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Picks of the week

The Wellbeing Lab With Will Young
Will Young might verbalise his ideas on drying paint for an hour and it might nonetheless be a charming pay attention. But right here he’s speaking about vital and relatable stuff: psychological well being points reminiscent of buying habit, physique dysmorphia and cognitive behaviour remedy. It’s a casual and welcoming vibe as he information from his living room desk, with his canines making visitor appearances as he chats thoughtfully with specialists. Hollie Richardson

Hear Her Voice
The phrases “women in music” often sparks a watch roll, however Laura Whitmore’s podcast on the topic is a refreshing take, free from pretence and fully female-powered. Whether it’s Lliana Bird speaking about Grace Jones or Self Esteem speaking about on-stage confidence, there’s a lot drive and positivity it’s irresistible. HV

The Big Green Money Show
Who knew Deborah Meaden was an “environmentalist”? Presumably the faculty tutors who marked her thesis, which – in accordance with her and Felicity Hannah’s podcast scrutinising companies’ efforts to go inexperienced – was on local weather change. Despite her unchallenging interview with easyJet’s CEO on flying’s eco affect, the specialists who answer listeners’ questions make for illuminating listening. Alexi Duggins

ZOE Science & Nutrition
Health app ZOE may be recognized for conducting the world’s largest Covid-19 examine, however this podcast focuses on its day job: diet. It’s a meals geek-pleasing scientific deep dive into how we eat, from the advanced chemistry of darkish chocolate via to an extremely detailed scientific evaluation of how gluten intolerance works. AD

Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers

The Drag Race judge interviews Cameron Diaz in her new podcast, Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers.
The Drag Race choose interviews Cameron Diaz in her new podcast, Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers. Photograph: Guy Levy/BBC

The Drag Race famous person is as charismatic as ever in her interview podcast celebrating individuals who do issues otherwise. Cameron Diaz isn’t the apparent alternative of insurgent, however the revealing chat brings out some sound views about ageing and turning into a mom in midlife. Dita Von Teese and Billy Porter are coming up. Hannah Verdier

Chosen by Danielle Stephens

Three weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, you’d be forgiven for locating it robust to maintain up with the information popping out of Kyiv and different cities which are beneath fixed bombardment. Brave journalists have labored via air raids and harmful conditions to convey us the reality, however there’s a lot to be stated for listening to what Ukrainians living via invasion are experiencing.

That’s the easy idea behind Invaded: Voicemails from Ukraine, by Tortoise. Every day, we get a quick replace from women and men attempting to navigate the battle – whether or not which means living in a warzone, or escaping the shelling by fleeing as a refugee. There’s no sound design; it isn’t wanted. Just a fast recap from a Tortoise journalist on what we final heard from the Ukrainian who’s about to speak to us, and a couple of minutes from Nina, Oleksandr, Ksenyia, and others on what they’re experiencing – and the way they’re coping. It’s virtually like getting a every day voice be aware from a pal who you end up worrying about while you haven’t heard from them in a whereas. That’s the significance of this podcast. In such a quick area of time, you end up linked to individuals hundreds of miles away, hoping they’ll be OK.

Talking factors

  • The BBC are celebrating Comic Relief with a gigantic podcast collab-fest. Some of the largest names from the world of talking into your ears are becoming a member of forces to create mashed-up pods, together with My Dad Wrote A History Hit (My Dad Wrote a Porno with Dan Snow’s History Hit), Menus To Be Buried With (Off Menu and Films to be Buried With) plus Drunk Women Solving Richard Herring (Drunk Women Solving Crime meets Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast). You can hearken to the full listing here.

  • Why not attempt: Planet Weirdo with Holly H | Devils in the Dark

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