Greatest podcasts of the week: a Falklands ‘cover-up’, a rap about Jesus and Johnny Knoxville

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Greatest podcasts of the week: a Falklands ‘cover-up’, a rap about Jesus and Johnny Knoxville

Picks of the week

How Was It for You?

Broadly out there, episodes weekly

Married standup comedy couple Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke have a number of humorous ideas on taking lengthy practice journeys in a gaggle – they usually’re right here to debate (bicker about) their newest rail journey from London to Leeds within the first episode of their new podcast. Every week they’ll discover one other life dilemma to “evaluation”, together with … tinned fish! Hollie Richardson

Lucy and Sam’s Excellent Brains

Broadly out there, episodes weekly

A rap about Jesus, a debate about whether or not ears are a part of your face and a warning in regards to the risks of consuming hair are all in retailer on this quirky new podcast. Your very foolish hosts are Taskmaster’s effortlessly charming pair Lucy Beaumont and Sam Campbell, who present mild laughs and rambling chats on faucet. Hannah Verdier

Argentinian cruiser Normal Belgrano sinks, amid orange life rafts holding survivors in 1982. {Photograph}: AP

The Belgrano Diary

Broadly out there, episodes weekly

Greater than 300 individuals died within the sinking of the Normal Belgrano, one of the crucial controversial strikes of the Falklands battle. Margaret Thatcher belligerently claimed the ship was “a hazard to our boys”, however a younger officer’s diary suggests a cover-up. This London Overview of Books podcast gives a strong historical past of the battle and this incident’s impression on it. HV

Cut up Display screen: Child Nation

Broadly out there, episodes weekly

Dropping a gaggle of youngsters aged between eight and 15 right into a desolate New Mexico city and getting them to type a society was clearly on the braver aspect of actuality TV commissioning. Now Josh Gwynn’s sensible podcast tells the story of 2007’s Child Nation, with all its rooster killing and parental complaints. HV

Fairly Certain I Can Fly

Broadly out there, episodes weekly

Jackass legend Johnny Knoxville and This American Life’s Elna Baker are spotlighting individuals who “seize life by the bunglesteen” on this gloriously enthusiastic podcast about daredevils. A person who wrestles alligators, the primary girl to stroll to the north and south pole and a motorcyclist who has damaged his penis 3 times are all on the menu. HV

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There’s a podcast for that

Giovanna Fletcher welcomes the Princess of Wales to her Comfortable Mum, Comfortable Child podcast. {Photograph}: Kensington Palace/PA

This week, Rachel Aroesti chooses 5 of the perfect podcasts on motherhood, from Katherine Ryan’s acerbic take to Giovanna Fletcher’s runaway hit.

Comfortable Mum, Comfortable Child
New motherhood could be a unusual, lonely and scary place, so thank goodness for Giovanna Fletcher’s heat, casual interview podcast, which has doubled as a helpful digital buddy to many within the six years since its inception. Every episode sees Fletcher – herself a novelist, TV presenter, spouse of McFly’s Tom and mom of three – sit down with a star visitor to debate their parenting journey. Her companions are eye-wateringly starry (the Princess of Wales, Coleen Rooney, Malorie Blackman) however the content material of their conversations isn’t at all times as rosy because the present’s title may counsel. These are frank and revealing discussions in regards to the common, uniting trauma, stress and limitless graft that’s half and parcel of getting youngsters.

Below the Affect
For all feminism’s triumphs, the litany of pressures and social expectations positioned upon moms has not abated at all around the a long time – however its supply system has modified. This podcast from creator and journalist Jo Piazza is an interesting glimpse into the mind-boggling world of parenting on social media. It takes a deep dive into the momfluencers who subtly and aspirationally repackage slim beliefs and the scandals behind the obvious Instaperfection, in addition to providing some welcome recommendation for fogeys on find out how to navigate the uneven and sometimes poisonous waters of life on-line. Get the within scoop on the insidious tradwife development, “sharenting” (do you know it’s banned in France?) and the lunchbox stylists with a hidden agenda.

The Scummy Mummies
When fledgling standups Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson started their hilariously trustworthy chats about parenting younger youngsters in 2013, podcasting was nonetheless in its infancy. Greater than a decade on – and now with two units of teenagers on their arms – their early adoption of the shape has made them pioneers of the cathartic mum-based confessional; successful they’ve parlayed right into a smash-hit reside present (carried out, invariably, of their trademark shiny catsuits). The pair’s droll celebration of imperfection – though not essentially literal scumminess – Gibson finally “got here out” as a secretly organised mum – mixed with their comedian-grade banter means the present is excessive on stomach laughs, however it’s additionally stuffed with real-life strife, from Gibson’s expertise of getting a untimely child to the breakdown of Thorn’s marriage.

Motherhood in Black & White
From the truth that black girls are greater than 4 occasions extra prone to die in childbirth than their white counterparts to the steps black moms are compelled to take to organize their youngsters for an unequal world, it’s honest to say that each race and racism are vastly magnified by motherhood. This podcast, hosted by associates Kaanji Irby, who’s black, and Tara Campbell, who’s white, takes a considerate, empathic and vigorous take a look at the variations of their experiences of parenting boys within the US. Delicate topics embrace youngsters’s use of the N-word, find out how to clarify unfairness to children and what antiracism may appear to be in a parenting context.

Telling Everyone All the things
Katherine Ryan is one among our most open and outspoken comedians (the very fact she isn’t British in all probability helps) and he or she actually doesn’t maintain again on the subject of the topic of motherhood. On her one-woman podcast, the standup particulars her experiences of life with a 14-year-old, a two-year-old and a one-year-old – a setup which means her parenting issues run the gamut from teenage anxieties to new child nightmares. Whether or not she’s up in arms about her elder daughter being harassed by creeps on the tube, sharing her perception that it’s useful to potty practice an eight-month-old or revealing the hellish pressure of touring with a child in tow, Ryan’s motherhood monologues will be divisive however they’re by no means boring.

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Kate Thornton, who returns together with her podcast White Wine Query Time. {Photograph}: Dave Benett/Alan Chapman/Getty Photographs
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