Ellie’s September podcast picks

Summer is drawing to a close and autumn is only weeks away. Soon, we’ll all be back to our crowded commutes and busy study schedules. There’s no better time, then, to expand your podcast listening and find something to fill those long evenings. This month for me has a bit of science, a touch of nature, plenty of feminism, and a dash of politics. Here’s what I’ll be listening to:

DeepMind: The Podcast

This eight-part series is hosted by the lovely mathematician and broadcaster Hannah Fry as she goes behind the scenes at AI research centre DeepMind. Each episode unpacks the fascinating world of artificial intelligence, and the mind-boggling question of how to make a machine human. Good preparation for when our robot overlords take over.

Sex Power Money with Sara Pascoe

The brilliant and funny Sarah Pasco talks all things sex work and porn in this accompaniment to her new book (which I can’t wait to read, by the way). Each episode sees her chatting with people involved in adult industry about the stigma, legislation and prejudice that they deal with. If you loved Sara’s first book Animal, you’ll love this podcast.

Overhead from National Geographic

I always like to have a short podcast on the go to fit into quick car journeys. I listened to this podcast completely on a whim… and I love it! It shares stories from people who work at National Geographic which range from the whacky to the inspiring. If you love nature programmes but can’t commit to a full hour of watching, this is the podcast for you.

Ologies with Alie Ward

Do you love interesting facts, bizarre stories and scientist answering silly questions? Well, this podcast has all those things. Across hundreds of episodes, Alie Ward has delved into all kinds of weird and wonderful ologies, from ludology (video games) to myrmecology (ants) and so much more. It’s nerdy, funny and fascinating in equal measure.

Beyond Today

Another bitesize podcast, great for getting you caught up with what’s going on in the world in the time it takes you to walk your dog. There’s an episode every weekday, and there’s always an interesting take or unusual story to tickle your fancy.

Pantsuit Politics

Two American women with very different views talk about politics in a civil and engaging way. It doesn’t matter if you’re not big on US politics, most things are explained in an accessible way. With so much divisive dialogue coming from across the pond, it’s nice to hear such a refreshing take.

The Guilty Feminist

Friends have been recommending this podcast to me for years and I only got into it a few months ago. If you don’t listen to this podcast, learn from my mistakes and give it a go. It is women being funny about feminism. What more could you want?

Think you know a podcast I’ll like? I would love for you to tweet me about it.