This week sees the release of the 125th episode of the biography podcast from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. To mark the occasion we’re telling the life story of the author George Orwell (1903-50) in a special 30-minute episode. Every fortnight since 2007, the podcast has provided a single biography—drawn from the pages of the ODNB—which introduces new audiences to some of the shapers of British history, society, and culture.
All 125 episodes are now available for download in a free archive that can be browsed by ‘claim to fame’, places of association, or by face (or portrait). Here you’ll the stories of some familiar names (from Jimi Hendrix and George Best to Pocahontas and Paul Robeson), as well as some less familiar figures, including the captain of the Titanic, the creator of the coffee house, and the bringer of garden gnomes to England. Covering 2000 years, the podcast can open your ears to lives in science, literature, politics, sport, exploration, music, war and crime.
You can listen to our special George Orwell podcast below.