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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
Monthly+
 
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
 
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In Our Time
Weekly
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas
 
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Seriously…
Weekly
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
 
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
 
Science sleuths Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry investigate everyday mysteries sent by listeners.
 
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.
 
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Football Daily
Weekly+
 
The latest from the Premier League, EFL, European football and more!
 
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Beyond Today
Daily
 
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.
 
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The Life Scientific
Monthly+
 
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.
 
Elis James and John Robins with big laughs and top quality #content. Email: elisandjohn@bbc.co.uk #elisandjohn
 
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.
 
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The Blame Game
Monthly
 
Comedy news quiz
 
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Money Box
Weekly+
 
The latest news from the world of personal finance plus advice for those trying to make the most of their money.
 
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6 Minute English
Monthly
 
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.
 
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Test Match Special
Weekly+
 
Insight and analysis from the Test Match Special team - including interviews with top players and special features.
 
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The Digital Human
Monthly
 
Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world
 
Brighten your week with the latest BBC Radio 4 comedy, introduced by Darren Harriott.
 
Adam Fleming and the BBC’s politics team bring you the essential guide to the 2019 UK general election.
 
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Short Cuts
Monthly
 
Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.
 
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.
 
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Sound of Cinema
Monthly+
 
Series of programmes exploring film music
 
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Woman's Hour
Daily
 
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.
 
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606
Monthly+
 
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.
 
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Time Travellers
Monthly+
 
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough presents a collection of quirky tales from the corners of history, exploring a different theme in each weekly episode.
 
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The Next Episode
Weekly
 
Chatting through the stories that matter. Hosted by Ben Zand and Linda Adey. Soundtracked by BBC Music Introducing.
 
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Costing the Earth
Monthly+
 
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.
 
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Tailenders
Monthly+
 
Greg James, Jimmy Anderson and Felix White with an alternative (and sometimes musical) look at cricket...
 
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Thinking Allowed
Monthly+
 
New research on how society works
 
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Analysis
Monthly+
 
Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.
 
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.
 
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Rugby Union Weekly
Monthly+
 
Ugo Monye, Chris Jones and Danny Care dissect the biggest rugby union stories of the week
 
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6 Minute Grammar
Weekly
 
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.
 
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Arts & Ideas
Weekly+
 
Leading artists, writers, thinkers discuss the ideas shaping our lives & links between past & present and new academic research.
 
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Talkback
Monthly+
 
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
 
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 ...…
 
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 ...…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss T.E. Lawrence (1888 – 1935), better known as Lawrence of Arabia, a topic drawn from over 1200 suggestions for our Listener Week 2019. Although Lawrence started as an archaeologist in the Middle East, when World War I broke out he joined the British army and became an intelligence officer. His contact with a promi ...…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss T.E. Lawrence (1888 – 1935), better known as Lawrence of Arabia, a topic drawn from over 1200 suggestions for our Listener Week 2019. Although Lawrence started as an archaeologist in the Middle East, when World War I broke out he joined the British army and became an intelligence officer. His contact with a promi ...…
 
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss T.E. Lawrence (1888 – 1935), better known as Lawrence of Arabia, a topic drawn from over 1200 suggestions for our Listener Week 2019. Although Lawrence started as an archaeologist in the Middle East, when World War I broke out he joined the British army and became an intelligence officer. His contact with a promi ...…
 
Dr Alice Motion joins Bianca Nogrady and Rhod to answer your science questions. They discuss why dried Weetabix is so hard to get off the bowl and a caller offers some bread glazing advice.By BBC Radio 5 live
 
**SPOILER ALERT** Chappers has the breaking news on who has been evicted from I’m a Celebrity! So if you don’t want to know who the latest camp-mate is to go then skip the first 30 seconds of the pod and also at 27 minutes in (but you can probably guess...)But not only that Mark Chapman, Michael Brown and John Murray look at the biggest Premier ...…
 
Author Priya Basil and curator Victoria Avery look at food, fasting and feeding guests. Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough is their host as the FitzWilliam Museum in Cambridge opens an exhibition and Priya Basil publishes reflections on hospitality which link the free meals offered to all which is part of Sikhism to food clubs in Germany which have w ...…
 
Eleanor Oldroyd pays tribute to former England captain Bob Willis, who has died at the age of 70. His teammates Mike Brearley, Vic Marks and David Gower share their memories of him, including Willis' memorable performance during 1981 Ashes series at Headingley.By BBC Radio 5 live
 
In this extra-special bumper edition we talk Trump’s tiff with Trudeau, Labour’s spending plans and Jo Swinson meeting some bees. Plus Northern Ireland, what the parties are promising to disabled voters, and the history of general elections. And perhaps most importantly… what is the weather going to be like when we go to the polls?Producers: Ha ...…
 
Don your Sou'wester and join Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough as she sets sail to discover salty stories of music and musicians at sea. From a composer's capsized canoe to a much more tragic shipwreck, from a haunted lighthouse to deserted islands, our Time Travellers explore the seafaring musical stories from the far south to the extreme north of ...…
 
In October, a video went viral after Extinction Rebellion protesters disrupted public transport by protesting on the roof of a train at Canning Town station in east London. The stunt took place during rush hour and the intention was to raise awareness of the climate emergency. But it ended in angry commuters dragging the protesters off the trai ...…
 
The religious right in the US - Laurie Taylor talks to Anne Nelson, writer and Adjunct Research Scholar in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, about her exploration of the way in which the religious right in the US has risen to political power. Who are the Council for National Policy and why does she consider ...…
 
How much financial support is available for foster carers looking after children in need? Around 65,000 children live with foster families across the UK. Foster carers provide a safe and stable place for them to live when they can't live with their families. It may be for a few days or even for their entire childhood. But as a foster carer, wha ...…
 
How do you raise multilingual children? And what happens when your first language isn't very common where you live? Language is one of the things that can help you stay connected to your heritage but raising a child to speak two or more languages can be harder than it sounds. We hear from two Nigerian mums: one who speaks Igala and the other Yo ...…
 
The council has passed a Sinn Féin motion to pursue such a strategy.By BBC Radio Ulster
 
It's not against the law. The Next Episode has found cheap online courses for aspiring Therapists. This podcast contains reference to mental health. If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in The Next Episode please visit bbc.co.uk/actionline.Hosted by Jordan Dunbar. #TheNextEpisode // TheNextEpisode@bbc.co.uk…
 
With us this morning are five leading women from political parties, ready to debate the issues that are important to you in this General Election. We want to hear from you. If you’d like to ask a question you can call us on 03700 100 444. And on social media you can join the debate on twitter @bbcwomanshour using the hashtag #whdebate. Or you c ...…
 
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