Singer/songwriter and activist Amanda Palmer is launching a new podcast series in a week's time that will see her speaking to various musicians, doctors, professors and comedians about subjects including sex, death, art, pain and more.

Palmer says of her podcast series, "One day in my early forties I looked around and realised that I occupied a very strange social space: I was good friends with both doctors and porn activists, climate scientists and avant-garde writers and musicians. When I began recording these conversations, I realised that I'd accidentally created what I've always yearned for: an excuse to randomly call up really creative and compassionate people, dispense with the superficial chat, and get to the core heart-to-heart discussion about what's important in this life. Being able to create this podcast using patronage also means that I don't have to answer to a boss, rely on advertisement, or otherwise dilute the content of the conversation. This podcast is produced purely by me and my home-team, for my community, with no added artificial ingredients."

The first episode, titled Bullshit is Everywhere, launches next Tuesday (29 September) and will see Palmer speaking to author and activist Elizabeth Lesser.

Future episodes will feature guests such as Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova, Laura Jane Grace, KT Tunstall, Lenny Henry and more.

Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking Everything podcast series begins next Tuesday (29 September).