Reviews

PRAISE FOR WEST CORK

“My partner and I tend to listen to podcasts in the car. This is one of the few that caused us to drive in pointless extra loops in total silence, just so we could hear another episode. West Cork is the new Serial. It may even be better.” – India Knight, The Times.

“It knocked me out like no podcast since S-Town. A masterpiece. Listen.” – Patrick Radden Keefe, staff writer, The New Yorker 

“The show’s real strength is establishing a sense of place. The hosts beautifully communicate how a tragedy can impact a town and its people in devastating ways.”  – TIME  

“A show can attempt to justify its value apart from the core facts, beats, and twists of the crime in question. To that end, West Cork is intermittently sublime. The podcast, led by documentarian Jennifer Forde and investigative journalist Sam Bungey, is vastly more soulful than so many of its peers, in large part by functioning as an exploration of how a tragedy, mixed with spectacle, can redefine and consume the terms of a place, a person, and a time.” – Nick Quah, New York 

“Across the podcast, the breadth of their research and interviews is impressive. …All of this is produced to a high standard, weaving a narrative that encourages binge-listening … For many Irish listeners, West Cork will be the first time a podcast approaches a local story with the same depth of stories in Maryland (Serial season one) or Alabama (S-Town).” – Una Mulally, The Irish Times 

“A masterpiece of content and form.”  Audible (Best audioshow, 2018)

“Humanely told and richly detailed” – HuckMag

“It is a high bar for a piece of journalism to tell the insider something new, forcing him to re-arrange the architecture of a murder case which has found coordinates in his mind across twenty years. Audible’s West Cork has so much original reporting, such depth of curiosity, and such breathtaking access to key players and opposing opinions, that it clears the bar. It becomes a strange kind of magnum opus – the cultural equivalent to a Book Of Evidence. Indeed, it acts as a stand-in for a crucial legal document which, as yet, has never been presented in court.”  Bryan McIntyre, Orchard 

 

PRAISE FOR STAY FREE: THE STORY OF THE CLASH

The delicious new Spotify podcast “Stay Free: The Story of the Clash” … With a skilfully layered presentation of punk music, seventies-London audio, and interview clips, the podcast so far thrills me – Sarah Larson, The New Yorker

 Public Enemy’s Chuck D is the perfect choice to narrate this joint Spotify and BBC podcast about another politically engaged (indeed, enraged) outfit. Beginning with the 1976 Notting Hill clashes, which frontman Joe Strummer and bassist Paul Simonon were caught up in and which later inspired them to pen a short, snotty track entitled White Riot, it follows the band’s rise up through the punk scene, their battles with National Front morons and later experiments in funk, jazz, reggae and dub. – “The Snotty Shouty Brilliant Rise of The Clash: Podcasts of the Week” Gwilym Mumford, The Guardian