Talking pointsMarvel might be battling it out with seemingly every film director on the planet, but that’s not the only thing afoot at the comics giant. Marvel has also inked an exclusive podcast deal with Pandora and SiriusXM – including scripted series, unscripted shows and talk shows – taking superheroes off the page and into our lugholes from 2020.In the UK, an increasing number of podcasting events continue to spring up. There’s the Manchester Podcast Festival, which returns for a second year from 1 to 27 November, with Deborah Frances-White of The Guilty Feminist and Richard Herring among the guests. Elsewhere, boutique North Yorkshire festival Deer Shed launches a two-day pod offshoot, Podcast Social Club, on 22 November with a range of podcasters including comedian Jessica Fostekew and Gabriel Ebulue, host of the Desert Island Discs-esque Three Track Podcast.Picks of the weekBad Batch Facebook Twitter Pinterest Testing times ... Laura Beil explores medical and moral mistakes in Bad Batch. Photograph: PRFrom the makers of the smash hit Dr Death comes a new, equally shocking tale of medical-themed disaster. Stem cells have been hailed as a miracle cure for many conditions. However – as with most new and evolving treatments – there are horror stories, too. Laura Beil’s new six-parter examines the cases of patients who were hospitalised after undergoing treatment provided by a Californian company, exploring a worryingly unregulated industry. Hannah J DaviesThe Horror of Dolores Roach PodcastGimlet’s dark, scripted podcast, about a woman who returns from prison to find her loved ones have fled her newly-gentrified New York block, is already being made into a TV series as the second season drops. Daphne Rubin–Vega is a force as Roach, who’s just blown up her building and is lurking in the tunnels beneath the city, meeting Lea DeLaria (Orange Is the New Black) and Amy Ryan (The Wire). Graphic descriptions of violence and the sound of dripping seep in from the start. Hannah VerdierGuardian pick: Chips with Everything – the digital welfare state Facebook Twitter Pinterest The Department of Work and Pensions in the UK are increasing investment in AI. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PAThis week, the Guardian’s digital culture podcast looks into what it’s like to be at the sharp end of new technology when it could affect something as fundamental as being able to pay your rent. As part of the Guardian’s Automating Poverty series, Robert Booth looked at how and why the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions is increasing investment in testing artificial intelligence to assess citizens’ claims about their childcare and housing costs. As Booth discusses with host Jordan Erica Webber, technology can be useful, freeing up human time for much-needed personal interaction. But as Chips so often brings home, the use of technology can be insidious and, when left unchecked, could leave vulnerable people who use the benefits system in an even more vulnerable position. Katherine GodfreyProducer pick: StadioChosen by Jonathan Fisher, Guardian Football Weekly producer The Guardian’s Football Weekly podcast features a rotating cast of journalists, comedians, experts and enthusiasts. Musa Okwonga fits into at least three of those categories and 福彩3d营长四胆平台 made his long–awaited studio debut this Thursday. Stadio, the podcast he produces with friend and musician Ryan Hunn, is also predominantly football-focused, with sojourns into David Bowie, politics and personal anecdotes. It feels warm and intimate – two people who know each other very well and have no inclination to compete for airtime. They’re a match in temperament, intelligence and background knowledge, and Okwonga’s infectious laugh is a real highlight. It’s a comfortable listen, which covers everything from the games with the biggest TV audiences in Europe to Okwonga’s amateur tournaments without missing a beat.