My world has been a weird mix of driving and waiting in cars and hospitals and waiting rooms lately (family member had open-heart surgery but is a bad-ass so is about to be discharged after less than 4 days, which is insane to me) and that means that I have used up my backlog of podcasts and now must ask you to share with me what I should be listening to. Personally I go for true crime, bizarre stories, and humor but feel free to share whatever is getting you through because we all need something to distract us.
I have about 100 podcasts that I’m subscribed to and love but the ones I’ve been enjoying the most this month are Sidedoor of the Smithsonian, Killer Psyche, Scam Goddess, The Thing About Pam, Murder in Alliance, International Infamy, Wicked Words, One Strange Thing, Radiolab, Incredible Feats, The Poisoners Cabinet, Killer Role, Strange Year, Criminal, Ear Hustle, Strange and Unexplained and listening to reruns of Wooden Overcoats which cannot return soon enough for me.
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I really enjoy “Most Notorious.” Authors talking about great creepy books and telling the stories.
A Word to the Wise!
Southern Fried True Crime and Red Collar Crime!
Of course the infamous My Favorite Murder, That’s Why We Drink, Solved Murders, and then you can always find some amazing stuff using your library’s app of choice where they let you rent audiobooks. I just finished Glennon Doyle’s Untamed and I’m about to start it again because it’s amazeballs.
I adore RadioLab, but I also enjoy some of the story-telling shows on NPR, which you can download and listen to. I like “This American Life”, “The Moth Radio Hour” and “Snap Judgement”. I love that these are all real people with real stories. So entertaining!
Currently I’m being sustained by Celebrity Book Club! The balance of humor and real-life discussions is perfection.
My favorites are Welcome to Night Vale, The Magnus Archives, and Lore. They are fiction and folklore, but they are really interesting and entertaining.
Southern Fried True Crime and Red Collar Crime.
I drive a LOT. I love podcasts I can easily download and burn to CD. Why do they make it such a chore?
Mamrie Hart and Grace Helbig, “This Might Get Weird”. Funny as hell, and it usually does get delightfully weird!!!
I’ve just discovered You’re Dead To Me by BBC Radio 4. It’s history and comedy and it covers all kinds of people and subjects. I suggest starting with the fairy tales episode if you aren’t concerned with going in order.
You’re Wrong About
Pick Me I’m Scared
Stuff the British Stole
Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford
True crime garage!!!
Hey Riddle Riddle- it is an improv podcast where they attempt to solve riddles
Behind the Bastards
You’re Wrong About
Stuff the British Stole
It’s not a podcast, but if you haven’t discovered the audio versions of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman on Audible yet, you’re truly missing out.
My favorites are We Can Do Hard Things, Code Switch, and Hit Play Not Pause (that one is about menopause for physically active women; I’m a runner in my mid-40s so I’m planning for the future!). None of these is in the genres you mention but they are great.
My Favorite Murder is the only podcast I listen to regularly. I love them. They are two bad ass politically incorrect totally hilarious women who bonded at a party over true crime and started a podcast where they discuss different crime stories each podcast. However, I can’t actually say whether their real time current podcasts have stayed as good as when they started because I’m one of those people who when I read, I have to start with the first book if it’s a series. Apparently the same is true for me with podcasts so I started with first one and am only around episode 100, which is still in like 2018. But you should definitely check it out. Let me know if you do and if you like it or if I’m just weird lol. PS: My dream is some kind of weird meet up between you and them… #staysexyanddontgetmurdered
Bridgewater! Spooky, true-crimish fiction about mysterious forests in Massachusetts. Featuring the voice talent of Misha Collins with a bit of Wil Wheaton and Nathan Fillion. It’s a compelling story, told over 10 short episodes. Enjoy!
We Can Do Hard Things, with Amanda and Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach
Adventure Hour and Darkest Timeline with Kevin Jeong and Joel McHale
I’m looking forward to the new comedy Whistle Through the Shamrocks which comes out next week. Nicola Coughlin from Derry Girls is one of the creators.
Terrible, Thanks for Asking
Red Web is a cool unsolved crime/supernatural podcast!
Ask Iliza Anything with Iliza Shlesinger. Humor, advice, and I feel like I’m hanging out with cool friends.
Bridgewater is wonderfully creepy. Plus it has the presence of awesome people like Misha Collins, Wil Wheaton, and Nathan Fillion.
Throughline from NPR is great.
I’m loving podcasts from British comedians: Parenting Hell with Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe, and Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster. Both are delightful.
Not a podcast, but if you have never read the audio Harry Potter books with Jim Dale doing ALL the various voices, you have missed something very special. He’s amazing and brings the books to life in ways different from reading them and watching the movies.
I’m not a podcast person but I am obsessed with Fangasm (formerly Potterotica). It’s three hilarious friends who read erotic fanfiction from various fandoms and it is hysterically funny. It’s worth listening from the very beginning but you can pick and choose any season to hear one complete (usually bizarre, always NSFW) story.
Not a podcast, but the Johannes Cabal (a necromancer of some little infamy) series is fun to listen to. The narrator is great. The series is by Jonathan L. Howard.
If you want to hear funny teachers on the edge for something different-try Twisted Teacher podcast.
I love Obsessed with Disappeared and True Crime Obsessed — but with Murder in Alliance and Strange & Unexplained on your list, you probably already know about them. 🙂
The Yeah, Maybe podcast is hilarious and random and soothing.
I’ve been into a lot of pop culture podcasts lately…
Tar Valon or Bust, where they’re reading through (and enjoying but also being very critical of) the Wheel of Time books
Newcomers where each season they watch a franchise of movies for the first time (Star Wars, LotR, Tyler Perry, Fast and the Furious)
Drama Queens where the women from One Tree Hill watch the series for the first time since filming it
Not pop culture-y, but I’ve also been enjoying the conversations on Queery and the stories/rants on Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby!
The Box of Oddities: Kat & Jethro Gilligan Toth bring their irreverent brand of humor and unique chemistry to an exploration of the strange, the bizarre, and the unexpected. With over thirteen million downloads since its 2018 launch, The Box of Oddities has become one of the fastest-growing comedy podcasts in the United States.
The Friendship Onion
The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry (entertaining science), Bed of Lies (chilling true story of modern day spying), Wind of Change (not creepy, but really great WTF about cold war era spying)
The Allusionist, Our Fake History, The History Chicks, Celebrity Book Club, Reading Glasses, Body Stuff by Dr Jen Gunter, Everything is Alive, The SSR Podcast
Over My Dead Body is currently part way through season 3, and it’s riveting. Season 1 was fantastic. Season 2 was Joe Exotic before anyone knew anything about Joe Exotic, so if you’ve had enough of that, skip Season 2.
ITA that Maintenance Phase and You’re Wrong about have been excellent. YWA is changing host-wise, so we’ll see. Got me through the pandemic, though, for which I’m grateful.
Criminal is always interesting.
Thanks, everyone else who posted. Some good stuff here to check out!
The Murtaugh Murders. From South Carolina. It’s like a crazy soap opera but true!
I have been really loving the 2 Non Doctors podcast by comedians Liz Miele and Maria Shehata. Sometimes I watch it on YouTube also.
Stuff the British Stole
The Hidden Almanac – now completed, but there’s several years’ worth of weirdness in nice, short little bites to work through. Having Rev. Mord’s soothing voice tell me “You are not alone” has been very encouraging.
i love snap judgement and especially their spooky stories halloween episodes.
If you like listening to a really curious British guy learn all the things you never thought to ask a person about their job,The Joe Marler Show!! Start with the Forensic Pathologist episodes, then add in the cheese expert, wine expert and penetration tester episodes.
My Dad Wrote a Porno. Hysterical!
Season three of “Dead Eyes” recently surfaced. It’s a podcast hosted by a comedian who is searching for the answer as to why Tom Hanks had him fired from a minor role in Band of Brothers, having heard that Tom supposedly said he had ”dead eyes.”
Morbid and True Crime Garage are great!
I ploughed through Canadian True Crime and also 60 Songs that Explain the 90s!
Mike Rowe’s The Way I Heard It is my favorite, but I’m just getting into podcasts so I’m not overly helpful.
Snap Judgement Spooked
I Said No Gifts
13 Days of Halloween (by Grim and Mild, the same podcast prod co that does Lore, Bridgewater, and Noble Blood). WONDERFUL and creepy without being gross.
Also, Nighty Night and The Hidden Djinn with Rabia Chaudry (also a Grim and Mild). SO GOOD.
I loved Bridgewater, now working on AfterShock.
I’ll suggest the music of John Cage, especially Prepared Piano stuff. And also The band “Dry Cleaning”. Album is “New Long Leg”. Original, trippy, insteresting.
Halley in #4 above…. If you loved “Untamed” you will love her podcast “We Can Do Hard Things” which is what I recommend for you as well, Jenny.
13 Days of Halloween (both seasons)
The Hidden Djinn
For comedy, you HAVE to listen to “My Dad Wrote a Porno.” Its a British podcast where one of the hosts is the son of a writer who self published his own terribly hilarious novels that has a lot of sex, with a lot of wrong terminology. He reads the book, and he and the two other hosts (long-time friends of his) comment on it and whatnot. I’m probably not describing this well, but it is truly hilarious with not only how bad the writing is, but all of their commentary as well. In season 2 for book 2, they added in “footnotes” episodes between each chapter where they discuss things related to the book and have guests on as well. It’ll definitely lift your spirits! It’s helped me out on bad days. Definitely don’t listen with young children or uptight people haha
Rude Tales of Magic. Its a D&D campaign run by Branson Reese (of Swan Boy fame) and it is HILARIOUS. I know, I know. There are approximately 1,000,000 D&D Podcasts, but this one is pure comedic gold. Highly highly recommend even if you’re not really into D&D, its just hysterical.
Small Town Murder. Discovering the podcast and its archive got me through the third lockdown last winter.
I started over with Welcome to Night Vale.
1. You’re Wrong About – goes back to how events were present in the press and digs up the real, fully nuanced story instead.
2 The Dollop – history stories and just odd cultural stuff by two comedians. A few had me crying laughing.
3. Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
I’ve been listening to This Podcast Will Kill You (mostly infectious disease) starting at the oldest and moving forward. Just now up to the beginning of COVID.
I also like Ologies with Alie Ward, Madigan’s Pubcast (comedian Kathleen Madigan), Maintenance Phase, Good Food, Depreash Mode, the Splendid Table, and The sporkful
Timesuck by Dan Cummings. Informative, fun and weird 🙂
It’s a short podcast currently, but Ronstadt is great ! It’s spooky, clever and fun !
City and Colour for music , love this artist .
I’ve been keeping sanity by a deep dive into D&D and Pathfinder rpg podcasts , namely Adventure.Exe , House of Bob podcast and The Danger Club podcast .
For more true crime / supernatural stuff , my partner and I love And That’s Why We Drink , fun, informative and chaotic all in one .
And for a good laugh on whatever subject they decide on , Distractible is an amazing podcast. If you are familiar with YouTuber Markiplier, it’s him and two friends talking about whatever , and they make it a game show of sorts .
And now for something completely different, I really look forward to the Slate Money podcast. I find it very informative. Don’t listen to it for stock tips. They tell their listeners to invest in index funds.
Mayim Bialik (of Blossom and Big Bang Theory fame) has a fascinating mental health podcast. I also LOVE My Favorite Murder and We Can Do Hard Things.
I’ve been binging on Ologies. I think you’d especially like the one on crow funerals.
I don’t really do podcasts, but the reason is definitely not given in this video:
I always recommend “My Dad Wrote a Porno”. Its an almost-drive-off-the-road-from-laughing-so-hard funny podcast where 3 British people read aloud the terribly/fantasticly bad porno that one of their dads writes. Their commentary is a joyous combination of embarrassed horror and wry British wit. Enjoy!
I’m all about The Murdaugh Murders podcast right now. So many crazy twists and turns and it’s all happening real-time. It’s really good.
Critical Role! A group of Nerdy A** voice actors who sit around and play Dungeons and Dragons! 😁 This show is honestly Absolutely Phenomenal! It’s a group of professional voice actors (literally professional story tellers) sitting around a table, and making a story together. Every person at the table is an amazing actor and improver, as well as just an amazing person. And it’s one of those few shows that you can Tell they are doing this because they Want to. Not because they have to. It is Funny, it is Epic, it is Tragic, it is Grand, it is Silly. It. Is. Awesome!
Cannot recommend enough! 😁😁😁
No such thing as a fish
Welcome to nightvale
Maintenance Phase–witty and insightful show about all the BS behind weight loss/diets/health “influencers”/etc.
Morbid–true crime and spooky stuff delivered with a delightfully twisted sense of humor
Unexplained–creepy and possibly supernatural events, and the host is absolutely brilliant.
Nighty Night with Rabia Chaudry–spooky bedtime stories for adults, some based on real stuff, some just pure fiction.
The Casual Criminalist podcast (also on youtube). Simon Whistler is wonderful. He has many very interesting YouTube channels.
It’s a podcast about the Italian immigrant experience.
Canadian True Crime is amazing, and by an Australian living in Canada. so it’s a very interesting podcast. And likely to ruin any misconceptions you may have about us Canadians being polite…
“Oh No Ross and Carrie!” Their motto is “When they make the claims, we show up so you don’t have to.”
If there’s anything weird out there, whether it’s alt-med, paranormal claims, conspiracies, UFO believers, strange religions, whatever, they go try it out, and then tell you all about what it was like. Recently they’ve been trying out pyramid power, really prickly acupressure mats, “earthing”, and a past life regression psychic, but in the past they’ve been Mormons, Raelians, Scientologists, OTO, and tried out every crazy device and alt-med fad they could get their hands on. They’ve even gotten certified as naturopaths and exorcists! So much fun!
The Dollop. History (historical figures & events, not wars) made hilarious. Start with Ghosts episode.
Endless Thread: (A deep dive into the depths of random and popular reddit threads) start with the episode on Plates, Glitter, or Gedis. 🙂
This isn’t really what you are asking for, but during my wait times I’ve been learning Spanish on Duolingo. Just a thought.
David Tennant Does a Podcast With…is pretty damn glorious.
Highly recommend Hello from the Magic Tavern! Whimsical improv that never fails to lift my mood while having no real point at all.
Ooh! This Podcast Will Kill You (2 fun Doctors named Erin talk about infectious disease), or “Spooked,” the Halloween season podcasts from Snap Judgement — I think there are six seasons now if you haven’t listened before. So good, so creepy!
Have you listened to the Murdaugh Murders? It’s a South Carolina podcast on the Murdaugh (pronounced Murdock) family who has pretty much been running an area of the lowcountry of SC for almost 100 years. It’s a doozy. Once you get past the fact that the podcaster is a journalist and not a podcaster (the voice) you can learn about all of the horrible things this family has done and continues to do in Hampton County, SC. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, there will be a ton of collateral damage when the whole story plays out!
OOO and I almost forgot. This Land (It’s a podcast about a Supreme Court Case in Oklahoma that will determine jurisdiction for land belonging to indigenous peoples in Oklahoma and a murder that occurred there.) Season 2 is just starting and it’s about a lawsuit over adoption rights of indigenous children that far right organizations are using as a platform to challenge Native American rights. It is fascinating. And Rebecca Nagle is an amazing story teller.
Cheat has been fun. Some stories I knew, some are completely new to me. Whole episode about the balloon boy!
Old Gods of Appalachia, Bridgewater, The White Vault
Deadly Manners is a limited series from a few years ago. It’s a murder mystery radio play. Falling In Love with Mr Dellamort is a weird musical about Death as an innkeeper. Kinda. That ones harder to explain.
Not a podcast but if you haven’t listened to the Dolly Parton’s America series yet from Jad Abumrad of Radio Lab, it is amazing.
Where Did the Road Go?
And That’s Why We Drink
You Must Remember This
That One Time I was Abducted by Aliens
The Bowery Boys NYC History
The Pirate History Podcast
The Green Lion Podcast
From the Obsessed Network with Patrick Hinds: Obsessed with Disappeared (Ellyn Marie Marsh is hi-larious) and True Crime Obsessed (Gillian Pensavalle is hi-larious too). Both very funny podcasts because sometimes we need a laugh with our true crime. Also, Bad Blood: The Final Chapter about the dirtbag who is Elizabeth Holmes and her whole trial. Also The Dropout season one and the current season to hear about the same trial now. Smartless if you want a lot of silliness and enjoy Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Sean Hayes. You probably already know about Crime Junkie (because who on planet earth doesn’t?) but just in case. It’s VERY dry and I’m not a fan of how overwrought Ashley Flowers narrates the tales, but they can be interesting in a pinch. Oh, and if you haven’t found it yet, Imagined Life is one of THE BEST podcasts ever made. It’s not true crime, but it’s absolutely wonderful and probably my favorite podcast ever. Please, if you haven’t yet, do yourself a solid and look it up. You won’t be disappointed. Also, bring hankies. I have yet to listen to an episode without bawling at the reveal at the end, even when I knew who it was well in advance. It’s all about the journey of overcoming. Yay for happy tears!
Bad Women from Pushkin…a different take on true crime and the ripper cases. The author doesn’t care about who the killer is but is trying to provide some restorative justice for the women who were his victims but telling the listeners about their lives and making them real people. Very well researched and then…read the author’s book “The five” to go slightly different direction.
I really enjoyed the first season of Crimetown, haven’t listened to the second season yet
The My Favorite Murder podcast is fabulous! It’s a true crime comedy show (not an easy combination to pull off) hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, and it kind of feels like having a chat with a couple of old friends – only the topic of conversation leans toward the weird and/or macabre. 🤗🤩
SmartLess. It’s nothing but humor and I can’t live without it.
KEXP’s “Music Heals” mental health awareness series. Wonderful stories from people in Seattle and all over the world, with amazing music and the ongoing message that “you are not alone.”
History Chicks- biographies of famous women throughout history told by two very funny and intelligent women. Some episodes are hours long and 2 parts and some are shorter, but they have gotten me through the pandemic!
Bagman by Rachel Maddow. It’s about Spiro Agnew, VP to Nixon. What a crook!
I really don’t listen to podcasts, but I love a good scary story told by a guy with a seriously sexy voice-Dr. Creepen. He has facebook and all the rest, and a you-tube channel with hundreds of stories sent in by various authors. He reads them. No video, no special effects, just the story. A big range from gore-y to classic but all are creepy. Pick a story and listen.
Spul Pancake or Rainn Wilson; not sure which =same guy my blog is
You Must Remember This, Love is a Crime, Office Ladies, Small Town Dicks, The Plot Thickens, and the hardest I’ve every laughed at a podcast was at The Renner Files.
Smartless. Sean Hayes, Will Arnett & Jason Bateman. Utterly hilarious!
Cocaine and Rhinestones. 20th century country and western music. The stories are amazing.
True Crime Obsessed, Obsessed with Disappeared, The White Vault, To Live and Die in LA.
Gods, how could I have forgotten, My Dad Wrote a Porno?
“The Habibis” – the tagline is “Three game developers drinking good Arab tea”. I’ll be out walking my dog trying not to giggle too loudly, which makes no sense because I’m white and I don’t even play video games. There’s something about listening to these three friends talking that is so comforting that it’s the highlight of my week.
WTF with Marc Maron
These are a mixed bag of true crime, paranormal, cryptids, etc. Anything mysterious or creepy.
Bad People, it’s about people who have done bad things and is hosted by comedian Sofie Hagen and Psychologist Dr Julia Shaw – one of my favourites!
So My Dad Wrote a Porno. 6 years of ridiculousness. It is so funny!
All killa no filla
You’re dead to me
Armchair Explorer…every episode is some person who goes off on a crazy adventure (e.g., marathon across the Sahara, kayak across the North Sea, walk across Mongolia, etc), usually inadequately prepared, and somehow lives to tell about it. (Un)fortunately, they all seem to have written a book, and I get so involved in the podcast that I go buy their book. I also listen to Good Life Project and Sounds True.
My Dad Wrote a Porno – best podcast out there
Spilled Milk is my go to for a long drive
Heavyweight and Don’t Ask Tig
I’m actually not much of a podcast person, but recently I’ve started listening to ‘The Casual Criminalist’ and ‘Death In the Afternoon’ (both on Spotify, though I think they might be available elsewhere too?). The first is true crime stories with a healthy dose of skepticism towards the more outlandish theories (Simon Whistler is a delight!) and the second is definitely not for everyone but it’s basically all about corpses and true stories related to corpses.
I am late to the party but PLEASE listen to Let’s Go to Court, a true crime podcast with humor that is right up your alley!
I always love The Dana Gould Hour. Lately I’ve been waiting impatiently for each new episode of Murdaugh Murders by Mandy Matney. And I love Hidden Brain.
I just finished Bridgewater. Loved it and it has a great cast like Nathan Fillion and Misha Collins.
Social Studies with Joe Dombrowski, especially like when he watches a tv show with his Mom and they review it. FUNNY!
Doesn’t fit any of your criteria but I’m enjoying The Episodic Table of the Elements cause I love chemistry and history.
Heavyweight is so moving and well done. The latest two episodes, “Justine” and “Stephen,” may be the best ever. I highly recommend them.
Wellll, I was going to recommend “My Dad Wrote a Porno” podcast, but looks like others have beat me to it. Love it. LOVE IT. loooooooove it.
For audiobooks, “Lily and the Octopus” by Steven Rowley is wonderfully read/acted by Michael Urie (from Ugly Betty). Much laughter. Many tears. Ugh.
Synopsis: “Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.”
Nearly every Moth story is worth listening to, sometimes twice.
I also just adore The Bowery Boys podcast, most especially this time of year when they feature ghost stories. Yes, their focus is decidedly New York City-centered, but there are also so many episodes about fascinating, often lurid, personalities (and places) that may have originated in New York, but went on to factor into major American eras. One of my favorites portrays the women of the Progressive Era, whose reforms began in NYC tenements, but eventually set standards for child labor laws on the federal level. If this sounds all dry and academic, then, I’m certainly not doing these two guys justice — just check out the tragic tale of Audrey Munson, “tragic muse” for artists at the turn of the last century.
Pick and choose amongst all the quirkiness.
(P.S.: Their tale of the epic hoarder Collyer brothers is not to be missed.).
99% Invisible is pretty good.
White Vault and Vast Horizons
Suspect is the best podcast of 2021, and it is excellent true crime. I’m Not A Monster was best of 2020.
The Ronstadt podcast! It’s a supernatural noir comedy.
This is Love and Criminal (same host/producers, exceptional stories), The Truth, and Barren (short and completed series…so far).
My Dad Wrote a Porno. Hysterical!
I really like Mike Rowe’s The Way I Heard It. Each episode is short, and is written so that you’re trying to guess who’s story he’s telling before the big reveal. Plus you get to listen to Mike Rowe narrate!
Not a podcast, more like radio theater, but amazing: The lovecraft investigations from BBC4
“An investigation into witchcraft, the occult and secret government operations.”
We Can Do Hard Things by Glennon Doyle. She and her partner Abby and sister Amanda are vulnerable and funny and encouraging women everywhere to be Untamed (Glennon’s book).
Also Armchair Expert with Dax Shephard.
I love science podcast Ologies with Alie Ward which is covering spooky subjects for the season: Crow Funerals!!! Gravesites. Bats. Dancing Spiders. Great fun!
“Fortunately…with Fi and Jane”
Ooooh, I love Small Town Murder. It’s one of my favorites to listen to.
“Zealot” (about cults, and sometimes mass murders), and “You’re Wrong About”.
Wooden overcoats just released their halloween episode!
Have you listened to dr death season 1 &2?
SO GOOD and true stories!
ALSO if you haven’t listened to the shrink next door its about to be a movie starring will Ferrell and paul Rudd. Its fascinating and true story
Nitevale. Patti Smith substack.
Currently obsessed with celebrity gossip – Beyond the Blinds and Spotify’s FluentlyForward
I can’t believe no-one has mentioned Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone.
Ghost stories, faeries, and Scottish – fun! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/1-scot-1-not/id1559228349
For the most part I don’t listen to podcasts. At least the ones that I’ve listened to have been poorly produced, nervous giggling, etc.
I mostly listen to music.
Judge John Hodgman and Pop Culture Happy Hour
The Unmade Podcast with Brady Haran and Tim Hein. It’s light and silly and worth listening to just to hear Tim laugh.
The Man Enough Podcast with Justin Baldoni (looks at male toxicity in a fun way), David Tennant Does a Podcast, Fake Doctors, Real Friends, Funhouse or Ringheads with Bill Corbett (MST3k and Rifftrax dude), Thrilling Adventure Hour and its spinoffs, Heaven’s Gate (any cult podcasts)
This doesn’t exactly fit into the true crime/horror genre you tend to like, but Dolly Parton’s America is one of the best podcast series I’ve ever listened to. In fact, I may listen to it again, just cuz.
The Casual Criminalist and Brain Blaze, but all of Simon Whistler’s channels are great
Ask a Mortician
This doesn’t exactly fit into the true crime/horror genre you said you like, but Dolly Parton’s America is probably the best podcast series I’ve ever listened to. In fact, I may listen to it again just cuz.
Living Tarot! no tarot know-how needed. SO INSPIRING https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/living-tarot/id1528923968
S-Town, by Serial and This American Life. https://stownpodcast.org
I’m currently obsessed with Dr Death. The first season is supremely messed up and in Texas!
Bridgewater, Passenger List, and Within the Wires are all great fiction podcasts if you feel like branching out in that direction. Also love No Such Thing as a Fish for a little dip into humor and random facts. Heard good things about the Last Podcast on the Left but haven’t listened myself.
Hardcore History and Heroine. Once in a while Great Women in Business.
I know those aren’t your usual genres. 😁
Been listening to LORE. About strange and unusual non-fiction scary stories. Non-fictional historic events.
I like Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown and I think you would make a fabulous guest on her podcast.
True crime? Have you tried the BBC’s ‘Hunt for the Missing Cryptoqueen’ about the biggest scam in history?
Or, if you like spooky stuff, also from the BBC: ‘The Battersea Poltergeist’ about a haunting in London during the 1950s.
Smartless for fun, Mystery and Murder : Analysis by Dr Phil
Levar Burton reads- it’s like reading rainbow for adults! Levar picks a different sci-fi/fantasy short story and reads it. I love it!
99 Percent Invisible is delightfully nerdy. Of all my podcasts, I make sure that one gets heard. Scientology: Fair Game is also a good one but a difficult subject sometimes. Snap Judgment is also always good.
West Cork – a completed podcast about a murder in Ireland. Available on Audible – think you would enjoy.
Have you ever listened to the “Wine and Crime” podcast by three young women from the Minneapolis area. The language is salty but that doesn’t phase me, and they are just funny as can be! While talking about crimes….
I love Small Town Murder. Their episodes are a good 2 hours long and so keep me occupied for a while. They are great story tellers, and often have me laughing right out loud when I’m alone!
My Dad Wrote a Porno makes me laugh out loud. Morbid & Radio Rental are creepy favourites.
Have you tried Imagined Life? They tell you the story of someone without naming them – until the end
Bad Women: the Ripper Retold. Based on The Six, by Hallie Rubenholc.
Not sure if previously mentioned – Old Gods of Appalachia
I like Two Girls One Ghost. I’m not much of a podcast person, I get distracted, but I’ve been listening to them on-and-off for the last three years. Ever since I got really sick, and needed something to keep me company (after running through the Gilmore Girls all over again).
I’m terribly late to the whole podcast thing and feel like I would get anxious about having too many of them on my to-do list. The two I listen to regularly now are:
This American Life (NPR; I used to listen to it on the actual radio)
No Effing Regrets with Robb Flynn (mostly interviews with metal musicians)
Snap Judgement and Spooked (also by Snap Judgement). Right up your alley!
The Midnight Library Podcast is Spectacular! Spooky and interesting!
I wholeheartedly recommend any audiobook by Jenny Lawson. She provides a wonderful mix of humor & seriousness, & the fact she reads them herself is an amazing bonus! If you’re done with those… seriously listen to the He drik Green books. Tata for now & Cheers my dear!
I second Hendrik Groen books
I’ve been loving Lightning Bugs: Conversations with Ben Folds. He’s all about creativity and the creative process. Every podcast includes a spontaneously created song at the end. I’m also really into Metaphysical Milkshake (comic actor Rainn Wilson) that dives into existential questions without getting heavy, and newly discovered Danica Patrick’s podcast, Pretty Intense.
Lore has been my go to because it is enough of a wonderful mix of historical and creepy to keep me coming back. Plus bonus, Aaron Mahnke is a midwesterner just like moi so his own life experiences make me nod my head like an idiot while I’m driving… 🙂
SmartLess. Jason Bateman, Shawn Hayes, and Will Arnett interview various celebrities, and it’s hilarious!
Another vote for My Favorite Murder, also Red-handed, This Podcast Will Kill You, Last Podcast on the Left, & a few sewing & knitting podcasts. And the Smartest Man in the World, because Greg Proops is hilarious
Films to Be Buried With is fantastic! Come for the film discussions, stay for the deep debates and death, the possibility of an afterlife, that The Muppet Christmas Carol is the greatest adaption ever made, and how ET traumatized an entire generation.
If you like science fiction both Ars Paradoxica (time travel gone wrong) and The Bright Sessions (therapy for people with superhuman abilities) are phenomenal!
How has no one mentioned Armchair Expert with Dax & Monica!?! So many amazing interviews and their true selves on full display ❤️
Something altogether different. Some friends and I have created an Actual Play Podcast. 3 women playing role playing games. We created it because it was something we craved but couldn’t find out there. It saved me during quarantine https://www.danger-dames.com/
True crime obsessed
Obsessed with disappeared
Lets go to court
Hello from the magic tavern
I’ve been following the Murdaugh Murders podcast by Mandy Matney, the story is absolutely wild. Obsessed with Disappeared and True Crime Obsessed always brighten my day (from the same network that produced Murder in Alliance).
Wine & Crime is hilarious. I also like Real Life Ghost Stories and Lore.
I’ve been listening to rewatch podcasts for my favourite shows. The office ladies, parks and recollection, the wire and Brooklyn nine nine.
A Paranormal Chicks – one true crime story and one paranormal each episode by 2 delightful southern “extra large pizzas”!
Radio Rental – the host, Terry Carnation, (wink) has moved on to another podcast but this one was delightfully silly and full of listener’s scary stories.
Small Town Dicks
Big Mad True Crime – although there are WAY too many commercials
True Crime Bullshit. It’s about Israel Keyes, but it’s really about the narrator’s obsession. Trust.
Mine! The Utterly Unrelated Podcast where we talk about all things history, the paranormal, true crime, science and so much more. It would make my life if you did. Also I’m a huge fan and you’re the reason I had the strength to get help for my postpartum depression. Thank you for that ❤️
TBTL is a daily podcast where I listen to two Luke and Andrew talk about what is happening in their lives and the world. They are funny, self deprecating, and relatable. They’ve gotten me through a lot of stuff.
Wine & Crime. I love “the gals” and am working on my worst Minnesotan accent. Also Sinisterhood where I can work on a Texan accent. Non murdery palette cleansers: Ologies, Beach Too Sandy, Smartless.
The Maris Review. She talks with authors about their books and other books, and I love it so much!
Maintenance Phase, You’re Wrong About, Ologies, This Land, and if you haven’t heard Mystery Show from a few years ago, just go binge that whole one.
The Wild with Chris Morgan and Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend.
Try the weekly series “If I Go Missing, the Witches Did It”. In recently-released-fiction terms, it’s like, if the best parts of Cackle and Payback is a Witch attended a mutual masterbation orgy and created a podbaby
True Crime Obsessed is WONDERFUL!!
Heavyweight checks two of your boxes. Funny and bizarre. Sometimes sad but always uplifting. Many seasons but the first one is the best.
The Sporkful – nothing beats Dan Pashman’s laugh. And Your Last Meal with Rachel Belle – celebrities discuss their favorite foods and Rachel shares some research about them. Perhaps I’m hungry right now and recommended two food podcasts? But they’re about so much more…
The Guilty Feminist and Wheel of Misfortune
The box of oddities.
“Kat & Jethro Gilligan Toth bring their irreverent brand of humor and unique chemistry to an exploration of the strange, the bizarre and the unexpected.”
(Kat’s also my cousin but that’s beside the point)
My longtime regulars are Ear Biscuits (Rhett & Link), Dear Hank & John (I know you’re familiar with this one because I was extremely pleasantly surprised back when you guest hosted!), Mugglecast, and My Favorite Murder.
I’ve gotten back into Lore and I absolutely love Noble Blood, so I want to give American Shadows a try after seeing Aaron Mahnke tweeted it’s similar to the others. Loved the first season of Haunted Road, which is also on the Grim & Mild network but by Amy Bruni (Ghost Hunters & Kindred Spirits).
Listened to a few episodes of Spooked, but I’m really on the fence about the host’s very *expressive* way of speaking and the soundtrack/sound effects. Sometimes I don’t mind it, sometimes it’s too creepy or distracting.
Criminal. Amazing variety of criminal stories not just murder/missing persons. Added benefit-Phoebe’s voice puts me to sleep. ;).
I concur with 99% Invisible (if you haven’t listened to it, here are 2 episodes I love: #114, and 246 and any mini-stories episode, but I love them all). I also agree with “Everything Is Alive” (I listen to the grain of sand and pane of glass often). My fun podcasts to listen to are “Gettin’ Better with Ron Funches” and “Las Culturistas” hosted by Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers. My serious podcasts are all from microbe.tv – got hooked on This Week In Virology (for obvious reasons) but loved the science and learning, so now listen to the parasite, neuroscience and immune podcasts as well. I understand nothing but I’m trying. More science-y and silly is “Science Vs.” from Gimlet Media. But then you have to also mention “Every Little Thing” – which I highly recommend the episode with the baseball organist.
The Jackie and Laurie Show! Jackie Kashian and Laurie Kilmartin. Different from any other podcast I have found. Two stand-up comics talk about the work of comedy and about working as a female in a male-dominated industry. Weekly Comic of the Week promotes a comic you will want to search out online.
MBMBAM is absolutely amazing. So funny.
Imaginary Worlds is one of my nerdy faves.
Revisionist History is super interesting.
Simon’s Peculiar Portions is a podcast in which two British men discuss odd news stories with irreverent and improvisational comedy.
I am WAY late to this party (and I think you may never read this far in the comments), but must add Caimh McDonnell’s “The Stranger Times” to this awesome list.
Although it’s an audiobook and not a podcast, may I recommend “The Light of Supremazia
(After)Life lessons, Volume 1” by Alana (Siegel) Mag? Think it’s difficult to get into Harvard University? Try Vita Post Mortem Academy, a prestigious high school where John F. Kennedy teaches a class called “American Ghost Stories”, Albert Einstein grades science tests, and history’s most brilliant and deceased minds make up the rest of the teaching staff.
Of course, I’m biased because I narrated and produced the audiobook. 🙂
I second The Midnight Library
Baby Geniuses – two female best friends and comedian/writers rambling and making each other laugh doing segments like “Ban Chunch, any news in the world of Martha Stewart’s Horse” and “wiki of the week”
You’re Wrong About – same again but one woman / one man – someone mentioned it above, it’s a deep dive into stories about women from the nineties that the culture got super wrong. Very satisfying and funny
I love “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” the topical and funny NPR quiz podcast.
I’m also a big fan of LeVar Burton Reads.
I just recently started listening to Jane Goodall’s Hopecast (https://janegoodall.ca/the-hopecast-jane-goodalls-podcast/) and recommend that as well. It has Jane Goodall and is about changing the world for the better. What more can you ask for? ; )
I wish your relative a speedy recovery!
If you’ve not already heard Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo or The Hilarious World of Depression, I suggest a listen. Both are excellent!
Glad to hear your relative is recovering well!
The Parapod, Loremen
I love “Jordan Harbinger” as it’s a well-produced show. He has a tolerance for the dark side, so seems to get a high percentage of spies and double-agents on as guests. He releases 3 broadcasts a week, so you have lots to choose from in his library on his website. I’m most fond of his “Feedback Friday” which is him and a screenwriter/producer answering fan letters on life problems.
I listen to a lot … separately they are normal but when I jam them together I look …weird … My Dad Wrote a Porno (start from the beginning), You’re Dead to Me (history-ish), Scotland Outdoors (beautiful accented people standing in puddles and talking about mould or something), How to Fail with Elizabeth Day (interviews), No Such Thing As A Fish (facts-ish), Backlisted podcast (unfairly neglected books), Chat 10 Looks 3 ( two clever Australian female journalists talking about whatever pops into their heads), Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford (history-ish), The Truth Shall Make You Fret (Terry Pratchett ), A Podcast Of Ones Own (interviews with interesting women), We Will Get Past This (history-ish), Phoebe reads a mystery (in which she … well, you get the picture). Hope all’s well with your family.
I’ll have to check out some of these podcasts. Crime Junkies is really the only podcast I listen to and I’m obsessed.
Loremen! James Shakeshaft and Alasdair Beckett-King research and recount obscure UK legends and folklore (like Gef the Talking Mongoose) with snarky commentary. They then arbitrarily score the tales in randomly chosen categories.
Also, Three Been Salad. Comedians Mike Wozniak, Henry Paker and Benjamin Partridge attempt to discuss themes suggested by listeners, but struggle to stay on topic. Exercise caution if listening while driving. I was laughing so hard I had to pull over to the side of the road when the episode “Posters” somehow turned to musings about the sexiness of flightless birds. Don’t ask, just listen.
Podcast – No Such Thing As A Fish. Random weird facts.
It isn’t a podcast, but I’m listening to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time books in prep for the series coming out in November. They are very long, so they will help kill some time.
Of course after proof-reading my comment 10 times, I only spot the typo after I post it. That’s Three BEAN Salad, not Three Been Salad. Sheesh.
Something Was Wrong (host talks to people that have been in some crazy relationships)
Two Hot Takes ( they take some of the wildest stories on Reddit and dissect them )
I love Noble Blood. Piketon Massacre is good for true crime. Endless Thread is interesting real stories from Reddit.
I LOVE True Crime podcasts as well as ones that have an interesting topic and are produced and told well. Here are some of my favs:
American Scandal, Against the Odds, Believe Her, Something Was Wrong, Bad Blood, Suspect, Unraveled, To Live and Die in LA, The Orange Tree, Smoke Screen, The Dougherty Gang, American Vigilante, Last Day (season 1 is about the opioid crisis and is really good), Borderlands, Crimetown (season 1), The Opportunist (Robert Courtney one), Do No Harm, Blood River, Lost Hills, In The Red Clay, The Line, Culpable, Missing Richard Simmons, American Coyote, The Shrink Next Door, Chasing Cosby, The Catch and Kill, Verified: Dust Up, Unfinished, The Clearing, Serial, Deep Cover, Believed, Mobbed Up, Your Own Back Yard, Down The Hill
So not a podcast but a song that I think is inspiring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C01nBm6vV5c
Crime Weekly – they have a podcast and YouTube channel!
Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown is really good – https://www.bialikbreakdown.com/.
Up and Vanished, The Angel of Vine, The last days of August, The Butterfly Effect, Down the Hill, The Piketon Massacre, Root of Evil, My Dad Wrote a Porno
Dark Dice by Fool & Scholar
No Such Thing As A Fish
Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know
History That Doesn’t Suck
Inside the Exorcist and haunted road
I’ve really been enjoyed the Myths and Legends podcast. It’s a retelling of folk tales, fairy tales, and legends by a funny and slightly snarky narrator, Jason Weiser. Very entertaining and there’s a bunch of them. Also Camp Monsters, stories about monsters in the wild. The narrator, Weston Davis, has a fantastic voice.
Hang in there!
Oh, I just remembered, The Antique Shop! It’s about a magical antique shop in Scotland that sells all kinds of cursed objects
. The wonderful narrator of the stories has a fantastic accent. I’d probably listen to her read a phone book.
Ghosts in the Burbs is so fun!
Not creepy or scary, but I am listening to Don’t ask Tig with Tig Notaro. Funny!
@techherder – you need a new vehicle if you need to burn CDs to listen to Podcasts! Also, True Crime Brewery.
The Fat Feminist Witch podcast. Found it last weekend and I’m obsessed.
Fredrick Backman has a relatively new audio book out: “Anxious People.” I would describe it as an emotional roller-coaster, except that it’s more of an express train. I laughed with tears streaming down my face for 9 hours and 53 minutes.
And, of course, the audiobook of “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” is truly wonderful.
This one is truly not your normal fare, but have you listened to Katherine Kellgren’s reading of “Bloody Jack” (L.A. Meyer)? Has the kid? She was an amazing reader.
Because News – its a Canadian humour podcast. Gavin Crawford is hilarious!
Ladies and Tangents
dr death and shrink nextdoor
I’m currently obsessed with Fruit Loops. It’s a true crime podcast about serial killers of colour. The hosts, Wendy and Beth, are fabulous and hilarious. There are over 100 episodes. I think you’ll love it!
Stuff You Should Know and The Mental Illness Happy Hour are just about the only two I listen to anymore.
Last Podcast on the Left for cults, serial killers, and Aliens!
Films to be Buried With!!!
The Allusionist. You don’t need to start at any specific point and I highly recommend just binge listening the entire back catalogue of episodes.
Morbid: a true crime podcast
I second the recco for Stuff You Should Know.
Jury Duty goes through the full Robert Durst trial and has excerpts from the trial and commentary–very engaging, especially as a sequel to The Jinx.
Bad Blood is the ongoing Theranos trial with trial updates each week.
My absolute favorite is Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink (one of the creators of Welcome to Night Vale, which I also can’t recommend enough – definitely ticks your “bizarre stories” box). It’s the story of a woman traveling across the country in search of her lost wife, and she uncovers a long trail of serial killings and supernatural forces and mysterious phenomena along the way. It’s beautifully written and balanced between sweet, profound, and downright spooky. It’s finished with three seasons, so, reasonably easy to get through.
My sister and I have a podcast where we tell each other ghost stories. We think we’re pretty funny. It’s called My Skeptical Sister. I would start with Kilo and 8 Ball for a very funny episode, but the spookiest story I think was from Full Moon Energy
Not sure it is a Podcast, but Randy Rainbow is my hero!
http://www.evaactonstokesmusic.com. I read all your books and my sister and I laugh all day about the similarities between you life and our lives. Eva is a fantastic musician. Please promote her.
The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society. Delicious fun.
Fanatical Fics and Where to Find Them- two friends reading ridiculous and inappropriate harry potter fanfiction to each other and giggling a lot. Skip to “Veela’s Nest”.
The Dollop- informational but hilarious and whenever I’m listening, I frequently exclaim, out loud, “Wait, what the fuck??” Or laugh uproariously.
Spooked podcast- creepy true stories told by the people who lived them
Morbid is my current obsession.
Not a podcast, but anything by David Sedaris, Augustin Burroughs, or David Rakoff. “Dad is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan is funny, also Sloane Crosley and right now I’m listening to “People I want to Punch in the Throat” by Jen Mann. Obviously This American Life has hours and hours of interesting, sometimes funny, sometimes thoughtful episodes. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is quirky but worth listening to. I’m old school analog and listen to everything on a CD walkman (mainly because I’m too old to figure out how to do it on my cell phone and I refuse to even try). Of course nothing is funnier than Furiously Happy but I suppose you’ve already listened to that one….
Small Town Murder is worth a listen!
Another vote for Old Gods of Appalachia. It is the only podcast that I miss enough between seasons that I am seriously contemplating becoming a Patreon subscriber.
I haven’t seen You’re Gonna Die Out There mentioned yet. So good.
Break the Dice (improvised D&D campaign/storytelling) and Off Book (improvised musicals) are both hilarious. I like the off-kilter fun of improvisation done by truly funny humans.
Bourbon and Barrels
If you like true crime, you might enjoy “Park Predators” –it’s about murders committed in forests and state parks
Trash Taste is a popular podcast with 3 guys who live in and discuss Japan, as well as their interests in anime, manga, food, and different cultures, and so on.
Out of the Cold podcast – this one is close to home for you! “True crime reporter Deanna Boyd takes a monthly look at one of the hundreds of cold cases in North Texas, unsolved crimes that have been filed away and do nothing but gather dust.”
Mission to Zyxx – improvised sci-fi comedy podcast
Welcome to Nightvale – community radio in an alternate desert world
Beef and Dairy Network – bizarrely funny ‘industry’ podcast
Ologies – offbeat fascinating science with amazing scientists
No such thing as a fish!
British podcast full of strange and ridiculous fun facts.
Don’t Ask Tig is brilliant!! The advice is so wrong it’s good.
You’re Wrong About, Maintenance Phase, Snapped Judgment: Spooked
And if you haven’t listened to Bubble (from Maximum Fun), you DEFINITELY should.
I know many have stated them but:
Small Town Murder
My dad wrote a porno
Ladies and Tangents
Your own backyard
Queen of the con
The Piketon Massacre
I listen a lot to ologies with allie ward (for science but also very left political) and naddpod ( not another DND podcast) for story items. both are delightful : )
I’m binging Crime Junkies and Haunted Places Ghost Stories at the moment!
Try “this is a disaster” , Horrible things that have happened to people, but – you know – it’s kind of amusing in this sick way. Don’t judge them.
The Oyster (end of the world/sorting who gets to live fictional story)
It’s a Wonderful Life (Christmas letters that are hysterical/ridiculous)
I sixth Ologies with Allie Ward. Yes, I read through all 263 comments. This podcast is sciency and funny. Her tag line is “ask smart people dumb questions” or something like that.
Scared to Death
Small Town Murder
The host of International Infamy also has an ongoing series called Supernatural with Ashley Flowers. I also really enjoy Spooked (from Snap Judgement) and The Ghost Story Guys. There are a million others I’ve been meaning to get to, but those are the ones I keep up with regularly.
Dear Hank & John (feat. Hank and John Green), Maintenance Phase (deconstructs diet culture), This Might Get Weird (I think you’d love this one.)
Have you listened to Rabia Chaudry’s “Nighty Night” yet? *Right up your alley*!!
Somebody knows something is a CBC podcast that could not be more Candian if it tried.
Casefile by an anonymous Australian host kicked by butt. The Jonestown episode made me cry at work.
The Apocalist Book Club! The hosts Nella and Raven are reading all apocalyptic fiction in chronological order, with historical background etc – it’s great
The Plot Thickens (TCM)
S1 Peter Bogdonavich “Daaaad, Oraon ate all the Haagen Daaz …” (you’ll see)
S2 Bonfire of the Vanities [missed that one]
S3 (current) Lucy!
Death, Sex & Money
Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown
(that should be Orson, not Oraon.)
Sociopolitical commentary that’s funny and engaging. If you’re trying to stay away from the stress of the news, you can always start back months ago because you already know how it all turned out.
Unwell, A Midwestern Gothic Mystery is weird and spooky. Also The Bright Sessions – people with superpowers in therapy, complete with shadowy quasi-government institution of questionable morals.
You have a lot of great suggestions. I love Morbid: A True Crime Podcast
But I also think you would get a kick out of Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine – really amazing research and hilarious commentary.
I’ve been listening to a Canadian political podcast called, “The Strategists” for the past 10 or so years. Really great guys, and a good insight on political strategy. I’ve also started to listen to Mike Birbigula’s Working It Out podcast.
NYPD has a podcast called “Break In the Case”
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I’m really enjoying The Off Menu podcast and started listening to Help I Sexted My Boss. There’s also a good podcast called All Killa No Filla about true crime but features a really fun Welsh comedian called Kiri.
Ben Gleib’s Last Week on Earth podcast is a great mix of serious discussion and levity.