Recommended podcasts in the United Kingdom

Karl Pilkington, hero of The Ricky Gervais Show, presents occasional musings.

top philosophers interviewed on bite-sized topics

The best of BBC World Service documentaries and other factual programmes.

The Economist was founded in 1843 "to throw white light on the subjects within its range". For more from The Economist visit http://shop.economist.com/collections/audio

From Altruism to Wittgenstein, philosophers, theories and key themes.

Audio podcasts from LSE's programme of public lectures and events.

Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer, former advisers to President Obama, host a Ringer podcast to discuss the political world, Trump, Hillary, and all you need to know before November.

The FT Money Show brings you engaging and insightful coverage of the week’s major personal finance issues. Jonathan Eley and his team of FT journalists dissect the news with the help of leading industry commentators and discuss how the latest events will affect you and your pocket. From pensions to private equity, building society accounts to bank shares, the Money Show tackles difficult topics in an entertaining and informative way. The FT Money Show is produced by Lucy Warwick-Ching

Imagine if your Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened - but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he's decided to read it to the world in this brand new comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1's Alice Levine, Jamie will be reading a chapter a week and discovering more about his father than he ever bargained for.

The BHP is a chronological retelling of the history of Britain with a particular focus upon the lives of the people. You won’t find a dry recounting of dates and battles here, but instead you’ll learn about who these people were and how their desires, fears, and flaws shaped the scope of this island at the edge of the world.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas

David Flatman and Tom Shanklin are two former professional rugby players. Having been flatmates while playing at Saracens, their friendship endured, and now they’d like to share with you bunches of views and thoughts and jokes. Please, do let the chaps know if you like it (or don’t!).

Each week the FT banking team discuss the biggest banking stories of the week, bringing you global insight and commentary on the top issues concerning this sector. To take part in the show or to comment please email audio@ft.com

News and analysis from FT reporters around the world

They’re back with more new episodes! Former footballer and jungle celebrity Jimmy Bullard is joined by comedians Rob Beckett and Ian Smith plus a weekly guest to talk about the beautiful game and their sometimes ridiculous experiences in professional football. Tweet us using #MagicSponge.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On this feed, you'll find TEDTalks video to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world's leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. This podcast is also available in high-def video and audio-only formats.

The FT's currency show takes a hard look at what's driving the largest market in the world, discussing market trends, political and economic factors affecting global currencies. Correspondent Alice Ross talks to global experts on the foreign exchange market about their views on the week ahead

James Richardson, Barry Glendenning, Rafa Honigstein, Sid Lowe and the rest of the Guardian's football writers deliver a twice-weekly dose of puns and punditry as they follow all the action from the 2012-13 season

Witty, irreverent look at the world through scientists' eyes. With Brian Cox and Robin Ince

Telling the stories that have shaped our world

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