I noticed @Horace_goes_up_north asking about podcast recommendations in another thread. They’re certainly getting more and more popular, it seems like every celeb and comedian has one now. The ‘celeb hosts another famous person and they bleat about how difficult it is to be famous’ format is a dime a dozen. Having said that a good podcast is a wonderful thing, they’re often funny, intimate and a pleasant distraction from the bits of filler in life like driving and dog walking. I’m lucky enough to get to listen to headphones when working on my own in a workshop or in the car when driving up and down motorways. Anyways, enough babble, recommendations. Football - The Guardian Football Weekly is the best in my opinion. It has the most interesting contributors from a range of opinions and journalistic backgrounds. Amusing without trying too hard and they try to cover everything. The Football Ramble used to be great but they’ve stretched themselves too thin since going daily. Their weekend review show is still an alright listen for more of a ‘sideways glance’ at the action. The spinoff shows are generally a bit watery and crap, and their regular hosts are having to manufacture opinions and talking points to fill the time. The Totally Football Show has by far the best host in James Richardson but the general tone of the show is a bit wry for me. The Italian spinoff, however is a brilliant listen with Richardson and Gab Marcotti talking all things 90’s. Don’t bother with the Mike Calvin one unless you love Frank Lampard or Liverpool. Interviews - Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast (rhlstp) is the pick of the bunch. Loads of guests to pick from in the back catalogue, his style usually gets something funny or interesting out of his guest even if they’re someone you would usually be bothered about. Worth going back to the start to get a handle of Rich’s sense of humour and the in jokes that develop, all of the episodes are pretty much timeless. The Adam Buxton Podcast is a lovely cozy listen with the an absolute podcasting legend. Never lets you down, other than being frustratingly intermittent. The Joe Rogan Experience/Wtf with Marc Maron probably the two biggest podcasts in the world. I don’t personally enjoy the Maron one, it’s all a bit Hollywood. Rogan’s is the most mixed bag out there. Steer well clear of anything to do with nutrition, MMA or comedians, unless you’re really into any of those things but I find them interminably dull, personally. Get on anything to do with politics, science (proper science, like physics, not the fad nutritionists he has on) or journalism. Jon Ronson, Prof Brian Cox and Louis Theroux have done fantastic episodes on here. Comedy - Athletico Mince if you like Bob Mortimer (which is a bit like saying ‘if you like puppies and chocolate’) then give this a listen. The most consistently amusing show around, it’s the world of football and entertainment processed through Bob’s genius mind and delivered in the form of stories, impressions and songs. Andy Dawson the cohost from this started his own podcast called Top Flight Time Machine with Sam Delaney which started out being about football and morphed into some kind of weird therapy group for disenfranchised middle aged men. Very, very funny. Especially if you’re still purile enough to enjoy hearing the C word. Of course there are many good Crime, News, Politics, Science and History podcasts. Anything to suit your mood, of these I would recommend searching for; - Conflicted - Pod Save America - Full Disclosure - The History of England - The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry - The Infinite Monkey Cage - Sword and Scale - Dirty John - Sh*t Town All of these obviously come with massive back catalogues but just scroll through the titles and find a topic or guest in which you’re interested. The best ones are accessible no matter what. A special mention to Harmontown. The best podcast ever in my opinion and easily one of the most divisive. By Dan Harmon the creator of Community and Rick & Morty. If you like his work you’ll love his podcast. Sadly they killed it just before Christmas after about 8 years.