What is a podcast?

Podcasts are audio programmes which you can download to your device (e.g. a phone), or listen to streamed. Most podcasts are series of regularly produced episodes; you can subscribe to them, usually for free.

How can I listen to podcasts?

iPhone and iPad users will have the Apple Podcasts app on their devices preinstalled.

Android users may check the Google Play Store and try a few apps to choose the one they like most. Our library staff like Acast.

Spotify has become one of the most popular places to listen to podcasts.

The BBC has been one of the earliest sources of podcasts. Its series and one-off programmes can be subscribed to in the Sounds app.

For those who are into business

The following podcasts are widely available; search in your favourite podcast store.

50 Things that Made the Modern Economy - a BBC series of fascinating stories of inventions, ideas and innovations.

Digital Economy - the last episode is for 23 March 2020, but it is still worth of listening to for insights into how technology affects the world of business. Available on Apple Podcasts; alternatively, search for Digital Economy Economist in the app you are using.

Pivot - a twice-weekly discussion of the biggest stories in tech, business, and politics.

Economist Editor's Picks - three editorial pieces from the Economist (a top international politics, economics and business weekly), can be listened to every week for insights into the current events.

For those who are into computing

The following podcasts are widely available; search in your favourite podcast store.

Babbage - a weekly podcast on technology from the Economist, one of the top politics, economics and business weeklies in the world.

Pivot - a twice-weekly discussion of biggest stories in tech, business, and politics.

Dark Net Diaries - podcast about hackers, breaches, shadow government activity, hacktivism, cybercrime, and all the things that dwell on the hidden parts of the network.

For everyone

The following podcasts are widely available; search in your favourite podcast store.

Books, films and big issues

Vintage Podcast: a fortnightly books podcast - author interviews, book news and discussions on subjects ranging from literary fiction to graphic novels, cookery to crime fiction, history and travel to biography and poetry.

Book Fight: don't just discuss books - argue and fight!

This is Spoke: a podcast for Millennials discussing big topics - from identity to heritage to sex and dating and everything in between.

Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review: A BBC podcast reviewing new and classic films.

Confessions: BBC2 Radio listeners share hilarious secret confessions from their lives.

Friday Night Comedy: the best of BBC comedy podcasts.

World Book Club: great authors of the world discuss their best known books.

Staying healthy and happy

Sleep with Me: bedtime stories to help grown-ups fall asleep.

Meditation Minis: guided meditation sessions for anxiety, stress, sleep and confidence.

Mental Illness Happy Hour: exploring various mental health issues by interviewing comedians, artists, friends and the occasional doctor.

Happy Place: exploring how to work through feeling blue to finding joy each day.

Owning it!: Everything you need to hear to get on top of your anxiety.

NHS Couch to 5k: a running plan for beginners.

NHS Strength and Flex: a 5 week plan consisting of a series of equipment-free exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility.

Running the Show: two novice runners see if they have what it takes to become lean, mean running machines.