what do you listen to while crafting?

itunes podcasts

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I have been busy with commissions and listen to the radio a lot, generally radio 4Extra, a little LBC & podcasts,with the odd netflix/youtube playing.  So I thought I'd share what I love at the moment:  First up

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First up is This American Life, probably the best know podcast and I found it after listening to the first Serial story and then came S-Town utterly gripping.  TAL is a weekly episode, presented by Ira Glass.  Its stories or a single story based on something topical in the US and is staged in 'acts' always an entertaing listen.

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I discovered this during the summer and have really enjoyed working my way through the weekly episodes up to the most recent.  Liz was a journalist and also did lots of tv work, so good at interviewing people.  There are lots of topics, health related from grass-fed free-range milk, baking with Lorraine Pascale to travel tips.  Engaging and interesting and one I listen to as soon as a new episode is released.

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Truly Myrtle is a knitting podcast made by Libby, who is a knitwear designer in New Zealand. Her podcasts are all yarn related, there are interviews, news on yarns and general chat.  Although my knitting is very slow and I maybe only work on 1 -2 projects a year, still find this a lovely weekly listen.

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This is one of my most recent finds, Revisionist History.  There are 2 seasons to listen to and so far I have really enjoyed each one.  Malcolm Gladwell is an author of 5 New York Times bestsellers has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine.  There is an episode on Winston Churchill & Frederick Lindemann — whose connection to Churchill altered the course of British policy in World War II. This was the first episode I'd dipped into and it was so rich in detail, I'd never heard of Frederick Lindemann and only the general basics on Churchill.  So far only 2 podcast series, 10 episodes each.

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Walking the dog is the latest podcast I've found and love it.  Emily Dean interviews people out while walking their dog, they talkabout all sorts of things funny, chattly and a really great listen.

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Home Front is a radio 4 historical drama set during the First World War, each daily (mon-fri) episode is set 100 years ago to the day of broadcast.  They include an historail fact in each episode although the characters are fictional.  It is well written and one can hear all sorts of extremely well-known voices, Toby Jones, Joanna David, Freddie Fox & Anton Lesser to name just a few.  It is available as a podcast and also on BBC iplayer.

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A weekly podcast of the latest Friday evenings comedy show including The News Quiz, The Now Show, Dead Ringers and The Museum of Curiosity.  These always make me laugh, slightly disconcerting to passers-by while out walking the dog!

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You Must Remember This are stories about secret and forgotten histories of Hollywood.  Interesting and often a story will span 2 or 3 episodes.

I'd love to hear what you listen to and any podcast reccomendation!