Podcast Picks




THE ALLUSIONIST Number 43 – The Key: Part II – Vestiges 20 September 2016 I’m a bit behind with reviewing this show – it went out more than a week ago. This week, Helen Zaltzman ‘smears a thin layer of language over the lens so everything looks a bit nicer’ […]

The Allusionist | The Key II – Vestiges



CRIMINAL Episode 51 – Money Tree 23 September 2016 Criminal is one of my favourite podcasts. I just shared it with my husband and it has quickly become one of his favourites too. In fact, he gorged himself  on the available episodes so that he was ahead of me! This […]

Criminal – Episode 51 – Money Tree


Freakonomics is topical and provocative with this week’s episode asking ‘Has the U.S. Presidency Become a Dictatorship?’ In the hot seat is legal scholar and University of Chicago Professor Eric A Posner. Professor Posner argues that whilst the US is not a dictatorship in the way that we’ve come to […]

Freakonomics | Has the U.S. Presidency Become a Dictatorship?


\What would happen if you took the Calais ‘Jungle’ and moved it to the heart of London? Is this a dystopian view of a post-Brexit Britain? Or a fascinating look at an overlooked part of the Great Fire of London’s impact on people. Today, Finsbury Circus is home to some […]

Making History | The refugee crisis – Restoration style




Helen Zaltzman presents … the Etymolympics! Her adventures in language take on the world’s largest sporting event. What are the origins of words such as ‘stadium’, ‘hurdles’, ‘steeplechase’ and, of course, ‘Olympic’. It is just a short podcast this week but packed with sporting etymology. It is presented as a spoof […]

The Allusionist | Episode 40 – Olympics


Episode 592 of This American Life (Are We There Yet?) wasn’t so much This American Life as This Greek Refugee Camp Life. Ira Glass and Miki Meek presented stories from refugee camps across Greece. The resulting programme showed the power of telling individual stories. It humanised the crisis like nothing […]

This American Life | Are we there yet? Stories from the camps