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Selections of the week

Chameleon: Probable scam
Apple Podcasts, weekly episodes

Most of us have responded to an anxiety-provoking, if unconvincing, scam call – 82% of people in the UK, according to Ofcom. This gripping podcast series takes that fear to the next level, with host Yudhijit Bhattacharjee following a team unraveling one of the biggest call center scams ever – $300 million stolen from tens of thousands of Americans. The hunt is on to pin down the shadowy multinational mob behind it all. Hollie Richardson

fed up
Wondery, weekly episodes

Casey Wilson throws plenty of shade as she tells the story of warring wellness queens Tanya Zuckerbrot and Emily Gellis. When Gellis exposed the side effects of Zuckerbrot’s popular fiber-rich F-Factor diet, he shook the money-making tree and launched a legal case. Wilson balances a fascinating journey into influencer culture with a bit of sarcasm. Hannah Verdier

Daniel Robinson, a 24-year-old geologist who disappeared from a field site outside Phoenix, Arizona, in June 2021, is featured in NBC’s irresistible Dateline: Missing in America. Photography: AP

WikiListen
Widely available, daily episodes

This daily 10-minute podcast series is the audio equivalent of disappearing down a Wikipedia hole. It’s an attempt full of digressions and jokes to read a different Wiki page every day, with topics ranging from “spontaneous human combustion” to “urine indicator dye”. Alexis Duggins

Proud stutter
Widely available, regular episodes

Hosted by Maya Chupkov, “a proud woman who stutters,” this podcast aims to change the way we understand how people speak. Each week, she and a co-host ‘ally’ conduct informative, honest and insightful interviews with people who stutter – starting with the first episode with Dr Cameron Raynes, senior lecturer at the University of South Australia . AD

Deadline: Disappeared in America
Widely available, weekly episodes

There’s always something very intriguing about people who go missing, and Josh Mankiewicz and Andrea Canning peel back the layers of those stories in this podcast. Each episode focuses on a missing person, starting with Heidi Planck, a California mother whose ex-husband raised the alarm when she failed to pick up her son from school. excluding tax

There’s a podcast for that

England players celebrate during a victory party in Trafalgar Square, central London, on August 1, 2022.
England players celebrate during a victory party in Trafalgar Square, central London, on August 1, 2022. Photography: AFP/Getty Images

This week, to celebrate England’s victory at the Women’s Euro 2022, Ella Braidwood chooses five of the best women’s football podcastsfrom in-depth match analysis to a podcast inspired by the FA’s 50-year ban.

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Brought to you by Swedish broadcasters Mia Eriksson and Amanda Zaza, Their Pitch made headlines in April for her interview with Iceland captain Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, in which she criticized the decision to play the Women’s Euro 2022 matches on Manchester City’s academy ground as ‘disrespectful to women’s football’. . It’s a testament to the quality of this podcast’s coverage, which includes interviews with top players and coaches competing in Europe, the United States and Canada. There’s also a big nod to those from the Nordics, with star guests like Sweden and Chelsea defender Magdalena Eriksson, as well as smiley interviews with a few Lionesses, namely tournament heroines Ella Toone and Mary Earps. (The latter advises that a good way to remember the pronunciation of one’s last name is to rhyme with “burps.”)

The Athletic Women’s Soccer Podcast

Offering methodical and in-depth analysis, Athletic’s Women’s Football Podcast has been running since late 2020 and is vital fodder for anyone looking to get stuck into the Women’s Super League (WSL). Hosts Kait Borsay and Lynsey Hooper break down the ins and outs of England’s top tier, as well as major European tournaments. The treatment of women’s football over the years is examined through a critical lens, while guest appearances have included royalty Lionne Kelly Smith, Golden Boot winner Beth Mead and former England striker and current manager sportsman of the Angel City FC of Los Angeles, Eni Aluko.

Completely unsuitable for women

In 1921, the FA passed a motion declaring “football is utterly unsuitable for women”, banning women from playing on its grounds for half a century. This five-episode series from the National Football Museum explores the disastrous impact of the ban, as well as the harmful stereotypes and barriers faced by women and girls who play today, from grassroots to elite level. The sport’s LGBTQ+ inclusivity and the golden age of pre-banning the women’s game are also highlighted – in particular, with the legacy of Lily Parr and the team she played for: Dick , Kerr Ladies – while its four hosts are adept at balancing information with engaging.

Goal Diggers Podcast

A black female-led podcast by a group of fans who know their football, from transfer predictions to match recaps: this show is refreshing, funny and smart. The banter is enough to put a smile on your face even in the darkest depths of winter, while the discussions are insightful, informative and witty. The podcast focuses mainly on men’s football, but there are dedicated women’s football episodes – also available as expertly produced videos on YouTube – including a WSL edition and a pre-Euro one.

The Guardian Women’s Football Weekly

Relive the highs and lows of the Euros with The Guardian’s first ever women’s football podcast, which follows the tournament from start to finish. Hosted by sports TV channel Faye Carruthers, it offers in-depth match analysis with guests including former England internationals Anita Asante and Karen Carney. Guardian football journalists Suzanne Wrack and Jonathan Liew also make regular appearances, offering their insights and, after England’s historic win, their sheer joy. Carruthers also runs TalkSport’s Women’s Football Weekly podcast, which focuses on the WSL, including player interviews and discussions on the treatment of the sport: from the quality of refereeing to the possible use of VAR in the WSL .

For more, sign up for Moving the Goalposts, the Guardian’s women’s football newsletter

Why not try …

  • Abortion: The Body Politic, legendary American television broadcaster Katie Couric’s six-part story about reproductive rights in America.

  • The tenth season of Hollywood’s scandal show Disgraceland, centering on the true story of Britney Spears’ conservatorship case.

  • Lexx Education, in which comedian Laura Lexx tries again to pass her science GCSE, helped by her younger brother.

In last week’s newsletter, we mistakenly provided a link to The Electricity of Every Living Thing audiobook, when we meant to link to the serialized dramatization.

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