In the Dark Podcast

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In the Dark podcast from APM Reports won the highest honor in broadcast media, the Peabody Award.

We had the chance to listen to this 9 part series on a recent road trip.

It is shocking, riveting, devastating, infuriating, thorough, and unforgettable.

The podcast, Season 1, centers around the kidnapping of 11-year old Jacob Wetterling on October 22, 1989. The case went unsolved for 27 years. The series takes you on a journey to discover what happened, connect with the people affected by the event, and question why the case took so long to solve.

It’s very moving and I am only showing photos below of Madeleine Baran (lead Reporter & Host) and Jacob Wetterling (Victim).

It’s the kind of reporting that is so impactful. No wonder it won the award.

From the website: The investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling yielded no answers for 27 years. We investigate how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation’s sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving accountability.

 

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https://www.apmreports.org/in-the-dark

http://ew.com/podcasts/2017/04/25/apm-reports-in-the-dark-podcast-wins-peabody-award/

Season 2 has just started and is about an entirely different case.

From the website: Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He’s won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. What does the evidence reveal? And how can the justice system ignore the prosecutor’s record and keep Flowers on death row? Season Two begins May 1

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My So-Called Podcast

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This is a very niche post. My So-Called Podcast is hosted by Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle. Learned about Patrick from his other podcast, Broadway Backstory.

I’ll admit I was reluctant to listen to two people talk about a show. However, My So-Called Life is a show i know very well. Own the series on DVD, and watch the Christmas episode every year. It was a seminal show whcih only ran for one season, and still has impact.

The podcast feels like I’m sitting at lunch with my friends talking in detail about the show. And that makes the traffic and car rides more bearable.

So, if you are a big fan of My So-Called Life, give it a shot. If not, perhaps there are podcasts out there releated to your favorite show.

Go now go…

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https://mysocalledpodcast.todaytix.com/

A Killing on the Cape

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A Killing on the Cape is a six-episode ABC Radio podcast and an ABC News “20/20” documentary.  It tells the story of the murder of Christa Worthington, a fashion writer, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The story begins with Christa being found stabbed in her house with her 2 year old daughter by her side.  It’s the first murder case in 30 years in the area. And the story that unfolds is stranger than fiction.

Totally compelling and unique in that it combines a podcast with a documentary.

The podcast can be found via iTunes, and the documentary can be found below.

http://abc.go.com/shows/2020/episode-guide/2017-11/24-112417-a-killing-on-the-cape

Here is a clip of the story:

 

Nancy

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Nancy is a podcast created by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low.

From the website:

BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Because everyone’s a little bit gay…

Produced by WNYC Studios.

On a recent trip to Las vegas we listened to most of the first season of the podcast Nancy. The stories and interviews were compelling, interesting, infromative, and sometimes moving.

If you fall under the LGBTQ initialism, then it’s a must listen. For everyone else, it may not feel relevant at all times, but you are certainly going to learn something.

What it helps most with is…empathy.

And that’s a good thing.

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http://www.wnyc.org/shows/nancy

 

Invisibilia

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My sister recently recommended I listen to the podcast called Invisibilia. It is being offered through NPR and is thought provoking. Plus, podcasts have been so beneficial during my commute to and from work.

From the NPR website: Invisibilia (Latin for invisible things) is about the invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Co-hosted by Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia interweaves narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently.

After listening to the first podcast it already has my thinking differently.

Take a listen, thanks Shell!

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http://www.npr.org/podcasts/510307/invisibilia

 

Broadway Backstory

 

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Completely obsessed with the podcast Broadway Backstory. This podcast was recommended to me by my friend Laura (thank you Laura!). In season one, tales of 7 Broadway shows are told from idea to creation. With interviews of key players (Directors, Producers, Composers, Actors, etc.) Each podcast is dedicated to one shows story.

Patrick Hinds hosts this addictive series. The shows included in season one are: In the Heights, Fun Home, Deaf West’ Spring Awakening, Legally Blonde, The Secret Garden, Next to Normal, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The podcast pull back the curtain on what it takes to produce shows on Broadway, the years of dedication, setbacks, and triumphs.

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https://www.todaytix.com/insider/nyc/posts?category=broadway-backstory

Missing Richard Simmons

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Missing Richard Simmons is a podcast about the sudden disappearance of Richard Simmons. Richard being the health and fitness guru/energizer bunny.

Back in February of 2014 he suddenly stopped leading his exercise classes and communicating with any friends, at all. With no explanation whatsoever. He totally and completely removed himself from public life.

Three years in, his friend/acquaintance Dan Taberski, decided to investigate and find out what happened. The podcast has only six episodes, (4 have been released at the time of writing this blog). And is totally and completely compelling.

It feels similar in ways to the SERIAL podcasts.

Several times listening I kept thinking, truth is stranger than fiction. This story is a mix of celebrity, sadness, mystery, nostalgia, intrigue, humor, compassion, and surprise.

I had been reluctant at first, but now I am all in.

There is an incredible story here.

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LOS ANGELES – 1992: Actor Richard Simmons poses for a portrait in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

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https://www.missingrichardsimmons.com/