Here are nine completely pandemic-free podcasts for your listening pleasure.
Who the Hell Is Hamish?
Hosted by journalist Greg Bearup, this true crime podcast delves into the life of Hamish Watson (aliases include Hamish McLaren, Hamish Earle McLaren, Hamish Phillip McLaren, Hamish Philip Watson, Hamish Maxwell, and Max Tavita), a Sydney surfer dude – and notorious serial conman. Last year, Watson was sentenced to jail for swindling $7.6million from various victims over almost two decades.
Sleep With Me
For the insomniacs among us, Sleep With Me is a bi-weekly podcast performed by fellow insomniac Drew Ackerman. Marketed as “the podcast that puts you to sleep”, Sleep With Me is designed to lull listeners into a slumber, beginning with a – commercially laden – jingle, before moving into a calming story.
Alone: A Love Story
A podcast by author Michelle Parise, who takes you through her journey of love, shock, and heartbreak. Each episode sees Michelle navigate subjects often societally labelled as shameful or taboo, taking you through her divorce and subsequent life as a single mother with honesty and humour.
Drunk Women Solving Crime
Pretty much what it sounds like. Drunk Women Solving Crime sees comedians and writers Hanna George, Catie Wilkins, and Taylor Glenn team up to try and solve true crime stories and listeners’ unsolved mysteries whilst getting progressively drunker.
Another one for the sleep deprived, Get Sleepy soothes you to sleep with half-hour stories, set to relaxing soundscapes with mindfulness techniques thrown into the mix.
My Death Row Pen Pal
This three-part series follows the story of Rebecca, a 29-year-old woman from Manchester who has befriended Charles. The catch? Charles is Charles Thompson; a convicted murderer who’s been on death row for 22 years, with their friendship being entirely epistolary.
You’ve likely heard the story of Anna Delvey (or read the Vanity Fair article); a wealthy German heiress who flew in a private jet and ran up thousands of dollars of debt at various NYC hotels, but was in reality Russian-born Anna Sorokin. This BBC radio drama infuses her story with fictionalised scenes, weaving together Sorokin’s story using the vast amount of reportage it drew from across the globe.
Nothing like the similarly named magazine, Who? Weekly simultaneously mocks and pays homage to the 24/7 celebrity news cycle, dividing celebrities into Whos and Thems (for reference, Rihanna is a Them, whilst Rita Ora is a Who). Who? Weekly focuses on the Whos of the world, telling you everything you need to know about celebrities you don’t.
Terrible Book Club
Again, what it sounds like. Hosts Chris and Paris meet fortnightly to discuss whether you can really judge a book by its (terrible) cover. Chris and Paris’ commentary is smart yet funny, picking apart exactly what makes these books so terrible. Notable books discussed include Twilight by Stephanie Myer, The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump and Tony Schwartz, and Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll.
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