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Free Podcasts You Need To Download Right Now

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There’s nothing quite like a gripping podcast to get you through your dull morning commute. The world of online listening is a playing field for the intuitive; there are so many informative, engaging and downright entertaining audio shows to choose from, you’ll be hooked as soon as you hit the download button.

From the Serial, the true crime podcast that will have you hooked to My Dad Wrote a Porno that will have you laughing out loud on the tube, here are our top picks to download now. 

My Dad Wrote a Porno

Possibly one of the funniest things we’ve ever listened to, this bonkers podcast brings Jamie Morton together with his two uni pals, James Cooper and Radio 1’s Alice Levigne. Together they narrate – and totally rinse – Jamie’s dad’s first self-published book, which happens to be a porno and written under the brilliantly named alias of Rocky Flinstone. Belinda Blinked is one of the most entertaining erotic-fiction novels to ever grace the online ‘literary’ world, and the trio narrating it will have you in absolute stitches. Definitely wins the prize for the most embarrassing dad of the year award.

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No Such Thing as a Fish

Brought to you by the nerdy researchers – or QI Elves as they’re also known – at BBC 2’s QI, No Such Thing as a Fish promises the same fascinating facts and pure silliness as its popular TV sibling. Stand-ups including Dan Schreiber and Andrew Hunter Murray guarantee riotous belly-rolling laughs, plus you’ll learn something new and pretty darn interesting without even realising. Clever right?

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Do the Right Thing

Another hilarious, comical offering, this award-winning panel show podcast sees a team of pro comedians put in a series of rather sticky situations, then it’s up to them/you to work out the best plan of action to get themselves out.

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Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown

Silly sketch show trio Pappy’s are a huge hit on the London comedy scene, but fans can now get their fix in the form of a handy podcast, that you can listen to curled up from the comfort of your sofa. Each episode of Flatshare is recorded in front of a live audience and is built around a household chore Ben and Tom (the tenants) are doing their best to totally ignore. Matthew (who plays the landlord and the host) makes them compete against each other in a series of ridiculous – yet hilarious – tasks. Comedy listening at its best.

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Possibly one of the most addictive podcasts out there – we’re talking Breaking Bad territory – the unfolding drama of Serial will have you hooked from the very first episode. An investigative journey into the controversial case of student Hae Min Lee, who was allegedly murdered by her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed in 1999. Over the two gripping series, journalist Sarah Koenig rips the investigation to shreds, uncovering some enlightening – and rather worrying – new forms of evidence that could bring the original investigation and the American judicial system crashing to a halt. Warning: Serial could get you so fired up you’ll want to retrain as a lawyer and represent Adnan yourself.

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This American Life

For a touch of American culture, This American Life broadcasts everything from non-fiction stories to gripping dramas. The presenters tell a series of stories that are like ‘movies for radio’. Each week there is a different theme, and the presenters will discuss creatively around the topic to bring the narrative to life. There are funny moments and emotional moments, but each week is guaranteed to have you gripped.

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Philosophy Bites

The go-to reference for up-to-date thinking, Philosophy Bites is a series of short, easy-to-digest interviews with modern philosophers, introducing core issues in philosophical history and how they relate to the present day. A podcast that promises to broaden your thinking.

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The Infinite Monkey Cage

Former D.REAM keyboard player-turned-TV-physicist Brian Cox joins forces with comedian Robin Ince to take a sideways, irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes. Educational, engaging and wonderfully witty.

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The Comedian's Comedian

Part podcast, part therapy session, The Comedian's Comedian offers a peek into the inner life of stand-ups. Funny man Stuart Goldsmith talks to fellow stand-up comedians candidly about how they create their humorous material as well as juggling their demanding, and rather unorthodox careers.

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The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium

If you’re a fan of Flight of the Conchords, then you’ll love listening to the dulcet tones of Jemaine Clement in his fantastical new podcast, The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie’s Botanarium. A fantasy/comedy adventure that sees Jemaine Clement – who plays botanist Lord Joseph Banks – and an unusual ensemble of friends travel back in time to 1768, to embark on a mission to the Gravy Islands in search of the Holy Grail of plants. Creepy, cryptic and incredibly funny, each week another piece of the puzzle is solved in this comical masterpiece. Fans will have to fork out for this podcast unfortunately, but if you do, we guarantee you are in for a treat. 

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