Top five podcasts

Nothing can take the edge off a commute quite like a decent podcast. Here are five of our favourite digital diversions:

1 The New Yorker Out Loud
A weekly “in conversation” with some of this legendary American periodical’s most notable contributors, from Malcolm Gladwell to Esquire columnist John Lanchester. Recent subjects? Hollywood and nuns, Lily Allen’s fame and Ariel Levy on the relevance of The Joy Of Sex. Get it here.

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2 The Word podcast
David Hepworth and Mark Ellen launched some of the most era-defining magazines of the 20th century (Just Seventeen, Empire, Smash Hits, Q). Now they are two ageing hipster uncles who meet in a room once a week to “rehearse their ancient dance of sexual tension” and talk absolute but engaging zeitgeisty bollocks, on anything from the supersonic media rise and fall of James Corden to how bands make money touting their own concert tickets. Essential. Get it here.

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3 Peter Day’s In Business
The most accessible programme on the business world and global economy you’ll find. Clear, engaging and authoritative, and possibly the best podcast the BBC puts out too. If you don’t subscribe, you’re missing out. An example? On the internet economy versus traditional financial models: “Millions of markets of thousands, rather than thousands of markets of millions.” We’ve yet to hear a better, or more concise, definition. Get it here.

4 Football weekly
Perennially brilliant host James Richardson is reason enough to subscribe to The Guardian's twice-weekly football chat, which takes a knowledgeable but wryly irreverent trawl through the big football stories, including the best coverage of  the other top European leagues (with Sid Lowe's Spanish round-ups the pick). Streets ahed of certain po-faced rival football pods. Get it here.

 5 Adam And Joe
Speaking of brilliant BBC pods, if you’re one of the few not yet to download the infectious ramblings of Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish’s 6 Music show at the Big British Castle then we suggest you conform immediately.  Get it here.