The On Being podcasts are a recent discovery, which I am exploring with pleasure. I listen to the unedited versions. Krista Tippett is a sensitive, intelligent interviewer:
Mary Oliver – Listening to the World
Christian Wiman – How Does One Remember God?
Claudia Rankine – How Can I Say This So We Can Stay in This Car Together?
David Whyte – The Conversational Nature of Reality
History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps. Peter Adamson explores in detail the history of philosophy. Now over 300 episodes and up to the 14th century (one of my favourite periods), which should give you an idea of how wonderfully painstaking this series is.
Geoffrey Hill’s Professor of Poetry lectures.
Simon Armitage’s ( Oxford’s current Professor of Poetry) lectures on poetry.
Private Passions: Michael Berkeley’s probing, tender interviews exploring musical tastes. An upgraded Desert Island Discs. My favourites so far have been his interviews with Jane Birkin, Adam Nicolson, Sally Davies, Lucy Hughes-Hallett and George Steiner.
The History of Literature podcast. I haven’t decided how much I like this show, but I keep listening and arguing, so something must be working.