There are a few podcasts that I can’t stop listening to and many, many more on my ‘to listen’ list. Here are the podcasts I’ve been listening to lately and that I think you might like too.
This post is a ‘part 2’ to a post Linds and I wrote almost three years ago. ‘Up and Vanished’ still stands as a top-notch recommendation. Check out that post here:
Renegades: Born in the USA
Listen in on authentic, meaningful conversations from a duo that I thought to be quite unlikely: President Barack Obama and classic rock legend Bruce Springsteen. They tackle difficult topics such as socioeconomic inequality, masculinity, and relationships through the lens of history, race, and current issues in America. I can’t recommend this show enough.
My Favorite Murder
This is one of my longest-running podcasts. I’ve been a listener for almost two years and it only took me a few months to catch up to the current episodes. Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff are witty, comedic, and down-to-earth. They are advocates and entertainers. They demonstrate that learning is a lifelong process, not an accomplishment; and that vulnerability is a really beautiful, valuable trait. Plus, they tell kickass and crazy true crime stories that will hook you in in an instant.
From Karen and Georgia’s podcast network, Exactly Right, comes Bananas. A hilarious weird news podcast by Kurt Braunohler and Scotty Landes with badass female-identifying guests almost every single week. I listen to this show when I want a good laugh after an exhausting day or when the true crime gets too heavy. The guys are super responsive on social media, so send in your story and feel like part of the gang.
I stumbled on Crime Junkie more recently and I am so glad I did. While I love Karen and Georgia’s banter, I also appreciate how host Ashley Flowers dives right in to her stories in a concise, riveting manner. She creates a good balance between well-known crimes and offenders and stories about underrepresented victims and crimes that did not get the media attention they deserved. If you’re new to true crime, start with Crime Junkie AND My Favorite Murder.
How to Be Superhuman
Linds recommended this show to me before I embarked on my move across Canada because I needed some good shows to listen to over six days alone on the road. I ran through this show before the drive was even over. Host Rob Pope interviews people who have embarked on absolutely unfathomable, unimaginable excursions that test endurance, strength, and emotional/mental stability. My jaw is pretty much in my lap every single time I listen to this show. They just came back with a second season, so you know I’m waiting for the episodes to drop every week.
I love this podcast because it is Canadian. It almost exclusively covers Canadian crime and mysteries. The host, Mike Brown, is a good storyteller and does pretty impeccable research. I also love the focus on empathy for victims in this podcast. It’s definitely worth a listen.
Do you listen to any of these podcasts? Comment your recommendations below!