I’m rather fond of quite a few of the British Broadcasting Corporations’ radio podcast catalogue and I was wondering how far that interest extended to the Waypoint forums. As part of it’s many duties, the BBC produces broadcast radio content, a lot of which is, in 2017, also backed up in podcast format and accessible for everyone (including those outside the UK). A great deal of it is geared to be educational in outlook, although there’s a certain amount of ‘fluffy’ shows too.
As a fair warning, those without a UK TV lisence should download episodes rather than try to stream them, as you will otherwise have to log in to a BBC account which is tied to the TV licensing system.
I’ve only dipped into parts of its catalogue, but I would be interested to hear thoughts, recommendations, and criticism of the BBC’s podcast radio output. What’s your experience with the BBC’s podcasts output? What did you listen to and what did you make of it?
I’ll be making a little list of recommendations as we go, so, if you feel strongly about something coming up, feel free to write a little something and post it in the thread (or send it to me) and I’ll append it to this post (with credit!).
50 Things That Made the Modern Economy (nykgordon)
- Hosted by Tim Harford. Short-form educational podcast, discussing specific topics, from market research to the Haber-Bosch process, in five-minute episodes.
In Our Time (robowitch)
- Hosted by Melvyn Bragg with a rotating guest panel of academics. Guests discuss a set academic topic (in fields such as history, science, mathematics, and others), explaining the concept in 45 minutes while being shepherded by Bragg. Educational.
The Inquiry (padraic_padraic)
- Hosted by a variety of people. Run by the BBC World Service, The Inquiry deals with a single clearly-posed question and discusses it… The production is a little shakey at times, and they can definitely fall prey to a little of the BBC’s uncritical both-sides-ism, but they’re generally good for a quick, informative overview.
Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review (robowitch)
- Host Simon Mayo and film reviewer Mark Kermode review the movies released in this week, along with discussing the UK box office top ten. Much banter ensues. The ship that launched a thousand in-jokes (hello to Jason Isaacs). Geared towards entertainment, occasionally educational. Probably the easiest to listen to if you’re used to podcasts.