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Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
 
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.
 
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99% Invisible
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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 99percentinvisible.org. A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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Short Cuts
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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long
 
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The Moth
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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 ...
 
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Seriously...
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A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
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Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
 
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 ...
 
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People Fixing the World
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Brilliant solutions to the world’s problems. We meet people with ideas to make the world a better place and investigate whether they work.
 
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The Naked Scientists Podcast
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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.
 
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The Comedian's Comedian Podcast
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For anyone who writes comedy, makes comedy, loves comedy, or just has an interest in comedians and what makes them so annoying.
 
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The Upgrade by Lifehacker
Monthly
 
The Upgrade is going to change your life. Hosts Melissa Kirsch & Alice Bradley of Lifehacker.com 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.
 
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Comedy of the Week
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Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Sindhu Vee.
 
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Naked Astronomy, from the Naked Scientists
 
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.
 
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Blue Planet II: The Podcast
Weekly
 
Join us for a deeper dive into the science & spectacle of Blue Planet II. New episodes weekly, right after the show finishes on telly. Presented by Emily Knight & Becky Ripley.
 
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The Listening Project
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Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.
 
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THE ADAM BUXTON PODCAST
Monthly+
 
Adam Buxton is a British comedian, actor and director who 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 bi monthly live show that combines music videos and comedy that became a TV series on Sky Atlantic in 2012. Along with lifelong friend Joe Cornish he also is one half of award winning TV, radio and podcast duo Adam & Joe who have worked together since 1995.He lives with his wife and 3 c ...
 
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Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
 
Download the best new comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and The Museum of Curiosity.
 
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Moral Maze
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Combative, provocative and engaging live debate examining the moral issues behind one of the week's news stories. #moralmaze
 
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In Our Time
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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
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Reply All
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"'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.
 
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Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
 
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.
 
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Answer Me This!
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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 answermethispodcast.com and buy classic episodes, albums and apps at answermethisstore.com
 
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Spark - True Stories Live
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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 stories.co.uk
 
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Art of Brilliance Podcast
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From the Authors of 'The Art of Being Brilliant' and 'Be Brilliant Everyday', comes a Podcast that helps you to become the most BRILLIANT version of yourself you can be.
 
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Zoe Nightingale
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You're Welcome is a satirical improv comedy show that is a hybrid of Howard Stern and Prairie Home Companion. Our goal is to find and share peoples stories, from all over NYC. 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, of being the female Howard Stern years ago but finally set out armed with a folding table, a couple lawn chairs, and a foam board sign that r ...
 
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World Book Club
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The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.
 
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Book Shambles with Robin and Josie
 
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.
 
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Social Leadership: My 1st 100 Days
 
Daily podcast companion to 'Social Leadership: My 1st 100 Days', a NEW book by Julian Stodd.
 
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Beef And Dairy Network
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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.
 
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Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown
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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.
 
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The Digital Human
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Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world
 
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Newsjack
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The week's news stories lovingly bashed, mashed and moulded into sketches and one-liners by the public. Trying to make sense of it all is our host, Angela Barnes
 
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Scienceish
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Each month, flâneur and irrepressible commentator, Rick Edwards and Editor-at-Large of the New Scientist, Dr. Michael Brooks delve into the science behind popular culture. In a world where ears outnumber people two-to-one, Wolfgang is radio, redefined. The best music, live 24/7, with documentaries, talk and entertainment shows available on-demand. www.radiowolfgang.com
 
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As It Occurs To Me
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As It Occurs To Me (AIOTM) was a smash-hit sketch show written by Richard Herring and performed in front of a live audience. It ran for three series and was nominated for a Sony Award. It's now back!
 
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Blowing Bubbles podcast
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Little insights from Sam Westlake's bubble. Published daily (when technology allows).Expect episode lengths to be between 60 seconds and a few minutes.
 
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The Tony Law Tapes
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The Tony Law Tapes is a series of ground-breaking interviews with the world's foremost Time Traveller, Tony Law, conducted by John-Luke Roberts.
 
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Wooden Overcoats
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Award Winning Sitcom - Start with Season 1 Episode 1 || Rudyard 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 business…
 
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Funny from the Fringe
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A daily podcast full of features, news and interviews with the hottest comedians from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, hosted by award-winning comedian Phil Ellis.
 
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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
 
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 ...
 
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The Infinite Monkey Cage
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Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince
 
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Chips with everything - The Guardian
 
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.
 
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Do The Right Thing
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An award-winning panel show podcast where the teams must work out the right thing to do in any given situation. With Danielle Ward, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Michael Legge and special guests.
 
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Sonic Yarns Podcast
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A monthly chat with your hosts Ed, Will and Sam. Guests join from time to time.
 
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The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air)
 
Atop the Eiffel Tower, a lonely janitor stumbles into a series of alternately surreal and comic adventures as he becomes part of a mystery: what is the secret behind the wildly popular, bizarrely impossible live radio variety show being broadcast from the tower’s top? John Cameron Mitchell, Tim Robbins, Mandy Patinkin, Charlie Day and Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Drew Callander, Welcome to Night Vale’s Cecil Baldwin and Meg Bashwiner, Susannah Flood, and many more star in this immersive, cinematic ...
 
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Open Session Podcasts - Social Leadership in the NHS
 
In a series of Open Session Podcasts, your host Susie Boyle explores how Social Leadership themes relate to the National Health Service.Produced by Sam Westlake, Sea Salt Learning
 
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Me1 vs Me2 Snooker with Richard Herring
 
A surreal podcast series from Richard Herring. In this show, he recreates his lonely childhood by playing himself at snooker; commentating as he plays. Madness!
 
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Podcast Method
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Dan Benjamin answers your questions about podcasting and recording, audio and video equipment, software, mic technique, pre- and post-production, workflows, and more. Hosted by Dan Benjamin.
 
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Serial
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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 ...
 
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S-Town
Daily+
 
S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life.
 
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Podcast - N of Us
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Broadcaster and psychologist Dr Aleks Krotoski presents a fortnightly series on the science and study of human behaviour.
 
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Professor Brian Cox Live Q and A Podcast
 
At each of the shows on Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince’s record breaking 2016 UK tour, the audience would tweet Robin with questions to be sprung on Brian during the second act. These podcasts are made up of a handpicked collection of the questions and answers from all the shows. Part of the Cosmic Shambles network.
 
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To move from one success to another, you have to learn to unlearn. Take everything that helped you win the first time, then discard it and learn a new way. That's how Barry Diller, titan of "old" media (ABC, Paramount, Fox), mastered the new dot-com world—with everything from Expedia to Match.com. Part 2 of "Be an Infinite Learner." With Uber's ...…
 
In the early morning of August 5, 2001, artist Richard Ankrom and a group of friends assembled on the 4th Street bridge over the 110 freeway in Los Angeles. They had gathered to commit a crime. Years before, when Ankrom was driving through downtown Los Angeles, he was going to merge onto the I-5 North. But he missed the exit and got lost. The I ...…
 
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Short Cuts
 
Josie Long explores the way our collections and accidental archives define us. Diving into a head full of palindromes, love letters, artistic accidents and family recipes.Featuring the writer Nikesh Shukla, the illustrator Ralph Steadman, love letter writer extraordinaire Janet Gallen, and Martin Clear, the winner of the World Palindrome Champi ...…
 
On this episode, three stories from our 2016 Battle of the SLAMs winner: Denver. Featuring stories from three local storytellers: Andrew Orvedhal, Madeleine Berenson, and Harry Fleenor. A comic gets his big break; a girl pulls a delicious prank; and a young boy learns all about sex (kind of).
 
Why do some of us do bizarre things in our sleep? Like riding a motorbike, using a shoe to 'phone for a pizza or even having sex while sleeping? These are complex behaviours and yet sleepwalkers aren't aware of what they're doing and often have no memory of their strange night-time activities.These sleep disorders are known as non-REM parasomni ...…
 
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Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
 
The unusual malady that afflicts this caller stirs up a philosophical discussion about how we, as humans, experience and remember our lives and craft our stories. This episode is brought to you by Sock Club, Squarespace, Casper Mattresses, and Zelle.
 
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People Fixing the World
 
If you are a wheelchair user, travelling by aeroplane can be very difficult. Buses, trains and some cars are designed for people to roll into without getting out of their chair, but planes are not, which means an often painful process of moving between the chair and the airline seat – if this is even possible. This can potentially lead to injur ...…
 
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The Naked Scientists Podcast
 
This week we delve into physics in a galaxy far far away as we probe the science of Star Wars! Plus in the news, evidence that London air is stunting the growth of developing babies, and scientists use AI to decode what dolphins are saying.
 
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The Comedian's Comedian Podcast
 
Dane Baptiste is raising the bar for articulate, socially-conscious stand-up, and pulls no intellectual punches in this conversation, which takes in chakras, Arthur Maslow's hierarchy of needs and transcendental perception... We talk about what it means to be the first black Briton to be nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award; why validation, ...…
 
This week we’re tackling the topic of urban cycling. Our guests include Eben Weiss, author of "The Ultimate Bicycle Owner’s Manual: The Universal Guide to Bikes, Riding, and Everything for Beginner and Seasoned Cyclists"; Rosemary Bolich, the Director of Community Outreach at We Bike NYC; and Doug Gordon, better known as Brooklyn Spoke—a TV pro ...…
 
This week, Sindhu Vee features Susan Calman trying her hand at gardening in order to be more relaxed.Also, Sindhu chats to award-winning comic Joseph Morpurgo about his alternative audio guide series Joseph Morpurgo’s Walking Tour which we featured on the podcast a few weeks back. Check out that interview after hearing the latest offering from ...…
 
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Naked Astronomy, from the Naked Scientists
 
Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson are joined by space journalist Sarah Cruddas and rocket insurer, David Wade, to discuss 2017 and look ahead to 2018 in space. Featuring genetically engineered astronauts, Cassini and giant private rockets, it also includes the second part of our interview with Apollo 15 astronaut, Al Worden. He talks about his ...…
 
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Blue Planet II: The Podcast
 
Ocean plastics to environmental tactics. Plus Sir David gives us hope for the future.
 
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The Listening Project
 
Life experience can direct our career path
 
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THE ADAM BUXTON PODCAST
 
Adam talks to Thomas Dolby about his pioneering adventures in the music and tech industry, including revealing tales of close encounters with Michael Jackson and David Bowie. Adam Buxton’s Old Bits DVD is out now from gofasterstripe.com Download the free Adam Buxton App for more jingles, videos and exclusive podcast episodes. Prints - roomfifty ...…
 
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Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
 
In the week that Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and David Davis admitted he had not ordered any economic impact reports on Brexit, Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week in sketch, stand up and song. Angela Barnes, Fern Brady, Graham Fellows, Thomas Nelstrop and Kwame Asante guest star.…
 
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Seriously...
 
There's science, music, poetry and the deepest human experience in the rhythm of the heartbeat. That rhythm - the normal, heaving violence and beauty of an inner beast - sets the tempo for everything we do.That is when it's dancing in time. Because about a third of us will one day have an agitating discordance at the heart of our lives - an irr ...…
 
2017 has been a year of sex scandals and toppled reputations; trigger-happy tweeting and polarising rhetoric; 'remoaners' and 'Brexiteers behaving badly'; 'no-platforming', 'safe spaces' and 'snowflakes'. This year some cherished values - among them free speech, accountability, democracy, sovereignty and the rule of law - have been called into ...…
 
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In Our Time
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Herman Melville's (1819-1891) epic novel, published in London in 1851, the story of Captain Ahab's pursuit of a great white sperm whale that had bitten off his leg. He risks his own life and that of his crew on the Pequod, single-mindedly seeking his revenge, his story narrated by Ishmael who was taking part in a ...…
 
After a secret breaks in the news, Reply All re-examines how Alex Blumberg's Uber account was hacked. This episode is a follow up to #91 The Russian Passenger and #93 Beware All. Further reading: The Best Password Managers
 
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Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
 
RHLSTP #157: Greg Jenner - Portuguese Boy's Urine. Richard seems to think he's the new Frost:Nixon for some reason, but his audience banter suggests he has some way to go. But never mind, he's talking to historian and Horrible Histories expert Greg Jenner. There's something for everyone, as long as you're a fan of Viagra or Leonardo di Vinci. A ...…
 
Where does all the money go from the Band Aid song? When you're someone's house guest, how long before you can have a wank? And what's a penguin doing in a nativity scene? The answers to all these mysteries are in AMT357. Find out more about this episode at http://answermethispodcast.com/episode357. Send us questions for future episodes: email ...…
 
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Spark - True Stories Live
 
True stories told live in venues across the UK. In this ‘Miscommunication’ themed episode, Nadya tells us about a childhood miscommunication involving Nelson Mandela and sibling rivalry and Chloe recounts the time her crush made a very embarrassing mistake. Our open mic nights are a great way of getting involved with Spark. For more information ...…
 
Tinder. Top Gun. Roots. The Simpsons. What do they have in common? Media icon Barry Diller. Barry is what we call an "infinite learner." He’s only interested in things he's never done before. And if they’ve never been done by ANYONE? Better yet. He succeeds by embracing that he is, in fact, a master of nothing. Entrepreneurs, take note: You jus ...…
 
In the past fifty years, the car crash death rate has dropped by nearly 80 percent in the United States. And one of the reasons for that drop has to do with the “accident report forms” that police officers fill out when they respond to a wreck. Officers use these forms to document the weather conditions, to draw a diagram of the accident, and t ...…
 
In this hour, stories from the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Hosted by Dame Wilburn, with additional hosting from Jay Allison. A woman says goodbye to her childhood ranch; a young girl finally gets her wish to own a pet; a Guatemalan teenager goes on a silent and stealthy mission; and a Dakota man tries to track down someone he has not seen in ...…
 
Falling from a great height and last words across a telephone line - Josie Long hears stories of relationships stretched across space.From the crossover between skydiving, Soren Kierkegaard and falling in love, to the final words uttered into the ear of a loved one on another continent.Rafadan YumurtaProduced by Phil SmithOn TopProduced by Mari ...…
 
Novelist, Harvard Fellow and Social Entrepreneur Zia Haider Rahman explores the powerful impact the use and abuse of metaphor can have on the world around us.Metaphors are not simply there for the use of novelists or poets. They are integral to the way we think and understand - pervading our language and allowing us to conceptualise new and com ...…
 
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Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
 
Gethard has a surprisingly light-hearted chat about death with an expert in the field. This episode is brought to you by Zelle, Talkspace, Hello Fresh, Sock Club, and Brooklinen.
 
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People Fixing the World
 
Most Malawians live in rural areas and if they get sick, it can be incredibly difficult to get testing kits or medicines in time. Malawi's government has now opened up part of its sky to companies and charities who want to use drones to solve this problem, creating what’s being called the world’s first humanitarian drone testing corridor. World ...…
 
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The Naked Scientists Podcast
 
Are black holes really holes? Is there such thing as a genetic love match? Why do clouds move? The Naked Scientists are joined by marine biologist Kate Feller, astrophysicist Matt Middleton, geneticist Patrick Short, and chemist Phillip Broadwith to tackle the science questions sent in by you.
 
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The Comedian's Comedian Podcast
 
I've never seen such an immediate standing ovation as the one we gave Zoe Coombs-Marr at the end of her show "Trigger Warning" this year. Her multiple award-winning creation "Dave" is a troubled hack comic and the centre of an awesomely meta-textual subversion and dismantling of the craft of comedy. We talk about the range and limits of charact ...…
 
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The Upgrade by Lifehacker
 
This week we’re talking with Tim Ferriss, author, podcaster, investor, entrepreneur, and self-proclaimed “human guinea pig.” He’s the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Four-Hour Workweek and The Four-Hour Body and his latest, Tribe of Mentors. We talked with Tim about his most worthwhile investments and hi ...…
 
This month, Andy Cope talks to Art of Brilliance trainer Jonathan Peach! Jonathan has gone from Shorts and flip-flops to inspiring and energizing people to be the most brilliant version of themselves. The Wow Factor, the Golden Circle, Leadership, Enlightenment and more, have a listen to Jonathan and Andy talk about how your thinking can change ...…
 
Sindhu Vee chats to comic Andrew Maxwell about his new globe-trotting stand up show: Welcome To Wherever You Are. This is a stand-up show that refuses to be constrained by geography when it comes to booking guests; instead, it uses modern technology to connect a studio audience in the BBC Radio Theatre, London, with the best comedians in the wo ...…
 
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Zoe Nightingale
 
I met Caleb when he was panhandling outside 711, and I was walking my friends brand new black lab puppy (SO FUCKING CUTE) and I caught a bit of his giant blue saucer eyes beneath his hoodie and I just wanted to adopt him. Young, funny, quick, sly he's just great. I spent awhile with him, bought him a pack of cigs and gave him my card if he was ...…
 
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Blue Planet II: The Podcast
 
Becky and Emily head for the coast, to fish for blennies and chase the outgoing tide.
 
Identity is more than how you look or sound, or where you live
 
Best-selling Australian writer Richard Flanagan talks about his Booker prize-winning novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.This unforgettable novel about the cruelty of war and the tenuousness of love and life tells the story of captive Australian soldiers forced into hard labour, working on the Burmese railway during and after World War Two. ...…
 
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Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
 
Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis present the week via topical stand-up and sketches.This week we break out the commemorative china with Lucy Porter, explore Twitter panic with Kae Kurd and peek through the advent window with Flo and Joan.Plus an interview with Sunday Times Political Editor Tim Shipman.Featuring George Fouracres.Written by the Cast wi ...…
 
When the poet Frank Ormsby was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, his response was unexpected. He embarked on a newly fertile creative period, documenting his experiences and finding a voice in his poetry that he was beginning to lose in his daily communications.His first act was to search Google - for jokes. "Which would you rather have, Park ...…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Gauss (1777-1855), widely viewed as one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. He was a child prodigy, correcting his father's accounts before he was 3, dumbfounding his teachers with the speed of his mental arithmetic, and gaining a wealthy patron who supported his education. He wrote on number theory when ...…
 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement was announced this week after a frenzy of speculation. We are used to media excitement about the personal lives of young royals, but perhaps this also says something about the value we still place in the institution of marriage. At the same time, the fact that nobody seems to mind that Ms Markle is di ...…
 
Today we bring you an episode from one of our favorite shows, Heavyweight.
 
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Book Shambles with Robin and Josie
 
After joining Robin and Josie for a Film Shambles special, Will Smith (The Thick of It, Veep) is back for a Book Shambles. They chat about his own books and books about the Channel Islands and a whole lot more besides. This episode may have the longest reading list yet. From Zola to Le Carré via Jean Rhys and Terry Jones. Become a Patreon for a ...…
 
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Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
 
RHLSTP #156: Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd - Prime Minister of the Central African Republic. Richard's dog is at war with his eyes, but who cares. He has the Prime Minister from an alternate timeline on his podcast, plus a bloke who bought fags from Mrs Merton, it's the unlikely twosome of Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd. They discuss the pair's grea ...…
 
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Spark - True Stories Live
 
True stories told live in venues across the UK. In August this year, Helen and Jinan got on stage at the Brixton Ritzy to tell stories on the theme of ‘Periods’... Yep, that’s right folks, MENSTRUATION. Helen recounts the time she was pranked by her period at a work conference and Jinan tells us about getting into a sticky situation the day her ...…
 
Byron Vincent joins the Violence Reduction Unit in Glasgow to see how they turn young men away from lives of violence and chaos. Three years ago, after he discussed his own violent and chaotic youth in a Four Thought talk on Radio 4, Byron was invited to come and speak at the VRU. Since then he has been back several times - now he experiences t ...…
 
“If you’re laughed out of the room, it might actually be a good sign.” Entrepreneurs inevitably face a lot of rejection — as does anyone championing a big new idea. But the different ways that investors say “no” could reveal valuable clues about your idea’s potential. Sometimes, it's proof you’re in a space that’s ripe for the taking. Featuring ...…
 
While the 1960s shift in print and TV advertising has been heavily documented and mythologized by Mad Men, Madison Avenue’s radiophonic collision with the counterculture is less well known. A radio advertising producer, writer, and composer, Clive Desmond takes listeners on a highly subjective journey through one narrow, eccentric, corridor of ...…
 
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