Thanks for the prompt @Hoagie
Adam Buxton for me is always a joy to hear. He is a British comedian and actor (Hot Fuzz) and does a combination of host on mic and interviewing. The start is always a walk with his dog, Rosie. Rosie is often given the opportunity to speak of course. He has an interesting interview style and does seem to go to many random places that he and his guest seem unlikely to have planned on.
Desert Island discs is a podcast with simple format. Choose 8 records, a book and a luxury item that you would take with you to a desert island that you are stranded on. Famous guests are interviewed and reflect on how each piece of music influenced their lives. I am often reduced to tears (twice on an outdoor endurance run; separate episodes). The life stories are what so captivate me about this podcast.
No such thing as a fish is a humorous exploration of four topics randomly selected by the four members of the team. A round table format. They are known as the QI Elves and find out a lot of information about stuff that surprises and intrigues: an example being that the american robin Turdus migratorius is actually a thrush. The Turdus name comes from an old saying As drunk as a thrush because they have an occasional tendency to get drunk on fermented berries. This is where the term Sturdy came from. It started off as turdy relating to the wobbling drunk bird and eventually had the S added on for the different meaning we have today.
Sideways is a journalistic tour de force. Matthew Syed wrote Bounce, Black Box Thinking and Rebel Ideas. All books that I would recommend. He discusses many human issues and interviews guests along the way. One episode explored why the Danish Football Team did so well in 1992 winning the European Football championships with no well known football players, another on why it is better to be myriad minded than single minded. He is clearly a busy person and runs his podcast as a seasonal piece. I contacted him just before Christmas because of the episode that @brucedevereux did with @Monika for his podcast The Creatively Engaging. He actually responded today and said that he would look at the link to Bruce’s episode, so it will be interesting to see if he takes it any further with work he is doing for a subsequent season. At the very least we have the prospect that one of the most famous podcasters in the Uk might be listening to one of our Groups’ work. Something to look forward to in 2022?
Happy New Year Everyone