Some podcasts have a strong or clear hook such as reviewing Star Trek episodes, talking about racial injustice, or conspiracies about crisps – that sort of thing.
However, some are an excuse for people to witter on with their friend.
One of Britain’s best witterers is Danny Baker.
Radio DJ, TV presenter and washing powder salesman Danny has been entertaining us for decades.
Now, like other broadcasters, he’s turned to podding.
In The Treehouse, Danny has teamed up with fellow broadcaster Louise Pepper for a show without a clear hook.
It’s most just Danny and Louise talking about… well, everything and anything.
Injuries and scars caused by pop music, tales of clairvoyants and meeting someone with your name are just a few of the subjects the pair cover.
Listeners are treated to a twice-weekly helping of the show, which was a favourite among Radio 5 Live listeners until last year.
That show was one of the most awarded and original shows of British radio and the podcast form has been a huge hit and racked up over a million listens in just six months.
Each episode, Danny and Peps explore six core subjects leading to endless trajectories of original thinking.
The pair say there’s no agenda or spin – they apparently exist in a warm universe where nothing matters and is more fun than counting your teeth with your tongue.
Danny asks fans to chip in to various trademark offbeat topics.
Expect pressing questions and topics such as “Who Your Mum Would Have Left Your Dad For” “Breaking Stuff In Shops” and “Hiding As An Adult!”
Expect that level of lighthearted daftness – and no washing powder adverts, as of yet.
The Treehouse, Acast
Nut Job, Apple Podcasts
Australian journalist Marc Fennell, whose previous podcast It Burns was all about scandal at the heart of the chilli-growing world, explores a new and very weird trend.
This is “The $10 million heist you’ve never heard of” – robberies not involving expensive goods but shipments of nuts vanishing without a trace. Nut Job is for those who like their mysteries compelling rather than scary.
Wind Of Change, Spotify
It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad Wind Of Change, by the Scorpions.
Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumour: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth…