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Picks of the week

Late Fragments
Widely available, episodes weekly

This introspective, thoughtful show interviews octogenarians about politics, religion, sex and money – with its stellar lineup having included Neil Kinnock, Miriam Margolyes and Prue Leith. The first episode of the latest series is a wide-ranging conversation with humanitarian Terry Waite. It’s a kind, considered look at homelessness, finances – and what it was like spending five years chained up, completely alone in captivity. Alexi Duggins

Drink Champs
Widely available, episodes weekly
If you’re looking for a brief listen, then the latest batch of episodes from this raucous, alcohol-fuelled series isn’t for you. But if you have more than three hours to devote to hip-hop MC Nore and DJ EFN’s conversations with the likes of Grandmaster Flash and Ludacris (below), it’s a lively, laughter-filled journey into hip-hop’s golden era. AD

Ludacris, a guest on Drink Champs. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/REUTERS

Black History, for Real
Widely available, episodes weekly
Franchesca Ramsey and Conscious Lee go beyond Martin Luther King to shine a light on the lesser-known figures who’ve shaped Black culture, with much fascinating discussion. The excellent first episode focuses on the women of the Black Panther party, including Assata Shakur, who became a fugitive after being targeted by the FBI but maintains her innocence. Hannah Verdier

The Hidden 20%
Widely available, episodes weekly
Neurodivergent minds bring great creativity, as Seedlip entrepreneur Ben Branson, who was diagnosed with autism and ADHD as an adult, proves. Now he’s hosting a podcast to change people’s perceptions of the 20% who don’t fit the neurotypical bracket. Actor Kit Harington, vocal coach Carrie Grant and athlete Adelle Tracey are among the guests bringing insights. HV

The History of Curb Your Enthusiasm
Widely available, episodes weekly
After 23 years, the last series of Curb has just started – so two of its stars, Jeff Garlin and Susie Essman, are celebrating with a rewatch podcast that rewinds back to the very start. In fact, the first episode hears Larry David talk about the development before the pilot. A must listen for diehard fans. Hollie Richardson

There’s a podcast for that

Mary Robinson, host of Mothers of Invention. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian

This week, Nyima Jobe chooses five of the best podcasts on the climate crisis, from a look at positive changes you can make as an individual to help tackle the crisis to the impact on indigenous communities.

Award-winning investigative journalist Amy Westervelt dives into the most pressing issues concerning the climate crisis, from increased oil reserves in Namibia to a dedicated season focusing on the oil boom in Guyana creating more financial unrest for regular citizens (not to mention rising sea levels). Amy explores the complexities that arise when a country faces both climate change and poverty simultaneously.

Mothers of Invention
In this captivating podcast the first female president of Ireland, Mary Robinson (above), shares the mic with comedian Maeve Higgins and series producer Thimali Kodikara. This all-female affair leaves no room for debate on whether men are largely to blame for the climate crisis – and each episode spotlights heroic brown, black, and Indigenous women confronting the challenges our planet faces. The three also give airtime to the concerns young people have about how the climate crisis will impact their future prospects. The show features a diverse range of guests, from female climate activists like Daiara Tukano to US senator Bernie Sanders.

Climate Curious
If you feel confused and ill-equipped to discuss the climate crisis and its potential impact on your life, this TEDxLondon podcast hosted by Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst is the perfect learning tool. It The show unpacks climate jargon you might not be familiar with, dissects climate issues with expert interviews and, in one recent episode in celebration of Pride, explored queer ecology, shedding light on the world of intersex birds and “gender-shifting fish”.

Climate of Change
Climate of Change may not have an extensive back catalogue, but what it offers is a short and sweet listening experience with its six available episodes. Guests joining Hollywood veteran Cate Blanchett and “clean energy economy” entrepreneur Danny Kennedy include Prince William, fashion activist Livia Firth and Don’t Look Up director Adam McKay. Despite highlighting the dire challenges the planet faces, the podcast maintains an optimistic tone while providing insights into the crucial work being done.

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Good Together
Hosted by sustainability expert Laura Alexander Wittig, this podcast equips listeners with the tools to make a difference in reducing the climate crisis. With weekly episodes, you will learn about terms like “circular economy” and discover practical tips for incorporating eco-friendly practices into everyday life. Wittig covers topics ranging from sustainable spring cleaning to the environmental impact of streaming services. If you are eager to contribute to positive change, this is the perfect podcast to inspire you to channel your inner climate hero.

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  • Comedians Kiri Pritchard-McLean and Esyllt Sears travel the length and breadth of Wales sampling regional food and drink, well known landmarks, and speaking to local characters for Pod of Wales.

  • In No Small Endeavor, theologian and professor Lee C. Camp examines what makes a good life with guests including actor Martin Sheen.

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