It’s the first Monday in March and oh boy are we excited. March is #trypod month, all about getting people into podcasts, and listening to more shows.
So in true Podblasts style, we’re kicking March off with our biggest ever edition of Podcasts We’re Listening To, where we bring you the best of the week every Monday.
Missing Richard Simmons
3: The Maid and the Masseuse
If you haven’t listened to Missing Richard Simmons yet, you’re probably getting sick of how much we talk about it here. If you have listened though, you understand exactly why we’re screaming about it from the rooftops. For real, last week we put forward our case for Missing Richard Simmons being 2017’s first contender for Podcast of The Year.
Dan Taberski continues his investigation into fitness guru Richard Simmons withdrawal from public life, this week examining two of the people who were closest to him.
As well, there’s some great comment on Simmons’ social media presence, and why his posts on Facebook and Twitter may be more than meets the eye.
Episode 101: Game On
Follow Carly Parker’s search for her missing best friend and an investigation into a secret and dangerous game referred to only as “Rabbits”.
As ‘presented as real’ podcasts go, it’s one of the best we’ve seen this year so far. Full of mystery, ARGs and dangled threads, Rabbits has the potential to be a standout show for 2017.
To the Victor Go the Spoils
Donald Trump’s presidency is nothing if not controversial and divisive. One thing we can all agree on though is that his tenure has inspired some amazing new political podcasts.
The 45th, from Audioboom, is the latest in new political shows from 2017, and it’s very, very good. Hosted by Rabia Chaudry with Susan Simpson and Sarah Basha, The 45th bills itself as a ‘biweekly dissection of policy and spectacle’.
Picking apart Trump’s presidency isn’t a new idea for a podcast. In fact recently there’s been a lot. But three strong voices with a knack for insightful punditry sets The 45th aside as one of the best.
Up against the wall
While we’re on the subject of Trump, we have to mention the latest episode of Reveal. From the Center of Investigative Reporting, Saturday’s episode is all about that wall. You know the one.
Digging into the stretches of wall that already exist, the border authorities and those who will be affected by the wall, Up against the wall is comprehensive and fascinating.
Incredibly well produced as always, this episode of Reveal is a seriously detailed, well voiced exploration of the political and logistical barriers that stand between President Trump and his wall.
Intrigue: Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel
This week Carrie Gracie continues her investigation into the killing of Neil Heywood in Chongqing in 2011.
Intrigue is a really interesting and unexpected show for BBC Radio 4, exploring death, sex, politics and the elite in China.
It’s tamer than American true crime podcasts you might be familiar with, but don’t let a British take on the genre put you off. Intrigue is a well produced and well researched story that keeps us coming back.
The Grimes Sisters
Devin, Joe and Steve are no strangers to murders and mysteries. Every week in Thinking Sideways, they unpack and investigate stories that we just don’t have the answer to.
This week’s episode tackles the murder of the Grimes sisters in Chicago, 1956. Even 60 years later, the case has never been solved, with the person responsible for the murder completely getting away with it.
Dark and fascinating, but not without its fair share of funny moments, Thinking Sideways is an ever great exploration of our obsession with the mysterious and grizzly.
Note to Self
Zapping Your Brain To Bliss
Can 15 minutes of electric brain stimulation replace that glass of wine you have at the end of the day to unwind? WNYC’s tech show about being human aims to find out this week.
Manoush Zomorodi‘s understated and charming presentation style has always made Note to Self a great podcast, but it’s this combined with the fascinating subject matter that’s made us want to recommend it so much this week.
Digestible, fun, and actually educational, Note to Self is a show perfect for someone looking to #trypod in March.