Introducing the Guardian’s new podcast series - ‘Pop Culture with Chanté Joseph’

The Guardian is today (Thursday 3 November) launching Pop Culture with Chanté Joseph, a brand new weekly podcast series exploring the biggest stories that have everyone talking.

In each episode Pop Culture host, writer and journalist, Chanté Joseph will be joined by guests for funny, open and thought-provoking conversations.

Guests will include people at the centre of the stories providing first-person views, as well as industry experts helping to delve deep into how pop and internet culture impacts our everyday lives. From the latest social media trends, to the reality behind reality TV, Gen Z stan culture and true crime obsessions.

The first episode looks at the return of pop and cultural icon Rihanna to the music scene. After six long years since she released new music, Chanté is joined by writer and broadcaster, Afua Hirsch who spent a night interviewing Rihanna back in 2020, to find out what makes the singer tick and to explore how she’s still so successful, after so long.

Pop Culture with Chanté Joseph will run for ten episodes, with a new episode every Thursday. The first episode is available now on, you can also search, subscribe and listen wherever you get your podcasts. Have a listen to the podcast trailer for a preview.

Chanté Joseph, Pop Culture host, said:
“Hosting the Guardian’s Pop Culture podcast is an actual dream come true. I’ve devoured so many of the Guardian’s amazing podcasts over the years, so it is an honour to now be able to host my own. Pop culture is right up my street, I’ve written about it for so long and have built a platform sharing my opinion on hot topics. I’m so excited for this podcast to launch and dive more into the stories we’re obsessed with, hopefully teaching everyone something new each week.”

Nicole Jackson, head of audio, Guardian News & Media, said:
“Pop Culture with Chanté Joseph is another great audio offering from the Guardian, adding to the unique range of podcasts currently on our roster. This podcast will delve into the biggest stories of the week by speaking to journalists, writers and those in the know to provide smart and funny analysis. I’m thrilled to be working with Chanté - she’s a huge talent with a genuine passion for all things pop culture.”

Pop Culture with Chanté Joseph builds on the success that the Guardian has had in creating podcasts for over fifteen years. The Guardian is one of the UK’s leading podcast producers, with a combined podcast network that enjoys millions of listens every month, including:

  • Award winning Today In Focus, providing a unique and in-depth take on the story behind the headlines every weekday.

  • Recent chart topping investigative true-crime podcast Can I tell you a secret?, which details the story of a prolific cyberstalker who terrified people in his home town and beyond for over a decade.

  • Popular and award-winning Football Weekly, available for anyone who is a football fan, often dominating the UK podcast charts.

  • Women’s Football Weekly which recently returned in support of the Women’s Super League 2022/23 following the success of the special edition series that ran during the Women’s Euro this summer.

  • Hit interview show Comfort Eating with Grace Dent, now in its fourth season, with celebrity guests including Malorie Blackman, Dawn O’Porter and Graham Norton.

Look out for the upcoming Politics Weekly America special episodes that will run during the US midterm elections. We also have special episodes of Football Weekly kicking off in November to provide a unique take on every game of the World Cup 2022 from Max, Barry and their guests.

Pop Culture with Chanté Joseph is hosted by Chanté Joseph. The series has been produced by Hattie Moir and executive produced by Maz Ebtehaj. The original music by Axel Kacoutié and sound design is by Mau Loseto. The commissioning editor is Nicole Jackson, the Guardian’s head of audio.


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About Guardian News & Media
Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes, one of the world’s leading English-language news websites. Traffic from outside of the UK now represents around two-thirds of the Guardian’s total digital audience. In the UK, GNM publishes the Guardian newspaper six days a week, first published in 1821, and the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer.