You’ve probably read the data: without a commute during mandated stay-at-home orders in March, listenership of podcasts tumbled. But new data (as of April 22), indicates global podcast listens have increased by 42% and European listens are up by 53%.
Today, I thought I would share my top ten podcast recommendations, including those I listen to daily and some serials I’ve loved from back in the day. Do you have a fave I missed? Share it with me in the comments or slide into my DMs on IG or Twitter.
(BTW, I really like true crime.)
Daily news podcast by NPR providing a brief overview of news items for the day.
Each week, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark select a true crime story to recount and discuss.
Another weekly true crime podcast.
Kiwi-born Ollie Wards chronicles how his brother’s whirlwind romance with a charismatic Californian con woman ultimately cost his family more than a million dollars. The seven-episode series goes from a sleepy suburban New Zealand to the UK and the US.
A 2018 Australian crime podcast that investigated the disappearance of Lynette Dawson. The podcast is on hiatus (and temporarily unavailable in Australia), pending Chris Dawson’s trial for the murder of Lynette.
- Charles Manson’s Hollywood (E44-55)
- MGM Stories (E56-70)
You Must Remember This is a storytelling podcast exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century.
In the ’80s, Satanic cults were believed to be preying on kids, terrorizing them in dark rituals. There were horrifying allegations. Criminal trials. Lives torn apart. Yet, no solid proof. The podcast unravels what happened.
I moved The Inquiry up from my Honorable Mentions list because their coverage of the the novel coronavirus has been superb and should be required listening.
The Inquiry gets beyond the headlines to explore the trends, forces and ideas shaping the world with one question and four expert witnesses.
Christopher Daniel Duntsch is a former neurosurgeon who has been nicknamed Dr. Death for gross malpractice resulting in the death and maiming of 33 patients while working at hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The podcast is being made into a crime drama TV series with Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, and Christian Slater.
Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival.
The podcast was made into a crime drama TV series with Connie Britton and Eric Bana.
- Serial (S1)
- Accused (S1)
- Up and Vanished (S1)
- Slow Burn (S1)
- Uncover: Escaping NXIVM (S1)
- Joe Exotic: Tiger King
- The Clearing
- Over My Dead Body
- The Daily
- The Shrink Next Door
- Bad Batch
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