Another week gone, time for another edition of Podcasts We’re Listening To. While last Monday we went a bit heavy on politics, this time we’ve gone for a real range of shows ranging from comedy to literature review.

If you’re looking for recommendations, this page is the best place to start. Here’s our pick of the best podcast episodes from the last seven days.

Hello From The Magic Tavern

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Hello From The Magic Tavern is a show we love every week without fail. In fact, it even made our list of Podcast Episodes of The Year. The episode released last Monday (Jan 23) however, was perhaps the show’s best yet.

The improvisational fictional fantasy podcast is usually hosted from- you guessed it- a magic tavern. But after almost a hundred episodes, Arnie, Chunt and Usidore finally left the Vermillion Minotaur and ventured into a dungeon on a quest to find the lunar sword.

In addition to being as funny as ever, last week’s Magic Tavern featured some of the best sound work and production design we’ve seen in an audio drama in a long time. With only a four weeks left until the gang set off on their quest to defeat the Dark Lord, it’s going to be exciting to see if the Magic Tavern team can keep it up.

Can He Do That?

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We’re only a week into Donald Trump’s presidency and it’s been a week full of attention grabbing headlines and stories from every camp in politics. The latest podcast from The Washington Post plans to focus each week on an aspect of Trump’s time in the White House and ask the question, Can He Do That?

Hosted by Allison Michaels, and featuring different co-hosts and guests every week, Can He Do Thatgets to the bottom of the complicated and often confusing minutiae surrounding the new president.

The first episode, released this week asks ‘Can He Tweet That?’, and explores Trump’s heavy use of social media in a way no president has ever done before.


1: It’s About Control

Podcast book clubs are nothing new, there’s literally thousands of them to choose from. But brand new show Genrelisation, from Alex Soderlund and Alex Sol Watts is one that’ll probably stand the test of time.

In each episode, Alex and Alex choose two books with a similar theme, and alongside guest hosts try to decipher the meaning behind the texts. Episode 1 features Ancillary Justice (Ann Leckie) and Grass (Sheri S.Tepper).

At an hour long, it’s ambitious for a podcast’s debut, but Genrelisation is a show that really seems to have charm and some sticking power. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the books being discussed every week, Genrelisation is a funny and friendly round table chat for book lovers.

No Such Thing As A Fish

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Podcast veterans will be familiar with No Such Thing As A Fish, the always funny and interesting general knowledge show from the team behind British TV show QI.

Despite a successful TV show of their own and some of the best live podcast shows we’ve ever heard, the regular podcast is still on as good form as ever.

This week, join Anna, James, Andy and Anne for facts on boot camp for trains, celebrity camels, and why Shell send sea shells back to the sea shore.


The Columbia

If you’ve been reading the site this week, you’ll have heard that Gimlet’s Undone was cancelled recently after an incredibly short first season. To say goodbye to one of our favourite new shows from last year, we’ve selected this week’s episode ‘The Columbia’ as one of the best podcasts from the past seven days.

This week host Pat Walters investigates the effect the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster had on those closest to the seven people on board for Undone‘s swansong.

With an incredible amount of information packed into a short half hour, the final episode of Undone isn’t one to be missed.

As always, if you’ve got a podcast you think we should check out, get in touch and give us a heads up!

Check out past editions of Podcasts We’re Listening To.