So this is a not-quite-complete rundown of what’s in my podcast app on the playlists I use regularly. I don’t listen to all of it all the time – I do what I’m in the mood for, and that changes often. I can’t recommend all of these, but I’ve left off the ones where I hit skip more often than not… and really I need to just delete those. However, rather than taking the time I don’t have to cover full reviews, this is it, in all it’s weird glory.
|Savage Mythology Podcast||Comedy and Myths|
|True Crime Historian||Old timey crimes||Narrator has a dry but dramatic delivery|
|Esoteric Oddities||Weird stuff|
|Stuff to Blow Your Mind||A show about all the things that might not be quite true|
|Espionage||History of spying|
|Ben Franklin’s World||
Can be a bit progressive and biased. Sadly, still worth picking through the episodes.
|Hardcore History||The king of history podcasts||Long, but so worth it.|
|Hardcore History Addendum||Odd cuts from the long form||Shorter, odder, I love this one.|
|Spycast||History of spying and interviews|
|Stuff You Should Know||Random facts and incidents|
|99% Invisible||The design you never think about||
Fascinating connections and underpinning of the world around us
|Stuff You Missed in History Class||Unknown, or at least obscure, history|
|Science, Heck Yeah!|
|TWIV||This Week in Virology||
a deep dive into viruses, pathogens, and as you might imagine, a treasure trove for all things Covid.
|TWiM||This Week in Microbiology||Same, but for microbes.|
|Freakonomics Radio||Economics, through the lens of the real world.|
|Double Loop Podcast||Fingerprint analysis||
Ok, this one might just be me, but I enjoy the narrators and the topic is seriously niche
|TWiP||This week in Parasitism||Don’t listen if you get grossed out.|
|Puscast||An infectious disease podcast||
This came to an end this last year, but the archives are great.
|Chemistry in it’s Element||All about a specific molecule or compound|
|Undiscovered||History of science|
|Cynical Theories||Philosophy, the modern world, and what it’s coming to||
I enjoy this, and it goes deep, very deep.
|Lexicon Valley||Linguistics, etymology, and the human tongue||
Simply the best for language, but also music, and a gleeful narrator makes it so fun
I’m not big in politics, but you can’t avoid them, and this is at least thoughtful and not screamy.
|The Other Half||Women in history|
|The Glenn Show||Glenn Loury on economics, race, and everything||I enjoy his enthusiasm and rants.|
|Real Coffee with Scott Adams||Current Events||A soft voiced commentator.|
|Conversations with Coleman||An emerging philosopher||
A young man, but the interviews are fascinating and his insights worth listening to.
|The American Story||History and current events||Short, but punchy|
|The Way I Heard It||Mike Rowe’s homage to Paul Harvey||
You don’t have to listen to the long form rambles, the short story at the beginning is awesome.
|The Saad Truth||Gad Saad, evolutionary biologist and satirist||
Funny, science, sarcasm you have to wade through
|Cautionary Tales||Lessons drawn from history|
|Jordan B Peterson||Philosophy, interviews, and more||
Simply brilliant to listen to. I don’t always agree but he gets me thinking
|The Rubin Report||Current Events and politics||
I can skip this on days I’m not feeling like I want real life, but his cheerfulness is enjoyable.
|Graveyard Tales||spooky stories, not necessarily crimes||Love the heavy Texas accents|
|Small Town Dicks||May be partly fictional|
|Best Case Worst Case||Hosts are mostly law enforcement|
|Cults||Weird and wild religion||Not criminals, all the time.|
|All Crime, No Cattle||Whimsical take on crimes||
I enjoy their ending bit with the good news section
|FBI Retired Case File Review||Interviews with former FBI on their cases|
|Our True Crime Podcast||Two ladies discussing murder|
|Criminal Broads||Women and Crime||
Not always profiling a criminal, but often a law-adjacent female
|True Crime Guys||murder and silliness||
Covers more well-known crimes, fast forward through the singing.
|Female Criminals||another one focused on the ‘weaker sex’|
|Crimelines||More dry and timeline based|
|Southern Fried True Crime||focused on crime in the US South||
narrator gets quite dramatic and invested
|They Walk Among Us||Uk based crimes|
|The Murder Squad||another with LEO professionals|
|Sword and Scale||In-depth case and aftermath||
This one uses a lot of existing audio, and dramatic re-creations
|Morbid||crimes and humor||
The narrators’ banter strongly reminds me of my daughters’ conversations
|Evidence Locker||Global crimes|
|Australian True Crime||Ok, I listen for the accents|
|Criminology||a more professional discussion|
|Trace Evidence||crimes and the evidence|
|True Crime Island||Crimes down under||Narrator is funny and passionate|
|True Crime Finland||Crime in Finland||Narrator’s voice is disturbingly childlike|
And I’m always looking for recommendations!