Liv Albert

The best podcasts new podcasts in the UK this November

Retellings of Greek and Roman myths, plus Deathbed Confessions and A Wish for Afghanistan
November 4, 2021

Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby!

Liv Albert hosts a fun taste of Greek and Roman myths, retelling them in translation and exploring their resonances for today in a series of conversations with academics and special guests. Despite bad language and uncensored versions of the gruesome events that unfold in the mythological world of Ancient Greece, it’s educational entertainment for most ages, with plenty of sarcasm and modern-day social context to add extra life, wit and vigour to the rigorous scholarly research.

A Wish for Afghanistan

The formidable Canadian journalist Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s chief international correspondent and senior presenter, is currently based in Afghanistan, right in the thick of the aftermath of the Taliban’s takeover. In this podcast she invites Afghans and others to speak about their hopes and fears for their country’s future, giving a listening experience that is informed, sensitive, open to nuance and often surprising. Her interviewees include peacekeepers and negotiators, Afghan TV journalists and the country’s former president, Hamid Karzai.

Deathbed Confessions

This Spotify original series focuses on the crimes that people have admitted to shortly before their deaths. What drives people to reveal all about their most terrible deeds in their final moments? Among the confessions explored are those of building contractor Frank Thorogood, said to have confessed to murdering Rolling Stones member Brian Jones, a death long thought to have been misadventure; and Jeffrey Gafoor, who owned up to a murder in Cardiff only after he himself had taken an overdose—which he then survived.