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Pet Sounds

Nov 26 • 01:00:36
Laura Grimshaw and Chris Pearson present podcasts all about pets. Whether you're #TeamCat or #TeamDog - or even #TeamFerret- we have some lovely listening on the love of our pets.

We speak to broadcasting legend Nicky Campbell about his gorgeous podcast One of the Family. And EastEnders actor Emma Barton joins us to talk about The Petcast from The Blue Cross.

We also featur...

We're Going Down The Pub

Nov 19 • 58:45
Chris Pearson and Laura Grimshaw listen in to podcasts about pub culture. From cocktails to quizzing, beer to board games, conversation to crisps, we're pubbing in podcast form.

John Robins and Robin Allender discuss their dream pub podcast, The Moon Under Water.

Plus presenter Jaega Wise, and producer Lucy Taylor, take us behind the scenes on Radio 4's The Food Programme.


What's New for November?

Nov 12 • 01:00:31
Laura Grimshaw and Scott Bryan present the best new podcasts for November.

We are joined by the star of Derry Girls and Bridgerton, Nicola Coughlan and her writing partner Camilla Whitehill to discuss their new comedy podcast Whistle Through The Shamrocks.

And we feature snippets of:
Car Crash by Eddie Robson
This Is Gay from Kirk Flash
Am I Normal with Mona Chalabi
The Flipside...


Nov 5 • 01:00:06
Laura Grimshaw and Greg Cochrane look at podcasts about sustainability - packed with good advice on how to save the planet.

We are joined by the BBC's Chief Environment Editor Justin Rowlatt to talk about BBC Radio 4's A Pyrotechnic History of Humanity and the wider challenge of reporting on the Climate Crisis.

We also speak to Tom Heap and Anne-Marie Bullock about BBC Radio...

The Halloween Spook-tacular

Oct 29 • 58:32
Chris Pearson and Shivani Dave recommend listening in time for Halloween.

Danny Robins and producer Simon Barnard discuss their new BBC Sounds series Uncanny. We'll hear about how they found real people who could discuss their own paranormal experiences. Plus, how do the two look back on their award winning Battersea Poltergeist series?

Plus we'll have some terrifying drama...

Audio Drama spin-offs

Oct 22 • 59:07
Chris Pearson and Ella Watts recommend audio fiction podcasts, which are re-making, adapting, or spinning off from other stories.

Dirk Maggs joins us to discuss Audible's The Sandman: Act 2, as well as his venerable career in adapting other works for audio.

Plus Realm Productions on Orphan Black: The Next Chapter. Senior producer Marco Palmieri and head of Audience Developme...

Long Running Podcasts

Oct 14 • 59:53
Laura Grimshaw and Jessica Fostekew look at long-running podcasts. That's podcasts that have been going a long time, not podcasts about running. Not exclusively anyway. Podcasts that have been around for a while with loads of episodes to dive into.

We speak to Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn from the Scummy Mummies podcast, which has been running for eight years. And we speak ...

New Listening for October

Oct 7 • 59:57
Laura Grimshaw and Scott Bryan recommend new listening for October.

We talk fashion with Kiri Pritchard-McLean and her new podcast Who Are You Wearing? Tim Harford offers up some Cautionary Tales. And Margaret Cabourn-Smith tells us all about her embarrassing crushes in the name of her new podcast Crushed by Margaret Cabourn-Smith.

We also feature snippets of:
The Proper Cl...

Poetry Podcasts

Sep 30 • 01:00:22
Laura Grimshaw and Salena Godden present a selection of poetry podcasts.

We speak to Chris Gregory from Alternative Stories and Fake Realities about bringing words to life, and to Repeat Beat Poet from The Lunar Poetry Podcast about infusing poetry with meaning and messages.

We also listen in to:
Poetry Unbound
The New Yorker Poetry Podcast
The Poetry Exchange
Arji's Poetry Pick...

Best of Guests

Sep 24 • 59:36
Laura Grimshaw and Chris Pearson revisit some of their favourite Podcast Radio Hour Interviews.

We'll hear interviews with:
Evanna Lynch, from The Chickpeeps
Grace Dent, Gabriela Jones and Leah Green from Comfort Eating
Penny Green, presenter of The Knepp Wildland Podcast
Laura Lexx and Will Duggan, hosts of National Treasures
Ken Bruce and his producer Phil McGarvey, talking Po...

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