Under the Taliban, Afghan light entertainment accrued unusual weight

8 June 2024 9:00 am

For a television talent show, Afghan Star had unusually high stakes. When it first hit Afghanistan’s screens in 2005, four…

A gripping podcast about America’s obsession with guns

11 May 2024 9:00 am

The love affair between so many Americans and their guns – long a source of international fascination – appears to…

How to live off the land for a year

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Could you live off the land for a year without buying a single thing to eat? This was the challenge…

How did the internet become so horrific?

17 February 2024 9:00 am

Plus: the joy of hearing lawyers argue

What happened to the supermodels of the 1990s?

14 October 2023 9:00 am

‘What advice would you give to your younger self?’ has become a popular question in interviews in recent years. It’s…

Enjoyable and informative but where’s the drama? Political Currency reviewed

30 September 2023 9:00 am

The first episode of George Osborne and Ed Balls’s new podcast, Political Currency, opened with an old clip of the…

The rise of vampirism in Silicon Valley

2 September 2023 9:00 am

The Immortals, which begins on Radio 4 this week, is not for the faint-hearted. While it professes to be about…

Gripping tale of Ireland’s most polite bank robber: I’m Not Here To Hurt You reviewed

19 August 2023 9:00 am

There should really be a special word for it: that vicarious fragility you feel when hearing of a minor decision…

The stuff of nightmares: Retrievals podcast reviewed

22 July 2023 9:00 am

It is the stuff of nightmares, or a queasily dystopian film plot. A woman is undergoing a surgical procedure in…

The problem with podcasts

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Can anything serious come from podcasts, asks Sam Kriss

Looking for a male role model? Check out the silverback gorilla

27 May 2023 9:00 am

One so often hears about famous people who are horrible when they think no one important is looking – barking…

Shocked and moved me far more than I anticipated: Hoaxed reviewed

15 October 2022 9:00 am

I shied away from conspiracy stuff during the Trump era. Not the theories themselves, but the huge volume of content…

Welcome to the weird world of the New Right: Subversive podcast reviewed

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Subversive is a podcast that documents the world of the ‘New Right’, a strange development in conservatism. Host Alex Kaschuta,…

Rivals Wagatha Christie for its lowbrow twists: FT's Hot Money – Who Rules Porn? reviewed

13 August 2022 9:00 am

It was recently reported that almost 8 per cent of global internet traffic is to pornographic websites. The rise of…

Why is the post-colonial guilt only applied to Western classical traditions? Radio 3's World of Classical reviewed

6 August 2022 9:00 am

The blurb accompanying the Radio 3 series World of Classical, inviting us to ‘join the dots between classical music traditions…

A belter of a podcast, featuring a mad South African: Smoke Screen reviewed

23 July 2022 9:00 am

I go back and forth on tobacco companies. On the one hand, they are merchants of death. On the other,…

The cruelty of reality TV was part of the appeal

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Jade Goody appeared on Big Brother in 2002. She was a short, loud, blonde-haired woman who broadcast her every thought…

Boldly and brilliantly unoriginal: Kermode and Mayo’s Take reviewed

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Last April Fools’ Day, Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo wound up their award-winning film review show on BBC Radio 5…

Enjoyably plummy and male: Battleground – The Falklands War podcast reviewed

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The Battlegroundpodcast on the wars of the 20th century, said presenter Saul David happily, ‘will have lots of bombs and…

A podcast with real emotional heft: Philippa Perry’s Siblings in Session reviewed

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Have you ever taken a piece of advice? I’m not asking a rhetorical question. Have you ever once in your…

A wonderfully unguarded podcast about the last bohemians

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Ordinarily, if a podcast purports to be revelatory, you can assume it is anything but. There’s a glut of programmes…

Why we drink

26 March 2022 9:00 am

‘I like to have a martini,/ Two at the very most./ After three I’m under the table,/ After four I’m…