Apparently, podcasts are coming back into fashion. Below is a list of the UK Almanac’s ten favourite podcasts.
|1. Planet Money
The crack cocaine of podcasts – seriously addictive. Good example is their T-Shirt project where they follow the production journey of a simple T-shirt (inspird by the fantastic book The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli).
|2. Startup –
An absorbingly fresh view on the process of starting a company (which also happens to be a podcast company – wonderful circularity!) A good example is the episode where the company founders look for a name for the new company – should be easy, no?
Spin-off from the famous book – economics for non-economists. Typical episode: How Can Tiny Norway Afford to Buy So Many Teslas?
|4. More or Less
Statistical fact-checking programme presented by the excellent Tim Harford
|5. TED Radio Hour
A clever idea to package several TEDTalks into one hour-long show focusing on one topic. Typical episode: Predicting The Future.
|6. Peter Day’s World of Business
Old-style reportage, but probably the best business programme on radio. Presented by Peter Day, whose decades of experience helps puts each topic in context.
A series of hour-long interviews with people ranging from small business owners to Nobel economics laureates. Typical episode: interview with Robert Solow on growth theory and the challenges of macroeconomics.
|8. In Our Time
One of the most eclectic programmes on radio; recent pogrammes have discussed Nuclear Fusion,
The Haitian Revolution, and Euler’s number. Used to be a must-listen, but going off the boil a little now – the presenter Melvyn Bragg is as impressive as ever, the tenured university guests less so.
A radio programme of scientific and philosophical ideas. Typical episode: speed up learnng with a zap to the brain.
|10. 60-second Science
Bite-sze science in just one-minute.