Sinfully good fun with Stephen Fry – podcasts of the week

The actor and comedian examines our vices in 7 Deadly Sins. Plus: hard graft, glam jobs, and millennial success stories

Picks of the week

Stephen Fry’s 7 Deadly Sins
Fry’s new podcast promises to “poke, prod, pry and provoke” the sins, but he reaches wider than that. As ever, he’s a spellbinding storyteller and he offers a fresh perspective on both podcasting (which he relies on to power him through his daily walks) and the concept of sin. Before he even gets started on the bad stuff, though, he is giving his take on modern culture and how divisive the chasm between left and right is. Then it’s on to the sins, the “banana skins” that he argues stop people from being happy. Hannah Verdier

Caught Off Guard

Patricia Bright, the YouTuber and influencer behind Caught Off Guard.
Patricia Bright, the YouTuber and influencer behind Caught Off Guard. Photograph: PR

YouTuber Patricia Bright – who was among the first black British influencers to land more than a million subscribers – hosts this pod that is all about hard work and hustling. In a post-Lean In era, stories of hard graft and glam jobs could sound glib, but Bright manages to make her show aspirational for millennial listeners without sounding overly #girlboss. Leomie Anderson on the challenges faced by black models and a lesson on patience from the singer-songwriter Kamille are among the highlights. Hannah J Davies

Producer pick: The Catch and Kill podcast with Ronan Farrow

Chosen by Danielle Stephens (audio producer)

Harvey Weinstein arrives at his trial this week in New York.
Harvey Weinstein arrives at his trial this week in New York. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Catch and Kill is one of those series that doesn’t have a listening sell-by-date. I started listening the day that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein appeared at a Manhattan court for the first day of his trial, where he is facing accusations of rape and sexual assault. Rolling in on a zimmer frame, looking frail and small, it made it all the more shocking to hear about the extent to which the mogul tried to silence the small number of people who spoke out against him.

Here, the story of the cover-up is as riveting as the story of the fight back – whether it be hearing about the brave women who defended themselves when the legal system wouldn’t, or the journalists who spent years digging to come up with nothing. Besides, Farrow’s own path to breaking the story is utterly engrossing – and infuriating.

Talking points

Guardian pick: Books podcast

Author Jeanine Cummins tells the Guardian books team about her new novel, American Dirt, which has gone from highly-anticipated release to the most controversial book of the moment.


Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies and Danielle Stephens

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