The Grenfell Tower Inquiry with Eddie Mair
This in-depth rolling coverage of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry might be the most important podcast currently being made in Britain. It’s a daily debrief of everything that happens each day that the inquiry sits, hosted by heavyweight BBC journalist Eddie Mair. Of course, it’s by no means easy listening. Each installment includes reportage plus space given to contextualise the evidence, with reaction and -responses to events and detailed discussion. This feels like vital journalism.
The Gender Knot
Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Jonathan Freeman
Never has gender seemed so political as it does now, and this thoughtful podcast -series “untangling the new masculinity and femininity” feels completely up-to-the-minute. Hosts Nastaran Tavakoli-Far and Jonathan Freeman present a different central question in each episode, interview people with different opinions, and debate their findings in a refreshingly constructive style. Try out episodes “A more feminine economy”; “Can men fail?”; “Are women too compassionate?” and “How will #MeToo affect dating?”
How to Invent a Country
BBC presented by Misha Glenny
Self-confessed history nerds (hello) will be licking their lips at this new strand from the BBC. A decade’s worth of broadcasting from experts, together with new material, details how countries first came into being and defined themselves. Host Misha Glenny addresses topics such as why countries look the way they do on a modern map, and the mythical origin stories people believe about their own nations.