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Download the best new comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and The Museum of Curiosity.
A podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show huddle around a microphone and discuss the best things they've found out this week. Hosted by Dan Schreiber (@schreiberland) with James Harkin (@jamesharkin), Andrew Hunter Murray (@andrewhunterm), and Anna Ptaszynski (#GetAnnaOnTwitter)
Flâneur and irrepressible commentator, Rick Edwards, and Editor-at-Large of the New Scientist, Dr. Michael Brooks, delve into the science behind popular culture.
RHLSTP is an award-winning series in which Richard Herring chats with some of the biggest names in comedy. Stephen Fry, Steve Coogan, Russell Brand, Sarah Millican, David Mitchell are amongst the many comedy stars to have been interviewed across the 100+ episodes.
Why are teens shoplifting makeup and posting their hauls to Tumblr? How can a blind man run a marathon through the desert with just an iPhone? And what happens to your social media profiles after you die? Week on week we answer questions just like these on our digital culture podcast, Chips with Everything.
Our Culture editor and his guests discuss what has piqued their interest in our one-stop shop for lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business.
Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! T ...
The week's news stories lovingly bashed, mashed and moulded into sketches and one-liners by the public.
Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
Using books as a jumping off point, hosts Josie Long and Robin Ince and a different special guest each week, dive into interesting, passionate and shambolic discussions. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network.
Moral Maze
Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
In Our Time
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episode ...
Connecting people through true stories. Listen to stories taken from Spark's storytelling nights across the UK, incorporating our regular nights in London, Preston, Bristol, collaborations and specials. Like what you hear? Come to an event for the full experience - full details at
Answer Me This!
Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann host the award-winning podcast that has been answering the world's questions since 2007. Visit our official website at and buy episodes 1-200, albums and apps at
Medium Playback
Hear some of the best stories on Medium, straight from the authors who wrote them. On each episode of Medium's flagship podcast, we invite an author to the studio to perform a recent story they wrote for Medium and then talk with us about it. Hosted by journalist Manoush Zomorodi and writer Kara Brown, Playback features insightful, first-person stories on timely topics affecting the world today — and then gives you the story behind the story from the writer.
99% Invisible
Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at
The Moth
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For informa ...
Brilliant solutions to the world’s problems. We meet people with ideas to make the world a better place and investigate whether they work.
The Naked Scientists flagship science show brings you a lighthearted look at the latest scientific breakthroughs, interviews with the world's top scientists, answers to your science questions and science experiments to try at home.
The Digital Human
Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world
An innovative audio comedy panel game podcast from sketch team Pappy's, recorded in front of a live audience. These episodes are not topical so it's fun to listen to Flatslam anytime.
For anyone who writes comedy, makes comedy, loves comedy, or just has an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying.
Each week, Melissa Kirsch & Alice Bradley of Lifehacker bring in all-star guests to tackle the stuff that matters—like how to be happy, how to buy a TV, how to be less bad with money and how to tell if you’re dating a psychopath. Look, you're doing great, but quite frankly we think you can be a little better. All your friends do too. It's time for The Upgrade.
Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Sindhu Vee.
Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.
British comedian Adam Buxton talks with interesting people. The rambly conversations are sometimes funny, sometimes more serious with funny bits. Adam records the intros and outros for most episodes while walking with his dog friend Rosie in the East Anglian countryside where he lives with his wife and three children. Adam has appeared in films such as ‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Stardust’ and ‘Son Of Rambow’ as well as a variety of TV shows in the UK. Since 2007 he has hosted ‘BUG’, a live show that combi ...
Reply All
"'A podcast about the internet' that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it." - The Guardian. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet.
Athletico Mince
Bob Mortimer and Andy Dawson's podcast - brass hands, blue drink and more. It's not really about football, d'you know what I mean?
We look at the latest news from the stars, planets and other heavenly bodies. Plus interviews with professional astronomers and the answers to your space science questions.
Zoe Nightingale
You're Welcome is a satirical improv comedy show whose goal is to find and share peoples stories, from all over the world. Each episode is unique and can range from 5 minutes to an hour, and will feature a brand new topic usually with someone Zoe has just met. This podcast is not for the faint of heart, buckle up. ABOUT YOU'RE WELCOMELike most brilliant ideas, this show was started over a molotov concoction of alcohol and various illicit substances. Zoe had given up on her life long dream, o ...
The Allusionist
Linguistic adventures with Helen Zaltzman, A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Learn more at
World Book Club
The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.
How do companies grow from zero to a gazillion? Legendary Silicon Valley investor / entrepreneur Reid Hoffman tests his theories with famous founders. Guests include Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg, Netflix’s Reed Hastings, Google’s Eric Schmidt, Spanx's Sara Blakely. With original music and hilariously honest stories, the show sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard. Masters of Scale is a WaitWhat original series in association with Stitcher.
Imaginary Advice
A miscellany of stories, written and presented by Ross Sutherland.
The number one podcast for those involved or just interested in the production of beef animals and dairy herds. A comedy podcast by Benjamin Partridge.
Did Prince once nearly ruin his legendary live show? How do you convert a VW bus into a mobile recording studio for buskers? And what’s it like working with creative powerhouse Björk?Hear the stories behind the music with the Signal Path podcast from Shure. Tapping a global network of musicians, producers, engineers and other sonic innovators, the world's leading microphone maker brings you exclusive interviews with the people shaping the world of audio twice a month.
True stories for English speakers learning Spanish. From the makers of Duolingo, the most popular language-learning app, comes a new podcast that delivers fascinating real-life stories in easy-to-understand Spanish with English narration. These are not language lessons; they’re life lessons through language. Hosted by Martina Castro, co-founder of NPR’s Radio Ambulante.
Showcase, from PRX’s Radiotopia, features original podcast series of all stripes, from emerging and leading producers around the world.
Wooden Overcoats
Award Winning Sitcom - Start with Season 1 Episode 1Rudyard Funn and his equally miserable sister Antigone run their family's failing funeral parlour, where they get the body in the coffin in the ground on time. But one day they find everyone enjoying themselves at the funerals of a new competitor - the impossibly perfect Eric Chapman! With their dogsbody Georgie, and a mouse called Madeleine, the Funns are taking drastic steps to stay in the business…
Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince
A monthly chat with your hosts Ed, Will and Sam. Guests join from time to time.
In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions ...
Short Cuts
Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long
Discover a wondrously surreal world of magic, music, and mystery. This immersive, cinematic audio spectacle follows the adventures of a lonely, stage-struck janitor who is drawn into the larger-than-life universe of the Orbiting Human Circus, a fantastical, wildly popular radio show broadcast from the top of the Eiffel Tower. WNYC Studios presents a special director’s cut of this joyous, moving break from reality. Starring John Cameron Mitchell, Julian Koster, Tim Robbins, Drew Callander, Su ...
From Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and creator of The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour, comes her new storytelling baby, Strangers. Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren't even who we thought we were.
This podcast series is brought to you by Sea Salt Learning, who have partnered with NHS NWLA, with support from North West Employers to accompany them on this exciting journey, to create the conditions for community to thrive, based on the requirements as identified by the community itself.
Join bestselling author Jon Ronson as he traces a very strange butterfly effect. A teen in Brussels had an idea – to make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are mysterious, delightful, surprising, and sad. This 7-part series takes you on a journey to places you’ll never expect.
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Adam talks with American comedian, actor and writer, Desiree Burch. Conversational tangents include fantasy jobs, teenage sexual angst, the reason that aged 12 Adam was concerned he might be the antichrist, relationship malaise, and some frank descriptions of Desiree’s younger days working as a pro dominatrix in New York. Thanks to Seamus Murph ...…
Miles Jupp is back in the host's chair and he's joined by Helen Lewis, Neil Delamere, Felicity Ward and Susan Calman.This week Theresa May wants a deal, China wants the moon on a stick and some Greek donkeys want a rest.Writers: Madeleine Brettingham, James Kettle and Benjamin Partridge with Edward Easton and Mike ShephardProducer: Richard Morr ...…
Dan, Anna, Andy and Alex discuss why wombats have the best bums, how to build an extension on a cruise liner and Who Do You Think You Are?'s rejected celebrities.
Just 66 years after the Wright brothers’ first flight, humans somehow managed to put a man on the moon. How did this happen? In this bonus episode, the boys mark the release of the film First Man by delving into the perilous science behind the original moon shot. From conspiracies to canine cosmonauts, Science(ish) brings it all down to Earth f ...…
Manchester Special 1: Toby Hadoke - Blake's Seven Spoilers. Rich has travelled to Manchester to take part in a podcast festival and the live podcast-starved people of this fine city have snapped up all the tickets without even knowing who the guests are. Luckily Richard has made some brilliant bookings and first up is a man who is so much more ...…
Jordan Erica Webber asks robot maker and innovator Simone Giertz why she dislikes the robots she makes. And how digital technology might be useful for managing our wellbeing
Brisbane band The Goon Sax hit Midori House to play from their latest album, ‘We’re Not Talking’, and to have a chat with Andrew Mueller.
This episode picks up where Episode 100 left off. We suggest you listen to them in order. When Martin McNally met another plane hijacker in prison, they started coming up with a plan to escape...using the very thing that got them there in the first place. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review u ...…
Featuring laugh-out-loud, kick-in-the-pants advice on how to embrace failure and start living life on your own terms, Lose Well is Chris Gethard's new book. Enjoy this excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Chris himself.
Alex Bellos is brilliant at all things mathematical, but even he can't hold a candle to the amazing mathematical feats of the supercalculators. Alex heads to Wolfsburg in Germany to meet the contestants at this year's Mental Calculation World Cup. These men and women are the fastest human number crunchers on the planet, able to multiply and div ...…
BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical sketch show Newsjack with host Angela Barnes. A scrapbook sketch show written entirely by the Great British public. Featuring: Angela Barnes, George Fouracres, Freya Parker and Lewis McLeod. Script Editors: Gemma Arrowsmith and Liam Beirne. Producers: Adnan Ahmed and Hayley Sterling A BBC Studios Production.…
How far back can we trace the ancestry of dogs? For just how long have they been following us around? The answer is for a very long time - long before humans settled down and developed societies. Scientists in France have been looking at ancient dog DNA to try and work out whether people tamed and domesticated local dogs as they migrated across ...…
International best selling author Ian Rankin returns to Book Shambles for a special episode recorded as part of our live run at the Edinburgh Fringe. He chats to Robin about Rebus, great music novels, being asked to ghost write Sean Connery's biography and how crime writers seek revenge on ex-lovers... Support the show by leaving a review at Ap ...…
Hampshire Police are giving leaflets to suspected sexual predators, explaining the law to them and asking for their behaviour to stop. The "C5 notices" are used when there is not enough evidence to support a prosecution. Supporters of the scheme say it’s another way to prevent sexual crime and protect children. Critics say there’s no evidence i ...…
In the second of two programmes marking In Our Time's 20th anniversary on 15th October, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Shakespeare's versions of history, continuing with the Roman plays. Rome was the setting for Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus and parts of Antony and Cleopatra and these plays gave Shakespeare the chance to explore ...…
Life after you put a cop in jail.
This week our ‘Surprises’ themed double bill concludes with stories from Rosemarie and Rick. Rosemarie takes us back to the early noughties and finding love online without the help of apps whilst Rick takes us even further back to the eighties and the time he was approached by an unsavoury character. Our open mic nights are a great way of getti ...…
Brought up from the AMT cellar is AMT154 from 28 October 2010, wherein our past selves consider Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein, chocolate fountains, and how pre-fridge civilisations got ice. The original post about this episode is at This episode is only available for free for a month, but you can hea ...…
The dark web was her safe space. Meghan Daum, a long-time L.A. Times columnist, faced two endings: Obama’s government and her marriage. What resulted was a distancing from her gentrified bubble and a new love affair with the shadowy corners of free-speech internet. In “Nuance: A Love Story,” Meghan charts her growing infatuation with the public ...…
RHLSTP #185: Ross Noble Harder on the Balls. SPOILER ALERT: Rich gives a big spoiler about the new Harry Potter plays which will be bad if you like Harry Potter, but awesome if you hate him, and then there's a welcome return for the fizzling brain (and to be fair, the rest of him) of Ross Noble. Under discussion today: what it's like to kiss Ha ...…
Sam Anderson, author of Boom Town, guides us through the chaotic founding of Oklahoma City, which happened all in one day in 1889, in an event called the Land Run. Plus, we talk about Operation Bongo, the supersonic flight tests that rattled OKC residents in the 1960s. Anderson calls Operation Bongo his favorite research discovery of his entire ...…
In this hour, stories of protections and curses, love and war, and straying from both convention and home. Hosted by George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth. The Moth Radio Hour is produced by The Moth and Jay Allison of Atlantic Public Media. Storytellers: Edgar Oliver, Sheri Holman, Larry Kerr, and Anoush Froundjian. Sponsored by: www.rocketm ...…
Sitting on a bench in a quintessentially British location, near Queen Mary’s Rose Garden in London, a young Brit opens up with Gethard in a way he never would with anyone in his normal life. From his parents divorce while living on a rural Scottish goat farm to a recent web design related break-up drama, it’s a very authentic conversation that ...…
Gavin Haynes, editor-at-large of VICE UK, goes in search of this new wave of political thought. On the internet, and on YouTube specifically, a huge new political movement is taking shape in the shoes of a very old one. Some are calling it classical liberalism, the intellectual dark web, anti-SJW, or the skeptic movement. It’s on the right of t ...…
In Japan, to become a 'hikikomori' means to withdraw from the world and social life. Many of those who suffer from the condition shut themselves in their bedrooms for years on end, refusing to work, study or interact with anyone around them. More than half a million people are thought to be hikikomori, most of them young men. One organisation, ...…
This week we go back thousands of years to meet our Neolithic ancestors, and discover how their innovations paved the way for all life as we know it. Explore the origin of farming and wine making, and find out how the Neolithic wielded the remarkable material obsidian.
We head to The Store in London and immerse ourselves in its enormous new video art exhibition – a collaboration between The Vinyl Factory and The New Museum in New York. Robert Bound is joined by guests Francesca Gavin and Gareth Harris.
In world where we are constantly told we are all exceptional and unique, Aleks Krotoski explores the unexpected affordances of being average.
Jess Robinson and Caroline Mabey join Pappy's for rather an experimental show which features not only props but two Beef Brothers complainants. Also within you'll find... Caroline inventing a new and very popular word, Jess flirting Clarky into submission, Tom making notes about pants and Matthew palpably wishing we'd made a couple of the round ...…
Mark Thomas is familiar to fans of British comedy as the innovative leftie agitator whose "Comedy Product" show entrapped arms dealers, torturers and Tories to hilarious effect, and at genuine risk to his safety and liberty. He survived being placed on the Domestic Extremist watch-list, and has transformed into a masterful theatre-maker; no les ...…
Vicki Robin is the co-author of the bestseller YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE and the godmother of a financial movement that’s becoming increasingly popular among millennials: FIRE, which stands for Financially Independent, Retire Early. Vicki talks to us about changing our relationship with money and redefining what a rich, full life actually means. ...…
A new sitcom from award-winning comedian Josie Long about a young woman trying to build a new, more fulfilling life for herself in Glasgow. Glasgow is the indie band theme park, where Josie will finally be happy and accepted. But almost as soon as she de-trains at Queen Street Station she begins to think she's made a big mistake.Josie sets abou ...…
Whether it's being Vietnamese, a baptised Sikh, or an unwavering feminist
There is this myth that it’s frivolous or unproductive to care about how you look. Clothing and fashion get trivialized a lot. But think about who, culturally, gets associated with clothing and fashion: young people, women, queers, and people of color. Groups of people who historically haven’t had a voice, have expressed themselves on their bod ...…
A satirical review of the week's news, chaired by guest host Lucy Porter.Joining Lucy are Hugo Rifkind, Katy Brand and stand-up comedians Rhys James and Eleanor Tiernan.All the big news on Brexit, Universal Credit and the most controversial game of hide and seek of the week.Writers: Benjamin Partridge, Gabby Hutchinson Crouch and Danielle Ward ...…
Dan, Andy, Anna and Anne discuss the world's worst poetry recital, where all the world's hazelnuts go, and the first ever advert on Channel 5.
Adam talks with American humorist David Sedaris about writing, failing to bond with Dads, football, eyeballs and colonoscopies. THANKS to Seamus Murphy-Mitchel for production support and Matt Lamont for additional editing. Music and jingles by Adam Buxton (except ‘Drivin’ On 9’ by The Breeders performed by Adam Buxton, Garth Jennings and Danny ...…
Is the brave new digital world affecting our politics? Could it render democracy obsolete? Jamie Bartlett joins Jordan Erica Webber to discuss
New York City cops are in a fight against their own police department. They say it’s under the control of a broken computer system that punishes cops who refuse to engage in racist, corrupt policing. The story of their fight, and the story of the grouchy idealist who originally built the machine they’re fighting.…
New York City cops are in a fight against their own police department. They say it’s under the control of a broken computer system that punishes cops who refuse to engage in racist, corrupt policing. The story of their fight, and the story of the grouchy idealist who originally built the machine they’re fighting.…
Backstage access to director Kwame Kwei-Armah's debut at the Young Vic - his version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub. Kwame Kwei-Armah is facing high expectations as the new Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre in London. He has been away, directing in the USA for five years. While there, he took the ca ...…
BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical sketch show Newsjack with host Angela Barnes. A scrapbook sketch show written entirely by the Great British public. Featuring: Angela Barnes, Mike Wozniak, Celeste Dring and Raph Wakefield Script Editors: Jenny Laville and Robin Morgan Producers: Adnan Ahmed and Hayley Sterling A BBC Studios Production.…
Texan musician Jess Williamson plays songs from her latest album, ‘Cosmic Wink’, and talks about the changing events that sparked it.
Adam Rutherford speaks to Dr Tamsin Edwards, a lecturer in Physical Geography at Kings College London and a lead author for the latest IPCC report. Dr Edwards describes what happens in the making of the report, including the summarising of the wealth of scientific literature available into an understandable document for the policy makers.Cairng ...…
A couple of days before Robin's new book I'm a Joke and So Are You hit shops, we went to a Waterstones in London where Robin and Josie had a chat about the book with a lovely audience. No guest, just Robin and Josie, popping by with new daughter, to chat about comedy, wit, the birth of Book Shambles and more. Robin also did a 15 minute intro an ...…
In the first of two programmes marking In Our Time's 20th anniversary on 15th October, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Shakespeare's versions of history, starting with the English Plantagenets. His eight plays from Richard II to Richard III were written out of order, in the Elizabethan era, and have had a significant impact on the way we see th ...…
Don’t tell the judges, but the prosecutors have the most power in the building.
Twelve years to save the world. While we're squabbling about Brexit, climate scientists are reminding us that the existential threat of our day is global warming. This week’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issues the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising temperatures. According to its authors, keepi ...…
Bob’s still off fishing so here’s some nice bits from episodes 26-35… including Lawro, McClaren, Secret Soccer Superstar, the Alderman, a Scottish tale and more...
RHLSTP #184 Alex Horne - High-Fiving the Pope. Rich offers to fill a school library with books, before introducing the multi-talented genius behind Taskmaster and much more, Alex Horne. Find out what it's like to sit bare-arsed on a cake; the secrets of Tim Key's kindle; the respective amounts the pair spent on their last hair cuts; and whether ...…
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