On September 30th, we celebrate the power of podcasts, which more than a few of our staff members find incredibly addictive! My jaw is dropping at the current episode of Slow Burn as I type.
For those of you not familiar with podcasts, they are spoken, audio episodes that you can subscribe to and listen to on-demand; much like talk radio, but available whenever you want to listen. There are currently over 550,000 podcasts available through iTunes, with content in more than 100 languages, with topics ranging from news to sports to entertainment. The library will be hosting a Podcasting Workshop on Thursday, November 1st at 6:30 to give new listeners tips and tricks on what podcasts are, where to find them and how to listen to them.
Some of the most popular podcasts, much like our most popular nonfiction, is of the true crime variety; there are some podcasts that spend an entire season diving deep into a single true crime story, and others that focus on a single crime per episode. There are many to choose from, but these are our favorites:
Crime Writers On…
Four crime writers talk about crime podcasts, pop culture, true crime documentaries, and sometimes cats.
Out of Australia, this award-winning podcast gets into the details of well known (and not so well known) murders and disappearances.
A podcast that promises to give true crime aficionados their weekly fix.
This award-winning podcast looks at crime cases from a compassionate, journalistic standpoint, seeking to understand the underlying causes behind the crime.
Two words: Southern Gothic
My Favorite Murder
Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff talk about life, pop culture, their apartments, and yes, murder.
Moms and Murder
Two moms talk about…you guessed it! Murder.
From Wondry and the L.A. Times, this podcast series focuses on one crime…. and one very bad man.
Once Upon a Crime
Just plain good.
The Generation Why
Predates Serial. Two friends give their opinions and theories on true crime cases.
True Crime Obsessed
Because even the true crime obsessed deserve a good laugh!
And, of course, Serial.