Gardens, weeds and words, Andrew O’Brien
This beautiful nature podcast is a mix of slow radio, gardening notes, conversation and literary readings about gardens. Andrew O’Brien’s musings on the changing seasons and the plants he loves are friendly and insightful, set to an acoustic texture of secateur snips and birdsong in the background, interspersed with guest interviews. Like pottering around a lush allotment with its owner, this soothing podcast is medication for a troubled age.
The Last Bohemians, Kate Hutchinson
Journalist Kate Hutchinson hosts a set of sparky interviews with a selection of “female firebrands”: unconventional women with amazing stories, including writer Bonnie Greer, performance artist Cosey Fanni Tutti and rock and roll groupie Pamela Des Barres. The interviews are bold, funny and candid as well as studded with memorable quotes—such as the moment that Des Barres disagrees that “behind every great man is a great woman,” correcting the saying to “she’s beside him, or underneath him if he’s lucky.”
Fatwa, BBC Radio 4
The story of the 1989 fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie is well known, but over the last 30 years the political climate has shifted significantly, and so has the story. Questions over what makes something offensive have evolved. This 10-part podcast from the BBC’s Mobeen Azhar is a deep exploration of the affair, with a strong focus on exploring the wider context of immigration in the UK and the cultural fallout that followed it.