I don’t know about you, but I have basically an unlimited appetite for podcasts, but no podcast series is pure gold. I have chosen for you my best individual episodes from the last year or so in the hope that you will share yours with me.
Stories of our Times: Bring me home pts 1 – 4
Absolutely fascinating two-part examination of the moral, political and legal conundrum surrounding Shamima Begum, who left the UK aged 15 for Syria to become a “jihadi bride” and is now incarcerated indefinitely in the al-Roj camp. There is in-depth contribution by the Times journalist who found Shamima, Anthony Lloyd; the fall-out for him from the story is as interesting as the discussion of what to do with her – and other British nationals in al-Jol and al-Hawl – now.
The Reggie Yates podcast: With Jason Fox
You don’t need to be a Jason Fox fan to like this episode of The Reggie Yates podcast, which is like being a fly on the wall at a cute boys’ pyjama party. The story about the time they all go paintballing made me laugh until I cried.
Bit of a Stretch: The Daily Grind
This podcast is a spin-off of the brilliant book of the same name by Chris Atkins, who served out 2.5 years for fraud, mostly in Wandsworth prison. This episode looks at the day-to-day life of your average HMP inmate – the episode about the lives of prison officers is very good, too.
This podcast series is a little strange but the basic premise is broadly that it seeks to right old wrongs. In this episode Gregor tells the story of how he lent the musician Moby some CDs that he sampled in the album Play and how he tries to get them back. With an appearance by Moby.
Without Fail: the Nina Jacobson or Sophia Amoruso episode
This American Life alumnus Alex Blumberg talks to all sorts of people about their successes and failures – mostly about their failures. Nina Jacobson is a successful Hollywood screenwriter with lots of great stories of all her flops; Sophia Amoruso started the clothing brand Nasty Gal and basically then had a nervous breakdown. Totally compelling.
This American Life: The House on Loon Lake
I mean, there are a billion amazing episodes of This American Life but the one that always sticks in my mind is about a boy who keeps re-visiting a creepy old abandoned house in a place called Loon Lake. He ends up tracking down who lived there and finding out what happened to make them leave.
Reply All: Adam Pisces and the $2 Coke
Reply All examines strange things that happen on the internet – the great Momo scandal episode, which includes an exposé of Blippi is also really great. Adam Pisces and the $2 Coke takes a look at the mystery of hundreds of pizza chains receiving repeated orders for a $2 can of Coke from a customer called Adam Pisces, who never collects his drink.
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