To celebrate inauguration week, this time we’re dipping our toe into the murky worlds of crime and politics for the Podcasts We’re Listening To.

From serious political discussion through to more lighthearted musings on the very worst of humankind, here are five shows from this week that we can’t recommend enough.

Crimetown

Chapter 7: Power Street

After a month long absence Gimet’s Crimetown is back and better than ever for the seventh instalment in their investigation into historical crime and corruption in Providence, Rhode Island.

This week, hosts Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier continue the story of the rise and fall of Providence mayor Buddy Cianci in 1983.

Told through old tapes and interviews, we return to a paranoid and angry Cianci as he summons a few old friends to his home on a night that shocked the city.

Dan Snow’s History Hit

Trump – Richard Bookhiser

British television presenter Dan Snow takes a break from the past this week as he focusses on history in the making from Washington in his regular historical podcast.

In this episode Snow is joined by journalist, biographer and historian Richard Bookhiser to discuss- you guessed it- Donald Trump.

Over an easily digestible and well presented half hour, join Snow and Bookhiser for a look into the first US president who hasn’t previously held the rank of general or politician.

Pod Save America

“The Mall sank into the earth.”

Barely two weeks after premiering Pod Save America has already gathered a pretty huge following- and for good reason.

Four former presidential aides (Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor) are joined in every episode by a variety of guests from all walks of life for a self-styled “no-bullshit” conversation about politics and the press in the Trump era.

Fresh off the back of the inauguration, today’s (Jan 23) episode sees the hosts discuss the inaugural address, the women’s marches and Sean Spicer alongside guest Seth Meyers.

My Favourite Murder

52- Bonjour, Internet!

My Favourite Murder is the kind of show we look forward to downloading every week, and last Thursday’s (Jan 19) episode wasn’t one to disappoint.

Join Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstack as they tackle Canadian Internet murderer Luka Magnotta, as well as an unsolved case that lead to the creation of the AMBER alert.

Describing My Favourite Murder is always a weird one- it sounds strange to mix comedy with some of the most horrific things human beings have done to each other, but Kilgariff and Hardstack always manage to produce a genuinely interesting two hours filled with laughs.

Throwing Shade

TS270: Throwing Shade TV Tonight, Jenniger Holliday, Women’s March, guest Derek Meeker

Released on the same day their first TV show episode premiered, Throwing Shade‘s last show from the Obama administration was as witty and relevant as ever.

Hosts Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson continue their musings on everything politics and pop culture for ladies and gays, this week focussing on- do we have to say it?- the inauguration, alongside the women’s march and the myth of the stomach flu.

While we can’t wait for the first episode of Throwing Shade in Trump’s America, we really recommend looking back to last Tuesday’s show for this awesome podcast episode.

 

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