Any subject - it does not matter - sport, science, health, music, whatever floats your boat. Share the Love.
Three that I really enjoy.
Scienceish - The presenters take a fictional work - usually a film - and dissect the science within it - could the Matrix be real - Are driverless cars like Knight Rider a possibility and so on - four seasons so far.
Joe Rogan - The world’s biggest Podcast - some really interesting guests and subjects - some you will agree with, some you won’t
Revisionist History - Malcolm Gladwell delves into the truth of historical events and intelligently explores them usually from a different perspective.
My wife and I listen to Shagged Married Annoyed, a comedy podcast with Chris and Rosie Ramsay - I love it because it reminds me of home listening to them, whilst my wife gets a free lesson on the Geordie accent, which should help her understand my mates. My wife and I also listened to My Dad Wrote a Porno - really funny.
Footywise, I listen to;
The Anfield Wrap
Guardian Football Weekly
Totally Football Show
I do like the Joe Rogan Experience, but at over 3hrs an episode, I struggle to devote the time.
I have just started listening to this podcast this week - yep it is really good and has a diverse range of subjects. There seems to be a genuine attempt to do the research and understand exactly what went on.
You’ll probably like Leon Neyfakh’s podcasts. He was the original producers of Slate’s Slowburn, and after 2 really successful series left to do his own called Fiasco. His focus is on going back to reexamine the big political stories of his childhood (I’d guess he’s in his late 30s, early 40s).
At Slowburn he produced seasons on Watergate and the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal (they’ve since done one on the rise of David Duke, The war in Iraq, and bizarrely the death of Buggy and Tupac, but it’s not as good without him running it). He then left to start Fiasco where he’s done the 2000 election, Iran Contra, and Bengahzi.
It’s much more sober than the comedic angle of You’re Wrong About, but what he is fantastic at is pulling on multiple different threads, often non-chronologically, and retaining coherence of the narrative. His latest one on Benghazi was fascinating as despite being clearly liberal he offered a far clearer justification for the initial investigations and subsequent Special Committee into the embassy attack than I ever heard from the GOP.
My impression of him is that he’s a very empathetic man and is superb at humanising people and cultures/subcultures. He has a certain charm and wit that seemingly makes the majority of his interviewees very comfortable around him, to the point that most of his “interviews” feel like they’d be better described as just normal conversations. He’s often a great bridge between the audience and the subject because he doesn’t simply set out to demonise, but rather has a genuine desire to show both the humanity and complexities of the people he’s spending the time with.
My new football club - Joe Wilkinson and David earl. Starts of awkward but becomes hilarious. Basically David earl has shifted to Devon and decided to start supporting Exeter City so he talks about his experiences going to matches and all.
In 2014 an anonymous letter was sent to Birmingham city council outlining an Islamic plot to take over schools in Birmingham to indoctrinate the students. The Council unanimously agreed it was a hoax, but the consequences of how it was responded to was devastating to the identified schools and their students. This is an 8-part story of an investigation into the case to try to understand who wrote it and why it generated the response it did from both the local council and the Conservative government.
Two interviews with Timothy Snyder, one with Ezra Klien and one with Chris Hayes
Snyder’s book, On Tyranny, became a popular way of understanding the threat Trump posed during his presidency. He was often rolled out to talk to people to relate elements of his book to whatever awful Trump related thing was in the news at that time.
However, I’ve just come to find that his academic background is the history of Russia and Ukraine. As a result of this he is being wheeled out again in a lot of places to discuss his perspective on what is happening there now and why, and I think those two episodes were particularly good.