As schools prepare to break for the school holidays, let’s have a look at some great podcasts for younger ears that you can get into this summer.
The National Geographic Kids have released Greeking Out, which delves into Greek myths and legends. To coincide with World UFO Day, The Week Junior’s Mysteries of Science has launched a special episode looking at the phenomenon, whilst Fun Kids Science Weekly looks ahead to the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, a big summit where scientists talk about the latest scientific breakthroughs and research.
Fun Kids are also behind Family Walks, which offer interesting walking routes for all the family in places such as Bristol, The Black Country and the City of London. Also look out for Go Jetters, who explore deep caves in Northern Ireland to waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons.
And, for when the little ones are tired, there is a great set of bedtime stories to help them nod off. Mr Bedtime Stories features stories from the Mr Men and Little Miss universe, Thomas & Friends Storytime features stories from the Tank Engine universe and CBeebies Radio Podcast from … you guessed it … the world of CBeebies.
NOTABLE NAMES ON PODCASTS THIS WEEK
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- Danny Dyer is on Where There’s A Will, There’s A Wake with Kathy Burke.
- Simon Pegg and Rebecca Ferguson are on The Filmmakers Podcast this week, talking about working on the latest Mission Impossible Film.
- Singer and actress Suzanne Shaw is on The Capsule #inconversation this week, talking about her cutting alcohol consumption, completing four ultramarathons in four days and how social media can lead to self sabotage.
- The celebrated psychotherapist Esther Perel us on Dua Lipa: At Your Service this week, in a special episode delving into love and relationships.
Here are our podcast picks for the week ahead
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America: A History Podcast – US politics often (and understandably) dominates the news agenda, but if you were not taught about the US in school you can find some of the US political institutions and traditions rather confusing. This handy new podcast by Liam Heffernan breaks down US politics and history into easy to follow digestible chunks, from the purpose and beliefs of the US constitution to the role of the Supreme Court. The first episode came out on July 4th (see what they did there?) and new episodes are out every week.
Stirring It Up with Andi and Miquita Oliver – A popular format in podcasting is having guests being interviewed whilst they indulge in food and drink. This new series, fronted by Miquita Oliver and Andi Oliver, is a very welcome addition to this format, with conversation that is so engaging it feels like you are in the room with them.
Both broadcasters, the conversations are engaging and flow between important and lighthearted subjects. Their first episode features comedian Kathy Burke and her friend, the director Pippa Brown.
Dwelling – There’s nothing like the feeling of being at home. But as the cost of living causes difficulty and the housing market continues to get squeezed, many more people are looking at alternative ways of living. This series, created by Marnie Woodmeade, explores such alternatives, from nomads who live out on the open road, to the boat dwellers who live on canals (fun fact: more people now live on canals than during its industrial heyday.)
Marnie is a great storyteller and interviewer, and you learn a lot about the people she speaks to. There’s also an episode on Eel Pie Island, which was once England’s biggest commune, which you can only access by boat. “I am a firm believer that in order to understand what is happening now, you need to look back in time,” says Marnie.
Diabetes Discussions with Diabetes UK – Our final podcast recommendation this week will be useful for anyone living with diabetes, or who wants to support someone who has. Created by the charity Diabetes UK, each episode looks at the various ways diabetes can impact our lives, featuring discussions and interviews to help you feel less isolated. It also features tips and advice on a number of topics, from the benefits of sport and exercise to the importance of looking after our own mental wellbeing.