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12:15pm Inspiring figures: 'Great Lives' Who in your life has inspired you to do what you do? A parent, teacher, friend....maybe even someone famous? 'Great Lives' is a biographical show from the BBC where notable guests choose somebody who's inspired them, and tell host Matthew Parris why. It's been going since 2001, and is now onto it's 48th series, so it's already got hundreds and hundreds of 'great lives' to choose from! In our featured episode the comedian and TV star Matt Lucas is joined by Freddie Mercury's biographer Lesley-Anne Jones, to explain why the late Queen frontman has been such a source of inspiration. Great Lives is presented by Matthew Parris and produced by Miles Warde for BBC Radio 4. 

12:25pm Maron milestone: 'WTF' hits 1000 episodes! The podcaster, standup comedian and actor Marc Maron has been recording his show WTF in his garage for almost a decade, and has recently celebrated its 1000th episode. Maron's 2015 interview with Barack Obama often gets mentioned in the same breath as Serial as being one of those important moments when podcasting really took off. WTF's guest list over the past decade reads a bit like a whos-who of the music and the entertainment worlds- Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen. But the show's also been pretty life changing for its host: in a sense WTF's become a story about his personal development too. All this gets explored in the one thousandth episode of 'WTF with Marc Maron'. No famous guests, just Maron and longtime producer Brendan McDonald pulling back the curtain on their production process, and reflecting on their friendship and creative partnership. There were some great stories, lots of listener emails, and some moving moments too.

12:35pm (Another) garage project: 'Movie Reviews in 20Q's' After that, another podcast recorded in a garage- only this one's in Bay of Plenty! Mount Mauganui couple Sam and Stacey Hurley started up 'Movie Reviews in 20Q's' back in 2016. And on each episode they invite their friends and fellow podcasters into the garage with them to answer 20 questions about a film, with questions- and answers- that tend towards the funny and the offbeat. So- to use a few Safe For Work examples- how long would you survive in this movie's world?...what characters would you take with you on a road trip?...and how would you incorporate Nicholas Cage into the storyline?! Each episode gets thousands of listeners, the vast majority of them based in the US. and we speak to Sam- the film nerd in the relationship- about how and why they do it, We also feature excerpts from their episodes about the 1988 film 'Die Hard', and the animated film 'Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse'.

12:50pm Crushing work meetings: 'The Pineapple Project' Ever wanted to be happier, wealthier, fitter, more all-round better version of You? Well if you do, there's a podcast for that! NPR's Life Kit series, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, and WorkLife with Adam Grant are just a few popular examples in this self help genre. With The Pineapple Project, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation also aims to get in on this self improvement vibe. Season 1 tackled money issues and Season 2 takes on work- from nailing job interviews to networking and dealing with a horrible boss. We share an episode all about work meetings- why so many people hate them, and what you can do about it. The Pineapple Project from ABC Audio Studios is presented by Claire Hooper and produced by Karla Arnall with sound engineering from John Jacobs, featuring Donna McGeorge and Virginia Trioli.
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