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.

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!

Graveyard Tales

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Graveyard Tales is a podcast by Adam and Matt. The podcast explores a range of topics ranging from Werewolves, to Salem Witch Trials, to Time Travel. This is an ideal podcast for anyone who loves the paranormal and the supernatural with a comedic flair.

The episodes run on average for about 1-1 hour 20 minutes. I find this the perfect amount of time for my morning commute and to ease into my day.

The first episode I listened to was Episode 5 about Haunted Dolls. I’m a huge fan of this subject so it was a really easy episode to get into. Their hatred of dolls for being creepy is something I could easily relate to. They covered a good range of cases on Haunted Dolls, both famous and not so well known, including the infamous Annabelle doll. This was a fantastic episode and was extremely well researched and enjoyable. Their sense of humour is something I find really appealing and in this episode, and their humour about dolls was really great and seriously added to the researched content and discussion. As this was the first episode I listened to, it was certainly one that drew me into listening to the others so if you’re wondering which episode to listen to first, I definitely recommend this one as your introduction to the greatness that is Graveyard Tales.

The second episode I listened to was Episode 16 about Reincarnation. It was a really well done episode with some really interesting cases about people who recalled memories from their past lives. If you’re into that kind of thing or you’re wanting to learn more about it, I definitely recommend this episode because it’s extremely in depth and well researched. As someone on the fence about reincarnation, I also feel more informed about theories and religious beliefs behind reincarnation.

Thirdly, I listened an episode about Vampires (episode 27). I loved this one a lot because vampires are a supernatural being that I’m really fascinated with since I could remember so anytime there’s an episode about vampires, you can guarantee that I’m onto it! They had some fantastic research and examples and their dark humour is something that really drew me into this one, as with all the other episodes they do. I especially liked that they included Vlad the Impaler and Elizabeth Bathory because these are two people from history considered to be vampires and that I’ve always found intriguing. My favourite part of the episode was the quote, “everybody farts, even vampires”.

Overall, I think Graveyard Tales is fantastic for anyone who enjoys the paranormal, supernatural, and otherworldly. If you enjoy humour alongside your dark topics, this is definitely a podcast you will probably end up bingeing like I have. The variety of topics is also a really great factor as well so it doesn’t feel too repetitive in its subject matter. Overall, their research is great and they’re extremely thorough every episode and everything is so well explained. I absolutely will keep listening to this podcast because it has everything that a creepy spooky gal like me loves.

 

Bella 🙂 x

Girl In Space

Alright guys, it’s time I rave a little about a podcast I have been obsessed with since the day I discovered episode #1 last September. Do you love space and sci-fi, exploration into the depths of human loneliness, Jurassic Park, and cheese? If so, then PLEASE download episode one of Girl In Space right this second.

Often, what I look for in a podcast is gripping narration that holds my attention in such a way that I can escape mundane everyday life for a bit. Girl In Space absolutely fits this bill. Told in a first person narrative of X, aka the girl in space, the story kicks off with a regular update of everyday life aboard a spaceship, The Cavatica. The recordings are introduced as being regular audio logs from the only living resident of the ship. These audio logs include maintenance of the internal ecosystem, thoughts on X’s own mortality and mental state, arguments between X and the ever malfunctioning and always sassy robot Charlotte, and favorite scenes from the only movie available on board the ship: Jurrasic Park.

Things begin to change for X when a fleet approaches, making unprecedented contact with her own ship. These are the first humans X has spoken to in many years since the death of her parents, and the awkward and stilted interactions are both painful and entirely too relatable. Suddenly, what was simply an audio diary of a lonesome (but not lonely) girl in space shifts to a survival story of sorts; a fight to preserve the life she has always known, as well as maintaining her own sense of self and worth. Discoveries regarding her own past and who she knew as her parents create the kind of heart wrenching suspense and action that can only be delivered through an extraordinary audiodrama.

Creator Sarah Rhea Werner showcases her considerable creative talent through writing and production, and even does voice acting for the main character. The writing is honest, real, and provoking, while still managing to be snarky and comedic, and the production quality is top notch. Sarah’s voice acting is not as theatrical as what you might find in other audiodramas, and this serves the podcast well, making the main character feel sincere, even familiar. When you are listening to this podcast, you feel as though you are in this podcast, fighting and thriving alongside the enigmatic and alluring X. Without giving away any spoilers, it is also important to note that later characters are favorites among fans of the show, and the voice acting from all of them is superb. I personally love the short narration that precedes each episode, giving a glimpse into either the coming episode or mindset of X at that time. Even for those who do not consider themselves to be sci-fi fans, this is a story that crosses boundaries and raises questions about humanity, existence, and cheese-making in space. (As a former cheese monger, I am VERY fascinated by this idea.)

Not only is the podcast a fantastic stand-alone piece, Sarah is a wonderful resource for aspiring writers and podcasters alike and is incredibly proactive when it comes to interacting with her listeners. She is more than willing to answer questions about her own podcasts, help out new podcasters, and entertain any fan theory that comes her way. She is a true gem within the podcasting community, and deserves recognition for everything she has accomplished.

Because this is an audio drama, I would absolutely suggest that new listeners start from episode 1. The story is consecutive, and the quality of production has been solid from the very beginning. Sarah knows how to spin an engaging story into a masterpiece that will have you instantly hooked, and impatiently waiting for each new episode to be released.

[[This review has been written and approved by Caldwell Enterprises.]]

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!