Top podcasts of the week: Solving the unexplained death of journalist Christopher Allen | Podcasts

Selections of the week

Pop Culture With Chanté Joseph
Weekly episodes, widely available
Chanté Joseph is here to give you an essential weekly pop culture fix with the latest Guardian podcast. Each episode, Joseph will dive deep into a topic of discussion with his guests – starting with the career of R&B phenom Rihanna. As she prepares to release her first new music in six years, Guardian guests Afua Hirsch and Shaad D’Souza assess her past and potential future. Hollie Richardson

pig iron
weekly episodes,
widely available
Was Christopher Allen a reckless fighter or a budding war reporter doing his job? When he was killed in South Sudan, questions went unanswered and some of the newsrooms he worked for didn’t even report his death. Basia Cummings spends time with her cousin to complete a captivating investigation and moving portrait of him. Hannah Verdier

Pseudocide: the disappearance of Patrick McDermott
Weekly Episodes, Spotify

The death of Olivia Newton-John has sparked renewed interest in the case of her ex-boyfriend Patrick McDermott, who disappeared on a fishing trip. Poppy Damon and Alice Fiennes trace his story, from the theory he left the boat alive to his reported sightings in Mexico. Can they solve the mystery? excluding tax

Chanté Joseph, host of the Guardian’s latest popular culture podcast. Illustration: Maxime Manga/The Guardian

Sweeney speaks
weekly episodes,
widely available
Investigative journalist John Sweeney knows what it’s like to find yourself in what he describes as “deep do-do”. Here he meets other troublemakers, including at-risk palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke, who found herself forced into a bomb shelter in Kyiv, and former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, owner of his own mind-blowing stories. excluding tax

They did this
Weekly episodes, widely available

This evocative podcast shines a light on innovators who have been left out of the history books. It first focuses on Alice Ball, who developed a cure for leprosy – only for her death at age 24 to allow her work to be stolen and credited (you’d never believe it) to a male colleague. Alexis Duggins

There’s a podcast for that

Billie Eilish is just one of the many artists spread across Song Exploder.
Billie Eilish is just one of the many artists spread across Song Exploder. Photography: David Levene/The Guardian

This week, Charlie Lindlar chooses five of the best podcasts for working outfrom tales of sporting greatness (and scandal) to inspiring tales of perseverance

30 for 30
If you couldn’t get enough of The Last Dance in lockdown, this podcast is for you. Originally an Oscar-winning documentary series by American broadcasting titan ESPN, 30 for 30 now also exists in audio form, offering another way to delve into moving (and often shocking) stories from the world of sports. Episodes of the longest baseball game ever played (eight hours!) and the unstoppable rise of the UFC make perfect sparring partners. There’s also a highly bingeable seven-part series about Béla and Márta Károlyi, the controversial Hungarian coaches whose defection to the United States transformed gymnastics for a generation.

moth
The Moth Radio Hour is the younger brother of The Moth’s iconic storytelling events, which – for 25 years – have seen speakers take the stage to tell transformative tales of their own lives. In the podcast iteration, listeners are treated to several inspiring stories per episode, on topics ranging from self-defense to discovering your inner beauty. You may never really know what you’re going to get from each speaker, but each one is guaranteed to give you the emotional fuel to take this run a little further.

song exploder
Musician Hrishikesh Hirway sits down with artists from Billie Eilish to Slipknot to break down a perfect song from their archive. The diversity of genres Hirway delves into (Ludwig Göransson on the trips to Africa that inspired his Black Panther soundtrack one week; pop sensation Selena Gomez the next) is cause for constant surprise – though nothing beats the rush. to discover a song that you really love happens. With a quick 20-minute runtime, it’s a unique way to hear how your favorite tunes come together, with two or three episodes providing a varied soundtrack for your next gym session.

Engaged
Dedicated to couples who have “soldiered through unimaginable circumstances”, Committed is about perseverance. From WNBA star turned social justice activist Renee Montgomery, who met his wife Sirena Grace through basketball, to the story of the man who cycled from Sweden to India for the women he loved (puts that Saturday morning spin class into perspective, doesn’t it?), each episode finds a way to teach you a lesson in the infallible value of performing at your best. . The show’s archives are worth perusing to help reaffirm what humans can endure when we put our hearts into it.

Why does this happen?
Hosted by MSNBC reporter Chris Hayes, Why Is This Happening? goes beyond the headlines to understand the root causes and solutions to the stories bubbling under the news agenda. The quiet format (Hayes speaks non-combatively about each topic with a trustworthy, authoritative expert) and serious, solution-focused tone of each episode draws you into the conversation, giving you quiet time to exercise your brain. while you exercise your body. You can start anywhere, but the episode with author Ta-Nehisi Coates — recorded hours after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol — remains perhaps the best diagnostic of what that day really meant. for American democracy.

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