Check out our top picks of the best podcasts out there, compiled by B&O PLAY HQ staffers

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Pick of the Podcasts

 

Here at B&O PLAY HQ we’re dedicated podcast listeners (we even make our very own series) and we always have our ears out listening for more. Check below to see what we've been listening to over the past couple weeks. 

 
 

For the scriptwriters
The Nerdist: The Writers Panel

Created by seasoned writer and producer Ben Blacker, The Writers Panel hosts informal panel discussions with leading writer talents in TV, accomplished storytellers doing what they do best, all with a lot of laughs thrown in. In this episode, Ben saddles up his steed and heads out on the range to meet his fellow cowpokes… well the people who write about ranges, cowpokes and westerns anyways: Westworld creators Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy sit down and chat with Graham Yost, Jonathan Tucker, John Wirth, and Anson Mount and discuss the rich tradition of westerns on TV, from iconic characters to revenge, duels, outlaws, lawmen, and the communities they protect.

For the musical deconstructivists
Song Exploder

Ever wondered about the story behind your favourite tracks? Ever wanted to explode the songs you love? (Well, explode in a metaphorical sense.) Hrishikesh Hirway’s Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. In this episode the theme-song for the Netflix show Bojack Horseman is taken apart by Patrick Carney, who is one half of The Black Keys, and his uncle, Ralph Carney, a multi-instrumentalist who has worked artists like Tom Waits, St Vincent, The B-52s, Galaxie 500, and others.

For the thoughtful – and ambitious – DIY enthusiasts
99% Invisible

99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. This episode explores how (or if) humans can discover our greatest creative potential. In the early 1950s, a research group at the University of California, Berkeley began developing new and different ways to analyse personalities. The scientists attempted what many thought was impossible: to study creativity in a methodical and scientific way, working to determine what specific personality traits make certain people creative.

For the wizards and sorceresses
Rune Soup

Feel the need to find your inner shamanic voice? Ever wondered what chaos magic is? Were you a weird kid? The last question kicks off every episode of this series run by author, researcher Gordon White, based out of his home in Australia’s Blue Mountains. The series looks at all types of esoteric, gnostic and occult traditions that are wired into so much of our mainstream culture, mostly unnoticed. Apart from here. In this episode, Gordon meets and chats with American hoodoo and shamanic practitioner, speaker, teacher and activist, Khi Armand about how to find yourself amongst the contemporary American society, and more

 
 
 

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