For 13 years, the American podcast Love + Radio has been quietly serving up personal narratives (sometimes adult-themed) with cutting-edge sound design. As one happy listener puts it: "The stories are great, strange, intense, the sound is a delight, and they have never tried to get me to accept a tote bag." We take a listen to the recent episode 'Coming Back' in which Pam Reynolds reflects on her near-death experience during major brain surgery.
Talking while you eat, even with your mouth full, isn't a problem in 'Hoovering'; in fact it's positively encouraged! The show's host Jessica Fostekew is a British writer and comedian who some of you might have heard before on 'The Guilty Feminist' podcast. We play her interview with the comedian and broadcaster Josie Long.
'Endless Thread' uses the popular social news site Reddit and its massive online communities as the source for its stories. We play two clips: one story concerning a Reddit user called Prufrock 451 (aka James Erwin) who lives in Iowa and works for an insurance company. He's also a big military history buff who became an online sensation on a discussion thread called 'Rome Sweet Rome'. The second excerpt comes from an episode called 'Doom Jelly'. It's all about the excruciating pain and the...
'Where Should We Begin?' lets you eavesdrop on couples talking about their problems in a recorded therapy session. The person helping these people deal with issues like infidelity, divorce and bereavement is the Belgian psychotherapist Esther Perel who is a TED talk sensation, a bestselling writer, and she's got a great voice too! We play some of the first episode of Season 3 of 'Where Should We Begin? The Arc of Love' from Audible, called "Young Love'.
'The Dream' explores the shady, complex world of pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing, ways of selling stuff which also encourage you to recruit new people as participants. So if you can get your friends or family members to join up, you can earn a commission on whatever they sell. Host Jane Marie has a personal interest in this topic. Growing up in rural Michigan, she knows many people who joined these schemes (and we meet some of them later in the series).
Fi Glover and Jane Garvey are BBC presenters who apparently met up hosting an event together a few years ago: they got on well and made people laugh, so 'Fortunately...with Fi and Jane' was born. Now nearly 70 episodes on, the weekly show is full of unscripted chat, and longer interviews with guests who come mainly from the world of broadcasting and entertainment. We play some of an episode of 'Fortunately...with Fi and Jane' (produced by Vivien Jones for BBC Radio 4) where they speak to the...
'Black Sheep' is back for a new season, with host William Ray telling more stories about colourful and controversial characters from New Zealand history. We play part of the first episode of a two-part story called 'Headhunter: the story of Horatio Robley', produced and presented for RNZ by William Ray.
The New York Times' daily news show 'The Daily' has proved a major hit: it's currently sitting at number 2 in the US podcast charts, with 5 million monthly listeners, and annual advertising revenues reported to be worth more than $US10 million. And other media organisations are trying to emulate its success. Just this week The Guardian, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and NZME., the publisher of The New Zealand Herald, have all unveiled their own daily news podcasts. Each episode of...
'The Daily' delivers the news to your ears. 'Black Sheep' portrays controversial characters from New Zealand history. 'Fortunately...with Fi and Jane' is an interview show with lots of laughs. And 'The Dream' explores multi-level marketing, from 'the plane game' to pyramid schemes.
The Australian improv duo The Bear Pack take one random word and use it as the centrepiece for a whole unscripted story. Steen Raskopoulos and Carlo Ritchie of The Bear Pack bring us some chilli-related chat.
'Dirt Church Radio' is a locally produced show with a focus on trail running- basically running done in New Zealand's great outdoors. We play some of Episode 7 featuring the American ultramarathon legend Dean Karnazes, and speak to Matt Rayment and journalist Eugene Bingham, the hosts and creators of Dirt Church Radio.
'Household Name' takes some of the biggest names in business- global giants like Starbucks and Coca Cola- and uncovers surprising stories from their past. So long ago, way back before he became US President, Donald Trump played a crucial role in selling us more pizza! Donald and Ivana's Affair (with Pizza Hut) is Episode 2 of Household Name from Business Insider and Stitcher presented by Dan Bobkoff.
From zebra crossings to prison uniforms, from Where's Wally? to the Breton shirt, stripes have always had a knack for grabbing our attention. In a BBC documentary called 'Out of Line', graphic designer Teresa Monachino shares her love of the horizontal line (produced by Mair Bosworth for BBC Radio 4).
Radio Atlas brings non-English audio documentaries to an English speaking audience using subtitles that are timed to appear on your smartphone screen at exactly the same time as you hear the audio. We speak to Eleanor McDowall who started up Radio Atlas, and runs it in her spare time.
Dispatch To A Friend involves two real-life friends Gillian Bell and Annabelle Hickson reading out the letters they send to each other in a simple celebration of their friendship. We play part of an Episode called 'Catmint, Venn diagrams and a bread pudding'.
He's played in the NBA, and stands over 2 metres tall in his socks, but Paul Shirley isn't your typical basketball jock. For starters he's a talented writer, doesn't take himself too seriously, and was a self-confessed late bloomer who had limited early success with the ladies. 'Stories I Tell on Dates' by Paul Shirley is produced by Lunch Break Entertainment.
'Hallelujah' by Leonard Cohen took years to write, once had as many as 80 verses, and was practically ignored when it first came out 34 years ago. The BBC Radio 4 series Soul Music tells the story of the emotional impact of a song and how it was written.