Pod Only Knows is a new 6-part series starting on RTE Radio One Extra, looking at the phenomenon of podcasts.

With the abundance of smartphones, the popularity of podcasts has exploded in the last few years. The series will look behind the scenes at some of the most popular and fascinating Irish and international podcasts available. The shows featured in the first series are The Truth, The Cinemile, Sound Matters, The Alison Spittle Show, Love Me and Meet Your Maker.

Listen to Episode 1 of Pod Only Knows - Jonathan Mitchell of The Truth on making movies for your ears.

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The series will cover a diverse range of podcasts and topics. The Truth, from the highly successful Radiotopia Network in the US, offers listeners realistic drama, crafted audio and social stories. In Sound Matters, Tim Hinman (from the UK, but based in Denmark) looks at and listens to the sounds of the world around us. Canadian producers Cristal Duhaime and Mira Burt-Wintonick have crafted two series of Love Me for CBC podcasts about the messiness of human connection.

Cathy & Dave of The Cinemile

Irish podcasts are represented by Irish married couple Dave & Cathy, whose Cinemile series won Best New Podcast at the 2017 British Podcast Awards, and The Alison Spittle Show, a unique and irreverent chat show hosted by the star of RTE’s new sitcom Nowhere Fast. And finally, the series features new podcast Meet Your Maker from Liam Geraghty, where he meet the makers, creators, composers, authors and builders of the cultural landscape.

Pod Only Knows, 6pm, RTE Radio 1 Extra from Monday 20th November 2017 - listen back here.