Podcasts for the end of the world

Ok, perhaps I exaggerate with the the title, but between Trump and February’s global warming stats and the news that there are places in London serving food on ‘galvanised dustbin lids’, the end is clearly nigh.

Whilst I’m no longer recording a podcast myself, I find I’m listening to them more than ever and there are some great ones out there. Here’s a few on my current playlist:

If you’re keen to get your head around just WTF is happening across the pond, then I highly recommend the FiveThirtyEight podcast from stats guru Nate Silver and his team. Refreshingly fact-based, though be prepared for some wonkish maths stuff on polls and how to read them. For journos chatting around the proverbial watercooler, the NPR politics roundup is a good place to start. And if you need a little levity then you’ll be delighted to hear that The Bugle is finally back, with monthly updates planned from John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman.

Obviously there’s the classic This American Life, but if you’d like your stories a little more British, then the new podcast presented by Grace Dent, The Untold is excellent, and I’ve really been enjoying the Late Night edition of Women’s Hour. And if you’re looking for a show that’s basically hanging out with some fun, interesting people chatting over coffee and records, then Sali Hughes and India Knight’s monthly show on Soho Radio is worth a listen.

For those of you who enjoyed Electric Sheep’s film review episodes, there’s a whole podcast that does nothing but that — How Did This Get Made.

And finally, let’s not forget the knitting, for which I highly recommend the return of the lovely A Playful Day.

What else have you been listening to?