Packing a book for your holidays? How about an audiobook too?
The great thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them whenever and wherever you like – on the beach, during never-ending car journeys or while relaxing at home.
We’ve put together a list of 10 of our favourite podcast episodes –five of our own and five from others – for your summer enjoyment. All are available for free on iTunes and wherever else good podcasts are found.
Case #3 Belt Buckle (Mystery Show)
“Every lost object comes with a mystery that seems hopelessly impossible to solve. The single glove found on the train. The wedding band found on the beach. But the belt buckle was different. It came with clues.”
In Mystery Show, Starlee Kine investigates mysteries – very personal mysteries, the kind that can’t be solved online. Mystery Show is one of the most innovative and well-crafted podcasts around and this is our favourite so far.
Voices in the dark (Mosaic)
“To me it’s not a broken brain; it’s more of a broken story. There’s a broken link between yourself and the story you should live.”
In Mosaic’s first audio documentary, Chris Chapman explores what its like to hear voices. He talks with people who hear voices and the researchers trying to understand them.
How to Become Batman (Invisibilia)
“Today, we’re going to tell you a story that, we think, is gonna make you believe something that you don’t currently believe.”
How do our expectations affect the people around us? Lulu Miller meets Daniel Kish, a blind man who says that others’ expectations have helped him learn to see like a bat.
The Alzheimer’s enigma (Mosaic)
“Alzheimer’s disease may well be a construct, but with no author to decide where the answer lies, we are essentially lost. We may be deep in the labyrinth or just round the corner from the exit.”
Can a mystery really be solved if we gather enough clues? Particularly one that has been puzzling the science world’s best detectives for years.
The man who sleeps in Hitler’s bed (Guardian Long Read)
“When he was five years old, Kevin Wheatcroft received an unusual birthday present from his parents: a bullet-pocked SS stormtrooper’s helmet, lightning bolts on the ear-flaps.”
A tale of history and collecting. Meet Kevin Wheatcroft and tour his obsession: the largest collection of Nazi memorabilia in the world.
Homesick in the modern world (Mosaic)
“Homesickness often feels like unrequited love because we have such a connection with places we are fond of.”
Ten years ago, John Osborne experienced the most intense homesickness he has ever felt. Listen as he describes his return to Vienna and his search for a cure to homesickness.
Make Me a Match (Freakonomics)
“So what kind of work did Al Roth do to land a Nobel Prize in Economics? Well, it’s not the kind of work that typically wins a Nobel.”
Stephen Dubner, coauthor of the Freakonomics series of books, interviews Al Roth, an engineer by training and Economics Nobel Prizewinner, about his career. Roth and others discuss his work setting up organ exchange programs, which have led to 600 additional kidney donations a year in the US.
Why do we have blood types? (Mosaic)
“Why do 40 per cent of Caucasians have type A blood, while only 27 per cent of Asians do? Where do different blood types come from, and what do they do?”
Find the answer to these questions and more, exploring the mysterious and not yet fully understood science of blood types.
He’s Neutral (Criminal)
“He did something desperate, something that makes absolutely no sense to anyone, maybe least of all to Dan himself.”
Dan Stevenson says crime has been an issue in his neighbourhood for years – but he had never called the police about it. Phoebe Judge asks him when he reached breaking point, and the uplifting story of the action he took, with unexpected consequences.
Death in the Outback (Mosaic)
“What’s life without a heart? You can have your health, an education…but without your culture, you just simply aren’t you.”
The story of an Aboriginal girl fostered by a white family in the early 1970s, and the troubled history, and present, of healthcare in Australia’s aboriginal communities.
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