From S-Town to Made of Human: the best podcasts of 2017

Featuring true-crime, musical dissection, mental health and an eccentric horologist.

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S-Town


A gently compelling documentary about the life and death of an eccentric horologist in Alabama.
stownpodcast.org

Our Man in the Middle East


Jeremy Bowen looks back on his 25 years covering the Middle East for the BBC, and tells a surprisingly personal history of the region.
bbc.co.uk/programmes

The Cinemile


Husband and wife Dave and Cathy go to the cinema every week, then record their discussion on the walk home.
thecinemile.com

The Nod

A refreshingly humorous blend of documentary and discussion on black American life.
gimletmedia.com/the-nod

Made of Human

Danish stand-up Sofie Hagen’s conversations with guests focus on mental health and human fallibility.
madeofhumanpodcast.com

Ear Hustle

This exciting new podcast is made by, and about, the inmates of San Quentin prison, California.
earhustlesq.com

Nancy

Kathy Tu and Tobin Low go all out to cover every aspect of LGBTQ culture.
wnyc.org/shows/nancy

The Butterfly Effect

Jon Ronson’s multipart narrative exploration of the quiet revolution in how the porn industry works.
jonronson.com/butterfly

Song Exploder

Host Hrishikesh Hirway invites his musical guests to dissect their own songs, layer by layer.
songexploder.net

Criminal

Truly the best, and most responsibly reported, true-crime podcast. From Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer.
thisiscriminal.com

Caroline Crampton is a writer and podcaster. She was formerly an assistant editor at the New Statesman.

This article appears in the 07 December 2017 issue of the New Statesman, Christmas special