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16 December 2017

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

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

By Caroline Crampton



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

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.

The Cinemile

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

The Nod

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A refreshingly humorous blend of documentary and discussion on black American life.

Made of Human

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

Ear Hustle

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


Kathy Tu and Tobin Low go all out to cover every aspect of LGBTQ culture.

The Butterfly Effect

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

Song Exploder

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


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

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This article appears in the 08 Dec 2020 issue of the New Statesman, Christmas special