If I catch the first five minutes of 48 Hours I’m pretty much glued to my couch for the next hour. I.must.know.what.happens. And I want to know EVERYTHING there is to know about a case. Podcasts have really created a space for people who love true crime to dork out and these two shows are my favorite.
My Favorite Murder, Feral Audio Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff might be the biggest gift to the podcast world. I don’t know where these two were before this, maybe hiding in a writers room, but they are hilarious, authentic and the perfect hosts for this show. Every week each of them recounts a murder case and they occasionally read ‘Hometown Murder’ stories sent in by listeners. The stories they tell are super compelling, but the way they tell these stories and their side commentary about them is what makes this show so great. I regularly find myself laughing during this podcast…even though it’s about murder. However, Karen and Georgia are super respectful to the victims of the crimes they discuss. I love this podcast, not just because I love true crime, but also because I love their dynamic, I love their stories, and I love Elvis. SSDGM. Byeeeeee.
Last Podcast On the Left, Cave Comedy Radio
I didn’t like this show the first time I listened to it. It’s three male hosts that are pretty crass telling you a story about a murderer, cult or science fiction myth, sometimes in excruciating detail. However, in time that’s exactly why I grew to love this show. Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski host Last Podcast on the Left and they are really three very funny guys who do their homework on these stories they choose to tell. I understand why LPOL isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I look forward to it every week. Hail Satan!
There are SO many movie podcasts. Everyone has opinions about movies and everyone wants to share them, so I’m fairly picky about which film podcasts I’ll listen to. Here are some of my favorites.
The Film Vault
This was the very first podcast I listened to. On a whim I thought I would try The Film Vault and I grew to really love that show. Anderson Cowan and Bryan Bishop host this ‘Top Five’ format show. They spend some time talking about movies they’ve seen in the last week before going through their ‘Top Five’ of the week. I like The Film Vault because it’s consistent, there is always a new episode up on Fridays and even if they cover a topic I’m not particularly interested in, I still enjoy the episode. Bryan and Anderson’s love/hate relationship is entertaining on its own, but they do give thoughtful analysis of the movies they see without giving away important plot points. The biggest thing that I’ve gained from this podcast is a reviewer whose opinion I trust. After many, many episodes of The Film Vault it has become clear that my taste in movies is nearly spot on with Anderson’s. So if there’s ever a movie I’m on the fence about seeing, I hold his opinion to a bit higher esteem than I would other movie critics. However, the biggest gift that The Film Vault has given me is to lead me to The After Disaster, a show so ridiculous that you should always make sure that the headphones are plugged in before you hit play.
Honorable mention: Cinemaddicts Anderson hosts this show with his friend Greg Srisavasdi, a professional movie critic. Cinemaddicts always covers films that are currently out in theaters and has a more academic approach where The Film Vault is a little more playful and informal. I get a lot of value out of Cinemaddicts, though, so I find it a good companion piece to The Film Vault.
Awards Chatter, The Hollywood Reporter
I love the Awards Season, this blog was born out of a love for all things related to the Oscars so I will absolutely eat up a podcast about Awards Season. Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter has my career. His job is to cover all things related to the lead-up to the Academy Awards. He gets to do some incredible interviews and now those interviews take an audio form as well as a print form. In Awards Chatter Scott Feinberg talks to actors, writers, directors, producers, and more about their careers and the films that they worked on that are currently getting attetion. There’s a reason Scott Feinberg has this job and I don’t, he’s very good at it. He’s a great interviewer – he asks great questions and gives the interviewee room to give a full answer. I’ve learned a lot about the people who make the films that I love from Awards Chatter.
Honorable mention: The Awards Show Show, KPCC & Vulture.com
Another great episode surrounding the Awards Season. Awards Chatter never offers you an opinion or critique of the nominations, Scott Feinberg is more of a journalist than a critic in his role, but The Awards Show Show offers great critique and educated opinions from people who see just about every movie nominated. I really valued their debates and discussions during this last Awards Season.
The Daily, The New York Times New York Times correspondent Michael Barbaro hosts The Daily, a daily round up of what you “need to know that day” as well as topical stories and great interviews. It’s all wrapped up in a very well produced 30 minute package and I find that it’s a really great way to start my day.
NPR Politics Podcast, NPR A group of NPR’s political reporters discuss what’s happening in the office of the president, congress and the White House at large. They drill down the implications of those politics and how they fit into the historical context of the US government. I’m drawn to this podcast because they are really great about presenting issues in a politically neutral way.
For Liberal Politics
Pod Save America/Pod Save the World, Crooked Media
Brought to you by former Obama campaign and White House staffers, the Pod Save podcasts bring intelligent thought, humor and satisfying outrage about what’s going on in American politics and the chaos of the Trump administration. Pod Save America focuses more on domestic policies, Pod Save the World focuses on international policies.
Throwing Shade, Maximum Fun
Erin and Bryan are just…everything. These two hilarious friends hash out “issues important to ladies and gays and treat them with much less respect than they deserve.” Throwing Shade is almost more of a comedy podcast, but their progressive stance on feminist and LGBT issues plays an important role. Can ya handle it?