There are many great podcasts that are doing live episodes and events over the Summer. Let’s take a quick look at some of them that you can get tickets for.

Pilot TV Podcast, a podcast featuring TV reviews from Boyd Hilton, James Dyer and Kay Ribiero are doing a special live show at Kings Place in London on Saturday 19th August. Also at King’s Place is Deborah Frances-White’s The Guilty Feminist, which you can watch on Monday 24th August.

The Breakup Monologues, a much loved podcast about love and heartbreak, is doing a tour around the UK. Upcoming dates include the Norwich Arts Centre on the 27th July and the Green Man Festival in Wales this August. Meanwhile, The Political Party with Matt Forde is heading to Edinburgh for a series of live shows, featuring guests Angela Rayner, Kate Forbes and SNP leader Humza Yousaf.

Finally, the podcast and news website Tortoise is hosting another one of their ‘ThinkIns’ for their News Meeting podcast next week. If you have a podcast and you’re planning a live show, tell us about it. Just fill in the regular Great British Podcast recommendations form with all the details.

Finally, the British Podcast Awards, powered by PodPod, have their awards ceremony on the 28th September.

And also remember to vote for your favourite podcast in their Listener’s Choice Award, the only British Podcast Award that is voted for by you! Any British podcast is eligible. All you need to do is head to their website and write in your favourite. More details below.


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The Rise and Fall of Britpop A nostalgia fest, this new 6 Music eight part series hosted by Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley looks at the dramatic rise and fall of Britpop. It whittles through a lot of key moments, from the legendary chart battle between Blur and Oasis (obviously), to rock stars being interviewed on beds on breakfast television to Radio 1’s dramatic schedule change. 

The series is rich in anecdotes from insiders and clips from the BBC archive. More BBC podcasts should consider this.

Objels & TingsTo mark 75 years since the Empire Windrush arrived in the UK, this podcast by The National Caribbean Heritage Museum looks at Caribbean heritage in the UK through the lens of objects that members of this community cherish. In each episode the founders of the museum, mother and daughter Catherine Ross and Lynda Burrell, invite a guest to bring an object with them, whilst they share anecdotes about their lives and their family heritage. It is an absolute delight of a listen.

The Last Best Hope? In last week’s newsletter, we included a podcast that explains American history and institutions for beginners (called America: A History Podcast.) We then received this great podcast recommendation presented by the broadcaster and historian Professor Adam Smith, from the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University. 

He digs a little deeper into America today by examining key events from the country’s past, such as the Culture Wars of the 1850s in explaining the political and cultural divides today. There’s also an episode looking at the half a million people from the Scottish borders who then settled in Georgia, creating a rich culture that can still be felt today.

Never ToldA neat little anthology, where eight acclaimed authors, filmmakers and well-known names perform their own stories and personal essays. The people involved include the novelist and writer Zing Tsjeng, actor and musician Thaddea Graham, writer and comedian Joanne Lau, filmmaker Deborah Haywood, and the actor and writer Esther Smith. 

I got stuck into a story by the actor Harry Trevaldwyn, who you might recognise from the Call My Agent remake Ten Percent or from TikTok, a witty story all about an unexpected hook-up in Paris. It starts with the line: “I asked to leave my bag in the lobby, so I could have some proper, quality one-to-one time with my phone.”

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