A gem from the archives and two podcasts from more recent times today, starting with Why Bother?, improvised conversations between Chris Morris and Peter Cook from 1993 -- still every bit as wonderful now as it was back then. Second up, Capital, a briliant political satire following a group of civil servants who are struggling to implement a contentious referendum result (bringing back the death penalty). And finally Battle Scars, striking, sobering interviews with servicemen and women about their experiences of combat. Music by Lee Rosevere. Find me on Twitter @peeete
Three shows to recommend this week, starting with some festive rock and roll antics recorded in 1965, then onto the scintillating, Watergate-themed documentary series, Slow Burn; and ending with a perennial favourite, Kermode and Mayo's Film Reviews.
Recommendations from two highly eloquent guest critics today -- who discuss the Radio 4 output of the great Jon Ronson, a laugh-out loud satire of investigative podcasts called Whatever Happened to Pizza at McDonald's, and a steam-punk comdy drama set in Victorian London, called Victioricity. Holla @peeete
A trio of podcast recommendations this time around -- behind the scenes of some of the best pop songs of recent years with Song Exploder; upscale audio journalism from The New Yorker Radio Hour; and a gripping digital drama, Tracks, from the BBC.
BBC Radio 4 just turned 50, and to mark the occasion I've chosen a couple of my favourite series from their back catalogue to recommend here. They are, in order of appearance, the superlatively good R4-British Museum collaboration, A History of the World in 100 Objects, and the ever-surprising, ever-engaging Archive on 4.
BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL! Two distinctively brilliant audio dramas to recommend. 1. Kitchen Confidential from Somethin' Else and BBC Radio 4 -- available online until mid-June 2017, so be quick about it. 2. Homecoming from Gimlet. Available indefinitely; take your time.
More listening recommendations from podcast critic Pete Naughton... Up this time: 1. Live in Concert from NPR's All Songs Considered (with clips from Mavis Staples, Anderson Paak and Courtney Barnett), 2. The Daily from the New York Times, 3. Soul Music from BBC Radio 4. Find me on Twitter, if you're so inclined, @peeete
Shows recommended in this first episode are:
1. Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy from the BBC World Service
Intro and outro music is a live version of Doctor's In by Son Little, used under Creative Commons.
I'm Pete Naughton - holla me @peeete
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