chris Pearson and Amanda Litherland tuck into a buffet of food podcasts. For starters: a selection of food documentaries, including a chat with Simon Tulett, one of the producers on 'The Food Chain' from the BBC World service. And for main course: food conversations, from panel programmes to interviews. We hear from Suzy Chase, presenter of 'Cookery By The Book'. Then finishing off for dessert, a quick taster of some food comedy podcasts. Featured podcasts: Eat Drink Asia Podcast Gastropod The Food Programme The Slow Melt The Food Chain Home Cooking The Kitchen Cabinet Lecker Toasted Sister The Chickpeeps Hoovering Off Menu Lunchwatch with Johnny White Really-Really Table Manners with Jessie Ware Out To Lunch with Jay Rayner
Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend climate focused podcasts to inform and inspire. From tips on greener living to interviews with leading activists in the environmental movement, this week we highlight listening that encourages a brighter tomorrow. We speak to the team at 'Outrage and Optimism': Tom Rivett-Carnac, Paul Dickenson, and Christiana Figueres. Christiana is the former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and was the lead negotiator on the Paris climate agreement. Recommended podcasts this week: How To Save A Planet So Hot Right Now What Planet Are We On? Who Cares Wins, with Lily Cole Outrage And Optimism Ted Talks Daily Operation Earth Drilled How They Made Us Doubt Everything
Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts showcase supernatural scares - podcasts perfect for Halloween listening. Jeffrey Nils Gardner and Eleanor Hyde discuss their gothic horror series Unwell, set in an American boarding house with some unusual residents. And we speak to Cassandra Tse, creator of Apocalypse Songs, a supernatural thriller set in a New Zealand radio station. Plus Ella has a whole host of recommendations from around the world of audio fiction, perfect for whatever level of Halloween heebie-jeebies you're hunting. Recommended Podcasts: Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery The Magnus Archives Old Gods of Appalachia Mirrors podcast from Zoom Doom stories The White Vault Mabel Apocalypse Songs Children of the Stones
Amanda Litherland and Caroline Crampton delve into the world of soundscapes, audio art and found sound podcasts - recommending the most relaxing and intriguing series they can find. We speak to Eleanor McDowall, the producer behind 'Field Recordings', an international collection of ambient recording from locations around the world. And Michelle Macklem talks about the podcast 'Constellations', which offers sound artists a platform to experiment in. We hear an extract from Phoebe Wang's piece 'Isn't it lovely?'. Other podcast recommendations include: Cities and Memory Field Trips The Stubborn Light of Things Random Tape Walking Songbirding The Radio Birdsong podcast
Amanda Litherland is joined by Chrystal Genesis to present a goody bag full of podcast recommendations. First - great children's podcasts: Tai Asks Why (CBC) The Week Junior Eleanor Amplified (WHYY) Peace Out - Meditation for Kids Kyla Slaven, producer of ABC's Short and Curly joins to discuss the philosophy show for kids. And then we celebrate glorious video games and some of the best podcasts to stay up to date and entertained: Women Of Marvel (episode Women of Video Game Journalism Revisited) How Did This Get Played Sound of Gaming (BBC Radio 3) Triple Click (Maximum Fun) Girls On Games You can suggest your favourite podcast, or get in touch with the team by emailing podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk
Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend great podcasts and meet the people who make them. This week Dr Chatterjee talks "Feel Better. Live More.", a health podcast focussing on intimate, authentic conversations. Amanda and Scott recommend other great conversational listens. Then we're focusing on documentaries - and Chris Warburton discusses Ecstasy: The Battle of Rave, a documentary drama blend focussing on rave culture. Featured Podcasts This Week: Feel Better, Live More Great Scot David Tennant Does A Podcast With Mid Point With Gabby Logan Who Am I This Time? with David Morrissey Ecstasy: The Battle of Rave The Fault Line – Blair Bush and Iraq Coming In From The Cold Twenty Twenty The Secret Life of Teachers French and Saunders Titting About
Chris Pearson and Amanda Litherland tackle sports podcasts. This week, Stef Garrero, Elis James and Mike Bubbins discuss their lockdown sports podcast The Socially Distant Sports Bar podcast. Then Adrian Koenigsberg joins us from New York to discuss her podcast Quell Party which celebrates and showcases women and non-binary people in Skateboarding. Plus recommended listens from the world of Sports, including: Don't Tell Me The Score The Game Changers Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc. All-American: Tiger Woods Death Of A Sports Star 30 for 30 HORSE The Tennis Podcast‎
Amanda Litherland is joined by the podcaster and journalist Greg Cochrane to recommend podcasts to keep up to date with the US Election and understand some of the history that's made the country what it is today. Also Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis discuss making the BBC's Americast - how is reporting for the podcast different to radio or TV broadcasting? And are there fans of the podcast on both sides of the Atlantic? Podcasts mentioned this week: Slate's Political Gabfest FiveThirtyEight Politics KCRW's Left Right and Center Pod Save America Joe Rogan Experience Americast CBC's Party Lines (Party In The USA mini series) Women Belong In The House The Brown Girls Guide To Politics Presidential More Perfect 1619
Amanda Litherland and Becca Bryers explore niche podcasts from around the world. From pipe organs to portable toilets, there's a podcast out there about almost everything, and in this week's Podcast Radio Hour Amanda and Becca explore a wealth of listens. Myke Hurley from Relay FM joins to talk about "The Pen Addict", a stationery podcast with more than 400 epiodes. Then Helen Wilkinson and Caroline Somos from "Love to Sew" discuss their craft podcast, which covers a range of topics from linen to social justice sewing. Plus recommendations including: The Ships Log Get Flushed People Movers Unearthed: Mysteries from an unseen world QueenPod Desert Island Discworld Come Ogre Here Song By Song E20 Podcast The Thing About That: A Modern Woman's Guide to Getting Married Purrcast Lunchwatch with Johnny White Really Really Hot Pipes
Amanda Litherland speaks to two innovative audio makers. Ross Sutherland reveals some of the thinking behind his puzzling new fiction podcast 'The Golden House' - a mini series from Imaginary Advice stuffed full of codes and secrets. Later, the award winning documentary producer Cathy Fitzgerland discusses her latest project 'Witness' in association with Amnesty International - a podcast which skilfully tells sensitive stories from some of the world's darkest places. Cathy also speaks about how she came to work in audio, and shares her advice on creating great listening, such as Life On Lockdown for Radio 4. Then Podcast Radio Hour producer Chris Pearson joins Amanda to go through a few of your recommendations for innovative podcasts, including Giant, The Friendship File Podcast, and Totalus Rankium.
It's been 29 years since the character of Alan Partridge made his debut in the Radio 4 satirical radio show On The Hour. Since then Steve Coogan's inept Norfolk broadcaster has seen huge success with various TV shows and even a feature film, Alpha Papa. This week Alan makes a return to audio with a brand new podcast 'From The Oasthouse' - available to download from Audible. Steve Coogan chats to Amanda Litherland about the benefits of making comedy that's for ears only, and shares some of the secrets behind Alan Partridge's 30 year success. Later, Amanda is joined by the writer and critic Scott Bryan to recommend more of the latest new listens, including: Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat Futile Attempts At Surviving Tomorrow - (Kim Noble and Novel) My Year In Mensa (Jamie Loftus) The Bomb (BBC World Service) Media Tribe (Shaunagh Connaire) On Things We Left Behind (Acast) Book Off (Joe Haddow) The Two Shot Podcast (Craig Parkinson) Chasing Charlie (Freemantle Australia)
This week Amanda Litherland is joined by producer Chris Pearson to hear a variety of podcast recommendations sent in by listeners. We hear voice notes and emails recommending: Just The Zoo Of Us The Countryside Hour (BBC Radio Norfolk) The Ballad of Billy Balls The History of English Floating The Stoop Constellation Prize Small Doses Decoder Ring Theatre Plus, listener Blossom joins to talk about her wellness podcast Tea with HB.
Amanda Litherland is joined by Caroline Crampton (podcaster - Shedunnit, writer - HotPod newsletter) to recommend great podcasts and speak to creators. Firstly, a round up of some addictive new listening: Nice White Parents (New York Times, Serial) You're Wrong About The Comb (BBC World Service) Bad People (BBC Sounds) The culture podcast The Cut from New York Magazine has recently relaunched with a new host - Avery Trufelman. Avery joins to discuss what's in store for the new podcast, and what she's learned from her years as a producer and reporter at 99% Invisible. Caroline chooses some superb game show podcasts to keep you entertained: Triviality Make My Day with Josh Gondelman Punch Up The Jam Got It Smash Boom Best and comedians Fern Brady and Alison Spittle discuss their new game show for BBC Sounds - Wheel of Misfortune - where they turn tragedy into comedy.
Staying at home this summer? No problem! Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis suggest podcasts that let you visit museums, art galleries and the great outdoors all over the world - from the comfort of your headphones. And there's something to keep the little ones entertained too! CBeebies star Maddie Moate discusses her new podcast Maddie's Sound Explorers - and chats about the rise of family friendly podcasts. Recommended this week: The National Trust Podcast Women Who Travel - Conde Nast Traveler Black Women Travel Podcast The Armchair Explorer Maddie's Sound Explorers Art Matters Podcast - Art UK The Lonely Palette Simon Schama - The Great Gallery Tours - Radio 4 and BBC Sounds Bow Down: Women In Art - Frieze Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast
Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend great new podcasts and speak to creators. Firstly, some bingeworthy documentary and real life podcasts: The Town That Didn't Stare (Nick Hilton & Podot) Rabbit Hole (The New York Times) Real Dictators (Noiser) The Reality of Reality TV with Fleur East (Planet Radio) We hear from Shade podcast creator Lou Mensah about her series of discussions around creativity and anti-racism. And a selection of other notable new listens: The Joe Wicks Podcast (BBC Sounds) When Someone Great Is Gone (Izzy Lee-Poulton and Transmission Roundhouse) The Harrowing (Storyglass) Crossbread (ABC)
Take your seats for a showcase of movie podcasts. Suchandrika Chakrabarti joins Amanda Litherland to talk about the podcasts that have caught their attention this week, from bees to media giants. Plus Isabelle Roughol talks about her new project Borderline. Featuring: Oh Hello, the p'dcast Land of the Giants Living Beeing Obsessed With... I May Destroy You You Must Remember This Scriptnotes Black Men Can't Jump (in Hollywood) Unspooled The Next Picture Show
Greg Cochrane joins Amanda Litherland to offer a half time report into podcasting in 2020. Which episodes have particularly captured listener's attentions? What are the trends? How is podcasting adapting to new challenges as a business, and as an art form? Also, there's no getting away from talking about the effects the pandemic has had. Adam Fleming reflects on the challenges of reporting the last few months' news on The Coronavirus Newscast, and shares details on what's next for the podcast. Renay Richardson, CEO of Broccoli content discusses the Equality In Audio pact, an initiative to improve representation in the audio industry. And what can independent podcasts do to encourage a sense of community amongst listeners? What services exist to help them financially? We hear from Riley and Milo, two of the hosts of Trashfuture, about how the membership platform Patreon has helped their podcast thrive. Plus Amanda and Greg pick out a few of 2020's most engaging and impactful episodes Featuring: 1Xtra Talks Special - George Floyd and Black Lives Matter Wind of Change Happy Mum Happy Baby - The Duchess of Cambridge on the early years Reply All - The Case of the Missing Hit Grounded, with Louis Theroux - Miriam Margolyes
Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend great podcasts and speak to their creators. First, a selection of new series: Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia (The Ringer) Nut Jobs (Audible) The Stubborn Light of Things (Melissa Harrison) Changes with Annie Mac Her Spirit Podcasts And as we are in the middle of Pride month, some recommended LGBTQ+ listening from: Pride And Joy (BBC Sounds) Anthems - Pride (Broccoli Content) I'm Grand Mam Growing Up With Galdem Then we speak to podcaster and refugee Abdulwahab Tahan about his new series Integrate That, launched as part of UK Refugee Week. We hear how the podcast tells stories with refugee voices front and centre. And continuing our review of some of this year's nominations for the British Podcast Awards, we hear who is nominated in the Best Entertainment category: George Ezra & Friends Help I Sexted My Boss No Country For Young Women Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster Sam Walker's Desert Diaries Something Rhymes with Purple
Recorded outside in a London park (socially distanced!) Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis recommend some great podcasts and speak to creators. Firstly, following on from the Black Lives Matter protests happening across the world, a selection of podcasts to help you learn about the history of race and racism, and actions you can take now. Including Scene On Radio series 2 Seeing White, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge and NPR's Code Switch. Also suggestions of nature podcasts which discuss environmental activism and encourage positive change. Including Costing The Earth, Mothers of Invention, Black Nature Narrative, Outrage and Optimism, and So Hot Right Now. And what is a branded podcast? More and more companies are not just buying advertising, but commissioning entire podcast series to spread the word about their brand. We hear from Radio Wolfgang's Holly Aquilina and Elle Scott, the team behind last year's award winning 'Selfridges Hot Air' to find out why companies are investing in this medium, and what goes into creating a successful series. We also hear the 2020 British Podcast Award nominations for Best Branded podcast; #QueerAF, DeepMind: The Podcast, Meet Me At The Museum, On the Marie Curie Couch, The Penguin Podcast, and The Rough Guide to Everywhere. You can contact the show at podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk
How have podcasts changed under current circumstances? Amanda Litherland speaks to cast and crew from The Archers about their new format - we hear from Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy) and producer Jessica Bunch. Deborah Frances-White discusses how The Guilty Feminist has adapted and continued despite live audience recordings being impossible for the time being. And a variety of Podcast Radio Hour listeners reveal how the situation has affected their podcast production, both positively and negatively. We hear from Soho Bites, Centuries of Sound, Alternative Stories and Fake Realities, Creative Cuppa, In Writing with Hattie Crisell, Wooden Overcoats, and The Hardy Report.
Amanda Litherland and Caroline Crampton recommend super short podcasts. And Jacob Hawley chats about his latest series for BBC Sounds, 'Jacob Hawley's Job Centre'. Recommended this week Short series to learn something: The World According to Sound 50 Things That Changed The Modern Economy The Story Behind On This Day In Esoteric Political History Short fiction/story series: Listen, Rinse, Repeat Chompers The Roommate From Hell Havisham Kills Time Sam Walker's Desert Island Diaries Short thoughtful podcasts: 10 Things That Scare Me Now For Tomorrow The Rob Auton Daily Podcast The Slowdown New Podcasts: Jacob Hawley's Job Centre The Missionary Swipe Left Swipe Left You can contact the show by emailing podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk
Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend a selection of podcasts, including great new releases, podcasts for new parents and podcasts celebrating Eurovision. Recommended this week: James Acaster's Perfect Sounds (BBC Sounds) Dom Joly's Earworm (Audible) Prison Bag (Falling Tree) Son of a Hitman (Spotify) True Spies (Cup & Nuzzle) Over The Road (Radiotopia) Parenting Podcasts: Crib Notes Nappy Days Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Lockdown Parenting Hell Eurovision/European Podcasts: Vision Again Second Cherry The Nordic Podcast Britalian
Amanda Litherland revisits the Podcast Radio Hour archive to see what budding podcasters can learn from some of her most inspirational guests: Ira Glass talks about the beginnings of This American Life. Dame Kelly Holmes discusses the challenge of moving from interviewee to interviewer. Clare Balding highlights the importance of getting a great idea on its feet. Jay Rayner talks about the joy of conversation over a good meal. George The Poet reveals how he combined disciplines to create the award winning Have You Heard George's Podcast. Jessie Ware and her mum Lennie talk about the much loved Table Manners. David Dimbleby shows how it's never too late to start your own series And Stephen Fry expresses his love for podcasts as a unique medium to feed our curiosity.
Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan suggest podcasts for lockdown learning - our selection of fact filled suggestions cam help with home schooling, or swotting up for a virtual quiz! Deborah James from the BBC Bitesize podcasts tells us about all the brilliant teaching resources available on tv, radio and online. Recommended listens: Home School History with Greg Jenner Frank Skinner's Poetry Podcast The Allusionist Something Rhymes With Purple Radiolab for Kids 99% Invisible David Walliams' Marvellous Musical Podcast The Listening Service Song Exploder Everything Under The Sun Radio Nonsense Sarah and Duck (CBeebies) Also, we suggest some great new series which have launched during the last few weeks, recorded remotely: Grounded with Louis Theroux Locked Together from Audible Out For Lunch/ In For Lunch With Jay Rayner Culture Call from the Financial Times And a couple of TV companion podcasts Final Answer Obsessed with Normal People
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Jan 12th, 2018
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Nov 13th, 2020
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