Tuesday 17 September 2019

10 best new podcasts to ping into your playlists

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Deirdre Reynolds

Tired of telly, over radio and bored of audiobooks?

As the podcast revolution continues, almost 40pc of Irish people have listened to one of the digital audio files in the last month, figures show.

With more than two million titles currently listed on Google, podcast ad revenue is tipped to reach $1.6bn by 2022.

But don’t worry if you’re already done with Dirty John or Serial on your daily commute.

Here, we’ve compiled the hottest new podcasts to ping onto your playlist this autumn.

BEST FOR BOOK WORMS

Anything But Silent

Still struggling to wrap your head around listening to a podcast rather than leafing through a book?

Marrying the magic of books with the laziness of listening, the British Library’s new podcast could be just the thing to change your mind.

Hosted by Cleo Laskarin, the seven-part series goes inside libraries around the world to get the low-down on all things biblio.

From a prison library in Nottingham to a far-flung library in Nepal, and banned books to those that should have been (Be Bold with Bananas), it’s the podcast equivalent of a page-turner.

BEST FOR MOVIE BUFFS

Eli Roth’s History of Horror Uncut

Be afraid — be very afraid.

Following the success of last year’s AMC documentary, now Eli Roth’s History of Horror has been turned into a 12-part podcast for Shudder.

The torture-porn king sits down with some of the biggest names in horror, from Tippi Hedren to Quentin Tarrantino, in uncut interviews recorded for the show.

But even scaredy-cats are sure to enjoy listening to legend of the genre Stephen King dissect what it is that makes audiences worldwide wee themselves — and why.

BEST FOR TRUE CRIME JUNKIES

The Shrink Next Door

Fresh from the makers of Dirty John and Dr Death, here’s the next must-binge true-crime podcast for autumn.

Written and hosted by Joe Nocera for Wondery, it unravels the mystery of therapist-to-the-stars Dr Isaac ‘Ike’ Herschkopf, after the veteran journalist and his wife moved in next door in 2010.

Released in May, the seven-part Hamptons saga follows the relationship between millionaire businessman Marty Markowitz and his shrink over the course of 30 years, probing what happens when doctor-patient boundaries are blurred.

BEST FOR LGBT LISTENERS

The Outcast

Launched just last month, Out Magazine’s debut podcast is definitely one for the download.

Hosted by deputy editor Fran Tirado, who’s joined by fellow staffers, the weekly show explores queer topics spanning from politics to pop culture.

Don’t miss the most recent episode which takes a deep dive into the controversy surrounding Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya, who is this month’s cover star.

Remember to stay tuned to the end for the Week in Gay (WIG), a wrap of the week’s rainbow news.

BEST FOR HISTORY NUTS

13 Minutes to the Moon

Offering a fresh take on a fascinating but familiar tale, the BBC’s epic account of the Apollo programme is one small step for man — one giant leap for podcasts.

Released to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing last month, it hears ex-NASA man Kevin Fong chat to key figures such as Michael Collins, who piloted the command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went down to the lunar surface, and Charlie Duke, who communicated with the astronauts from mission control.

Listen out, too, for the original theme music by Han Zimmer.

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