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Desert Island Discs | BBC Radio 4

If you are looking for something a bit different Desert Island Discs from the BBC has such a large archive you are guaranteed to find someone interesting to listen to. The show has been running since 1942 and now many of the episodes are available as podcasts.

The format of the show is an interview focused on the 8 tracks the guest has picked to take with them when stranded on a desert island.

When you are out for a long run it’s great to hear the guest’s stories, of their upbringing and their path to success. The music is varied and because you aren’t picking the playlists it’s surprising and uplifting to hear songs you weren’t expecting.

The podcast can be found on most podcast apps and the full list is available here on the BBC website.

Here’s a selection of some guests to give you an idea of the range. There are currently 2,254 episodes available with a new one added every week:

  • Billie Jean King
  • Gary Kasparov
  • Jack Whitehall
  • David Beckham
  • Chris Hadfield
  • John McEnroe
  • Thom Yorke
  • Steve McQueen
  • Stella McCartney
  • Roger Waters
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Michael Bublé
  • Christiane Amanpour
  • Tom Hanks
  • Bill Gates
  • Hugh Laurie
  • George Clooney
  • Keith Richards
  • Dame Judi Dench
  • Sir Ben Ainslie
  • Daniel Kahneman
  • Adhaf Soueif
  • James Corden
  • Vikram Seth
  • Bear Grylls
  • Michael Johnson
  • Alice Cooper

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