Earworms: What the industry’s been listening to this week

Recommendations from The Podcast Show 2023

After an intense and eventful week full of networking, deal-making, and speaking with fellow audio experts and creators at The Podcast Show, what better way to spend the bank holiday than listening to even more podcasts?

This week, we’ve asked a range of industry leaders at the event to share some of their favourite podcast recommendations and have put together a list of all the new releases for this week so you don’t miss them amongst the piles of news to come out of The Podcast Show.

What’s in the industry’s ears?

Simon White - Marketing media manager, BT Business

I’ve been listening to Believe in Magic on BBC Sounds – This podcast is the culmination of years of work from journalists and concerned citizens-cum-sleuths, who look into the darker side of what seems at first to be a lovely charity with great intentions; a fascinating story.

Donald Albright - Co-founder, Tenderfoot TV

Disgraceland is one I've been listening to for years - as a guy who came from the music industry and does true crime, that's the perfect blend of show for me. And you always learn something, even about the things that you thought you knew about.

Adam Clatworthy - Head of communications, SAP UKI & host of InnovationX podcast

One of the pods that I’ve been bingeing on recently is Grit. Featuring interviews with business leaders who are pushing their companies to make a difference, it explores what it takes to build and grow world-class organisations. What I really love about it is the way it shines a light on leadership vulnerability and the candid interview format delves into the more personal stories that drive these leaders’ experiences.

Pete Donaldson - Creative director, Stak

I like the Waypoint podcast, the video game podcast run by Vice, who obviously hit the wall quite hard about a few weeks ago. So it's going to be interesting to see where Patrick from that podcast ends up. We launched a video game podcast this year, so I'm just trying to get a handle on what everyone else is doing, really, and figure out how to best get that into people's ears.

Natasha Miller - Host, Bitter/Sweet podcast 

I’ve been listening to the lovely Tommy Dixon’s podcast, Colouring in Britain. I’m enjoying how he brings to life the stories of people of colour that have helped to shape the UK. I’m not surprised the podcast won an ARIA; I’m looking forward to the next series.

Freshly Dropped 

Radio Atlantic 

Political podcast Radio Atlantic, The Atlantic magazine’s flagship podcast, has been re-introduced with new host senior editor Hanna Rosin. The podcast, which launched its latest season on May 25, features Rosin in conversation and debates with thinkers and writers on topics of the day to help listeners make up their own minds about various ideas. 

Manchester: Your Airport, MAN

Crowd Network’s first-ever series to be part of its branded podcasts venture launched on 21 May, in partnership with Manchester Airport. The six-part series titled Manchester: Your Airport, MAN is hosted by broadcaster Tom Fordyce who goes behind the scenes to tell the inner workings of the airport and interviews a number of guests including travel journalist Simon Calder.

People Who Knew Me

The latest audio drama series from BBC 5 Live debuted its first episode on 23 May, starring Rosamund Pike as a woman who uses 9/11 to fake her own death and is forced to confront her past 14 years later being diagnosed with breast cancer with her 13-year-old daughter. The 10-part series titled People Who Knew Me also features Hugh Laurie as her former husband and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Isabella Sermon as the 13-year-old daughter. 

Dinner’s on Me with Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson has launched a new podcast with Sony Music titled Dinner’s on Me which features the actor in conversation with a number of fellow celebrities while enjoying a nice meal out. The first three episodes launched this week on 23 and 30 May and featured Julie Bown, Jesse Williams, and Kristen Bell as the first guests. 

Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried

A new true-crime investigative series from Amazon company Wondery, Spellcaster: The Fall of Sam Bankman-Fried explores the downfall of the fraudster and former CEO of failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX. The series debuted on May 22 with the first two episodes available to Wondery+ subscribers and the Bloomberg Terminal and will be available everywhere else from 5 June weekly.