Hear here: I’m telling you podcasts are the new TV
Here are five great listening experiences to get you started if you’re not already hooked
Since 2014 when Serial was released it has captivated listeners around the world. It is a podcast series made up of week-by-week breakdowns of a murder case that occurred in 1999 in Baltimore, US. The first season is narrated by journalist Sarah Koening, diving into the investigation of the murder of high-school pupil Hae Min Lee whose body was found in a shallow grave in a park a month after her disappearance in January 1999. Six weeks after the discovery of her body her ex-boyfriend and classmate Adnan Syed was arrested for her murder. Syed has maintained his innocence, insisting that Hae’s killer is yet to be caught. Koening explores whether he is telling the truth and, if so, who is the real killer?Generation WhyGeneration Why is a compilation of over 200 episodes narrated by two friends, Aaron and Justin, who discuss theories and share often conflicting opinions on unsolved murder cases, conspiracies, controversies and true crime.Generation Why released its first episode in 2012 and has pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. The presenters have discussed cases such as Jeffery Dahmer, Jack the Ripper and Amanda Knox.
This American LifeThis American Life pioneered narrative storytelling on the radio by discussing compelling stories of ordinary people. Each week the creators choose a theme, with one of the most popular episodes explaining the 2008 economic collapse and its lasting implications. During its 20-year run it has earned many broadcasting awards, boosted countless careers, and spawned at least one hit podcast (Serial).
Bodega BoysDesus Nice and The Kid Mero improvise conversation on everything from Donald Trump to sports and movies in this hilarious comedy podcast. The friends have a laugh-out-loud banter which can’t possibly be faked. They stick to familiar territory, cracking jokes about life in New York which succeed because of their specificity.CrimetownCrimetown is a podcast series produced by the makers of HBO’s hit true crime documentary series The Jinx. Unlike other true crime podcasts which focus on a single murder or individual in an episode, Crimetown “widens its lens to look at the culture of crime and corruption that can consume an entire city and its government”.