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Best BBC Radio podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best BBC Radio podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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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
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.
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
In Our Time
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
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.
Historical themes, events and key individuals from Akhenaten to Xenophon.
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.
Elis James and John Robins with big laughs and top quality #content. Email: elisandjohn@bbc.co.uk #elisandjohn
The Life Scientific
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.
Formula 1 interviews, reaction and reports. 5 live presents a round-up of the race weekend.
Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday. Features The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and Lobby Land.
BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.
The Blame Game
Comedy news quiz
Money Box
The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
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
5 Live's science podcast, featuring Dr Karl, plus Dr Chris and Naked Scientists with the hottest science news stories and analysis.
Test Match Special
Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.
Comedy of the Week
Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.
The Digital Human
Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world
Adam Fleming and the BBC’s politics team bring you the essential guide to the 2019 UK general election.
A frank look behind the scenes with broadcasters Jane Garvey and Fi Glover as guests from Radio, TV and podcasting share stories they probably shouldn’t. Released every Friday.
Short Cuts
Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.
Sound of Cinema
Series of programmes exploring film music
Woman's Hour
The programme that offers a female perspective on the world
Elis James chews over the week's football in the company of former Wales internationals Danny Gabbidon and Iwan Roberts.
Have your say on the latest football action
BBC Radio 5 live’s award winning gaming podcast, discussing the world of video games and games culture.
Rugby Union Weekly
Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care dissect the biggest rugby union stories of the week
Time Travellers
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents a collection of quirky tales from the corners of history, exploring a different theme in each weekly episode.
The Next Episode
Chatting through the stories that matter. Hosted by Ben Zand and Linda Adey. Soundtracked by BBC Music Introducing.
Costing the Earth
Fresh ideas from the sharpest minds working toward a cleaner, greener planet
Build your English vocabulary in six minutes. Every Monday join two of our presenters and hear about different ways to develop your vocabulary knowledge and skills.
Greg James, Jimmy Anderson and Felix White with an alternative (and sometimes musical) look at cricket...
Thinking Allowed
New research on how society works
Ever felt like you should be better at feminism? Join comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests for this comedy podcast, recorded in front of a live audience. Each week they discuss topics "all 21 first century feminists agree on" while confessing their insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that underlie their lofty principles. Deborah Frances-White is the 2016 Writers' Guild Award Winner for Best Radio Comedy for her hit BBC Radio 4 series Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She is an E ...
Insights into the business world - featuring content from BBC Radio 4's In Business programme, and also Global Business from the BBC World Service.
Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.
Arts & Ideas
Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.
6 Minute Grammar
Learn English grammar in six minutes. Every Tuesday join two of our presenters and learn a new key area of grammar.Our presenters include Finn, Emma, Rob, Neil, Sophie & Alice.
Highlights from Talkback. William Crawley and guests discuss the news headlines, chat to the people making them and ask you, the audience, what you think? From BBC Radio Ulster
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Download the best satirical comedy from Radio 4, every Friday.By BBC Radio 4
Join Steve Crossman, former West Ham & Chelsea keeper Rob Green, Premier League title winner Chris Sutton and commentator Jonathan Pearce as they look back at Arsenal FINALLY getting their first win in 10 games as they beat West Ham 3-1 at the London Stadium. The guys also preview crucial Champions League games for both Liverpool & Chelsea.…
Ugo, Danny and Chris Jones chat to Scottish maverick Finn Russell about life in Paris and putting Scotland’s World Cup behind him. We also discuss how Leinster beat up Premiership front-runners Northampton in the Champions Cup, Danny selects his Lions XV and just how difficult is it to execute the perfect box-kick?…
With only three days left of campaigning, Boris Johnson is criticised for initially refusing to look at a picture of a sick boy who had to sleep on the floor of a Leeds hospital. And Adam heads to Crewe to chat to a group of undecided voters.Producers: Ione Wells & Harriet NobleEditor: Dino SofosBy BBC Radio 5 live
Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has been described as the most dangerous city in the world. Many young people from the Somali diaspora who have grown up in countries such as the UK and Canada are now returning to their ancestral home in hopes of bringing positive change, even though there is the threat of violence and terrorism.In this episo ...…
"What would become the dominant species if, or when, humans go extinct?"This cheery question leads Drs Rutherford and Fry to embark on an evolutionary thought experiment. Zoologist Matthew Cobb questions whether humans really are the dominant species. Ecologist Kate Jones explains why some species are more extinction-prone than others. Plus Phi ...…
Who broke pay parity leaving NI's nurses being paid less than the rest of the UK?By BBC Radio Ulster
With the recent gang rape and brutal murder of a young woman in India, and news this week of another woman being set alight on her way to give evidence at her rape trial, we consider the longstanding issue of sexual violence again women in the country.In 1979 divers were working hard, excavating the contents of Mary Rose, Henry VIII's war ship. ...…
The Guilty FeministPresented by Deborah Frances-White and Felicity Ward Episode 179: Health and Being Heardwith special guests Jamila Rizvi and Astrid Edwards Recorded 9 February 2019 at The Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne. Released 9 December 2019. The Guilty Feminist theme by Mark Hodge and produced by Nick Sheldon. More about Deborah Frances- ...…
A new series from Tom Allen, star of Mock The Week, Bake Off Extra Slice, The Apprentice: You're Fired and fresh from a sell out solo performance at The London Palladium.Tom Allen is Actually Not Very Nice explores what happens when Tom's calm and collected exterior collapses. He used to be such a nice boy but what has happened to turn him naug ...…
Former Republic of Ireland international Steven Kelly, ex-Millwall striker Steve Morison and The Independent's Melissa Reddy join Emma Saunders to look back on the weekend's action. With Leicester now leading the chasing pack to Liverpool, the team assess whether Brendan Rodgers' side are now genuine title contenders. Duncan Ferguson impressed ...…
Your football calls and reaction with Robbie Savage and Sam Quek. Phone 08085 909693 free from mobiles and landlines. Text 85058 at your standard message rate. Get the podcast from the BBC Sounds app.By BBC Radio 5 live
Professor Russell Foster is head of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute at the University of Oxford, professor of circadian neuroscience and the director of the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology. An expert in sleep, he describes it as 'the single most important health behaviour we have'. Born in 1959, as a child he loved his toy m ...…
Dr Chris Smith and the Naked Scientist team answer your questions and take a look at the hottest science news stories, analysis and breakthroughs. Including is a carbon neutral future even feasible? The team take a look at the new gloves that enable you to reach out and touch virtual reality. Can new organs be grown in a lab? Plus have scientis ...…
Mark Chapman reflects on a huge day of Premier League football as Manchester United played their part in the title race, beating Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad.Our football correspondent John Murray and former Manchester City midfielder Michael Brown analyse the game and debate whether Manchester City can overturn a 14-point deficit to leagu ...…
Alistair Bruce-Ball and Chris Sutton took your calls on all of Saturday’s football action.Everton fans were incredibly impressed with their caretaker manager after a big win at home to Chelsea, Tottenham put five past Burnley whilst Palace and Watford fans had it out over a scrappy 0-0. We also discuss what’s going on at Arsenal, and there’s a ...…
The U.N. Secretary-General issued a dire warning this week. He said that the international effort to stop climate change has been “utterly inadequate.” What are you doing to have a greener Christmas when it comes to the food you eat? Are you considering a more sustainable alternative to turkey for Christmas lunch? We hear from the food writer a ...…
Matthew Sweet presents music from films with characters who come back down to earth with a bump. Whether it's returning to everyday life after war, surviving an accident or extreme event, or adjusting to life after fame. Our featured new release is Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman as an astronaut whose suburban life spirals out of cont ...…
Not long to go… Guto Harri, a former adviser to Boris Johnson and Laura Parker, the national coordinator of Momentum, tell us why their man should get the top job. Producer: Emma CloseEditor: Dino SofosBy BBC Radio 5 live
For many households, Christmas is the most expensive time of year. Food, drink, presents - the list of things to spend money on can be endless. Many of us will be using debt as a way to make that spending happen. Figures this week show that there is so much unmanageable and unsustainable debt in the UK that just the fees and charges on it all w ...…
When Russian forces took over parts of Ukraine in spring 2014, much of the world held its breath. Would Western countries side with Ukraine, and could the fighting spread further into Eastern Europe? While that kind of escalation did not happen, life in Eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed rebel forces and Ukraine’s army are still facing off, ...…
Along with the usual caustic review of the people and events which are making the weeks news, guest host Gerry Kelly chairs the discussion when Colin Murphy, Jake O’Kane and Neil Delamere are joined by Joanne McNally to wag the finger of blame as the festive season kicks in.A Moondog Production for BBC Radio Ulster…
Adam, Laura and Nick Robinson bring you the highlights, analysis and backstage goss from the final BBC leaders’ debate in Maidstone.Producer: Harriet NobleEditor: Dino SofosBy BBC Radio 5 live
Kyle Walker is joined by Gaz Drinkwater, former Manchester United and West Brom midfielder Jonathan Greening & former Manchester City & Spurs midfielder Michael Brown to preview another bumper weekend of Premier League action. Will Man United do Liverpool a favour in the derby? And how will 'Big' Dunc rally the troops at Everton?** DISCLAIMER * ...…
There's disharmony within Chris Sutton's camp after a rogue Free Hit, played by his assistant manager. Can he turn things around heading into Gameweek 16? Meanwhile Statman Dave continues to reel in leader Alistair Bruce-Ball after another big-scoring week, but causes consternation by revealing his favourite Christmas film.…
Jia Tolentino is a 31-year-old American writer who is being hailed as the voice of a generation. Her pieces for the New Yorker magazine nail everything from feminism to capitalism and vaping. Jia was born in Texas and brought up in a Southern Baptist community; as a teenager she starred in a reality TV show. Later she spent time working for the ...…
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney talks about his new film Citizen K. Plus film reviews including Shia Leboeuf in Honey Boy, Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm in Lucy in the Sky, Edward Norton’s neo-noir Motherless Brooklyn and Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in Ordinary Love.Mark and Simon chat through all the films worth seeing in UK cinemas in ...…
Taking ‘live and loose’ to new levels, the ‘Enfant Terrible’ are back and badder than ever! In other words, it’s a fun show, which will raise a smile. Enjoy!By BBC Radio 5 live
The UK General Election is fast approaching, top of the agenda are the political parties green ambitions and one particular initiative is garnering a lot of attention, tree planting. The Labour Party has the most ambitious target – a whopping 2 billion trees planted by 2040. How much land would this take, how does it stack up against other part ...…
The UK General Election is fast approaching, top of the agenda are the political parties green ambitions and one particular initiative is garnering a lot of attention, tree planting. The Labour Party has the most ambitious target – a whopping 2 billion trees planted by 2040. How much land would this take, how does it stack up against other part ...…
Presenter of ITV News and novellist Tom Bradby pays a visit to the BBC to see Fi and Jane.They chat about his most recent book Secret Service, election night and the Royal Family after Tom's recent documentary with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. He also discusses experiencing insomnia and taking care of his mental health.Before Tom's arrival: ...…
We talk about the song that has become part of the soundtrack of Christmas.By BBC Radio Ulster
Donald Macleod illustrates Leos Janacek’s inner tensions through five key relationshipsOne of the most original voices of the twentieth century, Leoš Janáček was a composer, musical theorist, folklorist and teacher. Born in 1854 in the Moravian village of Hukvaldy, which was then part of the Austrian Empire, in his youth German was the language ...…
We continue our series of interviews with party leaders looking at what the political parties are doing to win women’s votes. Today it’s Jo Swinson, leader of the Liberal Democrats.Plus we hear from a trafficked woman now living in a safe house and the new Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton, charged with listening to those brought int ...…
Scrooge is getting used to the company of ghosts, but here's one he doesn't expect.By BBC Radio
As we approach the most unpredictable General Election in decades, Adrian Chiles talks to an often forgotten group - the habitual non-voter. Around 18 million people didn’t cast their ballot in the last election, so what’s keeping them from the polls?The majority of people who don’t vote are from two groups, low income households and the young ...…
Historian William Dalrymple, Wasafiri editor Susheila Nasta and novelist Romesh Gunesekera join Rana Mitter for a conversation looking at the East India company, the socialist economic policies and language battles in Ceylon in the 1960s before it became Sri Lanka and the way writing from around the world has reflected changes of attitude to po ...…
Steve Crossman is joined by Chief football writer for BBC Sport Phil McNulty, former Manchester City and Spurs midfielder Michael Brown and Everton legend Leon Osman as they dissect Marco Silva's sacking by Everton and who’s in frame to replace the Portuguese at Goodison Park. The team are also joined by Derby County defender Curtis Davies, who ...…
It’s the last Brexitcast before polling day. We look at what the main parties have been saying about Brexit on the campaign trail. And we invite Jon Culshaw and Jan Ravens from Dead Ringers in to take the piss out of us.Producers: Emma Close & Ione WellsEditor: Dino SofosBy BBC Radio 5 live
Since 2001 the UK has lost a quarter of its pubs. They've shut their doors for good. High taxes, high prices, supermarket competition, even the smoking ban have all been blamed. But there are new types of pub, the micropub, and community-owned pubs, which are bucking the trend. While larger, traditional establishments have been under pressure, ...…
Elis, Danny and Iwan discuss Wales' opponents in Group A at the Euro 2020 finals.By BBC Radio Wales
President Trump’s been in the UK for the meeting of the world’s biggest military alliance, NATO. NATO’s been struggling recently, partly because Trump doesn’t get along so well with America’s traditional allies and now he’s in a row with his own military chiefs. This is because he’s taken decisions without informing them, like pulling out of Sy ...…
Reports from the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid are saying that global warming is increasing and that we're not doing enough, fast enough, to change things. The World Meteorological Organisation's provisional State of the Climate 2019 report lists atmospheric carbon dioxide reaching record levels. Global mean temperatures for J ...…
Former Middlesbrough boss and Real Madrid defender Aitor Karanka and agent Jonathan Barnett join Steve Crossman, Guillem Balague and Mina Rzouki to discuss the future of Gareth Bale, his relationship with Zinedine Zidane and what Jose Mourinho will bring to Tottenham.By BBC Radio 5 live
We discuss after recent sectarian intimidation in the Ballysillan area of North Belfast.By BBC Radio Ulster
Greg James, Jimmy Anderson and Felix White look back at the NZ Test series, Mattchin returns for an edition of ‘Our Jimmy’ and we get the latest on Jimmy’s ‘lads holiday’ with Mark Wood in South Africa.This podcast was recorded before the sad news of the death of legendary England fast bowler and broadcaster Bob Willis - one of our favourite pl ...…
Some delay university to take a year off travelling. Is it a good idea? Find out here!By BBC Radio
Tash Speed, 25, is one of 20 women who work as a Eurotunnel driver in the UK. recently appearing on the BBC2 documentary celebrating its 25th anniversary. Originally a financial advisor, she retrained in a vigorous driving and engineering course with a 90% fail rate. What are the unique challenges of driving trains for the busiest rail system i ...…
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