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!

 

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.

 

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.