Podcasts I’m loving

I’m sitting here at a bra shop in royal oak for “busty women” while my mom tries on bras. She’s been back there for 20 minutes already and I don’t see any sign of her coming out soon. So I decided to focus my attention on getting some work done, sorry mom!

I’m late to the party but I recently just found my love for podcasts. I live an hour from my job and I go into work 4-5 days a week so that’s anywhere from 8 -10 hours of driving a week. So imagine how often I was listening to the same songs over and over again on the radio, or playlists. I started listening to BBC news but then realized that the programing was repeated after a 12 or 16 hour shift. So after listening to BBC, switching to podcasts was effortless, except for the fact that I got hooked and listen to them at home now as well.

You might notice a little theme here, I’m obsessed with murder mystery podcasts, and there are a lot more of them then the ones I’ve listen. Don’t worry I will find them eventually and spend countless hours up at night trying to solve these unsolved mysteries. Sorry Phil. There are also some other ones that are much more uplifting and inspiring. Please share some of your favorites in the comments as well!

Serial: season 1

Holy wah! This grabs you and doesn’t let go. All the evidence or lack there of, all the interviews, the scenarios reenacted to see if they fit the time line. It’s addicting. I honestly don’t think Adnan did it!  I just wanted to hear at the end that he didn’t have to spend life in prison. Plus, it looks like there is a new trial because of this podcast, and thats AMAZING!

“It’s Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he’s innocent – though he can’t exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.”

 Up and vanished: season 1

I got more addicted to this than I was to serial, thank god it ws 20+ episodes long. I just don’t understand how this went unsolved for so long. WTF is going on in this town. There is also a new trial because of this podcast. So it doesn’t get “solved” per say but there are so many twists and turns in this case, and I cant wait to see what happens next with the trial.

Atlanta filmmaker Payne Lindsey of Tenderfoot TV originally envisioned Up and Vanished as a true-crime documentary. Lindsey selected a missing-person case from his home state, Georgia, and embarked on a journey as an amateur investigator. After starting his research and initial interviews, he decided to present the project in audio form as a podcast. Season 1 of Up and Vanished explored the 2005 disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead from her home in Ocilla, Georgia. The cold case was the largest case file in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s history, with no arrests in 11 years. The podcast quickly drew attention, both in South Georgia and nationwide. Reviewing old leads and uncovering new ones, Up and Vanished quickly expanded from a planned six-episode season to a final count of 24 episodes with numerous bonus episodes. As the people of Ocilla began talking about the case again, new leads and stories emerged. In February 2017, the GBI arrested two suspects for Grinstead’s murder. Up and Vanished will continue to provide updates on this no-longer-cold case as the criminal trial proceeds in 2018. A second season of Up and Vanished, covering a completely different true crime story, will debut in early 2018.

Crimetown: season 1

Very interesting podcast about the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island and his association to the mafia. The stories are ridiculous, and you could never imagine life working the way it does in this town. I’m about half way through with it and find myself saying “theres no way that could happen” but it does! You hear from the mayor himself, and some of the “wise guys” from the mafia. 

Crimetown is a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, in partnership with Gimlet Media. Every season, we’ll investigate the culture of crime in a different American city. First up: Providence, Rhode Island, where organized crime and corruption infected every aspect of public life. This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters — a story where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys


Insightful, inspiring, beautiful, and soulful. All the best words you could think of to describe a podcast.

Gwyneth Paltrow and goop’s Chief Content Officer Elise Loehnen chat with leading thinkers, culture changers, and industry disruptors—from doctors to creatives, CEOs to spiritual healers—about shifting old paradigms and starting new conversations

Skimm’d from the couch

I love Skimm, I love their take on the news. So now I love that they are trying to inspire others to follow their dreams and kick some ass.

The girls from skim are talking to female entrepreneurs on a, yup, couch, to hear the real version of how they got off it. No BS, no cry. Actually, it’s fine to cry. We know some good spots for it around the city if you’re interested. New episodes every Wednesday.

Someone knows something: Season 2

When you need continued unsolved murder mysteries. Someone known something has 3 seasons that are just as gripping as Serial and Up and Vanished. Plus there are 3 seasons already!!

The second season follows the disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard in Hamilton, Ontario. Sheppard went missing on January 2, 1998, two days after her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie, offered a proposal of marriage on a live TV broadcast. With some assistance from Sheppard’s mother, Odette Fisher, Ridgen looks into the case as well as the backgrounds of both Sheryl and Michael, who has been the only person the Hamilton Police Service has named as a suspect in Sheryl’s disappearance.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Essential to being more effective, happier, and entertained

On her popular weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft; they’ve been called the “Click and Clack of podcasters.” Her podcast was named in iTunes’s lists of “Best Podcasts of 2015” and was named in the Academy of Podcasters “Best Podcasts of 2016.” BuzzFeed listed Happier in 10 Life-Changing Things to Try in June and the New Yorker said, “Their voices remind you that life is a human project that we’re all experimenting with.” The podcast consistently ranks in the iTunes Top Charts. Fast Company named Gretchen Rubin to its list of Most Creative People in Business, and she’s a member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100.

Hollywood and Crime: Season 1

Intriguing new podcast, Hollywood & Crime takes the glamour of film’s golden age and scratches its dark underbelly. The hook is the infamous Black Dahlia murder of 1947, and host Tracy Pattin uncovers other crimes and scandals from that era. Hollywood glamour was in full swing when Elizabeth Short was brutally killed. Her case remains unsolved, along with a raft of other cold cases with startling similarities that point to a serial killer or a copycat. Pattin’s voice oozes old Hollywood, and the juxtaposition of glamour and gore is enough to send shivers down the listener’s spine. The podcast comes with a warning about graphic scenes, which is not unwarranted considering its tales of bodies cut in half and dramatised moments from the time. The first two episodes focus on the “Bathtub murder” and recount the horrific killing in 1944 of socialite and oil heiress Georgette Bauerdorf. -The Gaurdian

Hollywood and Crime is a ground-breaking true crime series about the most infamous murders in Tinseltown history. In our twenty-six episode series opener, The Black Dahlia Serial Killers, host Tracy Pattin investigates the sensational unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short. Known as the Black Dahlia, Short was a star-struck young woman whose body was found completely severed at the waist in January 1947. Many remember her tragic story, yet few know that more than a dozen other women died in similar circumstances around that same time.

The Black Tapes

I have to admit that this podcast is very entertaining BUT you have to get past the acting in it. When I first started listening I thought it was a real podcast but then after 20min I was googling it because the dialogue was so forced it couldn’t be real. Regardless if you like ghost stories this is an entertaining podcast that tries to mimic the podcast Serial in a way. 

The easiest way to describe the show is if the X-Files was in an audio format. But unlike X-Files, this show focuses on the paranormal and unraveling one conspiracy. No aliens. No shadow government organization. And no “will they or won’t they” chemistry between Strand and Reagan.

The episodes are short and digestible, ranging in run time between 30 and 45 minutes each. It’s a good length for a work commute or finishing errands around the house.





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