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Table Manners by Jessie Ware

Singer Jessie Ware teams up with her mother Lennie to host a podcast from her kitchen table. Famous names from the worlds of art, entertainment, politics and music sit down and share their thoughts, memories and experiences about the food they love as they tuck into something delicious cooked by mother and daughter. Funny and warm, Jessie and her mother invite us to join them for dinner with their guest, where the chat runs freely and anything can happen.

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I’m Absolutely Fine! By The Midult

A podcast all about the glamour and indignity of being a grown-up woman. Best friends who have known each other and worked together for years, no subject is off the table for journalists Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan. The Midult is the result of them realising that actually they weren’t the only ones who were definitely exhausted and possibly a bit mad, as their host of amazing guests will attest. A laugh-out-loud-hilarious, irreverent and thorough rummage through handbags, lives and minds in the never-ending quest to try and work out what being an adult is actually like (if they can even call themselves that).

Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey

Covering ground from Silicon Valley to the Andes, there is nothing high-tech entrepreneur Dave Asprey hasn’t tried in the way of biohacking. Having spent $1m on exploiting every cutting-edge technology available to him, David has obsessively focussed on discovering for himself how to optimise human biology. The podcast aims to unveil the truth behind these technologies and to distill the knowledge, insight and expertise of the world’s best doctors, biochemists, scientists, Olympic nutritionists, meditation experts and mavericks. Bulletproof Radio aims to provide listeners with everything they need to upgrade their mind and body, to take control of their wellbeing, improve their biochemistry, to boost their productivity, and to live life to its fullest.

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What does happiness mean to each of us and how do we find joy in everyday life? Having been in the public eye since she was 15, Fearne Cotton talks candidly to inspiring guests from all walks of life (think of everyone from Hillary Clinton, Wim Hof, Deepak Chopra and Stephen Fry to Priyanka Chopra Jones, Caitlin Moran and Ian Wright) – about life, love, loss and everything that has shaped them to become who they are. How do we define happiness? And how do we release resistance and find acceptance with life’s challenges? An honest, heartfelt and riveting look at how to let go and live well.

Intrigue: Tunnel 29– BBC Sounds

A completely gripping 10-part series that tells the true story of a group of young men who risked their lives to dig a tunnel under the Berlin Wall to smuggle people who wanted to escape life in West Germany into East Berlin in the 1960s. Narrated by Helen Merriman with input from the people who were really there, it’s one of those unbelievable stories that is so fraught with twists, turns, drama and tension, it would seem utterly implausible had it just been written as a film. The tiny group of incredibly brave tunnellers come across one obstacle after another, with moments that will have you holding your breath as the Stasi inch closer and closer to uncovering their plot. A real-life Cold War thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

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Under the Skin by Russell Brand

A podcast that digs deep to discover the hidden depths of the people we admire, of the ideas that define our time, and of the stories we are told. Covering big ideas from politics, human rights and mental health to artificial intelligence, social activism, popular culture and the arts, Russell brings his own unique, ahem, brand of insight and humour to the wellbeing podcast scene. Together with some of the biggest names in academia, popular culture and the arts, Russell and his guests aim to uncover ulterior motives and the truth behind our ‘constructed reality’. Previous guests on the show have included author, social activist, and filmmaker Naomi Klein, physicist Brian Cox, professor, lecturer, author, and podcast host Brené Brown, and former US Vice-President Al Gore.

Flight of the Conchords – BBC Sounds

Bret and Jermaine are two New Zealand novelty musicians who come to London with their manager, Brian to try to make it in the UK. The only problem is, none of them has any understanding of the music industry and their music is niche to say the least (‘Pencils in the Wind’ and ‘I Told You I Was Freaky’ amongst their discography). Later turned into the award-winning TV show, Flight of the Conchords follows the hopeless but affable trio’s quest to find a record deal. Will their path to glory be ruined by Bret falling in love with Suzanne from the pie shop? Will Brian ever stop ringing Neil Finn from Crowded House to ask for advice? Narrated by Rob Brydon, it’s possibly the funniest show on radio.

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10 out of 10 would recommend by Tolani Shoneye and Gena-mour Barrett

While most of us would agree that the thought of lockdown without Netflix would have been beyond intolerable, there is sometimes a thing as too much choice. How do we even begin to navigate the endless options? Fortunately, this is where the brilliant Tolani Shoneye and Gena-mour Barrett come in. They’ve done the hard work for us and share their thoughts on what they’ve been watching along with recommendations about what they think we should be getting into. Each week features a guest from the Netflix world to chat about what’s new, what might have slipped under the radar and what deserves your time.

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The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss

Best-selling author and internet sensation, Tim Ferriss, is best known for his revolutionary book The 4-Hour Workweek. The Tim Ferriss Show sets out to deconstruct the habits, routines and rituals of leading figures across areas as diverse as sports, professional chess, investing, academia and more, digging deep to uncover tools, tactics and tricks that his listeners can use to improve their own lives.

Providing an insightful and unique lens through which to view your own daily habits and routines, past guests include Neil Gaiman, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, Maria Sharapova, Jamie Foxx, Malcolm Gladwell, Jon Favreau and Whitney Cummings. You’ll end each episode unable to help but ask yourself: How can I live better, do better, be better?

Originally published Aug 6, 2021.

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