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.

 

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. 

A Good Ol’ Top Ten

Hey, hi, hello.

It’s been a minute. If for some reason you don’t know/didn’t notice my absence/whatever, I’m gonna fill you in on what’s been up and where I’ve been. If you want to skip over this, scroll on down, I won’t be offended.

So, on May 30th, I was involved in a pretty nasty car accident. I’m very thankful that it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, but it’s been a very hard time. The other driver was okay, thankfully. However, my car was totaled and my left (and dominant) hand was broken. The metacarpals that lead to my ring and pinkie fingers had not only been pushed back due to the airbag deploying, but also twisted due to the way the steering wheel jerked. It did require surgery, where I have three screws in one bone and had a metal pin sticking out of another. (I do have pics of this, if you’re interested…I also kept the pin).

When I had the pin removed a couple of weeks ago, my surgeon wasn’t too optimistic, because my hand just refused to heal. The bone just would not even begin to heal. So although I got to carry on without a splint, I still had a very annoying brace I had to keep wearing, and further, a ton of anxiety over what the hell I would do if my hand didn’t heal. I work in a copy center part time, and pursue my career as a cosmetologist the rest of the time. I’m left handed. I need this hand.

So it was a huge relief this morning, getting my x-ray, finally seeing some signs of healing, finally being cleared to get back into my normal habits and day to day life, finally being allowed to do what I love most – writing. Although I still don’t have a car, and we are still fighting with both insurance companies (thankfully, the other driver did accept full responsibility, so that did help a little), and I’m still not sure if I’ll be able to start school in the fall (tuition is due August 10th, and this accident put me way behind on preparation – hit me up for my PayPal lol), and I have to call my lawyer about twenty two times a week, I’m so thankful that I can finally get back to somewhat normal, and start to move forward from this.

That said, I do want to make sure a lot of kudos goes to all of the other writers here, who have gone out of their way to make things easier for me. I also want to thank all of you in the podcasting community who checked in on me, who prayed or sent positive vibes my way.

So, with that out of the way, I’m going to get into the top ten shows that kept me company since all I was allowed to do for the last six weeks was sit here and not move, essentially. Some of these may be familiar, some of them may not be, but these are the shows I listened to the most.

Let’s do this.

1. Parcast

So, Parcast isn’t actually an individual podcast, but an audio network with a host of different shows that I’ve been listening to for a while. I believe there are twelve shows in total, and I’ve listened and love all of them. If you want a deeper look into history, criminals, serial killers, cults, conspiracies, and things that just can’t be explained, check out Parcast and browse the different shows that are available. The audio quality is so good, and the information is accurate, and I cannot recommend this network enough.

2. Southern Gothic

Southern Gothic has been one of my favorite listens lately, because these are stories about places that are familiar to me – I live in the south, and I know so much about these places. I love hearing the creepy history of this region being shared, because there are some eerie things around here. Brandon doesn’t disappoint. (Also, great voice, not even gonna lie).

3. Disaster Artists: The Post-Apocalyptic Podcast

Disaster Artists is, and I quote, “The Survival Podcast for people who take movies too seriously.” Essentially, they discuss doomsday scenarios and talk about movies that involve some sort of disaster – natural or otherwise. They also have a cute tongue-in-cheek nod to The Nostalgia Critic on YouTube – “We survive the apocalypse so you don’t have to.” It’s such a fun listen, with episodes covering topics such as earthquakes, nuclear war, Jurassic Park, super-volcanoes, zombies, and so many other topics.

4. Swinging Through Spider-Man

This podcast debuted back at the end of November, and I immediately fell in love. I don’t know a damn thing about Spider-Man, but with this show you really don’t have to. Brad and James read through The Amazing Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (rest in peace, my dude). James and Brad have been a bit sporadic with episodes lately, because from what I gather they’ve been working on some cool shit, but they’re getting back into the swing of things (pun fully intended). What I love most about this podcast (aside from these hilarious guys with absolutely amazing accents) is that it’s very familiar to another podcast I love so much, Shark Liver Oil. I love any podcast that goes through page by page/chapter by chapter of written media. Hells yeah.

5. Hell and High Horror

Hell and High Horror is hosted by Austyn and Repy, and is part of the Murder.ly network, which I absolutely love. Almost all of the shows on Murder.ly I love dearly. Hell and High Horror is a podcast I actually discovered through Tumblr, and I was hooked immediately. Austyn and Repy are so funny, and each episode provides a perfect amount of spooks and humor. They cover true crime and the paranormal, which is always appreciated. I just love it so much.

6. Conspiring To Argue

This isn’t a surprise. Everyone who knows me knows that I can’t shut up about this podcast. I love everything about this show. I love the parallels between JJ and Ted and Scully and Mulder. I love the humor. I love the references to The Simpsons and Futurama. I love the extensive research that shines through while JJ gives background information on whatever topic they’re discussing that episode. I’ve even come around to Ted’s beer reviews. But mostly, I love when they ring the bell and the debate begins. I just love this show. (Also, I heard that JJ and his wife recently welcomed another little human into the world. Congratulations to you both!)

7. Fiercely Altered Perspective

Ah, The Fap Pod. My internet parents. I love them. Quinn’s job and also a recent battle with a storm and a trampoline has left my iconic internet parents unable to post a new episode in a while, but I don’t mind listening to old episodes again. I always catch something I missed the first time I listened, whether it’s a bit of information that ties things together or Quinn’s amazingly terrible puns. Ember is equally hilarious, and I just cannot rave about them enough. Ember and Quinn are so well aware that sometimes the only way to cope with the dark stuff is with humor, but they also are so accurate with the information they share about some of these cases. I applaud them for the heavy topics they cover, because sometimes it’s…a lot. They’re also part of the Murder.ly network, which again, I loooooooove.

8. Good Nightmare

I may seem biased because Sarah is my best friend, but I promise that’s not it. I genuinely enjoy listening to each episode. Sarah’s voice is so calming, and the topics she talks about are so near and dear to me. The episodes are short but sweet, and one of my favorite things to listen to before I sleep. She covers the origin stories for fairytales, unsolved mysteries, haunted locations, and more. It’s so strange to be able to enjoy and relax to a podcast that centers on all the creepy and unsettling things, but I do. This is another podcast that I never, ever shut up about. I just love it.

9. Corpus Delicti

Another Murder.ly show, and also hosted by some ladies with some good ol’ southern charm. Also, fellow Alabamians. Hello. Lindsay and Jenn cover a lot of true crime cases in great detail, but much like The Fap Pod, they sprinkle in humor in order to “laugh to keep from crying,” which I respect. I’ve listened to each episode several times and I just really love this show. And that’s all I have to say about that (Forrest Gump style).

10. The Apocalypse Survival Guide

This pod was recommended to me after I mentioned liking Disaster Artists, and I’m glad it was. It’s similar, but it’s done in a very interesting way. The idea is that they cover apocalypse scenarios from A-Z. They’ll choose a scenario, and talk about it the way it is depicted in movies. I’ve found this show to be both light-hearted and funny while also being informative and intriguing. Drew and Frank are just so funny, and I’ve really enjoyed listening to all of season one, and the first episode of season two was just posted yesterday. I just love everything about it. I’m in a big apocalypse/disaster mood lately, so this show has been really amazing in keeping me occupied. It’s quickly become one of my favorites.

I have so many other shows I’d love to talk about, but I’m going to wrap it up with those ten for now, because they have been the ones I’ve listened to the most. I’ll be coming back with more actual reviews soon. I just wanted to get this out here to you guys and work my hand a little bit. I’ll be back soon.

Pretend Radio

Hey guys! Ren here with another podcast review:

This week I have had the pleasure of listening to “Pretend Radio”. This podcast is amazing. It combines two of my favorite things: True Crime and Documentaries. Our fearless host, Javier, goes out of his way to be fair and thorough with his topics. He also does a wide array of topics. Now, let’s talk about some episodes!

His first episode I listened to is his first. This episode is part of a three part series about a self-proclaimed Prophet entitled “The Prophet”. Javier talked with someone who “escaped” the religion which has several hallmarks of a cult. The story was sad and frightening, but our host handled it with care and intelligence. The last part he talked with and played sound bites of people still in the religion. Javier even tried to talk to the Prophetess herself. Sadly, she didn’t acquiesce to his requests.

After enjoying those episodes immensely I tuned into his latest podcast episode, “The Jolly Roger Social Club”. I cannot put into words what a wild ride that story is to listen to and realize it’s a true story. Tune in for yourself. It is shocking tale of criminality run wild. I think you’ll be on the edge of your seats when you realize what exactly happened.

The next podcast episode is another multi episode podcast this time a two parter…”The Gambler”. If “Jolly Roger” makes you wonder about the world today, this one will break your heart. This story had me cheering for a child that suffered such a horrible experience then crying about this amazing story ended. I wanted to hug the woman who was used and basically abused. You will smile and probably cry, but it’s worth it.

I normally only list three episodes(I listen to many more). In this instance I am making an exception for “The Reporter”. This episode is about the on-air shooting of a reporter, her camera person and the person she was interviewing. You may remember this story as it was all over the news when it happened.

Javier worked with the shooter years before he decided to kill two people and wound another on air and using Facebook as a way to share his own story of murder. This episode is the one that made me realize that our host cares about all his stories. This was a personal story, yet he was professional and let the listener come along as he tried to reconcile the man he knew with the one who killed two people and then himself. Javier didn’t take advantage nor did it feel like he was using this episode to get reviews or downloads. As a listener, I felt he was trying to bring a new angle to this story.

All in all, this is an amazing podcast that I highly recommend. The episodes are usually around twenty minutes so it’s easy to binge and catch up!

Dark Poutine

Dark Poutine

Hey guys, Ren here with another review!

This week I have had the extremely good luck to get to review “Dark Poutine”. This is a podcast about Canada’s not so nice side. True Crime Stories From…Canada. There is a wide range of murders in Canada covered by this podcast. As an American, I know of very few crimes in Canada so it was so interesting to learn about the true crime scene in Canada.

The hosts research these cases and what sets them apart is the reaction of the host not telling the story. It is things we, the audience, are probably thinking and saying to ourselves. It adds an extra bit of depth to the story. Another thing that sets them apart is the fact that the crime in their hometown of Vancouver may have a connection to one or both of our wonderful podcast hosts.

One of the episodes was a very personal story in line with the “MeToo” movement. I found the host telling his story brave and amazing. Thank you for sharing that with us, Sir. I don’t have adequate words to tell you how much this means to so many survivors out there. I won’t say more about this episode or the story behind it.

I also listened to Part 1 and 2 of “The Happy Face Killer”. This concerned a man who was born in Canada, moved to The United States and later became a serial killer. They even give us a book suggestion to read further about this creepy man who would murder women all over as his job as a professional truck driver allowed him to travel. I enjoy how they make comments we are all probably thinking about these killers.

Other things: I learned Stanley Park is named for the same man that Lord Stanley’s Cup is named for! I can now pronounce Poutine! And that Canada is our nicer neighbor to the North they also have some pretty sick people killing other people.

Give Mike the creator and host along with his friend Scott a chance. It’s a good podcast and a good binge when you need a show to binge.

http://www.darkpoutine.com

Murder Road Trip

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For today’s review, I’m snacking on Vanilla Coke and Sour Patch Kids as I tell you about a fun podcast called Murder Road Trip. The premise of this podcast is a simple one: the host takes a guest (who is often the host of a podcast of their own, so we get the bonus of hearing about their work, too) on a roadtrip to a destination related to the true crime case being discussed on the episode. There were quite a few crimes covered that I had never heard of, which is something I genuinely appreciate finding in a true crime podcast (specifically because of just *how much* I consume true crime podcasts, books, etc.). Some episodes have audio issues, but these issues are minimal and always addressed and corrected by the next episode.

 

I really like the concept of the show; framing it as a roadtrip and taking the guest with you somewhere is a fun take on the conversation with a guest host that is really common in so many forms of media. Episodes I recommend: Carl Panzram, Mark Barton, HH Holmes, and John Robinson.