11 of the Best Podcasts to Listen to this Summer

Tue, 30 July 2019

While many people are in the process of streamlining their phones and deleting apps that make them feel “meh”, there’s one feature we’re keen to use more: podcasts. From true crime to bad movies, current affairs to grappling with failure, these gloriously travel-friendly forms of entertainment are ready and waiting to populate your phones (and minds).

1. Revisionist History

Malcolm Gladwell’s journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood, every episode re-examines something from the past: an event, a person, an idea.

2. The Infinite Monkey Cage

A witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes, hosted by Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

3. Table Manners

Direct from her very own dinner table, Jessie Ware and her mum, Lennie, co-host this podcast about food, family and the art of having a chat.

4. The High Low

A weekly news, pop-culture and current affairs podcast, co-hosted by Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton. The High Low is a regular on the most-listened-to charts.

5. No Such Thing As A Fish

Produced and presented by the researchers behind the BBC Two panel game QI, No Such Thing As A Fish discusses the best things they’ve found out this week.

6. How To Fail with Elizabeth Day

This podcast celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them.

7. Myths and Legends

Taking in subjects ranging from Aladdin to King Arthur, Jason Weiser tells stories from myths, legends and folklore that have shaped cultures throughout history.

8. Ctrl Alt Delete

Forward slasher Emma Gannon chats to experts, thought-leaders, writers and creative individuals about the internet, their careers and everything in between.

9. How I Built This

In this podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists, Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies and the movements they built.

10. The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads

A selection of the Guardian’s long read articles – ranging from crime to business and the arts – which are published in the paper and online.

11. David Tennant Does A Podcast With…

David Tennant gets talking with some of the biggest names (think Whoopi Goldberg and Olivia Colman level) from TV, movies, comedy and elsewhere.

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