My favorite podcast ever (and the rest of the world’s). I love anything crime, but this takes it to another level. First season is about a guy in jail for the murder of his high school girlfriend. The podcast is put together flawlessly, with music, and actual phone calls with the guy in jail. You can’t listen to an episode and not get hooked. Second season just started, a totally different kind of story, but really great as well.
Of course I started listening to this because of the title. This podcast is amazing because it follows different stories, so you get something new with every episode. My favorite part is that they’re not always stories of the criminal, but many times from a different perspective. Like the latest episode is about a diver that works for the police to recover evidence thrown in bodies of water.
This podcast moves from crimes more into scary, urban legends, horror etc. What I like about it is that the guy researches supernatural or scary stories and kind of gives you a history on the topic and then a few stories or accounts on the subject as well.
Someone told me before I went on my trip around the world in 2009 I had to read “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read it while on my trip, in one single sitting. This book spoke to me, I highlighted, folded pages, re-read, quoted, etc. I’ve been a fan of her ever since. Hearing her first Ted made me love her even more. Of course when I heard she had a podcast I knew I would love it. Not sure if it will continue, but it went along with promoting her new book “Big Magic” – she helps people who are stuck creatively, these are the “magic lessons.”
Before I went on a long trip to Australia, New Zealand and Bali a few years ago I asked friends for book recommendations. I ended up loading my Kindle with the Hunger Game Books and “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. An incredibly moving book about her journey hiking the pacific trail alone. This is her podcast with someone else, where people write “Dear Abby” type of letters – but instead it’s “dear sugar.” I didn’t love it right away, but now I get so excited when a new episode comes out. Her voice is so soothing, and their advice – even when I don’t agree with it always forces me to think outside of my norm. On one of the first episodes Cheryl called Elizabeth Gilbert for advice, and I thought – o.m.g. of course these two women are friends.
So I have a love hate with this podcast. Without being mean I think the hosts are odd, and not in a good way. I think at times they are extremely disrespectful, entitled, clueless and silly. However, the case in which they are obsessed with and covering (with no journalism, investigative background, or being linked as family or friends) is fascinating. A girl about my age has been missing for 12 years and no one has any idea what happened to her.
Lena Dunham, writer and actress on the TV show called “Girls” which I binged watched this year, created this podcast. Also to promote her book, it is so well made. Perfect editing, music, etc. Known as a vocal feminist she brings up really interesting issues in every episode, has lots of interesting guests, and some really funny stories.