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Recommendation Engine: Not Another One?

2023 is fast becoming the year of the politics podcast

10:00 AM GMT on November 8, 2023

Welcome to this week’s bumper edition of the Recommendation Engine from Podcast Rex, rounding up the week in podcast reviews. Get this in an email each week by signing up to be a supporter of Podcast Rex from £3.99.

Apple Podcasts New & Noteworthy:

Spotify New & 🔥

Big new releases: How to Win an Election, Dr Anti-Vax.

Hanging around: The Kids of Rutherford County, Heavyweight.

Fiona Sturges in the FT

  • Dr Anti-Vax - A chill runs down the spine as Mostrous reveals how Wakefield, once a fringe figure, not only won over celebrities including Jim Carrey, Robert De Niro and Elle Macpherson regarding concerns about vaccinations, but found a fan in former US president Donald Trump.

Peter Williams in the New Statesman

  • Uncanny - “Some episodes compare with the finest ghost stories – if it transpired that these were actors performing scripts, you might only admire them more.”

James Marriott in the Times

  • How to Win an Election* - “It’s good to have a podcast with the energy of live radio… The panel format feels fresh and demonstrates that not every single podcast in the world has to be two blokes talking to each other.”

* How to Win an Election is a Times podcast.

Vicki Notaro in the Times

  • Owning It: The Anxiety Podcast - “There are guided meditations, tips and tricks, and it really does feel like a podcast that is a toolkit for better mental health.”

Miranda Sawyer in the Observer

The Guardian’s Hear Here column recommends

Also mentioned: Amplify Color, The Overshare, Case 63.

And in the Guardian’s Guide newsletter

  • The Wedding Scammer - “Justin Sayles attempt to track down someone who once scammed him and is now taking advantage of newlyweds.”

Highlights from the Radio Times

  • The Slightly Foxed Podcast - “Sets out to celebrate the kind if books that are not stacked on the tables in your nearest bookstore.”
  • Bloodlines - “A thorough piece of investigative journalism”
  • The Bugle - “Not dissimilar to but much more free-wheeling than Have I Got News For You.
  • Football Cliches - “A repository of larky football chat.”
  • Burden of Guilt - “A gruelling listen.”

Heat’s Top of the Pods

Also in Heat, an interview with Help I Sexted My Boss hosts Jordan North and William Hanson.

Scott Bryan in Great British Podcasts

In PodPod’s Earworms column:

In “Freshly Dropped” they mention Podcast Graveyard, How to Win an Election, Amazing Sport Stories, Underwater, Down Range.

And here on Podcast Rex, I’ve been taking a look at the best podcasts for the Bake Off fan in your life.

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