First post of 2018, woo!
I ended 2017 with the flu, started 2018 with the flu, and then spent the last two weeks with the flu. Since there are two strains going around, it only makes sense that I would catch both, right? Sigh, my life.
But we’re not here to talk about me and we all know that. Today, we’re here to talk about Trace Evidence. I’ve been really excited to get to this, and I’ve been waiting to get a moment to really give this the attention and effort it deserves.
I try to be as neutral as possible, and for the most part I can contain my bias, but there are quite a few pods (as you can see from previous reviews) that I just love more than life, and this is one of them.
Steven is the kind of person that you wish could host any and all of your favorite pods. He has the perfect voice, the perfect pacing, the perfect enunciation. When I listen to Trace Ev, it’s such a soothing experience for me, even though the topics themselves are morbid and dark. Steven just has the kind of voice that can make you feel calm in any circumstance.
Trace Evidence as a show is the epitome of everything you’d ever want out of a true crime podcast, specifically unsolved mysteries ranging from murders to disappearances. Most episodes average between an hour and an hour and a half long, which means he has plenty of time to really get into detail about these cases. I will say that Trace Evidence is not for the faint-hearted. Steven divulges details about these cases that can be disturbing or troubling and uncomfortable. I feel that goes for all true crime podcasts, but it’s important to mention specifically for this pod, because Steven really doesn’t leave anything out.
One of the things I look for when it comes to reviews is accuracy of information, so this review has been in the making for a while because the episode lengths combined with the amount of information made for a lot of studying on my part. But I’ll be damned if Steven hasn’t gotten everything right. He is dedicated, moreso than a lot of pods in the same genre. You turn on any episode, and you can hear the passion he has for these cases, for the victims and the lack of justice. However, he is professional in his delivery; regardless of how he personally feels, his cadence rarely changes. He will not overwhelm the information by allowing his voice to give away his emotions. It’s a very calculated, measured way to go about divulging this information. I personally appreciate this, because I love being able to form my own opinion about the case without the inflection of the host’s voice swaying me one way or the other. Steven is pretty consistent with saving his personal opinions for the end of the episode, which adds to not having my opinion swayed prematurely.
He is also really good about picking cases that haven’t been discussed to death. He’s bringing attention to cases that deserve recognition. Not to say that other cases don’t deserve such attention, but I’m a firm believer that all should be covered equally. He does a great job at putting that into practice. Like I’ve mentioned, you get a sense that he genuinely cares about the victims and their families, he cares about seeing justice for these cases. And to care that much equally across the board is so incredibly important.
Another thing that is incredibly important, especially to me when it comes to these reviews, is how much a podcaster interacts with their listeners. Steven is incredibly engaged with his listeners, to the point where you can see there is a legitimate friendship between him and his listeners.
He’s active on Twitter, he posts & comments often in the Facebook group. He keeps the website up to date and puts a lot of content up on Patreon. He is quick to respond to questions and observations, and he is incredibly approachable. That’s why it’s no surprise to me that his 364 reviews on iTunes have led to a perfect five stars. He completely deserves it.
To step back from the show itself, and to venture into something more personal, Steven is genuinely the sweetest human. I adore him for always being so kind, always having something nice to say. For a brief but very difficult time, Steven was the only person who showed me any kindness. I have a very special place in my heart for him, because he’s always treated me like a friend. When you find yourself in a dark and lonely place, and someone comes along and helps ease that loneliness, you don’t let that go.
So, Steven, thank you. Thank you for having respect for these cases, the victims, and their families. Thank you for treating your listeners like friends. Thank you for your unending kindness even to strangers. You are inspiring and unforgettable. You leave an impact on everyone you talk to. There aren’t enough words to describe just how important and amazing you are.