Miles and Crawford Variety Hour

Hey guys, Ren here with a podcast review.

I am in love with this podcast! Two amazing women run this podcast. Miles and Crawford take on the topics that many people do not talk about. They use language, terms and words that are needed. They pull no punches. Miles and Crawford have their opinions and share them openly. They have viewpoints they can and do defend.

As a woman, I found this podcast refreshing. Our hostesses tackle everything from women specific medical issues, ICE and politics. They handle these topics with candor and a bit of a comedy (when appropriate). They don’t insult the audience, but they will call people out on there bs.

Onto the episodes I listened to (though I listened to more but picked these)

The first one I listened to and fell in love with was the episode where Miles interviews Rachel Miller. Now, excuse me but this episode changed my life. The ladies discussed many things close to my heart among them domestic violence and being a mom. I laughed with them, nodded a lot and even teared up as these women talked about their lives and past.

How did they change your life? They both talked about how working with and managing teens is a responsibility and not awful. I have a job where I am working with teens more and more, I suffer with the relating to them. I adore kids of all ages, but teens are a whole other species. When they talked of teaching them about respect, time management and taking the time to be there for them it clicked. My favorite book is “On Becoming a Person” by Carl Rogers and he tells us to meet people where they are and that was my motto. I forgot that until these ladies reminded me. Thank YOU!

They talk politics in one podcast and I learned to see things from more angles and to listen. I won’t get into that in this review because I want you to listen and to learn too. Their discussion shows respects and that we as women are complicated beautiful people. The talk about #metoo #timesup and #himtoo had me thinking about my views and positions for a few days. I love when that happens.

This podcast isn’t just doom and gloom. I hope I didn’t make it seem that way. I had quite a few huge laughs about cats, kids and drinking. Listening to Miles and Crawford is a bit like sitting down with your best girlfriends and talking about anything and everything in a non-judgement zone. Go listen!

Yikes! The Podcast

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Yikes! The Podcast is a weekly podcast that talks about “failure in every possible category”. From weird Tinder profiles, to the absolute asshat that was Elliot Rodger.

 

Maddy has a super sweet, upbeat, honest and candid disposition which immediately captures the listeners heart. Maddy is active on Twitter at @Yikes_podcast and is very easy to talk to/get along with if you consider reaching out after listening!

 

My personal favourite episodes, as a true crime buff, were the five installments on Elliot Rodger, the ultimate failure. Now, if you do enjoy true crime, you’ve likely heard about the atrocities he committed but they are only the END of his story. Maddy reads and breaks down Elliot’s massive manifesto to  try to pinpoint the exact moment he became who he was. You get the entire “before” story. It’s definitely much more digestible in podcast form.

 

Every single one of us can relate to experiencing failure or slip ups or set backs. Yikes! Shows you that not only is failure absolutely okay, it is possible to overcome it and let it help you grow. You know, unless like Elliot, you choose not to learn.

 

If you’re looking for a lighter topic, I really enjoyed the Tinder Edition, where we get to swipe left and right with Maddy as she goes through profiles of both gorgeous, intelligent women, and men looking for extramarital affairs, as well as people who have weirdly cropped profile photos. When I say weird, I mean weird. How much can YOU tell about a man from a picture of his ear?

 

Maddy also includes songs at the ends of her episodes which are so unique and beautifully sung by her. They’re a good comfort and pick-me-up after some challenging but entertaining topics.

 

Episodes are each about 20 minutes, so they’re the sweet spot for not-too-long-not-too-short. Great for a ride to work, waiting at the doctors or whenever you get the urge to listen!

 

I definitely recommend giving Yikes! a listen the next time you’re looking for something new.

 

People Are Wild

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How and where do I even start?

 

People Are Wild is a podcast hosted by Kim, a traveling ER nurse with a hell of a lot of stories to tell. You’d be surprised (or maybe not?) what people get stuck where.

 

People Are Wild goes from 0-10 in a minute. You laugh and cringe through some episodes, others you find yourself taking notes on what NOT to do when you get bitten by a snake (I.e. don’t bring it into the ER with you!), and next thing you know, you’re in tears, feeling all the feels and pretending you just have really bad allergies to… your stapler… because you’re at work and you were not prepared.

 

Kim is incredibly well spoken, kind, charming (in the non-serial killer way), funny and intelligent. You’ll find it hard not to binge listen to multiple episodes in a day which would seem overwhelming given some of the topics but, honestly, it’s so engrossing that you won’t want to stop.

 

As you can expect, Kim has a bunch of five star ratings, and from what I can tell her listeners are from all walks of life. ER nurses, true crime fans, people looking to educate themselves, and others looking to be entertained. Whatever your desire, you’ll likely have it filled by this podcast.

 

Episodes are usually 30 minutes to around an hour long, so you’re set for your daily commute or a long work day.

 

Kim is active on Twitter at @peoplearewild and she just got back from Burning Man, so I’m hoping for some war stories to come! She is very interactive on Twitter and always has good advice or a quirky tale so I recommend both subscribing to the podcast and following her Twitter.

 

Comment below with your wildest ER tales or your favourite episode!

 

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!

 

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. 

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!

Nightlight: The Black Horror Podcast

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Hello, everyone, Sarah here with my very first review! I’m excited to talk about this podcast, so let’s jump right in!

Nightlight: The Black Horror Podcast is hosted by horror writer Tonia Thompson and features horror stories by Black authors.

Right from the first episode, the audio and production value is great. This remains consistent throughout all episodes. Not a hint of crackle or echo to be found, that is unless it’s being used as a sound effect to complement a tale.

The first episode I listened to was focused on the novel Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, a bestselling book set in a combat school and featuring well developed, strong Black female characters. As soon as the episode was over, I immediately searched online for a copy for myself. I’m an avid reader, so I’m always looking for something new.

Each episode beyond the first features interviews with authors as well as beautifully narrated short stories. The narration is energetic and engaging, with the occasional sound effect that just adds to your immersion in the tale. The episodes range from 20 minutes to just over an hour so they are perfect for your morning commute, creeping you out before bed, or helping you get through an otherwise uneventful work day.

As expected, the podcast has received a slew of five star reviews on iTunes! So, in case you’re still debating whether to check out this podcast, you definitely should.

Tonia is active on Twitter and Instagram @NightlightPod, if like me, you enjoy chatting to the creators of the content you enjoy.

All in all, a really great podcast. Consistent, quality, engaging, and important. Be sure to let me know if you check it out!