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Happy September 30th, readers! For those of you that don’t know, September 30th has become an international celebration of the power of podcasts. Cool, right?
We love podcasts here at GGA, and we plan on celebrating in style. By listening to some podcasts of course but by also encouraging our dear readers to step outside of your comfort zone by listening to something new! So we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite listens broken down into categories. Enjoy!
Comedy- My Favorite Murder
Normally true crime and comedy don’t go together. For, you know, reasons. But hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark made it work resulting in My Favorite Murder being a top 10 regular on iTunes’ comedy podcast chart.
The show follows lifelong fans of true crime stories Karen and Georgia as they tell each other their favorite tales of murder. They also include ‘minisodes’ where they get to hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.
Society and Culture – Conversations with People Who Hate Me
Dylan Marron takes negative online interactions and turns them into constructive conversations. Whether it’s addressing comments made about him or moderating a conversation, Dylan calmly navigates through all the digital negativity while reminding everyone that there is a human on the other side of the screen.
The original classic gaming podcast continues its endless quest to explore the history of video games, one game at a time. Join hosts Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey each week as they team up with a host of expert guests to chronicle the creations that have paved the way for today’s hits. From forgotten black-and-white arcade machines to modern-day remakes, Retronauts spans more than four decades of vintage gaming greatness!
The Arts- DKMH
Educational- This Podcast Will Kill You
Relax, this podcast won’t actually kill you. Probably. But this podcast covers so many things that can. Each episode tackles a different disease, from its history, to its biology, and finally, how scared you need to be; which is very. Be very scared. Ecologists and epidemiologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke make infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation and provide the perfect cocktail recipe to match.
Horror- Unwell: A Midwestern Gothic Mystery
Get in the Halloween spirit early with a little help from Unwell: A Midwestern Gothic Mystery, a fiction podcast about conspiracies, ghosts, and unusual families of blood and choice.
The story follows Lillian Harper, who moves to the small town of Mt. Absalom, Ohio, to care for her estranged mother Dorothy after an injury. Living in the town’s boarding house which has been run by her family for generations, she discovers conspiracies, ghosts, and a new family in the house’s strange assortment of residents.
True Crime: Hit Man
In 1983, Paladin Press, a fringe publisher, released a book called Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors. The author, who went by the pen name Rex Feral, offered very specific tips for the aspiring contract killer— where to find employment, how much to charge…and how to get away with murder. Hosted by journalist Jasmyn Morris, Hit Man goes on a deep dive into real crimes this manual allegedly (totally) inspired.
With a Historic Twist – Lore
Clever, fun and oddly educational, Lore is “…an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.–LORE
Aaron Mahnke researches his material well and delivers an interesting topic each episode in a manner that doesn’t make me feel like I’m listening to a lecture.
Underrated (in my opinion) –Video Palace
This one is a personal favorite that I will never get tired of listening to. I can’t recommend it enough.Video Palace is a horror fiction podcast that follows Mark Cambria. He’s just your run-of-the-mill guy with an interesting hobby. Even though it’s a bit outdated Mark collects VHS tapes in bulk and watches them. Most of the time it’s just films he’s familiar with. But after watching one unusual tape Mark begins talking in his sleep. Which wouldn’t be too weird if it wasn’t an unknown language. His curiosity into why and how sparks an investigation like no other. With the help of his friends, girlfriend Tamra and several colleagues in the film community, Mark’s search for answers leads him to the legend of the ‘White Tapes’ as well as the once infamous Video Palace.
2019’s Best Newcomer- Passenger List
Atlantic Flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le (Kelly Marie Tran), a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, is determined to uncover the truth.