I was recently (re)introduced to the world of podcasts and let me tell you, I am addicted now more than ever. Especially to the True Crime genre. Seriously, if you look up “true crime junkie” you’ll find a picture of me. I listened to Serial a few years ago and I loved, but after I finished it I took a break from podcasts and never really got back into them. Until last week that is. Here’s where the statistics that I don’t really want to share but am going to anyway come in… Last week alone I listened to a total of 5 complete podcasts plus some. So for the sake of numbers that is a total of 58 episodes (ranging from 21-41 minutes each). I guess that’s better than TV? Most of this takes place during the 4 hours I spend commuting to and from work each day.
Homecoming (and other scripted podcasts)
I can’t really remember what sparked my interest all those (six) days ago. I remember talking to two of my co-workers about podcasts and picking their brains for some good ones. I started with the podcast Homecoming (which inspired the Amazon Prime original of the same name) and asked my co-workers if they ever listened to podcasts. Obviously, they do, because they gave me an endless list of suggestions which I proceeded to blow through. But before I get to that, let’s talk about Homecoming.
I honestly can’t even tell you how I got into Homecoming, but let me tell you, after that first episode, I was hooked. I think I liked this one so much because it reminded me of a series I had read a few years back where they explore memory manipulation and what life would be like if you could erase negative memories and the emotions associated with them. It really gets you thinking, I mean if you can’t trust your own memory, what can you trust? Pretty deep shit if you ask me.
From there I listened to another series by Gimlet Media, Sandra, which is another interesting take on something that could very well be real. What if what we thought was AI, (like Alexa or Siri) were really just a bunch of human employees on the other end answering our questions while also learning all of our deepest darkest secrets. It’s safe to say that Gimlet was 2-2 at this point, so I gave another one of their scripted series a go. The Horrors of Dolores Roach, unfortunately, couldn’t hold me for more than half of the first episode. From here, I switched over to a True Crime podcast (which I guess are technically still “scripted” but not in the fictional way the others were.) For the sake of this section, I’ll stick with the fictional scripted podcasts, which makes the next one Blackout with Rami Malek. I’d say this one is tied with Homecoming as my favorite podcast to date. (Which probably doesn’t say much considering I’ve been listening to podcasts religiously since Monday, but WHATEVER.)
Ok, now for the true crime stuff. I’ve always been a true crime junkie. I’m talking Dateline, The First 48, anything and everything related to real crimes (and fake.) I love Law and Order, NCIS, CSI, etc. But this is a post about podcasts specifically, so I won’t bore you with my love for crime shows.
The next podcast I listened to was a recommendation from a co-worker called Dirty John. This one was so fascinating because A, it was about “true” crime, (duh) and B, well it was about a real crime. You honestly have to listen to it to really understand, or maybe I’m just awful at trying to explain it, but either way, this John guy was a real interesting guy. The things he pulled and got away with are astonishing.
Most recently I have been listening to Bear Brook, but because it’s the weekend I haven’t been able to listen to it much so I am only a few episodes in. That being said, I am already super into it because this story is wild (and takes place in the state over from mine.)
The list (of Podcasts I love)
- Up and Vanished
- Dirty John
- Bear Brook