Podcast recommendations, part X.

This is the 10th round of podcast recommendations I’ve put together! Part of me can’t believe it, but you guys… I love podcasts. I really love it when I find a good one that I can really BINGE. When that happens, I listen while I work, when I get ready, when I get in my car… it’s the best. I’m really excited to share this round – so much so, I had to edit my list because I’ve been listening to so many lately (more will come in part 11, so don’t worry).


This is for all my true crime lovers, and ONLY you, because this one will chill you to the bone. There’s a reason for the title. Here’s the scoop:

Susan Powell vanished on Dec. 7, 2009. Her body has never been found. From the beginning, West Valley City, Utah police suspected Susan’s husband, Josh Powell, had murdered her. They never arrested him. COLD dives deep into the case files, uncovering never-before-heard details. You’ll learn why Susan stayed with an abusive husband, why Josh did what he did and how the justice system failed Susan and her two boys. 

I started listening to this podcast after a recommendation from a fellow blogger. When I started listening, there were 15 episodes available (about one hour each), and I binged them all in two days. It creeped me out, but I COULD NOT STOP listening. It’s very quality reporting and the audio clips are insane. This podcast is just as much about the justice system as it is about a missing person/murder case.

Dirty John

This is another true crime – I swear they’re not ALL true crime! I heard of this one because I kept seeing the previews for the TV show that has the same name. I wasn’t that interested in the show, but I thought I’d check out the podcast. Here’s the scoop:

Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.

Totally binged this one, too. And then I binged the TV show! This story is creepy, but I think is more familiar than many people realize (although possibly on a less-dramatic scale). The reporting is superb!

Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist

I have stopped watching most news since President Trump was elected and since Matt Lauer was fired from TODAY. For the past year or so, I only watch “The Daily Show” and “Sunday TODAY”, which is an hour-long news program that covers very lite stories. It’s hosted by Willie Geist and he’s just the best. Here’s the lowdown:

NBC’s “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist” provides sharp, conversational coverage of the day’s news, along with in-depth profiles of the people and ideas shaping our culture. In his “Sunday Sitdowns,” Geist chats with some of the biggest names in news and pop culture, from actors and musicians to presidents and CEOs, about the stories behind their success. This podcast features the full, unedited versions of those conversations for an even deeper look at the names in the headlines. 

I don’t listen to every episode – only the ones with celebrities that really interest me. But Willie is such a good interviewer and it’s very lite, nothing too deep.

Ear Hustle

I’m not entirely sure where I heard about this podcast, but it’s a true inside look into San Quentin, and it covers prison life from all angles. Here’s the scoop:

Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The team works in San Quentin’s media lab to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny, and always honest, offering a nuanced view of people living within the American prison system.

As I continue to learn more and more about the institutional racism in our country, the prison system is a large part of that cycle. This podcast provides a non-political and very non-judgmental view of life in prison through the stories and interviews of those living in it. It’s fantastic!

What podcasts are you guys listening to?! I am always looking for suggestions… and I’ll listening to juuuust about anything!

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