Four podcasts for the morning MTR

Chatteris' own Ashley Measures talks us through some podcasts that will make your commute fly by...

The weekday daily ritual of every CNET normally involves a period of time squashed between two fellow commuters on the train. If you get lucky, you may get that one good chair at the end of the seats which means you are only crammed into one person instead. With so little room to manoeuvre your limbs, podcasts are one way to use your time on Hong Kong’s fine transport system more productively. Here are just four recommendations for podcasts to replace that one song you keep on repeat and the only reason you have Spotify premium.

Above left: Unfiltered ft. the man who took our beloved Turkey Twizzlers away.

The Doug Stanhope Podcast
Comedians having podcasts is nothing new, the most famous range from Joe Rogan to Bill Burr, but Doug Stanhope isn’t an ordinary comedian. Stanhope prefers small venues despite his popularity (recently performing a Hong Kong show in a central restaurant) and won’t been seen on stage without a drink in his hand. The show has no real format and is basically Stanhope ranting or telling stories he has accumulated in nearly 30 years of comedy. Released every week, each show features either local friends or supporting comedians indulging each other. Thoughts such as “babies are like poems they're beautiful to their creator, but to other people they're silly and irritating” are very common.

Unfiltered with James O’Brien
James O’Brien was described by the Sun Newspaper as “the epitome of a smug, sanctimonious, condescending, obsessively politically-correct, champagne-socialist public schoolboy Remoaner” and  if that doesn’t sell you I don’t know what will.  Each episode is an hour-long interview with the radio host and a different guest every week. The idea of the podcast is that the guest is allowed to speak freely without the normal time constraints or opposition for the sake of balance we normally see. Guests range from Paris Lees on transgender issues to Bill Browder on his fight against Putin. A personal favourite episode is one with Jamie Oliver which almost made me forgive him for ruining school dinners.

The Football Ramble
Living in a different time zone with people of different nationalities who don’t truly appreciate the glory of football (I’m looking at you Americans) can mean that keeping up with the sport is difficult. There are a plethora of different football podcasts out there but The Football Ramble takes my pick purely for the entertainment factor. The team behind the podcast isn’t the standard ensemble of football journalists or tired ex-pros you see on MOTD but rather friends who enjoy the sport and the show passes on their genuine passion.

If you have ever listened to a podcast or asked for a recommendation, Serial would have been mentioned and for good reason. The series is the most downloaded podcast in the world with over 175 million downloads and counting. If you enjoyed Making a Murderer, you will love this. Each series offers a different look into a real life case by an investigative journalist (Sarah Koenig) and you will find yourself questioning whether the convicted is truly guilty of the crimes they have been accused of. The unique telling of each story will keep you captivated and actually hoping your station isn’t the next one.


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