Warning: The following leaflet contains non-adult content. This week, in our picks for the best-known podcast dramas for headphones, we’re defending the excellent drama Here Lies Me, whose cast consists of 13-14. He got us talking on the podcast team about something that will increasingly become a big part of the genre’s future: children’s podcasts. Not only in terms of big players like, but also in terms of young podcast talents, like 10-year-old Siona Vikram, who is now over 100 episodes old. The future of capsules: it’s a children’s game. We may be showing some of them in a future release: keep your eyes peeled, email [email protected] with your suggestions.
But for now, it might be best to keep the youngsters off our podcast of the week: an exhilarating exercise in celebrating the joys of life from the authors of the HBO sitcom Unsafe. He’s joined by a science group full of pub facts, a show that specializes in exposing crooks, and the sordid tale of Hollywood lady Heidi Fleiss. Enjoy.
Alexey Doggins, Acting TV Editor-in-Chief
Picks of the week
Weekly widely available episodes, two co-creators of HBO’s Insecure, Amy Aniobi and Grace Edwards — who are also real-life best friends — try to inject joy into the “garbage fire” that is modern life. It’s a fun and entertaining peek into life’s pleasures, from contemplating the joys of meditating to arranging flowers or strolling in nature to moments of exhilarating excitement (notably, exclaiming “You’re objectively fine as damned” in an interview with black actor Tracy Ellis Ross). Alexey Doggins
Widely available weekly episodes A continuation of her detailed investigation into the Bosnian War, the second season of this incisive podcast tells the story of the discovery of the concentration camps in Prijedor. Testimony from reporter Ed Vouliamy, this is a harrowing and cautionary tale of human cruelty. Ammar Kalia
Weekly episodes are widely available, with Rick Edwards and Dr. Michael Brooks promising a bunch of pub facts on their science podcast — and they certainly deliver. In turbulent times, it’s reassuring to think about questions like, “Are we ever going to talk to animals?” The episode where Edwards removed people who brag about being bad at math is the winning episode. Hannah Verder
Rick Edwards co-host heavy Eureka! Podcast Image: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images
Wondery, Weekly Episodes, Therapists, Hierarchical Dealers, Fitness Experts: If they’re cheating, writers and hosts Scaachi Koul and Sarah Hagi are here to reveal their ways. They started with “The Ballet World’s Fyre Fest,” where instead of Ja Rule and rotten cheese sandwiches, the bait was apparently an all-encompassing opportunity to join a dance troupe. HV
Episodes widely available weekly starting Monday This 10-part series takes an in-depth look into the life story of the infamous Hollywood lady. It’s incredibly detailed – likely very detailed at first, with the opening episode packed full of information about her childhood. But future installments are filled with multi-million dollar tales of hanging out with huge numbers of big Hollywood names. ad
We’ve highlighted five of the best podcasts about women, and asked for your suggestions. Here’s one from reader Bella Black:
Makes me howl with laughter. I would love to be hosted by these three aunts/friends [Tolani Shoneye AKA Tolly T, Milena Sanchez and Audrey Indome] Who have such a close association. The titles are almost as good as the episodes too – who wouldn’t be curious about “My Dad Is Raped”?!
There is a podcast for that
Rosamund Pike plays Edith Wilson in the QCode script series. Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images
This week, Amar Kalia has picked the best audio dramas for fans of written podcasts, from spooky small-town events to a huge historical movie starring Rosamund Pike.
Written dramas often seem like an excuse for audio production companies to stuff their new releases with celebrity names, rather than strong ideas and strong screenwriting. The podcast network QCode has become something of a niche in the celebrity audio-drama industry — with mixed results — but Edith, released last year, is one of its best, and its top-notch crew matches the greatness of the script. The series, starring Rosamund Pike as Edith Wilson, tells how she secretly took charge of her impotent husband, US President Woodrow Wilson, in 1919 after he had a stroke. Mixing high stakes with farce — and the cheerful American accent of Pike — the result is a cynical take on the machinations of historical power.
Arguably started in 2012, this fictional radio show reporting on the spooky events in a small American town is the first hugely popular written drama podcast to launch this whole madness, and has since run in over 200 episodes. Following in the footsteps of other early written podcast successes like Limetown, a television adaptation is currently in the works, while new episodes of the podcast are available twice a month. Begin with Episode 13 – Meta’s story that takes you, the listener, as an ambiguous subject.
This 2017 three-part work from Chris Littler and Ellen Winter is an exhilarating experiential journey into the estranged couple’s relationship, told through the song. Spring Awakening’s Jonathan Groff and Jesse Shelton play the duo, attempting to reconnect through 36 Questions That Lead to Love: a psychological survey designed to encourage intimacy. The pair record themselves in the form of a confession, creating a tightly structured narrative that is enthusiastically delivered by Groff and Shelton. The 13 songs in 36 questions prove that the podcast has a vast landscape to explore and play with musical conventions.
For fans of teen tales like Pen15 and the Big Mouth, listening to writer Hilary Frank’s podcast 2021 Here Lies Me is essential. Frank YA’s story deals with the thorny age of eighth grade (13-14), and follows 13-year-old Noah as she navigates crushes, rivalries, and changing friendships. Here Lies Me’s strengths lie in the choice of actual teens in its various roles—notably Ole Greeber as Noah—as well as Frank’s willingness to not shy away from difficult topics like sexual consent and racism.
Shades of poetic realism by Ocean Vuong, James Kim’s nuance and sentimental 2019 series tells the story of Korean-American Paul (Joel Kim Booster) and his attempts to talk to his mother, despite the fact that her English is poor and his Korean is scanty. . As concerned with misunderstandings as it is concerned, Kim’s script mocks the silence between words during its six quick episodes. Rather than relying on polished texts, Moonface gives us a taste of the tense mother-son communication, and a thought-provoking listening experience.
Did we miss your favorite audio drama from our list? Tell us your pick in 50 words for your chance to be featured next week – just send an email to [email protected]