I'm now just the producer of a podcast, I am probably one of the most ravenous consumers of the media that you know... I'll give you a bit of my background.
Many moons ago I lived in mouse infested squalor with my three best friends, two of which were very into UFC. When these events aired we would have a party and, begrudgingly, I would watch the sport. As time went on I became a fan and started following it more closely, and from there I would read the UFC news websites. These sites often made reference to interviews or things said on various "podcasts" covering the sport... Seeking out these podcasts was my first introduction.
Now lets jump ahead a few years... My spouse and I welcome the most stubborn baby boy to the world. Although he was healthy and perfect in all other aspects, he cried and cried and rarely slept. For the first two years of his life, the only thing he seemed to enjoy was being pushed in his stroller. I think it would be safe to safe, for those two years, I listened to 4 - 8 hours of podcasts a day.
At present podcasts are still a big part of my life.
I listen to podcasts while walking, cleaning, running errands, and while going to sleep. When I speak to someone who isn't into podcasts, I feel the way the religious recruiters must feel... Im compelled to help.
Have you heard the good news? Podcasts!
In an attempt to help Night Time Podcast listeners, I've listed some of my favorite podcasts... not the best podcasts. These are the ones that I listen to every episode regardless of the topic. For a variety of reasons, these shows give me the feels. I will be adding to this list as I find more to tell you about.
True Crime is very popular among podcasts leaving the genre watered down like a cheap rum and coke. I have good news, True Crime Garage is the stiff drink you've been waiting for.
Hosts Nick and the Captain manage to share stories in a way that perfectly balances entertainment and education. If you have an interest in True Crime, do yourself a favor and give them a listen. Rolling Stone named them among their top ten podcast recommendations.
Discussing the unexplained disappearance of Emma Fillipoff
Each episode covers a piece of writing by HP Lovecraft; complete with sound effects and dramatic readings. Hosts Chris and Chad cover the history of the writing, its relevance to other work, and always balance humor and terror nicely. My method of listening was to read the piece the night prior, then listen to their coverage the next day. Now that the show has covered all of Lovecraft's work, they are covering other weird fiction that relates to Lovecraft in some way.
Covering the short story 'The Temple' by H.P. Lovecraft
Covering the short story 'The Call of Cthulu' by H.P. Lovecraft
In my opinion there is no competition, Astonishing Legends represent the high water mark for coverage of the strange and unusual. Hosts Scott and Forrest are the best in the business. Their research is in depth and their production is top notch. Basically, if you aren't listening to Astonishing Legends do it now and then tell all your friends. You may remember Astonishing Legends hosts Scott and Forrest from their appearance on Night Time Podcast episode 17 - The Bell Island Boom.
In my opinion, The best coverage of Nova Scotia's Oak Island treasure hunt.
covering the mysterious deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural Mountains on February 2, 1959.
This is the show that inspired me to start The Night Time Podcast. Hosts John and Chuck of Mysterious Topics cover the odd an unusual people, places, and events from the world over. What attracted me to the show initially was the down to earth and open minded approach the hosts show towards the topics they discuss. What keeps me coming back for more is both the variety of topics and how much I enjoy John and Chuck. You will remember John And Chuck of from their appearances on Episode 1 and Episode 4 of The Night Time Podcast.
A word of warning, Chuck recently announced he is leaving the show, however John intends to continue. I'm looking forward to seeing which direction Mysterious Topics takes in the future.
Discussing the lost colony of Roanoke.
Covering the death of two Brazilian electronic technicians who were found with crudely fashioned lead masks in 1966.
Hosts Tim and Lance initially set out to film a documentary about the obsession many armchair detectives have with the disappearance of Maura Murray. During production, they launched The Missing Maura Murray podcast to supplement the film. They likely had no idea how successful the show would become. They have set expectations very high for the film, but I suspect they will impress, just as they do with every episode of the podcast. You will remember Tim and Lance from their appearances on Episode 14 and Episode 23 of The Night Time Podcast
- Start from episode one as this show covers their investigation into the disappearance of Maura Murray with a continuous narrative.
The second best podcast from my city, Halifax.
Sickboy is a hilarious, yet insightful, podcast that aims to break down the stigma associated with illness and disease. The show started when the hosts (three best friends) recognized that when people face difficult situations, illnesses and diseases, they get awkward, and often don't know what to say. Taking the lead from co-host Jeremie Saunder's life long battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the trio help people understand that sometimes the best way to deal with illness, disease and life is simply to laugh.
The No Sleep Podcast
The No Sleep Podcast is an anthology series of original horror stories. No Sleep features a cast of talented voice actors, rich atmospheric music and sound effects to bring the frightening tales to life. Put on some headphones and get freaked out!
If This American Life and your favorite technology news blog had a baby, it would be Reply All.
Each week, hosts PJ and Alex put together story involving technology and present it in an interesting way. The production of this show is top level, and PJ and Alex are great. I couldn't recommend this more.
Paul Modrowski has been writing a blog from inside a maximum security prison. When Reply All covers his blog, they begin to question if he was guilty of the brutal murder that landed him behind bars.
Analyzing "swatting" and the affect it has on first responders and victims.
X Files Files (hasn't been updated since Feb 2016)
If you are a fan of The X-Files and aren't listening to the X-Files-Files, how dare you?
Celebrity host Kumail Nanjiani sets out to examine and break down each episode of the classic show Xfiles. I promise his analysis will make you see the series in a new way. Much like the HPLovecraft Literary Podcast, I would watch the xfiles episode the night prior, then listen to Kumail discuss the episode on Xfiles-Files.
A word of warning, he hasn't released an episode since Feb of 2016... i hope he comes back!
recommended episodes (in this case coverage of my two favorite XFiles episodes)