The week in radio: Oh No, Ross and Carrie!; Man Buy Cow; The Angelos and Barry Show; Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces - 2016-03-06

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F345.png The week in radio: Oh No, Ross and Carrie!; Man Buy Cow; The Angelos and Barry Show; Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces March 6, 2016, Miranda Sawyer, The Guardian

Anyhow, I checked out a few I'd not heard before, plus one I know well, and I'll work my way through the others over the next few weeks. Oh No, Ross and Carrie! is one I very much enjoyed. Part of the Maximum Fun collection of podcasts, it features Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy investigating the nuttier side of American beliefs: fringe religions, pseudo science, silly spirituality, the paranormal. Like Louis Theroux, but without the budget (or cameras). For the past couple of shows, they've been looking at Scientology, an oldie but a goodie. What's great about these shows is their inclusiveness: too many double-hander podcasts forget that they have listeners who don't always get the joke. Blocher and Poppy are very funny, but they're also journalistic: they talk to other people, they make notes, they explain, they don't talk over the top of each other. There are a lot of shows to choose from: I'd recommend the Scientology ones, as well as when they try to see if healing oils can do anything about their friend's cerebral palsy (tune in to find out!).

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Miranda | last = Sawyer | title = The week in radio: Oh No, Ross and Carrie!; Man Buy Cow; The Angelos and Barry Show; Scroobius Pip's Distraction Pieces | url = https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/mar/06/oh-no-ross-carrie-man-buy-cow-angelos-barry-scroobius-podcasts-radio- | work = The Guardian | date = March 6, 2016 | accessdate = February 7, 2019 }}