New Podcast Roundup
The problem with a good podcast is, in much the same way that Netflix has changed our viewing habits from patient purveyor to breathless binger, when you come across something genuinely worthwhile, it’s over quicker than you can say “boring commute”. Which is why the thirst for the next big thing is as rampant as ever and with that in mind and being typically eager consumers ourselves we’ve scoured long and hard for the latest and greatest podcasts so you don’t have to.
Oh dear lordy, just when you reluctantly thought true crime had run its curious course along comes another mind-bender to whet your inquisitive whistle. The latest off the rank is The Teacher’s Pet by The Australian and curated by their chief correspondent Hedley Thomas. We won’t spoil things for you but in January 1982 happy-go-lucky mum of two Lyn Dawson vanished quite literally without a trace. Her volatile husband was a P.E. teacher and former star footballer who happened to be having an affair with a 16-year-old student at the time he was, according to friends and family, responsible for her murder, but no charges were ever brought. With new evidence unfolding as we speak, this all-consuming investigation is sure to be the next big thing in the true crime genre. There are insightful interviews with the nearest and dearest and a shocking set of circumstances that were clearly overlooked by complacent law enforcement officers. This is one that looks set to run and run.
The Marvel universe is expanding at a rate of knots and this scripted drama focussing on adamantium-clawed comic book badass Wolverine is a welcome addition to the landscape. Special Agents, Sally Pierce and Tad Marshall arrive in Burns, Alaska to investigate a string of mysterious deaths that all seem to link to a strange newcomer named Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine. But the case might not be quite as cut and dry as it seems on the surface and there are plenty of twists and turns on the path to the truth. It’s a tasty premise that after two long years in its creation is well delivered. In many ways there’s nothing revolutionary going on here, but with outstanding audio that paints the scenes so well and with Richard Armitage voicing Wolverine with all the necessary power, The Long Night is a must for Marvel fans.
We’re huge fans of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series, with each wonderfully conceived and in-depth look at tragedy or broken dreams perfectly produced. However that being said, the podcast series of the same title somehow escaped our radar and while it was a delightful find we can’t quite fathom how we missed it. Either way, podcast worries can be put to one side because like the films the podcast series is equally engaging. This five-parter that also has accompanying bonus episodes – which is a change in format as their previous stories are standalone – follows the life and times of Bikram Choudhury, Yogi to the stars and founder of the household known Bikram form of Yoga. However, pertinently in the era of #Metoo and #Timesup, it’s a dark and sordid tale of sexual assault and accusations of rape. Having fled the US and with a warrant out for his arrest this podcast with revealing interviews and in-depth research is an anger-inducing but well crafted story of a man who used his wealth and power to take advantage of his followers.
We’ve flagged up Disgraceland previously but if you haven’t yet got onboard with this outstanding podcast, do so now. Disgraceland is a pretty exciting concept, mixing cult musical celebrities with murder and mayhem and delving into the untold real-life events that overshadowed their lives in the spotlight. Jerry Lee Lewis murdering his fifth wife? What really happened the night Sid Vicious passed? Host Jake Brennan lifts the lid on the scandal surrounding some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most recognisable figures in this enthralling listen. There’s the carnage-laden lifestyle of the manic Motley Crue, another take on who killed Biggie and Tupac, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones and much, much more. The stories feel fresh and in many cases, they’re quite remarkable given the fame of those in question. Immaculately researched and delivered, this is podcast gold, particularly for music fans.
The Last Movie is a mystery podcast exploring the possible existence of a notorious underground feature film that when viewed sends you insane. Legend has it that every screening of this film was surrounded by bloodshed and controversy: one reviewer actually described slipping on blood in the aisle, as he ran through dozens of people trying to tear him apart. Throughout the episodes, host Nic Silver (the narrator of the popular Tanis podcast) along with friend MK, interview members of the film’s crew and even devil worshipers, all in the name of tracking down this elusive film. There’s plenty of intrigue to get your teeth into here and although some of the dialogue can get a little repetitive at times it’s still a worthwhile listen.