From Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place to No Really, I’m Fine, History Of Ideas with David Runciman and Easy Peasy Quarantini, this week’s top podcasts
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Every week Fearne Cotton asks famous guests to tell her what happiness means to them. Cotton is no bulldog interviewer but she has twinkle in spades and gets the best from her interviewees, even when she’s talking to them on the phone from under her duvet.
Every week Fearne Cotton asks famous guests, such as Rick Gervais, to tell her what happiness means to them on her Happy Place podcast
Kick off with the recent episode with Ricky Gervais, who mouths off about the narcissism of social media.
No Really, I’m Fine
It’s an odd time to be a sentient human being. On this weekly podcast, ordinary people who have had a rough time with their mental health talk candidly about what they’ve gone through. Interviews are sensitive, intimate and often deeply moving. Begin with the episode on surviving Covid-19 as a single parent for its conversation with a father who had a breakdown in Scotland after his marriage foundered and he was left homeless.
History Of Ideas
Talking Politics is, drum roll please, my favourite podcast. This new spin-off series, presented by academic David Runciman, explores ideas that have changed history.
Talking Politics spin-off, History Of Ideas, is also presented by academic David Runciman. It’s proper brain exercise but Runciman’s love of his subject is infectious
It’s proper brain exercise. But Runciman assumes no former knowledge and his love of tomes such as Hobbes’s Leviathan proves infectious. I can think of no better guide than him.
Easy Peasy Quarantini
Housemates Tash and Caitlyn are plucky women in their 30s who are riding out the pandemic together. They are also single and keen not to be. On this new podcast they romp through the weirdness of looking for love in the age of coronavirus.
They cover everything from boomerang exes and guys with puppies to Skype dates (these turn out to be awkward but less expensive and time-consuming than real-life dates).