11 Best True Crime Podcasts For You

True Crime Genre

The Podcast Explosion

The true crime genre for podcasts has hit the internet like a storm. This new wave of gripping productions seems to be serving a morbid curiosity that is encoded deep in the DNA of human beings.   

Society has always had an interest in the macabre. Whether it is Dateline, 20/20, Cops, or even Dr. Phil in certain moments, true crime has always had major traction on television and through other media like books and films.   

There is an entire television network dedicated to the genre, so this recent explosion in podcast shows makes total sense. The long-form audio format of a podcast allows the listener to not only get lost in the depth of the story but to also become privy to real audio clips from 911 calls and actual confessions recorded by the police.  

If you are already a fan of true crime or if you are looking to get indoctrinated into this thrilling new wave of investigative entertainment, we have compiled the ultimate true crime feature for you.

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7 Best Episodes Of The Jocko Podcast

The Jocko Podcast

A Unique Approach To Empowerment

There is a wealth of content available in the world of business and life performance that is affirming, inspiring, and cheerful.

There is also another podcast out there now that approaches empowerment in a different manner than most. The Jocko Podcast is hosted by retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink along with his cohort in the studio Echo Charles.

Jocko is not here to motivate you. He believes motivation is a failed concept. He feels If you rely on motivation to get through the daily grind of life you will eventually get burned by it.

Discipline is the calling card for Jocko. Jocko touts discipline over motivation all day.

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Rob Bell And The Robcast Podcast: The Alternative Wisdom Series

The Robcast Podcast

Rob Bell is the host of The Robcast podcast. He recently completed a brilliant and impactful 5-part series on his podcast which he dubbed “Alternative Wisdom”.

In this multi-part series, Rob identifies and discusses issues that have persisted and swirled around in my head for years. Issues like insecurities, not feeling worthy enough, and wondering what life is all about.

Rob has a warm and casual way of taking all these pressing topics of the human experience, laying them out on an examining table, and offering up bits of wisdom that allow for a whole new perspective to arise in relation to these common and shared struggles.

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The 7 Best Episodes Of The Ex-Man Podcast With Doc Coyle

The Ex-Man Podcast

Riding The Wave

I have always been fascinated by underground music. I have distinct memories of being around 6 years old when MTV first debuted back in 1981. Back then, they featured lots of British bands in their rotation. Videos from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Madness had me riveted to the TV and my brain permanently wired to seek out alternative pathways for exploring new music.

In the early 2000’s there was another era of underground music that I had the fortune of becoming engrossed in as well. This movement was the New Wave of American Heavy Metal and it made significant noise in the industry through a variety of bands fusing various influences like thrash and hardcore punk.

Bands within this scene reached commercial heights that will most likely never be met again by such a large number of artists at the same time under the realm of aggressive rock ‘n roll. Metalcore, as the scene and style of music, got tagged, exploded.

Bands like Lamb of God and Shadows Fall toured worldwide and had coveted slots on the iconic national touring property Ozzfest. MTV revived Headbangers Ball to get in on the resurgence of metal and many bands from this time sold well into the hundreds of thousands of album sales.

Doc Coyle

God Forbid from New Jersey was one of those bands that were firmly entrenched with street credibility, commercial sales, major tours, and the chops on stage to hang with the scenes preeminent acts. Doc Coyle was a co-founder and guitarist from God Forbid and was globally recognized as one of the truly good dudes from that era.

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Howard Stern Show No Longer Compels Me To Listen

Howard Stern

The End For Me Has Arrived

I am a lifelong diehard Howard Stern fanatic and I am no longer compelled to tune into his show. Howard has earned my eternal gratitude for a 20+ year run of unparalleled entertainment, but that run has definitively ended for me.

Some changes in my consumption of entertainment coupled with some disappointing moments in the evolution of Howard's show have both lent to my current disinterest.

I am formally declaring the end of my listenership while also extending a heartfelt thanks to Howard and his staff. They colored my mornings in a manner that can never be replicated by any other personality or entertainment crew again.  

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The 9 Best Fantasy Football Podcasts To Dominate Your League With

Fantasy Football

NFL Fantasy Goes Mainstream

Football is king and that is a beautiful thing. While my interest in other professional sports has seemed to wane a bit as I have grown older and started a family, my passion for NFL football has increased tenfold and borderlines on an obsession.

There is no doubt that my love for fantasy football has fueled my continued and increasing interest in the NFL. The way that pro football is covered by major sports media these days, highlighting fantasy stats and catering to fantasy players, is a clear indication that I am not alone in this dual purpose interest in the NFL. The explosion of fantasy football and the ascension of the NFL seem to go hand in hand.

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The 9 Best Episodes Of The Lewis Howes School Of Greatness Podcast

The School Of Greatness Podcast

Lewis Howes is the founder and host of The School Of Greatness podcast. He is an entrepreneur, author, and former professional football player from the Arena League.

If you even just passively dabble in consuming content related to personal-development or entrepreneurship, then you will be familiar with many of the guests that Lewis has assembled throughout his impressive catalog of episodes.

From Tony Robbins to Eric Thomas to Dr. Brene Brown, Lewis lines up the heavy hitters of their respective fields for a long-form format of conversation that is always as informative as it is entertaining.

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Joe Rogan Podcast's Best Recurring Guest: Duncan Trussell

The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast

Top Of The Podcast Game


Podcasts have exploded over recent years. There seems to be a show available to fit anyone’s interest from the broadest of ranging topics to the most narrow of niches.

To me, there is no one creating better podcast content than Joe Rogan. He is a prolific producer of shows and his guests are consistently captivating.

Joe is a comedian at heart but his podcast show does not revolve around comedy. Quite often the discussions center around deconstructing life and examining current social issues. Those are the topics that have always most fascinated me about his show.

While there are countless individuals from a wide range of interest and walks of life who have made repeat visits to the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast there is one individual who I believe is the undisputed best and greatest recurring guest. That guest is Duncan Trussell.

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A Plea To Matthew Berry And The ESPN Fantasy Focus Football Podcast

ESPN Fantasy Focus Football Podcast

Premium Fantasy Football Analysis

I doubt this piece will ever reach Matthew Berry, Field Yates, or anyone else connected to the ESPN Fantasy Focus Football podcast. Should it ever somehow, though, I hope they can sense that the overarching tone of this article is one of love.

If any frustration or constructive criticism is pouring out of me and onto my computer screen as I type away, it is fully stemming from a place of genuine care and appreciation as well.

I think the team on the ESPN Fantasy Focus Football podcast do an incredible job at bringing compelling, informative, and insider worthy content to their audience show after show, week after week, for basically the entire calendar year.

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A Plea For More Common Sense Episodes From Dan Carlin

This is a podcast feature from our contributor Tim Rodgers. Tim is a voracious consumer of podcast content with a keen interest in history, society, and investigative shows. Please do comment with your reaction to this piece at the bottom of the post.

Common Sense With Dan Carlin

Common Sense #318 - For Whom the Bell Trolls


I know I am late to the party with a commentary on a political podcast episode that was released a couple of months ago, but every breath that Dan Carlin uttered on his Common Sense podcast Show #318 is still very relevant and will be so the foreseeable future.  

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The 7 Best Episodes Of The How I Built This Podcast

How I Built This Podcast - Top Episodes

Guest Collaborator

This is an article being brought to you by the courtesy of a special guest collaborator Nick “Biggie” Grimaldi. Biggie is a former colleague and someone I admire both professionally and personally.

Biggie is one of the most respected and accomplished talent managers in heavy metal and punk rock while being active in multiple entrepreneurial pursuits. He is a co-owner of Good Fight Entertainment, where he personally manages Circa Survive, Between The Buried and Me, Every Time I Die, and more.


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11 Best Guests From The Tim Ferriss Podcast

The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is a best-selling author, investor, entrepreneur, and notorious self-experimenter, but he may be best known for his commercially and critically acclaimed podcast, aptly titled The Tim Ferriss Show.

Tim has an unyielding thirst for learning and his podcast is a reflection of his many worldly curiosities. The Tim Ferriss Show features a stunning guest list of world class achievers from big business, the arts, science, the military, and more.

On his podcast, Tim methodically deconstructs the habits and traits of all these high-level performers and looks to tease out the common threads of success for all his faithful listeners.

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11 Best Guests From The Joe Rogan Podcast

Joe Rogan

Top Of The Podcast Game

To me, there is no one creating better podcast content than Joe Rogan. He is a prolific producer of shows and the guests and discussions are consistently compelling.

The guests on Joe’s podcast are reflective of his array of interests. The conversations are free to go anywhere, though, regardless of the guest’s connection to Joe or the industry they represent.

The Joe Rogan Experience podcast is built around casual conversations in a long-form format. While Joe is a comedian at heart, it is the recurring themes of deconstructing life that has hooked me in and kept me coming back.

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The Joe Rogan Podcast With Kyle Kingsbury - Not Just Another Bro Dude

The Joe Rogan Experience With Guest Kyle Kingsbury

Beyond MMA

I have a limited interest in MMA. I have respect for the fighters and I have certainly been entertained when I have spent any time watching it, but it does not maintain my interest like pro football does, which borderlines on a slight obsession for me.

When I came across Kyle Kingsbury’s first appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast I almost passed over it, based on Kyle being a retired MMA fighter, however, I reminded myself to never judge any Joe Rogan guest by their profession or interest. Joe’s shows are free to flow anywhere and the topics of the conversations are never constrained by the callings of his guests.

This was particularly the case with Kyle Kingsbury’s initial appearance on the show. They covered a variety of topics like dietary strategy, peak performance, and fulfillment in life. I was intrigued the entire time they talked and finished watching the whole episode.

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Gary Vaynerchuk’s Top 10 Episodes Of The Ask Gary Vee Show

Gary Vaynerchuk

Heart, Hustle, and Soul

Gary Vaynerchuk has become the standard bearer for hustling.

He is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia, which is a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients. Gary’s newest venture, VaynerSports, is a new age athlete representation firm.

Gary is a showman without a doubt, but he became one of the most iconic online personas today by consistently providing value with his content and making integrity the linchpin with which he has built his brand.

Gary seems heartfelt in wanting every single person he touches to break free from the soul-sucking trap of the rat race. He implores people to take definitive and immediate action in pursuit of their own entrepreneurial dreams.

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The Most Downloaded Podcast Ever: The Adam Carolla Show

The Adam Carolla Show 

My Introduction To Podcasts

I got my first Android phone in the summer of 2008 but did not make immediate use of all the newfound technology that was now within my hands reach. During my work days, I would leave my sterile office environment promptly at 1:00 pm like clockwork but still opted to grab my sporty AM/FM radio with the armband for joggers and tried to get in as many steps as the 45-minute break would allow.  

I would listen to any non-commercial content that my AM tuner could pick up like NPR, sports talk, political discussions, and yes, even some weird guy broadcasting from the public radio tower a few miles away.

The walking and the thirst for something entertaining to listen to both served as reprieves from the mundane nature of the 9-5 grind. That was until I lost my job due to the looming financial meltdown…

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The Bulletproof Radio Podcast Top 10 Videos On The Ketogenic Diet, Fasting, & Nutrition

The Bulletproof Brand

Bulletproof is a food and supplement company geared towards peak performance. It was founded by their CEO Dave Asprey.

The linchpin of the Bulletproof brand is their signature Bulletproof coffee, which Dave is credited with creating. Bulletproof coffee is a nutritionally dense, high-powered, blended coffee beverage with grass-fed butter and Bulletproof Brain Octane supplying a host of healthy fats to fuel the body and brain for hours on end.

Beyond their signature coffee concoction, Dave and the Bulletproof brand have a rather mighty podcast show as well.

The Bulletproof Radio Podcast

Dave, being a trailblazing CEO himself, attracts thought leaders from a wide range of backgrounds and industries to share tips and hacks to help people find more energy, happiness, and fulfillment out of life.

I myself have been informed and inspired by the Bulletproof Radio podcast. There have been numerous episodes that have directly transformed my approach towards eating, the ways in which I tend to my mental health, and the manners in which I seek fulfillment through my work.

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The Top 10 Tim Ferriss Videos To Help Change Your Life

The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is a best-selling author, investor, entrepreneur, and notorious self-experimenter, but he may be best known for his commercially and critically acclaimed podcast, aptly titled The Tim Ferriss Show.

Tim has an unyielding thirst for learning and his podcast is a reflection of his many worldly curiosities. The Tim Ferriss Show features a stunning guest list of world-class achievers from big business, the arts, science, the military, and more.

On his podcast, Tim methodically deconstructs the habits and traits of all these high-level performers and looks to tease out the common threads of success for all his faithful listeners, but Tim also has an impressive collection of brief “how to” style tutorials and quick hitting informative video pieces in his content catalog as well.

We have combed through Tim’s videos to gather the premier offerings and have compiled them neatly into this feature all for you.

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How To Be Amazing With Michael Ian Black Top Episodes

How To Be Amazing With Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black is a comedian, actor, author and he is also the sharp and seasoned host of his own podcast, How To Be Amazing With Michael Ian Black. Folks expecting Michael’s dry wit and heady brand of humor will be pleased for sure, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the How To Be Amazing podcast is ultimately a show about exploring the creative process and finding true fulfillment in life.

Michael Ian Black is disarming with his guests, builds great rapport, and asks all the right questions to unearth real gems of wisdom during his interviews. He gets beyond the superficial in order to uncover the building blocks of success, the inevitable pains of failure, and most importantly the persistence it takes to truly become amazing at anything.

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The Jocko Podcast Top 10 Videos Under 10 Minutes Each

The Jocko Podcast

A Unique Approach To Empowerment

There is a wealth of content available in the world of leadership and peak performance that is affirming, inspiring, and cheerful.

Then there is The Jocko Podcast, hosted by retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink, that approaches life and empowerment in a different manner than most.

Jocko is not here to motivate you. He believes motivation is a failed concept. Jocko feels If you rely on motivation to get through the daily grind of life you will eventually get burned by it.

Discipline is the calling card for Jocko. Jocko touts discipline over motivation all day.

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The Dirty John Podcast - A Special Valentine's Day Podcast Pick

Valentine’s Day Podcast Pick:

Dirty John - Presented by the LA Times and Wondery

 

“Who you marry may be the most important decision of your life, but it might be the most irrational.”

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer, whom after a couple of marriages and children leaving the nest, is looking to date again.

The doorbell rings. Standing in his surgical scrubs is John Meehan, a man in his late forties to early fifties. John is a successful anesthesiologist. His prior Hollywood style looks have weathered slightly, unbeknownst to Debra, who views nothing but a tall, dark, and handsome man in her doorway. Could he be the perfect man?

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