Philippa Perry’s BBC Sounds Podcast, Consumed by desire, “I was thoroughly infatuated,” said James Marriott in The times. Your previous excellent pods for Audible, families in crisis and siblings in session, took place in the form of anonymous therapy sessions. More of a “psychotherapeutic and philosophical foray into the idea of desire,” Perry will be joined by artists such as Michael Landy, advertiser Rory Sutherland, and writer/psychotherapist Adam Phillips.
In the wrong hands, it can all become vague and aimless. Luckily, Perry has the natural insight that I’ve always suspected is probably more useful in a psychotherapist than years of training.” However, I do have one “unfulfilled wish” for the podcast: free from the excess of audio clutter (the sound of guests getting in and out of taxis and so on). “But, as Perry warns, fulfilling all our desires can be a dangerous thing…”
I’m a big Julian Simpson fan The Lovecraft Investigations, Miranda Sawyer said in The Observer – three series of “incredibly riveting, insanely creepy” mysteries based on the stories of HP Lovecraft. Simpsons new five part drama, Who is Aldrich Kemp?is a fabulous ‘espionage/crime caper’ that overlaps a bit with its Lovecraftian world (we occasionally hear the familiar voice) but stands on its own.
The “ridiculously far-fetched” storyline revolves around an intelligence researcher and veteran fencer named Clara Page who must track down criminal mastermind Aldrich Kemp. Along the way we meet “dashing cads”, villains bent on world domination, and “well spoken old ladies who are more violent than they seem”. It’s “engrossing, funny,” fast-paced — and “honking fun from start to finish.”
Looking for “bite-sized” podcasts for a shorter commute? short wave by NPR provides accessible and often amusing 10- to 15-minute explorations of the science behind everything from climate change to mental health, Rachel Aroesti said in The guard. This is “brain food that’s both enticing and satisfying.”
Alternatively, Radio 4 offers the “less than 15-minute tête-à-têtes”. One to one are as informative as they are concise. In a recent episode, actress Tuppence Middleton spoke with clinical psychologist Dr. Gazal Jones and Pure Author Rose Cartwright on OCD. Or delve into the archives of Clive Myrie on immigration or Tim Dowling on ambition.
last on Rob Auton Daily Podcast, the stand-up comedian and poet combines “surreal, lyrical monologues with dry, down-to-earth humor”. Some last only a few minutes, which “allows plenty of time for listeners to soak up their impressive, imaginative strangeness.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/music/956385/podcasts-of-the-week-philippa-perry-bite-size-science-and-a-spy Podcasts of the week: Philippa Perry, bite-sized science, and a spy caper