Six years ago, the Spectator began podcasting. Why? For fun, really. Our writers were always being invited to comment on national broadcast shows, and so we thought, why not create our own?
It’s been a big success. We started with ‘The Spectator Podcast’, which now has over 30,000 listens each week. We launched Coffee House shots, our political podcast, in 2016 – and then made it daily when Theresa May announced the snap election last year. People seemed to like it so we just kept going. Last year, Shots was listened to over four million times.
We now have podcasts on topics ranging from politics to culture, literature to religion, and that’s not to mention the ones we have in the pipeline. Our podcast range is expanding rapidly, and they all need a home. Which is why we’ve decided to create ‘Spectator Radio’ – an all-new collective channel for the Spectator’s podcasts. Subscribe, and you’ll get a new podcast, for free, every day.
Here’s our thinking: if you enjoy ‘The Spectator Podcast’, our snapshot of the weekly magazine with your favourite writers and experts, then chances are you might like ‘Americano’, hosted by Freddy Gray, which tackles the latest in US politics; or ‘Holy Smoke’, our religion podcast hosted by Damian Thompson; or the new ‘Table Talk’ podcast, presented by Lara Prendergast and Olivia Potts, which will be launching soon.
If you enjoy ‘Coffee House Shots’, then you’ll be pleased to know that Katy Balls has an upcoming podcast called ‘Women With Balls’, where she interviews women at the top of their respective games. And if you enjoy Sam Leith’s ‘Spectator Books’, then do check out ‘Life ‘n’ Arts’, a podcast hosted by Spectator USA’s Dominic Green. With so many new podcasts, we’d like to put them all in one place, to make them easy to find.
Of course, if you’re a die-hard fan of any one of our podcasts, you can still subscribe to them individually. Nothing’s changed there (so if you’d only like ‘The Spectator Podcast’, click here to find its new home). But we do hope you’ll join us on this new adventure in our podcasting. And in the meantime, do rate and review us to let us know your thoughts. And don’t forget, we still have those Moleskine notebooks. So welcome to Spectator Radio.