After a pretty quiet start to April for us here at Podblasts, we’re back with a bigger than ever edition of Podcasts We’re Listening To, where we highlight some of the very best podcast episodes we’ve heard over the past week.

There’s tons of exciting new shows launching in the next few days, so stay tuned throughout this week for all the hot takes on your new podcast obsessions. Not before checking out our recommendations for this week though…

The Grift

Fast Jack, the Card Shark

If 2016 was the year of Gimlet, it looks like Panoply’s doing their very best to make 2017 all about them. We recommended one of their PilotsBy The Book last week, and this week saw the launch of awesome new show The Grift.

Best-selling author and New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova introduces us to confidence men and tricksters in ten-part series The Grift. From card sharks to forgers and imposters, there’s something so interesting about the charismatic criminal world of The Grift.

For the series premiere, we get to know “Fast Jack” Farrell. A master of card and dice manipulation, he even claims he cheated John Wayne and Frank Sinatra. Brilliantly produced and brilliantly hosted, The Grift is gearing up to be one of this year’s standout shows.

Up First

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Last week saw the launch of NPR’s new morning news show Up First. Hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene and Steve Inskeep, with reporting and analysis from NPR News, it’s a bitesize breakfast show perfect for a commute.

With each episode only around ten minutes in length, and covering everything from politics to pop culture, the amount of in-depth reporting covered in Up First is pretty amazing.

If you’re at all confused about the current situation in Syria, last week’s episodes of Up First are a great starting point. A huge range of voices, clips and interviews makes NPR’s latest an incredibly dense yet digestible news round up.

Something True

2: Class Clowns

There seems to be no limit for the amount of awesome history podcasts currently making the rounds. With classics like Hardcore History and Stuff You Missed in History Class still going strong, it’s the latest from Idle Thumbs that’s caught our attention this week.

Written by Duncan Fyfe and brilliantly read by Alex Ashby, Something True brings incredible stories from the footnotes of history. This week’s episode is all about pranks from the past, from the classic bucket of water over the door to Virginia Woolf donning blackface to fool an entire navy.

Standalone, Something True is a seriously interesting show. But it’s obvious that it’s Fyfe and Ashby’s talent and teamwork that make this new podcast so great. Funny, well crafted and brilliantly produced, Something New is one of those podcasts we’ll be waiting for every week.

Reply All

#93 Beware All

This week on Gimlet’s everything Internet podcast Reply All, we discover who was actually behind the hack of Alex Blumberg’s Uber account.

If you haven’t already, you’re going to want to listen to Episode 91: The Russian Passenger first, as it’s kind of the prelude to this week’s dip into the dark, illegal, and incompetent users of the web.

You don’t need us to tell you that Reply All is consistently a great podcast, but the two part investigation into an account hack combines the best of storytelling and web exploration. From the dark web to the Bahamas and a personal pan pizza party, the latest episode of Reply All is one of the best podcasts we’ve heard this week.

Our Fake History

Episode #40- Was There a Real Atlantis? III

Sebastian Major concludes his trilogy into the search for the lost city of Atlantis on Our Fake History this week, with the theories getting weirder and even more interesting than ever.

From Nazis, volcanic eruptions and Plato’s dialogues, it seems there’s no limit to the amount of Atlantean theories. And while we may not have a definitive answer, the last few episodes of Our Fake History have done a great job of telling the story.

If you’re interested, start with the first part of the tale in Episode #38 before working your way towards this weeks episode.

Monica! The Podcast

Episode 3: More Than Any Town Else

At the beginning of the last decade, Dan Rogge and Tracie Potochnik wrote a musical. Long before Hamilton made singing and dancing about American politics cool, there was Monica! The Musical.

A private joke gone too far, Monica! chronicled the biggest scandal in Washington, and told the story of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair. With the name Clinton as hot now as it was back then, how better to revisit the musical than in the form of a podcast?

Each week, Dan and Tracie look back at the creation of Monica! with the retrospect that only a decade and a half can bring. Featuring all the original songs appearing in the original show, Monica! The Podcast is a brilliantly funny director’s commentary on the best musical you’ve never seen.

 

As always, if you’ve got a podcast you think we should check out, get in touch and give us a heads up!

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