As Summer is just around the corner, let’s look at some podcasts following the major sporting tournaments taking place this summer.

If you’re into cycling…The Geraint Thomas Cycling Club is following all of the different Tours taking place this summer, including Giro d’Italia. The Cycling Podcast covers each stage with daily updates and analysis. For interviews and features, look out for the Cyclist Magazine Podcast.

If you’re into Formula 1… There’s The Fast and the Curious, by Greg James, Betty Glover and Christian Hewgill. Formula For Success features insights from Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard, For F1’s Sake with Cheeka, Terry and Phill and there’s The Last Lap, from fans Tommo and Niran.

If you’re into cricket… Zero Ducks Given provides insight and humour from cricketer Steven Finn, commentator Dan Norcross and broadcaster Toby Tarrant. Following On Cricket is providing daily updates ahead of The Ashes. And for the final word, there’s the helpfully titled The Final Word Cricket Podcast by Adam Collins and Geoff Lemon. 


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Educating Daisy with Daisy May CooperDaisy May Cooper, fresh from Rain Dogs and Am I Being Unreasonable? has just launched her own hugely entertaining podcast. It is basically a book club for those who can’t be bothered or haven’t got round to reading any books, with May Cooper attempting to catch up on classic literature having not read anything since finishing her GCSEs. “The only books I can read and this is absolutely genuine are Jackie Wilson and Tracey Beaker,” she says.

There are six episodes, with Tim Key, Jamali Maddix, Diane Morgan, Katie Price, Nish Kumar and Alan Carr. This is an Audible Original so you need to be a subscriber to listen (but it doesn’t use up any of your credits.) Oh and as you would expect with anything to do with Cooper, there are a lot of swears.

FukushimaIt has now been more than a decade since the devastating Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. A devastating 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan and the subsequent tsunami flooded reactors and cut off the power at the station, resulting in several core meltdowns and the contamination and evacuation of a large surrounding area.

This new BBC World Service drama explores how the catastrophe unfolded, but also the people who stopped the crisis becoming far worse. New episodes are out every single week.

We Can Be WeirdosThe writer and podcaster Dan Schreiber has recently launched a new podcast exploring and celebrating the weird, from an interview with someone who has been hunting for the Loch Ness Monster full time to the 90s, to an investigation into whether the offices that the podcast is recorded in is actually haunted. Delightful.

Wild for Scotland – Our final podcast is this great little series by the travel blogger Kathi Kamleitner, who visited there more than ten years ago. It is a podcast that is full to the brim of recommendations and tips about where to visit in Scotland. Her latest episode is rather special too, featuring lots of local stories and anecdotes voiced by communities who live on the islands or on the west coast of the country.
There’s also an interesting episode talking about the people who are rewilding the country. “Scotland may appear wild but it is in fact incredibly depleted of nature,” says Kamleitner. “A recent study by the RSPB shows that Scotland ranks 28th out of 218 countries in the biodiversity intactness index … from the bottom.

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