Life happens to all of us, and though I debated opening this review with a detailed explanation of how life happening to me has kept me from reviewing as frequently as I want to, I’m just gonna bypass that completely. I’d rather discuss some guys who sit down and talk about the strange and often terrifying things that occur when life happens.
Aaron and Justin – the hosts of The Generation Why Podcast – pick out the strangest mysteries, most compelling conspiracies, and terrifying true crimes, then dive into all the details. I’m talking the who, what, when, where…and, often the most important piece of the puzzle, the why.
If I’m remembering correctly, this is the first podcast that really sparked my interest in listening to pods. Sure, I had listened to My Favorite Murder & similar pods (all of which are incredibly good – do not misread me!!) but none of them had caught my attention the way Gen Why did. The first episode of Gen Why that I heard was episode 234: Dee Dee & Gypsy Blancharde. Ironically, this was a few weeks after I’d ever heard about that case at all, and I wanted to hear what somebody else thought of it.
And oh boy, that started a damn addiction.
I spent weeks listening to Gen Why in between shifts at work, during my commute, while eating, doing laundry, cleaning the house, literally all the damn time. I was hooked. How? Why?
Because Justin and Aaron are damn good at what they do, that’s why.
As of writing this, there are 259 available episodes of Generation Why – including the archived episodes. That is hours upon hours upon hours of researching, recording, and editing. Regardless of the content, that is true dedication & passion – you can tell that Justin and Aaron care about what they’re doing.
Part of my reviewing process is cross-referencing the research that pods do for their content. And I have not, in the multiple episodes I’ve listened to, found any fallacies or inaccuracies. Is it possible that there are some? Of course. We’re all only human. I’m just saying that I personally haven’t found any. After looking through several episodes, I just resigned myself to the fact that they research, and they make sure their shit is straight before they post it.
The thing about Justin and Aaron that also sets this podcast apart is that they are both serious and witty, with just the perfect blend of somberness & humor to keep a listener engaged but not be disrespectful to victims or anyone otherwise effected. Their conversations, speculation, and opinions are presented in a way that is not only passionate and insightful, but also makes you as the listener feel like you are a part of the conversation.
If you are a fan of true crime/mysteries/conspiracies, or if you’ve ever watched and enjoyed Unsolved Mysteries, this pod is for you. I’m not exaggerating when I say it is one of my favorites – one of the pods that I am always excited to listen to, that I have no problem with listening to the same episode repeatedly, and one that I’m always excited to see pop up when they release new episodes.
Their social media presence is strong, too. You can like them on Facebook, join the Facebook group, as well as follow them on Twitter & Instagram. They also have a YouTube Channel. On their website, there is a blog. According to the site, the blog is run by a lovely lady known as Miss Lindsay, who is a blogger from England who runs her own very impressive (and frankly beautiful) blog called Real Life Is Horror. And just to make sure I’m not leaving anybody out, I also want to acknowledge Jessica S. – the researcher for Gen Why. Aaron, Justin, Lindsay, and Jessica are obviously a great team considering how successful all facets of this pod are. Thank you guys for working so hard.
Any and everything else you’d ever want to know can be found on the Gen Why site; you’ll find the aforementioned blog, archived episodes, links to Patreon & merchandise, a list of sponsors, along with a few other links. Check out the site, honestly – it’s impressive how nice and user friendly it is.
As of this moment, Gen Why has 2129 ratings on iTunes, coming to a 4.5 out of 5 stars. They also have 13.3k followers on Twitter. They’re very interactive with and appreciative of their listeners, which is always a good thing as well.
I genuinely can not think of a better way to spend my time than listening to Gen Why. As a podcast that covers all of my favorite topics, with well rounded research and hosts that are passionate & also incredibly friendly, there really is something here for everybody. I don’t know if I’d ever be able to find a reason to dislike this pod, to be honest. And that says a lot, in and of itself.
So to Aaron, Justin, & anybody involved in this podcast – thank you. Thank you for taking the time & effort to make something that isn’t only interesting & educational, but also for building a community that is friendly and welcoming to like-minded people. Thank you for all that you do.