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I've recently found myself in the Downloads & Podcasts section of the BBC Radio/iPlayer site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts)
On this site, you can search by name, A-Z, genre, last updated or radio station; and there's a small selection of featured podcasts that someone at the BBC reckons you will like. I've only ever (so far) found one thing worth listening to from the featured selection, so you're probably better off having a nose around for yourself.
I actually originally found this site when I wanted to download Pigion, the BBC Cymru podcast for Welsh learners, but have since brought down the odd drama and some nerdy programming from Radio 4. Yes, I am that rarest of things, a woman of moderate earnings in my 20s who listens to Radio 4. I think I bust their listening/downloading statistics every time I go near their programming. Their usual audience, as we all know, is made up of people named Tarquin who wear polo shirts, or nice old chaps who go by Roger and put the Archers on while they potter around in the garden (the Archers is also downloadable from here - in case Roger missed the broadcast.)
I recommend that people who can't get Radio Wales where they live download the podcast of the Rhod Gilbert show - this is a show that we really don't have the right to keep to ourselves when so many other people could be infected with Rhod's light-hearted gamble through the papers, and other randomness. The average broadcast will come from Rhod's kitchen and be interrupted by the barking of his dog, Rosie, and occasionally the washing machine or the postman. Really.
The files from the podcast website are in mp3 format, and can be listened to on your computer or copied to a device. This (happily) includes non-Apple devices if like me you are aware that one day iPods will enslave humanity (I'm kidding...maybe.) There's bound to be something here to appeal to everyone, so give it a go.
I have been a fan of podcasts for about 2 years now since getting an ipod. For the unintiated, the podcast is an audio or visual snippet or show which you can download and view/listen to on your MP3 device/PC/ipod whenever you like. They are largely free.
Many podcasts are available from a variety of places but I solely download from iTunes which is a sort-of hub and tend to be the main place that people download/upload to. It is easily searchable and also lists the most downloaded podcasts in a chart as well as presenting listeners reviews and recommendations.
I do not tend to bother to download visual podcasts so will list my favourite audio ones instead.
*Please note that the BBC podcasts are generally only available for download for a week from release, whereas the others are available to download in a collection or individually for a long time afterwards unless otherwise stated.
The audio ones tend to be split into two different categories -
1) Radio podcasts - excerpts/ best bits of an already broadcast radio show but obviously without news/adverts/music
2) 'Off the cuff' podcasts (for want of a better description) - not previously broadcast and largely done off the back of the presenters.
1) Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo's Film Reviews
Originally broadcast on FiveLive on Friday afternoons - within about 2 days this is put onto Itunes and the BBC website. By taking out the news, travel and other interruptions this podcast generally runs at a generous 1 hr 20. The original show was so popular that even following Mayo's recent move to Radio 2 he has had to return to Five to record this.
The first half of the show is generally taken up with interviews with directors/actors of new releases - with the onus being on British filmmakers or not run of the mill guests, but not always. For example, Kermode and Mayo had a recent interview with Russell Crowe in which there was a case of mistaken identity and Crowe ended up almost flaying Kermode for a perceived misrepresentation about a film he did 15 years ago!
The second half of the cast revolves around Kermode giving 'pithy' reviews of the TopTen films in the Uk (which end up being anything but pithy!) before launching into the reviews good and proper! Kermode is obviously incredibly intelligent, knowledgeable and passionate about his subject - he has a doctorate in film after all - however he manages to present reviews, even of arthouse films, in such a way that is unpretentious, fair and downright fun. He is not afraid of putting on silly voices to get his point across - witness his Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man 'squeaky voice impression' and to make fun of himself as well as argue with comments made by contributing listeners.
Mayo's role is as his foil and the two have a really great 'rib jabbing' chemistry. What other podcast has almost developed its own glossary - eg 'wittertainment,' 'Ikea Knightley,' 'Orloondo Bland' and not to forget 'Kermodian rant'.
The final one refers to Kermode's infamous explosions when he comes across a film that he reall, really does nt like and completely 'goes off on one' for the want of a better expression. Many of these are available on You Tube - I reference you particularly to his reviews of the last Pirates of the Carribean film, Transformers and the SATC movies - and then tune in the following week to hear his dismay when that particular film ends up inevitably at the top of the Uk film charts.
He is definitely not want to go with the grain, if he does not like a critically acclaimed film he will say so, and vice versa, if he really enjoys a film which is not generally considered to be particularly good - he will admit this as well.
All in all, I highly recommend this for pure 'wittertainment' whether you are a film buff or just a casual movie fan.
2) Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio
This is an extract from the show which goes out on the aforementioned radio station on Saturday mornings and typically runs for 40-50 minutes. There is also a podcast released on a Wednesday of unbroadcast material entitled - 'Not The Weekend podcast' which runs for about 20 minutes.
Frank Skinner is joined by stand-up comedian Gareth Richards and In Style deputy editor and 'friend to the stars' Emily Dean. There is not really much to say except that there is a lot of banter between the three of them - Frank and Emily particular, Gareth takes the role of the fall guy largely. There is usually a guest interview ¾ of the way through the show, typically made up of comedians but have also included guests as diverse as Toyah Wilcox and Neil Hannon from the Divine Comedy.
I had never really been a fan of Frank Skinner prior to this, so this really has been a pleasant surprise, long may it continue.
3)The Dave Gorman Podcast
Dave Gorman's radio show, also on Absolute radio, runs on a Sunday morning. The podcast itself is typically about 50 minutes long.
The show/podcast involve Dave interacting with his 'sidekicks' stand-up comics and musicians - Martin White and Danielle Ward. During the course of the show they will share stories and encourage interaction with their listeners. Regulars also include Dave's poetry corner - where he reads the comments pages of websites in response to a particular event of the week in a poetry style over a piece of classical music - sounds odd - is utterly hilarious, as anyone who has read the comments pages of the Daily Mail website will attest to.
Also Danielle contributes "Ward's Weekly Word' - also fantastic , where she reviews entertainment releases in a peppy, upbeat but ultimately scathing style. At the end of the show Martin recaps the show by rapidly performing the events of it through singing and accompanied by his accordion.
It is a really great, fun show populated by people, largely being really nice to each other and extremely funny, which is quite refreshing - *Chris Moyles, take note*
4 Answer Me This!
Usually released once a week. Helen Zaltman, Olly Mann and Martin The Sound Guy answer listeners questions which range from the sublime to the ridiculous which are interspersed with a variety of entertaining jingles.
The whole thing is very, very funny, witty and professional sounding and who knows you might actually learn something!
5 The Collings and Herrin Podcast
Originally started in 2008 during a lull in their careers, comedian Richard Herring and broadcaster/writer Andrew Collins (the floating 'g' in the title is deliberate)release a weekly podcast which is recorded in Herring's attic. The shows have grown in length and now run at just over an hour.
Taking the broad scope of talking about the week's events, in fact it is pretty bawdy - thanks to Herring and definitely not for the easily offended. Although funny, it does go too far sometimes in chasing after offence, adn recently it has been just a mush a place for theim to advertise their upcoming products, tours, TV programmes, books - as anything else so has lost its way over time.
They also tend to do a number of podcasts throughout the year in front of a live audience, particularly at the Edinburgh Festival.
Also worth a mention - The Perfect Ten with Phill and Phil, Daily Bacon, The Ricky Gervais podcast, Women's Hour, Marsha Meets on Xfm, Adam and Joe on Xfm, Robin Ince's Show and Tell/Utter Shambles.
I'm pretty new to this podcast lark and I've a very limited selection of regulars. Every time I try to search online I end up with some kid banging on about Man United for 20 minutes or some other waste of time.
I notice a lot of people use ITunes for their podness but my hatred of Apple meant I had to find an alternative that ended up being a thing called Juice that grabs the newest pods for me with little fuss.
Anyway, here goes.
Not the most entertaining but for an American based Football show it's not too bad. A heavy Premier league bias but enough coverage of other leagues to keep it interesting. The presenters are all British and theres a bit of gentle Mickey taking between the fans of London clubs. Don't expect anything too in depth, kills half an hour though.
ESPN Around The Horn
This is a TV show that's just transferred to radio/pod/ whatever the technical term is. I was a fan of the TV show when I had the NASN channel on Sky a few years back and it's unchanged. It's a very loose competition between four American Journalists discussing the "big" sports stories of the day so expect a lot of Basketball and Baseball at the moment. Plenty of humour on offer and I don't mean when they try to offer expert opinion on Football. The other day one suggested the USA could win the World Cup, oh how I laughed.
ESPN Pardon The Interruption.
Similar to ATH, two American Journalist/Broadcasters picking over the latest stories. Part of the reason I enjoy this is the fast pace and brutal honesty we don't really get over here, if a star player acts a muppet they call him a muppet and not just ignore it like on Sky. Only thing that annoys me is the way football is treated with total distain, maybe if the Yanks win the World Cup that will change..... Maybe not.
ESPN Heavy Hitting
Not sure why this is still on my must grab list. Joe Tessitore drones on for about 10 minutes about the latest irrelevant fight. Sometimes a guest pops up like the super punchy Teddy Atlas. Think I'll sack this one off
Radio 5 World Football Phone in.
Bit of a pain this one, on one hand you get superb experts like Tim Vickery on South American football (turns out Robinho is pronounced Hobinho, although we have more names than that for him at City) and on the other hand you get possibly the most annoying presenter known to man or beast in the shape of Dotun Adebayo who thinks nothing of bursting into song at any moment. Another slight downer is that with the podcast being a cut down version of the live show we only get a selection of the callers, if they were all the callers asking about the latest wonder kid from Peru etc fair enough but we end up with a few babbling idiots asking about Dotun meeting the queen. Still worth sticking with if you want to expand you knowledge and show off down the pub by telling your mates that some lad from Belarus will be better than Messi one day.
Guardian Football Weekly
What podcasts were invented for. My God James Richardson presents a far too short chat with quality regular contributors such as sarcastic and cynical Barry Glendenning and full on grumpy German Raphael Honigstein. More Premier bias here which is to be expected but excellent coverage of Spanish and Italian stories you're not likely to find in any other UK media. Top humour and info make this my winner.
Hmmm odd one here, I did my best to resist this because of my dislike of that smug gimp Gervais. After being worn down I gave it a go and lo and behold it's full of Gervais being gimpy and smug, aided by Merchant acting like the little kid hiding behind the bully in school that occasionally pokes out and shakes his fist. The star is former producer Karl Pilkington, either the finest comedy character since Father Dougal or someone dropped repeatedly as a baby. Found out he's a Man United fan so that should be the answer.
If they removed Gervais and just let Karl do his thing this would be genius, sadly Gervais chips in with pretentious comments and a laugh that makes me want to punch him in his fat face.
Still undecided if Karl is a scripted character or not so if anyone knows please pop a comment up.
I've recently started getting into my Podcasts, I used to listen to them regularly when Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington did their regular shows, more recently, i've not bothered as i'm quite happy to avoid listening to Chris Moyles in the mornings without trying to avoid his podcasts too.
I've come back into the fold and found some fantastic resources which are really interesting and make the journey to and from work so much easier and much more fun. My favourites in no particular order are:
8 out of 10 Cats: This is an audio podcast of the Channel 4 comedy show, generally the podcasts are 15 minutes long and follow the format of the TV show with Jimmy Carr asking questions and teams captained by Sean Lock and Jason Manford captaining teams, making comedic answers to questions about the most popular subjects of the week. The show is good with some great one liners but it feels a tad short at 15 minutes, although on the plus side it does cut all of the dead jokes out of it.
Learn Spanish with the Independent - An excellent resource with tri-weekly lessons of 15 minutes, this builds up and after 10 episodes moves from Beginner to Beginner Plus and gradually builds from there. Its a good resource and I find the learning style suits me and due to the frequency of the podcasts you keep learning new things.
Guardian Football Podcast: This is probably my current favourite a 25 minute show presented by James Richardson of Football Italia fame, he anchors the show as he and journalist guests chew the fat over the football issues of the week, the show is honest, funny and well thought out. I like Richardson a lot and find his laconic style and knowledge of world football appealing and it makes me laugh out loud on the train sometimes!
Food - Radio 4 - Only one episode so far but it has been quite interesting, learning about how to make puddings and some good general tips, I look forward to future podcasts to find out more and actually stop burning water!!!
I would be very interested to read a decent argument against the concept of podcasts. Free entertainment and free education readily accessible to anyone who has a computer and internet access has got to be a good thing. I grew up on a travelling circus, so we were often on the move and my wonderful mother could not always read to me, so audio books became a substitute. As a writer, I take on reading like a type of training. Unfortunately my hectic, time-consuming and demanding schedule can make getting the volume I need to get in very difficult at times. However, taking Stephen King's advice I use the audio book, which I can listen to on my lengthy car journeys and when my eyes are too tired at night to make up the extra hours. The podcast can be a recording of a radio programme or an audio book or can be uniquely created for the purposes of being downloaded. Some are even visual as well as audio, but this doesn't suit me. If I can watch it I might as well read it. You simply get a free account with iTunes or another "proprietary digital media player application" and search and download your chosen podcasts from there.
I have varied interests and I subscribe to numerous podcasts, too many to justify listing in this review. Below is a list of my absolute favourites, but there are many other very good ones. I admit to having a bias for a lot of BBC work, but this is only because Radio 4 provides such well produced programmes.
Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
You don't get nor do you need a better produced programme than this. Dan Carlin and his team take a lot of time and care with these podcasts that focus on a wide range of historical subjects, sometimes forming a series. The research is great and it is good solid history not sensationalism, in fact, Carlin even addressed pseudohistory in an early episode. However, the real appeal is Carlin's own reflections and idiosyncrasy, something I liked in the great crime historian, Martin Fido. Carlin speaks with a theatrical intensity, which marks him out as a storyteller and there are understated sound effects in the background that adds to the experience. At present there are three different formats. The main ones are lengthy pieces on particular subjects in history such as the Punic Wars or the Battle of the Eastern Front. Then there are the Blitz editions, shorter more general pieces, which Carlin created in response to listeners moaning about there being too long a wait between podcasts. And then from time to time Carlin interviews his favourite historians. This is a great podcast that is always worth the wait and is understandably one of the most popular of its kind in the world.
In Our Time
This is Melvyn Bragg's academic weekly series on history. The series accepts at least a peripheral understanding of the subject matter, as Bragg interviews a board of very erudite academics. It's still a great listen and brings up fascinating details, as well as debates on certain areas of history. Bragg is a highly experienced chair on such discussions and does a great job of keeping everything together as passionate academics are often wont to tangent off on their favourite area of study. Like all Radio 4 podcasts the programme has superb sound quality and does not contain any musical accompaniment.
BBC History Magazine
This is BBC History Magazine's twice weekly podcast and a great promotional tool for the UK's most popular history magazine. However, it is far more than a marketing gimmick or at least it has evolved from that status. Now it clearly has a life of its own and the style takes its lead from TV programmes. Reporters visit various locations and interview all writers to each issue. I can't tell you how many great books I have bought because of this great podcast. This podcast uses Mozart as its signature tune.
The History of Rome
Mike Duncan is sometimes considered to be up there with Dan Carlin as far as quality history broadcasting is concerned. His podcast is also a very professional and fascinating programme. From the earliest records of the Roman Empire, Duncan takes us throughout its fascinating history. He does bring up various theories on certain eras and, like Carlin, he follows empirical evidence in his account of historical events, however, I would like to see a bit more scepticism from him. For example, there is some compelling and not to mention commonsensical arguments in the mainstream concerning whether the emperor Caligula really was a complete raving lunatic. Tony Robinson brought this interesting idea up in his series on the Romans. Having said this, Duncan is much fairer with Domitian an emperor loathed by the senate who tried to paint him in the same light as Caligula and Nero, but actually probably did a reasonable job. This podcast is generally weekly and has its own short gentle signature tune.
Since its start this podcast seems to be preoccupied with the War of the Spanish Succession, which it has serialized now for over a year. However, there are other areas also covered in every episode that seem to promise other subjects being possibly on the agenda. Every episode has a bit of trivia on the history and origin of a word used in the English language. Also, every episode contains a very balanced review of another history podcast, which has been very helpful. Each episode contains a different introduction tune, which is always a piece of classical music.
Librivox gives you the opportunity to download a huge and fast-growing library of classic titles. Anything that has fallen into the public domain is fair game to this impressive group. This means you have free access to a vast range of titles in the English language. You can either download the full unabridged book in its entirety in one go or get an episode every time you go onto iTunes like any other podcast. I have downloaded works by Mark Twain, Ayn Rand, Rudyard Kipling, Mary Shelley, George Orwell,
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Gibbon, Hans Christian Anderson, Oscar Wilde, Aesop, Bram Stoker and many others. There is, of course, a drawback. Librivox is supported solely by volunteers, amateurs who read and record chapters of the books. This means that every single chapter begins with a short introduction advertising Librivox and the person reading the piece. The sound quality is generally quite good, but the reader's abilities to read out loud vary tremendously. Some do a fine a job, but there are others who are not so clear or have difficulty putting much energy or personality into the task. Also, some books seem to have been read by a voice synthesizer for some very strange reason and are best avoided. As you can expect production values are pretty basic, but this hasn't stopped me from enjoying listening to some of the greatest books and stories ever written.
This is a superbly produced weekly horror podcast. After an informative introduction, detailing background information on this week's author, the reader for the week reads a professional short story from the horror genre. The stories are always adult in content and it is a real treat to get access to so many different works not in the public domain. Each episode is then finished with an entertaining sign-off, discussing the subject of the story or other related works. Occasionally, but rarely there is a review Pseudopod has its own creepy industrial sounding signature tune, which is pretty cool.
World Book Club
I am not quite sure how regular this podcast is as it seems to download as and when. However, it is a very professional programme focusing on one author each episode. The author is invited to read excerpts from his or her most famous or latest book and then to answer questions from the studio audience or from emails and telephone calls from around the world. It is a great premise and a huge variety of authors have been on the show, covering a very broad range of genres from Michael Bond (creator of Paddington) to Umberto Eco (The Name of the Rose) to Lionel Shriver. If you love literature then this programme is a must for you.
Brian Dunning's no frills but extremely informative programme on single sceptical issues. This is a very consistent weekly science podcast, focusing on debunking myths, urban legends, conspiracy theories, pseudoscience and other weird phenomena. Dunning sees himself as the Al Gore of sceptics, but I think he does himself a disservice. He has a very frank and direct approach to public speaking, not without warmth and certainly not without humour. He is also clearly very interested in education and dedicates special episodes to answering questions posted specifically by students. He also has his own live educational show, designed to promote science and his website is extremely interactive with a forum and places to post up comments on individual shows. No stranger to controversy Dunning dedicates regular shows to addressing his critics too. Another divergent type of episode is also one where he addresses any mistakes he may have made, promoting the importance of critical thinking. However, the main shows are all about single extraordinary topics where scepticism can be applied. I subscribe to all the main sceptic programmes, but Skeptoid is nearly always the one I listen to first. This is mainly due to its short and sharp approach, giving the facts in an entertaining way and generally focusing on a single issue.
Little Atoms is a British sceptical podcast. It takes its lead from the Enlightenment, focusing on science and rationalism. The format is solely interviews and is comparable to the American "broadsheet" type podcast, Point of Inquiry, which is also worth listening to. What I like mainly about Little Atoms is the focus on ideas. It is not scared to move away from the negative side of scepticism and look at the exciting ideas that are coming out of the ever progressing world of science. Furthermore, it expands its field in history, my main area of interest, and social studies. Conspiracy theories also get a regular debunking too. Interviewees have included Alan Moore (graphic novel author of "From Hell", "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen", "Watchmen" and so on) and Michael Shermer ("Why People Believe Weird Things").
The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe (SGU)
This is the New England Skeptic Society's rather lengthy yet regular podcast containing a panel of scientific sceptics. The show includes guest interviewees and focuses mainly on current topics in the media. On a scale of seriousness in the sceptical world I would put Point of Inquiry at the top (it's a bit like "The Times" of sceptical podcasts) and The Good Atheist at the bottom (this is a much more fun orientated sceptical podcast), and the SGU comes somewhere in the middle. It has the right balance of humour and serious science. It also takes account of the length of its programmes and has addressed this by producing a great companion podcast called the SGU 5 x 5. This is a five minute podcast with a panel of five sceptics addressing a single subject such as homeopathy or logical fallacies.
I couldn't write a review on my favourite podcasts without mentioning podcasts on my very dear friends Geoff Thompson and Iain Abernethy.
Richard Barnes interview Geoff Thompson every week on his weekly article. Geoff made his name through promoting realistic self defence concepts and was quite a controversial and inspirational figure in the martial arts. He certainly inspired me to change my training methods. However, after writing many books on this topic Geoff moved more into motivational work, screenplay and stage play writing. His movie "Clubbed" came out in 2009 and his short film "Brown Paper Bag" won a BAFTA. His articles nowadays are generally self-reflective philosophical works, what he calls "journey notes", and provide the general focus of his discussions with Richard Barnes. However, since the podcasts inception a lot more has been added to the show. Emails and letters are answered and discussed all with a lot of anarchic humour. Richard Barnes, a former radio DJ, adds in a lot of regular running gags, making the whole show a peculiar yet entertaining hybrid.
Iain Abernethy is at the forefront of the UK's pragmatic traditional martial arts revolution. A keen and thorough knowledge of history along with a determined practical attitude have helped Iain become one of Europe's most sought after martial arts coaches. Iain's podcasts also focus on articles he has written for his blog and as time has gone on have become more controversial. His podcast is always well plotted out with a strong and thorough argument made.
This is a bit of a shameless promotion of Ricky Gervais's audio books. I say audio books, when really they are "discussion" Ricky and his fellow writer, Stephen Merchant, have with Karl Pilkinton. I say discussions they are more like bullying sessions. I have been a fan of Ricky Gervais's work since The Office and I nearly always find him entertaining. So, yes, these are generally just promotional excerpts and Ricky telling us, with intended post-irony, how free the podcast is wears a little thin after a while, but they are still very funny.
BBC Friday Night Comedy
This is the Friday series of comedy programmes on Radio 4. Sometimes it is the "News Quiz" with Sandi Toksvig and sometimes it is the "Now Show" with Punt and Dennis. Both are satirical and both contain some great comedians. So, if you like "Mock the Week" and "Have I Got News for You" then you will probably enjoy this weekly podcast.
Sociology professor Laurie Taylor presents this weekly Radio programme. There are often two topics per show although special shows have completely focused on a single topic over multiple episodes. Taylor has a wonderful gentle style, often introducing a topic with reflections from his own life. Subjects almost always centre on a new academic book or a new social science paper, where Taylor interviews the book or paper's writer. Letters and emails are also read out to regarding an issue covered in the previous episode, usually providing additional information or corrections. Subjects go across the whole spectrum of sociology, stretching into criminology (a personal interest of mine) and sometimes even neurology.
Start of the Week
Andrew Marr's Monday morning programme for Radio 4, where he leads an overlapping series of interviews-cum-discussions on a newly released book, film or TV series. Marr attempts a tenuous theme, interviewing each author/creator in turn, but allowing questions and comments from the other interviewees. It makes for an interesting listening experience, as interesting links are found between otherwise quite different pieces of work or media.
Stephen Fry's Podgrams
I don't whether Stephen Fry is choosing to continue with his podcasts, but it is a shame if he has finished. Still available for subscription or downloads, Stephen decided on an interesting format. One episode would be a carefully considered and plotted out topic of his choice and the next one would be a more off-cuff style ramble. It worked for a while with the hugely intelligent and interesting celebrity providing a lot of fascinating information before launching into a truly hilarious tirade against some pet hate or another. Definitely worth a listen.
Podcasts are for anyone for the unaware are programmes specially recorded for download onto your mp3 player. They work through either their own website or as with me through itunes.
If you use itunes, the itunes stores has a podcast option going onto the site will show you a list of the most popular, new and interesying podcasts. You can also type in a topic and a set of podcasts come up which are appropriate for that topic. So if whatever your into, you can basically find a podcast on it. They are also free and will stay on your itunes until you listen to it, then be automatically deleted.
Once you've subscribed to a podcast itunes will download any new episode automatically. Then when you attach your ipod onto the site, you can upload all the files onto your ipod. There is a option for your ipod to allow you to select certain podcasts ahead of others.
Anyway onto my favourite podcasts - I love music, sci-fi, football, Sherlock Holmes, history, science and comedy.
So in order probably of favouritism
1. Collins and Herring - Ridiculously funny, Richard Herrin is a stand up comic famous for his Hitler moustache stand up routine Andrew Collings is a comedy writer and presenter on Radio 6. The two are colleagues not friends (according to Richard) and sit in Richards attic discussing the weekly news. The podcats is left leaning, pokes fun at the Daily Mail, right wing attitudes and the humour is well comedy genius for some but inappropriate for others. The podcast lasts 1.06.30 because neither can work out how to change the setting for the recording.
2. Guardian Football Weekly - Presented by James Richardson he of football italia in the nineties, he leads a group of Guardian football writers discussing the games, issues and topics dominating European football. The chat is not only on the premeirship, Sid Low does a weekly la liga and Richardson covers Serie A, there are also regular reports on the Bundesliga and occassional reports on the other european leagues. Its incisive, funny, and brilliantly led by James Richardson.
3. Times online - Football review show led by Phil Jupiter, similar to the Guardian version except its a bit more Premiership than the Guardian version. The times has the briliant analysis of Patrick Barclay who I think is the best football writer around, and the mercurial wit of Gabrielle Marcotti.
4. Sherlock Holmes podcast - A chance to listen to old radio classics from the fifties, what more can you want for a Holmes fanatic. Sir John Geilgud as Holmes what more do you want?
5. Paul oakenfold podcast - An hour every week of the most up to date house music around and all for free.
6. History of Rome - I love the decadence and sheer brilliance of the Roman empire. Brilliantly researched by Mike Duncan, this is a superb weekly podcast about one of the most important empires in history.
7. RipperCast - I'm a bit of a Ripper nut, so a podcast about the infamous murderer is always interesting. This is again a round robbin conversation by some of the most eminent Ripperologists. The show is put together by skype technology so the sound quality occassionally struggles.
8. Answer me this - Olly and Helens irreverent take on any questions asked by the public, its filthy and Helen is disgustingly brutal at time. But its funny and the research is well done.
9. Naked Scientist podcast - Dr. Chris Smith and his team at Cambridge bring there views on the months latest scientific issues, it has a kitchen science element and interviews with relevant scientists.
10. KopTalk - Love liverpool and love this podcast, its a bit potty mouthed but is funny and has genuine insights on the inner goings on at the club.
So finally my take home message - if you've got a mp3 player and love something do a search for a podcast and keep up to date and keep informed. My colleagues are always amazed by my knowledge on english and european football I don't like to tell them that most of it comes from the various podcasts I listen to.