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Pick of the Podcasts: The Big Green Money Show, Endless Thread, Crypto Island

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Deborah Meaden

If you have watched even one episode of BBC1’s Dragons’ Den, you’ll be familiar with Deborah Meaden’s reputation as an eco-warrior – just the whiff of some plastic packaging is enough to make the entrepreneur say, “I’m out”.

Now, the millionaire businesswoman is turning her attention from budding start-ups to some of the biggest companies in the world, quizzing CEOs on their environmental credentials on her new podcast.

Co-hosted by Wake Up To Money’s Felicity Hannah, each episode sees big bosses discuss what they are doing to reduce their company’s impact on the planet, as well as how sustainability can be viewed as an opportunity or an inconvenience.

What’s more, the pair also answer listeners’ questions on everything from eating meat versus plant-based, buying second-hand clothing, and making our homes more energy efficient to help us make more plant and purse-friendly choices.

Released each Friday, episodes so far have featured EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren, who talks about the future of aviation, the executive vice president of Nestle on the problem with palm oil, and how fast fashion giant Primark is utilising sustainable materials.

Meaden said of her own awakening to the issue of climate change: “I’ve changed many of the things I do in my personal life – I’ve become a vegan, and we’re trying very hard to become carbon neutral in our home. That’s something lots of people want to do, but they’re not quite sure how to do it.”

Personal changes, she says, go hand-in-hand with businesses becoming sustainable, too.

She continued: “Any business ignoring the issue is going to fail at some point in the future because consumers really care.”

The Big Green Money Show, BBC Sounds


Crypto Island

If you know what Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin are – not to mention how they will shape the future of the world economy – the new podcast from PJ Vogt is for you.

The Reply All co-founder explores the world of cryptocurrency through the weird and wonderful stories of its investors, kicking off the limited series by reporting on a private island that aims to be populated entirely by the “crypto rich”.

Endless Thread

Hosted by Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson, this fascinating podcast takes inspiration from topics or “threads” posted on online community forum Reddit.

From untold histories and unsolved mysteries to curious news reports and real life stories, “the front page of the internet” throws up a range of intriguing themes. Start with the episode We Want Plates! to get a taste for the show.