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

The end of awards season and the start of the holidays

This week saw the great and the good of Ireland’s podcast community descend on Dublin for the Irish Podcast Awards, followed swiftly by the Audio Production Awards in London. It also saw a number of interesting new launches both here in the UK and globally.

Elsewhere, we spoke to a bevvy of key industry figures to find out what they’ve been listening to - including comedy, interview podcasts, and true crime - to help you round out your weekend’s listening.

What’s in the industry’s ears?

Wybe Magermans - Director of growth, WMH&I

Song Exploder interviews a wide range of musicians, from New Order to Dua Lipa and Tame Impala. In each episode, one artist takes apart a song of theirs, and piece by piece, tells the story of how it was made. It shows sometimes how coincidental the magic can be, or how much can be involved to make it happen.

Ann Charles - Radio production and technology consultant, Radio TechCon 

Who Shat On The Floor At My Wedding mixes true crime and comedy in a way that's very funny if you are a normal listener, and funnier still if you already appreciate or work in either genre. It's a 'don't listen to this whilst going for a walk because you will be the strange person wheezing with laughter in the park' podcast. 

Hannah Connolly - Partner manager, Acast

Beast: The Murder of Nora Sheehan is the latest excellent true crime podcast from the team behind Crime World and The Witness: In His Own Words, and tells the story of murdered Cork mother-of-three Nora Sheehan. For forty-two years, the case ran cold with two families and countless others devastated by the consequences, but this August saw justice finally served and now investigative journalist Nicola Tallant is digging into the story across six episodes.

Daryl Moorhouse - Managing director, Tinpot Productions

Now unshackled from linear network TV obligations, Conan and his CoCo cohorts are unburdening themselves in the essential Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend. Conan's skeleton is composed entirely of funny bones and it's a joy to hear him in offbeat, irreverent, freeform mode, saying all the things network executives would never green light.

Keith Jopling - Host, The Art of Longevity

The Paris Review podcast is back (after a break since 2021) so I’m hooked on that. It’s beautifully produced, and a fabulous mix of modern writings mixed with deep classic archives. I mean, an archive interview with Simone de Beauvoir, with Simone played by Charlotte Rampling; who wouldn’t love it!

Freshly Dropped 

Oprah’s Super Soul 

TV legend Oprah Winfrey has launched a new three-part miniseries under her podcast Oprah’s Super Soul, to support the launch of her new book Build The Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier. Co-hosted with the book’s Co-author Arthur Brooks, the first episode was released on Monday.

Comfort Food with Kelly Rizzo

Following the death of beloved comedian Bob Saget, his widow Kelly Rizzo launched her new podcast Comfort Food last Sunday, exploring grief and how good food can help us deal with it. New episodes will be available weekly.

Springleaf 

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, James Acaster’s newest project Springleaf is now available. A scripted comedy podcast with an all-star cast, the first episode of Springleaf launched on Tuesday this week.

Wellington Paranormal The Podcast

A spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off, Wellington Paranormal The Podcast sees the co-hosts of the Taika Waititi-produced mockumentary TV show going behind the scenes of Wellington Paranormal, including interviews with cast and crew.

The Official Doctor Who Podcast 

Coinciding with the launch of the newest season of the cult favourite sci-fi show, The Official Doctor Who Podcast launches tomorrow, including insights from showrunner Russel T Davies. The show is available on all major platforms, as well as on BBC Sounds, and as a video podcast on YouTube.


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