Podcasts to Start off the Semester

Welcome back! Now Freshers’ Week is over, it seems we will all have a lot more time to get used to our cobbled streets again. So why not begin the academic year with some enjoyable content for your ears? Listen while cooking, cleaning, walking to lectures and, my personal favourite, hungover mornings in bed.

  1. The High Low

Dubbed by Piers Morgan as ‘two braying posh girls talking gibberish’, journalists Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes present the news – high brow and low, if you can’t guess from the title – in a fun, witty and easily digestible format. Tip: always check out the show notes for a well-curated and diverse list of new books, articles, programmes and more.

  1. Unpopped

The ever-insightful Hayley Campbell questions a rotating panel of experts on various pop culture phenomena, covering topics from RuPaul’s Drag Race to Final Fantasy VII and David Foster Wallace. Some may criticise it for over-intellectualising the trivial, but its incisive and thought-provoking discussions never fail to stimulate and amuse.

  1. Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review

Mark Kermode, Britain’s top film critic, joins acclaimed radio DJ Simon Mayo for two hours of bickering, or as fans like to call it, ‘wittertainment’. Somewhere amidst their tangential tirades lie fresh (and spoiler-free) reviews of new releases, interviews with high-profile guests, and letters from the mailbox. But it’s the in-jokes which keep you hooked – and hoping for a run-in with another ‘church’ member. Hello to Jason Isaacs!

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  1. Dear Joan and Jericha

If outrageous filth is your thing, look no further: these radio agony aunts give the worst advice imaginable. In their wicked and perverted world, Joan and Jericha stick up for cheating husbands; mock the unfortunate and absurd physical appearances of their listeners; and even urge one ‘lucky’ listener to make a move on her stepson. Be careful though – if this plays out loud in a lecture, you’ll never live it down.

  1. Capital

This podcast is set in a parallel world where the British general public votes for the reintroduction of the death penalty…with a 51% majority. Comedic genius Charlotte Ritchie leads an ensemble cast through hilarious semi-improvised shenanigans which veer dangerously close to our current political climate. So if you like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, seriously consider having a listen to this group of awful people too – the only difference being that they’re in charge of executing executions.

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