There have been many podcasts covering the sad news of The Queen’s death.
Newscast have been releasing daily episodes featuring the latest tributes and reactions. Meanwhile Maitlis, Sopel and Goodall on The News Agents did a special episode discussing the ascension of King Charles III and how the Royal Family will look and feel different in the years to come.
“It’s surprising how often we use this phrase ‘end of an era’ to talk about really insubstantial, insignificant things,” said Maitlis. “This moment is the end of an actual era. It’s the age of the Elizabethan age. The reign of Queen Elizabeth II. And suddenly it feels enormous. She has been a monarch of stability and continuity in all our lives. And she is probably the most famous woman in the world.”
If you are looking for podcasts that look back at the life of HM The Queen, Short History Of… released a two-part episode earlier in the year looking back at the events that have shaped her life and how British society changed under her reign and in Dan Snow’s History Hit he looks at her early life.
In other news… The Mid•Point with Gabby Logan, a podcast where the sports broadcaster talks with a guest about the unexpected joys and benefits getting older can bring, had a special episode where Gabby spoke to her husband Kenny Logan.
In February this year Kenny learnt that he had prostate cancer, the most popular cancer for males in the UK. There’s currently 52,000 new cases in the UK every year (that’s more than 100 a day.) In the episode Gabby speaks to Declan Cahill, Kenny’s consultant, who talked about common misconceptions about prostate cancer (fact: symptoms are not usually that obvious until a late stage, so it is always worth testing.) And as this month is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, listeners are encouraged to check your risk by heading to the Prostate Cancer UK website and you can find out more about a Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) test on the NHS website.
NOTABLE NAMES ON PODCASTS THIS WEEK
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- Nadiya Hussain is the latest episode of Glittering a Turd podcast this week, talking about her life ever since winning The Great British Bake Off.
- Joanne Harris, the author of the book Chocolat and the chair of the Society of Authors, is on the podcast Two Lit Chicks to talk about her favourite literature and why some books are not easily defined into a genre.
- Joanna McNally is on Changes with Annie Macmanus this week.
- Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is on 40 Minute Mentor this week, talking about pivoting your career and her decision to go into politics.
Here are our podcast picks for the week ahead
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Wrighty’s House – A Spotify Original, Ian Wright’s podcast has been a fantastic listen for the way that it manages to weave together the latest football and sport headlines but also providing in-depth conversations that come on his or his guest’s head. It feels so effortless. A lot of podcasts try very hard to recreate the magic that happens here.
A recent episode featuring Wright features fascinating discussion on the retirement, career and legacy of Serena Williams and how she has inspired a whole generation: “She defied everything. She defied them all.”
Crosshairs – A new true crime podcasts looking at shocking assassinations attempts through history and in particular, how their success or failure changed the course of history. The first episode looks at at the murder of John Lennon outside of his residence in New York City in 1980.
It is a well told and well researched story, with no actors and minimal sound effects. Narrator Jonathan Guy Lewis seamlessly flicks between the timelines of both Lennon and his killer Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to his murder, which makes you wonder how things and the path of history could have ended very differently.
How to be 60 with Kaye Adams – Kaye Adams, who you might recognise from BBC Radio Scotland or from presenting Loose Women (she will also be a contestant on the next series of Strictly), has her own podcast where she reflects on reaching the age of 60.
A particular highlight are the great guests that she has managed to have on her show over its run: Iain Dale, Vanessa Feltz, Nicky Campbell and Toyah Willcox.
Physical Capital – Our final recommendation in this week’s newsletter comes from Broccoli Productions, who have released an informative and well-researched series looking into the history of boxing in the UK. At least, that is what they started off with.
“We realised that as we dug deeper, that it was much more complex than that. Looking at boxing in detail raises so many questions about the commodification of the human body for sport and the exploitation of men and women for money,” said one of the show’s presenters Renay Richardson.
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