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#TryPod: For True Crime Junkies

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For True Crime Junkies

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. 

mfmMy 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. 

lpolLast 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!

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#TryPod: For Cord Cutters

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For Cord Cutters

We all know it. Cable sucks.

I am a huge TV and movie junkie and even I couldn’t justify what I was paying for my cable package after a while. So, a couple of years ago I cut the cord. I got HBO Now, Hulu (which includes a seasonal upgrade to Showtime), continued my Netflix subscription (proud member since 2006!), tacked on an Amazon Prime membership and I am set. No DVR fees. No impossible cable company bills or millions of channels I don’t care about. It’s saved me at least $50 a month or more. I can’t recommend it enough.

However, one of the casualties of that decision were little things like cable news – not required viewing, but it’s nice to have from time to time. I found myself in need of this as the 2016 election was looming so I browsed through my podcasts and discovered that many TV networks release the audio of their programs as podcasts for FREE. 90% of my job involves me creating visual content, so I hesitate to say this, but…it’s surprising how little you need to see to get the full value of the program.

6952Anderson Cooper 360, CNN
I look forward to listening to Anderson Cooper 360 every weekday. I like the array of guests he has on and though I think he has a bit of a liberal bend, Anderson Cooper does a great job of playing devil’s advocate and challenging the liberal pundits on his panel. He’s also a GREAT interviewer, there’s an interview that he did with Kellyanne Conway shortly after the Russian dossier was released that is excellent. This program doesn’t rely too much on visual content, so only rarely do I find myself misunderstanding a segment because I’m only consuming the audio portion.

6602The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC
I really like Rachel Maddow but I understand why some people don’t. I don’t know that I’d say that her show is overtly biased, but she’s definitely coming at her stories with a perspective, but I still appreciate her candor, her interviews and her reporting. It’s easy to surround yourself with media that affirms your beliefs, but listening to Rachel Maddow on a daily basis gives me the opportunity to exercise my skeptic muscles. Occasionally her show will reference some visual content, but for the most part I find the audio-only version of the show to be pretty comprehensive.

Here’s a few other programs that you can listen to as a podcast:

  • Amanpour (CNN)
  • The Lead with Jake Tapper (CNN)
  • Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
  • NBC Nightly News
  • Meet the Press (NBC)
  • Face the Nation (CBS)
  • State of the Union with Jake Tapper (CNN)
  • This Week with George Stephanopoulos (ABC)
  • Fox News Sunday
  • 48 hours
  • Frontline (PBS)

#TryPod: News & Politics

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Podcasts For News Junkies

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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.

nprpolitics_red1400px_sq-6bc03b536409ec88fd8d3abb637b560e93865bad-s300-c85NPR 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

podsavePod 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.

throwingshadeThrowing 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?