From past revolutions to current events, Rowan Slaney brings you three podcasts to try this week

Hear here is here, your favourite podcast-loving weekly editorial. I have received an unholy number of emails in the past week, full of recommendations. I can scarcely contain myself, I have such an exciting week of listening ahead of me.

As you would expect the US is predominating my listing at the moment. The UK follows closely behind but I have almost nothing from anywhere else. So I am going to make a concerted effort to find podcasts from elsewhere for future publications. But not today …

Election Daily

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Guardians Elections Daily podcast

We here at the Guardian have transformed our glorious Politics Weekly in the new Election Daily: Bringing you the sharpest analysis and the smartest commentary from around the country, as Britain prepares to vote in the 8 June election. Presented by Owen Jones and Jonathan Freedland all of our females presenters were too busy on such elections frontline that they couldnt spare the time are joined every weekday lunchtime by Guardian writers and commentators to unpack the big stories in politics. But never fear, Politics Weekly continues every Friday.

For those of us who can bear to actually engage in this sticky election, Election Daily should be your first port of call; Owen, Jonathan and their guests dont pull any punches, excavating into the spectrum been demonstrated that things arent as black and white as they seem.

Give it a listen and find what you think

Self Renovators

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Its the Self Renovators Photograph: it’s the Self-renovators

If you want to focus on yourself, then this is a good place to start. Self Renovators is so funny and touching and brilliant. It is riddled with cynicism and sarcasm and is wonderfully relatable if you have ever thought of trying one of the many self-help techniques littering the web. But now the Self-Renovator team is here to try them so you dont have to. It is a bit rambly, but that is what podcasts are about, they dont have to be tight productions, anyone can make one and I am so glad that these two hilarious females did pick up the mic. Catie Herring wrote in to tell me about the podcast. Heres what she had to say 😛 TAGEND

Selfhelp has never been more fun than in the Self-Renovators podcast, in which the comics Caroline Mabey and Taylor Glenn try out internet self-help advice to see if it makes any difference to their lives.

I love the dynamics between the two hosts: lively and comedic, but with an earnest exploration of each task. Theyve struck a great balance between creating a supportive atmosphere for discussion, but with chamber to mock one another shortcomings. It is a nice take on the comics exploring mental health trend because they are open about their own conflicts, but are also genuinely trying to find some tools in each episode.

Theres a diverse range of tasks that they attempt to complete every week, from more in-depth ones such as CBT and Headspace meditation, to sillier ones like dancing to a whole anthem, or practising gratitude mantras first thing in the morning. Sometimes they fail, and some of my favourite bits have been their wrath and indignation when they have felt patronised by a specific education.

I also like how they make a quick explanation of the social sciences behind each challenge without being too experty. Taylor and Caroline are improbably relatable, and good company on a commute. Each podcast is under 50 minutes and they fly by. Its the ultimate try before you buy of mental health, with loadings of jokes hurled in as a bonus.

Revolutions

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Revolutions podcast Illustration: Revolutions podcast

Something really nice happened last week. Peter Adamson, whose podcast featured a couple of weeks ago, wanted to share his favourite podcast in turn. He pointed me towards Revolutions, by Mike Duncan, the inventor of The History of Rome. For those of you with an extraordinary remembrance, you will recollect me to be said that The History of Rome was my introduction to podcasting, and so ultimately the reason I am writes to you today. And it turns out Im not the only one. Adamson writes 😛 TAGEND

Im a podcaster, and its Mike Duncans fault. Well , not entirely his fault. But I am one of several people who were inspired to start a history podcast after listening to his much-admired The History of Rome series. It covered the histories of Rome from the mythical foundings of the Republic down to the autumn of the western empire.( The tale of the continuing eastern empire has been taken up by Robin Piersons The History of Byzantium podcast, which is also excellent .)

After a hiatus, Duncan returned with what has become my favourite history podcast and if you havent yet detected it, you have some catching up to do. After launching in 2013 with the story of the English Civil War, the series has covered the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, Simon Bolivars liberation of South America, and more recently the July Revolution in Paris in 1830. Revolutions has everything I like in a history podcast: it tells its tale in detail the July Revolution for example was covered in an hour-by-hour and( literally) blow-by-blow fashion. Yet Duncan has a gift for clear storytelling, and there is enough forest to help you realize each tree.

The scripted episodes are tightly written and well-researched, with occasional dosages of dry humour and unflagging enthusiasm for the subject. Most impressive is that, despite moving across several centuries and different venues, Duncan conveys the sense of a single narration. Listening on a weekly basis, you get a sense of how revolutions evolved where at first they were usually unintended repercussions, they increasingly became professionalised endeavours.

Duncans earlier series was itself revolutionary, or at least pioneering, in inspiring other podcasters. With Revolutions, he demonstrates those other podcasters how it was necessary to done, and shows us all how the modern world was born.

Thats it for this week. To get in touch with your recommendations, email podcasts @theguardian. com

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