For years I have been into podcasts. I’ve listened to them on all types of topics – travel, writing, strange happenings, unsolved crimes, and cooking. Those are just a few that come to mind. During the camping at the apartment without cable tv and streaming I depended more on books, audiobooks, and podcasts to entertain me. Here are a few of the ones I’m currently into.
Thinking Sideways – This is a podcast I enjoyed greatly. I stumbled upon it via Google Play. After one listen I quickly looked up the site and added it to my podcast app (I’m a Droid user and like Podcast Republic app). Over the course of the rest of May and June I listened to their whole back catalog.
The format is a mystery – ufo, unsolved crime, disappearance, odd happening – is taken on by one of the three podcasters who does the lead for that story. They tell the facts of the case. Generally doing a good bit of research themselves. Then they go through not only the predominate theories of the case but add their own. (BTW the Chupacabra did it is always a favorite tack on). Finally each gives what they think is the best answer to the problem.
The best ones are where there’s not an answer. Some things are just unknown until something breaks giving us more information. Others when they do choose an answer it’s always a reasonable one. I like that. I like not trying to make something into a big mystery when it isn’t. I credit them for my new Friday topic of freaky stories I enjoy.
I think I’ve been listening to this one for going on eight years now. I am not a subscriber but never miss their once a week free ones. Here they take on all the odd news and stories of the week. Everything from the brain’s neuroplacitiy to ghosts to deep diving without equipment to ufos to the singularity. These guys cover it. They have fun but they also take things seriously. I’ve enjoyed their take on issues and exposing me to topic I wouldn’t have known about. They don’t claim to have all the answers but they do claim to give things a fair shake. I have found so many good books from their podcasts that I’d recommend it just for the author interviews. But there is so much more, ideas galore are discussed in seriousness and in silliness. If you have the time I encourage you to dip into their weekly free podcast and see what you can discover on the cutting edge or science or lost in the unknown or lurking in the paranormal.
Finally a podcast that exploded beyond podcasting. What Making of A Murderer on Netflicks did for that case, Serial has done for the case it covers. Here a teen boy, Adnan Syed, has been convicted of murdering his former teen girlfriend, Ha Min Lee. Podcaster Sarah Koenig agrees to look into the case and see what she finds. Each episode is her investigating a different aspect of the case. Following along I went from he did it to he didn’t do it to he did it to hell if I know. But in the end one thing I felt I did know was the case wasn’t fully investigated. That aspects that should have been followed up long before Koening was doing her podcast were ignored by authorities. It seems to be a case of tunnel vision for the authorities bolstered by relying on one witness of questionable motives who told them a story that upheld their theory. Was that theory right or wrong? I can’t say but I think Koening’s questions punched enough holes in it that Adnan Syed deserves the second trial that he was awarded. For me it is a cautionary tale of how the authorities going for the easiest answer to close a case hurts more that just the accused but the victim’s family, the community, and honestly justice over all. It’s a case that deserves to heard by you. Give it your time and thought, you won’t be sorry.