10 Great New Podcasts | SLMan

10 Great New Podcasts

New podcasts continue to arrive thick and fast. From an insider’s business tips to the latest in true crime, here’s the SLMan edit of the new launches to add to your library…

No Bullsh*t Leadership With Chris Hirst

Chris Hirst is CEO of the Havas Advertising group. He’s also just converted his award-winning book No Bullsh*t Leadership into a podcast. In his latest venture, Chris unpacks the secrets to successful leadership: how to inspire, how to take risks and, ultimately, how to get stuff done. He’s landed interviews with some distinguished modern leaders – from World Cup-winning rugby coach Sir Clive Woodward to Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales – making this a must-listen for anyone looking to hone their own skills.

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Paper Ghosts

The newest addition to the plethora of true crime podcasts out there, Paper Ghosts promises to grip fans of the genre. Investigative journalist and author M William Phelps delves into the cases of four young girls who went missing in neighbouring towns in New England in the 1970s. Speaking to friends, family, neighbours, detectives and even suspects, he has looked ceaselessly for the person(s) responsible for the abductions and suspect murder of the victims. After 11 years of searching, one phone call is a catalyst for new evidence that sets the investigation in motion again, unearthing answers to decades-old questions that were unlikely to ever be solved.
 
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The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq

The events of September 11th 2001 changed the world. In the teeth of the catastrophe, US president George W. Bush turned to British leader Tony Blair, sparking an unlikely political friendship of secret meetings and below-the-table deals. Ex-Question Time presenter David Dimbleby examines the crisis that unfolded in the 18 months following the attacks and paved the way to war. Talking to prime ministers, politicians and spies, The Fault Line uncovers the truth behind the coalition of these two western leaders, and the disastrous results that set the precedent for a deep political distrust that endures today.
 
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Peter 2.0

An acclaimed businessman, author and the first gay man to be legally married, Peter Scott-Morgan had already led an extraordinary life when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2017. The former robotics scientist immediately saw this as an opportunity to become the world’s first human cyborg. This podcast follows his ground-breaking transformation in the face of unimaginable challenges, examining what it means to be human, and what his journey might mean for future sufferers of MND.
 
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Talking Sopranos

It’s 13 years since the last episode of The Sopranos aired, but the appeal of the iconic series never fades – something that co-stars and friends Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa point out as they embark on this mission to discuss every one of its 86 episodes. Disclosing insider info, confirming little-known facts and telling off-camera stories, the duo chat through everything you could ever want to know about the series, with some special guest interviewees to help them along the way.
 
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Taskmaster: The Podcast

Enjoying the new season of Bafta-winning comedy Taskmaster? Now’s the time to get involved with its podcast. Hosted by former champion Ed Gamble, episodes are released each week after the show, with Gamble joined by guest stars to dissect and discuss the latest goings-on. The first episode features Taskmaster creator Alex Horne, behind-the-scenes gossip and answers to listeners’ most burning questions.
 
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Coming In From The Cold

This one tells the story of black footballers in the English game. Going all the way back to the 19th century and the start of professional football, the first episode focuses on the sport’s very first trailblazers. Charting a history that features iconic names like Cyrille Regis and Laurie Cunningham, Coming In From The Cold encompasses two centuries of injustice, accomplishment and ground-breaking sporting moments, while highlighting the individuals who overcame adversity and paved the way for future generations.
 
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Captain Sir Tom Moore Presents The Originals

Having become a national treasure during lockdown at the age of 100, Captain Sir Tom Moore shows no signs of slowing. His new podcast sees him sitting down for candid conversations with older guests, and hearing stories that run from fighting climate change to kissing rock stars. The ultimate aim is to encourage listeners to start their own conversations with older people in their family or community to help tackle loneliness – an issue that’s especially pressing right now.
 
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Out to Lunch With Jay Rayner

Restaurant critic Jay Rayner reckons people are much more likely to disclose their darkest secrets and deepest desires when distracted by a plate of food. That’s why he’s back for a fourth season of this podcast that comprises a series of meal-based interviews with celebs. Richard Osman, James May and Minnie Driver are among the stars willing to share a socially distanced meal out with him, or accept the offer of a virtual takeaway.
 
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A Bit of a Stretch

When award-winning documentary maker Chris Atkins was arrested for tax fraud in 2016, he faced a nine-months stretch behind bars in HMP Wandsworth – one of the UK’s most dangerous prisons. Seizing the opportunity to do what he does best, Chris has now interviewed 20 ex-convicts about their time in jail: stories range from the bizarre and hilarious to the shocking. This eight-part podcast is full of incredible testimonies about their survival in the toughest of times, and the crisis the prison system is facing today.

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