Top Podcasts of the Week: Sam Smith traces 40 years of progress on HIV and AIDS | Podcasts

Selections of the week

A positive life: HIV from Terrence Higgins to today
BBC Sounds, weekly episodes from July 1
Sam Smith presents this series about the legacy of Terrence Higgins, one of the first people to die of AIDS in the UK. The early episodes tell the story of Terry, “the swashbuckler of life”, with London friends sharing their grief and confusion at his death. There is also optimism, as Smith hears of those who fought to make treatment available and those living with HIV 40 years later. Hannah Verdier

The Last Bohemians
Widely available from July 6

The unsung heroines of Los Angeles rock ‘n’ roll are honored in the new series of Kate Hutchinson’s fierce female applause podcast. As always, the quirkiest characters are the best, starting with Angelyne, the “billboard queen” and trickster. Also on the way are punk widow Linda Ramone and surrealist Penny Slinger. excluding tax

Dear poetry
Audible, weekly episodes

Luisa Beck believes in the healing power of poetry and she’s spreading the love in a new podcast, with writers suggesting calming texts to solve people’s problems. In one memorable moment, author Luther Hughes gives a 21-year-old girl looking for love a poem with a powerful message: “You’re that bitch – it’ll happen when it happens.” excluding tax

Unabom Project
Apple Podcasts, weekly episodes

Notorious serial bomber Ted Kaczynski was the subject of an 18-year-old manhunt, and this podcast examines what happened during that time. Host Eric Benson recalls Kacynski’s threats to stage further attacks unless the Washington Post publishes his manifesto, and shares interviews with a Dungeons & Dragons club that became the FBI’s prime suspects. excluding tax

Audible, all episodes available

Comic Sadie Clark is creating a podcast from her Edinburgh show – once called a ‘Bisexual Bridget Jones for the Online Generation’. It opens with the mother of Brooke’s main character (Alison Steadman) spying explicit photos of her online. A breakup later, she uses the dating app she writes the algorithm for, with pleasingly awkward results. excluding tax

There’s a podcast for that

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Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall on the set of Sex and the City: The Movie in 2007. Photography: James Devaney/WireImage

This week, Hannah Verdier chooses five of the best tv companion podcastsfrom Dolly Alderton’s Sex and the City show to a revival of Scrubs with stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison.

Obsessed by …
The BBC’s add-on series to talked-about shows including Killing Eve, Peaky Blinders and Normal People are consistently high quality. Line of Duty released the big guns with Craig Parkinson, Vicky McClure and Martin Compston all giving their theories ahead of the big reveal, while Sophie Duker secured Michaela Coel for the I May Destroy You finale. But surveillance doesn’t always need big drama, as Evanna Lynch and Riyadh Khalaf proved when they bravely tackle the slowly shifting quadrangle of Conversations with Friends.

Sentimental and the city
If you first had trouble with And Just Like That is a faux-wokery but then learned to love it like an old friend Botoxed, Caroline O’Donoghue and Dolly Alderton have you covered. They’re women who know their stuff, with O’Donaghue uttering the words, “I don’t like the way Big looks on this platoon and I’m worried” after just seeing the trailer. Their Sentimental Garbage miniseries on the sequel to Sex and the City is a place where the debate over the controversial portrayal of aging, sexuality and diversity blends perfectly with lighter moments, like laughing over the robot lines. of Charlotte.

Squirrel Friends: The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race Podcast
There really isn’t a shortage of RuPaul-related pods, but this one comes from within the Drag Race community, with hosts Loni Love and Alec Mapa being there and judging the guests. Cackling and spilling the hottest tea is the norm as they recap All Stars season seven, dissecting every entry look, performance and personality. Their love for RuPaul never quits, as they dish out compliments, one-liners and behind-the-scenes gossip after every episode of the hit show.

The Stranger Things Podcast
All-American father-daughter duo Addi Darnell and Darrell Darnell gently poke fun as they get into the intricacies of the disturbingly adorable drama in podcast episodes even longer than the latest episodes. Is “working up an appetite” a thing? What is the difference between Hellfire and Heckfire? And why is Eddie still languishing in high school when his teachers must be so desperate to see him from behind? No fan question is left unanswered in the deepest dive ever.

Fake doctors, real friends with Zach and Donald
With nine seasons of American medical comedy-drama Scrubs settling into its new home on Disney+, it’s the perfect time to rewatch your favorite episodes – complete with its two main stars. JD and Turk (Zach Braff and Donald Faison) now have six seasons in their recaps, howling with laughter at moments of filming and fondly remembering the times when they broke down and cried. Their friendship and unmistakable chemistry are as close off-screen as they are on, but sometimes they stop chatting long enough to welcome guests such as Heather Locklear and Seth Green.

Why not try …

  • The stranger-than-fictional story of the “Bear King of Ohio”, with music by Jason Lytle of Grandaddy in Beast Master.

  • A special dose of summer dread, with a trio of new episodes of Danny Robins’ Uncanny.

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