It all started with Serial. If only I knew that true crime (a topic I have this morbid fascination for, but that’s another story) is popular among podcasters, I would have checked that pre-installed podcast app on my phone a lot sooner. It wasn’t hard for me to get into Serial because it’s basically a documentary series (yet another addiction of mine) in audio form. It’s not long after, though, that I’ve come to love different types of podcasts too. Every podcast has its own unique charm and that’s mainly because every host have their own way of telling their story. If you’ve never listened to a podcast, I do urge you to to try one because you’re really missing out. In fact, I’m just going to make it easier for you by recommending some of my favorites!
I’m listing Serial first because as I said, this is the podcast that started it all. Each season focuses on one story and there has been two seasons so far. I loved the first season and liked the second but that’s mostly because the topic (of season 2) wasn’t really that much of an interest for me at the beginning. But even though I wasn’t initially interested in Season 2’s story, it still kept me glued every episode. What I love about this podcast is Sarah Koenig’s narration, the musical score and the fact that because each story spans one season, there’s this feeling of peeling layers after each episode.
After Serial, I basically wanted more so I immediately started listening to Criminal. Under 35 minutes, each episode delves into a different story every week. The main focus, and this is not surprising because of its name, is crime. What I love about Criminal is it focuses on not just murders and serial killers but lighter human interest stories too. My favorite episodes are Pappy, He’s Neutral, and Eight Years but I absolutely love each episode of this podcast.
I’m a murderino. To get what I just said, you have to listen to this awesome podcast and equally awesome hosts. To be honest, it’s not often that I tell people that I’m interested in true crime, murder cases and serial killers because people look at me weird. Although, now I know I’m not alone out there after listening to this podcast. Thanks to my My Favorite Murder, you can be a (somewhat) normal woman and be interested in these things. It’s okay! Karen and Georgia understand and they’re funny AF too. Go listen!
I just realized that so far, all the podcasts I listed above are all hosted by women and I’m adding this one to the list. Once Upon a Crime is fairly new compared to the others but what I love about it is that each series of episodes feature a theme like Killer Kids, Fatal Fans and True Crime Game Changers. Esther Ludlow is a great narrator too and I love how it not only tells one side of the story, but both the victim(s) and perpetrator(s) as well.
This podcast is different from the others I listed because it doesn’t focus on true crime, but there are also crimes tackled. Rather, it focuses on investigative journalism which is something I’m also really interested in. Reveal is from The Center for Investigative Reporting and it covers topics from different ends of the spectrum. This podcast is a great way to get informed about issues we may not even be aware of, such as Au Pair programs, which was the topic of a recent episode.
These are not the only podcasts I listen to, so expect more posts about this particular addiction of mine. Again, I urge you to try them out because there’s so many great ones out there. Plus, they’re mostly free and so easy to access. Enjoy!