This is a list of podcasts I’ve enjoyed over the years. It largely features individual episodes rather than series – usually I cherry-pick individual talks from podcast series.

books, music, art

Art Spiegelman on his ‘Maus’ books 2011 Podcasts | The Seattle Public Library – search within the page for Maus

This podcast does what is says on the Tin Tin Tin. Very interesting podcast about Hollywood dog Susan Orlean | Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend Podcast – Free Library

Chap from Thw Who Pete Townshend | Who I Am: A Memoir Podcast – Free Library

Never really ‘the King of Calypso’, but a giant of a man Harry Belafonte | My Song: A Memoir Podcast – Free Library

The Phantom Tollbooth was a book I enjoyed as a kid Norton Juster | The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Podcast – Free Library

Great stories from the cap who did ‘Mony Mony’ Tommy James | Me, the Mob, and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James & the Shondells Podcast – Free Library

Country singer Rosanne Cash | Composed: A Memoir Podcast – Free Library

A reading from Seattle Public Library of ‘Spurs’, which inspired Todd Browning’s 1930s film ‘Freaks’.

Michael Palin diaries Michael Palin | Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years Podcast – Free Library

Jerry Lewis on Dean Martin, telethons and film Jerry Lewis | Dean & Me (A Love Story) Podcast – Free Library
A detailed look at Queen’s ‘Bo Rhap’ RTE Radio 1: Documentary on One – Rhapsody in Bohemia

A New Yorker podcast on Upstairs, Downstairs –

Billy Bragg interview on ABC. Billy Bragg – ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

Emerald Elvis – an Irish impersonator

Celebrity Roasts – Jeffrey Ross | I Only Roast the Ones I Love Podcast – Free Library A strange offshoot of celeb culture – interesting though

Another Hollywood #podcast. James B Stuart on ‘Disneywar’. Doesn’t pull punches re: Michael Eisner

Old Hollywood by director Peter Bogdanovich

Lemmy, the man and the movie Lemmy, the Directors and the Man: Interviews on The Sound of Young America | Maximum Fun

Amazing line-up of podcasts from Sodajerker: Bragg, Stoller, Sedaka, Tilbrook, Mann/Weill… Sodajerker

Simon Pegg

Former Fugee Wyclef Jean talk and music

Edward Rutherfurd (who wrote Sarum)

Funny, Sedaris-esque podcast by Jonathan Goldstein

Jimi Hendrix

Great Lives podcast on Vaughan Williams

Neil Innes Sodajerker – Neil Innes

Harry Belafonte

Allison Pearson podcast

Lady Chatterley’s Lover: Fifty years Mainly about trial, v good. Some rudery.

Psychogeography Psychogeography: discovering the mental terrain of the city – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

InOurTime podcast on Tristram Shandy BBC Radio 4 – In Our Time, Tristram Shandy

Radio 4 ‘master tapes’ podcast of Waterboys Fishermans Blues. BBC Radio 4 – Mastertapes, Series 2, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys (the A-Side)

In Our Time #podcast on Voltaire’s Candide

Dr Who Doctor Who Writer Steven Moffat and Stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan: Interview on The Sound of Young America | Maximum Fun

James_Fearnley of the magnificent Pogues: James Fearnley | Here Comes Everybody: The Story of the Pogues Podcast – Free Library

John Lloyd (QI, Blackadder, etc) He says ‘the more successful you are the less likely you are to “get” QI’

Johnny Cash plays Folsom prison

RTE podcast interview with one of those chaps that pretends to be a statue

Eisenhower and Suez: . Learnt a new (journalistic) phrase ‘if it bleeds, it leads’

Dracula’s Irish roots.

Michael Jackson’s time in Co. Meath RTE Radio 1: Documentary on One – Michael Jackson’s Irish Driver

John Waters on hitch-hiking across America.

Psychogeography of East London with

Wendy Wasserstein Wendy Wasserstein | On Writing Podcast – Free Library – I saw the show in Greenwich on a different night.

Duke Ellington Terry Teachout | Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington Podcast – Free Library

Alex Cox on film and JFK Alex Cox | Little Atoms


Bullseye’s best comedy of 2013

Probably my favourite current funny writer Carl Hiaasen on ‘Bad Monkey’ 2013 Podcasts | The Seattle Public Library – searching for Carl may work better than searching for Hiaasen, unless you spell betterer than I do

Also: AOT #6: Carl Hiaasen Podcasts Flush : Authors On Tour – Live!

By the chap who wrote ‘Sh** my Dad Says’ AOT #322: Justin Halpern Podcasts I Suck at Girls : Authors On Tour – Live!

AOT #116: David Sedaris Podcasts When You Are Engulfed in Flames : Authors On Tour – Live!

Chap who used to live in Broadchalke AOT #81: Terry Pratchett Podcasts Making Money : Authors On Tour – Live!


More interesting than I expected – AOT #96: John Gray Podcasts Why Mars and Venus Collide : Authors On Tour – Live!
A talk about quietness AOT #365: Susan Cain Podcasts Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking : Authors On Tour – Live!

Alain de Botton talks about

Mr Slang – includes some swears Little Atoms 335 – Jonathon Green & Slang – Little Atoms Little Atoms

Money saving bloke goes back to School In Conversation with Martin Lewis – London School of Economics Events – Public events – Home

Humourous talk about mouths, stomachs, bowels etc Mary Roach | Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Podcast – Free Library

Very funny talk about ‘the complexities of racial politics and personal identity’ Baratunde Thurston | How to Be Black Podcast – Free Library

About being carniverous Jonathan Safran Foer | Eating Animals Podcast – Free Library

Entertaining chat about the dominance of English Robert McCrum | Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language Podcast – Free Library

Lake Wobegon chap Garrison Keillor | Liberty Podcast – Free Library

Writer. A personal favourite. Waxing lyrical. Wins the day. James Ellroy | Blood’s A Rover Podcast – Free Library

Also AOT #191: James Ellroy Podcasts Blood’s a Rover : Authors On Tour – Live!

Malcolm Gladwell:

The Getting Things Done chap David Allen | Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life Podcast – Free Library

An economist opines Stephen J. Dubner | SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance Podcast – Free Library

On language etc Abusage and Usage: A Panel on Language with Mark Liberman, Erin McKean, John McWhorter and Ben Yagoda, moderated by Carolyn Marvin Podcast – Free Library
Lynne Truss on manners and grammar Lynne Truss | Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today, or, Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door Podcast – Free Library

Anjelica Huston’s autobiography Anjelica Huston | A Story Lately Told: : Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York Podcast – Free Library

My favourite Xmas-related podcast – the Nightsingers of Brighton, Newfoundland.RTE Radio 1: Documentary on One – The Nightsingers of Brighton

Couch-to-5k running podcasts from the NHS:

On writing Steven Pinker | A Sense of Style: A Writing Guide for the 21st Century Podcast – Free Library

The Power of Introverts

Marketing for non-profits Andy Goodman | The Four Connecting Points: Communication That Leads to Action Podcast – Free Library

Parental Myths e.g. cracking knuckles, importance of breakfast, etc

Doreen Lawrence chooses Redemption Song and Hello Mama Africa as her Inheritance Tracks it_20131214-1136a.mp3

Lovely radio doc/podcast about Michael Tierney of Ennis – ‘one of the last
great characters of County Clare’ RTE Radio 1: Documentary on One – I Could Have Danced All Night

Listened to a brilliant but yucky podcast on parasites – Parasites – Radiolab

Listened to a podcast about Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). Can be caused by solar flares. Something else to worry about

TV chap Bill Turnbull on bees How Not to Keep Bees – Video and audio – News and media – Home

A bit rude, but Jennifer Weiner meakes me laugh. One of the podcasts has the warning ‘This recording contains extensive use of potty language’

Also a bit rude…but this is one of a dozen or so books I’ve ended up buying solely on the strength of the podcast Shalom Auslander | Foreskin’s Lament: A Memoir Podcast – Free Library

About one of Jacobs’ 3 or 4 ‘lifestyle experiment’ books. A. J. Jacobs | The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible Podcast – Free Library. Funny, and interesting.

..and his health one: AOT #320: A. J. Jacobs Podcasts Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection : Authors On Tour – Live!

Bill Bryson’s childhood memoir Bill Bryson | The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir Podcast – Free Library

The other famous JK, and the other famous Galbraith James K. Galbraith | John Kenneth Galbraith: The Affluent Society & Other Writings 1952-1967 Podcast – Free Library

The man who stared at the Men who Stare at Goats, Jon Ronson Jon Ronson | Little Atoms

Journalist Lynn Barber Lynn Barber | Little Atoms


Italian leader with rockstar qualities Garibaldi: the patriot as global hero – 2007 – Events – Public events – Home

Comedian Mark Steel has put all his older radio shows online, covering topics such as The French Revolution, The Russian Revolution, The American Civil War, Evolution, Cromwell, Marx, Hannibal, Byron, Beethoven, Bonaparte, Billie Holliday and WG Grace Audio – Mark Steel. Man’s a genius

Very good Paddy Ashdown podcast talk about the French Resistance’s D-Day uprisng on the Vercors massif … from Nat. Archives

David Aaronovitch on conspiracy theories David Aaronovitch | Little AtomsDavid Aaronovitch on conspiracy theory

Aaron Dixon on the Black Panthers 2013 Podcasts | The Seattle Public Library – search within the page for Aaron

LBJ is probably the President I find most interesting Robert Caro | The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson Podcast – Free Library

Clay Jenkinson impersonates various historical figures. I always enjoy these:

Ken Jennings on his kids’ book on US Presidents 2014 Podcasts | The Seattle Public Library(search within the page for ‘Jennings’)

Secretary of State under Bush Junior Colin Powell | It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership Podcast – Free Library

Really interesting talk about the cracking of ‘Linear B’, an ancient script Margalit Fox | The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code Podcast – Free Library

About the year before the Americans threw off the Imperial yoke Kevin Phillips | 1775: A Good Year for Revolution Podcast – Free Library

English historian on the USA Simon Schama | The American Future: A History Podcast – Free Library

Don’t remember much about this other than that it was good Steve Coll | The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century Podcast – Free Library

I like Ike podcasts Michael Korda | Ike: An American Hero Podcast – Free Library

I think this is known as ‘counter-factual’ history Jeff Greenfield | If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History Podcast – Free Library

The Harlem Hellfighters’ – the first African American regiment to fight in WW1 Max Brooks | The Harlem Hellfighters

Simon Schama on ‘The Story of the Jews’ Simon Schama | The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD Podcast – Free Library

The Roosevelts Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward | The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Podcast – Free Library

About an expedition to the North Pole – Hampton Sides | In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette Podcast – Free Library

Cleopatra Stacy Schiff | Cleopatra: A Life Podcast – Free Library Great stuff!

The ‘real’ Great Escape. The Great Escape: you’ve seen the film, now hear the truth | The National Archives

Soldiers’ playlists

Avebury Public Lecture Podcast – University of Bath – you’ll need to ‘search within the page’ for ‘Avebury’

Gaston Glock, a curtain-rod manufacturer who started making guns Paul Barrett “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun”

Nero on Great Lives podcast BBC Radio 4 – Great Lives, Series 20, Nero

Eamon Duffy on 10 Popes Who Shook the World

The 1981 Cabinet Papers.

Hollywood & US Politics

Podcast by presidential aide David Gergen

Official biographer Charles Moore on Mrs Thatcher

Special advisor and journalist in an interesting chat In Conversation with Daniel Finkelstein – 03 – 2014 – Events – Public events – Home

‘The inside story of the UK coalition government’ – how it works, or not In It Together: the inside story of the coalition government – 10 – 2013 – Events – Public events – Home

John Thavis podcasts The Vatican Diaries thavis | Authors On Tour – Live! Seems more ‘Yes Minister’ than Absolute Monarchy

Eric Schlosser on nuclear weapons accidents:

‘Outfoxing Crusaders – parody, satire and non-participation in the crusades’

17-18th Century ornamental hermits and their descent (or ascent) into garden gnomes

Great podcast on the New Jersey maneating-shark attacks of 1916 Scary stuff

Jo Marchant’s on the Afterlife of King Tut

‘In Conversation with The Rt Hon Sir John Major’. Scroll down at 2007 – Public lectures and events – Channels – Video and audio – News and media – Home

Tom Watson on phone-hacking etc

Watergate etc.

Interesting interview with the chap who saved Pres. Reagan’s life Bill Thompson’s Eye on Books – Interviews With Bestselling Authors

Ken Burns on baseball

Sir Martin Gilbert on the Holocaust and ‘The Righteous’ who helped the Jews. Not an easy listen

Francis Wheen. Good on the 70s and Karl Marx

Martin Luther King’s assassination Hampton Sides | Hellhound On His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin Podcast – Free Library

Max Hastings podcast on WW2 Very interesting

Harveys (a 19th century restaurant/hotel chain) and Starbucks Bryant Simon | Everything but the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks with Stephen Fried | Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West Podcast – Free Library

David McCullough on one of the John Adamses

Lovely lecture podcast covering childhood in Brooklyn, baseball, first confession, LBJ, Churchill, mortality etc The Art of Biography Podcast – Free Library

Sherborne – ‘cradle of cavalierism’

Monte Cassino.

Dr Simon Draper on Wessex Place Names. Discusses amesbury, salisbury, broadchalke, wilton & more

US Generals since WW2 by Thomas Ricks It’s worth a listen

Eric Schlosser on nuclear weapons accidents. Scary stuff

Podcasts on English language:

Podcast about Spartacus. No, THIS is a podcast about Spartacus BBC Radio 4 – In Our Time, – Spartacus

Seattle library lecture by Jeopardy winner Ken Jennings

Krakatoa by Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester | The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible Podcast – Free Library
Simon Winchester | Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories with Ian Frazier | Travels in Siberia Podcast – Free Library

Simon Winchester on William Smith and his geological map of Britain Simon Winchester | The Map That Changed the World Podcast – Free Library

Simon Winchester on Joseph Needham Simon Winchester | The Man Who Loved China: Joseph Needham and the Making of a Masterpiece Podcast – Free Library

Ben Urwand | The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler Podcast – Free Library

Irving Finkel on pre-Biblical Babylonian tablet detailing a Great Flood and Ark The Babylonian Noah and Norse mythology | Podcast | History Extra

Duelling How to win a duel | The National Archives


Jamal Joseph of the Black Panthers.

Bill Gates BBC World Service – The Interview Archive, Bill Gates, Philanthropist

Cornel West ‘Race Matters’ Cornel West | Race Matters Podcast – Free Library

Philip Blond, the Red Tory

Legal/financial aspects of Google: What Should We Do About Google? – Video and audio – News and media – Home

Jeff Speck on why we’re wasting our money, time and health on the highway. Jeff Speck: The walkable city | Talk Video |

Ex-Microsoft chap who’s now building libraries around the world.

Freakonomics podcast: Stephen J. Dubner | SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance Podcast – Free Library – it’s good in bits. Especially the hand washing story

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This was quite interesting. Two podcasts from about the same time. In the first an Obama aide tells M Bowden everything is taped (and gives him a transcript of his interview, which he’s lost) 2012 Podcasts | The Seattle Public Library. In the second, Obama’s aides give Bob Woodward the impression that they are aghast at the idea Bob Woodward | The Price of Politics Podcast – Free Library. I suspect the Obama aides mean they tape all journalistic convo’s, but interestingish contrast between the two podcasts esp. given its W’ward

Bowden on Bin Laden AOT #354: Mark Bowden Podcasts The Finish and Gregory Johnsen Podcasts The Last Refuge : Authors On Tour – Live!

The central thing, I think, from Michael Pollan’s podcast is that we’ve outsourced cooking to corporations, And they cook differently. Michael Pollan | Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation Podcast – Free Library Pollan says we spend ave. of 27 mins cooking per day. Sometimes less than we spend watching cookery programs on TV

This is good (& it made me feel v smug) @JeffSpeckAICP on ‘the walkable city’ Jeff Speck: The walkable city | Talk Video |


This was good – it’s about what atheists can learn from religion. Alain de Botton | Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion Podcast – Free Library

Biblical Bart D. Ehrman | Forged: Writing in the Name of God-Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are Podcast – Free Library

A @BBCRadio4 podcast about the Trinity A @BBCRadio4 podcast about the Trinity BBC Radio 4 – In Our Time, The Trinity

I’m not a disciple of Dawkins but he’s always worth a listen Richard Dawkins | The God Delusion Podcast – Free Library

Richard Dawkins | The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution Podcast – Free Library

Another @AuthorEvents podcast. Reza Aslan on the historical Jesus. Fascinating whatever your belief, I think

Podcast interview about God, atheism and the universe. Interesting to hear sceptic movement engaging

Podcast on the political context of St Paul . How radical it was to proclaim the divinity of someone other than Caesar John Dominic Crossan | In Search of Paul: Exploring the Great Apostle’s World and Words Podcast – Free Library

Richard Dawkins reading and discussion podcast from 2003 @FreeLibrary. More interesting than you might expect, maybe


This was made into a film, and I think it;s quoted by Gladwell in one of the other podcasts Michael Lewis | The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game Podcast – Free Library

Very interesting U.S. perspective on the World Cup George Vecsey | Eight World Cups: My Journey through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer Podcast – Free Library

A Shanklyism from Great Lives #podcast. On football – ‘there are other things in life, but not many more’ BBC Radio 4 – Great Lives, Series 30, Bill Shankly

Been listening to podcasts on the way to work – Alan Green’s “Come on, Didier!” was a great moment of radio commentary. #cfcmunich

Bill Bryson #podcast @FreeLibrary from the ‘Short History of Everything’ book tour is very amusing

Fascinating radio doc by @misterhsk on the founding of football in a pub in Covent Garden

Just been listening to the @bbc5live podcast from last years Champions League Final again. I think I’ve got something in my eye….

Listening to podcast from Munich. I think ‘Come on, Didier’ are three of my favourite words.

‘The Sports Gene:talent, practice& the truth about success’ @DavidEpstein The Sports Gene: talent, practice and the truth about success – Video and audio – News and media – Home ‘The Sports Gene’ is largely a ‘reply’ to the argument that if you pracice something enough (Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours) then you will become really good.

AOT #273: Josh Chetwynd Podcasts The Secret History of Balls: The Stories Behind the Things We Love to Catch, Whack, Throw, Kick, Bounce and Bat : Authors On Tour – Live!

Rugby player Brian Moore – The Wit and Wisdom of Brian Moore – Video and audio – News and media – Home

Cricketer Michael Atherton – An Evening with Michael Atherton – Video and audio – News and media – Home


Fascinating, geeky #podcast about the physical internet – undersea cables, fibre rooms, Ashburn, Primeville etc

Apple bloke Steve Wozniak | iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It Podcast – Free Library

Fascinating discussion of the physical aspect of the internet Andrew Blum | Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet Podcast – Free Library