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Inside Kissinger’s secret journey to China – podcasts of the week | Podcasts

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The Documentary: When Kissinger went to China (from 12 Jun)
The Guardian’s China affairs correspondent Vincent Ni hosts this episode of the podcast/radio present from the BBC World Service. We open with Henry Kissinger’s 1971 journey to fulfill then-Chinese PM Zhou Enlai, a secret chilly war-era mission to forge new connections after twenty years with no contact. How did this clandestine journey change the course of historical past – and why did relations later deteriorate as soon as once more? The likes of historian Neil Ferguson clarify, in a wise, generation-spanning present.
Hannah J Davies

My Dad Wrote a Porno

More ribald, reckless adventures within the firm of hosts Jamie, James and Alice, and – in fact – Jamie’s dad’s actually unsexy erotic fiction, because the hit present continues its sixth run. As it continues to unfold, anticipate extra unfathomable tales from the world of gross sales woman Belinda, full with horrible accents, burgeoning breasts, unprintable bodily fluids, and the strangest of particulars (a current episode noticed the trio attempt to determine the logic behind a cocktail “served with a fish finger garnish”). HJD

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Finding Natasha’s Debbie Gayle in 1973, at the age of 16, with teacher Anna Northcote.
Finding Natasha’s Debbie Gayle in 1973, on the age of 16, with instructor Anna Northcote. Photograph: Message Heard

Chosen by Danielle Stephens

I’ve at all times been jealous of my youthful cousin Isabella, a proficient ballerina, so I used to be intrigued to listen to Message Heard’s new podcast collection, Finding Natasha. It additionally helped that there was a thriller to resolve – and never one of many true crime form. Throw in some historical past and Soviet Union secrecy, and I actually was all ears.

Recently I’ve change into fed up with sure male presenters utilizing different individuals’s tales as a option to inevitably make a podcast about themselves, however Jake Warren doesn’t do this right here. Early on, I realised the star of the present is his mum, Debbie Gayle, a vastly heat and naturally humorous lady, who has an unbelievable story to inform. The scoring can typically be overwhelming, however total the manufacturing worth is stellar. I received’t give any spoilers, however all I’ll say is I discovered it troublesome to take the earphones out for this bingeable collection.

Talking factors

  • Feeling peckish? You would possibly effectively be after listening to a brand new Guardian podcast, launching subsequent week. Grace Dent hosts Comfort Eating, that includes movie star friends, conversations each lighthearted and heartfelt – and many homely grub.

  • Why not attempt: Day X | Masala Podcast | Food Behind Bars

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