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Bad Batch - Podcasts To Listen To

Brand New Investigative Podcast 

I have always been a fan of true crime stories and the growth of the genre in the land of podcasts has been explosive. 

I enjoy listening to true-life stories in my car and also while working out. Like most of us who are rabid in our podcast listening routines, I have listened to most of the popular options on the Apple podcast charts. 

I also like to try and delve a little deeper across new shows in an attempt to discover a few sleeper hits before they burst into the mainstream podcast landscape. 

This is getting harder, though, as the production companies such as Wondery are developing notable brands and hardcore fanbases that help see their new podcast shows jump to the top of the Apple podcast charts almost immediately upon release.

It is a credit to both the production companies and the loyal legions of podcast fans out there in the podcasting world. 

Bad Batch, a brand new investigative offering from the aforementioned Wondery, is a shining example of a new podcast series shooting right to the top of podcast glory immediately upon its release.

Office Ladies - Podcasts To Listen To

Behind the Scenes of The Office

What the Office Ladies podcast offers fans is a chance to not only feel as though they are getting a behind the scenes glimpse into a show that for many has been watched over and over again but a chance to feel as though they are now being included in Fischer and Kinsey's true blue friendship.

The co-hosts frequently describe themselves as having become best friends over the course of filming The Office. On the brand new companion podcast show, the co-hosts invite listeners to relive the iconic episodes through in-depth conversations between the actresses known for playing Pam and Angela. 

Much more than simply a comedy podcast, Fischer and Kinsey use the first episode of their show to dive into some of the background and insight surrounding the pilot episode and the show as a whole.

Man in the Window: The Golden State Killer - Podcasts To Listen To

True Crime and True Journalism Go Together

I am going to jump right to the point here. I highly recommend adding Man In the Window: The Golden State Killer to your subscribed list on whatever podcast platform you use. I truly believe you will not be disappointed.

This new podcast offering coming from True Crime Podcast Land is compelling and is told with professional accuracy by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Paige St. John

Produced by The Los Angeles Times and Wondery, Man in the Window tells the long nightmarish story, spanning over 40 years, that is the Golden State Killer, who police now allege to be the 73-year-old Joseph DeAngelo.

Pull Up With CJ McCollum - Podcasts To Listen To

Pull Up With CJ McCollum

Our Limited Access to Athletes

Athletes mainly communicate to the masses through the press. They often stand in their locker room or in front of a podium answering questions and offering sound bites, typically in a mundane manner and often relying on cliches to get by.

Athletes tend to be guarded and consciously strive to not offend teammates or coaches, alienate fans, or jeopardize sponsorships. Our access to athletes outside of their arena of play tends to remain of a highly-limited and sanitized nature.

While social media gave the promise of direct connection with personas and stars, it is often through a limited number of characters or even worse, it is scripted and pushed out by a management or public relations firm.

The Promising Medium Of Podcasts

Now enter podcasts, a medium that is long-form and unfettered by default, allowing for a type of extended glimpse into the world of athletes seldom enjoyed by fans up to this point in the history of sports.

Pull Up with CJ McCollum is such a podcast, offering access to the thoughts and expressions of one of the NBA’s bright, young stars, who also happens to have a degree in journalism.

The Happiness Lab With Dr. Laurie Santos - Podcasts To Listen To

A New Podcast For Happiness

Dr. Laurie Santos 

Dr. Laurie Santos has become one of the most famous college professors in the world at the moment because of her research into happiness. 

I first heard about Dr. Santos when she appeared on a news show discussing the course she has created as part of her work as a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. 

Dr. Santos’ brand new podcast The Happiness Lab was a show I was keen to listen to because the online version of her Yale course has been used by millions of people around the world.

The course could be seen as a guide for detailing how to consciously seek more joy and happiness in our often busy and distracted modern lives. I was curious about what the podcast had to offer.

The Edge Of Sleep - Podcasts To Listen To

Brand New Fiction Podcast 

“July 8th, it’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining the birds are chirping and everyone's dead”.

That is quite the ominous opening from the brand new fictional podcast show The Edge Of Sleep

The Edge Of Sleep has been garnering a significant amount of 5-star reviews from listeners and after delving into just a few of the initial episodes I can personally relate to the enthusiasm and passion for the show.

1619 From The New York Times - Podcasts To Listen To

1619 Podcast

The Destructive 400-Year Old Legacy of Slavery

To present an entertaining and informative history podcast on an obscure or lesser-known topic is an admirable and novel feat, but to present a new podcast on a topic that has been thoroughly researched and meditated upon since the times in which it was happening, is a task in and of itself.

1619, a podcast that was created by New York Times correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones as part of the larger 1619 project, takes up that baton to weave a narrative that extends from the moment the first cargo ship carrying slaves set sail four hundred years ago, to the present day.

Confronting: O.J. Simpson With Kim Goldman

The O.J. Simpson Case

25 Years Later

June 12th, 1994 marks the 25th anniversary of the horrific murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown-Simpson and the subsequent trial that ensued of O.J. Simpson.

Throughout those tumultuous twenty-five years has been an ongoing media frenzy, court cases, rampant speculation, books, attorney’s careers careening, Kardashians (for crying out loud!), and now most recently a podcast offering.  

Confronting: O.J. Simpson with Kim Goldman is a podcast by the sister of the bystander Ron Goldman who wound up slain alongside Nicole Brown-Simpson. Produced by Wondery, Confronting is a brave endeavor by host Kim Goldman to go back in time and interview all of the major players in the case. 

Room 20: Podcasts To Listen To

Room 20: Compelling Idea, Lacks Execution  

An Overview 

Currently back on top of the iTunes podcast charts, a new podcast from the LA Times Studios, Room 20 is the exploration of an unidentified man who was involved in a car accident that caused him to suffer severe brain damage and landed him on life support, being cared for by nurses and social workers who only call him by the name on his hospital wristband: Sixty-Six Garage. 

Behind the mic is investigative reporter Joanne Faryon, who left her stable decade-long job as a newsroom reporter and spent two years tracking down witnesses, traveling across the United States and Mexico to sort through facts and falsity about who the man is, what happened that fateful day, and why in the past 17 years, no one who knew the man ever came looking for him.

Noble Blood From Aaron Mahnke - Podcasts To Listen To

History Intersects With True Crime

The Prolific Aaron Mahnke

If like me, you are a fan of history and true crime podcasts, the Noble Blood podcast is one you should look to find wherever you order your podcasts from. The combining of history, myth, and true crime is the holy grail for us who are fans of these genres with the Lore podcast from Aaron Mahnke being the gold standard of listens over the last few years. 

Monster Presents Insomniac - Podcasts To Listen To

True Crime Podcasts

Monster Presents: Insomniac is a brand new podcast offering stemming from the explosive genre of true crime. Brought to us by iHeartRadio, Insomniac is not just a straight forward investigative format or a narration of past crimes. There is a unique twist in the presentation of Insomniac and it may be just as bone-chilling as any recounting of a harrowing, murderous tale.

While Insomniac certainly delivers the goods on spotlighting and dramatizing notorious true crimes from the past, the host Scott Benjamin is using the platform of Insomniac to bare his soul in the hopes of shedding some of his own personal demons.

Podcasts To Listen To: 13 Minutes to the Moon

The Lunar Landing

50 Years Later

July 20th, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission to the moon. On July 20th, 1969, Neil A. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin famously took a “small step for a man, but a giant leap for mankind.”  

13 Minutes to the Moon is a BBC docu-series podcast that takes a deep dive into the decade of the 1960s where President John F. Kennedy made a bold challenge to the United States that in 10 years, we shall put a man on the moon.  

Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia - Podcasts To Listen To:

True Crime

The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Dahlia Murder has intrigued and confused the world since Elizabeth Short was murdered in 1947. Over the years, various theories have been put forward about the identity of the enigmatic killer who rivals Jack the Ripper for his ability to grab the attention of true crime fans. 

One name that seems to be thrown up every few years as a suspect is that of notorious Dr. George Hodel who has become an even more important figure to true crime fans following the release of TNT drama, I am The Night.

Podcasts To Listen To: Disgraceland - A True Crime & Music Mashup

Disgraceland Podcast

Our Beloved Musical Heroes

Rock and roll, through the wild personas that forged its musical landscape, has certainly had its fair share of dark and devious brush ups with the law over its storied history.

We as a society seem to revel in the legends of our rock heroes flirting with the occult, going head first into the abyss of drugs and alcohol, and even getting embroiled in alleged murders.

True crime has exploded for podcasts in recent history and Disgraceland is a new venture that adds a unique twist to the genre by focusing on crimes and stories that involve legends from the music industry. It is a brilliant twist that binds together two wildly passionate fan bases, true crime, and music, that are sure to be equally swept up by this unique mashup.

Not Guilty Podcast By Parcast

True Crime Podcasts

The true crime genre in podcasting has exploded in recent years. It is a legitimate phenomenon with a staggering cross-section of different styles, approaches, and manners in which true crime podcast shows are produced.  

From principled investigative pieces like Murder On The Space Coast to raucous romps of criminality from our favorite rock stars on Disgraceland, there is a flavor of true crime out there for just about anyone with even the slightest pull towards the genre.

Podcasts To Listen To: Whine Down With Jana Kramer

Whine Down With Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer is a singer, actress, mother, wife, and now a host of one of the most honest and soul-bearing podcast shows I have ever listened to.

Within minutes of the start of the show, Kramer opens up and shares about her love addiction and a previous one-week marriage to a guy who was 14 years her age who also used to be married to Christina Applegate.

The admissions were flying fast and furiously at the onset of the show and never seemed to let up one bit in this debut podcast episode through iHeart Radio.

Trust issues in the marriage, fantasies of being divorced and alone, her husband’s lack of sexual proclivity and her walking home from couples counseling sessions were all bandied about at a staggering pace.

Podcasts To Listen To: Extraterrestrial By Parcast

Alien Visitations

Are we humans alone in the universe? For me, this ranks as one of the greatest mysteries of life right alongside pondering what happens after we die.

There have been some brilliant podcast episodes and series that have explored these themes. Adam Frank, a biophysicist, spoke with rather an assuredness on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast that mathematical probabilities point to the chance that there is life out there somewhere in the cosmos.

The End Of The World with Josh Clark delved deep into the Fermi Paradox, which simply yet profoundly asks if there is such a great probability of life out there in the universe then where are all the aliens?


Extraterrestrial Podcast

There is a new offering from the world of podcasting, Extraterrestrial from Parcast, that is taking a constructive look at previously reported alien encounters and doing so in a narrative retelling of their tales.

Podcasts To Listen To: MarketSnacks Daily - Now Snacks Daily By Robinhood Snacks

MarketSnacks Daily Podcast

Business turns on disruptors, groundbreakers, and innovators. The financial markets seem to constantly glow red hot with a buzz and energy equal to the staggering sums of money exchanging hands from bell to bell.  

So with all these flashy descriptors surrounding business and investing why does the media coverage seem to be relegated to the old guard, stodgy personas like Duke & Duke straight out of the movie Trading Places.

Or on the other end of the spectrum, you have egomaniacs screaming full-throated on cable television about their brilliance related to options trading, a specific type of investing I will most likely never employ in my financial strategies.

If you agree that most content related to business and investing are not befitting of the highly intriguing subject matter they attempt to cover nor are they delivered for the new media-driven times we live in, enter our savior, the MarketSnacks Daily podcast show.

Podcasts To Listen To: Skimm This - Daily News Podcast

Information Overload

Broadcast news comes at us in a fast and furious pace these days on a 24-7 cycle. We are drinking from the proverbial firehose of information with much of the context and detail flying right beyond our faces.

There is also the ever-growing phenomena of hyper-partisan talking points and ego creeping into many of the shows on cable news outlets. These are shows often produced with talking heads shouting past each other with hyperbole and rhetoric.

Staying informed without getting sucked into a vortex of sensationalized stories or agenda driven editorial commentary can be quite the challenge. The world of podcasting, though, just got a brand new entry in Skimm This that is looking to be a daily resource for bite-sized, story-driven nuggets of news stripped of the fluff and filler that corrodes most traditional news outlets.

Podcasts To Listen To: The Future Of X By OZY Media

Troubling Outlook

There is plenty to make us feel bleak and hopeless in regards to the future. Climate change seems to be a runaway train with extreme weather events and sea levels both on the rise.

The state of politics is an overstressed and polarized messed. The internet has been an incredible gift for distribution of content but the social media landscape can feel downright toxic at times.

What if there was another side of the story to be written about our future? A future that was steeped in hope and life-altering progress with technology serving as the catalyst for the awe-inspiring change.

The Future Of X

The Future Of X is a brand new podcast offering from OZY Media that dares to paint that picture through short, dramatic vignettes cut amongst leading experts from their respective fields sharing knowledge and a vision of what the future could bring for us all.

Podcasts To Listen To: The Argument By The New York Times

Stuck In My Echo Chamber

I must acknowledge I typically stick to the same sources of news from the same outlet with the same rotating guests of talking heads and experts. I am aware of the lack of diversity in opinion I am seeking out on a daily basis and I am admittedly not so comfortable with dwelling in a left-leaning echo chamber.

I truly do value the opinions of others and want to stay open-minded in my quest to stay informed but I feel like seeking diversity in my news often leads me to political commentary so slanted and blindly entrenched in a camp, to the detriment of an open exchange of ideas, it becomes tough to even bear for a moment.