If you’ve never listened to a podcast before you are missing out on some fantastic audio goodness. Whether you are a lover of fiction, true crime or simply culture in general, there is undoubtedly a podcast out there for you. Not every podcast is comprised of interviews with celebrities or comedians doing what they do best with less time constraints, just as you might have gotten wrapped up in a TV show before, podcasts offer the same gripping, chapter based format that you can enjoy in more places than your living room. Here are some of the most intriguing podcasts around, perfect for diving into.
To Live and Die in LA
This edge of your seat piece of audio logged journalism comes from New York Times writer Neil Strauss. Originally released in real time as he was conducting his case, this real-life drama focuses on the disappearance of a young aspiring actress in Hollywood. As Neil narrates the details of his investigation, a picture unfolds around Adea Shabani who is now missing under increasingly suspicious circumstances. Neil manages to get interviews and phone conversations with key people including Adea’s mother and her boyfriend’s family who each have their own perspectives on her relationship. Once you get into this story the breadcrumbs along the way will have your mind racing, with some shocking twists and turns this is one you won’t want to put down.
A surprising hit thanks to it being one of the few fictional stories that manage to develop a strong following, Homecoming is nothing to be scoffed at though. With a cast that would make moviegoers eager out featuring Katherine Keener, David Schwimmer, Oscar Isaac, Amy Sedaris and David Cross this story focuses on the psychology of marines after they return home. What seems like a look at PTSD unravels into something much bigger as the empathic and curious Heidi Bergman begins pulling the thread. This impeccably performed and astoundingly written drama was so popular that it has since been adapted into a TV series for Amazon Prime.
The one that started it all. This widely popular true crime show may be responsible for the slew of true crime in the arts now, this impressively produced show has a remarkably simple premise but a very human story at its core. Sarah Koenig is your host and guide here who sets out to discover the validity of the case surrounding the 1999 death of Hae Min Lee in Baltimore. Sitting in prison and marked responsible is her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed who has a much different story to tell. Week after week Koenig calls Syed who paints half remembered pictures of what he remembers before being incarcerated while still at high school. Thanks to some impressive journalism it is clear early on that what Syed is saying is not fabricated, interviews with friends and people of interest corroborate frequently as the hunt for the truth continues in hope that the case may be examined a second time.