Podcasts that make life worth living

I have been meaning to post this list of addictive podcasts for a while now. Podcasts are window into other worlds, into the past and the future and version of someone's truth. They are travel and taste and transportation. So for your aural delectations here they are ...

FOOD

BBC Food Programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnx3

A short sharp fix of excellent specialist topics discussed in some detail. Asking big questions not just following trends.

BBC Kitchen Cabinet quiz http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01klvhq

A foodaphile's take on the comedy panel show. Hosted by Jay Rayer (Guardian food critic) with a nice spread of panel guests including chefs, bloggers and food writers, historians, scientists. Have a laugh at some of the most ridiculous food trends and facts along side the live audiences they are recorded in front of.

BBC SCOTLAND Kitchen Cafe http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b010t0x5

Transport yourself via the Scottish accents of the presenters and the conversation to colder climes of Scotland to discuss food both local (to them) and exotic.

ABC RN First bite http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rnfirstbite/

To the other side of the world now, this Australian article based programme that will deliver a nice slice of the food scene across the country. Think coffee, immigrant community food trends, seafood and discussions about food security.

MONOCLE 24 The Menu https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/monocle-24-the-menu/id475220376(Other Monocle podcasts inc. The Urbanist/Globalist/The Stack)

UK based sister outlet to the design magazine Monocle. Hosted by the affable Finnish accented Markus Hippi who guides listeners though the luxury, primped and poised world of food styling, on-trend bars and restaurants from Berlin to Caracas and little diet discussion. Listen out for the hilarious sexual tension between Markus and Santiago Rodríguez Tarditi in the 'Santiago's Basket' spot at the end of each episode.

CULTURE/NEWS/SCIENCE

Chicago Public Media This American Life http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast

Very entertaining and sometimes touching window on the life and times of real Americans. I have caught myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion listening to this one.

ABC RN By Design http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bydesign/

A higher discussion about architecture and design from Australia. From homes designed for footballers to theoretical discussions on sustainability, features on classic design and industry discussion.

BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qlvb (I listen to this religiously!) (5 star)

My absolute religious MUST LISTEN daily podcast. Their tag 'a programme that offers a female perspective on the world' says it all.  Woman's Hour's presenters intelligently and professionally guide the listener though a huge variety of topics without ever patronising or over hyping. Good mix of serious and frivolous topics, this programme is everything that is good about radio.

BBC Radio 4 Thought for the day http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0145rtw (a bit of an odd one but I quite like it)

A concise two minute thought for the day often related to a topic in the news delivered by hosts of all faiths.

BBC Radio 4 From our own correspondent (FOOC) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/default.stm

More little windows on the culture behind the global headlines. I think of it as conversation with a foreign corresponded - what they would really want to tell us if they could.

BBC Radio 4 Infinite monkey cage (science) http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/timc

Science blows my mind but at least Dr Cox and co make it applicable and wondrous.

BBC Radio 4 More or Less (statistics) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qshd

Ahhh statistics - dry topic right? WRONG! Well, actually right but again, this little BBC goodie opens up an entertaining world of understanding of how statistics are used and abused in the media.

DRAMA

BBC Radio 4 Drama of the week http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ptw

For those who enjoy a good old fashioned radio play with sound effects and everything!

BBC Radio 4 The Archers http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qpgr (I also listen to this religiously but that's cause I'm a bit odd)

The world's longest-running radio soap opera - need I say more? Listen for an amble through the British countryside.

The New Yorker Fiction https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/new-yorker-fiction/id256945396?mt=2

For those of you that enjoy good prose and the voices behind their creation.

MEDIA 

BBC Radio 4 The Media Show http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00dv9hq

A hard-nosed report on hard-nosed reporting. Host Steve Hewlett's attack-dog mentality can be a bit full-on but ultimately revealing.

ABC RN The Media Report http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/mediareport/

A softer Australia version of the above.

Do  you have a favourite? I'd love to add to my list.

IssuesAnne Giacomantonio