I was featured in a podcast this week. It’s always nice to be interviewed and featured somewhere, but even nicer when it’s in a podcast that I actually listen to – and I listen to quite a lot of podcasts. This one was the Live in Brazil podcast hosted by Kevin Porter.
In fact, I was thinking about just how many podcasts I do listen to regularly so I thought it might be interesting to list them all. I do clear out my podcast list when shows are no longer updated so this is pretty much a comprehensive list of the ones I regularly listen to – not just everything I found on my iPod.
Most of the content is from the BBC. That’s really because I don’t know of anywhere that does speech and informative radio as well as the BBC. A lot of this content was originally on the radio and then published as a podcast. Personally I tend to only listen to audio as podcasts now, I don’t really listen to any radio in real-time. And music radio – well for that there is Spotify…
When I write all the podcasts as a list it looks fairly long, but I guess there are people who leave the radio on all day and listen to more programmes than I do. I’m quite selective in what I listen to and I do have specific times when I will listen – walking my dog, out running on the street, in the gym, and work that doesn’t need a lot of concentration (checking emails, Facebook etc…) Obviously I can’t write something while also listening to the news on my iPod.
And one other thing, because I listen on the iPod I can play everything at double speed. That doesn’t work well for music, but for speech radio it means you can get an hour of news in 30 minutes. I have done this so often (and been mocked on the BBC Click programme for it) that when I listen to familiar presenters at normal speed they sound strange!
Do you listen to more? Is this a lot of podcasts to regularly be following?
- Best of Today; BBC Radio 4 Today programme
- The Bottom Line; BBC business interviews with Evan Davies
- Broadcasting House; BBC Sunday news magazine
- Business Daily; BBC World daily business news
- Click; BBC technology magazine
- Crossing Continents; BBC travel and society magazine
- Desert Island Discs; BBC classic – what music to take to a desert island
- Discovery; BBC science documentaries
- Documentaries; documentaries from all across the BBC
- Drama of the Week; new BBC feature – a weekly radio drama
- Feedback; forum for radio listener feedback
- Fighting Talk; BBC sports “quiz” and chat
- File on 4; In-depth BBC investigative reporting
- The Film Programme; Weekly film reviews
- Folk with Mark Radcliffe; Weekly folk music show
- Football Weekly; weekly football summary
- Forum – A World of Ideas; Weekly debate about philosophy and ideas
- From our own correspondent; news reports from foreign correspondents all over the world
- Front Row Daily; daily arts show
- Global News; daily summary of global news
- Great Lives; weekly biography of a “great” person
- The Guardian Books Podcast; books review
- The Guardian Film Show; weekly film reviews
- In Our Time; weekly analysis of history and ideas
- Listen To Lucy; Lucy Kellaway’s FT column
- The Live in Brazil Podcast; Live in Brazil with Kevin Porter
- The Long View; Exploring how the past influences the present
- Making History; BBC history magazine
- Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Film Reviews; The best weekly film review show online anywhere… a must-listen
- Mastertapes; musicians discussing their back catalogue
- Media Show; weekly media review by the BBC
- Media Talk; weekly media review by The Guardian
- Men’s Hour; weekly magazine show
- Money Box; financial issues
- More or Less; maths and statistics
- Music Weekly; Guardian weekly new music review
- Newshour; daily news summary
- On the Money; weekly financial analysis featuring CEOs
- Outlook; real-life stories from the news
- Outriders; Weekly tech news – Internet focused
- The Penguin Podcast; Books from Penguin
- Peter Day’s World of Business; Very good exploration of global business issues
- Pienaar’s Politics; Excellent weekly summary of British politics
- A Point of View; Short bursts of thought and philosophy
- Politics Weekly; Guardian weekly political summary
- Radio 2 Arts Show; a weekly arts summary
- Radio 3 Essay; a short essay on the arts
- The Report; a detailed investigative news report
- Science Weekly; weekly science focus from the Guardian
- Sportsweek; a weekly BBC show summarising sport
- Tech Weekly; Guardian look at tech each week
- Test match Special; cricket – when games are being played
- Thanks for Giving a Damn; Excellent US-based musician interviews
- Thinking Allowed; weekly sociology focus
- Today in Parliament; what happened in the UK parliament
- Wake up to Money; Daily financial news first thing in the morning
- A Week of You and Yours; weekly consumer issues
- Weekly Political Review; BBC weekly politics summary
- The Why Factor; asking tough questions – why this or that?
- Witness; short bursts of interviews with witnesses to great events
- The World at One; news summary at 1300
- The World Tonight; news summary at 2200
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When I published my first book, I remember hearing someone bitterly complain that they could write a better book on the same subject. I challenged him and said that although the poet laureate may not be scared of my work, at least I had sat down, done the research, formed an opinion, and published it for all to see. The person who grumbles that they can do better should recognise that and go away and write their own book.
Of course, there is some real trash published by writers or musicians. Sometimes you do wonder how on earth it does ever see the light of day, but even those who publish trash have worked hard to get that book or album out into the world. The critics who claim to be better need to demonstrate that, rather than just criticise. At least I could talk to my own book critics and find out what they propose could have been done better. And I do think that I’ve improved what I have written over time.
I was on TV all over the world this weekend, presenting a part of the BBC ‘Click’ TV show. I cannot tell you how many abusive and unfriendly emails I have had. Very strange indeed. I have had lots of texts and mails from people who liked what I said, but why do people send emails saying ‘I hate you’ or ‘I don’t like the way you walk!’
The funny thing is that I suspect these people are not just critics. They are a couple of kings short of a full deck of cards. How do you engage and argue with boneheads like that?
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At last! The BBC Click TV show where I present an entire package on Google is online and being broadcast all over the world this week on BBC World TV. It went out on BBC1 this morning in the UK and my sister was texting me, surprised to get messages from her friends telling her to switch on!
Click here to go and watch it on the BB iPlayer…
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I went down to the BBC TV Centre in Shepherd’s Bush today to record some final voiceovers for the package I am presenting on the BBC Click TV show. It will be broadcast on Friday this week.
It will go out first on BBC World and BBC Online – at about 3.30pm – then later in the evening on BBC News 24 and the following day on BBC1 in the UK.
It’s been a lot of fun putting this together with Dan and Spencer and the rest of the BBC team. I saw a rough cut of the package today and it looks great – we had such a nice day filming in Bath so those sections look really good.
I’d guess we are looking at 5 or 6 minutes of TV here, but it needed a day of filming in Bath, a few hours filming in London, a session in the recording studio doing voiceovers, and a further voiceover session today – and today I got everything right first time. Maybe I’m getting better at this presenting stuff eh? Add to that all the effort editing it together and you start getting an idea just how much effort goes into keeping a weekly show on the road.
Click is the flagship tech programme for the BBC and has a massive global audience so I’m looking forward to hearing from a few of the viewers once it goes out.
I spent all day on Tuesday filming in Bath with Dan Simmons for the BBC ‘Click’ programme. It’s the biggest technology show on the BBC, being broadcast on BBC World, BBC1, and online. Even the Twitter stream for the programme has nearly two million followers.
This was following up on my recent experience with Google and their decision to delete my entire Youtube account. I have got my videos back now, but only by appealing to everyone who had ever complained about me and getting them to withdraw the complaints.
I haven’t been out doing TV work in a public place before. I’ve done lots of talking heads work in TV studios, getting wheeled in to speak on the news as an expert in this or that, but shooting all over Bath over an entire day with Dan was great fun. We had kids desperate to get on TV without even knowing what the show was about. We had someone in a Manchester Utd shirt who insisted we should cover the story of his work with children’s football teams in Bath. We had people asking if it was ‘candid camera’. We had people laughing as I was getting my make-up done in the street.
It was certainly an experience to see how people react to a BBC camera out in the street. We certainly do live within a celebrity-obsessed culture. One woman outside Bath sports centre insisted that she already knew me because I am ‘famous and off the telly…’ even after I protested that there was no way she could know who I was, she just insisted!
I had assumed the hardest thing about doing pieces to camera in the street would be to remember my lines, but Dan had all kinds of ideas about how to take different shots, meaning I had to not only remember my lines, but also look in the right direction, walk in the right way, hit my spot on the pavement… then assuming I got all my stuff right we could still foul up a take if a bus had just gone past or some kids were screaming nearby. And even if there was no noise and I got my lines right, there were times when the camera-work could have been better. So you really do need to repeat the lines over and over until everything falls into place.
We spent the entire day filming in Bath, plus I still need to go to TV Centre in London to record some pieces in front of TVC and some voiceovers. Then there is a lot of editing to be done. It’s a lot of work for 4 or 5 minutes of television, but I hope you like it when it comes out.
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I’m filming in Bath today with the BBC. It should be a nice day in the sun down in Somerset.
This is all part of my battle with Google over them shutting down my Youtube account. All the three complaints against my account have now been dropped, and in each case, I never mentioned I was doing anything with the media. I just asked them to remove the complaint against me and each one agreed.
It’s a very interesting case and I’ll let you all know when the BBC plans to broadcast the show – it will be available online.