Best BBC podcasts we could find (Updated September 2019)
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Discovery
Weekly
 
Explorations in the world of science.
 
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CrowdScience
Weekly
 
We take your questions about life, Earth and the universe to researchers hunting for answers at the frontiers of knowledge.
 
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Science in Action
Weekly
 
The BBC brings you all the week's science news.
 
The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends
 
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BBC Inside Science
Monthly+
 
Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
 
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BBC News
Daily+
 
The latest five minute news bulletin from BBC World Service.
 
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Business Daily
Daily
 
The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.
 
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The Science Hour
Monthly
 
Science news and highlights of the week
 
The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC
 
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Science Stories
Rare
 
Surprising stories from the history of science told by Naomi Alderman and Philip Ball.
 
5 live's science podcast, featuring Dr Karl, plus Dr Chris and Naked Scientists with the hottest science news stories and analysis.
 
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Digital Planet
Monthly+
 
Technological and digital news from around the world.
 
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Tech Tent
Monthly+
 
How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work.
 
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BBC Minute
Daily+
 
One minute of the world's most shareable news - updated every half an hour, 24/7
 
What's been happening around the world and why it matters
 
Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince.
 
Amazing things humans have learnt from the animal kingdom. Inspiring, fascinating, bingeable.
 
BBC Radio 5 live’s award winning gaming podcast, discussing the world of video games and games culture.
 
Elis James and John Robins with big laughs and top quality #content. Email: elisandjohn@bbc.co.uk #elisandjohn
 
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
 
Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires them and asking what their discoveries might do for us in the future.
 
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Six O'Clock News
Weekly+
 
The latest national and international news from BBC Radio 4
 
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Newshour
Daily
 
Interviews, news and analysis of the day’s global events.
 
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BBC News
Daily+
 
The latest news from the BBC
 
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Seriously…
Weekly
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
 
Mark Kermode joins Simon Mayo to give his verdict on the week's movies
 
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Outlook
Daily
 
Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
 
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Beyond Today
Daily
 
One big question about one big story from the news - and beyond - every weekday. Tina Daheley and Matthew Price search for answers that will change the way we see the world.
 
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Football Daily
Weekly
 
The latest from the Premier League, EFL, European football and more!
 
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The Inquiry
Weekly
 
The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.
 
Tim Harford tells the fascinating stories of inventions, ideas and innovations which have helped create the economic world.
 
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Comedy of the Week
Weekly+
 
Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.
 
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Fighting Talk
Weekly
 
A hilarious look at the volatile world of sport where guests compete for points with their sporting punditry. Informed comments are rewarded but witless outbursts are penalised.
 
Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.
 
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Wake Up to Money
Monthly
 
News and views on business and the world of personal finance. Plus the very latest from the financial markets around the globe
 
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The Digital Human
Monthly
 
Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world
 
Download the latest documentaries Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
 
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TMS at the Ashes
Weekly+
 
Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team in the build up to and from the 2019 Ashes series - including interviews with top players and special features.
 
Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
 
Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
 
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Business Matters
Monthly
 
Global business news, with live guests and contributions from Asia and the USA.
 
Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and Lobby Land.
 
Honest and fun chat around all the questions you’re too scared to search for. Everyone has the same questions, so we can learn from each other’s experiences, however cringeworthy…
 
An unidentified body. Who was she? Why hasn’t she been missed? A BBC World Service and NRK original podcast, investigating a mystery unsolved for almost half a century.
 
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Short Cuts
Monthly+
 
Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.
 
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Intrigue: The Ratline
Monthly
 
A story of love, denial and a curious death. Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, who was indicted for mass murder.
 
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The latest five minute news bulletin from BBC World Service.By BBC World Service.
 
Drop into BBC Minute every half an hour, 24/7, for the biggest news, sport, technology, health, science, social media and business stories; all in 60 secondsBy BBC World Service.
 
This week's guest host is Patrick Kielty and he's joined by Francis Wheen, Susan Calman, Felicity Ward and Glenn Moore.It's last orderrr orderrrrs this week with some other news about an allegedly not fast but furious man.Producer: Richard MorrisA BBC Studios ProductionBy BBC Radio 4.
 
Tom's walked out after Anna rejected his marriage proposal. What's going to happen next?By BBC Radio.
 
One of the most fundamental developmental stages we humans go through is extremely poorly understood. The first few days of the embryo, once it's been implanted in the womb is incredibly hard to study. Yet it's the time when the majority of pregnancies fail. Professor Magdalena Zernika-Goetz at Cambridge University is a leader in the field of m ...…
 
Dr Chris Smith and the team with the latest science news including the discovery of an earth like planet, seagulls with superbugs, and the animal that likes to play hide and seek.Plus the current epidemic of sexually transmitted infections are put under the microscope.By BBC Radio 5 live.
 
Houthi rebels claim responsibility for attacks which the UN fears may severely limit production. Also, African leaders attend the state funeral of Robert Mugabe, but few Zimbabweans turn out; and the solid gold toilet stolen from an English palace.By BBC World Service.
 
One of Africa's great liberation leaders was remembered today, as was one of its more brutal dictators. Robert Mugabe was both these things and more; for 37 years he led Zimbabwe. We reflect on his legacy on the day of his state funeral in Harare.Also in the programme: The US blames Iran over an attack on Saudi oil plants which Houthi rebels in ...…
 
One of Africa's great liberation leaders was remembered today, as was one of its more brutal dictators. Robert Mugabe was both these things and more; for 37 years he led Zimbabwe. We reflect on his legacy on the day of his state funeral in Harare.Also in the programme: The US blames Iran over an attack on Saudi oil plants which Houthi rebels in ...…
 
In April 1997 a woman dressed as a nurse walked into a Cape Town hospital and left with a new born baby. The baby's name was Zephany Nurse but she was raised by the woman who kidnapped her as Miche Solomon. It would be 17 years before she discovered her true identity and was forced to make some impossible decisions.Miche recently released a boo ...…
 
In April 1997 a woman dressed as a nurse walked into a Cape Town hospital and left with a new born baby. The baby's name was Zephany Nurse but she was raised by the woman who kidnapped her as Miche Solomon. It would be 17 years before she discovered her true identity and was forced to make some impossible decisions.Miche recently released a boo ...…
 
Michael Vaughan, Glenn McGrath and Alec Stewart have their say on England batting themselves into a strong position to win the match and tie the series. We hear from Joe Denly on his amazing week; the birth of his daughter now followed by a new highest Test score of 96 which Michael Vaughan says will be enough to ensure he's on the winter tours ...…
 
Two major Saudi oil facilities set ablaze in attack by Iranian-backed Houthi rebelsBy BBC Radio 4.
 
Our View from the boundary today is one of the most exciting actors working today. He played Truman Capote in the film “Infamous” and has since featured in films like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Hunger Games and Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom. He played Captain Mainwaring in the film remake of Dad’s Army and is the voice of Dobby in the Harry ...…
 
African leaders are gathered at the funeral of Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe in the capital Harare.Also in the programme: Houthi rebels in Yemen say they carried out the drone attacks that set fire to two of Saudi Arabia's biggest oil facilities; and secret diary of 'Polish Anne Frank' Renia Spiegel to be published. (Photo: Soldiers ...…
 
African leaders are gathered at the funeral of Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe in the capital Harare.Also in the programme: Houthi rebels in Yemen say they carried out the drone attacks that set fire to two of Saudi Arabia's biggest oil facilities; and secret diary of 'Polish Anne Frank' Renia Spiegel to be published. (Photo: Soldiers ...…
 
Former England rugby player James Haskell, former England Netball player Tamsin Greenway, BBC Religious Editor Martin Bashir and comedian Marc Jennings join Colin Murray for an hour of sporting punditry, humour and entertainment. Points are awarded for informed comment, wit and passion, but taken away for utter nonsense and answers lacking in c ...…
 
Paper money is going out of fashion in China, but is the rise of mobile payments about convenience or control, asks Celia Hatton?Mark Lowen reflects on the 5 years he has spent reporting from Istanbul and beyond.Juliet Rix travels to the far east of Russia, where she finds a community trying to reconcile tradition with modern-life.'Gravity biki ...…
 
Judges said Boris Johnson's official reasons for suspending parliament were unlawful. The prime minister said he hadn't lied to Queen Elizabeth on the issue. Also in the programme: Tunisia gets ready for a free presidential election; Putin gets a bloody nose in Moscow local elections - though he may be coming out of the cold; and Bolton bolts: ...…
 
US actress Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her involvement in a college admissions scandal. The Desperate Housewives star admitted to paying $15,000 to have her daughter's exam answers secretly corrected in 2017. We hear from Judy Kurtz from US political website, the Hill. The Frankfurt Motor Show is underway; we ge ...…
 
Sulphur hexafluoride, the most powerful greenhouse gas known to humanity, is widely used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits and accidents. Also: The missing people crisis in Nigeria after the decade-long insurgency of the Islamist group Boko Haram; and the rapper in Idlib creating art amid the chaos.…
 
US actress Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her involvement in a college admissions scandal. The Desperate Housewives star admitted to paying $15,000 to have her daughter's exam answers secretly corrected in 2017. We hear from Judy Kurtz from US political website, the Hill. The Frankfurt Motor Show is underway; we ge ...…
 
The Premier League's back and so are Darren and Jermaine alongside Kevin Nolan and Alan Hutton. Manchester United are off to a shaky start, will their form improve at home to Leicester? Steve McManaman drops in to chat Liverpool and his memories of playing in two classic encounters with this weekend's opponents Newcastle. And with the FIFA 20 p ...…
 
The White House has given the green light to oil and gas drilling in part of one of the US' biggest wildlife refuges in the Alaskan Arctic. The Trump administration says drilling will have a negligible environmental impact.Also in the programme: China exempts the United States from further tariffs on key agricultural imports; a new tropical sto ...…
 
The White House has given the green light to oil and gas drilling in part of one of the US' biggest wildlife refuges in the Alaskan Arctic. The Trump administration says drilling will have a negligible environmental impact.Also in the programme: China exempts the United States from further tariffs on key agricultural imports; a new tropical sto ...…
 
The World Health Organization ranks migraines as the second most disabling neurological disorder in the world and in people under the age of 50, it is the single most disabling medical condition. With stats like that, it’s no wonder that so many CrowdScience listeners have got in touch wanting help with their headaches. Peter from Germany askes ...…
 
Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan discuss an eventful day where six wickets from Jofra Archer gives England the slight upper hand in a finely poised Test match. We’ll bring you reaction from England’s Sam Curran and Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne.You’ll also hear more about the Chance to Shine charity and how its coaching work in schools is ch ...…
 
Teenager died of dairy allergy after failure to list burger ingredientsBy BBC Radio 4.
 
The boys are back in London this week, and come armed with not one, but two new features! Plus Simon Mayo proves that he's just as weird as the rest of us. #16 is dedicated to Producer Dave's sister, Vicki Thomas. Enjoy.By BBC Radio 5 live.
 
Hugh Bonneville talks about Downton Abbey. Plus reviews of Night Hunter, Hustler and For Sama, the UK Box Office top ten and TV Movie of the Week.Box Office Top 10 00:20:56 Hugh Bonneville Interview 00:41:00Downton Abbey Review 00:55:32 Hustlers Review 01:04:47For Sama Review 01:12:43Night Hunter 01:25:10Honeyland 01:30:37 The Shock of the Futu ...…
 
Are black women five times more likely to die in childbirth? Plus making pop music.By BBC Radio 4.
 
Former president Robert Mugabe to be buried in National Heroes Acre monument in Harare. His family had wanted him to be buried in his home village. Also, thousands protest in Johannesburg at high levels of violence against women, and the Liverpool gardens that inspired a well-loved Beatles song are now open to the public.…
 
Leaders from indigenous communities around the world converge to discuss climate change. Hosted by the Flourishing Diversity series at University College London, delegates from South America, Africa, New Zealand and more met to listen, exchange ideas and build solidarity. The BBC's Frey Lindsay went along on the last day of the event to see wha ...…
 
California gave birth to the "gig economy" - working for app-driven services such as ride-hailing and food-delivery. But now the state has drafted a law to make “gig workers” employees and give them more rights. Is it the end for this way of working? Plus, will Apple's iPhone maintain its loyal following without 5G? And we visit Europe's larges ...…
 
The world's first malaria vaccine is being rolled out in parts of Kenya after successful deployments in Malawi and Ghana. More than 300,000 children are expected to receive the vaccine over the next three years.Also in the programme: US Democratic Party presidential candidates have appeared in a feisty TV debate; and New Zealand announces furth ...…
 
Six years since it last aired, the TV series Top Boy is back. Although the show, which revolves around an east London estate and the people who live there, is entirely fictional it was lauded for depicting the reality of inner-city life. But even though its second series premiered to critical acclaim, Channel 4 cancelled Top Boy. It was only af ...…
 
The world's first malaria vaccine is being rolled out in parts of Kenya after successful deployments in Malawi and Ghana. More than 300,000 children are expected to receive the vaccine over the next three years.Also in the programme: US Democratic Party presidential candidates have appeared in a feisty TV debate; and New Zealand announces furth ...…
 
Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond joins Jonathan Agnew during the lunch break at The Oval on day two of the fifth Test to discuss her love of cricket. Jennie also sheds light on life as a journalist covering the monarchy, including Princess Diana’s death, her relationship with the Queen, and whether the Palace tuned in to watch her Bus ...…
 
Why it's time to start paying attention to the global remittances industry. Ed Butler speaks to Monica, a nurse from the Philippines working in the UK - one of millions of people around the world who regularly send money back to their families abroad. Dilip Ratha from the World Bank describes the scale of the money flows, and the persistently h ...…
 
Why it's time to start paying attention to the global remittances industry. Ed Butler speaks to Monica, a nurse from the Philippines working in the UK - one of millions of people around the world who regularly send money back to their families abroad. Dilip Ratha from the World Bank describes the scale of the money flows, and the persistently h ...…
 
Danni and Mickey look at the idea of employees setting their own pay. And, not-so-smart meters - why are some households being kitted out with old equipment?By BBC Radio 5 live.
 
"I always say, it's my house - I'll do what I want. People choose to come into the house, that's fine by me, of course you're extremely welcome to come through the door, but when you come into my world it's my rules."Step inside the House of Dreams...Inspired by outsider art environments like Picassiette in Chartres, Palais Ideal in Hauterives, ...…
 
Businesses write to US authorities to tighten up gun control. Also, it’s the time for youngsters to take control of the climate change debate – we look at thousands of students across the world who will take part in the Global Climate Strike. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend - but do they have to be natural or are synthetic diamonds from a lab ...…
 
An environmentalist coalition says an area of forest the size of 30 football pitches disappears every minute. Also, US congressional lawmakers grant themselves more power to investigate President Trump. And a Nigerian singer has been arrested after taking sides in a political row.By BBC World Service.
 
Bosses of 145 businesses have called on US authorities to control gun sales. Plus, Dr Cary Leahey from Decision Economics in the US updates us on day's movers and losers on the stock marketsBy BBC World Service.
 
New rules will require asylum seekers to first seek safe haven in a third country. While the Supreme Court has allowed the policy to come into force temporarily, we hear from one lawyer hoping to overturn it in the courts.Also in the programme: Claims Russian president Vladimir Putin is showing signs of political weakness after offices and home ...…
 
New rules will require asylum seekers to first seek safe haven in a third country. While the Supreme Court has allowed the policy to come into force temporarily, we hear from one lawyer hoping to overturn it in the courts.Also in the programme: Claims Russian president Vladimir Putin is showing signs of political weakness after offices and home ...…
 
Scientists know very little about the first few days of the life of a human embryo, once it's been implanted in the womb. Yet this is when the majority of pregnancies fail. Professor Magdalena Zernika-Goetz at Cambridge University is a leader in the field of making 'model embryos' in both mice and humans. Model embryos until now have been grown ...…
 
Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan discuss an eventful day in which England were on the verge of collapse before Jos Buttler and Jack Leach steadied the ship. We’ll bring you reaction from Buttler and Australia’s coach Justin Langer. You’ll also hear from England head coach Trevor Bayliss in what is his final game in charge. The Australian refl ...…
 
Boris Johnson denies lying to the Queen about his reasons for suspending ParliamentBy BBC Radio 4.
 
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