Out with the old, in with the new. No, we’re not talking about Elizabeths Windsor and Truss across the pond, but brand new podcasts full of promise and purpose.
Here are three reinvigorating shows for the changing season.
Björk: Sonic Symbolism
Acast, Apple, Spotify
Last week’s round-up had a music focus, and had there been room for a fourth recommendation, Björk: Sonic Symbolism would have featured.
Still, three is the magic number for the Icelandic innovator, who says of her new podcast: “Most of us go through phases in our lives that take roughly three years. It’s not a coincidence that this is often how long it takes to make an album, a book, or a film. In the conversations on this podcast, me and my friends try to capture which moods, timbres and tempos were vibrating during each of my 10 albums” – a surprisingly concise summary from such an extraordinary artist.
She kicks off chronologically with 1993’s Debut, the ground-breaking Nellee Hooper-produced LP that made her a star. Episodes are released every Thursday, and reveal why her visual output is indistinguishable from her sound.
Sisters of the Underground
Apple, iHeart, Spotify
Eva Longoria may be best-known lately for patronising us on L’Oreal ads (“hya-laron-ic acid”). More credibly she’s an executive producer of Sisters of the Underground, an eight-part scripted series based on the Dominican Republic’s real-life Mirabel sisters who led the revolution against the country’s dictator Rafael Trujillo aka El Jefe (The Boss).
The three siblings may be little known outside the DR, where they are left-wing, feminist icons – featuring on the 200 Dominican Pesos bill – but it’s no spoiler to say they were assassinated in 1960, which ultimately led to The Boss’s downfall. Episodes drop every Thursday and are suitably slick and vivid. A small-screen series beckons, surely.
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Britain’s self-styled Queen of Shops Mary Portas has featured here before, for The Kindness Economy podcast, promoting best practise and values in business. This time she gets personal with Beautiful Misfits, turning inwards to coax her entrepreneur guests to share their own outlier journeys.
Portas admits to being less than academic at school, the perils of breaking the glass ceiling, and how being orphaned shaped her sense of ‘other’ – compounded by falling in love with a woman after her heterosexual marriage broke down.
Debut guest, sustainable fashion maven Jane Shepherdson, reveals how Philip Green, a toxic culture, and her increasing aversion for fast fashion, saw her swap TopShop for literally greener pastures.