BBC Radio 5 Live’s award-winning and critically acclaimed series Have You Heard George's Podcast? has returned for a fourth season to mark the start of Black History Month on BBC Sounds.
The podcast is hosted by Peabody award-winning artist George The Poet and offers a fresh take on the world through immersive storytelling, music, and fiction. Although the podcast has covered a wide range of topics in the past, this season has a set theme looking at African history, independence movements, and the stories of the unsung heroes that played a part in these events.
"I’m so grateful to be delivering a fourth season of Have You Heard George’s Podcast? at a time when there’s so much to discuss,” said George The Poet. “From the rise of Afrobeats to the uprisings in Central Africa, the Black liberation struggle continues to centre my poetry with era-defining music.”
“Previously, I wrote about cultural aspects of the struggle, but this time it’s about the political and economic realities constructing our parents and grandparents. As always, I hope this chapter helps us understand each other better.”
Have You Heard George’s Podcast? has been praised for its use of sound design and music to tell stories and has won multiple awards for its efforts including a Peabody award for its second series and multiple Gold titles at the British Podcast Awards for its first series. The music is composed by award-winning songwriter Benbrick and recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road, featuring soundtracks from all areas of Black culture including Africa, the Caribbean, and beyond.
“I continue to be exceptionally proud to play a part in the creation of Have You Heard George’s Podcast?” said Benbrick. “This year, we were fortunate enough to record in the iconic Abbey Road Studio Two with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
“Our aim this season is to take the listener on an immersive journey through history and my role is to create an ambience and space for George's poetry to breathe. George's writing doesn't just entertain; it educates and enlightens, exploring a foundational history and shared starting point.”