Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Each Tuesday, there’s a theme, and we do fun lists for each theme and talk books! This week’s topic:
I love podcasts and I have previously talked about my favorite bookish ones HERE! However, I listen to a bunch of different podcasts so I am here today to give you some recommendations! Let’s get into it!
This is arguably THE podcast that made podcasting fun and cool again. Serial is a documentary podcast series, where each season, the host explores one true story. The first season was phenomenal and it looked into the case of Adnan Sayed, who was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend in 1999, when he was still in high school. It’s a deep dive into that season’s case and it’s fascinating and absolutely addictive. It’s really well produced and thought out, so I cannot recommend it enough if you’re a fan of true crime podcasts!
This is another podcast from the creators of Serial, and it’s just as fantastic. It’s an investigative journalism podcast, and its focus is an exploration of a small town in Alabama. The central figure of the podcast is John McLemore, who contacted the author, Brian, to look into an unsolved murder in his hometown. But the podcast is more focused on John and it’s really amazing. It has only seven episodes and it’s worth a listen.
This one is a lot more light-hearted and fun, and it’s absolutely hilarious. It’s exactly what the title says – the host’s dad wrote an erotic fiction novel (a really, really bad one) and Jamie, the host, alongside his two friends, reads a chapter of the book on each podcast and then he and his co-hosts comment on it. If you are looking for something really funny, I highly recommend this one. The episodes are short and engaging and you will undoubtedly have fun with this.
Another really famous true crime podcast that was recently made into a series, Dirty John explores the story of Debra Newell, who meets a man named John, who seems like the perfect guy. Except her family doesn’t like him, and the whole thing starts to get really complicated. Again, a really well produced and thought out podcast that will definitely make you want to keep listening. And then you can watch the tv series!
This is a nine episode podcast about Larry Nassar, an Olympic gymnastics doctor that abused hundreds of women and girls for almost two decades. The podcast is an inside look at how these women won the case against Nassar and it’s also an exploration of the cultural moment of women finding and reclaiming their power with a case like this. Highly recommended.
Hey, Cool Job! is a podcast about really cool jobs! This is a bit of an older one (it’s from 2015) but it’s a great one to dip in and out of and pick the episodes that seem interesting to you. There’s an episode about a porn star, about a war reporter, about a celebrity paparazzo, about cannabis growers… It’s a really interesting look at the stuff people do and it’s a lot of fun. Oh and the host is Mary H. Choi, who wrote Emergency Contact!
Again, another true crime podcast! The first season focuses on the investigation of a missing boy, an investigation that was botched by law enforcement and that became one of the most infamous abduction cases ever. And then in the second season, it turns to the case of Curtis Flowers, who was convicted of a quadruple murder he claims he did not commit. It’s a really interesting podcast, especially if you like looking into how investigations can go wrong. Again, highly recommended.
If you like pop science books, you will love this. This is a podcast that uses science and storytelling to reveal some unconscious patterns that drive human behavior. It’s a really interesting podcast with episodes that can be really interesting, and again, it’s one of those that you can dip in and out of and pick and choose the episodes that appeal to you. And it’s again, more lighthearted than most of these.
This is another fun one! This is a podcast about the internet. Each episode does a deep dive on a weird thing on the internet. It’s super cool. If you’re fascinated by how our world works and how the internet shapes that, I highly recommend this one. It’s super fun and engaging.
Lastly, this is another newer podcast that follows the story of Theranos and more specifically, Elizabeth Holmes. If you’ve heard of or read the book Bad Blood then you might be familiar with this case, but Theranos was a multi-billion dollar start up that managed to get a lot of people to invest in it – only to be revealed that their technology doesn’t really work. It’s super interesting and I would definitely suggest looking into this case – it’s fascinating!
Those are all podcasts I love and would highly recommend! As always, I am looking for recommendations so if you have any – sound off in the comments! And let me know if you enjoyed this post!
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