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Discovering Podcasts – Four To Tide You Over Until Serial Starts Up Again

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A few weeks ago, I wrote how I have just started getting my feet wet with listening to podcasts. I also shared some of the ones I have been listening to. And wow, the reader response I’ve received, particularly on Facebook and Twitter! It would seem that there are some of you that enthusiastically do listen to podcasts!

As mentioned previously, what really got me into podcasts was one called Serial. If you haven’t heard of it and love true crime, you need to check Serial out. Since then, I have finished listening to Serial’s first season, and anxiously await until Season 2 premieres later this year. I was sad to have it come to an end. It was well-researched and well-produced. Where the heck am I going to find more podcasts like this to listen to??

The search was on for more podcasts to listen to. I know this can be very VERY dangerous! I could hop down a deep rabbit-hole, never to see the light of day again! I took to the Googles for help with a very specific criteria: podcasts about true crime and mysteries, because, that is what interests me these days. I have since found five podcasts that have gotten their hooks into me. Those who are jonesing for more Serial should check these podcasts out:

Criminal

Unlike Serial which looks at one criminal case a season, Criminal takes one topic of crime and discusses it for one episode. Topics handled range from individual murder cases, theft, to the psychology of lying and counterfeiting. Hosted by Phoebe Judge, the podcast’s production is reminiscent of Serial in how it uses music track beds and interviews. Each podcast is about 20 minutes long, on average.

I recommend starting with the first episode of Criminal: the true case of a man convicted of his wife’s murder, where the forensic evidence could lead one to believe it was not man, but animal that caused the killing.

Find the podcast here.

The Generation Why Podcast

If you’re interested true stories of crime, mysteries and conspiracy theories, then the Generation Why Podcast might be what you’re looking for. Aaron and Justin discuss these matters, providing their take on the issues at hand in an interesting and insightful manner. Their recent podcast on D.B. Cooper, the infamous wanted man who managed to hijack a plane, get his ransom, and make his escape by skydiving out the back of the plane, is an excellent introduction to the podcast. Other topics covered: 9/11, the disappearance of Maura Murray, JFK Assassination, and Princess Diana.

Check them out here.

Sword and Scale

Probably the most immersive podcast on this list is Mike Boudet’s Sword and Scale. Ripping stories right out of the headlines, this podcast digs below the surface of cases and uses real 911 calls, police interviews and court case transcripts to tell a murder case from start to finish. A warning though: this podcast is not for the faint of heart. Some very hard topics are covered, such as matricide. The most recent podcast I heard was a two-parter about Canadian psychopath and convicted murderer Luka Magnotta’s life and murder trial. Some shocking tales are told on this podcast, but I still recommend it if you’re looking to dig into the fringe aspects of a murder case. Also, if you’re interested in some wicked awesome trip-hop tunage, this is your podcast.

Sword and Scale Episode 39

Here Be Monsters

Jeff Emtman’s little corner of the podcast planet looks at the little dark unknowns of life and fashions a story about them. In one of the first episodes I listened to, titled “Do Crows Mourn their Dead?” researchers touch on how crows can remember faces, and how they behave when one of their own have died (I know the latter part to be true – I witnessed it myself from the comfort of my living room window). In another story, a janitor with a penchant for scuba diving befriends a large octopus under a dock. A lovely musical track and sound effects bring you right into these unusual stories.

Do Crows Mourn Their Dead?
John Dips Below

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Well, that’s all I have for you Serial fans out there. If you have come across any podcasts with a similar flavour, not mentioned here, please make sure to comment or shoot me a tweet. 🙂

Discovering Podcasts – Gladly Jumping in With Both Ears

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If you have been wondering where I have been lately, don’t worry, I am still here.

However, I haven’t been gaming, and I haven’t been listening to music or watching movies. I haven’t been reading much either. Nope, everything for which Caught Me Gaming stands for has been swept aside as I immerse myself in killing my Swoncho with knitting needles (more on that in a future post). And, while I’ve been knitting a ton, I must admit to picking up another hobby which has lead me down a rabbit hole of sorts: listening to awesome podcasts. I have listened to several in the past, but never have I sought out my next ear candy podcast like I have this month. I could say, “somebody stop meeeee,” but I don’t really want to be stopped! There is some good stuff happening in this new podcast land I have discovered, and I look forward to what else is around the corner! Allow me to share some of what I have found with you…

Retro Fandango

I have pointed this podcast out before, but if you haven’t listened to Retro Fandango, I highly recommend it. I know, I know, I am a bit biased: the hubs co-hosts it, and I have been a guest twice (shameless self-promo time!). But, who can pass up lively discussions on video games, movies and science fiction? Over the last several months, hosts Buried On Mars and RamVox have dedicated podcasts to the Alien and Predator movie franchises, and if you are a fan of both movies, you will want to partake! Their next franchise will be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies and games, happening this April. Retro Fandango is a total recommend – always entertaining, and something for every gamer geek or movie buff.

You can find Retro Fandango on podbean here: cartridgeclub.podbean.com

Also available on iTunes under “Cartridge Bros”.

The House on Loon Lake (episode 199 from This American Life)

I always like a good true story, steeped in mystery and curiosity. I stumbled upon a random Reddit thread (I lurk on Reddit every so often – there are some great stories on there) that pointed me to a podcast that upon one listen, piqued my interest enough to get the bug to search for other content. The House on Loon Lake, a This American Life-produced true story tells of Adam Beckman’s epic search to solve a mystery. As a child, visiting a small town in New Hampshire one fall day, he, his brother and a friend find a boarded up house that they could not resist exploring. Inside they find the remnants of the people who used to live there. The cupboard full of dishes, cans still in the pantry, clothes in the closet, personal effects left behind… it was like the people who lived there just evaporated. Who lived there? What happened to them? Why did they leave their stuff behind? I’ve always been fascinated with stories like this, even when the true reasons behind the abandonment weren’t as interesting. The House on Loon Lake is an emersive story that keeps the listener in mind, providing details that one could envision while listening. Providing a mysterious and haunting soundtrack also makes this story irresistable.

Get the podcast here.

Start to Continue Podcast

This weekly podcast has two TV insiders, Bill and Joe, discuss everything from music, movies, TV, video games and Transformer figurines (which they refer to as TFs or in some cases Trannys), while hilariously busting each other’s balls. The hubs had pointed me to this podcast last week, as I have known co-host, Bill, for many years but wasn’t aware he was producing any podcasts. I have since enthusiastically plowed through all 20 episodes of this hilarious and interesting podcast, and I totally recommend it.

Find their podcast via their blog: http://stcpod.blogspot.ca/

Follow them on twitter @STCpod

Available on iTunes, Podomatic and Stitcher.

Serial

If you haven’t heard of Serial, you need to rectify that immediately. Produced by This American Life, its first season explores journalist Sarah Koenig’s search for answers in the case of teen, Adnan Sayed and his conviction in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. This winding tale will grip you, leaving you wanting more. Combining Koenig’s storytelling, taped interviews with Adnan and other people involved in the case, as well as an atmospheric music score, you are made to feel this is how storytelling podcasts should be. I am already on the 8th episode and can’t wait to hear more.

Get the podcast here: http://serialpodcast.org/

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That is four of the podcasts I am listening to right now. So many podcasts! And with a 50-minute commute to and from work, I have the time! I am discovering new podcasts weekly!

Are any of you listening to some awesome podcasts? Let me know in the comments!