Podcast Radio Hour

Podcast Radio Hour

Presenters recommend their favourite podcasts and speak to the people who make them.


November 3, 2022 60 min
It's BBC Radio 4 Extra's final Podcast Radio Hour so Laura Grimshaw, Amanda Litherland and Chris Pearson look back at some of the best co-hosts, podcasts and interview guests. With contributions from regular co-hosts Scott Bryan, Jon Holmes, Isy Suttie, Jessica Fostekew, Shivani Dave, Ella Watts, Ellie Gibson, Greg Cochrane, Imriel Morgan, Jake Yapp, Roshan Roberts, Chrystal Genesis and Salena Godden. Plus archive inter...
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Wes Butters and his Producer, Kerry present a few of the best podcasts on fungi. Dr. Gordon Walker talks about the role of social media in sharing high quality information about fungi, Dr. Merlin Sheldrake tells us about the importance of amateurs in the field of Mycology - and the Podcast Producer, Katharine Kerr reveals the things that she learned about "zombie-ants" whilst creating a podcast in association with The Roya...
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October 21, 2022 60 min
Chris Pearson and Ella Watts recommend apocalypse audio fiction. Jenny Turner Hall talks Marvel's Wastelanders: Wolverine, and discusses the pressures of working on a Marvel property, as well as the stakes that come from writing stories starring young characters. Plus Kc Wayland discusses We're Alive: Descendants - the latest iteration in the We're Alive universe, which brings to a close a story that began in 2009. W...
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October 7, 2022 56 min
Chris Pearson and Scott Bryan suggest new listening for October. Tubsey and Hyder, Bafta winners, join us to talk about their first steps into podcasting. Why did they want to start "The World According to Tubsey and Hyder" - and what do they love about working with each other? Plus we'll hear new conversation, documentary, and drama podcasts, including clips from: Carolina Herrera presents Walk Tall Restless Native...
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September 16, 2022 59 min
Chris Pearson and Chrystal Genesis with podcasts for young ears. Molly Bloom discusses the debate show Smash Boom Best, and tells us why it's important to introduce children to debating at an early age. And Rebecca Sheir talks about her global storytelling podcast Circle Round, which introduces children to stories from around the world. Plus we'll hear clips from But Why? Kids Law Million Bazillion CBeebies Radio Podca...
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September 2, 2022 59 min
Podcast Radio Hour showcases new podcasts from the 2022 Class of BBC Sounds Audio Lab, and meets the six audio creatives who have bought their innovative ideas to BBC Sounds. Talia Randall discusses the urban nature series 'Blossom Trees and Burnt-Out Cars' Hamza Salmi talks about the series profiling someone described as 'the Forrest Gump of black power in the UK' - 'Who Was Michael X?' Adam Zmith takes u...
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August 18, 2022 60 min
Laura Grimshaw and Isy Suttie present podcasts on living with chronic illnesses, with a focus on bladder and bowel issues, periods and endometriosis, migraines and joint and back pain, and chronic fatigue, ME, and fibromyalgia.
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August 12, 2022 57 min
The video game journalist and co-host of the Scummy Mummies podcast Ellie Gibson joins Chris Pearson for gaming podcast picks. Lauren Kaye discusses her podcast 'She Plays Games', which aims to showcase and highlight women working behind the scenes in video game development. Plus, we'll hear clips from Safe Space History Respawned The Back Page Sound of Gaming The Psychology of Video Games Podcast The Knowledge Proj...
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August 5, 2022 57 min
Shivani Dave joins Chris Pearson to recommend a selection of bitesize podcasts. Arielle Free tells us about her short documentary series, The Rise and Fall of T in the Park. Plus we hear clips from Mercury: A Broadcast Of Hope Poem-a-Day Nipe Story Probably True Anthems My Life in the Mosh of Ghosts Sliced Bread Short & Curly 5 Minutes On The Savvy Psychologist's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Mental Health If you have r...
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July 28, 2022 61 min
Laura Grimshaw and Jon Holmes present highlights and winners from this year's British Podcast Awards. The British Podcast Awards ceremony takes place on Saturday 23rd July at Kennington Park in London. There are 30 awards being presented including Best New, Best Comedy, Best Current Affairs, Best Fiction, the Climate Award, and the Rising Star Award. Plus one of the winners will be crowned Podcast of the Year 2022. For Podc...
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July 21, 2022 59 min
Laura Grimshaw and Shaun Keaveny present podcasts on the theme of creativity - or lack of it. Featuring artists, writers, musicians and actors discussing what inspires them, and where and when creativity hits - and how often the creative process can feel like wading through treacle on balsawood stilts. Shaun and Laura are joined by the actor Russell Tovey and the gallarist Robert Diament to discuss their podcast Talk Art - and tak...
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July 8, 2022 58 min
Chris Pearson and Scott Bryan recommend new podcast listening for July. We're joined by Nick Grimshaw and Angela Hartnett OBE to talk about their new podcast, Dish. The two discuss their love of hosting, and we'll hear about what Nick's learned from cooking by watching the Michelin-star chef at work. Plus we'll hear clips from: Different with Nicky Campbell The New Conspiracist Westminster Insider Podcast All Abo...
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June 30, 2022 59 min
To mark the start of the Women's Euros on the 6th July, Laura Grimshaw and Eilidh Barbour round up the best in Women's Football Podcasts.
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Laura Grimshaw and Roshan Roberts present highlights from the International Women's Podcast Festival.
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June 17, 2022 59 min
Chris Pearson and Scott Bryan with TV podcasts. Sirin Kale discusses Unreal: A Critical History of Reality TV, the Radio 4 podcast she presents alongside Pandora Sykes. We'll hear how the series aims to investigate the huge world of Reality TV, and how they convinced guests to discuss some problematic elements of the shows. Plus we'll recommend Companion podcasts Taskmaster: The People’s Podcast The Wire at 20 Hypotheti...
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June 2, 2022 59 min
Laura Grimshaw and Chris Pearson present a special edition from The Podcast Show 2022. We’ll be joined by a panel of podcasting guests including Nicky Birch from BBC Sounds, James Cridland - the editor of Podnews, and the hosts of the hilarious and honest BBC Sounds podcast Brown Girls Do It Too Poppy Jay and Rubina Pubani.
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May 27, 2022 57 min
Chris Pearson and Ella Watts recommend Sci-Fi Audio Drama. We hear from the creator of 'Midnight Burger' Joe Fisher, who discusses why a dimension-hopping, time travelling diner is the perfect setting for a hopeful, human story. Plus long time friends Jonathan Williams and Alan Mandel discuss 'Red Valley', and offer advice on just how to develop ideas with your friends. Plus - what is the difference between cryon...
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May 20, 2022 58 min
Chris Pearson and science nerd Rick Edwards recommend factual science listening. The space journalist Sarah Cruddas discusses her series "Where's My Jetpack?" She'll tell us about the links between science fiction and fact, and we'll hear whether she would want to visit Mars. Plus, we'll hear clips from: The Vulnerable Scientist Small Screen Science You Are Not So Smart The Animal Behaviour Podcast The Ha...
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May 13, 2022 57 min
Chris Pearson and Scott Bryan suggest new podcast listens for May. Charlie Craggs tells us about making her acting debut in Doctor Who: Redacted,. We'll hear about how it feels to join the Doctor Who family, and the importance of trans representation in the show. Plus, more great new listening for May, with extracts from: Radioman Lusus Queer Spaces: Behind The Scene Lady Killers with Lucy Worsley Time & Again Betwixt t...
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May 5, 2022 60 min
Laura Grimshaw and Jake Yapp present a selection of comedy podcasts from the Machynlleth Comedy Festival. Helen Bauer and Andrew White chat about Trusty Hogs, Nina Conti and Shenoah Allen introduce us to Richard and Greta, Gareth Gwynn and Esyllt Sears invite us into The Xennial Dome, and Matthew Crosby, Ben Clark and Tom Parry discuss Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown.
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