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Best BBC podcasts we could find (updated November 2019)
Best BBC podcasts we could find
Updated November 2019
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BBC Minute
One minute of the world's most shareable news - updated every half an hour, 24/7
BBC Inside Science
Dr Adam Rutherford and guests illuminate the mysteries and challenge the controversies behind the science that's changing our world.
Tim Harford and the More or Less team try to make sense of the statistics which surround us. From BBC Radio 4
Science in Action
The BBC brings you all the week's science news.
Explorations in the world of science.
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
We take your questions about life, Earth and the universe to researchers hunting for answers at the frontiers of knowledge.
Mark Kermode joins Simon Mayo to give his verdict on the week's movies
Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
In Our Time
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
The Inquiry
The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world.
Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
Insight, wit and analysis as BBC correspondents, journalists and writers take a closer look at the stories behind the headlines. Presented by Kate Adie and Pascale Harter.
Football Daily
The latest from the Premier League, EFL, European football and more!
Beyond Today
One big question about one big story from the news - and beyond - every weekday. Tina Daheley and Matthew Price search for answers that will change the way we see the world.
Business Daily
The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.
Professor Jim Al-Khalili talks to leading scientists about their life and work, finding out what inspires them and asking what their discoveries might do for us in the future.
Witness History
History as told by the people who were there.
Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
Download the latest documentaries Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
The Science Hour
Science news and highlights of the week
The History Hour
An hour of historical reporting told by the people who were there.
Dramas for English language learners from BBC World Service. Improve your English with retellings of stories classic and new. Each episode is between 6 and 10 minutes long.
BBC News
The latest five minute news bulletin from BBC World Service.
The latest business and finance news from around the world from the BBC
Thinking Allowed
Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works and discusses current ideas on how we live today.
BBC Earth Podcast
Intimate stories and surprising truths about nature, science and the human experience in a podcast the size of the planet. Each week the BBC Earth podcast brings you a collection of immersive stories about our world and the astonishing creatures, landscapes and elements in it. Close your eyes and open your ears as you travel from the impenetrable forests of Uganda to research bases in the Antarctic; the edges of the Thar Desert to the Shores of Lake Tahoe. You’ll get up close and personal wi ...
Digital Planet
Technological and digital news from around the world.
Honest and fun chat around all the questions you’re too scared to search for. Everyone has the same questions, so we can learn from each other’s experiences, however cringeworthy…
Explore the British countryside and delve into the big rural issues with the team at BBC Countryfile Magazine. Follow us on walks into beautiful places and meet fascinating people. Please subscribe! To find out more about the British countryside, visit www.countryfile.com Subscribe to the print version of BBC Countryfile Magazine at https://www.buysubscriptions.com/print/bbc-countryfile-magazine-subscription
Elis James and John Robins with big laughs and top quality #content. Email: elisandjohn@bbc.co.uk #elisandjohn
The Why Factor
The extraordinary and hidden histories behind everyday objects and actions
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
Formula 1 interviews, reaction and reports. 5 live presents a round-up of the race weekend.
The Digital Human
Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world
BBC Essential Mix
Test Match Special
Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.
The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends
6 Minute English
Learn and practise useful English language for everyday situations with the BBC. A weekly instruction manual for saying or doing something in English is published every Thursday.
Every week, we look at a different everyday English phrase or piece of slang in this fun three-minute programme. From BBC World Service
The Forum
Discover world history, culture and ideas with today’s leading experts.
Money Box
The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
5 Live's science podcast, featuring Dr Karl, plus Dr Chris and Naked Scientists with the hottest science news stories and analysis.
Tech Tent
How the technology business is transforming the way we live and work.
The Compass
The Compass - exploring our world.
Short Cuts
Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.
Woman's Hour
The programme that offers a female perspective on the world
Rugby Union Weekly
Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care dissect the biggest rugby union stories of the week
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Drop into BBC Minute every half an hour, 24/7, for the biggest news, sport, technology, health, science, social media and business stories; all in 60 secondsBy BBC World Service
The latest five minute news bulletin from BBC World Service.By BBC World Service
The Queen's second son discusses his relationship with convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, and denies ever meeting the teenage girl who says she was forced to have sex with him. Also: Chinese Communist Party documents leaked to the New York Times reveal new details about the mass detention of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, and we hear from th ...…
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An adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. In this episode, meet Ebenezer Scrooge.By BBC Radio
The UK's soils are the first line of defence against flooding, but the condition of the soil is vital to how well it can soak up and slowly release rainwater. Jane Rickson, Professor of soil erosion and conservation at Cranfield University, explains to Adam what makes a healthy soil and what farmers can do to try to prevent floods."Spice" is a ...…
This week on the BBC Earth Podcast, we are sharing stories of unity. Hear the story behind the international mission of 20 African countries to hold back the desert and plant trees to reclaim the once lush oasis of oasis and greenery. We also discover the unique relationship between a toad and tarantula who choose to be roommates as well as a m ...…
Listen to the song of the River Usk in autumn as you follow editor Fergus Collins on a gentle ramble through a recently flooded landscape to find wildfowl, waders and other creature. Plus, discover a blood-soaked story of treachery hidden in a peaceful riverside earthwork. This is the last of the series in season 4. We'll be returning with more ...…
Andrew Harding travels to Angola, and the site of Africa’s largest battlefield in the Cold War. When Portugal relinquished its colonies in 1975, it looked as though a Communist-backed government would take over in Angola. Instead, there followed nearly 30 years of fighting: American and South African-backed rebels on one side, Cuban and Soviet- ...…
Lt Col Alexander Vindman told Congress that President Trump made "inappropriate" political demands of his Ukrainian counterpart. Also: Sweden drops Assange alleged rape investigation, and does Marie Kondo's online store spark joy?By BBC World Service
Juul Labs, the biggest vaping firm in the US, has been hit with a lawsuit by the state of New York. Attorney General Letitia James accused the firm of misrepresenting the safety of its products and targeting teens in advertisements. Her action follows similar actions by officials in California and North Carolina, as well as federal warnings.…
Steve Crossman, John Murray, Harry Redknapp, Chris Waddle, Guillem Balague, Nihal Arthanayake and Ben Haines discuss the sudden sacking of Mauricio Pochettino and debate who would be the right fit for Spurs.By BBC Radio 5 live
Iran internet shutdownIran is now almost entirely offline as authorities try to stem the spread of protests that started last week. The government increased fuel prices by as much as 300% and since people took to the streets online access has been restricted. We find out the latest from online monitoring group NetBlocks.US Election emails unsaf ...…
Three days later and the fallout from Prince Andrew’s BBC interview keeps coming: today university students and a big accountancy firm are distancing themselves from the duke. Prince Andrew appeared on Newsnight to address controversy over his ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But it backfired after critics called the intervie ...…
After Microsoft in Japan offered workers a four-day week we ask if the idea could spread. Ffyona Dawber is chief executive of Synergy Vision, and explains why her business has introduced a four-day work week. Lord Robert Skidelsky is an economic historian who discusses how we used to work significantly longer hours each week in the past. Ryan C ...…
The protests in Iran started on Friday and were sparked by a sharp rise in petrol prices. US and Australian hostages are freed in a Taliban prisoner swap.Do you know what the gayageum is?By BBC World Service
From a broken-hearted granddaughter's search for understanding to a collective conversation around desire - Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about desire, love and heartbreak.ROW-cubProduced by Neena PathakTexts I've Sent The GovernmentFeaturing John-Luke Roberts and River HallFalckensteinscredoProduced by Phil Sm ...…
Police officer Grant Edwards was once Australia’s strongest man. He was known for incredible feats of physical strength—like pulling trains, planes and trucks. Meanwhile, at work, he fought online child exploitation and human trafficking for years. It was a harrowing job, and eventually it took its toll on Grant. He told Outlook’s Jo Fidgen how ...…
Criticised for not expressing sympathy for Jeffrey Epstein’s victims in his recent interview with BBC's Emily Maitlis, Prince Andrew has since told friends he ‘regretted’ not doing so. We consider how victims and survivors are so often an afterthought when allegations of sexual assault are being discussed. Actor Mia Wasikowska and director and ...…
Jessica Logan was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis before she hacked her life to make it better. She shares her story with Katie Thistleton and Dr Radha.By BBC Radio 1
The 'Woman in Gold' was one of Gustav Klimt's most famous paintings. It was a portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, but it was taken from her family by the Nazis and only returned to them after a long legal battle. Louise Hidalgo has been speaking to Randol Schoenberg the young lawyer who took on the case.Picture: Adele Bloch-Bauer I, or 'The Woman in ...…
It sounds violent, but this phrase might surprise you!By BBC Radio
What impact has it had on the continent's tech startup scene? Tamasin Ford speaks to Bosun Tijani, founder of the CcHub in Lagos, about why tech hubs have been so important in driving innovation in recent years, and Ghanaian entrepreneur Charles Ofori Antipem who discusses what tech hubs can do better. The BBC's Massa Kanneh reports from Liberi ...…
In 1979, Pattie Moore, a 26-year-old designer in New York was so was so incensed by the way her colleagues ignored the needs of the elderly that she embarked on a daring piece of social research. Disguised as an 85-year-old woman, she took to the streets of America, travelling to over 100 cities, to discover the realities of being old. Her disg ...…
Chris Sutton, Micah Richards and Rory Smith join Chappers to discuss Wrighty's first 24 hours in the celebrity jungle, whether or not it's strange behaviour to allow ponies into your house during meal times, and taking bolt cutters to Vincent Kompany's locker at Man City to mess up all his paperwork.Features a cameo appearance from Chris' daugh ...…
The United States reverses four decades of foreign policy in a move seen as a boost to Israel. Also: Brazil's Amazon deforestation 'highest since 2008', and rare Charlotte Bronte miniature work returning to UK after sale in French auction.By BBC World Service
Samsung wants to get Chinese companies to make more of its phones to cut costs, but it could also encourage them to do more work for its rivals in China.And Ford Motor Company has unveiled an electric version of its iconic Mustang sports car.By BBC World Service
Ahead of the start of England’s Test series in New Zealand, Mark Chapman is joined by former opener Marcus Trescothick and Lancashire bowler Graham Onions.We’ll hear in depth how Marcus has been helping Jos Buttler with his batting in the build up to the series, get Graham’s assessment of the new players in the England squad, and discuss the bu ...…
It’s only taken two months but finally we’ve managed to get Danny, Ugo and Chris all on the same pod. They’re joined by Dylan Hartley who chats about his decision to retire, captaining England and what’s next for him. There’s more on Saracens who aren’t appealing their points deduction and fine for breaking the salary cap. Plus, there’s a look ...…
Katherine Joy studies moon rock. She has studied lunar samples that were brought to earth by the Apollo missions (382kg in total) and hunted for lunar meteorites in Antarctica, camping on ice for weeks on end and travelling around on a skidoo. Working at the forefront of the second wave of lunar exploration, she studied remote sensing data from ...…
There was a story in October you may have missed: a 15-year-old boy from London was stabbed to death after getting off a bus on his way home from school. Baptista Adjei was one of the youngest people to be murdered in the capital this year. In this episode we speak to BBC London’s Greg McKenzie, who’s been reporting on knife crime in 2019, incl ...…
Aleks Krotoski explores how the culture in Silicon Valley led to a growth in the cult of personality and asks if it's gone too far. This kind of worship has been hot housed in Silicon Valley ever since Steve Jobs burst out of his garage and onto the scene. Here, we take a look at how Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and others are now regarded as cha ...…
Office-sharing company WeWork has had a tough year, so we ask where things went wrong. Russ Mould of London brokers A J Bell tells us where the company figures on the scale of corporate calamities of recent years, after it had to shelve its stock market listing, ditch its chief executive and seek alternative funding. An employee who works out o ...…
A golden ring which once belonged to Irish playwright Oscar Wilde has been recovered by Arthur Bland, a Dutch 'art detective,' nearly 20 years after it was stolen. To mark the occasion, Outlook is re-running our 2017 interview with Arthur. He told Outlook's Jo Fidgen about earning the trust of the police and the criminals, and going undercover ...…
A golden ring which once belonged to Irish playwright Oscar Wilde has been recovered by Arthur Bland, a Dutch 'art detective,' nearly 20 years after it was stolen. To mark the occasion, Outlook is re-running our 2017 interview with Arthur. He told Outlook's Jo Fidgen about earning the trust of the police and the criminals, and going undercover ...…
Protesters trapped inside the Polytechnic University are attempting to escape a police blockade of the campus. Demonstrations across Iran over fuel price rises have left at least twelve people dead. A rare Charlotte Bronte book is coming home.By BBC World Service
Asked to describe your grandparents, you may conjure fond childhood memories of trips to the park or going round for your favourite dinner after school. You may live just around the corner and see your grandparents daily or they might be a welcome voice on the phone, brightening your day from afar.Elaine Chong discovers just why it is that gran ...…
Earlier this month, McDonald's Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook was fired for having a consensual relationship with a subordinate. But what are the rules where you work? And how easy are they to navigate?Do you know where the line is between flirting and harassment in the post #MeToo era? Or has it all gone too far? Whether you’ve had ...…
In the 1970s, an American engineer Jack Cover designed a new experimental stun gun. He called it a Taser. But the device only really became popular when it started to be used by US law enforcement agencies. The Los Angeles Police Department were among the first to use the device. Retired police Captain Greg Meyer was then the young officer give ...…
The internationl companies investing in Nigerian cinema. France's Canal+ and streaming giant Netflix are among those who see potential for Nollywood both inside and outside Africa. Are they right? Presented by Tamasin Ford. (Photo: Nollywood film DVDs on sale in Lagos, Nigeria, Credit: Getty Images)By BBC World Service
The company has published an updated prospectus for its initial public offering, seeking more than $25bn for the sale of 1.5% of its shares. We hear from Julian Lee, the oil strategist at financial data service Bloomberg.Trade unions have threatened to shut down the entire aviation industry in South Africa, after a strike grounded the airline S ...…
Police had warned protestors in Hong Kong that they could use live bullets if violence against officers continued. Also: Sri Lanka wartime defence chief wins presidency, and the British photographer Terry O'Neill dies aged 81.By BBC World Service
Jack and Jolyon do their best to pick through the bones of an incident packed race in Brazil that saw Max Verstappen take victory. We hear from him and Pierre Gasly who finished second to claim his first podium in Formula 1. We also discuss Lewis Hamilton’s time penalty and the two Ferrari drivers taking each other out.…
Steve Crossman, Ian Dennis, Chris Waddle and Rob Green discuss England’s 4-0 win over Kosovo on Sunday and discuss the key decisions facing Gareth Southgate as he looks forward to Euro 2020. Plus interviews with Southgate, Harry Winks and Nick Pope.By BBC Radio 5 live
Australia’s annual wild fires have started early this year, drought is a factor but to what extent is ‘Bush fire weather’ influenced by climate change?A two million year old fossil tooth reveals some biological answers to who its owner was.Why Climate change may have killed off the world’s first superpower And a hologram produced from sound wav ...…
In the latest programme of the monthly series, Mishal Husain introduces dispatches from journalists and writers reflecting the range of contemporary life in the United Kingdom. Dan Johnson reports direct from the flooded River Don in South Yorkshire where feelings are running high among locals about the response to the latest inundation. As the ...…
Stephen Graham is an actor, whose credits include key roles in films including This is England and The Irishman, and in TV dramas such as Boardwalk Empire and Line of Duty. Stephen was born in Kirkby just outside Liverpool in 1973. He discovered acting at school, where a starring role in a production of Treasure Island at the age of 10 was a tu ...…
Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team find out about the new solar material to give panels a boost, how hiccups evolved to help babies to learn, 3D TV coming to a screen near you, and are we on the brink of a revolution in medicine. Get the podcast from the BBC Sounds app.By BBC Radio 5 live
Oslo is now the fastest-growing major city in all of Europe. Its growth is attributed to high birth rates and migration. Oslo is keenly aware that as the city expands, it is important to do so in a sustainable way. As a result, they have made a commitment to reducing carbon use and emissions while they grow, which some would say is an impossibl ...…
Mats Steen was ill for years, but he found friendship and escape in an online fantasy land.A version of this story by Vicky Schaubert was first published in Norwegian by broadcaster NRK.Presenter: Maryam MarufProducer: Harry GrahamImage: Mats Steen's avatar and Mats' father Robert SteenCredit: Patrick da Silva Saether/NRK…
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