Podcasts You Need to Be Listening To

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Ever since Serial (Season 1, only...), I have been a podcast fanatic. I listen to them when I walk my dogs, while I get ready, while I'm driving - literally always. One of my favourite things is finding a new podcast and discovering it is 50+ episodes in already. I thought today I would share some of my favourites since I consider myself somewhat of a podcast connoisseur. Hopefully you discover a new one!

I have quite a few, so I'm going to break them into categories. 

True Crime/Mystery

This is where it's at. This is the good stuff. These are the podcasts you will drive around the block before going home so that you can hear who the killer is. 

CRIMINAL - This is great if you're just starting to get into crime podcasts, or if you don't want anything too intense. It looks at all types of crime and explains some really cool things (such as how to fake your own death.) 

S-TOWN - This is a podcast that was completely different than I thought it would be. It centres around a reporter who is contacted by John, a man who hates the town he lives in and is convinced he knows information about a murder. John is one of the most interesting people I have ever heard speak, and he definitely has some Zach Galifianakis' vibes going on. With only 7 episodes, this one goes by pretty quickly and is definitely worth a listen.

CASEFILE TRUE CRIME - I made the mistake of listening to this one on repeat when I first discovered it. It is very good, but can be extremely dark. The really troubling ones have a warning at the beginning, so you can always skip to the next one. This podcast also starts out really dicey, sounding like the narrator is recording it in his basement (which I'm pretty sure is accurate). By the time you start to get used to it, he upgrades his recording equipment, so just stick it out.

MISSING AND MURDERED: WHO KILLED ALBERTA WILLIAMS? - This is an eight-part investigation into who killed a young Indigenous woman in British Columbia. It has been a cold case since 1989. This one's a little bit slower, but still very interesting.

SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING - This Canadian podcast has two seasons. The first centres around a young boy who wandered into the woods and was never seen again. The second is about a woman who went missing two days after being proposed to on live television. Both are cold cases, and reporter David Ridgen attempts to get to the bottom of them.


Feel Good/Happy

After all of those crime podcasts, you might need to balance things out! These are some podcasts that will make you smile, laugh out loud, and maybe even shed a few tears.

MODERN LOVE - Just listen to it. It's great. 

No, but really. This podcast features some truly beautiful stories of love. Articles taken from the Modern Love column of the New York Times are read aloud by celebrities. There is also always a check-in from the author of the story in which they provide updates on their life.

LOVE ME - Focusing on the messiness of human relationships, this podcast features people telling their own stories of love. Be warned, the episode "Howl" is the saddest thing you will ever hear in your life. I listened to it this morning and I am still reeling. I sobbed. All day.

KIND WORLD - Very short stories (5-8 minutes) of kindnesses that people have experienced. My favourite is "When the Parachute Failed," about a selfless skydiving instructor. 


Storytelling

These podcasts have people telling real-life stories. 

THE MOTH - The Moth has been around for years - since 1997! This podcast consists of brave individuals who go up on stage to tell a story that is impactful to their life. There is something so heartwarming about hearing such a meaningful moment in someone else's life.

THIS AMERICAN LIFE - Featuring essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage, this podcast has a new theme every week. 

BEAUTIFUL STORIES FROM ANONYMOUS PEOPLE - Comedian Chris Gethard hosts this unique podcast in which one caller gets through and tells him a story. It can be about anything they want, but there is one rule - they cannot reveal their identity. 


Advice

DEAR SUGARS - I went through a real Cheryl Strayed obsession around the time Wild came out. I read all her books, watched the feature film about her, and I listened to her podcast religiously. Dear Sugars features advice from Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond about every topic imaginable. 


Comedy

RETAIL NIGHTMARES - This is the one podcast I would be on if I could. I am always laughing out loud when I listen to it. Having worked in retail for 8 years, I was drawn to a podcast that let people shout out all the non-sense that retail provides on a daily basis. 


Spooky (?)

Lastly, two honourable mentions.

LORE - Dark, historical tales that will help shed some light on superstitions we still have to this day.

WE'RE ALIVE: A STORY OF SURVIVAL - Two words: zombie podcast. This fictional podcast is a roller-coaster of a ride that will take you months to finish.


Thank you for reading! I know that was a long one, but I didn't want to leave any out since they're all so great. Comment below what your favourite ones are! I'm always looking for new podcasts to listen to. Also, let me know if you have listened to any of these ones and what you've thought about them (please don't include any spoilers!)


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