Energy, Arrogance, Homeless

Comedy podcast about human failure. Each of the three people in this episode choose a moment in history that is redolent of defeat and frustration, and then the group riffs on it together.

The Pits

Episode: “Felix Trench - World's Worst Day” | Podcast: Worst Foot Forward | 60m44s

Comedy podcast about human failure. Each of the three people in this episode choose a moment in history that is redolent of defeat and frustration, and then the group riffs on it together. It’s all very loose and relaxed, but works well because of the performers’ high energy and facility with words (fans of puns and wordplay in general will find plenty to enjoy here). I actually like the brief insights offered into the hosts’ lives beyond the podcast the most — their anecdotes about grim stand up gigs and terrible fringe performances are very funny (60m44s)


Big Shot

Episode: “Dr. Condoleezza Rice" | Podcast: Oprah’s Master Class: The Podcast | 30m43s

Oprah Winfrey interviews Condoleezza Rice. This is actually audio taken from a TV show of the same name, and it’s edited here so that the interview subject speaks almost continuously, with little or no input from Oprah herself. Rice is a good candidate for this format, since she speaks very fluently about herself without projecting arrogance or even great certainty. The first thing she says here is “I know that I could have been better at almost everything that I’ve done”. As well as her time in politics, she covers her upbringing in the 1950s in racially segregated Alabama (30m43s)


Street Life

Episode: “More Issues Than Vogue” | Podcast: Tara and George | 27m41s

Beginning of a six part series about a pair of rough sleepers in London. The journalist Audrey Gillan lives near to Tara and George’s regular haunts in Spitalfields in the east of the city, and over several years she taped their conversations. The pair has a complicated, meandering relationship — they’re hard to pin down, because of the way their memories come in and out of focus as they try to access them. There has been violence in their past, but also great love and affection. They’re part of a UK-wide increase in homelessness, but they’re also their own people. This series is beautifully made and very moving (27m41s)

You've successfully subscribed to The Listener
Welcome back! You've successfully signed in