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Radio review: New Yorker podcast; Miranda Sawyer

Nuala McCann

The New Yorker Radio Hour Podcast

In Pod We Trust: Stories from the Heart Radio 4

Fall in love with podcasts – like the box of chocolates, you never know what you might get.

In Pod We Trust with Miranda Sawyer offers a sample of all the radio stories on the net. There are now over 100,000 English speaking podcast feeds worldwide.

But if you want to kiss the schedules goodbye and get hit between the ears by great radio, then look no further that The New Yorker Radio Hour.

Big Brown is the story of a woman's search for her birth father.

Jill Lepore, a writer for the New Yorker tells the story of her friend Adriana. She is mixed race and was adopted into a white family in Massachusetts. She found it difficult to talk her parents about her colour. She tried hard to tell them she was different ... but they were absolutely having none of it, she said.

In these podcasts, Adriana finds her white birth mother and searches for her father – William Brown.

It turns out he was a Greenwich Village street poet in the 1960s and a favourite of Bob Dylan's.

Adriana and Jill Lepore tried to find him and they were stumped until they googled Big Brown and Bob Dylan, and up he popped.

Sawyer's own radio programme featured more podcasts, in particular, stories from the heart – the intimate tales of love, sex, family and money.

She interviewed another New Yorker, Anna Sale, about her pod casts Death, Sex and Money.

These are immensely personal. “First hand accounts from the front line of despair,” Sawyer calls them.

There is an intimacy about podcasts that you don't get in more formal news interviews.

Another Round is two people sipping bourbons and chatting to people like Hillary Clinton. They start off by asking her about her routines of self care – yoga and long walks.

Or try a taste of Gravy – about food in the southern states of the United States.

This is addictive radio that reaches the parts, hard news does not. Suck it and see.

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