QUITE FRANKLY’S FAVOURITES : PODCASTS

Here at Quite Frankly we’re all about ‘sharing is caring’ when it comes to creativity. That means a lot of the time when we’re not down a rabbit hole of production, we’re nose deep in books, crying in theatres (true story) or bopping along to the latest podcast phenomenon.

To further our (and hopefully your) coffee kitchen chats, we’ve collated a list below of our latest and greatest recommendations. This week we’re looking at podcasts.

CLAIRE

‘Desert Island Discs’ by BBC Radio 4

“Listening to such a variety of extraordinary people talking about their lives whilst walking into work is the perfect way to start my day.”

BEATRIZ

‘Dead Blondes Series’ by You Must Remember This

“My oh my, does Hollywood have a thing for blondes! The Marilyn Monroe episodes are very interesting and cover everything from her iconic persona to her personal life and astute thinking in regards to her work.”

Desert Island Discs
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
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Classic Desert Island Discs: Ade Adepitan

Another chance to hear Paralympian and broadcaster Ade Adepitan interviewed by Kirsty Young in 2012.

When he's not stuck in a studio explaining the intricacies of Goalball he's reporting from the rainforests of Nicaragua or the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Adversity seems to suit him - he even survived turning up for his first day at school aged 7 in a pink checked suit and bow tie. Inspired by his boyhood heroes Seb Coe and Daley Thompson, who he first saw on TV competing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, sport became his passion.

He says "I think I've done more things with my disability than most able-bodied people would ever dream of doing".

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You Must Remember This
You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the films, stars and scandals of the 20th century.
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145: Ramon Novarro (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 19)

Ramon Novarro was a Mexican actor and singer whose stardom at MGM in the 1920s and 30s was not impeded by his offscreen life as a gay man. In Hollywood Babylon, Anger focuses only on Novarro’s grisly murder in 1968 -- which outed Novarro to a public that had largely forgotten him--and needlessly embellishes a crime scene that was already pretty horrible. Today, in our final episode of Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon, we will explore the life which Anger left out of Hollywood Babylon, and correct that book’s version of Novarro’s death.

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CLAIRE

‘Desert Island Discs’ by BBC Radio 4

“Listening to such a variety of extraordinary people talking about their lives whilst walking into work is the perfect way to start my day.”

Desert Island Discs
Eight tracks, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Guests share the soundtrack of their lives.
more...
Classic Desert Island Discs: Ade Adepitan

Another chance to hear Paralympian and broadcaster Ade Adepitan interviewed by Kirsty Young in 2012.

When he's not stuck in a studio explaining the intricacies of Goalball he's reporting from the rainforests of Nicaragua or the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Adversity seems to suit him - he even survived turning up for his first day at school aged 7 in a pink checked suit and bow tie. Inspired by his boyhood heroes Seb Coe and Daley Thompson, who he first saw on TV competing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, sport became his passion.

He says "I think I've done more things with my disability than most able-bodied people would ever dream of doing".

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BEATRIZ

‘Dead Blondes Series’ by You Must Remember This

“My oh my, does Hollywood have a thing for blondes! The Marilyn Monroe episodes are very interesting and cover everything from her iconic persona to her personal life and astute thinking in regards to her work.”

You Must Remember This
You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It’s the brainchild and passion project of Karina Longworth (founder of Cinematical.com, former film critic for LA Weekly), who writes, narrates, records and edits each episode. It is a heavily-researched work of creative nonfiction: navigating through conflicting reports, mythology, and institutionalized spin, Karina tries to sort out what really happened behind the films, stars and scandals of the 20th century.
more...
145: Ramon Novarro (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 19)

Ramon Novarro was a Mexican actor and singer whose stardom at MGM in the 1920s and 30s was not impeded by his offscreen life as a gay man. In Hollywood Babylon, Anger focuses only on Novarro’s grisly murder in 1968 -- which outed Novarro to a public that had largely forgotten him--and needlessly embellishes a crime scene that was already pretty horrible. Today, in our final episode of Fact-Checking Hollywood Babylon, we will explore the life which Anger left out of Hollywood Babylon, and correct that book’s version of Novarro’s death.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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LORA + WIN

‘No Such Thing As A Fish’ by Audioboom

“It’s from the QI research team and each week they discuss their 4 favourite facts from the previous 7 days. You’re laughing and learning, what’s better than that?”

SALLY

‘The Empire Film Podcast’ by Empire Magazine

“There are a ton of film podcasts out there I like this one because the three hosts all bring something different to the table in terms of knowledge and preference. It’s easy listening.”

No Such Thing As A Fish
A podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show huddle around a microphone and discuss the best things they've found out this week. Hosted by Dan Schreiber (@schreiberland) with James Harkin (@jamesharkin), Andrew Hunter Murray (@andrewhunterm), and Anna Ptaszynski (#GetAnnaOnTwitter)
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Episode 264: No Such Thing As Bikes In Space

Live from Barnstaple, Dan, James, Anna and Andrew discuss live scarecrows, the first ever caravan holiday, and the billionaire with only three things to say.

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The Empire Film Podcast
The Empire Film Podcast is the official podcast of Empire, the world's biggest and best movie magazine. Check back each week for an assortment of irreverent, film-related chat, as well as interviews with Hollywood's best and brightest.
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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Teaser Trailer Breakdown Special

Yesterday saw both the first teaser trailer and the announcement of the title of the ninth, and final, film in the main Star Wars saga. That title was The Rise Of Skywalker, and that teaser was a bit of a belter, reintroducing beloved characters, and posing plenty of big questions. Just as a teaser should.

And with Team Empire unable to gather in the podbooth yesterday, we had to wait until today - the morning after the night before - to assemble in Helen O'Hara's living room for an impromptu reaction pod, in which Chris Hewitt, Helen, James White and James Dyer - appearing via hologram from Chicago, where he's attending Star Wars Celebration on behalf of Empire - chew the fat over the teaser's various hints and teases.

FYI: James was dialling in digitally, so there's a faint delay when he speaks. Hope it doesn't bother you too much. Enjoy!

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LORA + WIN

‘No Such Thing As A Fish’ by Audioboom

“It’s from the QI research team and each week they discuss their 4 favourite facts from the previous 7 days. You’re laughing and learning, what’s better than that?”

No Such Thing As A Fish
A podcast from the QI offices in which the writers of the hit BBC show huddle around a microphone and discuss the best things they've found out this week. Hosted by Dan Schreiber (@schreiberland) with James Harkin (@jamesharkin), Andrew Hunter Murray (@andrewhunterm), and Anna Ptaszynski (#GetAnnaOnTwitter)
more...
Episode 264: No Such Thing As Bikes In Space

Live from Barnstaple, Dan, James, Anna and Andrew discuss live scarecrows, the first ever caravan holiday, and the billionaire with only three things to say.

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SALLY

‘The Empire Film Podcast’ by Empire Magazine

“There are a ton of film podcasts out there I like this one because the three hosts all bring something different to the table in terms of knowledge and preference. It’s easy listening.”

The Empire Film Podcast
The Empire Film Podcast is the official podcast of Empire, the world's biggest and best movie magazine. Check back each week for an assortment of irreverent, film-related chat, as well as interviews with Hollywood's best and brightest.
more...
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Teaser Trailer Breakdown Special

Yesterday saw both the first teaser trailer and the announcement of the title of the ninth, and final, film in the main Star Wars saga. That title was The Rise Of Skywalker, and that teaser was a bit of a belter, reintroducing beloved characters, and posing plenty of big questions. Just as a teaser should.

And with Team Empire unable to gather in the podbooth yesterday, we had to wait until today - the morning after the night before - to assemble in Helen O'Hara's living room for an impromptu reaction pod, in which Chris Hewitt, Helen, James White and James Dyer - appearing via hologram from Chicago, where he's attending Star Wars Celebration on behalf of Empire - chew the fat over the teaser's various hints and teases.

FYI: James was dialling in digitally, so there's a faint delay when he speaks. Hope it doesn't bother you too much. Enjoy!

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BOBBY

‘Making Sense’ with Sam Harris (previously ‘Waking Up’)

“A mixture politics, debate, neuroscience and philosophy. Sam Harris is one woke dude.”

LUCY

‘The Daily’ by NY Times

“Clearly something to do with my obsession with our new office in NY…”

Making Sense with Sam Harris
Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Harris and his work have been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere. Mr. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.
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#153 — Possible Minds

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris introduces John Brockman's new anthology, "Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI," in conversation with three of its authors: George Dyson, Alison Gopnik, and Stuart Russell.

You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

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The Daily
This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.
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The Abortion Wars, Part 2: The Illinois Option

Four states have passed laws this year that effectively ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, and others, including Missouri, are expected to follow suit. Some Missourians are crossing the state line to Illinois, where abortion access is protected. We spent a day at a clinic in Illinois with three women who were getting abortions. Guests: Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The New York Times, and Lynsea Garrison, a producer for “The Daily.” For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

This episode includes disturbing language.

Background coverage:

Bans on abortion in the very early weeks of pregnancy — after a fetal heartbeat is detected — used to be rare. But in the past three months, four states have passed so-called heartbeat bills, and 11 others are considering them. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled — with little controversy — that women had a constitutional right to abortion. How did the decision give way to today’s deep political divide? Listen to a series from “The Daily” on Roe v. Wade.

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BOBBY

‘Making Sense’ with Sam Harris (previously ‘Waking Up’)

“A mixture politics, debate, neuroscience and philosophy. Sam Harris is one woke dude.”

Making Sense with Sam Harris
Join neuroscientist, philosopher, and best-selling author Sam Harris as he explores important and controversial questions about the human mind, society, and current events. Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance (with Maajid Nawaz). The End of Faith won the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. His writing has been published in more than 20 languages. Mr. Harris and his work have been discussed in The New York Times, Time, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and many other journals. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek, The Times (London), The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The Annals of Neurology, and elsewhere. Mr. Harris received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.
more...
#153 — Possible Minds

In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris introduces John Brockman's new anthology, "Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI," in conversation with three of its authors: George Dyson, Alison Gopnik, and Stuart Russell.

You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at samharris.org/subscribe.

View Episode

LUCY

‘The Daily’ by NY Times

“Clearly something to do with my obsession with our new office in NY…”

The Daily
This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.
more...
The Abortion Wars, Part 2: The Illinois Option

Four states have passed laws this year that effectively ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, and others, including Missouri, are expected to follow suit. Some Missourians are crossing the state line to Illinois, where abortion access is protected. We spent a day at a clinic in Illinois with three women who were getting abortions. Guests: Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The New York Times, and Lynsea Garrison, a producer for “The Daily.” For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.

This episode includes disturbing language.

Background coverage:

Bans on abortion in the very early weeks of pregnancy — after a fetal heartbeat is detected — used to be rare. But in the past three months, four states have passed so-called heartbeat bills, and 11 others are considering them. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled — with little controversy — that women had a constitutional right to abortion. How did the decision give way to today’s deep political divide? Listen to a series from “The Daily” on Roe v. Wade.

View Episode

LISA

‘Dr Death’ by Wondery

“If I could kiss my spine, I would. Chilling accounts of a healthcare system gone horribly wrong.”

BEN P

‘Hardcore History’ by Dan Carlin

“Carlin’s ability to bring you along on a journey throughout some of the most impactful events in all of human history really is second to none. He is very careful not to state interpretations as facts, and gives you many different accounts if you are delving into ancient history.”

Dr. Death
We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system.Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away.But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect?From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.
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Introducing Sports Wars

Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic rivalries? From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars” and “American Scandal” comes Sports Wars, an electric new series that offers an immersive, courtside look at some of the greatest athletic rivalries of all time: starting with Aaron Rodgers vs. Brett Favre.

Subscribe to Sports Wars at wondery.fm/sportswars

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Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.
more...
Show 63 - Supernova in the East II

Deep themes run through this show, with allegations of Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China at the start leading to eerily familiar, almost modern questions over how the world should respond. And then Dec 7, 1941 arrives...

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LISA

‘Dr Death’ by Wondery

“If I could kiss my spine, I would. Chilling accounts of a healthcare system gone horribly wrong.”

Dr. Death
We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system.Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away.But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect?From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.
more...
Introducing Sports Wars

Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic rivalries? From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars” and “American Scandal” comes Sports Wars, an electric new series that offers an immersive, courtside look at some of the greatest athletic rivalries of all time: starting with Aaron Rodgers vs. Brett Favre.

Subscribe to Sports Wars at wondery.fm/sportswars

View Episode

BEN P

‘Hardcore History’ by Dan Carlin

“Carlin’s ability to bring you along on a journey throughout some of the most impactful events in all of human history really is second to none. He is very careful not to state interpretations as facts, and gives you many different accounts if you are delving into ancient history.”

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
In "Hardcore History" journalist and broadcaster Dan Carlin takes his "Martian", unorthodox way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This isn't academic history (and Carlin isn't a historian) but the podcast's unique blend of high drama, masterful narration and Twilight Zone-style twists has entertained millions of listeners.
more...
Show 63 - Supernova in the East II

Deep themes run through this show, with allegations of Japanese war crimes and atrocities in China at the start leading to eerily familiar, almost modern questions over how the world should respond. And then Dec 7, 1941 arrives...

View Episode

BEN E

‘Dissect’ by Cole Cuchna

“It’s killer! The host is working through seminal albums in hip hop and dissecting them song by song. It really gives a whole new understanding to the music and has certainly made me appreciate some of my favourite albums even more than before.”

LIES

”Mueller, She Wrote’ with hosts A.G, Jaleesha Johnson and Jordan Coburn

“Three very funny women talking about everything Trump and American politics.”

Dissect
The anatomy of an album. Each season host Cole Cuchna examines a single album, forensically dissecting the music and lyrics of one song per episode. Currently dissecting Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator (Season 4). Past seasons: S3 - Blonde by Frank Ocean S2 - MBDTF by Kanye West S1 - To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar MS1 - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
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Season 4 Announcement

Season 4 begins Tuesday, April 16th on Spotify (and a week later everywhere else). Visit spotify.com/promo/dissect for 60 free days of Spotify Premium (US & UK only). Follow @dissectpodcast on Instagram and Twitter for clues on the season subject. New episodes drop every Tuesday.

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Mueller, She Wrote
Three women unraveling the mysteries of the Mueller investigation each week as alt government employee and anonymous host, AG simplifies the absurd amount of Trump Russia news and wraps it up into tasty bites for human consumption. Mueller, She Wrote is committed to reporting facts and conjecture with just the right amount of snark. Come for the news, stay for the Fantasy Indictment Draft!
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Bonus : MSW Book Club Presents: Russian Roullette - Chapters 5 - 8

Free for the first time.  It's MSW Book Club.  Subscribe to the MSW Book Club Feed to get immediate access to the next two installments of Russian Roullette.  

Our second installlment of the "Russian Roulette" book series is here! Today we discuss chapters 5-8. 

This book covers the incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency. Enjoy! #PS4

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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BEN E

‘Dissect’ by Cole Cuchna

“It’s killer! The host is working through seminal albums in hip hop and dissecting them song by song. It really gives a whole new understanding to the music and has certainly made me appreciate some of my favourite albums even more than before.”

Dissect
The anatomy of an album. Each season host Cole Cuchna examines a single album, forensically dissecting the music and lyrics of one song per episode. Currently dissecting Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator (Season 4). Past seasons: S3 - Blonde by Frank Ocean S2 - MBDTF by Kanye West S1 - To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar MS1 - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
more...
Season 4 Announcement

Season 4 begins Tuesday, April 16th on Spotify (and a week later everywhere else). Visit spotify.com/promo/dissect for 60 free days of Spotify Premium (US & UK only). Follow @dissectpodcast on Instagram and Twitter for clues on the season subject. New episodes drop every Tuesday.

View Episode

LIES

”Mueller, She Wrote’ with hosts A.G, Jaleesha Johnson and Jordan Coburn

“Three very funny women talking about everything Trump and American politics.”

Mueller, She Wrote
Three women unraveling the mysteries of the Mueller investigation each week as alt government employee and anonymous host, AG simplifies the absurd amount of Trump Russia news and wraps it up into tasty bites for human consumption. Mueller, She Wrote is committed to reporting facts and conjecture with just the right amount of snark. Come for the news, stay for the Fantasy Indictment Draft!
more...
Bonus : MSW Book Club Presents: Russian Roullette - Chapters 5 - 8

Free for the first time.  It's MSW Book Club.  Subscribe to the MSW Book Club Feed to get immediate access to the next two installments of Russian Roullette.  

Our second installlment of the "Russian Roulette" book series is here! Today we discuss chapters 5-8. 

This book covers the incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency. Enjoy! #PS4

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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JEZ

‘The Ratline’ from Radio 4

“Nazis, plunder and one of the greatest human’s rights QC’s in the land, Philippe Sands. What’s not to love?”

Intrigue: The Ratline
A story of love, denial and a curious death. Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, who was indicted for mass murder.
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Bonus: Stephen Fry meets Philippe Sands

In a bonus episode of Intrigue: The Ratline, Stephen Fry interviews Philippe Sands in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. They discuss a range of issues brought up by the series including historical responsibility and the nature of evil. Plus as a special extra, there is a full version of The Ratline theme music by Catrin Finch and Sekou Keita.

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JEZ

‘The Ratline’ from Radio 4

“Nazis, plunder and one of the greatest human’s rights QC’s in the land, Philippe Sands. What’s not to love?”

Intrigue: The Ratline
A story of love, denial and a curious death. Philippe Sands investigates the mysterious disappearance of senior Nazi, Otto Wachter, who was indicted for mass murder.
more...
Bonus: Stephen Fry meets Philippe Sands

In a bonus episode of Intrigue: The Ratline, Stephen Fry interviews Philippe Sands in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. They discuss a range of issues brought up by the series including historical responsibility and the nature of evil. Plus as a special extra, there is a full version of The Ratline theme music by Catrin Finch and Sekou Keita.

View Episode