News and Current AffairsIf you haven’t quite got to the stage of COVID-19 news fatigue, Coronacast is a great source of daily information. Keep up-to-date with the rapidly changing situation in a clear and easily understandable way as this cast seeks to answer all your COVID-19 questions. You can submit a question here.
The Global News Podcast from the BBC does what it says on the tin – present top stories from around the world – twice daily on weekdays and once a day on the weekend. Each episode of around 30 minutes covers two or more key topics in a suitable amount of depth.
Hosted by The Project’s Waleed Aly and ABC Religion and Ethics Editor Scott Stephens, The Minefield is a great one to get you thinking. Each week Waleed and Scott have philosophical discussions with a different guest about the ethical dilemmas we are confronted by in modern life. The conversations are deep and inspiring.
Art, Film, Books
Exercise your creative right brain with The Art Show. New host Namila Benson has conversations with all sorts of artists about their life, creative practice and response to world events. Another weekly gem from ABC Radio National.
In the world of film, The Big Picture goes beyond reviews, which they do really well by the way, to analyse everything from industry trends to Oscar nominations, also featuring some really important filmmakers along the way. This podcast is great fuel for your Netflix list.
Hosted by ABC journalist and radio presenter Claire Nichols, The Book Show is broadcast every Monday. Each week Claire has thoughtful and comprehensive conversations with fiction writers from Australia and around the world. Authors talk about their lives, their reflections on world events and their writing process.
Entertainment and Comedy
Dolly Parton’s America is an exploration of why Dolly Parton is universally loved. In the first episode host and creator Jad tells the story of how his father met Dolly, which explains why she willingly participates in this series. Dolly is generous, funny and honest in her conversations with Jad. There are twelve full episodes all dedicated to this true American icon.
Described as ‘good, bad, ugly – and very, very funny’ on the BBC website, Friday Night Comedy of the Week alternates through a bunch of stalwart BBC Radio 4 programmes. If you are a fan of British comedy you will likely already know favourite segments like The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and Lobby Land.
Embark on a wildly imaginative, participatory and multi-sensory exploration with celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal in Heston’s Pod and Chips. Not sure how this creative chef’s crazy world could possibly translate to audio? Put your wellies on, jump in and find out in this brilliant and fun podcast.
True CrimeCritically acclaimed and around since 2014 Criminal is a fixture on the true crime podcast scene. Covering all facets of crime to share stories of criminals, the wrongly accused or those stuck somewhere in the middle. The number of episodes is astonishing at more than 138. If you haven’t started yet, you’ve got some catching up to do!
A podcast that hits up both the big and lesser known murders, True Crime All the Time delves into great detail about what makes killers tick. One not to miss for true crime aficionados, there’s a large range of merchandise available and loads of online fan communities have sprung up too.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Ronan Farrow created the Catch and Kill podcast after his book of the same name was published. It covers some of the big stories surrounding powerful men like Harvey Weinstein and the systems that protect them. It includes the research, interviews, conversations and secret recordings that formed the basis of the book.