The best podcasts in November 2020—BBC’s Americast and Lockdown Parenting Hell | #parenting

Americast, BBC

Warm up for the US election with this podcast on American politics, delivered with the behind-the-news style that Brexitcast and Newscast have done so well. It’s presented by Emily Maitlis and Jon Sopel, so there’s serious analysis in each episode, flitting between reactive responses to the latest news and in-depth specials on crucial players. There are spotlights on key concepts such as climate change and changes to voting practices that may inform the election.

Bunga Bunga, Wondery

Silvio Berlusconi is the focus of a sharp eight-part series from comedian Whitney Cummings and the makers of the immensely popular podcast Dirty John. Berlusconi is probably Italy’s most controversial politician of modern times and thus there’s plenty of material to sift through in telling the story of his rise to power, including his bunga bunga parties and financial mysteries. It’s told largely from an American perspective, which is fascinating for a European listener.

Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s “Lockdown Parenting Hell”, Keep It Light Media

Is this a comedy podcast, or a confessional? Either way, if you’re a parent or child-adjacent, this podcast will come as a massive relief. Comics Beckett and Widdicombe, both parents of young children, invite public figures to reflect on how their lockdown has gone without childcare, education or socialising opportunities. Guests include Peter Crouch, Jo Brand, Lorraine Kelly, Jonathan Ross and Isy Suttie, revealing the chaos, highs and lows of their parenting year.

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