If you have ever spent a day packing up orders, or cleaning the studio (or house!), you know it can be SUPER boring! A little background noise can go a long way to making my packing sessions faster and fun. During lockdown I have totally exhausted watching my true crime shows and Gilmore Girls so I have converted over to listening to some old/new podcasts to keep me entertained!
Adam and I are HUGE podcats lovers as we listen to podcasts when we are going to bed. I LOVE true crime but I am also not always keen to listen to scary things right before bed. I have been up at night terrfied before lol! So daytime true crime listening is my new jam! I love listening to pieces while I am working away or doing DIY in the house.
After five years of binging I am sharing my 15 favorite podcasts that are a must listen:
1. The Jungle Prince
A report from NY Times reporter Ellen Barry about the royal family of Oudh. She follows the stories and legends surrounding this family and finds out they could be living in an abanonded castle in the middle of Delhi. She heads out to the castle and uncovers family secrets and a part of Indian history.
I fell in love with this podcast and article and found it so magical, historical, and reflective. You can also read here article here.
2. The Other Latif
This podcast follows reporter Latif Nasser who starts off by saying that his name is his own. He has never met or known anyone with the same name until he discobers one other person sahres it, a prinsoner in Guantanamo Bay. He goes on a journey to find out who the other Latif is, why he is in Guantanamo Bay, and does he deserve to be there. A great cultural and US politcal cast.
3. Unfinished Deep South
I just started this podcast in July and I am already finding it super interesting. Unfinsihed shines a light on lynchings in America and the deep affect it had on the social weave of the US and small communities where they happened.
The episodes follow the story of Isador Banks who was a very wealthy black land owner in Arkansas. The story weaves what happened to Isador and how one even has had such a major impact on his family and the town he lived in.
4. Phoebe Reads A Mystery
If you love audible and a good mystery, this is for you! Hosted by Phoebe Judge, each episode is a chapter from a well know mystery books. Phoebe loves Agatha Christie and so do I!
5. The Missing Crypto Queen
A crazy story of how one woman, Dr. Ruja Ignatova, started a fake financial revolution and ends up scamming the world. Thsi story is so interesting and dives into the current scam, her mysterious dissapearance, and how she ended up running a wordlwide scam.
6. The Missionary
This podcast really expanded my mind and made me feel uncomfortable and question the meaning of 'white missionary'. It made me challenge what it means to 'help' and is that really what white people are doing when they try and be the good samaritan.
The story follows a young religious missionary Renee Bach who moves to Uganda after high school to run and start her own medical center and tackle hunger in Uganda. 10 years later she is being sued and flees Uganda after being accused of killing children in an unlicensed center. This podcast shines a light on what is happening in Uganda, what being a white missionary means, and the culture surrounding Renee Bach and her actions.
This is a podcast that Adam and I have been listening to on and off between other story casts. Each episode shines a light on a story from the civil war that is untold. Often is follows small actors or African American slaves who did amazing this to further their cause.
8. West Cork
I spent my time off in June listening to this podcast while painting my master bedoorm and doing DIY's. I really loved the music for the cast and the interview styles.
The podcast follows the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in her second home in West Cork. It follows the media, murder, and investigation leading up to and surrounding her murder. A really good true crime cast from Audible.
If you are not familar with the mafia and Providence, Rhode Island than you are missing out on crazy and wild stories.
Crimetown season one is probably my favorite because my sister and I both went to Providence College and lived/saw things at a time when some of this was all happeneing. The podcast follows the mafia and mayor Buddy Cianci who is a mafica criminal in office and is eventually taken down! A really interesting view into the Italian mob and why one mayor can be corrupt and also so beloved.
11. Putin Prisoner of Power
I have always been really interested in Russian politics and found this podcast about Putin and his hold on power really interesting. Told by reporter Misha Glenny, the podcast talks about Putin's rise to power, how he did it, and why he can't so easily give it all up.
12. To Live And Die in LA
If you have not listened to this podcast and you love true crime. STOP what you are doing and listen. without giving too much away, this story follows the disappearance of Adea Shabani, an actress and model who vanishes from her apartment in Hollywood. That's all I can. Go listen.