Let’s start with podcasts that will be following the upcoming Formula 1 season, which kicks off this weekend.
Firstly, there’s The Fast and The Curious. BBC Radio 5 Live’s Tailenders gained a loyal fanbase for the way it managed to reflect and celebrate the world of cricket. Now Radio 1 broadcaster Greg James has thrown himself into the world of Formula One, where he’s joined by broadcast journalist Christian Hewgill and sports presenter Betty Glover to review the season and interview some of the sports’ biggest stars. Expect a similar charm and breeziness to the whole series.
By the way, if you want to hear more of Greg James, he was on How to Fail with Elizabeth Day this week too.
The Race F1 Podcast, presented by Edd Straw and Scott Mitchell-Malm, has a comprehensive and insightful preview of the upcoming season, without much distraction. Sky Sports, who of course own much of the broadcast rights for Formula One series, have their own podcast, simply called Sky Sports F1 Podcast. And there’s Beyond The Grid, by Formula 1 themselves, providing behind-the-scenes tidbits that unofficial podcasts would dream of having access to.
NOTABLE NAMES ON PODCASTS THIS WEEK
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- Hugh Jackman is on Kermode and Mayo’s Take this week.
- Russell T Davies is on Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware.
- Designer Margaret Howell is on Alice Vincent’s Why Women Grow podcast.
- Professor Tim Spector, a notable voice during the COVID pandemic, is on Wine Blast with Susie & Peter to talk about the health benefits of wine.
- And coming out this Wednesday, UTOPIA Talks has a special episode on the experiences of women, trans and non-binary artists working in music. Guests will include TAAHLIAH, The Blessed Madonna, and Annie Mac.
Here are our podcast picks for the week ahead
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Made with Love – One of the most memorable moments of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics had nothing to do with the podium. It was during the Diving when the cameras panned to Tom Daley on the poolside unexpectedly knitting.
“You may think this sounds bonkers, but I believe knitting made me an Olympic champion,” says Daley at the start of his new podcast. Such a pursuit helped him relax his mind and helped him focus when it really mattered. Off the back of a new knitting book, this new podcast features Daley speaking with others who have made a hobby into a cornerstone of their career, starting with the singer Shania Twain.
The Weigh Up: Eating Disorder Diaries – A new podcast that tries to help those who are experiencing an eating disorder, are in recovery, and for those who want to help others. There are several informative and useful episodes so far, weaving candid testimony with insights from healthcare professionals. There’s also an understanding that there’s no one size fits all method
“When I was 14, I was diagnosed with anorexia and I’ll be honest, it came as a shock to me,” said Molly Smith, the podcast’s host. “How did I not see this coming? How did something which seemed so in control begin to control me?”
The podcast was the winner of the Rachael Bland New Podcast Award, which was launched in memory of the broadcaster from You, Me and the Big C. Previous winners have included Hooked: The Unexpected Addicts, which tried to break the stigma and stereotypes surrounding addiction.
Unforgotten Highland Women – The Big Light, a podcast network based in Scotland, recently launched an interesting six part series. Pauline Moore shares interesting stories of women from history from the Highlands; from Isobel Gowdie (who faced accusations of witchcraft in the 17th Century), to Margaret Swanson (an influential artist who paved the way for many others.) In each episode you’ll hear a bit of a panel discussion recorded at a live event on these women, but edited down to an easy-to-listen ten minute listen. Handy.
To My Sisters – Our final podcast recommendation is hosted by Courtney Daniella Boateng and Renée Kapuku, who each week talk about lessons they have learnt whilst navigating adult life. We have received several recommendations from listeners to include this podcast, praising their practical advice on topics ranging from relationships to building financial stability. And from listening to a few episodes, you can see why. The advice is realistic and their chemistry is infectious.
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