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The week in audio: Love, Janessa; The Comb; Arctic Monkeys: Believe the Hype and more
A global catfish scam and a Somalian woman’s adolescence make for two gripping World Service shows, while Sheffield’s finest still sound good on the dancefloor

Miranda Sawyer

04, Feb, 2023 @5:00 PM

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On my radar: Hayley Williams of Paramore’s cultural highlights
The singer-songwriter on astrology, Janelle Monáe’s star quality and her ‘nerdy’ new hobby

Killian Fox

04, Feb, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Minnie Driver: ‘I had to fake an orgasm in a room full of male execs at an audition for a chocolate bar ad’
The actor on a bloody encounter with the police, her Daniel Day-Lewis crush, and a sexy washing machine secret

Rosanna Greenstreet

04, Feb, 2023 @9:30 AM

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Best podcasts of the week: Jon Snow swaps news broadcasts for his ‘Snowcast’
In this week’s newsletter: The giant of British journalism starts his post-Channel 4 career with his new interview show. Plus: five of the best podcasts for women in midlife

Alexi Duggins, Hannah Verdier and Hollie Richardson

02, Feb, 2023 @9:48 AM

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I tell my children real stories, not fairytales. Should I worry about their love of true crime? | Emma Brockes
They listen to adult stories – I just hope it doesn’t rob them of a playful aspect of childhood, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes

Emma Brockes

30, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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The week in audio: The Archers; Buried; The Sound: Mystery of Havana Syndrome and more
While Ambridge is left reeling, new podcasts delve deep into a waste scandal in Derry and a sinister Cuban mystery, and Zoe Ball gets reading

Miranda Sawyer

29, Jan, 2023 @11:30 AM

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Best podcasts of the week: The adult actress who became the unwitting face of a thousand catfishing scams
In this week’s newsletter: Janessa Brazil’s pictures were used to entrap victims, costing them millions – find out how in Love, Janessa. Plus: five of the best podcasts for film fans

Alexi Duggins, Hollie Richardson, Hannah Verdier and Ann Lee

26, Jan, 2023 @9:46 AM

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‘You should gaze at your bins in horror’: the massive crime scandal behind the UK’s rubbish
The mafia is infiltrating our waste, and millions of tonnes of it is being illegally dumped. A shocking podcast uncovers the horrific environmental scandal – and its links to gun and drug trafficking

Daniel Dylan Wray

23, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Can BBC radio thrive in a new world of podcasts?
The loss of Ken Bruce, following other big-name DJs, is a blow for Radio 2. The challenge now is to stay relevant

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and media correspondent

22, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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The week in audio: Joanna & the Maestro; Conversations from a Long Marriage; Real Money; Ken Bruce
Joanna Lumley delights in musical exchanges with her real husband, and turns up the comedy with a fictional spouse; the excellent Aleks Krotoski tells the story of cryptocurrency Tether; and Ken Bruce pulls a shocker

Miranda Sawyer

21, Jan, 2023 @5:00 PM

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‘I get a lemonade for every 1,000 hits!’ The rise of the child podcast superstars
From time machines to legal jeopardy and the war in Ukraine, kids as young as nine are muscling into podcast territory – and A-listers are queueing up to be grilled. We meet the pre-teens who are already veteran hosts

Alexi Duggins

20, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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Best podcasts of the week: The sinister theories behind the ‘Havana syndrome’ phenomenon
In this week’s newsletter: American officials have for years been struck by a mystery illness on diplomatic visits. One journalist investigates why in The Sound. Plus: five of the best anthology podcasts

Alexi Duggins, Hannah Verdier, Hollie Richardson and Ammar Kalia

19, Jan, 2023 @9:48 AM

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