Best Podcasts of the Week: Jayde Adams Wades into the Strange World of Local Online Message Boards | Podcasts

Choices of the week

Welcome to the neighbourhood
BBC Sounds, weekly episodes from Wednesday 29 June

If community message boards and apps intrigue you, Jayde Adams gets it. Here, she invites guests to join her and enjoy the unintended hilarity of online spaces where people will try to trade the Bounty bars from their Celebrations for better chocolates. Bin day and high street fights play a big part, with Adams hitting the nail on the head in every discussion.
Hannah Verdier

The temptation
Widely available, episodes weekly

A twisted true crime love story is always an ear magnet, and that’s especially the case with this lecherous, obsessive age gap between Patty Presba and Jaime Ramos. Keith Morrison’s intentionally abbreviated narration is perfect for this film noir-esque drama about “a child and a lady” plus a murdered husband. HV

Sound Barrier: Sylvester
Spotify, episodes weekly

As the creator of disco’s best song, You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), Sylvester was ahead of his time, both musically and in terms of being an openly gay black man. This brilliant podcast, the first in a series, unflinchingly showcases his relentless ambition, with stunning demos and commentary from superfans including Patti LaBelle and Billy Porter. HV

Hollywood and Crime: The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley
Wondery, episodes a week

If scandal had a voice, Tracy Pattin would own it, and now she’s joined by actor Josh Lucas to pull the strings of a twisty murder case. When Bonny Lee Bakley was found dead in her car with a gunshot wound, her husband, Robert Blake, was the prime suspect, but—to add even more fuel to the real crime fire—she also had many enemies. HV

Romance Road Test
Audible, episodes weekly
Hosts Kristen Meinzer and Jolenta Greenberg are open about the state of their “not so sexy” marriages as they try to rekindle the passion when life, illness and the seven-year itch get in the way. The first task is to recreate their first dates, including frozen pizza, Muay Thai videos and kissing sounds. Heartwarming things. HV

There’s a podcast for that

Claudia Winkleman presents the curious How Did We Get Here? with best friend Tanya Byron. Photo: Channel 4

This week Rachel Aroesti chooses five of the best podcasts to make you smarterfrom a famous QI spin-off to Claudia Winkleman’s therapy-style series on emotional intelligence

No such thing as a fish
Once upon a time (mid to late 00s), QI had a firm foothold in the comic zeitgeist. Now that Stephen Fry is long gone and the agency-based panel shows have fallen out of favor, those days are really over. Still, the program’s team of uber-savvy researchers have managed to stay at the forefront of pop culture with their wildly popular podcast. Each episode sees the endearingly swotty QI Elves exchanging little-known facts (the pod’s title is a particularly fascinating example). The random randomness coupled with the dizzying banter of the hosts makes for a show whose interest never drops below very high levels.

in our time
The original cerebral radio show is of course also a podcast these days. In fact, it’s been since 2004 – and in 2011, the entire archive of Melvyn Bragg’s Radio 4 show became available in podcast form (such is the wealth of material, certain pod distributors have conveniently divided episodes into the genres of religion, science, history, philosophy and culture). If the subject often seems intimidatingly intellectual (recent episodes have involved French playwright Olympe de Gouges and Plato’s Gorgias), it’s worth sticking to: This is as rigorous and detailed as explainers aimed at the general public.

How did we get here?
Intelligence isn’t just about chopping down piles of esoteric facts or pi to a thousand decimal places: emotional wisdom is just as important. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman and her clinical psychologist, best friend Tanya Byron, this show offers a masterclass in unraveling human behavior, helping the listener better understand why people behave the way they do. Each episode is built around a real-life therapy session – Winkleman empathically comforts the patient, Byron uses her professional nous to dig into their predicament – and tackles topics like challenging children, suicide, absent parents and, invariably, other issues that lie just beneath the surface. .

the allusionist
There are many words for things these days, aren’t there? That’s partly because the confluence of the Internet and identity politics makes language a much more accurate and sensitive tool. Unlike the ‘can’t-do-nothing’ brigade, this show from podcast veteran Helen Zaltzman – sister of Andy – explains and explores our ever-evolving vocabulary in a festive and interested way. Examples include inclusive terminology for trans parenting, asexuality and aromanticism, and misogyny, while other episodes look at more established linguistic themes: the art of apology, jargon hunting, and the concept of zero. Eclectic for sure, but also very uplifting.

Talking about politics
Created in collaboration with the London Review of Books, Talking Politics began in 2016, partly as a way of understanding the Brexit vote. It’s safe to say things didn’t get any less complicated after that, meaning host David Runciman and his fellow Cambridge academics have since progressed enough to chew in precisely learned style. If keeping up with politics in 2022 seems like a sisyphean task, it might be a relief to know that the podcast actually closed for good in March — so at least there’s some hope of getting up to speed in the past six years. .

Why not try…

  • From strays to dog heroes, more dog facts than you can shake a stick-shaped chew toy with in Off Leash.

To read the full version of the newsletter, sign up to receive Hear Here in your inbox every Thursday

Leave a Comment