You know what’s great about Monday? Not much, but there are new episodes of two of my favorite podcasts. Chances are I will have listened to both of them by the end of the day. This year especially, I’ve grown to love podcasts. Whether I’m cleaning, cooking, getting ready, driving, taking photos for a blog post or even working out, there’s one playing. Since I listen to a variety of genres, I wanted to share my favorite podcasts with you in the hopes you discover something new to listen to.
Okay, I’m sure even you non-podcast lovers have heard of this one. Serial was the first podcast I listened to and completely captivated me. True crime and investigative journalism fanatics this is for you. Adnan Syed was convicted for the murder of his high school girlfriend after his friend testifies he helped bury the body. Adnan maintains his innocence and others in the community claim he had nothing to do with. Reporter Sara Koenig investigates, uncovering details about what really happened in every episode.
For those who have already listened to it, did you listen to season two? I was doubtful it would be of the same caliber and when it was released I was immediately disappointed.
In March, all seven episodes of S Town were released and of course, I devoured it. It’s also an investigation of sorts by This American Life. After being repeatedly contacted by John B. McLemore, Brian Reed agrees to look into a supposed murder cover up in Woodstock, Alabama, which is John’s despised home that he calls shit town. I won’t spoil it, but within the first few episodes, it takes a completely different turn. We learn about John, his family and friends, his obsession with climate change, his utter abhorrence for his town and society at large, and that life is complicated and unresolvable.
It’s like nothing I’ve ever listened to. I was so emotionally invested that I was brought to tears, cussing in my car about what’s wrong with people and in the end, I still don’t know what to make of it, but I’m glad I tuned in.
I feel like those first two were pretty intense, so let’s talk about Lore. You can have short but sweet half hour long Halloween- equese tales all year round. I love things that are a little spooky and learning about the origins of folklore does the trick. It’s almost like listening to a short story. The tales range from pillars of horror like vampires to more obscure happenings. Most are from pre-twentieth century Europe and are a blend of fact and fiction.
Unfortunately, there are just six episodes, but Mystery Show is a lot of fun. Starlee Kine also conducted investigations of a playful sort. One episode centers on an eccentric belt buckle found on the street. Where did it come from?!
Depressing but also hilarious…? Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark discuss two murders every episode alongside anecdotes of their lives. They’re murder obsessed (and terrified of being murdered), so if you’re die hard for Forensic Files and Dateline, you’ll fit right in. While the subject matter is very serious and deeply saddening they manage to balance it with humor. They’ve also enlightened me on how problematic sentencing is. Guys, it’s crazy.
This is my favorite thing to listen to while driving long distance because the episodes are at least an hour long with some nearly two. Somehow being in the car prevents me from getting too freaked out. I don’t recommend listening when you’re a young woman home alone unless you’re braver than me. Stay sexy. Don’t get murdered.
I’ve already shared my love of Jenny Mustard once before, but I had to mention her podcast with her partner, David. They discuss a variety of topics like why they’re vegan, the best cities they’ve lived it and how they keep a happy relationship. It’s feels intimate and relaxed, making it a nice change from some of the other highly produced podcasts.
Another fun podcast! Jenna and Julien are incredibly funny and bring a new theme each week. You never know quite what you’re going to get. They might be sharing dreams, playing a game, talking about theories of what happens when you die, answering trivia, discussing happenings within the YouTube community or like last week, having a pizza party. I imagine nearly all their listeners are fans of their videos, but even if you don’t know who they are, I think it’d still be highly entertaining. I personally love their conspiracy theory episodes, not because I believe in them but because I’m curious as are they. It’s a lighthearted way to spend an hour.
I’m going to lead by saying this is not for everyone. There’s profanity, sexual content and some easily offensive comments. To me this podcast is hilarious. Shane Dawson and Jessie Buttafuoco spend the first twenty minutes of the show talking about their lives and well, whatever they feel like and somehow it’s always funny. They then interview a guest, usually an internet celebrity. This isn’t usually my cup of tea, but their personalities and brutal honesty keep me coming back.
I just really love podcasts! It’d be so much fun to have one of my own and within the next few years, I’m going to make it happen. Hold me to it, okay? Please share your podcast faves in the comments! I’ll be sure to check them out.