One of my favourite podcasts is Witness by the BBC World Service. In each episode they talk to people who were there at moments in history. There are some amazing stories in their archive. Each episode is an easy to digest twelve to fourteen minutes long.
In the latest episode Gibbie Fraser talks about his time on a whale catcher in the Antarctic in the 1950s and 60s.
Other episodes that stand out for me:
- Britain’s Little Blue Disability Car
- Women Nurses during World War One
- When Belgium Banned Coca-Cola
- How I Survived a Fire on a Plane
- Surviving the “Auschwitz of the Balkans”
- The Funeral of Princess Diana
- Saving Italy’s Art During WW2
- Romania’s Abortion Ban
- The Poisoning of Litvinenko
- The capture of the USS Pueblo
- The Fifteen Guinea Special
- A Vet Remembers The Hyde Park Bombing
- The Omagh Bombing
- The Last Keeper of the LightFrancis Bacon’s Studio
- The Boy Who Stayed Awake For Eleven Days
- The Climbers of Leningrad
There are 2348 episodes in their archive, so something for all tastes.