Best podcasts to listen to this winter

Best podcasts to listen to

Podcasts are a great way to pass the time, whether you’re stuck in traffic on your commute, enjoying a morning run or catching up on emails at work. We’ve chosen a few of the best podcasts around right now, perfect if you’re ready to refresh your listening list. From serious news analyses to irreverent comedy, see if you can discover your new favourite podcast from our list of top picks for winter.

The Anthill

Feed your brain with this fascinating podcast from the team that brought us The Conversation. The Anthill takes a closer look at some of the most interesting innovations and research going on in academia and covers topics ranging from the history of time to the effectiveness of spooky films. Hosts vary week by week and the discussion is always lively and interesting.

Check out The Anthill.

Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Reviews

If you don’t already listen to Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Review, then now is the time to start. Not only do the pair offer a perceptive look into the big films hitting the box office, they do it in a hilarious fashion. The rapport between the two presenters is obvious and their reviews tend to be packed full of laughs, argumentative banter and unusual insights.

Find them on BBC 5 Live.

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You Must Remember This

This is a must-listen podcast for fans of Hollywood’s golden years. Karina Longworth takes the listener on a journey into the secret past and murky stories of yesteryear Hollywood, focusing on darlings of the silver screen and the mysteries that have haunted them. Some of the subject matter can be quite dark – including a run down on Hollywood’s Blacklist, stars who were accused of Communism – but the stories are always captivating.

Listen to You Must Remember This.

Final Games

This cool little podcast takes the format made popular by Desert Island Discs and revamps it for the gaming generation. Hosted by Liam Edwards, a former employee of Rockstar Games, Final Games invites game developers, game journalists and industry veterans to share which eight games they’d choose if they were the only one’s they’d then be allowed to play for the rest of their lives – a perfect listen for gamers of all types.

Have a listen to Final Games on iTunes.

Dear Sugar Radio

This podcast is like an advice column that’s come to life, with listeners getting in touch to share their woes and receive some empathetic and useful advice. It’s hosted by Steven Almond and Cheryl Strayed (the author famous for Wild), who both wrote for The Rumpus. Now, they tackle listener-generated questions – focusing on anything from infidelity to difficult friendships – on this intriguing show.

Check out Dear Sugar on wbur.

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The Wired Podcast

Get your weekly dose of technology, science, business and culture news from Wired – the team covers the biggest new tech stories as well as loads of really interesting happenings online and in the real world. They also host a regular Wired Stories slot, which takes a more in-depth look at particularly inspiring people or businesses. This is a great podcast for the curious minded!

Listen to the Wired Podcast on iTunes.

Monocycle with Leandra Medine

Author, humourist and creator of Man Repeller, Leandra Medine has created a short, funny and fun weekly podcast that is well worth adding to your list. Each instalment is only 10 minutes long and the topics range over everything from tips for feeling comfortable as your own boss to thoughts on what it means to let loose and relax. Stick one on and enjoy it during your next coffee break.

Listen to Leandra Medine on iTunes.

A Stab in the Dark

Crime fiction fans will love this short, six-part podcast series from award-winning novelist Mark Billingham. Looking into loads of great crime books and TV shows, the podcast invites some of the biggest names in the crime genre (including Val McDermid, Lee Childs and Ann Cleeves) to chat crime, sleuthing and marvellous mysteries in a light-hearted and entirely entertaining way.

Find A Stab in the Dark on iTunes.