Best Documentaries podcasts (Updated June 2017; image)
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The Guardian Long Read
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The Guardian Long Read - audio versions of our regular long reads published online and in the newspaper Monday through Friday. The long reads are long form articles on a wide variety of topics from global politics to the big cultural debates of our time.For the print version go to - http://www.theguardian.com/news/series/the-long-read
 
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Short Cuts
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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long
 
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Seriously...
Weekly
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
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The Radio 3 Documentary
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Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
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Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland. With over 1,500 documentaries on offer, the Documentary On One has the largest archive of documentaries available globally. These productions are radio stories about real life and contain documentaries dating as far back as 1954, right up to the present day. A wealth of life, ideas and experiences are on offer - but most importantly - stories. Winner of over 150 national and international awards since 2008, why not immerse yourself in a world o ...
 
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Newstalk Documentaries
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Newstalk 106-108 FM features many documentaries from the plight of the Malawi people to video documentaries on Aurora Borealis.
 
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The Kitchen Sisters Present
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The Kitchen Sisters Present… Stories from the b-side of history. Lost recordings, hidden worlds, people possessed by a sound, a vision, a mission. The episodes tell deeply layered stories, lush with interviews, field recordings and music. From powerhouse producers The Kitchen Sisters (Hidden Kitchens, The Hidden World of Girls, The Sonic Memorial Project, Lost & Found Sound, Fugitive Waves and coming soon… The Keepers). “The Kitchen Sisters have done some of best radio stories ever broadcast ...
 
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Everyone thought the election was a foregone conclusion. They had no idea what was really going onWritten by Gary Younge and read by Andrew McGregor
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
During troubled times of grief and sorrow, the undertaker's job is to put the family at ease, guide them through the funeral and help them say goodbye to their loved ones. What type of person goes into the burying business?
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
Many of us have heard stories about the difficulty of coming out as a gay person. But how do their families experience the coming out process?
 
How are men affected by abortion? There are around 200,000 legal abortions carried out in England, Scotland and Wales every year and it's estimated that 1 in 3 women will have a termination at some point in their lifetime. Women are offered support and counselling through the process - but do we do enough to help the many men affected by the ex ...…
 
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Short Cuts
 
Josie Long hears stories of bearing witness - from glimpsing the moment a parent changes to escaping a violent storm.WitnessFeaturing Lois GibsonProduced by Andrea RangecroftTornadoFeaturing David Walker, Lindsay Martindale and Tobey WalkerProduced by Ibby CaputoMusic SFX from theming, digifishmusic, wjoojoo, davethetech, fridobeck, InspectorJ ...…
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
It’s been nearly fifty years since gay liberation. Now, queer folk can be who they are almost anywhere, so why do they still love to create specific "queer-friendly" spaces for themselves?
 
Nothing more than the repeated intersection of horizontal and vertical lines, this feature explores the grid as the great hidden idea behind modernism, art, music and urban design.
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
54-year-old Ray suffers from Sleep Apnoea, a disorder where the sufferer frequently stops breathing during sleep. We meet Ray's family, track his path to recovery, and hear about the dramatic changes that a good night's sleep brings to his life.
 
Aleks Krotoski takes her seat at the table to explore the amazing world of fictional food made real.Food is not a new force in fiction, but increasingly fictional food is finding its way onto the table. And fan communities from the new breed of modern cultural canon aren't just nibbling on Laura Esquivel's devastating quail in rose petal sauce ...…
 
A new radio play about the moral dilemmas faced by a medical rep in a large pharmaceutical company
 
Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality – ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all – but how can it? Written by Adam Greenfield and read by Andrew McGregor
 
The red squirrel is under threat of extinction across Britain. Their supporters believe the only way to save them is to exterminate their enemy: the greys. But are they just prejudiced against non-native species?Written by Patrick Barkham and read by Andrew McGregor
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
Take a step back to the 1950's and ramble through the narrow streets of Wexford town where its rich and vibrant history can be stumbled upon at every turn. Over the centuries, the people of this medieval town have borne witness to some of the worst massacres in Irish history, famous rebellions, and foreign invasions.…
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
Discover the mysterious music of 1930s ‘exotic Bali’ in this tale of passion.
 
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Josie Long hears stories of our desire to pause - from dismantling a house which seems stopped in time to the difficulties of watching your child grow up.The House by the CreekProduced by Sophie TownsendPonyProduced by Ibby CaputoPrivate Black Motherhood and Public White ProtestOriginally made for the Hope Chest podcasthttps://stacialbrown.com/ ...…
 
Laura Barton explores the little known story of a pioneering group of women who unknowingly challenged conventional notions of femininity and their working roles. The Pit Brow Lasses worked within the collieries of 19th century Wigan, Lancashire. Their unique re-appropriation of men's 'breeches' worn underneath hitched up skirts was originally ...…
 
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The Kitchen Sisters Present
 
For the last five years The Golden State Warriors have been going inside San Quentin, the legendary maximum security California State prison, to take on The San Quentin Warriors, the prison’s notorious basketball team. The Kitchen Sisters Present team up with Life of the Law Podcast to take us to a recent showdown between these two mighty Bay A ...…
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
As more mothers go to prison in Australia each year, what happens to the families they leave on the outside?
 
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The Radio 3 Documentary
 
Art historian Michael Bird is in St Ives to explore the bond between two ground-breaking abstract artists. Terry Frost was a light bulb salesman whose family ridiculed his ambitions to become an artist. Patrick Heron was a well-connected aesthete whose parents nurtured his talent from childhood. Despite their differences, the two men formed an ...…
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
Every personal name has a story - In this radio documentary, we go behind the top 100 Irish baby name lists and see a fascinating portrait of a changing country.
 
The Norwegian singer Ane Brun talks about her life in music.Ane Brun has lived and worked in Stockholm for most of her professional life. Much of her music is sung in English - collaborating with British and American artists such as Peter Gabriel and Ron Sexsmith, or re-imagining songs by Beyonce and the music of Monteverdi and Purcell. It's as ...…
 
Producer Patricia Baker takes a trip to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands, to explore the realities of island living.
 
From bovine valves to electrical motors and 3-D printed hearts, cardiologists are forging ahead with technologies once dismissed as “crazy ideas”Written by Thomas Morris and read by Lucy Scott
 
What began as an investigation into money laundering quickly turned into something much greater, uncovering a vast and intricate web of political and corporate racketeeringWritten by Jonathan Watts and read by Lucy Scott
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
Take a rare journey with cultural custodian Annie Nayina Milgin across the West Kimberley as she tells the story of the Nyikina people’s creation ancestor and how he sang the country to life
 
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Seriously...
 
Professor Emma Griffin explores how British workers became tied to the clock.Before industrialisation, workers were accustomed to a loosely regulated working week, influenced more by daylight hours and the agricultural cycle than by the time on the face of a clock. Indeed, most people didn't own a watch and managed all aspects of their lives wi ...…
 
Defiantly staring down neo-Nazis, unwanted family portraits and a photographer searching for his subject years later - Josie Long presents new short documentaries inspired by images.(Photo credit: Nathan Edwards/News Corp Australia)Woman in the PhotoProduced by Andrea RangecroftResistanceFeaturing Tess AsplundProduced by Andrea RangecroftFamily ...…
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
A little pub in the Western suburbs of Melbourne is an unlikely place to find your family
 
Exploring the story of the Victorians online and how Ireland connected the world in the nineteenth century with the transatlantic telegraph cable.
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
In 1942, Edna Lavilla Haynes died from a backyard abortion. More than sixty years later, Edna's granddaughter looks for clues as to what happened.
 
Yasmeen Khan dresses up as a radio presenter to talk to the people who put on the costumes and make-up of their favourite TV and film characters and gather together in halls and hotels for cosplay and costuming. Many of these events, or Comic Cons, are huge with thousands of people flocking to mingle with each other and with some of the film an ...…
 
The possibility of a lasting deal seems as far away as ever – and the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo Written by Nathan Thrall and read by Alice Arnold
 
The world is changing at dizzying speed – but for some thinkers, not fast enough. Is accelerationism a dangerous idea or does it speak to our troubled times?Written by Andy Beckett and read by Alice Arnold
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
A remarkable story of survival in 18th century Australia.
 
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Seriously...
 
Recorded on location in Manhattan, screen siren Kathleen Turner celebrates the enduring mystique of the femme fatale. Turner, who famously played the husky-voiced femme fatale Matty walker in the steamy thriller Body Heat, traces the history of the Femme Fatale in cinema and in film noir where she was so often a central character. Film noir alw ...…
 
Josie Long presents documentaries where reality takes on a magical aspect - tales of snake-filled American towns, a visit to a shaman and of crashing back down to earth.The Curve of the EarthProduced by Stephanie Rowdenhttp://www.stephanierowden.comThe ShamanProduced by Rikke HoudSnake Pit, WaurikaProduced by Sarah GeisMagical RealismProduced b ...…
 
"McCarthyism", as defined by Senator McCarthy, means calling a man a Communist who is later proven to be one. The man, Joseph McCarthy, and the phenomenon, McCarthyism, were two essentially distinct entities. What motivated the man behind the term? (Part 2)
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
The mysterious disappearance of Margaret Clement, "the lady of the swamp."
 
Tracing the activities of four unlikely wartime propagandists, Graham Greene, George Orwell, A L Lloyd and Laurie Lee, through the corridors of Bloomsbury skyscraper Senate House.
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
JG Farrell - the 2 time Booker winning author moved to West Cork in March 1979. Shortly after, he drowned while fishing. Using interviews of neighbours, family and friends - this documentary tells the story of those 149 days in the life of JG Farrell.
 
Do words like movie or cookie raise your linguistic hackles? Do you hate to hear someone ask if they can 'get' a coffee or 'reach out' to you? Lexicographer Susie Dent - more usually found in the Dictionary Corner of Channel 4's Countdown - explores the history of how Americanisms have entered British English and argues that maybe we should lea ...…
 
Reni Eddo-Lodge confronts the dishonesty of claiming to be ‘colour blind’, while ignoring the systemic racism that keeps boardrooms, courtrooms and football clubs disproportionately white Written and read by Reni Eddo-Lodge
 
Author and journalist, Laila El-Haddad takes us into the hidden world of Gaza through the kitchen. Interweaving history, personal experiences and stories of food, family and daily life, El-Haddad paints a vivid picture of her family’s homeland and some of the issues facing people living in Gaza and the Middle East. We also hear from Jon Rubin, ...…
 
Senator Joseph McCarthy became synonymous with anti-communist persecution and paranoia in the United States in the 1950’s.This first of two documentaries explains the rise in power of the senator from Wisconsin. McCarthyism has since been defined as “the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence”…
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
A profile of this prolific Australian film director and his unusual ways of working
 
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Short Cuts
 
Personality tests, tests of character and knowing how to cheat. Josie Long presents stories of people testing their mettle.The writers Ross Sutherland and Joe Dunthorne examine the Sutherland-Dunthorne luck index to see why one's success seems to mean the other's failure. James Acaster embarks on a quest in search of connection and oversized no ...…
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
What it is about music that can evoke a longing and ache that can then transform itself into a belonging and sense of place?
 
Documentary on Newstalk marks the second anniversary of the Marriage Equality Referendum with a new documentary produced by Shaun & Maurice Productions.
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
Five years ago, on the tenth anniversary of the Saipan sporting controversy Irish people still felt as divided as they did back in 2002. They were finding it very hard to get over it ! (2012)
 
After overlooking her for decades, the art world has woken up to Phyllida Barlow’s audacious, gargantuan sculptures. Now she is representing Britain at the Venice Biennale – but why did it take so long for her to be “discovered”?Written by Charlotte Higgins and read by Andrew McGregor
 
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