My listening is as diverse as my reading. I’m not a big music person but I love a good story. So when walking, cleaning, driving, grocery shopping, or whatever you’ll find me listening to either an audiobook or podcast. I subscribe to around 30 podcasts at any given time. There are always new ones I’m trying out for those that podfade. Currently here are three I enjoy now – two are crimal based one isn’t but all are strange in an interesting manner.
Already Gone This podcast is relatively new and sprung from the various true crime podcasts that sprung up after Serial was such a hit. This one deals with a topic that always interests me but gets way too little attention overall – missing people. The NameUS database used by US police departments estimates that there are 90,000 reported and missing individuals in the United States at any time. Think of that – 90,000 people – A HUGE stadium of people just *poof* gone. Yet on the news only a case now and again catch the headlines, depending on the victim and the news day. The podcast is out of Michigan so she looks for cases with a Michigan connection. I mean with that many, you gotta have some kind of system. It’s interesting and heartbreaking. You hope that someday some of these turn up just fine, “Sorry got lost getting cigarettes from the store.” Yet in so many your gut knows that it’ll be a less happy answer if one is ever found.
Astonishing Legends I was down under 30 when one podcast had faded to sporadic. I was looking for another regular then I stumbled onto this one. They did a great four part series on the Somerton Man that I found after my post. Then scrolling through I found that they cover many of the topics I’d jotted down for my Freak Friday topic. So you better believe I subscribed and haven’t regretted it at all. They do in depth look at strange topics. I love the fact that many times they do multiple episodes on a topic that deserves it. So if you enjoy strange and weird like I do tune in.
Criminal Is a podcast about crimes but gives you more than just the thrill factor. In one story where the woman learned the person who stole her identity as a child and made getting a start in life so hard was her own deceased mother… the crime is outlined over time but what’s explored in depth is how it affected the daughter. Then a whole episode is dedicated to understanding the psychology of the mother, how could she do this for years and watch her own loved ones struggle so because of her actions? The podcast looks at crimes but also the long term effects of them. In their 50th episode they do a follow on many of their previous show subjects. Crime isn’t just an event to those it happens to, it’s a moment that changed their life. This show just stop with the conviction but looks at the long reaching effects, what can we learn from crime, and finally embraces the human element involved. It’s fairly new to me but it’s definitely in the keeper column.