Over the last year, I’ve had a 45–60 minutes commute each morning. and evening. A perfect opportunity to catch up with podcasts.
Over the last year, these have been my favourite podcasts:
- The Chernobyl Podcast
- Death in Ice Valley
- How to Invent a Country
- 13 Minutes to the Moon
- Dying for Sex
I expect you should be able to find them on your podcasting application of choice (mine is the free to use PocketCasts for Android).
The Chernobyl Podcast
Released last year as a companion to the HBO mini series Chernobyl, this podcast comprises five episodes (one per episode) plus a bonus episode, an interview with Jared Harris.
This has maybe been one of my favourite podcasts to date; I’ve listened to it twice: once before I watched the series and then again afterwards.
During each episode, the host Peter Sagal and mini series creator, writer and executive producer Craig Mazin discuss the events of each television episode, offering insights into the research and creation of the TV show.
Another Russia-related podcast, from the Telegraph Edgelands follows Ash Bhardwaj as he travels the length of Russia’s long-contested border, starting at the Arctic Circle and ending with a visit to Chernobyl and the breakaway state of Transnistria.
This is a fabulous travel documentary. I really warmed to Ash Bhardwaj and enjoyed his insights and adventures. This is another podcast that I’ve listened to twice.
Death in Ice Valley
Death in Ice Valley follows hosts Marit Higraff and Neil McCarthy as they try to solve a 49-year-old mystery to identify the woman whose body was found on a mountainside in Isdalen valley, Sweden in November 1970.
How to Invent a Country
Another offering from the BBC, How to Invent a Country host Misha Glenny sets out to discover when did countries become countries?
On this eight-episode series, Glenny visits Brazil, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, the USA, the Netherlands and finally Britain.
13 Minutes to the Moon
This is one of my latest discoveries, during the first series of 13 Minutes to the Moon, host (and former NASA doctor) Dr Kevin Fong examines the Apollo programme that resulting in one disaster that killed the crew of Apollo 8 while the rocket was undergoing testing, another that nearly lost the crew of Apollo 13 (explored in more depth during series two) and the infamous first moon landing of Apollo 11 in 1969.
Dying for Sex
Dying for Sex is one of the last new podcasts that I’ve listened to.
What would you do if you found out you were dying? What changes would you make in your life? When host Nikki Boyer’s best friend Molly was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer, she decided to do something bold. She left an unhappy marriage and embarked on a series of sexual adventures to help her feel alive during her journey towards death.
In many ways, I felt it an honour to journey with Molly as she lived towards her death. The opening episodes are packed with adventure and risk but as Molly’s health begins to fail, the pace slows. I found the final episode to be incredibly moving and offered some really helpful insights from a woman facing the failure of her body and her imminent death.
Got any recommendations?
What podcasts would you recommend?