To be perfectly honest, I had no idea International Podcast Day was a thing until last month. Which was surprising. See, I review a lot of podcasts for one simple reason: I listen to a lot of podcasts. They are a great way to kill time at work, during a long commute and of course, they can be super fun. It never ceases to amaze me that audio alone can be so engrossing. I can see why those old radio shows and audio books are so popular.
So! What’s the best way to celebrate International Podcast Day in style? By listening to some podcasts of course! On this most esteemed of days, I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone by listening to something new! I’ve put together a list of my favorite podcasts for you to try. Putting together this list proved to be much tougher than expected as I have so, so many favorites. I figured the easiest way to come to some final decisions would be to break them down into categories.
Comedy – Late Night Whenever
Late Night Whenever is an addictive force of nature whose main ‘plot’ is the fun storytelling aspect of a daytime television show and the joys of nightlife. Hosted by the upbeat and hilarious Michelle Buteau with an incredible musical sidekick (Rob Lewis), fantastic guests and endless jokes what more could anyone want in a late night show?!
Horror – Limetown
“We need emergency services in Limetown. The ambulance, and the fire, police… Just send the whole [beep] army!” When the 327 inhabitants of Limetown suddenly disappear without a trace, it instantly becomes international news. Over ten years later the case remains unsolved. When American Public Radio journalist Lia Haddock takes a special interest in the case, it takes her down a rabbit hole of suspense that, in my opinion, makes for one of the best podcasts ever made. The highly anticipated second season is set to premiere on Halloween!
True Crime – Death in Ice Valley
Picture it: The remote area of Isdalen Valley, right outside of Bergen, Norway quickly becoming a place of nightmares for two young girls after they discover the body of a woman. Her body was terribly burnt and surrounded by an array of peculiar objects. Investigators knew right away they had an odd case on their hands. What they didn’t know is how complicated things would get. Eight fake passports, 500 Deutsche Marks sewn in the lining of her suitcase, all the labels on her clothes meticulously removed; even after 47 years of investigating the true identity of this woman and her cause of death still remains a mystery.
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.
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) – The Bridge
Set in an alternate 2016, the team residing in Watchtower 10 spend their days keeping watch on their section of the grand Transcontinental Bridge; a bridge that spans the Atlantic Ocean, connecting America to Europe. You’d think something like that would need a little extra security. But sadly, this is not the case. Not much happens on the bridge these days, that is if you don’t count the monsters, demonic dummies and occasional assassin or two. ‘The Bridge is a fictional serialized fantasy podcast about the monsters we fear, the monsters we can become, and the stories we leave behind.’- The Bridge
2018’s Best Newcomer- The Girls
Based off the highly anticipated YA novel, Sadie, by Courtney Summers comes The Girls. It begins with a dead girl. The Girls is an instant hit and, without a doubt, one of my favorite podcasts ever created. I was hooked on this story within the first five minutes. So much so that not only did I pre-order Sadie but I even went to get the book signed by the author herself (Courtney, what’s good?). I’ve since read Sadie twice and re-listened to the podcast numerous times; I highly encourage you to do the same.
GGA’S Additional Recommendations