The Amelia Project

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The Amelia Project is an epic and unusual audio drama. The Amelia Project team offer a very strange service: helping people fake their own deaths. Clients range from “cult leaders, politicians and celebrities”, all desperate to start over.

 

As this is a serial podcast, you absolutely should start at episode one, “Elizabeth Barlow”.

 

The characters you come across are absolutely charming in their strangeness and odd requests. I’m sure we have all thought about how we would go about faking our own deaths at some point… wait, you haven’t? Never mind. Well, this podcast may give you some absolutely out-there ideas. Though, of course, we at Promote the Podcasts advise against it. Mostly.

 

Episodes range from a few minutes to around 20 minutes. They may be short and snappy, but they are absolutely packed with entertainment and you definitely won’t find yourself burnt out or distracted. It “reads” kind of like an old timey detective film, set in the 2000s. The accents, the characters, the narration! It all comes together to create something absolutely wonderful.

 

You probably could have guessed, but this podcast has an absolute bucket-load of 5 star reviews, most claiming that the podcast is well balanced in its story, humour and engagement. I whole-heartedly agree.

 

Best consumed with a cup of cocoa by a roaring fire!

 

If you want to catch up with the hosts, they are active on Twitter at The Amelia Project.

 

How would I choose to disappear? An accident at sea, where I get eaten by a megalodon and only my shoes wash up.

 

Happy Never After podcast host does bicycle ride for a cause..

Mara Marek and the Bike, Laugh, Heal tour

Hello fellow podcast lovers! I have something different this time for you. Instead of reviewing a podcast we here are promoting a cause that is special to a podcaster! Mara Marek the host of Happy Never After is doing a charity bike ride. This charity bicycle ride is for domestic violence, something we can all work to help prevent and help those who need it.

The interview is below….

1. Domestic Violence is such a good cause..how did you choose it?

I was a victim myself, and once I shared my story and had others share their stories on my podcast, listeners started sharing their own stories and I soon realized it was an insane epidemic, that wasn’t really getting the spotlight it deserved.

2.  I see Mara trained in California for this?  Did you have to do more training?

I trained in California to be a competitive athlete.  I trained in NYC for this ride.  I worked with a personal trainer, even though I am one, 6 days a week, as well as rode my own bike everywhere…I wouldn’t allow myself to take the train anywhere…It sometimes got awkward in the rain

3. We will be linking your page with ours, is there anything you want our readers to know?

That we will have a documentary coming out, we are posting in real time on our pages, and if they want to share their own story of survival, we would welcome them to reach out to us at any time!

4. According to your downloadable page for donations: there are several levels from 1,000-50,000 dollars..and you have a gofundme page is there anything else the readers and fellow podcasters can do to help?

ANY donation will help. the initial goal is $1 Mil, and we would take that GRATEFULLY in 1 Million donations of a dollar if thats how it came in!!

5. How is it going so far?

It has been hot. And Pennsylvania is not flat.  And my legs feel like I’m pedaling through mud, but everyone that has put us up or come to the shows or shared a meal with us has shown us such kindness…It’s been amazing.

6. Tell me about the stand up shows?

connecting with the other comics and hearing why they also wanted to be involved in this cause has been such a wonderful gift.  Some have even said that it has given them purpose…but in reality…they have given this mission life.  Also, everyone has been fricking hysterical, so that’s helped!

How amazing is Mara and her heart? I can say one of the first things I learned about podcast hosts and their listeners are how generous and giving y’all are. If you would like to support this talented lady and her cause.

donate: http://bikelaughheal.org
personal blog: https://www.maramarek.com/blog
Podcast: Happy Never After

Nothing Rhymes with Murder

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Nothing Rhymes with Murder is one of the first women-run podcasts I ever listened to, well before I ever had a podcast of my own. Kate and Georgie are so absolutely charming, intelligent, well spoken, funny and quirky. Their podcast takes you to a different country every episode where they explore both notorious and lesser known crimes. Each episode is topped up with Hot Spots! Places worth knowing or visiting if you get the chance to visit the featured country, that is if you’re not too creeped out by the various murders.

 

Every episode is about 40m to just over an hour, with some spanning almost 2 hours. Perfect for getting through a work day, or like me, laying out in the sun and listening just to relax and enjoy some down time. There are already 40 episodes to choose from, and these ladies show no sign of slowing down! Or stopping, ever, please never stop podcasting!

 

Their podcast is quite candid and relaxed, though still follows a steady structure. First, you get to catch up with the ladies and what they’ve been up to, and then you dive into some seriously spooky stuff.

 

I’d recommend listening to the latest episodes and working backwards so you can keep up to date, or finding your country and listening in! If you can’t choose? Episode 10 – THE WORLD covers just about everything from everywhere and features some wicked guests! If you’re a fellow Aussie, you’ll want to check out Episode 6 – Australia: The Backpacker Killer & The Case of Katherine Knight. Both crimes are absolutely brutal, so be cautious!

 

If you want to get in touch with Georgie and Kate, they’re generally quite active on Twitter, very approachable and above that, kind and generous with their time.

 

And before I go, I think it’s absolutely necessary to mention that these STRONG, BEAUTIFUL, BAD-ASS WOMEN also recently organise a raffle to support the End the Backlog movement. Hell yes!

 

So, if you enjoy a mix of candid chatter and true crime, be sure check them out!

 

All Bad Things

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I wanna talk about bad stuff. Really bad things. Tragedies, disasters…y’know, bad things. All the bad things.

So, today, I’m writing about All Bad Things – A Disaster Podcast. I am very excited, to say the least.

I recently (very, very recently) discovered this podcast while compiling another list of reviews that I needed to write. I was sleeping on the floor in a condo at the beach, after having consumed a few too many margaritas (happy birthday to me), when I accidentally clicked on this podcast.

This is the review that almost wasn’t.

I’m just kidding, it would have happened eventually.

But I started with a pretty significant multi-part topic, and I was hooked immediately. Let’s talk about that.

All Bad Things is a podcast that is hosted by Rachel and David. The idea of the podcast is that our hosts go into detail about…bad things? Pretty self explanatory, except they talk about tragedies and disasters that aren’t necessarily crime related. Natural disasters, human error, coverage on the tragedies that we don’t really see much from podcasts. Typically, Rachel does the research, and David has the bad jokes. What really hooked me, however, is what I listened to first.

I have always had a pretty insane obsession with Chernobyl, the meltdown and disaster that occurred. I thought I knew everything I needed to know about this event until I listened to the four part episode that All Bad Things recorded. I learned so much that I didn’t know, and thought about things I’d never thought about before. Their coverage on this topic really gave me a shift in perspective on how I view this awful tragedy. All it took was a couple of hours and one of my favorite dark moments in history and I was hooked. In fact, the entire nine hour drive home the next day was spent binge-listening to episode after episode, and I was drawn in more and more each minute.

Rachel does meticulous research, and it shows. She knows what she’s talking about, and relays the information with confidence but solemnly, because these are heavy topics. She always approaches the disasters themselves with respect, and that’s admirable.

David, on the other hand, is the kind of person you’d want to hear on the radio. He has an exuberant personality that shines through the speakers, and the kind of humor that makes you want to laugh and smack him at the same time.

Much like a lot of podcasts that deal with really heavy topics, humor and silly banter is used to lighten the atmosphere a bit. This isn’t done out of disrespect; it’s clear that Rachel and David are incredibly respectful towards these past tragedies. The humor is more of a tactic of self-preservation. Much like Corpus Delicti, they seem to use humor to “laugh to keep from crying.” It is understandable. Some of the topics they cover are so absolutely heartbreaking, it’s impossible not to break down while listening.

That said, they cover a lot of topics that I didn’t know about. I did not realize how many well-documented instances of plane incidents there are, until I started listening to some of the flight-oriented episodes and starting doing my own research. I also did not realize how often stampedes and trampling comes up in the tragic history of humanity.

These topics they cover are bleak, but fascinating, and have been very cathartic for me. I have a control problem, and researching disasters (specifically of the natural and/or apocalyptic variety) gives me a chance to breathe. I know for a fact that I cannot cause earthquakes, or hurricanes, or floods. It is a relief to research things that I cannot be blamed for. So I am very thankful for All Bad Things for giving me relief from my anxiety in a morbid, strange way.

If you like podcasts about disasters, tragedies, human error, or Mother Nature showing her ass just because she can, this show is for you.

All Bad Things can be found on StitcherFacebookTwitterInstagram, and their website that could probably stand to be updated haha! This podcast has 34 ratings on iTunes, which comes up to four stars (though I definitely give them 10/10).

I cannot recommend this podcast enough and I have not shut up about it. Please give it a listen! And to David and Rachel: Keep up the great work! Y’all are hella awesome!

Dumb and Busted

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Hello, again, Sarah here with another review! 

I’ve been looking forward to writing this review because listening to the podcast was just as fun as writing about it will be! 

Dumb and Busted tells stories of “insane stupidity and exceptional genius”. A laugh was exactly what I needed today and these hosts absolutely delivered. From the cute recorder playing intro to the crazy stories, it’s kept me smiling for hours. I don’t do things by half so when I find a podcast I enjoy, I shamelessly binge listen. 

I’m definitely not the only one who enjoys this show, there are SO many five star reviews that are gonna tell you exactly what I am – that if you like a little morbid humour, you should be listening to Dumb and Busted. 

The first episode I listened to featured a man who blew himself up with fireworks, and a mortar shell?! WHILE he was looking directly into his set up to see if it would work?! To be honest, clumsy and ridiculous as I am, I can see me going out in some really odd way. “ 

Here lies Sarah, she slipped on a grape in the kitchen, grabbed a towel to try to break her fall, which had a crock pot resting on it that fell off the bench and knocked her out.” 

Allyson and Hannah have this really great and charismatic energy. You know when you can hear the smile in someone’s voice and it makes you want to smile? That’s exactly what they’re like. You can hear that they’re really enjoying themselves, and that they’re passionate about their podcast. You’ll be on the edge of laughter the whole episode through! 

Episodes are about 35 to 45 minutes each and feature “dumb” stories as well as “genius” stories such as epic prison breaks. These are perfect for your lunch break or daily commute, or like me, a binge listen on a slow work day! Episodes are uploaded frequently so you won’t be left waiting long if you find yourself all caught up. If you haven’t started yet, I recommend a good marathon. 

Long time, no see!

Hey there, it’s Dani Quinn! This post is about all the podcasts that have kept me company and been amazing for me to have in my ears while multiple areas of my life have transitioned into new, difficult things since last I posted here on PtP! I’m also posting this on my Medium account, where I occasionally post about health, wellness, and my new healthcare career stuff – so this may look a tiny bit familiar if you follow me over there. Anyway, here’s some of the podcasts that have been keeping me company while I sort through all the stuff life has handed me in the last four months:

  1. Last Podcast on the Left: This one is the obvious one, which is why I wanted to get it out of the way. These guys are my go-to whenever shit hits the fan. They have been since 2014. The hosts are still amazing even though this show has blown up in the best of ways and the humour is the kind of stuff I can have in my brain without my thoughts drifting into the “scary dark” despite 90% of the show’s content being of the dark variety.
  2. Bigsofttitty.png: This Australian comedy was introduced to me by my best friend and it was definitely the comedy I needed that day. The two hosts are just loud and talk about random things that don’t always make sense to me, but the recent episode talking about Livejournal had me dying from laughter and getting so many looks from strangers on the street as I walked home from work.
  3. Lore: Aaron Mahnke is easily one of my favourite storytellers. His episode of Lore about Sara Winchester (my fave historical figure) has been on repeat in my brain and ears for ages since its release. Overall, the storytelling is absolutely elegant and I love using each episode like bedtime stories. Related: his new podcast, Aaron Mahnke’s Cabinet of Curiosities, is also lovely and helps me get through my walk to work twice per week!
  4. Parcast Network: So, yeah, this is a network and they’ve easily shot right up to my second fave network. My only complaint is I wish they had more hosts because multiple hosts host the same podcasts and I sometimes get confused on what show I’m listening to! Hahaha, but seriously Parcast has something for everyone and they’re constantly growing and adding shows.
  5. The Story Must Be Told: This podcast gets me in all the good ways. The beautiful storytelling takes me to church with every new episode. Another gem from Last Podcast Network.
  6. Trailer Park Boys Podcast: Yes, our fave trailer park criminals have their own podcast! It’s absolutely hilarious and definitely gets me in a good mood when it’s yet another night when I haven’t gotten any sleep.

Daddy-Less Issues

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Hi everyone! It’s Sarah, with another review. I’m so excited to say that reviewing for Promote the Podcasts is helping me to discover so many brilliant podcasts I might not otherwise have found. The one I am about to tell you about is one of those. I hope you’ll give it a shot, as well! 

Daddy-Less Issues is hosted by Chanel and Amber, two female comedians who happen to be orphans. Daddy-Less Issues discusses what is still a somewhat taboo or uncomfortable topic for a lot of people, growing up without one or both parents. 

This podcast is best started at episode one, where the hosts introduce themselves and tell their stories. They speak so honestly with each other, and you can feel the connection between these women. A lot of the material is pretty heavy, because living as an orphan is a pretty heavy deal. Both of my parents grew up without fathers, my Dad lost his father at 3 and my mother at about 11, and while it doesn’t define who they are, it is a BIG part of who they are and how they grew into the people they are today. This is something that the hosts reiterate throughout the show. Being an orphan doesn’t define you, like in fiction and film, it doesn’t turn you into a villain or a hero, it isn’t your entire life, but it does shape you. 

Chanel and Amber share tales of how they persevered, how they overcame, and how they dealt with their losses. I guarantee you will cry but you will laugh and you absolutely will relate. 

On a more technical side, the sound quality slays from the first episode. How do people manage that?! It took me a few goes to get it right, personally, but these women have it locked down. Their reviews are positive, their reach is vast and the purpose is apparent. 

This is an incredibly important podcast. Whether you’re an orphan, you know an orphan, or you just want to understand other peoples’ experiences and hear some real-life content, you will love this podcast. 

Oh, they also have an ending segment where they speak to their younger selves, or ask guests what they would tell their own younger self. And they talk about their favourite fictional orphans. Harry Potter is one of my favourites, as well, personally. #orphanmagic 

I can’t wait to continue seeing these women thrive and grow throughout the podcast and in life outside of entertainment. 

Keep on keeping on, ladies!