From Our Own Correspondent
Recommended by: G Martin
There's only one place to turn for detailed foreign-affairs analysis: the BBC. Its From Our Own Correspondent programme, a mainstay of Radio 4, is available as a podcast on the Beeb's website, with each programme downloadable as a single unit or in smaller chunks.
G Martin recommended "its integrity, attention to context and simultaneous interest in the momentous and the absurd". A piece on political stability in Belarus, for instance, found time to describe a parade of semi-naked men riding veiled tractors.
Feast of Fools
Recommended by: Zauberflote
"Feast of Fools is a 'gay fun show' run by a Puerto Rican and his partner," writes Zauberflote. "At its best, it's very funny indeed." This US-centric podcast is also acerbic, haphazard, fitfully political and occasionally extremely rude - so be warned.