About

Each week, Ivan Wise interviews a guest, who makes a series of recommendations of things which they think should be better known.

Guests have included the physicist Jim al-Khalili, ceramicist Emma Bridgewater, statistician David Spiegelhalter, novelist Joanne Harris, writer Will Hutton, entrepreneur Wasfi Kani, journalist Helen Lewis and academic Anand Menon.

Better Known has been featured as Show of the Week in the Radio Times, in The Guardian’s 50 podcasts that make your life better, in the Great British Podcasts newsletter, in Spectator Life’s Podcasts to liven up your commute and in The Observer’s The week in radio and audio.

“Ivan’s creation, Better Known, is one of those gloriously simple ideas that’s the ultimate mile-melter – the kind of podcast that doesn’t date and also has a good chance of appealing to everybody’s who’s in the car…The half-hour format works a treat and the guests reveal perhaps more than they intended.” – David Hepworth, Show of the Week, Radio Times (14-20 August 2021)

In April 2021, Better Known was featured in the top 100 Apple Podcasts in the UK at number 57.

You can read more about the aims of the podcast.