Anyone who caught his electrifying documentary about Diego Maradona (or indeed his earlier ones on Amy Winehouse or Ayrton Senna) will know that Asif Kapadia is a master at weeding out a compelling story. His latest project, a podcast documentary series, swaps recognisable names for those slightly off the beaten track. Each episode of Detours, which is co-produced by the BBC World Service and the Sundance institute, will track an individual who finds themselves in a deeply different place to where they expected to be, from the medical student creating fake news in Macedonia to a man following ‘homeless’ elephants forced off their feeding routes in India. The series begins 4 September.
Well worth a read, meanwhile, is the Guardian’s interview with Phoebe Robinson, one half of terrific podcast duo 2 Dope Queens, who is currently tearing up the Edinburgh fringe with her show Sorry, Harriet Tubman.
Picks of the week
This rather lovely podcast sees producer and presenter Abby Hollick climb into bed with names from the world of arts and culture, whether that’s singer Ray BLK, model-turned-writer Yrsa Daley-Ward or Derry Girl Nicola Coughlan. Visiting her subjects’ bedrooms could be a gimmicky way to get into their heads, but instead it sparks off tender chats about home and history; a recent episode with the poet Lemn Sissay, who spent part of his childhood in care, is particularly affecting. Hannah J Davies
Gregory Porter is a man who could read Gemma Collins memes out loud and make them seem smooth, so a podcast where he chats to his celebrity mates is easy listening. Porter is a charismatic host and, along with first guest Jeff Goldblum, he’s entitled to namedrop. “So Quincy Jones invites me over to his house … ” starts one of Porter’s anecdotes. It really is a hang rather than an interview, in which the pair have a love-in as they discuss Top Gear, London pubs and Porter’s “beautiful hands”. Hannah Verdier
Guardian Pick: Football Weekly
Happy new season everyone! That’s right, the Premier League is back in full swing. And with it; the Football Weekly podcast. Joining Max and Barry in Thursday’s episode was Jacob Steinberg and recently retired footballer Marcus Bean to discuss Liverpool’s win against Chelsea in the all-English UEFA Super Cup clash, and Celtic’s early Champions League exit. Plus the panel preview La Liga and the Bundesliga as they prepare to kick-off their seasons. There’s something for everyone (who likes football). Max Sanderson
Producer pick: What Matters with Alex Reads
Chosen by Oliver Taylor (Positive Action Scheme participant)
What matters to you? Is a question podcaster and journalist Alex Reads asks us all in his podcast about living with purpose. Alex interviews guests who explore how to live with more energy, focus and clarity. It’s an enriching listen as Alex intimately delves into what makes people tick. Guests include lifestyle writer Tonia Buxton and author Mariezain Kabba, whose vision for her book came to her in her sleep. Several of the forthcoming episodes will particularly focus on men and on mental health and wellbeing. His guest next week is Medical Director Dr. Earim Chaudry from the website Manual.co, who say they’re “challenging the outdated notion that real men shrug their shoulders and carry on.”