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WHats off a week for returns. After five years, the most famous reality TV family of the mid-2000s, the Osbournes, have relaunched their podcast — which was initially reminiscent of their infamous MTV show, but is now more of a wide-ranging discussion. Topics include Ozzy’s singing lessons, a potential move to England and a health update on Ozzy’s back problems, filled with the Black Sabbath singer’s signature turn of phrase. “I don’t know what (the doctors) are doing… all I know is that right now I’m in a lot of pain, I’m feeling a lot of discomfort,” he said.

Another return to the spotlight occurred on Nick Robinson’s Political Thinking podcast, when Theresa May made a rare public appearance – with no shortage of headline quotes. His negotiation on Brexit? “A better overall agreement” than Boris Johnson’s. The way some members of the Conservative Party perceive social housing tenants? “Second class citizens”. And the reason why it was so little criticized by the press? The kind of media sexism that saw her portrayed as a “typically stupid woman.” Although, undoubtedly, there could be other reasons…

Last but not least, today sees the reappearance of one of our favorite shows, which we can say without the slightest bias, given that the Guardian does: Pop Culture With Chanté Joseph is back for all your animated versions of entertainment stories. of the day. Read on for our writers’ insights on this and more.

Alexi Duggins
Assistant TV editor

Picks of the week

The cast of Sesame Street, who teamed up with The Happiness Lab for a new show.
The cast of Sesame Street, who teamed up with The Happiness Lab for a new show. Photograph: Zach Hyman/AP

The Happiness Laboratory x Sesame Street
Widely available, weekly episodes starting Monday
If The Happiness Lab — a podcast from Laurie Santos, the professor behind Yale’s Happiness Courses — doesn’t make life better enough, here’s a special collaboration with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that’s trying to make children smarter, stronger and kinder. Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and Grover tackle problems with sparkly socks, the ups and downs of a typical day and the magic of gratitude – there are lessons for all ages. Hannah Verdier

Pop Culture With Chanté Joseph
Widely available, weekly episodes

“Naomi Campbell and PrettyLittleThing – is there hope for sustainable fashion?” » The collaboration that shook the fashion world is the subject covered by Chanté Joseph in the return of this pop culture podcast. She’s joined by Guardian fashion journalist Chloe Mac Donnell (who wrote about the subject in last week’s Fashion Statement newsletter, which you can sign up for here) and sustainability consultant Emma Slade Edmondson . Hollie Richardson

Political currency with George Osborne and Ed Balls
Widely available, weekly episodes

Once fierce adversaries in the district, the former deputies have found a new respect for each other’s analyzes in recent years. They decided to call themselves, uh, the “OsBalls” and present their debates on a podcast, just as party politics resumes in the fall. HOUR

When it hits the fan
BBC Sounds, weekly episodes

From former Sun editor David Yelland and spin doctor to the late queen Simon Lewis, the first episode of a new crisis management podcast features Gillian Keegan’s hot moment on the mic and a dose of Prince Harry. But the biggest revelation is that The Sun’s Charlie the sniffer dog, a regular at celebrity parties in the early 2000s, was just an ordinary labrador. excluding tax

Magnificent jerk
Widely available, weekly episodes starting Monday

When Maya Lin Sugarman looked into her family history, she discovered that her uncle Galen Yuen had written a “kinda gangster” screenplay that became the 1997 thriller Crazy Six, starring Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds and Ice-T. In this series, Sugarman tells us the true story – the one that “Hollywood didn’t want” – which turns out to be surprisingly moving. excluding tax

There’s a podcast for that

Karen Whitehouse and Helen McLaughlin, from Who Shit on the Floor at My Wedding?
Karen Whitehouse and Helen McLaughlin, from Who Shit on the Floor at My Wedding? Photography: Milan Goldbach Photography

This week, Hannah Verdier choose five of best surprise hitsfrom Tom Hanks’ rejection to a dirty wedding guest.

It’s gay
Awards and accolades are one thing, but another way to know if your podcast is successful is to commission a spinoff TV series. That’s what happened to Kirk Flash, whose understated but very funny audio hit about the intricacies of contemporary gay life won a British Podcast Award and was broadcast on BBC Three. Buzz around The Flash’s cleverly observed sketches has grown after just six episodes, thanks to its homophobic smart speaker, advice on emergency douching, and a discussion about the dangers of holding hands in the street.

Who shit on the floor at my wedding?
Beautiful brides Karen Whitehouse and Helen McLaughlin had the perfect summer wedding, complete with a boat trip, jazz band and open bar. But later, they were forced to launch a ‘poodunnit’ to find out who had left them an unwanted wedding gift. What started as a foray into podcasting while bored during Covid lockdowns became a word-of-mouth success with comparisons to My Dad Wrote a Porno. “Detective” Lauren Kilby helps the two men pursue the case, exploring motives, timing and whether the act was a dirty protest or a crime of passion.

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In 2014, Megan Tan was a lone wolf in podcasting, recording diary-like episodes from her closet. The twenty-something intern had little audio experience, but her tales of navigating life struck a chord with listeners and two years later, Radiotopia (home to hits such as Ear Hustle) l ‘adopted as one of her own. “It’s really millennial to do a podcast about being a millennial,” Tan admits in her first episode, but in the era of Girls, she hasn’t seemed so forgiving, but hardworking and outspoken, confronting real problems such as his parents. ‘ divide.

They walk among us
True crime has long been podcast catnip, but prolific British couple “Benjamin and Rosie” (later unmasked as Benjamin and Rosanna Fitton) have enjoyed long-lasting success with their simple tales of bad children clearly in view. No Hollywood stars, no glossy production and no catchy theme here: just grim stories. The phenomenon was built over seven seasons, with the mystery couple aiming for world domination with the launch of They Walk Among America. With meticulous research, colorful characters and plenty of love triangles, it’s no surprise that this slice of British intrigue has achieved cult status.

Dead eyes
When actor and comedian Connor Ratcliff was fired from a minor role on the HBO series Band of Brothers, he turned his rejection into a podcast. He then spent 30 episodes wondering if Tom Hanks was responsible for his dislike of Ratcliff’s “dead eyes.” When Hanks’ kids told him about the podcast, he emailed Ratcliffe, even though the chances of him remembering that fateful day 20 years later were slim. The show was definitely slow and a strange comfort to anyone who had recently been rejected and the eventual confrontation with Hanks is the most enjoyable imaginable.

Why not try …

  • Unreformed, which explores “reform schools” described as modern-day slave plantations in America’s Deep South.

  • Have you ever had a bad haircut? So this isn’t what I asked for, this is for you. Celebrity hairstylist Jonathan Andrew talks to guests about bad hair days.

  • In Mugshots with Michael Crick, the journalist presents uncensored profiles of key news figures, from Paul Dacre to Vladimir Putin.


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