Podcasts are cool, right? I can’t lie to you and say I didn’t popped the ear cherry with Welcome to Night Vale but I did. Sadly, that wasn’t enough. What came next was Serial. I listened to Serial in a matter of three days and I was hungry – more like starving– for more. The shine of Serial has worn off, and season two bored me to tears, so I went hunting for new weekly eargasms. I’ve collected quite the listen history, though it’s hard to really call me . This month is TryPod month, an effort to get more people into the world of listening to podcasts. Thankfully this gave me a reason to talk about what I listen to and share my favorite episodes.
Sword and Scale — The worst monsters are real.
Told from the narrator’s point of view, Sword and Scale goes beyond the news clips and the sensationalist headlines to give listeners the whole story and deeper insight into the cases it covers than any other medium.
I can’t tell you how I found S&S. It could have been on accident but I mostly remember it was an episode about a stalker who made videos about his obsession, then his suicide. Don’t worry, I’m not into that kind of stuff but I was hooked thereafter. Though everyone will talk about the horrors that is Episode 20, best to be heard and not explained, I’ve taken to heart many cases that the show has highlighted. Sadly, the one that has stuck with me the most is the case of Josh Powell and his family, Ep. 22.
Each episode the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder, and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Check your anxiety at the door, ’cause Karen & Georgia are dying to discuss death.
When all of your other favorite podcasts keep recommending a show, you consider it. I wasn’t expecting to like it because I thought they would be glamorizing it, sort of not talking about it in respect for the victims but that’s not it at all. Georgia and Karen really make the show remarkable and one of a kind with their honesty, humor, and their stories about … their .. favorite … murder. It’s pretty hard to pick your favorite of the bunch since there’s so many amazing episodes of the two. Truthfully, between all the hometown murders (the minisodes) and the live shows, I’ll say the Ep. 44, Live at Chicago Podcast Festival is a great place to start.
I’m fascinated by the human mind and the choices that people make, along with the consequences of our criminal justice system. But above all, I think it’s important for everyone to know about these cases, and to know that anything detailed on this site could happen to any one of us.
I’m not a fan of courtroom happenings and trails so much, this podcast helped shine a light on the other sides of these horrific crimes in a good way. Mike from Sword and Scale suggested the show and then they followed me on Twitter which always makes me more than likely to give a show a listen. I don’t exactly have a favorite episode so I think the best place to start is the beginning, Ep. 1.
The true stories behind what keeps you awake at night and afraid of the dark.
The description isn’t long for this, and it doesn’t have to be. The show takes the myths and boogeyman stories and tells the truth about them all. Not every single episode is that way and honestly, the episodes are shorter than I would like but my favorite episode thus far (even though it’s dark and not suggested for everyone) is Ep. 8, Candyman and the Houston Mass Murders.
Thin Air is a true-crime podcast dedicated to investigating unsolved missing persons cases from around the world. With its narrative-driven stories, primary-source interviews, and hands-on investigative work, Thin Air is top-choice amongst true crime fans.
Let’ blame Reddit for this. I don’t know how I get here, but I’m glad I found it. Each episode is compelling and, honestly, very sad. One of the cases that stuck with me the most is that of Reny Jose, Ep. 13.
A show about people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
Criminal is the show that introuced me to more sides of true crime aside form dismemberment, kidnappings, and serial killers. It’s really hard to pick a favorite episode since each one is interesting (though also sadly short). Narrowing the selection of over 50 episodes down, I’ll have to say Ep. 15 and Ep. 48 are pretty interesting starts. And also Ep. 53 and Ep. 54.
On December 31, 1997, at a New Year’s Eve party broadcast on live TV, Sheryl Sheppard accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie. Two days later, she disappeared. In Season 2 of SKS, documentarian David Ridgen joins Sheppard’s mother Odette on her search for answers.
Though there are two seasons, and each episode of each season has to be listened to in order, I would highly recommend listening to the second season only because the heart ache of the first is something to really warm yourself up for. With all that being said, start off with Ep. 1 of season two.
Child abductions are rare crimes. And they’re typically solved. For 27 years, the investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota yielded no answers. In the most comprehensive reporting on this case, APM Reports and reporter Madeleine Baran reveal how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation’s sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving effectiveness and accountability.
When the case of Jacob Wetterling was solved, I was happy to know this 30 year cold case was over but In The Dark proposed that there was more to the story than just the confession. I can’t pass up a good story, or knowing the truth, and quickly subscribed to this. Again, another that has to be listened to in order, you want to start from the beginning, Ep. 1, The Crime.
A podcast about horror, cities, and the subconscious.
It’s like Blair Witch when it first came out. Not exactly like the movie, but better because I don’t have to see the weird shit that I hear. Sadly, this entire category won’t have a favorite episode since you sort of just have to listen form the beginning to get the entire picture. It’s really great production and the actors are also very, very amazing. As I said, start from the top to get the full story: Ep. 1, A Body in a New Place.
The Black Tapes is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her enigmatic subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both.
I’ll admit something, I listened to TANIS, another podcast by the same company, before I found this and didn’t really get hooked on it. Months later I found this and kind of get hooked. I don’t know what it was, but I think after so much true crime, when you here a documentary kind of story that takes a twist you weren’t expected, you get a little drawn in. Not “found footage” style, but there’s a story within a story here that unfolds as the “documentary” goes on. Ep. 1, A Tale of Two Tapes.
Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”
Third time’s the charm. I didn’t like it at first. It was before I learned that podcast like these actually have to be listened to without doing a thousand other things at the same time. Third time around, I loved it. I’m still dying for more and I’ll never beg people to do something when I’m not helping to pay for the work, but I would love another season or story from them. Ep. 1, What We Know.
In 1998, Ryan Jennings recorded a VHS tape in an attempt to understand the mysteries that only seem to exist within his hometown of Crayton, Minnesota.
It starts off like a found footage, then it gets creepier. What I love most about the series is that, in a way, it’s happening in real time? Each episode includes someone who talks about listening to the previous episode. It’s emotional and raw in that sense. You also get a peek into the main character psyche and trauma making it feel even more real. Some of the acting falls short, sometimes I kinda make a face when someone says something that only a writer could come up with, but I like the overall story and sound of it. You could say I love the aesthetic. Where you really want to start isn’t the first episode but the first tape, Tape 1 – The Where.
Our fears have roots. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares.
Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
I cannot praise this show enough. I mean truly, it’s hard to love a show more than Lore. I won’t call it my all-time favorite podcast ever but it’s something that I’ll always love. Aaron tells a great story each and every episode. I will admit that I fell in love with his voice, I’m just a sucker for a good storyteller, okay? Anyway, Lore is amazing and you don’t actually have to listen in order at all. This means I can actually tell you that my favorite episode is the second one about the Hoosac Tunnel in Massachusetts. Ep. 2, The Bloody Pit.
The idea of a show restricted to just the paranormal was too limited, but it was hard for us to quantify all the other areas we wanted to cover, so we just went for it and here we are working through a file cabinet of over a thousand strange tales and interviewing people with stories of their own along the way.
I love weird shit! I love mysteries and old spooky stuff from history with great little stories. Astonishing Legends is like listening to your uncles tell really great stories. Again, like Criminal in a way, there are darker ones and some told by other people, but they’re still very interesting stories, nonetheless. My favorite, so far, is Ep. 56. Unhappy Endings.
Pop Culture/ Entertainment
Join Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture’s most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé. (Or Blue Ivy.)
Every episode is fantastic. I honestly love opinions that differ from my own, and I love when other people have the same opinion as me so I don’t feel like i’m going inside. Either way, Kid Fury and Crissle are the light of my week when it comes to anything and everything. I can’t tell a lie that when it comes to throwing shade or dragging someone, my favorite victim is Taylor Swift. Needless to say, give Nineteen Eighty Lie a listen.
The Cracked Podcast is an extension of the editorial team discussions that shape the brilliant articles and sketches on Cracked. Cohosts Jack O’Brien and Michael Swaim, along with an impressive roster of guests, use the platform to identify and dissect pop culture tropes, debunk myths and generally try to reach the large demographic of people who would enjoy their site’s content if only they’d learn to read.
Is this pop culture or education? Is it science or entertainment? Either way, it’s fun as hell to listen to. Also it’s great to learn something new every single time. I don’t know the experts that come on but I’ve learned that sometimes you just want to take someones weird for it, depending on what they’re an expert of or in, and just enjoy it. My all time episode was the one that hit home to me the most. It’s an episode about how society is engineered to make us feel lonely, or Why You’re Probably Touch Starved and Don’t Know It.
The Heart and Hustle Podcast is a weekly podcast created for women of color entrepreneurs to have a place to talk about business and life. Join us every Wednesday as we discuss a variety of topics from focusing on your brand to dealing with being an introvert.
What started off as not only supporting a friend, Angelica, and wanting to know her secrets without having to pick her brain so bluntly, grew into a deep love for her friend, them as a duo, and even my own business. This podcast gave me hope for myself in this creative world of designing as well as just made me feel not so alone. Their guests are amazing and they’re hilarious. You feel comforted by them because you feel like you’re just at home on the couch talking business with your friends. Of the 60+ episodes, I still have to say that Ep. 11, Introverted Entrepreneurs hits home with me.
This is a list of other podcast I truly suggest despite me not even listening to them yet, or listening to many episodes. I have so many podcasts on my app and on subscribed to on my Spotify that I’m sure soon enough I’ll make time for these. Though I don’t listen to them, I truly recommend you give them a try since I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them.
This took me way too long to make but I love, love, love podcasts and everything they have to offer. There are some that I’ve listened to before and haven’t like and I’m not all too shy to tell you what I avoided and why, but I hope that you find a good buddy in these ear friends. Podcasts are great for all kinds of moments. Whether you’re killing time on the train or driving home, cleaning the house or just needing something to listen to when you need a sound in the house, podcasts is more than just AM radio on the internet. Give podcasts a try, and if you don’t like it or them, then hey, no money loss. Don’t know where to listen? There’s always iTunes, Google Music, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and even Podcast Addict in the Play Store.