Best podcasts to stream during lockdown
My Favorite Murder
A selection of podcasts worth lending your ears to, from comedy chats to true crime chart-toppers
Whether your taste in podcasting ranges from the comedic to the horrific or gossipy to whimsy, there's plenty audio material out there. Here's a septet of shows to sample.
Rule of Three
Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley have written for Charlie Brooker and created those hilarious rebooted Ladybird Books. They're now on the fifth collection of their podcast which asks comedy people to talk about their own favourite funny thing. To date, they've featured Chris Addison paying homage to Victoria Wood, Aisling Bea discussing Father Ted, and Robin Ince drooling over Hairspray.
Listen to Rule of Three now.
Call Your Girlfriend
Two pals, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, call each other regularly about all manner of stuff within pop culture and politics, and record their conversations for our listening pleasure. Among the broad topics they've covered are activism, friendship, books, bodies, and scams.
Listen to Call Your Girlfriend now.
Why do we humans often make the wrong decisions? Is it simply bad judgment or are our brains hardwired to keep letting us down? Among those discussed in the series are Galileo, John Maynard Keynes, and jazz piano legend Keith Jarrett.
Listen to Cautionary Tales now.
In For Lunch / Out To Lunch
Jay Rayner's Out To Lunch pod reboots for the lockdown era as he hosts a virtual takeaway meal every Tuesday (from 28 April) with the likes of Russell Tovey, Jessie Buckley, Ed Balls and George Ezra all getting involved. Plus he'll air a few Out To Lunch episodes recorded before the world turned inside out with Charlie Brooker, Dita Von Teese and Romesh Ranganathan.
Listen to In For Lunch from Tue 28 Apr.
My Favorite Murder
The true crime podcast that wears a heart on its sleeve while also lodging a tongue firmly into the side of its cheek, the chart-topping 'cast from Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark has been amazing and amusing listeners since early 2016. Among the cases that the duo explore to conclude whether a murder had been committed and who did it, or if something more accidental led to death are Grace Kelly's car plunging off a hairpin bend in Monaco, wealthy butcher Louis Arbogast who had his head caved in and was set on fire in his sleep in 1909, and the Tulsa massacre of 1921.
Listen to My Favorite Murder now.
The Hit Parade
Through stories, trivia and songs, Chris Molanphy and guests tell the true tales of artists who have dominated the airwaves. Recent episodes have pondered Whitney Houston's unique crossover appeal, wondered why the anti-establishment Woodstock festival spawned so many chart-toppers, and explored the decade which has just passed to ask: what the hell happened there?
Listen to The Hit Parade now.
An oldie but still a goodie, as Slate's pod takes a very close look indeed at two of the biggest US political scandals in the late 20th century (Richard Nixon/Watergate and Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky). For series three, Joel Anderson delves deep into the still unsolved murders of former rap buddies then mortal enemies, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac.
Listen to Slow Burn now.
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