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  • Summary

  • Following on from her examination of the weird and wonderful animal kingdom, this second season of Earpedia sees comedian Sue Perkins presenting a series of audio guides to the planet's most useful, bizarre and interesting plants.

    Join Sue as she explores the truly horrible welwitschia mirabilis, which looks like a gateway into the pit of hell, the stony lithops plant, which resembles a dog's testicles, the technically poisonous cocoa plant, the caveman's discovery of rubber, and how much of the Venus flytrap's diet is actually flies.

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Episodes
  • May 8 2018
    Sue Perkins presents a pocket-sized guide to the humble banana, the world's largest herb. Hear how they're available not just in yellow, but in red, orange and purple varieties, and discover that they have so much potassium in them that they're slightly radioactive.
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    13 mins
  • May 8 2018
    Sue Perkins presents an audio guide to one of the world's ugliest plants, which resembles a huge jumble of fraying, dying leaves that have been carelessly dumped out of the back of a van onto the dusty, desert ground.
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    11 mins
  • May 8 2018
    Sue Perkins presents a guide to the coconut. You might be thinking of piña coladas on the beach but the coconut itself is not only a tasty form of food and drink, but also a textile, a building material and so much more.
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    12 mins

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Very informative

I found this a highly informative series with a healthy dose of humor, allowing the information to never become stale. Without Sue Perkins this series would not work as well. I learnt a lot, they were easy bites of information that allowed for listening on short journeys and whilst having some down time. The chocolate one was particularly well done with many a hint at dark humor. A very worthwhile listen especially as it free on audible currently.

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Avoid...irritating.

I've not heard anything as naff as this since 1980s kids tv. Facts punctuated by 'hillarious' skits which just grate.

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Aaargghhh

Information is limited by the failed attempts of funny jokes that interrupt the narrative. Not funny, not great, would not recommend.

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Brilliant botany...

A charming series, and like the Animals version, I wished the episodes were longer and contained more information, as the tid bits about each plant were fascinating. Sue Perkins is the perfect narrator to maintain an upbeat, engaging, listen.

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Worst garbage my ears have listened to.

Feel like I've clicked a horrendous clickbait internet article. Honestly offended this is even available for free.

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Great!

I am really like this podcast. nice content. fantastic and excellent narration in this content.

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entertaining

Similar to the animal series this is very entertaining and amusing. I really enjoyed it whilst learning about plants is a tongue-in-cheek way.

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Bloody hilarious

I learnt something and was roaring with laughter throughout, a brilliant series! More please!

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Very good for putting me to sleep.

I don't know what it is about this book, but I never hear a chapter to the end. What I hear is very interesting and seems witty. But I always fall asleep, so as someone who struggled to sleep, thank you

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plants are not designed!

vaguely amusing but she mispronounced chitin and thinks plants were designed. There was no designer, ask Darwin.

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  • Ari H.
  • 01-09-20

Not for kids

Interesting nature facts and funny but some content inappropriate for kids. Word word word word

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  • V0616
  • 30-10-20

Would have loved more with less silly dialogue

This series was really amazing. I absolutely loved the facts that were provided about each plant and truly enjoyed Sue’s sense of humor. HOWEVER, while the characterized dialogue, performed by Sue and another man, that took occurred throughout every episode was funny, there was just WAY too much of it. One or two little snippets sprinkled in each episode would be fine but the stupid scenarios took up more than half of each episode. I still listened to every episode because I sincerely enjoyed the information that was provided but I don’t know if I would recommend the series to someone who has less patience than I do haha! I made my husband listen to one with me and he did not like it at all because of the “side show” that went along with the episode.

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  • Branden
  • 29-07-22

Very Funny

A hilarious and entertaining series teaching interesting facts about various plants. Definitely not for young children because of language and some mild sexual innuendo.

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  • Linda Shore
  • 30-07-21

Weird plants!! Hooray!!

This is so much fun! Cheeky weird plant info told to us by Sue. Can't get cheekier!

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  • Rach
  • 04-03-21

Great way to learn

Such a creative way to learn. Loved it! Wish there was a lot more.

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  • tobytobs
  • 30-11-20

Love it

Love Sue. She is funny but not necessarily good for children. Makes learning about new plants interesting.

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  • Cameron
  • 20-11-20

It funformitive. But for adults.

Great in small doses but since episodes are like 15 minutes at most it is perfect. I like Sue Perkins humor she includes everybody and no one is the butt of her comedy. Thanks for the fun Sue.