aggregated podcast picks, daily


Title: Tailenders
Type: Sport, Cricket
Recommended by us!
We say, "If you don't like cricket then you won't like Tailenders, however if leather on willow does float your boat, then the excitment begins with programmes like this. Greg James - who usually earns his living talking about pop music on BBC Radio 1 - turns to sport via BBC 5 Live, and chats to Jimmy Anderson and Felix White about the impending action. Also check out the Urnbelievable Ashes podcast from ABC with the delightful Andy Zaltzman for more comedy and cricket combinations."
Description: Greg James, Jimmy Anderson and Felix White look at the week’s talking points from the Ashes cricket tour Down Under.
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Title: Scene On Radio
Type: True Crime
Recommended by Erik from his Hurt Your Brain newsletter.
He says, "I haven't had the chance to do much listening the last few weeks, but there is one series I'm working my way through that I absolutely recommend. 'Seeing White' is a 14 part podcast documentary (I’m four episodes in) from Scene on Radio about the history of slavery and institutional racism in the U.S.. It’s incredibly well done and I guarantee it will teach you things you didn't learn in school."
Description: Scene on Radio asks, How’s it going out there? And leaves the studio to find out. It tells stories that explore human experience and American society. Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS).
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Title: Closer Than They Appear
Type: Politics
Recommended by Galen from the ever-fantastic Bello Collective.
They say, "In the first episode of Closer Than They Appear, a new show from Jetty Studios, which is a new media brand from Al Jazeera, host Carvel Wallace talks to Mahershala Ali. It’s a great conversation about history and race and present-day America and what to do now and next—and it’s also a really well-sound designed show, and, in the non-conversation parts, it’s a really well-written show. (Bonus content: I sometimes forget that teasers can function like super short episodes, but this teaser does. There’s a child! There’s a bear! And there’s a really great video for it, which you can watch on their site!)"
Description: How do you go forward when the past is breathing down your neck? Carvell Wallace talks to Americans grappling with the state of the union while trying to reconcile his own family's fractured history. If America is an estranged family, this show is our awkward holiday dinner.
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Title: Family Ghosts
Type: Real-life
Recommended by Melissa Locker, aka Wooly Knickers from the Pod People newsletter.
She says, "Spend the holidays with other people's less-annoying families on Family Ghosts, filled with stories of jewel-smuggling grannies, surprise siblings, and weird uncles with double lives."
Description: Every house is haunted. In each episode of “Family Ghosts,” we'll investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace...these specters cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. But we are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. By engaging with each others’ legends, perhaps we can see each others’ realities more clearly. Hosted by Moth Grand Slam winner Sam Dingman, whose stories have been featured on Risk!, TBTL, Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything, and The Moth Radio Hour.
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Title: Disability Visibility
Type: Culture, Politics
Recommended by Lauren from the Big Listen.
She says, "In 2015, Alice Wong became the first person to ever visit the White House or meet the president via robotic presence. Wong, a disability rights advocate, was invited there to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Today, Wong has added podcasting to her activism, hosting a new show called Disability Visibility. It’s part of the Disability Visibility Project, which she founded in partnership with StoryCorps to preserve the stories of the disability community."
Description: This is life from a disabled lens. Disability Visibility is a weekly podcast hosted by San Francisco night owl Alice Wong featuring conversations on politics, culture, and media with disabled people. If you're interested in disability rights, social justice, and intersectionality, this show is for you. It's time to hear more disabled voices in radio. Disability Visibility is a production of the Disability Visibility Project®, an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability media and culture.
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Title: We Live Here
Type: Class, Society
Recommended by Kelly Moffitt from the Flyover newsletter.
She says, "This week’s newsletter features one of my very favorite St. Louis podcasts, which I have long admired not just because the people who make it used to be my colleagues at St. Louis Public Radio, but because they show just what is possible with a narrative-style, reported podcast produced locally. This podcast explains St. Louis with such nuance, it is one of the inspirations behind why I started this newsletter: through it, I saw what was possible!"
Description: A St. Louis-based podcast that keeps it real about race and class ...for people somewhere on the woke spectrum.
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Title: Fighting Talk (BBC)
Type: Sport, Comedy
Recommended by Stabl reader, Tom Watson.
He says, "Fighting Talk is one of those perfect panel shows that only the BBC can do - and it combines two of my favourite things in comedy and sport. I look forward to this one every week."
Description: A hilarious look at the volatile world of sport where guests compete for points with their sporting punditry. Informed comments are rewarded but witless outbursts are penalised. Presented by Colin Murray.
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Title: Tracks (BBC)
Type: Drama
Recommended by podcast critic Pete Naughton. Find more info about him here.
He says, "Podcasts are increasingly shaping the way audio dramas are being produced...[this is a great example of that]. Tracks does the 'who done it' cliffhanger tease well."
Description: A multi-award-winning conspiracy thriller, written by Matthew Broughton.
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Title: Dissect - A Serialized Music Podcast
Type: Music
Recommended by John Harris from the Podcasters' Support Group on Facebook.
He says, "An 'oh god I wish I'd thought of that' idea where someone looks through classic albums dedicating each episode to a track on the record."
Description: Dissect is a serialized music podcast that breaks long form musical analysis into short, digestible episodes. Season 1 is dedicated entirely to To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar. Over nearly 20 episodes, we'll dissect this Grammy-award winning record measure-by-measure, word-by-word, until we reach a complete understanding of this modern masterpiece.
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Title: Issa Rae Presents… FRUIT
Type: Drama
Recommended by Ma'ayan Plaut from our friends at RadioPublic.
She says, "From Issa Rae, creator of Insecure on HBO, FRUIT tells the story of X as he figures out his sexuality in the alpha male world of professional football."
Description: A professional football player X, recounts his journey of self-discovery and sexual exploration both on and off the field, in this first-person narrative. FRUIT chronicles X's relationship with his friends, teammates and family as they impose their own perceptions of his role in an alpha-male dominated industry of professional sports. Amidst questioning for a larger league-related scandal, X must ultimately decide how he wants his story to be told, for himself, and for others like him.
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Title: In our Time (BBC)
Type: History
Recommended by the Podcasts We Listen To Facebook page.
When asked what podcast they would take onto a desert island, Matt says, "I would go with In Our Time from the BBC for their back catalogue and range of topics. It's like an audio encyclopedia."
We say, "Perfect for soaking up knowledge from world experts."
Description: Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas.
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Title: Versify
Type: Poetry
Recommended by Lauren from The Big Listen.
She says, "If you’ve ever had a poem written about you, it was likely penned by some puppy-eyed suitor extolling the virtues of your love. But it was probably not written by a stranger. On Versify, a stranger is exactly who’s writing the poetry. It’s a show that pairs a storyteller with a poet to create an original poem inspired by the storyteller’s tale. The show charts the creative process and the connection between poet and storyteller."
Description: Versify is part storytelling and part poetry. It begins by sending our team of poets out into neighborhoods and to community events, where we invite people to share a story from their life. The person they are sharing it to — the person listening — is one of our poets. This is where the magic comes in. The poet listens intently and then turns that life story into a poem, on the spot.
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Title: Heat Rocks (from Maximum Fun)
Type: Music
Recommended by Ben Cannon from the Constant Listener newsletter.
He says, "Rhodes and Wang bring so much each discussion, flexing their expertise with equal parts erudition and panache. One can’t help but fall for the way that the pair make approachable their immense music knowledge, ingratiating the listener into the discussion while delivering an academic level of analysis to a genre categorically treated with much less weight than it deserves."
Description: Scorching guests and sizzling records: join music writer Oliver Wang and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes each week as they invite their favorite artists, critics and scholars for in-depth conversations about the albums that shape our lives. Each week our special guests will take you deep into their heat rocks from the world of hip-hop, soul, dance, jazz, funk and more. Get with us!
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