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

Streamers, screamers and dreamers

With many of us now starting to wrap things up for Christmas, this is the perfect time to get into some new podcasts to keep yourself occupied while you’re slumped on the sofa after eating your body weight in turkey and stuffing. 

There are a range of interesting new releases this week, as well as recommendations from across the spectrum from a collection of industry experts, including comedy, nature and Hollywood industry analysis.

What’s in the industry’s ears?

Chris Hawkins - Host, How to DJ

My new obsession is Three Bean Salad with Mike Wozniak, Henry Paker and Ben Partridge. It’s an hour of really creative, funny waffle. I love how much the ‘beans’ conversation rebounds, ricochets and tangentalises. Blink and you can lose their thread. Each episode is as confusing as it is compelling.

Conor Dowling - Co-host, Fad Camp

As a screenwriter and filmmaker, I always have a handful of entertainment industry shows on rotation. One show I discovered recently is Hollywood Wolfpack with Kaia Alexander, which offers listeners a behind-the-scenes look into the careers of working pros in Hollywood from writers to producers and showrunners. Host Kaia, a former studio development executive and current multi-hyphenate, gets straight to the point with her busy guests to get exclusive industry insights. 

Faye Lawrence - Freelance podcast producer

I never miss an episode of Reign with Josh Smith! Josh’s interviews are unique – he has such a kind, refreshing and insightful interviewing style. Every episode is uplifting and joyful, and he has THE best lineup of wall-to-wall A-lister guests. This week he speaks to Hannah Waddingham about never letting anyone dim your sparkle. 

Amber Miller - Studio and production manager, Content Is Queen 

This week I’ve really been enjoying Get Birding. It’s not just a podcast about birds but also talks about the environment, sustainability and the importance of nature and connecting with it. Living in built-up busy London, it's lovely to listen to the pod and the beautiful soundscapes they’ve created of the outdoors; it’s a good listen to calm yourself down after a heavy work day or a hectic commute.

Ryan Rummery - Head of podcast sales, international, Spotify

I have been a loyal listener of Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee for a number of years and this week I listened to a fascinating episode on the truth about sugar, alcohol, caffeine and exercise with Dr Tommy Wood. As the festive season is in full swing, many of us have one eye on planning our new years' resolutions so this is a timely discussion that provides the facts but highlights the importance of context over rigid rules, allowing you to decide what works best for you - so no need to panic, you can still enjoy that cup of coffee!

Freshly dropped

Walking The Dog

The latest release from Goalhanger is surprisingly not another entry in its popular ‘The Rest Is’ franchise, but is instead a revival of Walking The Dog - Emily Dean’s popular canine podcast which was previously at the Times. The show is back following a year-long hiatus, with the first episode launching on Tuesday this week.

Don’t Tell Anyone

Twitch streamer Pokimane is the latest content creator to expand into podcasting, with her debut effort Don’t Tell Anyone launched on Tuesday. The independent production promises “honest and unfiltered advice”, and will be released weekly on all platforms.

Nikkei Asia News Roundup

A new podcast from Japanese news brand Nikkei, Nikkei Asia News Roundup is an all-English Language podcast which provides updates on global news, hosted by two of its reporters, Jada Nagumo and Brian Chapman. 

Boston Tea Party: Igniting a Revolution 

To mark the 250th anniversary of the famous rebellion that helped start the American war of independence, History Extra has produced a new podcast looking at the causes of the uprising and the impact it had on the events that followed. Boston Tea Party: Igniting a Revolution launched on Thursday, with five episodes available now for subscribers.