Podcast Radio Hour

Presenters recommend their favourite podcasts and speak to the people who make them.

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01Deborah Frances-white: Rumble Strip; Griefcast2018011920180121 (BBC7)'Rumble Strip' and Cariad Lloyd's 'Griefcast'.
02Josie Long: The Beef And Dairy Network; My Dad Wrote A Porno; Short Cuts2018012620180128 (BBC7)'The Beef And Dairy Network', 'My Dad Wrote A Porno' and 'Short Cuts'.
03Rob Deering: Running Commentary; Revisionist History; That Was Then2018020220180204 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland and her guest Rob Deering recommend their favourite podcasts. Features 'Running Commentary', 'Revisionist History' and 'That Was Then'.
04Deborah Frances-white: Guilt And Shame; Boring Talks2018020920180211 (BBC7)'Guilt and Shame' and 'Boring Talks'.
05Ben Hunte: Nancy; Homo Sapiens2018021620180218 (BBC7)

Radio 4 Extra explores the world of podcasts and finds the best on offer.

Each week, Amanda Litherland and a guest presenter recommend one or two podcasts from the BBC and beyond. From some of the most popular series, to lesser-known hidden gems, they will feature their favourite finds and speak with the people who make them.

Amanda and this week's guest, journalist Ben Hunte, listen to some LGBT-themed podcasts including Nancy and Homo Sapiens.

With Homo Sapiens hosts Will Young and Chris Sweeney.

'Homo Sapiens', 'Nancy' and a chat with Will Young.

06Anna Sale: Death Sex And Money; Rough Translation2018022320180225 (BBC7)Guest host Anna Sale joins Amanda Litherland from her studio in California.

Radio 4 Extra explores the world of podcasts and finds the best on offer.

Each week, Amanda Litherland and a guest presenter recommend one or two podcasts from the BBC and beyond. From some of the most popular series, to lesser-known hidden gems, they feature their favourite finds and speak with the people who make them.

This week's guest, Anna Sale, host of WNYC's Death Sex and Money, beams in from sunny California for an all-American episode including Death Sex and Money and NPR's Rough Translation.

'Death Sex and Money' and 'Rough Translation'.

07Josie Long: Maeve In America; Reasons To Be Cheerful2018030220180304 (BBC7)

Radio 4 Extra explores the world of podcasts and finds the best on offer.

Each week, Amanda Litherland and a guest presenter will recommend one or two podcasts from the BBC and beyond. From some of the most popular series, to lesser-known hidden gems, they will feature their favourite finds and speak with the people who make them.

This week Amanda is joined by Josie Long. They will listen to Maeve in America, stories of immigration to the USA presented by Maeve Higgins.

They'll also hear an episode of Reasons To Be Cheerful, with hosts Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd - who are among the nominees for the first ever podcast category at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2018 - due to be held at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane on March 16th.

'Reasons to Be Cheerful'.

08Geoff Lloyd: Unpopped; Distraction Pieces2018030920180311 (BBC7)

Radio 4 Extra explores the world of podcasts and finds the best on offer.

Each week, Amanda Litherland and a guest presenter recommend one or two podcasts from the BBC and beyond. From some of the most popular series, to lesser-known hidden gems, they feature their favourite finds and speak with the people who make them.

This week's guest is broadcaster and podcaster, Geoff Lloyd.

Featuring new BBC podcast Unpopped, and the duo chat to Scroobius Pip about his podcast, Distraction Pieces.

'Distraction Pieces' and 'Unpopped'.

09Ben Hunte: Stance; Pod Save The People2018031620180318 (BBC7)'Stance' and 'Pod Save The People'.

Radio 4 Extra explores the world of podcasts and finds the best on offer.

Each week, Amanda Litherland and a guest presenter recommend one or two podcasts from the BBC and beyond. From some of the most popular series, to lesser-known hidden gems, they feature their favourite finds and speak with the people who make them.

This week's guest is presenter, Ben Hunte.

Podcasts featured: Stance, and a chat with its presenters Heta Fell and Chrystal Genesis - and activist DeRay McKesson talks about his podcast Pod Save The People.

10Cariad Lloyd: Standard Issue; Heavyweight2018032320180325 (BBC7)BBC Radio 4 Extra explores the world of podcasts and finds the best on offer from the BBC and beyond. From some of the most popular series to lesser-known hidden gems.

Sarah Wade and her guest: comedian, actress and podcaster Cariad Lloyd listen in to 'Standard Issue' from the UK and 'Heavyweight' from the USA

BBC Radio 4 Extra explores the world of podcasts and finds the best on offer from the BBC and beyond. From some of the most popular series to lesser-known hidden gems.
Sarah Wade and her guest: comedian, actress and podcaster Cariad Lloyd listen in to 'Standard Issue' from the UK and 'Heavyweight' from the USA.

'Standard Issue' from the UK and 'Heavyweight' from the US.

11David Mcguire: Reply All; Kench20180330Amanda Litherland and David McGuire recommend their favourite podcasts. Includes 'Reply All' and a chat with presenter Alex Goldman. Also new BBC Radio 1 comedy series Kench, featuring Ben Partridge
12Cariad Lloyd: Adrift; Made Of Human20180406
13Sofie Hagen: Wanna Be; Haunted20180413

BBC Radio 4 Extra explores the world of podcasts and finds the best on offer from the BBC and beyond. From some of the most popular series, to lesser-known hidden gems.

Sarah Wade and her guest Danish comedian and podcaster Sofie Hagen listen to Wanna Be and Haunted - both UK podcasts.

And they talk to Imriel Morgan - co-founder of the ShoutOut network - an online platform that caters for people from diverse backgrounds - and the creator of the Wanna Be podcast.

'Wanna Be' and 'Haunted'.

14Simon O'hagan: Everyone Else; The Tip Off20180420Amanda Litherland is joined by Simon O'Hagan for some favourite podcasts.
15Danny Robins: Atlanta Monster; Death In Ice Valley20180427'Death In Ice Valley' and 'Atlanta Monster'.
16Rhianna Dhillon: Modern Mann; Love Stories20180504Amanda Litherland is joined by Rhianna Dhillon to recommend some favourite podcasts.
17Angela Barnes: Dumteedum; The West Wing Weekly20180511Sarah Wade is joined by Angela Barnes for some favourite podcasts.
18Dolly Alderton: Here's The Thing; Ear Hustle20180518Dolly Alderton and Amanda Litherland share their favourite podcasts.

Dolly Alderton and Amanda Litherland recommend some of their favourite podcasts.

They chat to the actor Alec Baldwin about his podcast Here's the Thing, conversations with artists, policy makers and performers about what makes them tick.

They also listen to Ear Hustle - stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it.

19British Podcast Award Winners (part 1)20180525Made for 4 Extra. Amanda Litherland presents highlights from the British Podcast Awards.
20British Podcast Award Winners (part 2)20180601
21Mark Billingham: Two Crime Writers And A Microphone; The Story Collider20180608Crime writer Mark Billingham joins Peter McHugh to recommend his favourite podcasts.

Radio 4Extra explores the world of podcasts and finds the best on offer.

Each week a guest presenter will recommend one or two podcasts from the BBC and beyond. From some of the most popular series, to lesser-known hidden gems, they will feature their favourite finds and speak with the people who make them.

This week Peter McHugh is joined by the creator of Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, the crime writer Mark Billingham, and host of the A Stab In the Dark podcast. They'll be listening to the Two Writers and a Microphone podcast, chatting to its hosts Luca Veste and Steve Cavanagh. And will also be catching up with The Story Collider podcast, true, personal stories about science, and talking to its artistic director, Erin Barker.

22Luke Jones: Table Manners With Jessie Ware; Hoovering20180615Luke Jones and Amanda Litherland interview singer Jessie plus her mum and co-host Lennie.
23Cariad Lloyd: The Bear Pack; Fact Up2018062220180706 (BBC7)Featuring an interview with Steen Raskopoulos of The Bear Pack.
24Luke Jones: The Daily; Brexitcast20180629Luke Jones and Amanda Litherland recommend favourite news podcasts.
25Deborah Frances-white: Grownupland; The Three Track Podcast2018070620180622 (BBC7)Deborah Frances-White joins Amanda Litherland to recommend her favourite podcasts.
26Jessica Fostekew: Self Renovators; Ctrl Alt Delete20180713Jessica Fostekew joins Amanda Litherland to recommend her favourite podcasts.
27Daljit Nagra: The Poetry Koan; The Paris Review20180720Poet Daljit Nagra and Sarah Wade recommend podcasts.

Poet Daljit Nagra and Sarah Wade recommend favourite podcasts. Daljit chooses The Poetry Koan in which a guest prescribes a poem to make you feel better. A poem to have to hand in an existential First Aid Kit. They chat to its host, Steve Wasserman.

And The Paris Review podcast. The revered quarterly literary journal now has a podcast drawing on a treasure trove of interviews, readings and manuscripts from an archive stretching back 64 years.

If you would like to recommend a podcast , please email your suggestion to: podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk.

28David Mcguire: Swipe Left Swipe Left; Love + Radio20180727David McGuire joins Amanda Litherland to recommend favourite podcasts.
29Olly Mann: The Political Party; Hidden Mickeys20180803Olly Mann joins Amanda Litherland to recommend favourite podcasts.
30Emma Gannon: Nobody Panic; The Poetry Exchange20180810Emma Gannon joins Amanda Litherland to recommend favourite podcasts.
31Simon O'hagan: Backlisted; Freedom, Books, Flowers And The Moon20180817Host Amanda Litherland is joined by Simon O'Hagan to pick his favourite literary podcasts.

Made for 4 Extra. Presenters suggest their favourite podcasts.

32Luke Jones: Slow Burn; Caliphate20180824Luke Jones joins Amanda Litherland to recommend political podcasts.
33Rowan Slaney: Daughter20180831Rowan Slaney joins Amanda Litherland to recommend Daughter.
34David Mcguire: Two Shot; How To Be A Girl20180907Amanda Litherland is joined by David McGuire to recommend the best podcasts.
35Jess Fostekew: Desert Island Dishes; Food Psych20180914Amanda Litherland and guests recommend the best podcasts.

Amanda Litherland is joined by Jess Fostekew to recommend the best food podcasts.

36Jon Ronson: Podcast Festivals20180921Amanda Litherland visits the London Podcast Festival. Plus a conversation with Jon Ronson.

Amanda Litherland visits the London Podcast and Audible Spoken Worlds festivals.

37Bbc Music Day20180928It's BBC Music Day. Features 'Pitch', 'Classical Fix' and 'Young Musician'.
38Cariad Lloyd: Dear Joan And Jericha; Where Should We Begin?20181005'Where Should We Begin?' and 'Dear Joan and Jericha'.
39Rowan Slaney: Capital; Everything Is Alive20181012'Capital' and 'Everything Is Alive'.
40Geoff Lloyd, Richard Herring And Stephen Fry20181019Geoff Lloyd joins Amanda Litherland to recommend the best podcasts. They chat to Richard Herring about his long-running podcast, 'Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast'.

Also, Stephen Fry joins Amanda for an exclusive interview. They discuss his latest podcast, 'Victorian Secrets', which offers a surprising new perspective on the era.

Amanda Litherland is joined by Geoff Lloyd and Stephen Fry.

Amanda Litherland is joined by Geoff Lloyd to recommend the best podcasts.

41Alex Lowe: Podcast From The Past; The Big Travel Podcast20181026Alex Lowe and Stuart Ross share their favourite podcasts.
42Bbc Sounds Launch20181102Amanda Litherland discovers the best podcasts at the BBC Sounds launch.
43Annabel Port: The Teacher's Pet; Drunk Women Solving Crime20181109Annabel Port joins Amanda Litherland to recommend some of the best crime podcasts.
44David Mcguire: Multi Story; Burn Your Passport20181116Amanda Litherland and David McGuire recommend the best podcasts.
45Luke Jones: Articles Of Interest; Neon20181123Amanda Litherland and Luke Jones (BBC Radio 4 iPM) recommend podcasts that sneak history into your ears.

Firstly, 'Articles of Interest', a mini series from Radiotopia's 99% Invisible about what we wear. Amanda chats to host Avery Trufelman about how the series was made.

Then, 'Neon', a podcast which fuses history and pop culture. Luke and Amanda discover how the video game Fortnite can teach us about a surprising amount of history. They also chat with producer Dan Morelle about 'Neon's development and other history podcast recommendations..

Produced and presented by Amanda Litherland
Co-presented by Luke Jones

Amanda Litherland and Luke Jones recommend the best podcasts - this week, sneaky history!

46Scottish Podcasts20181130A special St Andrew's Day edition. Amanda Litherland recommends podcasts made in Scotland.

For St Andrew's Day, Amanda Litherland recommends the best podcasts made in Scotland.

47Olly Mann: The Comedian's Comedian; Getting Better Acquainted20181207Amanda Litherland and Olly Mann recommend the best podcasts.
48Cariad Lloyd: Superego; The Complete Woman20181214Amanda Litherland and Cariad Lloyd recommend some of the best comedy podcasts.
49Christmas Special20181221Amanda Litherland presents a Christmas special of Podcast Radio Hour, with seasonal episode recommendations. Including a history of holiday music in Pitch and stories of awkward Christmas eve sleeping arrangements in The Boring Talks.
Also regular guests such as Cariad Lloyd, Olly Mann and Luke Jones will suggest the best podcasts for festive situations –chopping sprouts, long winter drives, surviving the boredom of Crimbo Limbo and more.

Amanda Litherland presents a Christmas special, with seasonal episode recommendations.

50Pick Of The Pods 201820181228Amanda Litherland looks back at her favourite podcasts this year.
51Renay Richardson: Scene On Radio; The Last Days Of August20190104Amanda Litherland and Renay Richardson recommend the best podcasts.
52Jake Yapp20190111Laura Grimshaw and Jake Yapp recommend the best podcasts.
53Deborah Frances-white: Best Pick; How To Fail20190118Podcast Radio Hour is 1 year old!
To celebrate Amanda is joined by PRH's first ever guest Deborah Frances-White to recommend more of her favourite podcasts and chat to their creators.

Featuring Best Pick - a podcast where Tom Salinsky, John Dorney, and Jessica Regan watch discuss every Academy Award Best Picture winner in no particular order.
Also How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, a podcast that celebrates the things that haven't gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them.

Amanda Litherland and Deborah Frances-White recommend the best podcasts.

54Luke Jones: Song Exploder; Honey And Co: The Food Talks20190125Amanda Litherland and Luke Jones recommend the best podcasts.
55Drama Podcasts With Rowan Slaney20190201Amanda Litherland and her guest recommend the best podcasts.

Amanda Litherland and Rowan Slaney recommend some great drama podcasts.

56Podcast Pioneers: Ira Glass And Alex Blumberg2019020820190215 (BBC7)This week Amanda Litherland is joined by David McGuire to recommend the best podcasts.

First, Without Fail - Gimlet's Alex Blumberg hosts candid conversations with people who have done hard things: what worked, what didn't and why. In this featured episode he chats to Ira Glass about his origins in podcasting. Then, both Ira and Alex speak to Podcast Radio Hour about their experiences in the industry.

After that, CBC's Personal Best - a light hearted self-improvement show that helps you be your best you. Hosts Rob Norman and Andrew Norton chat to Podcast Radio Hour.

Ira Glass and Alex Blumberg discuss podcasting with Amanda Litherland and David McGuire.

This week Amanda Litherland is joined by David McGuire to chat to two giants of the podcast world - Ira Glass (NPR, This American Life) and Alex Blumberg (co-founder and CEO Gimlet)

Featuring a sample of Without Fail - where Alex Blumberg hosts candid conversations with people who have done hard things: what worked, what didn't and why. In this featured episode he chats to Ira Glass about his origins in podcasting.

Then, both Ira and Alex speak to Podcast Radio Hour separately about their experiences in the industry.

57Jess Fostekew: All Hail Kale; Adulting2019021520190208 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland and Jess Fostekew with podcasts on the science behind food and health.
58Movie Podcasts With Rhianna Dhillon20190222Amanda Litherland and Rhianna Dhillon recommend the best movie podcasts.
59David Mcguire: Finding Drago; Personal Best20190301Amanda Litherland and David McGuire recommend some comedy podcasts.

Amanda Litherland and David McGuire recommend some comedy podcasts: 'Finding Drago' and 'Personal Best'.

60International Women's Day20190308Renay and Amanda recommend great podcasts led by women. Otegha Uwagba joins them to discuss In Good Company. Plus, How To Own The Room, Julie, The Slowdown, and The Last Bohemians.

Renay Richardson joins Amanda Litherland for International Women's Day.

61Alex Lowe: Brian And Roger; I Am The Eggpod20190315The actor and comedian Alex Lowe joins presenter Stuart Ross to discuss their favourite downloads and talk to the people behind them.

This week they chat to Alex's occasional comedy partner Dan Skinner – famous for playing Angelos Epithemiou - about his latest podcast Brian & Roger, Chris Shaw from I am the EggPod, and encounter the spoof supernatural in Clinton Baptiste's Paranormal Podcast.

Angelos Epithemiou creator, Dan Skinner, joins Alex Lowe and Stuart Ross to talk podcasts.

62Deborah Frances-white: Inside The Comedian; Fingers On Buzzers20190322Amanda Litherland and Deborah Frances-White recommend great podcasts.
63Dame Kelly Holmes And Nb20190329This week Amanda Litherland recommends two brilliant new podcasts.

Firstly, Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes discusses her new series 'What Do I Do?'
Having experienced her own difficulties with depression and self-harm, in this podcast Kelly sets out to discover how other people cope, talking to TV personalities, writers, comedians, journalists and more about their mental health. Including Davina McCall, Eddie Izzard, Alastair Campbell and Munroe Bergdorf.

After that Caitlin Benedict and Amrou Al-Kadhi join Amanda to talk about their BBC series 'NB'.
You might have heard the term non-binary. This is how it feels. Join Caitlin and Amrou as they ask the big questions about gender and identity.

Amanda Litherland chats podcasts with Dame Kelly Holmes, and NB's Caitlin and Amrou.

64Indie Podcasts With Renay Richardson20190405Amanda Litherland and Renay Richardson recommend some of the UK's best indie podcasts.
65Daily Podcasts With Luke Jones20190412Amanda Litherland and Luke Jones recommend some of the best daily news podcasts.
66Lynsey Hipgrave: That Peter Crouch Podcast; The Offside Rule20190419The sports broadcaster Lynsey Hipgrave joins presenter Stuart Ross to discuss their favourite football podcasts and talk to the people behind them.

This week they chat to Tom Fordyce about ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast', Kait Borsay and Hayley McQueen from ‘The Offside Rule' and pay a visit to Bromley FC to hear about ‘Ravens Weekly'

Lynsey Hipgrave and Stuart Ross recommend the best football podcasts

67Caroline Crampton: The Lonely Palette; Flash Forward20190426Amanda Litherland is joined by Caroline Crampton to recommend great podcasts.

This week, they recommend two independent podcasts and speak to their creators.

The Lonely Palette is an art history podcast by Tamar Avishai. In each episode Tamar focuses on one work of art and looks into the movement, the social context, the anecdotes, and anything and everything else that will make it as exciting to you as it is to her.

Flash Forward is a podcast about the future by Rose Eveleth. Each episode takes on a possible (or not so possible) future scenario — everything from the existence of artificial wombs, to what would happen if space pirates dragged a second moon to Earth.

68How I Found My Voice; Texting Keith Olbermann20190503Amanda Litherland speaks to Samira Ahmed and producer Farah Jassat about How I Found My Voice, and to Ros Atkins and Eli Sessions about Texting Keith Olbermann.

How I Found My Voice is the podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling - and unique - communicators. This Intelligence Squared podcast goes behind the celebrity to understand the journeys and inspirations that led to this moment - from writing a childhood diary to that life-changing concert or finding the courage to speak up. Hosted by Samira Ahmed, guests include Rose McGowan, Adam Buxton, Philip Pullman, Katherine Ryan and Benjamin Zephaniah. Produced by Farah Jassat.

Texting Keith Olbermann:
One night in 2016, BBC News anchor Ros Atkins was retweeted by the legendary American broadcaster Keith Olbermann. The comment? “Thank God you're back."

Two years on, despite having never met, Keith and Ros were texting each other almost every day. Keith would send pictures of his dogs, the view from his Manhattan penthouse or the oysters that he was eating. He'd also send details of his latest ratings and thoughts on Ros's show. He even sponsored the match ball at the tiny football club at the end of Ros's road in London.

In Texting Keith Olbermann, Ros Atkins asks Keith what everyone was asking him: why is he doing it? And as Ros's wife realises he's texting Keith more than anyone apart from her, she has the same question for him. Two parallel conversations play out, as we hear funny, fascinating and sometimes awkward explorations of fame, money, death threats, being a TV anchor, and the backstories to some of the most notorious moments of Keith's career. We also find out what happens to this unconventional friendship when they meet in person.

Amanda Litherland discusses podcasts with creators. Featuring Samira Ahmed and Ros Atkins.

69Audio Fiction With Ella Watts: The Bright Sessions; The Magnus Archives20190510Ella Watts joins Amanda Litherland to dive into the rich world of audio fiction. Featuring US podcast The Bright Sessions, and UK series The Magnus Archives. Also conversations with creators Lauren Shippen and Rusty Quill CEO Alexander J Newall.

The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast that follows a group of therapy patients. But these are not your typical patients - each has a unique supernatural ability. The show documents their struggles and discoveries as well as the motivations of their mysterious therapist, Dr. Bright.
The show is written and directed by Lauren Shippen.

The Magnus Archives is a podcast by Rusty Quill. It is an ongoing long-form anthology details the supernatural cases under investigation by the Magnus Institute and its archivists and boasts a dedicated cult following in addition to multiple award nominations. The series has more than 125 episodes in its catalogue and releases a new episode every week.

The show is written and performed by Jonathan Sims (along with guest actors) and directed by Alexander J Newall.

Ella Watts joins Amanda Litherland to dive into the rich world of audio fiction. Featuring US podcast The Bright Sessions, UK series The Magnus Archives and BBC Sounds' Forest 404. Also featuring conversations with creators Lauren Shippen, Becky Ripley and Rusty Quill CEO Alexander J Newall.

Set in the 24th Century in a world where forests have been erased from history, Forest 404 is an immersive sci-fi thriller starring Pearl Mackie, Tanya Moodie and Pippa Haywood – with original music by Bonobo. The series is accompanied by a series of talks and soundscapes which further explore questions and themes of technology, nature and climate change.

The Magnus Archives is a podcast by Rusty Quill. It is an ongoing long-form anthology details the supernatural cases under investigation by the Magnus Institute and its archivists and boasts a dedicated cult following in addition to multiple award nominations. The series has more than 125 episodes in its catalogue and releases a new episode every week.
The show is written and performed by Jonathan Sims (along with guest actors) and directed by Alexander J Newall.

70Rowan Slaney: Bird, What We Do In The Winter, Roam Schooled, Planet Puffin20190517Rowan Slaney joins Amanda Litherland to recommend a selection of great podcasts.
71British Podcast Awards 201920190524Amanda Litherland discusses the British Podcast Awards 2019.

She is joined by chair of judges, The Observer's radio critic Miranda Sawyer, alongside award co-founders Matt Hill and Matt Deegan.

George The Poet was the stand out winner of the night, taking home five gold awards including Podcast Of The Year for his show 'Have You Heard George's Podcast'. Amanda speaks to George and his podcast partner Benbrick at their studio in North London.

Amanda Litherland discusses the winners of this year's British Podcast Awards.

72No Planet B; Conan O'brien Needs A Friend20190531This week, Laura Grimshaw and Jake Yapp recommend podcasts and chat to the creators.
73Scott Bryan: Out To Lunch With Jay Rayner; Duvet Days; Runpod20190607The writer, journalist and tv critic Scott Bryan joins Amanda Litherland to recommend great podcasts.

Jay Rayner discusses his podcast Out To Lunch:
One of the world's top food critics lunches big names in a restaurant of his choosing. Crackling anecdotes and blistering chat, lubricated by killer cooking. A podcast produced by Somethin' Else / Jay Rayner.

Abby Hollick chats about the second series of BBC Sounds' Duvet Days, where she gets into bed with musicians and artists for frank under-the-cover chats. The new series launches with the singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé.

Also featuring RunPod with Jenni Falconer -the weekly run club you can join simply by listening. Jenni Falconer welcomes special guests who share that passion for running. A podcast produced by Global Media.

Amanda Litherland & Scott Bryan recommend podcasts including Out To Lunch With Jay Rayner

74Sexuality And Gender With A Gay And A Non Gay20190614Amanda Litherland is joined by James Barr & Dan Hudson from podcast A Gay And A Non Gay.
75Arts, Culture And Global Perspectives With Chrystal Genesis20190621Amanda Litherland is joined by journalist and curator Chrystal Genesis from the award winning arts and culture podcast Stance.
They recommend podcasts with diverse, global perspectives: Coming Out Stories, Tell Them I Am and Historically Black.

Coming Out Stories is hosted Emma Goswell and will take you to one the most important moments in many people's lives.
It will perch you on sofas in suburban sitting rooms, stand you in front of officials' desks, put you at the centre of a crowd in a noisy classroom, everywhere where these conversations have happened. A podcast by What Goes On Media.

Tell Them I Am is about the small moments that define who we are and who we are not. The stories are universal. The voices are all Muslim. Host Misha Euceph opens a window into the lives of Tan France, Alia Shawkat, Ramy Youssef, Reza Aslan, Mercedes Iman Diamond and others.
It is a production of Southern California Public Radio.

Historically Black
Objects hold history. They're evocative of stories stamped in time. As part of The Washington Post's coverage of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a "people's museum" of personal objects, family photos and more. The Historically Black podcast brings those objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music. A podcast from APM Reports, a production of Minnesota Public Radio.

Chrystal Genesis recommends podcasts with diverse, global perspectives.

76Lgbtq+ Representation In Audio Fiction20190628Podcast consultant Ella Watts joins Amanda Litherland to discuss the representation of LGBTQ+ relationships in audio fiction.
They speak to Jeffrey Cranor, one of the co-creators of Welcome To Night Vale.

Also featuring:
Ars Paradoxica, and a conversation with creator Mischa Stanton.
The Penumbra Podcast
Love and Luck

Celebrating LGBTQ+ representation in Audio Fiction series including Welcome To Night Vale.

77New Releases For July - With Scott Bryan20190705Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend series launching or returning this month.
78Sophie Black: The Longest Shortest Time, Everything Under The Sun20190712This week, Anne-Marie Luff and Sophie Black recommend top family-focused podcasts.
79Moon Podcasts With Chrystal Genesis20190719Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis recommend podcasts to celebrate 50 years since man first landed on the moon, and learn all about it.

13 Minutes To The Moon is a podcast from the BBC World Service, presented by Kevin Fong. The full story of the people who made Apollo 11 happen and prevented it from going badly wrong.

Gravity Assist is a podcast made by NASA. In season 3 we join Jim Green, NASA's chief scientist, to dive into the Moon's history and mysteries, as well as NASA's plans to send astronauts there by 2024.

Moonrise investigates the origin story behind America's decision to go to the moon. It's a podcast from The Washington Post, presented by Lillian Cunnigham. Amanda and Chrystal chat to Lillian about the making of the series.

To The Moon And Beyond is a five-part podcast series from The Conversation. Through interviews with academic experts around the world science journalist Miriam Frankel and space scientist Martin Archer explore the past 50 years of space exploration and what the 50 years ahead have in store. This featured clip explores what going to the moon meant for humanity, and asks why people believe in the conspiracy theory that the landing was faked.

This American Life episode 670 - Beware The Jabberwock also delves into the world of conspiracy theorists.

Radio 4's The Life Scientific is a great place to hear more brilliant science stories. Amanda and Chrystal recommend for starters the episodes on Helen Sharman, Professor Monica Grady, and Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

The best podcasts to learn about the moon, with Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis.

80Liverpool With Caroline Crampton20190726Amanda Litherland and Caroline Crampton sample Liverpool's best podcasts.

Amanda Litherland and Caroline Crampton are in Liverpool sampling some of the city's best podcasts.

They speak to Neil Atkinson from The Anfield Wrap, a podcast that tells the story of supporting Liverpool FC from the heart of the city. Non-football fans worry not - Amanda and Caroline don't know anything about the sport either! But the story of this podcast's success is one we can all learn from.
They produce up to 14 podcasts per week as well as video and written content, some of which is for their paid subscribers. While football is the main focus, the shows are rooted in the life and culture of the city. They discuss how this inclusive and authentic approach has made the podcast a resounding hit.

Also featured are Beatles City and Sodajerker On Songwriting.
Beatles City is the podcast that brings you the story of the band that shook the world from the place where it all began. Listen to memories of The Beatles' early days told in the voices of the people who were there, from members of the Quarrymen to the band's school friends, and other guests who have a unique insight into the band.

Sodajerker is a songwriting team from Liverpool, founded by co-writers Simon Barber and Brian O'Connor. Their podcast Sodajerker On Songwriting features in depth interviews with some of the world's most successful songwriters, such as Alicia Keys, Nile Rodgers and Paul Simon. We'll hear from their episode with Sir Paul McCartney, and chat to Simon and Brian about how they have managed to book such incredible guests.

Recommending the best podcasts made in Liverpool, including a chat with The Anfield Wrap.

81New Releases For August With Scott Bryan20190802Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend the best new podcasts to listen to this month.
82Taking It Outside With Nell Frizzell2019080920200807 (BBC7)
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The journalist Nell Frizzell and producer Luke Doran take a walk to talk about outdoor podcasts.
The featured podcasts are;
'Folk On Foot', in which Matthew Bannister talks to the singer and writer Karine Polwart around Fala Moor. We then interview Matthew Bannister about the 'Folk On Foot' podcast, whilst walking through Hampstead Heath.
'The Wild', a podcast from KUOW in Seattle, in which the ecologist Chris Morgan goes on 'The Hunt To Find Just One Square Inch Of Silence', which takes him deep in to the Hoh rainforest. Chris then answers questions about the podcast, and tells us how he may have created a proto-podcast when he was younger, and it was all about red squirrels.
'Walking', a podcast with no talking, just walking, made by the writer Jon Mooallem.

Nell Frizzell & Luke Doran explore outdoor podcasts, including Folk On Foot and The Wild.

The journalist Nell Frizzell and producer Luke Doran take a walk to talk about outdoor podcasts.
The featured podcasts are;
'Folk On Foot', in which Matthew Bannister talks to the singer and writer Karine Polwart around Fala Moor. We then interview Matthew Bannister about the 'Folk On Foot' podcast, whilst walking through Hampstead Heath.
'The Wild', a podcast from KUOW in Seattle, in which the ecologist Chris Morgan goes on 'The Hunt To Find Just One Square Inch Of Silence', which takes him deep in to the Hoh rainforest. Chris then answers questions about the podcast, and tells us how he may have created a proto-podcast when he was younger, and it was all about red squirrels.
'Walking', a podcast with no talking, just walking, made by the writer Jon Mooallem.
First broadcast BBC Radio 4 Extra in August 2019.

83How To Start A Podcast - With Renay Richardson20190816Amanda Litherland and Renay Richardson share tips on starting and developing a podcast

Have you ever been listening to a podcast and thought "I'd love to do this!"? Well now is the time to start. This week is full of essential tips and advice for podcasters both beginner and advanced.

Amanda Litherland is joined by Renay Richardson from Broccoli Content, who has produced podcasts including the award winning About Race With Reni Eddo Lodge. Renay discusses how she started in the industry and what she has learned working in audio.
They chat to James Cator, Head of Podcast Partnerships at Spotify UK, to find out what it takes to get noticed, and how best to engage with your audience.
Tolani Shoneye aka Tolly T from The Receipts shares her story of how her podcast came about, and discusses why it has been so successful.
And Rachel Simpson from the Commissioning Team at BBC Sounds shares some of her top tips for starting and developing a hit podcast.

If you have any podcasts that you think we should hear about then get in touch by emailing podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk

84Bank Holiday Fiesta!2019082320200612 (BBC7)
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AKA My Favourite Podcasts... Fortunately's Fi And Jane, Chris Mason And More

Listening recommendations from BBC Sounds podcasters. Originally broadcast in Aug 2019.

Originally broadcast in August 2019. The BBC's finest podcasters recommend some of their favourite listens to Amanda Litherland.

Any Questions host Chris Mason begins, recommending RadioMoments - Conversations, a podcast by David Lloyd which tells the life stories of some influential people in radio.
He also recommends Media Masters and 13 Minutes To The Moon.

Amanda chats to Fi Glover and Jane Garvey about Fortunately, before they suggest some of their own favourite downloads: The Archers, Talking Politics, The Times Red Box, For The Many, The High Low, The Teachers Pet and Murder In The Graveyard.

Caitlin Benedict, host of NB: My Non Binary Life recommends Gender Reveal, Someone Knows Something and Uncover.

And Linda Adey from The Next Episode asks - Have You Heard George's Podcast? She also suggests The Receipts, The Sista Collective and Ear Hustle.

A selection of BBC Sounds podcasters recommend their favourite listens.

Need some podcast recommendations for the long weekend? Look no further - the BBC's finest podcasters recommend some of their favourite listens to Amanda Litherland.

Brexitcast's Chris Mason begins, recommending RadioMoments - Conversations, a podcast by David Lloyd which tells the life stories of some influential people in radio. He also recommends Media Masters and 13 Minutes To The Moon.

Podcast recommendations for the long weekend, as picked by BBC podcast stars.

85Podcasting Around The Uk - With Becca Bryers20190830Amanda Litherland and Becca Bryers recommend the best local listens.
86New Releases For September - With Scott Bryan20190906Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend the best podcasts to listen to this month.

Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend the best recently released and upcoming podcasts:

To Make You Laugh:
The Gemma Collins Podcast, London Actually, Brown Girls Do It Too

To Keep You Informed:
The Bellingcat Podcast, DeepMind: The Podcast, Obsessed With... Peaky Blinders

To Keep You Up At Night:
Unheard: The Fred And Rose West Tapes, Unravel, Hag

To Make You Feel Good:
Birth Stories With Clemmie Hooper, Things I Told My Daughter, The Hang With Gregory Porter

87Behind The Scenes: Beyond Today20190913Amanda Litherland goes behind the scenes at Beyond Today to find out how it is made.
88Plant Podcasts With Frances Tophill20190920Frances Tophill and Clara Nissen dig up some fascinating podcasts about plants.
89Around The World With Chrystal Genesis - Africa20190927Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis recommend podcasts made on the African continent.
90New Releases For October - With Scott Bryan20191004Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend the best podcasts out this month.

To Make You Laugh:
You're Dead To Me
The Birthday Game
Ru Paul's Drag Race
Dear Joan And Jericha

To Keep You Up At Night:
The Missing Crypto Queen
Passenger List
Murderabilia

To Make You Feel Good:
The Breakup Monologues
MusicPlus
Modern Birth

To Keep You Informed:
The Documentary Podcast - Detours (BBC World Service)
You're Booked

91Music Podcasts With Phil Taggart20191011Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart joins Ali Gardiner for a rapid rundown of music podcasts.

There will be podcasts about musicians, featuring musicians and music-lovers, as well as musical soundscapes that really enhance the speech.

The pick of the podcasts will include Digging Deep with Robert Plant, Stay Free: The Story Of The Clash, Pops! The Louis Armstrong Story, and an entertaining roundtable show from the BBC, Blood On The Tracks.

We'll hear from BBC 6 Music's Matt Everitt, Rob Fitzpatrick at Spotify, as well as Axel Kacoutié, a poet, composer and the sound designer of the Guardian's Today in Focus podcast. He shares a few insights into creative possibilities waiting for podcasters in music libraries.

Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart guests with a rapid rundown of music podcasts.

92Dungeons And Dragoncasts? More Audio Fiction With Ella Watts20191018Why are four-hour-long Dungeons and Dragons podcasts so popular?

Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts explore Actual Play podcasts - where people play board games (often DnD) in real time. Episodes are often multiple hours in length, with some shows reaching 100+ episodes per season. This format has seen huge success, with the most popular series boasting millions of fans all over the world, selling out huge arena live shows, and even inspiring graphic novels and animated adaptations.

Podcast Radio Hour speaks to stars from two of the most popular series - Critical Role's Marisha Ray, and The Adventure Zone's Travis McElroy. What are the challenges of delivering such a complex, improvised show, week after week?

And just what is it about these super long form podcasts that makes them so appealing to fans? Ella is a self-proclaimed 'Critter', as is Radio 4 & 4Extra Assistant Producer Chris Pearson, who joins to discuss his experience in the Critical Role fan community, and to answer Amanda's most important question - where do you find the time?!

93Get Happy With Chrystal Genesis20191025How do you measure happiness? Could you be happier?

This week Amanda Litherland is joined by Chrystal Genesis to recommend podcasts that make you feel better, including:

-A comic look at self help in By The Book

-Understanding what our feelings are telling us, with Philippa Perry in Fearne Cotton's Happy Place

-Why silver medalists are nowhere near as happy as bronze medallists! Dr Laurie Santos speaks to Podcast Radio Hour about The Happiness Lab, where she shares insight into psychological studies on the science of happiness, and shares some practical, easy tips on how to make your life better every day.

-How everything is 'figure-out-able' in an excerpt from Happier with Gretchen Rubin

-And how fake productivity might be getting you down, from Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris.

Podcasts to make you happier - with Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis

94New For November With Scott Bryan20191101Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend the best new podcasts for November.
Also, Radiolab's Jad Abumrad chats about his new series Dolly Parton's America.

To Make You Laugh:
Daddy Look At Me, Heavy Pencil, Second Best: A DnD Adventure, Sue Perkins: An Hour Or So With.

To Keep You Informed:
Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts, Rachel Botsman's Trust Issues, Polarised

To Keep You Up At Night:
Dolly Parton's America, Tunnel 29, Tell It: Random Men Pay My Bills, Homeless Bodies And Other Stories From The Wellcome Collection.

To Make You Feel Good:
Power Hour, Midnight Chats

95Comedy Podcasts With Jake Yapp20191108Laura Grimshaw and Jake Yapp discuss new comedy podcasts. This week, Jake and Laura chat to Dave Cribb and Kiri Pritchard-Mclean from the Amusical Podcast at the Aberystwyth Comedy Festival. They also talk to Julia Raeside about her TV memories podcast Box of Delights, and to Tom Neenan about his new BBC Sounds podcast, Tom Neenan is Not All Men.

Laura Grimshaw and Jake Yapp discuss three new comedy podcasts.

96George The Poet Special2019111520200724 (BBC7)
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Amanda Litherland chats to George The Poet about his podcast and his audio inspirations.
97No Such Thing As Elis And John20191122Amanda Litherland and Luke Jones chat to the hosts of two popular podcasts.

First, a fun fact filled conversation with Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber from No Such Thing As A Fish - the weekly podcast from the makers of QI.

Then the comedians and best friends Elis James and John Robins chat about their 5Live show and their new series How Do You Cope... With Elis and John - conversations with inspirational people about the challenges they have faced.

No Such Thing As A Fish and Elis James & John Robins chat podcasting with Amanda and Luke.

98What Makes A Great Live Podcast?20191129Podcasters discuss putting their shows on stage.

Amanda Litherland is joined by Suchandrika Chakrabarti (Freelance Pod) to discuss podcast live events. How can you create a great show? How is it different to a normal recording?

Podcasters Monty Onanuga and Sadia Azmat (No Country For Young Women) and Ben Partridge (Beef and Dairy Network) discuss adapting their shows for the stage.

Promoter Ollie Catchpole (WAVE Festivals) gives his insights into the audience experience, and gives advice for podcasters who want to take their show to a live venue for the first time.

99New Podcasts For December20191206Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend this month's best new podcasts, including a chat with David Dimbleby about his series 'The Sun King' - an in-depth study of Rupert Murdoch and his empire.

Also featuring:
Deep Down and Desi: But Where Are You Really From?
Max and Ivan: Fugitives
Mystery On The Rocks
The Bank Robber Diaries
Hunting Warhead
The Crown Official Podcast
Cautionary Tales
In This Place: Gaychester
The Log Books
So Lucky With Dawn O'Porter
Off The Record with Alistair Bunkell
On The Marie Curie Couch
The Political Party with Matt Forde

David Dimbleby chats to Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan about his new podcast.

100100 Podcast Radio Hours!20191213Podcast Radio Hour celebrates its 100th episode by looking back on some of the best

Amanda Litherland shares 10 things she has learned over 100 Podcast Radio Hours.

101O Come All Ye Podcasts20191220Amanda Litherland presents a festive selection of podcasts to get you through the holidays
102Top 10 New Podcasts Of 20192019122720200417
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Another chance to hear Amanda Litherland and critic Greg Cochrane pick their top ten favourite new podcasts of 2019. Including:
Dolly Parton's America
The Missing Cryptoqueen - presenter Jamie Bartlett and Georgia Catt chat to Podcast Radio Hour about the making of the series.
Slow Burn Series 3
The Sun King
Hunting Warhead
Murderabilia
The Next Episode - editor Dino Sofos chats about this new news podcast aimed at a younger audience.
Giant
Pleasure Studies
You're Dead To Me

Amanda Litherland and critic Greg Cochrane pick their top 10 favourite new podcasts of the year. Including:
Dolly Parton's America
The Missing Cryptoqueen - presenter Jamie Bartlett and Georgia Catt chat to Podcast Radio Hour about the making of the series.
Slow Burn Series 3
The Sun King
Hunting Warhead
Murderabilia
The Next Episode - editor Dino Sofos chats about this new news podcast aimed at a younger audience.
Giant
Pleasure Studies
You're Dead To Me

Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane pick their top 10 favourite new podcasts of the year.

Another chance to hear Podcast Radio Hour's top ten picks of 2019.

103British Audio Fiction With Ella Watts20200103Amanda Litherland is joined by Ella Watts to recommend some great British audio fiction.
104New Podcasts For January - With Clare Balding20200110Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend the best new podcasts out this month, including a chat with Clare Balding about her new show 'Dogcast'.

Also recommended:
The Rob Auton Daily Podcast
The Bugle Presents The Last Post With Alice Fraser
Talking To Actors with Anna Mann
CliMates
How Did We Get Here?
Money 101
Blood Ties
Obsessed with... Dracula

Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend the best new podcasts out this month.

105Talking Food With Chrystal Genesis20200117Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis recommend podcasts telling the stories behind food.
106Be Kind To Your Mind With Caroline Crampton20200124Amanda Litherland and Caroline Crampton recommend self improvement podcasts.
107New Podcasts For February20200131Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend great listens for February.
They chat to Clara Amfo about her new series 'This City', and Steve Bland discusses the Rachael Bland New Podcast Award from BBC 5Live.

Other recommended series:
Your Broccoli Weekly
Early Work with Rhys James
Stephen Fry's 7 Deadly Sins
Cheerful Book Club
Chasing Cosby
We Are History
In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer
Scene On Radio

Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend some great listens for February.

108Classical Music Podcasts With Tom Service20200207We pick some of our favourite classical music podcasts and talk to those who make them.
109Local Podcasts For Local People20200214Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane travel to Shaftesbury to recommend podcasts celebrating local areas, with series from around the UK and beyond.
They meet Keri Jones who makes This Is Alfred, a podcast about the Dorset town, and on the way listen to other series including Speak Up Sunderland, Buddy's Buddies, Gibraltar Stories and Soho Then.

Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend podcasts celebrating local areas.

110T V Companion Podcasts20200221Amanda Litherland and Suchandrika Chakrabarti explore the rising success of TV companion podcasts.

They speak to podcasters Helen Zaltzman and Jenny Owen Youngs about their podcast Veronica Mars Investigations, which recaps the 00s teen show. Why are there still so many fans eager to hear discussion about it?

And Lily Ames, Head of Production at Chalk and Blade chats about their series Obsessed With... made for BBC Sounds. Each series of the podcast focuses on a hit BBC show, like Line of Duty, Peaky Blinders or Killing Eve. How can podcasts give viewers a glimpse behind the scenes on their favorite programme?

Amanda and Suchandrika also recommend a few of their favourite TV companion series: The Chernobyl Podcast, Inside Inside No 9 and The Good Place: The Podcast.

Amanda Litherland and Suchandrika Chakrabarti dive into the world of TV companion podcasts

111New Podcasts For March20200228Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend top podcasts to listen to this month. Includes a chat with Luke Doran and James Ward from The Boring Talks about their new series.

Also recommended:
Americast
Happy Mum Happy Baby
You're Dead To Me
We Need To Talk About The British Empire
In Writing with Hattie Crisell
Dogcast with Clare Balding
Edge of England

112The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy Special20200306Anne-Marie Luff and Rachel Wheeley kick off Radio 4 Extra's cosmic weekend to celebrate the 42nd Anniversary of 'The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy'; blasting through space to find stellar sci-fi audio-fiction podcasts.

We also recommend Beware of the Leopard, the complete podcast compendium to Douglas Adams' creation, and speak to it's creator Mark Steadman.

Podcast recommendations include:
We Fix Space Junk
The Strange Case of Starship Iris
Diary of a Space Archivist

Anne-Marie Luff and Rachel Wheeley recommend the best podcasts for fans of H2G2

113The Art Of Storytelling20200313Amanda Litherland and Becca Bryers explore podcasts that blend fact and fiction.

Amanda Litherland and Becca Bryers recommend some great storytelling podcasts from the UK.

114Tough Talking20200320Podcasts can be a vital tool in exploring tough topics, this week Amanda Litherland is joined by Chrystal Genesis to recommend great series which tackle issues such as addiction and recovery.

We hear from Melissa Rice and Jade Wye, hosts of BBC Radio 5 Live's Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts, a series which only began a year ago after winning the Rachel Bland New Podcast Award, and has now won the Broadcasting Press Guild award for Radio Programme Of The Year.

Dave from Dopey podcast dials in from New York to tell us how his podcast helps thousands of recovering addicts and their loved ones around the world.

We also hear excerpts from BBC Sounds' Jacob Hawley on Drugs, and Wondery's Dying For Sex.

Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis recommend podcasts that tackle tough topics.

115Positive Distraction Podcasts20200327Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend podcasts to distract your mind away from the news.

This week we focus on series which are nothing to do with the virus, but if you do want the latest updates in podcast form then subscribe to The Coronavirus Newscast on BBC Sounds.
We also recommend Stories Of Our Times as another good news podcast.

Right now we all need distractions more than ever, here's what we suggest this week:
The John Dredge Nothing To Do With Anything Show
The Immaculate Deception
Anthems by Broccoli Content
The Space Programme - Fun Kids Radio

Dr Kevin Fong chats about the new series of 13 Minutes To The Moon from the BBC World Service

We also suggest some podcasts which might help with virus related anxiety:
Field Recordings
The Happiness Lab with Dr Laurie Santos
Feel Better Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee
Get Sleepy

And if that's not enough to be getting on with, finally Scott suggests some great tv box sets to binge on too.

A selection of great podcast recommendations to take your mind off current events.

116Podcasts To Stay Home With20200403Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend podcasts to keep you entertained at home, including:

United Zingdom (BBC Sounds)
How To Build A Healthy City (Financial Times)
You'll Do (BBC Radio 4)
Gossipmongers (Acast)
The Last Bohemians (Kate Hutchinson)

Then the journalist Sue Mitchell joins Amanda down the line to discuss Radio 4's Girl Taken, an investigative series where Sue and former soldier Rob Lawrie search for the truth in the case of a missing refugee child.

And Greg recommends some of the latest new music releases, including:

Lifers, Ed Gamble's new podcast for Spotify
Rivals, from iHeartRadio
and Daughters of Reykjavik The Podcast.

As always you can contact Amanda on podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk

Stay safe and happy listening!

Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend podcasts to keep you entertained at home.

117Easter Celebration In Isolation20200410For Easter Weekend, Podcast Radio Hour considers religious podcasts and how they are helping communities come together remotely during the coronavirus crisis.

BBC Religion and Ethics journalist Sophia Smith Galer suggests some of her favourites, including:
Keeping It 101
Unorthodox
Interfaithish
Catholic Stuff You Should Know

Elizabeth Oldfield from the religion and society think tank Theos speaks to Amanda Litherland about their podcast series The Sacred

You can hear Sophia's series on Religion In The Digital Age for the BBC World Service by searching for Heart and Soul on BBC Sounds.

And Amanda recommends a few other podcasts to keep you informed and entertained over the weekend:

The Walkers Switch
Bitch Bitch Bitch - Radio 2
99% Invisible - episode 397 Wipe Out
Make A Difference - BBC Local Radio

If you'd like to suggest any podcasts you can email podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk

Happy Easter!

How can podcasts help religious communities connect during the coronavirus crisis?

118British Indie Comedy Drama Podcasts2020042420200425 (BBC7)To make you laugh during lockdown, four brilliant comedy drama podcasts.

Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts recommend a selection of independently produced comedy drama podcasts, to make you laugh during lockdown.

Featuring whole episodes and extracts from:
Quid Pro Euro (Felix Trench)
Marscorp (Definitely Human)
The Unseen Hour (James Carney)
North West Footwear Database (Tim Foley)

119Lockdown Learning2020050120200502 (BBC7)Suggestions of great podcasts to help all the family keep learning during the lockdown.

Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan suggest podcasts for lockdown learning -
our selection of fact filled suggestions cam help with home schooling, or swotting up for a virtual quiz!

Deborah James from the BBC Bitesize podcasts tells us about all the brilliant teaching resources available on tv, radio and online.

Recommended listens:
Home School History with Greg Jenner
Frank Skinner's Poetry Podcast
The Allusionist
Something Rhymes With Purple
Radiolab for Kids
99% Invisible
David Walliams' Marvellous Musical Podcast
The Listening Service
Song Exploder
Everything Under The Sun
Radio Nonsense
Sarah and Duck (CBeebies)

Also, we suggest some great new series which have launched during the last few weeks, recorded remotely:
Grounded with Louis Theroux
Locked Together from Audible
Out For Lunch/ In For Lunch With Jay Rayner
Culture Call from the Financial Times

And a couple of TV companion podcasts
Final Answer
Obsessed with Normal People

120Interviews To Inspire2020050820200509 (BBC7)
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Amanda Litherland presents a selection of interviews with pioneering podcasters.

Amanda Litherland revisits the Podcast Radio Hour archive to see what budding podcasters can learn from some of her most inspirational guests:

Ira Glass talks about the beginnings of This American Life.

Dame Kelly Holmes discusses the challenge of moving from interviewee to interviewer.

Clare Balding highlights the importance of getting a great idea on its feet.

Jay Rayner talks about the joy of conversation over a good meal.

George The Poet reveals how he combined disciplines to create the award winning Have You Heard George's Podcast.

Jessie Ware and her mum Lennie talk about the much loved Table Manners.

David Dimbleby shows how it's never too late to start your own series

And Stephen Fry expresses his love for podcasts as a unique medium to feed our curiosity.

121Eurovision, Prison, And Parenting2020051520200516 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend a selection of listenworthy new podcasts.

Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend a selection of podcasts, including great new releases, podcasts for new parents and podcasts celebrating Eurovision.

Recommended this week:
James Acaster's Perfect Sounds (BBC Sounds)
Dom Joly's Earworm (Audible)
Prison Bag (Falling Tree)
Son of a Hitman (Spotify)
True Spies (Cup & Nuzzle)
Over The Road (Radiotopia)

Parenting Podcasts:
Crib Notes
Nappy Days
Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Lockdown Parenting Hell

Eurovision/European Podcasts:
Vision Again
Second Cherry
The Nordic Podcast
Britalian

122Super Short Series, Jacob Hawley, And Other New Releases2020052220200523 (BBC7)Amanda and Caroline Crampton suggest short podcasts. Jacob Hawley on his new series.

Amanda Litherland and Caroline Crampton recommend super short podcasts. And Jacob Hawley chats about his latest series for BBC Sounds, 'Jacob Hawley's Job Centre'.

Recommended this week

Short series to learn something:
The World According to Sound
50 Things That Changed The Modern Economy
The Story Behind
On This Day In Esoteric Political History

Short fiction/story series:
Listen, Rinse, Repeat
Chompers
The Roommate From Hell
Havisham Kills Time
Sam Walker's Desert Island Diaries

Short thoughtful podcasts:
10 Things That Scare Me
Now For Tomorrow
The Rob Auton Daily Podcast
The Slowdown

New Podcasts:
Jacob Hawley's Job Centre
The Missionary
Swipe Left Swipe Left

You can contact the show by emailing podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk

123Podcasting In The Pandemic - With The Archers, Deborah Frances-white And More2020052920200530 (BBC7)How have podcasts changed recently? Hear from The Archers, Deborah Frances-White and more

How have podcasts changed under current circumstances?

Amanda Litherland speaks to cast and crew from The Archers about their new format - we hear from Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy) and producer Jessica Bunch.

Deborah Frances-White discusses how The Guilty Feminist has adapted and continued despite live audience recordings being impossible for the time being.

And a variety of Podcast Radio Hour listeners reveal how the situation has affected their podcast production, both positively and negatively.
We hear from Soho Bites, Centuries of Sound, Alternative Stories and Fake Realities, Creative Cuppa, In Writing with Hattie Crisell, Wooden Overcoats, and The Hardy Report.

124Let's Go Outside2020060520200606 (BBC7)Listening to learn about racism, some great nature series - and what is a branded podcast?

Recorded outside in a London park (socially distanced!) Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis recommend some great podcasts and speak to creators.

Firstly, following on from the Black Lives Matter protests happening across the world, a selection of podcasts to help you learn about the history of race and racism, and actions you can take now. Including Scene On Radio series 2 Seeing White, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge and NPR's Code Switch.

Also suggestions of nature podcasts which discuss environmental activism and encourage positive change. Including Costing The Earth, Mothers of Invention, Black Nature Narrative, Outrage and Optimism, and So Hot Right Now.

And what is a branded podcast?
More and more companies are not just buying advertising, but commissioning entire podcast series to spread the word about their brand.
We hear from Radio Wolfgang's Holly Aquilina and Elle Scott, the team behind last year's award winning 'Selfridges Hot Air' to find out why companies are investing in this medium, and what goes into creating a successful series.

We also hear the 2020 British Podcast Award nominations for Best Branded podcast; #QueerAF, DeepMind: The Podcast, Meet Me At The Museum, On the Marie Curie Couch, The Penguin Podcast, and The Rough Guide to Everywhere.

You can contact the show at podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk

125Pride Podcasts And Refugee Week2020061920200620 (BBC7)Recommended listening for pride month, and a new podcast about refugees, by refugees.

Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend great podcasts and speak to their creators.

First, a selection of new series:
Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia (The Ringer)
Nut Jobs (Audible)
The Stubborn Light of Things (Melissa Harrison)
Changes with Annie Mac
Her Spirit Podcasts

And as we are in the middle of Pride month, some recommended LGBTQ+ listening from:
Pride And Joy (BBC Sounds)
Anthems - Pride (Broccoli Content)
I'm Grand Mam
Growing Up With Galdem

Then we speak to podcaster and refugee Abdulwahab Tahan about his new series Integrate That, launched as part of UK Refugee Week. We hear how the podcast tells stories with refugee voices front and centre.

And continuing our review of some of this year's nominations for the British Podcast Awards, we hear who is nominated in the Best Entertainment category:
George Ezra & Friends
Help I Sexted My Boss
No Country For Young Women
Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
Sam Walker's Desert Diaries
Something Rhymes with Purple

126Podcasting In 2020: A Half-time Report2020062620200627 (BBC7)Six months into 2020, what are the big headlines in podcasting?

Greg Cochrane joins Amanda Litherland to offer a half time report into podcasting in 2020.
Which episodes have particularly captured listener's attentions? What are the trends? How is podcasting adapting to new challenges as a business, and as an art form?
Also, there's no getting away from talking about the effects the pandemic has had. Adam Fleming reflects on the challenges of reporting the last few months' news on The Coronavirus Newscast, and shares details on what's next for the podcast.

Renay Richardson, CEO of Broccoli content discusses the Equality In Audio pact, an initiative to improve representation in the audio industry.

And what can independent podcasts do to encourage a sense of community amongst listeners? What services exist to help them financially? We hear from Riley and Milo, two of the hosts of Trashfuture, about how the membership platform Patreon has helped their podcast thrive.

Plus Amanda and Greg pick out a few of 2020's most engaging and impactful episodes
Featuring:
1Xtra Talks Special - George Floyd and Black Lives Matter
Wind of Change
Happy Mum Happy Baby - The Duchess of Cambridge on the early years
Reply All - The Case of the Missing Hit
Grounded, with Louis Theroux - Miriam Margolyes

127Movie Nostalgia And Podcasts Without Borders2020070320200704 (BBC7)Take your seats for a showcase of movie podcasts.
Suchandrika Chakrabarti joins Amanda Litherland to talk about the podcasts that have caught their attention this week, from bees to media giants.
Plus Isabelle Roughol talks about her new project Borderline.

Featuring:
Oh Hello, the p'dcast
Land of the Giants
Living Beeing
Obsessed With... I May Destroy You

You Must Remember This
Scriptnotes
Black Men Can't Jump (in Hollywood)
Unspooled
The Next Picture Show

Popcorn becomes PODcorn with a showcase of movie nostalgia podcasts.

128Neil Gaiman And Audio Fiction2020071020200711 (BBC7)Neil Gaiman speaks to Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts about the new audio adaptation of his DC comic book series The Sandman, out next week on Audible. Neil discusses his love of audio fiction, and the Radio 4 dramas and comedies that have inspired him since childhood.

Also, David Devereux from Tin Can Audio discusses his new podcast The Dungeon Economic Model.

And Kaitlin Statz and Travis Vengroff from Fool & Scholar Productions offer tips on crafting adventures in your headphones.

Neil Gaiman discusses the new audio adaptation of The Sandman.

129British Podcast Award Winners 20202020071720200718 (BBC7)Following on from this week's British Podcast Awards ceremony, Amanda Litherland speaks to some of this year's winners.

Firstly, the awards co-creator Matt Deegan takes up behind the scenes at the virtual ceremony, which involved 19 outside broadcasts.

Then we hear from the team behind Best New Podcast, The Log Books. Tash Walker, Adam Smith and Shivani Dave discuss how they used the archive logs of Switchboard - the LGBTQ+ helpline, to tell stories from the community in the 70s and 80s.

Helena Merriman, creator of Best Radio Podcast and Moment Of The Year winner Tunnel 29, gives tips on successful storytelling.

And we speak to Podcast of the Year and Best Sex & Relationships podcast - Brown Girls Do It Too.
Presenters Poppy Begum and Rubina Pabani, and producer Rayhan Rahman talk about how their podcast has opened up conversations around sex in the British-Asian community.

Interviews with winners and the co-founder of the 2020 British Podcast Awards.

130Anti-racist Activism, Bingeworthy Documentaries And Other New Listens.2020073120200801 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend great new podcasts and speak to creators.

Firstly, some bingeworthy documentary and real life podcasts:
The Town That Didn't Stare (Nick Hilton & Podot)
Rabbit Hole (The New York Times)
Real Dictators (Noiser)
The Reality of Reality TV with Fleur East (Planet Radio)

We hear from Shade podcast creator Lou Mensah about her series of discussions around creativity and anti-racism.

And a selection of other notable new listens:
The Joe Wicks Podcast (BBC Sounds)
When Someone Great Is Gone (Izzy Lee-Poulton and Transmission Roundhouse)
The Harrowing (Storyglass)
Crossbread (ABC)

Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend new listens and chat to podcaster Lou Mensah.

131Holidays In Your Headphones2020081420200815 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis recommend podcasts and speak to creators.

Staying at home this summer? No problem!

Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis suggest podcasts that let you visit museums, art galleries and the great outdoors all over the world - from the comfort of your headphones.

And there's something to keep the little ones entertained too! CBeebies star Maddie Moate discusses her new podcast Maddie's Sound Explorers - and chats about the rise of family friendly podcasts.

Recommended this week:

The National Trust Podcast

Women Who Travel - Conde Nast Traveler

Black Women Travel Podcast

The Armchair Explorer

Art Matters Podcast - Art UK

The Lonely Palette

Simon Schama - The Great Gallery Tours - Radio 4 and BBC Sounds

Bow Down: Women In Art - Frieze

Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast

132Glorious Game Shows - And Avery Trufelman On The Cut2020082120200822 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland is joined by Caroline Crampton (podcaster - Shedunnit, writer - HotPod newsletter) to recommend great podcasts and speak to creators.

Firstly, a round up of some addictive new listening:
Nice White Parents (New York Times, Serial)
You're Wrong About
The Comb (BBC World Service)
Bad People (BBC Sounds)

The culture podcast The Cut from New York Magazine has recently relaunched with a new host - Avery Trufelman. Avery joins to discuss what's in store for the new podcast, and what she's learned from her years as a producer and reporter at 99% Invisible.

Caroline chooses some superb game show podcasts to keep you entertained:
Triviality
Make My Day with Josh Gondelman
Punch Up The Jam
Got It
Smash Boom Best

and comedians Fern Brady and Alison Spittle discuss their new game show for BBC Sounds - Wheel of Misfortune - where they turn tragedy into comedy.

Recommending great podcasts. Avery Trufelman discusses her new role as host of The Cut.

133Listener Week2020082820200829 (BBC7)This week Amanda Litherland is joined by producer Chris Pearson to hear a variety of podcast recommendations sent in by listeners.

We hear voice notes and emails recommending:

Just The Zoo Of Us
The Countryside Hour (BBC Radio Norfolk)
The Ballad of Billy Balls
The History of English
Floating
The Stoop
Constellation Prize
Small Doses
Decoder Ring Theatre

Plus, listener Blossom joins to talk about her wellness podcast Tea with HB.

A selection of brilliant podcast recommendations - all by you!

134Steve Coogan On Alan Partridge's Return To Audio2020090420200905 (BBC7)It's been 29 years since the character of Alan Partridge made his debut in the Radio 4 satirical radio show On The Hour. Since then Steve Coogan's inept Norfolk broadcaster has seen huge success with various TV shows and even a feature film, Alpha Papa.

This week Alan makes a return to audio with a brand new podcast 'From The Oasthouse' - available to download from Audible.

Steve Coogan chats to Amanda Litherland about the benefits of making comedy that's for ears only, and shares some of the secrets behind Alan Partridge's 30 year success.

Later, Amanda is joined by the writer and critic Scott Bryan to recommend more of the latest new listens, including:

Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat
Futile Attempts At Surviving Tomorrow - (Kim Noble and Novel)
My Year In Mensa (Jamie Loftus)

The Bomb (BBC World Service)
Media Tribe (Shaunagh Connaire)
On Things We Left Behind (Acast)
Book Off (Joe Haddow)
The Two Shot Podcast (Craig Parkinson)
Chasing Charlie (Freemantle Australia)

Steve Coogan discusses the new Alan Partridge podcast 'From The Oasthouse'

135Innovative Storytelling With Cathy Fitzgerald And Ross Sutherland2020091120200912 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland speaks to two innovative audio makers.

Ross Sutherland reveals some of the thinking behind his puzzling new fiction podcast 'The Golden House' - a mini series from Imaginary Advice stuffed full of codes and secrets.

Later, the award winning documentary producer Cathy Fitzgerland discusses her latest project 'Witness' in association with Amnesty International - a podcast which skilfully tells sensitive stories from some of the world's darkest places. Cathy also speaks about how she came to work in audio, and shares her advice on creating great listening, such as Life On Lockdown for Radio 4.

Then Podcast Radio Hour producer Chris Pearson joins Amanda to go through a few of your recommendations for innovative podcasts, including Giant, The Friendship File Podcast, and Totalus Rankium.

Showcasing innovative storytelling in podcasts with Cathy Fitzgerald and Ross Sutherland.

136Pens, Pipe Organs And Portable Toilets - Niche Podcasts2020091820200919 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland and Becca Bryers explore niche podcasts from around the world.

From pipe organs to portable toilets, there's a podcast out there about almost everything, and in this week's Podcast Radio Hour Amanda and Becca explore a wealth of listens.

Myke Hurley from Relay FM joins to talk about "The Pen Addict", a stationery podcast with more than 400 epiodes.

Then Helen Wilkinson and Caroline Somos from "Love to Sew" discuss their craft podcast, which covers a range of topics from linen to social justice sewing.

Plus recommendations including:
The Ships Log
Get Flushed
People Movers
Unearthed: Mysteries from an unseen world
QueenPod
Desert Island Discworld
Come Ogre Here
Song By Song
E20 Podcast
The Thing About That: A Modern Woman's Guide to Getting Married
Purrcast
Lunchwatch with Johnny White Really Really
Hot Pipes

From pipe organs to pens via purring and portable toilets, a showcase of niche podcasts.

137U S Politics Special - Featuring Emily Maitlis And Jon Sopel2020092520200926 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland is joined by the podcaster and journalist Greg Cochrane to recommend podcasts to keep up to date with the US Election and understand some of the history that's made the country what it is today.

Also Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis discuss making the BBC's Americast - how is reporting for the podcast different to radio or TV broadcasting? And are there fans of the podcast on both sides of the Atlantic?

Podcasts mentioned this week:
Slate's Political Gabfest
FiveThirtyEight Politics
KCRW's Left Right and Center
Pod Save America
Joe Rogan Experience
Americast
CBC's Party Lines (Party In The USA mini series)
Women Belong In The House
The Brown Girls Guide To Politics
Presidential
More Perfect
1619

Podcasts to understand the US Election. Jon Sopel and Emily Maitlis chat Americast.

138Sporting Stories And A Visit To The Socially Distant Sports Bar2020100220201003 (BBC7)Chris Pearson and Amanda Litherland tackle sports podcasts.
This week, Stef Garrero, Elis James and Mike Bubbins discuss their lockdown sports podcast The Socially Distant Sports Bar podcast.
Then Adrian Koenigsberg joins us from New York to discuss her podcast Quell Party which celebrates and showcases women and non-binary people in Skateboarding.

Plus recommended listens from the world of Sports, including:
Don't Tell Me The Score
The Game Changers
Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.
All-American: Tiger Woods
Death Of A Sports Star
30 for 30
HORSE
The Tennis Podcast‎

Podcasts from the world of sports: The Socially Distant Sports Bar + Quell Party Podcast.

139New Releases For Autumn, Wellbeing Tips With Dr Chatterjee And Raving With Chris Warburton2020100920201010 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend great podcasts and meet the people who make them.

This week Dr Chatterjee talks "Feel Better. Live More.", a health podcast focusing on intimate, authentic conversations.

Then we're focusing on documentaries - and Chris Warburton discusses Ecstasy: The Battle of Rave, a documentary drama blend on rave culture.

Featured Podcasts This Week:

Feel Better, Live More
Great Scot
David Tennant Does A Podcast With
Mid Point With Gabby Logan
Who Am I This Time? with David Morrissey
Ecstasy: The Battle of Rave
The Fault Line – Blair Bush and Iraq
Coming In From The Cold
Twenty Twenty
The Secret Life of Teachers
French and Saunders Titting About

Dr Chatterjee discusses his podcast, plus behind the scenes on Ecstasy: The Battle Of Rave

140Press Play - Video Games And Childrens Podcasts2020101620201017 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland is joined by Chrystal Genesis to present a goody bag full of podcast recommendations.

First - great children's podcasts:
Tai Asks Why (CBC)
The Week Junior
Eleanor Amplified (WHYY)
Peace Out - Meditation for Kids

Kyla Slaven, producer of ABC's Short and Curly joins to discuss the philosophy show for kids.

And then we celebrate glorious video games and some of the best podcasts to stay up to date and entertained:
Women Of Marvel (episode Women of Video Game Journalism Revisited)
How Did This Get Played
Sound of Gaming (BBC Radio 3)
Triple Click (Maximum Fun)
Girls On Games

You can suggest your favourite podcast, or get in touch with the team by emailing podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk

Recommendations of great kids podcasts, and shows celebrating the glory of video games

141Audio Art And Found Sound2020102320201024 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland and Caroline Crampton delve into the world of soundscapes, audio art and found sound podcasts - recommending the most relaxing and intriguing series they can find.

We speak to Eleanor McDowall, the producer behind 'Field Recordings', an international collection of ambient recording from locations around the world.

And Michelle Macklem talks about the podcast 'Constellations', which offers sound artists a platform to experiment in. We hear an extract from Phoebe Wang's piece 'Isn't It Lovely'.

Other podcast recommendations include:
Cities and Memory
Field Trips
The Stubborn Light of Things
Random Tape
Walking
Songbirding
The Radio Birdsong podcast

Recommendations of podcast soundscapes, audio art and found sound.

142Podcasts That Go Bump In The Night2020103020201031 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts showcase supernatural scares - podcasts perfect for Halloween listening.

Jeffrey Nils Gardner and Eleanor Hyde discuss their gothic horror series Unwell, set in an American boarding house with some unusual residents.
And we speak to Cassandra Tse, creator of Apocalypse Songs, a supernatural thriller set in a New Zealand radio station.

Plus Ella has a whole host of recommendations from around the world of audio fiction, perfect for whatever level of Halloween heebie-jeebies you're hunting.

Recommended Podcasts:

Unwell, a Midwestern Gothic Mystery
The Magnus Archives
Old Gods of Appalachia
Mirrors podcast from Zoom Doom stories
The White Vault
Mabel
Apocalypse Songs
Children of the Stones

A selection of spooky podcasts, from gothic horrors to musical mysteries.

143Podcasts For The Planet2020110620201107 (BBC7)Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend climate focused podcasts to inform and inspire.
From tips on greener living to interviews with leading activists in the environmental movement, this week we highlight listening that encourages a brighter tomorrow.

We speak to the team at 'Outrage and Optimism': Tom Rivett-Carnac, Paul Dickenson, and Christiana Figueres. Christiana is the former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and was the lead negotiator on the Paris climate agreement.

Recommended podcasts this week:

How To Save A Planet
So Hot Right Now
What Planet Are We On?
Who Cares Wins, with Lily Cole
Outrage And Optimism
Ted Talks Daily
Operation Earth
Drilled
How They Made Us Doubt Everything

How can podcasts help the climate?

144A Buffet Of Food Podcasts20201113Chris Pearson and Amanda Litherland tuck into a buffet of food podcasts.
For starters: a selection of food documentaries, including a chat with Simon Tulett, one of the producers on 'The Food Chain' from the BBC World service.
And for main course: food conversations, from panel programmes to interviews. We hear from Suzy Chase, presenter of 'Cookery By The Book'.
Then finishing off for dessert, a quick taster of some food comedy podcasts.

Featured podcasts:
Eat Drink Asia Podcast
Gastropod
The Food Programme
The Slow Melt
The Food Chain
Home Cooking
The Kitchen Cabinet
Lecker
Toasted Sister
The Chickpeeps
Hoovering
Off Menu
Lunchwatch with Johnny White Really-Really
Table Manners with Jessie Ware
Out To Lunch with Jay Rayner

Amanda and Chris serve up a selection of food podcasts from around the globe.

145New Listens For November + Quizzing With Miquita Oliver20201120Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend newly released podcasts from the worlds of comedy and documentaries.

Plus Miquita Oliver talks about Quiz Chat repeat, a new daily quiz podcast.

Featured Podcasts:
The Sink
Poppy Hillstead Has Entered The Chat
Harry Hill's Noise
Dear Joan and Jericha
The Orgasm Cult
Quiz Chat Repeat (with Miquita Oliver)
VENT Documentaries
Intrigue: Mayday
The Mentor
Bed Of Lies
The Lock In with Jeremy Paxman
The Rest is History

A round up of the latest recommended listening. Miquita Oliver on her new quiz podcast.

146Trees And Forests: Podcasts For National Tree Week20201127Verity Sharp and Moy McGowan recommend their favourite tree podcasts.

On the eve of the UK's National Tree Week, Verity Sharp and Moy McGowan recommend their favourite tree podcasts.
And Adam Shaw talks about his podcast, Woodland Walks.
Recommended listening which links science and the sacred, the practical and the magical properties of trees.

Featured Podcasts:

Forest 404
Branch Out
Tree's A Crowd
Emergence Magazine Podcast
Woodland Walks
Farmerama
The Urban Forestry Radio Show & Podcast
Go Wild
BatChat
Living Beeing
Botanical Mind
Tree Lady Talks

147History And You're Wrong About20201204Amanda Litherland and Caroline Crampton recommend the best podcasts about the past, from some of the most popular history shows to more niche focused series.

Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes join to discuss their hit show You're Wrong About - a podcast that reconsiders people or events that have been miscast in public imagination.

Recommended podcasts this week:
We Are History
You're Dead To Me
The Dollop
You're Wrong About
The Rest Is History
Giants of History
History Extra
The Constant: A History of Getting Things Wrong
Uncivil
Irish History Podcast
Driving the Green Book
The Last Archive

History recommendations, plus You're Wrong About hosts discuss their hit podcast

148Winter Warmers - Cosy Audio Fiction20201211Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts recommend a selection of cosy audio fiction series to warm the winter nights.

Faith McQuinn discusses writing her romantic comedy series Margaritas and Donuts.

More recommended audio rom coms:
-Fan Wars: The Empire Claps Back
-Me and AU
-Greenhouse
-Deck The Halls (With Matrimony!)

Then Gabriel Urbina and Sarah Shachat discuss creating the fantasy anthology series Unseen. We hear an extract from episode 2 - Into The Dark.

More recommended fantasy/sci fi:
-Flyest Fables
-Open World
-Inn Between
-This Planet Needs A Name

Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts recommend cosy winter fiction podcasts.

149December New Listens And Christmas Specials20201218The holidays are almost here and Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan have recommendations of the best new listening for December - Christmas themed or otherwise.

Firstly, some great new series:

How I Found My Voice (Intelligence Squared)
Fashioned (Audible)
Strippers In The Attic
Life Of The Party With Jodie Harsh
In Strange Woods (Atypical Artists)

Former MP and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson joins us to discuss his new interview show Persons Of Interest. What lead him from politics to podcasting?

And a round up of some favourite Christmas specials:

The Santa Daily (FunKids)
My Dad Wrote A Porno
Table Manners With Jessie Ware - Dolly Parton
Bah Humbug: A Christmas Movie Podcast with Helen O'Hara
Macabre London - Abhorrent Advent Calendar

Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend new listening for December

150Podcast Radi-ho Ho Ho Hour20201225Amanda Litherland and Chris Pearson host a festive Podcast Radio Hour jam-packed full of great listens.
We've invited some of our friends from BBC Sounds to suggest podcasts they'd give as a Christmas gift.
And we'll also be showcasing some seasonal listening from festive BBC Podcasts of years past.

In this episode:

James Acaster, host of James Acaster's Perfect Sounds. recommends The Three Track Podcast, Hip Hop Saved My Life, Wheel of Misfortune, and The Guilty Feminist.

Sofie Hagen and Dr Julia Shaw, hosts of Bad People, recommend Maintenance Phase and I'm not a Monster

Greg Jenner, host of You're Dead to Me and Homeschool History, recommends Rule of Three

Elis James and John Robins, hosts of Elis James and John Robins on BBC Radio 5 Live, The Isolation Tapes and How Do You Cope?
John recommends Matt Forde's The Political Party, whilst Elis recommends Americast

Vanel and Sindy, hosts of Go Ask Your Mother, recommend Mogul and Scarlett Moffatt Wants to Believe

Plus we've festive selections from
Short Cuts
Profile
The Food Programme
The Why Factor
You're Dead to Me
Tweet of the Day

Christmas selections and recommendations from some of our friends at BBC Sounds.

151Positive Podcasts For 202120210101Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend inspirational listening to start the year.

Firstly, a pick of 2020s best - timeless series which are well worth getting stuck into.
Hana Walker-Brown, executive producer at Broccoli content joins to discuss the hit show Anthems - each episode containing positive personal philosophies.

Also recommended from 2020:
The Golden House (Ross Sutherland)
Rabbit Hole (New York Times)
Vent Documentaries (ViICE and Brent Council)
The Log Books (Tash Walker, Adam Zmith and Shivani Dave)
The Sink (BBC Sounds)

Then a look forward to building a brighter, better 2021 with some podcasts that offer hope for the future.

Jon Richardson and the Futurenauts (Ed Gillespie and Mark Stevenson) join to discuss their show which focuses on changes we can make to create a better world.

Also:
How To Vaccinate The World (BBC Radio 4)
Brave New Planet (Pushkin)
Armchair Adventures (Made By Mortals & Hearts and Minds)

Recommendations of inspirational audio for the New Year.

152Evergreen Podcasts20210115We often hear about the best new podcasts - but what about those that have been around for a while?

This week Amanda Litherland and Imriel Morgan recommend evergreen podcasts - shows which have been well established, but you might not have got around to listening to yet.

Firstly, some series which you can hear in their entirety:

Bronzeville

Capital

Fight Night (iHeartRadio)

Edith Bowman tells Podcast Radio Hour about her movie music podcast Soundtracking, which boasts over 200 episodes. Each week she speaks to guests from the world of film about the emotion evoked by the score.

She'll tell us how she's bagged interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Terence Blanchard and many more musical icons, but there's one composer in particular who has eluded her so far...

Other suggestions of great long running series include:

The Comb (BBC World Service)

Reply All (Gimlet)

Scene On Radio - season 4 The Land That Never Has Been Yet

The Anthill (The Conversation)

Nancy (WNYC)

Firstly, some series which you can hear in their entirety:
Bronzeville
Capital
Fight Night (iHeartRadio)

Edith Bowman tells Podcast Radio Hour about her movie music podcast Soundtracking, which boasts over 200 episodes. Each week she speaks to guests from the world of film about the emotion evoked by the score.
She'll tell us how she's bagged interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Terence Blanchard and many more musical icons, but there's one composer in particular who has eluded her so far...

Other suggestions of great long running series include:
The Comb (BBC World Service)
Reply All (Gimlet)
Scene On Radio - season 4 The Land That Never Has Been Yet
The Anthill (The Conversation)
Nancy (WNYC)

email your recommendations to podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk

Oldies but goodies - well established podcasts. Edith Bowman discusses Soundtracking.

153New Releases For January - Nikesh Shukla On Brown Baby20210122Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan recommend some of the best new listening.

Firstly, some comedy and entertainment shows to keep you laughing through lockdown:

The Brian Butterfield Pod Pod Podcast

Congrats On The New

My Life In Tv

Keep It!

Nikesh Shukla joins to dicuss his new series Brown Baby - conversations about raising children with joy in uncertain times.

And recommendations of more conversational podcasts and engrossing documentary series:

Relatively

The BBC Countryfile Magazine Podcast

I'm Not A Monster (BBC Sounds)

Into The Grey Zone (Sky News)

The Missing (Podimo)

The Cipher (BBC Sounds)

Firstly, some comedy and entertainment shows to keep you laughing through lockdown:
The Brian Butterfield Pod Pod Podcast
Congrats On The New
My Life In Tv
Keep It!

And recommendations of more conversational podcasts and engrossing documentary series:
Relatively
The BBC Countryfile Magazine Podcast
I'm Not A Monster (BBC Sounds)
Into The Grey Zone (Sky News)
The Missing (Podimo)
The Cipher (BBC Sounds)

contact the team and suggest your favourites: podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk

Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan review the latest podcast releases

154Wonders From Down Under20210129Chris Pearson and Caitlin Benedict showcase Australian podcasts. We have recommendations highlighting indigenous voices, podcasts made by Australian voices overseas, and listening perfect for homesick Aussies.
Daniel Browning tells us about his language podcast Word Up.
Plus Matt Parker and Bec Hill discuss mathematics podcast A Problem Squared.

Podcasts featured:

Tiddas 4 Tiddas
Word Up
The Thin Black Line
Pretty For An Aboriginal
A Problem Squared
Science VS
The Aunty Donna Podcast
Stuff The British Stole
Boonta Vista
The Signal

Showcasing great Australian audio

155Vegan Podcasts20210205To beat a post-Veganuary slump, Laura Grimshaw and Jake Yapp discuss the best vegan podcasts – and talk a lot about food. Yes, it's an hour about veganism but we promise it'll be interesting and fun and you'll find out about lots of delicious things to eat.

They will be joined by Evanna Lynch (better known to Harry Potter fans as Luna Lovegood) from the Chickpeeps Podcast to discuss her go-to easy and tasty vegan meals. The film director Kevin Smith and his daughter Harley Quinn Smith from the Vegan Abattoir Podcast battle the myths around veganism. We get food advice from the host of Vegan Food & Living Magazine's Simply Vegan podcast, Holly Johnson. And, in the interests of balance, we have a chat with Benjamin Partridge from The Beef & Dairy Network.

Laura Grimshaw and Jake Yapp discuss the best vegan podcasts.

156Podcast Musicals20210212It's curtain up for podcast musicals!
Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts showcase their favourite tuneful listens, with a selection of comedy and drama.

Jeff Luppino-Esposito, Brett Ryback and Matt Sav, the creators of last year's hit musical In Strange Woods discuss producing a multi cast production with all musicians and actors at home.

And Rye Dorsey, Zachary Goldberg and Sabine Sholani join to talk about Childish: A Podcast Musical - a series inspired by the work of Childish Gambino. They discuss how they created the show whilst finishing their undergraduate degrees.

Recommended podcasts this week:
Wait Wait, Don't Kill Me (part of Secrets, Crimes and Audiotape)
36 Questions
In Strange Woods
The Fall Of The House Of Sunshine
Childish: A Podcast Musical
CrossBread: A Comedy Musical
The Ballad of Anne And Mary
Magnitsky The Musical

Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts discuss the best podcast musicals.

157Parental Guidance20210219Mum-to-be Amanda Litherland is joined by Chrystal Genesis, host of Stance Podcast and mother of two, to recommend great parenting podcasts.

As well as series which support parents and caregivers with some much needed laughter and conversation, they suggest shows which discuss all forms of family relationships and consider our own childhoods, whether we have children ourselves or not.

Also, Marvyn Harrison, founder of Dope Black Dads, joins to talk about the success of his podcast and community groups. Dope Black Dads encourages men to open up about their feelings around fatherhood, supporting constructive conversations that celebrate black fathers worldwide.

Recommended podcasts:
The Motherkind Podcast
One Bad Mother
The Juggling Act (The Telegraph)
Parentland (BBC World Service)
Dope Black Dads
Dad In Progress
The Likely Dads (Radio 4)
Parenting For Liberation
The Survival Guide (Black Ballad)
The Brown Baby Podcast
Some Families
Parenting Beyond Discipline

Want to suggest a podcast? Contact the team podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk

Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis discuss parenting and family relationship podcasts.

157Parenting And The Family20210219Amanda Litherland and Chrystal Genesis find the best podcasts on parenting and the family.
158Hope And Happiness20210226Amanda Litherland, Chris Pearson, Moy McGowan and Laura Grimshaw share hopeful podcasts.

The whole Podcast Radio Hour team - Amanda Litherland, Chris Pearson, Moy McGowan and Laura Grimshaw - come together to share the podcasts that give them hope, happiness and inspiration.

Laura speaks to comedian Charlie George and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota about Happiness and How To Get It, an Audible Original series where they test out happiness tips designed by experts.

Moy recommends The Jane Goodall Hopecast, where the world reknowned primatologist and anthropologist speaks to individuals who are helping to create a better world.

Chris speaks to Alex Melia about Our Voices In The NHS, a podcast celebrating healthcare workers and their inspirational stories.

And we read out some listeners suggestions of podcasts that bring them hope and happiness:
The Horne Section Podcast
Nobody Panic
Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Lockdown Parenting Hel‪l‬
39 Ways To Save The World
Whiterabbitpresents - How To Be Hopeful
Seize Your Adventure
The Offcuts Drawer
Creative Sauce with Andi Osho

email the team with your suggestions - podcastradiohour@bbc.co.uk

The Podcast Radio Hour team share podcasts that inspire hope.

159New Listening20210305Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan review new podcast releases.

Psychologist Kimberley Wilson and Dr Xand van Tulleken discuss Made Of Stronger Stuff, a Radio 4 podcast about the human body.

Recommended podcasts:

Get Birding
New Scientist Escape Pod
The Bias Diagnosis
Sideways
Reverberate
Welcome To Your Fantasy
Welcome To Spooktown
Money Moves With Toni Tone
Life Hacks - Lockdown Wellbeing

Amanda Litherland and Scott Bryan review the latest podcast releases

160International Funny Women's Day20210312Laura Grimshaw and Julia Raeside recommend the best podcasts from funny women.
161Fashion And Beauty20210319Amanda Litherland and Imriel Morgan recommend fashion and beauty podcasts that open up personal conversations about identity.

The fashion guru Susannah Constantine joins to chat about her series My Wardrobe Malfunction, where conversations about clothes lead to much more emotional discussions.

And hair and beauty entrepreneur Jamelia Donaldson discusses her podcast She's Obsessed.

Recommended shows this week:
On Reflection Beauty with Funmi Fetto
Breaking Beauty
The Beauty Brains
Snatched Edges Podcast
Articles of Interest
Beauty Fix with Naomi Shimada
Layers

Conversations about identity and beauty. Susannah Constantine discusses her fashion series

162Podcasts To Play Along With20210326Laura Grimshaw and Chris Pearson pick out the best podcasts you can play along with, chock full of quizzes, panel shows and trivia. With special guests Ed Gamble from the Taskmaster podcast, husband-and-wife-quizzers Lucy Porter and Justin Edwards from Plenty Questions, and we go behind the scenes of Radio 2's Popmaster.

Laura Grimshaw and Chris Pearson pick out the best podcasts you can play along with.

163Bbc Audio Drama Awards 202120210402Amanda Litherland and Ella Watts sample the shortlisted and winning podcasts from this year's BBC Audio Drama Awards.

Alison Hindell, BBC Radio 4's Commissioning Editor for Drama joins to discuss the history of the awards, and to share her thoughts on great audio drama.

And we hear Jeffrey Nils Gardner and Eleanor Hyde, producers of Unwell: A Midwest Gothic Mystery - the winning entry in the category of Best Podcast or Online Audio Drama.

Podcasts recommended this week:
Children Of The Stones (BBC Radio 4)
Fake Heiress (BBC Radio 4)
The Sink (BBC Sounds)
Tribulation (Audible)
Murmurs (BBC Sounds)
Unwell: A Midwest Gothic Mystery (HartLife NFP)
Seancecast (Hat Trick)
Passenger List (Radiotopia)

Recommended radio dramas - The Voyage Of The St Louis, Magnitsky The Musical, Eight Point Nine Nine, The Grey Man and Other Lost Legends, The Kubrick Test, Cigarettes and Chocolate, Under Milk Wood, The Diary of Samuel Pepys, The Cazalets

Find out more about the BBC Audio Drama Awards here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/48H1z30d4WLLz345v4BddQ1/audio-drama-awards-2021-the-finalists

Highlights of the shortlisted podcasts at this year's BBC Audio Drama Awards.

164The Sound Of Spring20210409Chris Pearson and Amanda Litherland recommend podcasts exploring British wildlife.

Dr Mya Rose Craig aka Birdgirl talks about the benefits of nature and birdwatching in both the city and the countryside, with her podcast Get Birding.

Ecologist Penny Green chats about the Knepp Wildland Podcast - sharing stories from the rewilding estate in West Sussex.

Recommended podcasts this week:
Tweet of the Day
30 Animals That Made Us Smarter
Wildflower Half Hour
Get Birding
The Science Of Birds
99% Invisible
The Casual Birder
Knepp Wildland Podcast
The Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation: hands-on conservation.
Lancashire Wildlife Trust Podcast
Nature's A Hoot

165Literary Listening20210416Amanda Litherland and Greg Cochrane recommend reading podcasts.
166Movie Magic20210423Chris Pearson and Ali Plumb recommend the best in movie podcasts.

Radio 1's Film Critic Ali Plumb joins Chris Pearson to recommend the best movie based listening.

We have guests across the world of film podcasting, including Al Horner, Sam Clements, Anna Smith, and Josh Horowitz.

Plus, we'll go behind the scenes on two long running film podcasts - The Empire Film Podcast, and BBC Radio 5 Live's Kermode and Mayo's Film Review.

Podcasts featured this week:

Script Apart
90 Minutes or Less Film Fest
Girls on Film
Happy Sad Confused
Empire Film Podcast
Bah Humbug
Kermode and Mayo's Film Review
Happier in Hollywood
The A24 Podcast
Director's Cut - a DGA Podcast

Recommending the best movie podcasts- including behind the scenes of Wittertainment.

Radio 1's Film Critic Ali Plumb joins Chris Pearson to recommend the best movie-based listening.

We have guests across the world of film podcasting, including Al Horner, Sam Clements, Anna Smith, and Josh Horowitz.

Plus, we'll go behind the scenes on two long-running film podcasts - The Empire Film Podcast, and BBC Radio 5 Live's Kermode and Mayo's Film Review.

Podcasts featured this week:

Script Apart
90 Minutes or Less Film Fest
Girls on Film
Happy Sad Confused
Empire Film Podcast
Bah Humbug
Kermode and Mayo's Film Review
Happier in Hollywood
The A24 Podcast
Director's Cut - a DGA Podcast

Recommending the best movie podcasts - including behind the scenes of Wittertainment.

167The Uk Tour20210430Chris Pearson and Laura Grimshaw tour the UK in podcasts.
168What's New For May?20210507Laura Grimshaw and Scott Bryan round up the best new podcasts.
169Mental Health Podcasts20210514Laura Grimshaw and Chris Pearson take a look at podcasts focussed on Mental Health.
17020210521The best in downloadable listening.
INTRODUCTIONWelcome To Podcast Radio Hour20180112Amanda Litherland introduces you to Podcast Radio Hour, where guests recommend their favourite podcasts.
SPECIALA History Of Podcasts20190401Made for 4 Extra. In a special bonus episode of Podcast Radio Hour, Amanda Litherland explores podcasting throughout history. With contributions from eminent historians Pirla Loof and Sef Waken.

Discover how a podcast inspired the Peasants' Revolt of 1381, why King Henry VIII launched his interview series, and hear an early advert recorded by Charles Dickens, recently uncovered from the BBC archive.

Written and presented by Amanda Litherland for BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Amanda Litherland presents a history of podcasts, with Pirla Loof and Sef Waken.