American Crimecast/ Out of the Shadows podcast review – Zimbellina

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Out of the Shadows Podcast

This true crime podcast is hosted by a private investigator, Shane, which means he has access to information that most podcasters don’t. He delves deeply into cases to get to the answers behind the crime. The host has a soothing voice and is very easy to listen to. He’s also a very intelligent investigator, asking questions I wouldn’t even think of to ask. Which is why he’s a private investigator and I just review the pods!

The podcast changed its name from American Crimecast to Out of the Shadows. The podcast focuses on cold cases and bringing them “out of the shadows” and giving them the attention they deserve. The host deals with a range of different cases, from disappearances to murders to whether or not Jim
Morrison faked his own death. Steven goes through the case in a logical way making it easy to follow who everyone is and what’s going on. He has a lot of guests, which is interesting and brings a different perspective to the podcast.
He uses a lot of primary sources such as interviews with people involved in the case and a lot of audio clips and phone interviews. Sometimes the audio on the interviews is a bit choppy but not much can be done about that if the connection is bad. It’s all still understandable so I don’t see that as a big deal.

Standout episodes – The Mysterious Death of Cindy James Part 1-3. This is a very interesting case where a woman was found bound, with a stocking around her neck and a lot of drugs in her system. She said she had been stalked for years and there were a lot of scary incidents before her death. But the police believe it was a suicide, and that she hadn’t been stalked at all but was doing it all herself. A medical examiner is asked for her opinion in the Part 1 and she argues for the suicide aspect. In Part 2 Steven talks to a psychic detective and gets her take on the crime. She argues that Cindy was murdered after being terrorised by someone. In Part 3 we get Steven’s take on this case. I’ll leave you to listen to what his arguments are. All in all this is a very intriguing and different case.

Overall this is an excellent podcast, well written, well produced and very engaging. The cases are unusual, not the ones that podcasters usually focus on. This makes it even more interesting to listen to. I can’t recommend this podcast enough, definitely 5/5 stars!

– Zimbellina

 

Conspiring To Argue (The Actual Review)

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Can one be back on her bullshit if she was never off her bullshit? Yikes.

If this looks familiar, it’s because I’ve already written a post about CTA, but I did you guys a favor. Instead of putting all of my emotions plus the actual review in one post (which would have been at least 17,000 words long), I split it into two. So, hello, here we are.

Conspiring To Argue is comprised of two guys in Iowa who like to…argue. Yeah, that’s basically the jist of it. They take conspiracy theories, and argue them. But I have a bag of pretzels, too much energy, and a long night ahead of me anyway, so let’s talk about why it works.

JJ and Ted (formerly known as but also still referred to as Nic) have an interesting premise for this show in the sense that it is an actual argument – they aren’t just speculating theories. They are taking a stance and bringing forth facts to back up what they believe. They each have a certain presence of conviction that they bring to the show.

So, here’s a breakdown of the show.

Most episodes begin with a few minutes of these two talking about whatever is going on in their lives, which I must admit is my favorite part. These two are just so funny in their interactions, it honestly feels like you’re there laughing along with some old friends. That’s part of the allure to this show for me.

They move into alternative titles for the episode, which are (usually) always funny and clever. Then, they’ll start breaking down the content.

JJ, despite being a horrible speller & barely being able to navigate speaking, is immaculate in his research. He breaks it down into a chronological timeline that not only makes sense, but is accurate and easy to follow. I’d love to give Nic some credit for this as well, but he’s pretty notorious for doing anything but researching.  Bless him. So JJ breaks down the backstory and then, assuming it isn’t a multi-part episode, they ring the bell. UFC/WCW Michael Buffer style, my guys.

Lately, Nic has been doing a beer review around this time. But because I’ve pretended this long that I hate it, I’m going to ignore it. Occasionally they throw in “best of the rest” which is, essentially, just them briefly discussing theories that neither of them buy in to. It doesn’t always fall right before the argument. It’s one of those segments that they kinda just throw in whenever they remember to do it. It’s also a really good time.

JJ and Nic have a very Fox Mulder-Dana Scully relationship on the show. JJ usually takes the stance of what’s been accepted as the truth, where Nic typically stands for the conspiracy. These two guys have such an interesting dynamic, and they have such good chemistry together as hosts, so it’s always so much fun to listen to them argue their sides. It can get super intense sometimes too, which makes it even more fun. They keep your attention by presenting the information in a way that makes both sides sound equally plausible and appealing.

They wrap up the show with shout-outs to podcasts that they’re listening to, appreciation for their listeners, and anything else they feel is important. This is another favorite for me, because I love discovering new pods to listen to and they both listen to stuff that I also really enjoy.

Their social media presence is strong. Well, JJ’s is anyway. Nic is a bit more elusive sometimes. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, find them on Facebook, and contribute to their show by checking out their Patreon. They’re available on pretty much every podcasting platform I could find.

They have 30 reviews on iTunes, giving them a perfect five star rating. It’s well earned, honestly. They’re really great guys with a really good show. It’s definitely a good show for people who are fans of Thinking Sideways and Last Podcast On The Left. Go check ’em out!

Murderous Minors

Hi, Guys! Ren here with a new podcast review. I’m so excited for this one. Full disclosure: I started listening, taking notes and falling in love with this podcast BEFORE I knew one of my teammates her at Promote the Pods is the host of the podcast.

Today I am going to review “Murderous Minors” podcast. This podcast as the name may tell you is about kids who kill. The opening sequence states grades k-12 who kill is the demographic. My true crime loving heart was hooked!

The voice of our podcaster is soothing which is great! The smooth tone helped to keep me from freaking out about this crimes that are committed by kids! I mean, come on we’ve all said things as kids, but these kids follow through. The subject matter is tough, but she strikes the right balance with a soothing voice that is also full of compassion.

The true crime events are thoroughly researched and I didn’t feel the host was biased in the way she told the story. It was very matter of fact, which I think is needed since kids are the perpetrators and often the victims (though not always the victims).

There is a good mix of stories that were highly publicized and ones that are lesser known. As a true crime addict, I appreciated the stories I didn’t know about or hadn’t heard much about being offered up.

I am honest when I say this podcast isn’t for everyone. A couple of the episodes (Especially “who is watching the baby”) were very difficult to listen to and I did cry. I am an emotional person and hearing about children under the age of 1 viciously murdered was tough. The episode “She is my hero” was one that had the opposite effect on me. I was on the side of the murderer in that one. I won’t spoil it for you, but trust me…give it a listen.

Our fearless leader on this podcast, does warn you about the material and thankfully doesn’t dwell on the gory details. She offers enough to give you an idea of what happened, but not so many you’re needing to empty the contents of your stomach or lose sleep. That is a tightrope that is walked beautifully in this podcast. Much respect for finding that line.

All in all, I think true crime lovers can’t go wrong with this new podcast. As of the writing of this review there were nine episodes up. so you can easily catch up with podcast! The shows are not so long that you feel that a good chunk of your day is dedicated to it. That isn’t a complaint, I feel they’re perfectly timed. You get a good amount of information and aren’t overloaded. I highly recommend this pod to any true crime fan.

Mens Rea

Mens Rea is a podcast that brings us episodes all about true crime cases

IMG_20180225_045831from Ireland and the surrounding areas of the United Kingdom! Hosted by Sinead, the listeners are taken on audio adventures featuring cases that may or may not be lesser known to the audience (I know I had practically no knowledge about any of the cases and that both surprised and delighted me!).

An upbeat theme tune greets the listener and then transitions to news clips featuring information about the case being chronicled in that episode. Each episode is an average length of 30-40 minutes, so it was nearly the perfect commute podcast for me on days when I was taking public transit or being driven somewhere. I bring this really specific detail up because I must admit that I had a lot of trouble with the audio levels on the apps I used to listen to the podcast (Play Music and Podcast Addict); sometimes this was fixed by my using headphones, but more often than not I listen to podcasts in places where headphones aren’t appropriate or safe to use. I’m not sure if I am the only one who had this issue, but I was really glad to find a solution that helped me continue listening to the podcast!

So far, there are only twelve cases that have been discussed on the show (some in multiple parts, which I’m always a fan of) which makes this show easy to catch up on! My personal favourites were the cases of James Bulger (I found a great documentary on YouTube afterwards that helped to augment the information I learned in this episode because I became absolutely interested in this case!), The Acid Bath Murders (I have listened to so many podcasts about this case and always love stumbling across one I haven’t heard yet!), and The Kerry Babies (this case could be triggering for some, so please take a look at the episode description beforehand; I love that it added an element of politics and political history. I had no idea about the history of reproductive justice in Ireland and really want to learn more after listening to this episode!).

Give this show a listen if you’re looking to add Ireland to your list of countries you want to learn about through the lens of true crime!

 

 

 

 

 

Hey Down In Front Review – Zimbellina

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This is a conversational podcast. They chat mostly about movies. Three friends who all have an interest in movies get together and chat about movies while they watch a different movie every week. To be fair I don’t get to watch too many new movies and watch more tv than movies so I didn’t know all the movies they were talking about over the episodes I listened to. But I picked episodes that I had seen the movies of so I had a point of reference.

They talk about the movie and it’s sequels (if any) while the movie plays. So you can hear the movie in the background but can’t quite hear it and so you can’t really follow the movie. They talk a lot about various issues about the movie, whether it’s good, getting more into the background and discussions about the movie. They’re quite harsh on some movies I think but people are generally polarised by movies, you either love or hate them mostly.

The hosts talk a lot about cinematic aspects of the movie, like the score, the shots, the actors. Sometimes you can tell where they’re up to in the movie.

Stand out episode – Jurassic Park. I love this movie and watched it a lot with my son when he went through his dinosaur phase so I could follow along to where they were quite well. They talk about how they made the dinosaurs, half CGI and half realistic puppets and people in suits (for the raptors). They talk about all the merchandise that came along with the movie like video games and such. They talk favourite lines which is fun. My favourites are mostly from Jeff Goldblum. It makes you want to be in the room with them to discuss the movie though which is a bit frustrating to listen to but i assume you can interact with the hosts on twitter and such after you listen to an episode.

They point out plot holes and talk their way through the movie, making jokes and laughing at silly things in movies. They don’t take themselves or their movies too seriously which is an interesting break from those who get very frustrated with talking about their favourite movies. They don’t always agree but that doesn’t make them angry at each other which is good. They joke and talk and it’s like having a beer with the guys while watching a movie you like.

Creepsville

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Hello friends!

I’m going to cut straight to it, because this is a podcast I love so much and I believe it deserves so much love & attention!

Today, I’m going to share a quick write-up about Creepsville, a podcast hosted by my dear friend Bella. Creepsville is a podcast that focuses on urban legends, murders, and the paranormal, originating from her home country of Australia as well as throughout the world.

At the current moment, there are eight episodes of Creepsville – the topics range from haunted Brisbane to exorcisms to The Slit Mouth Woman. All spectacularly spooky episodes paired with Bella’s incredibly soothing voice.

Similar to Good Nightmare, Creepsville is a great podcast to listen to when I’m driving to and from work, as well as when I’m home and trying to relax. Bella has a way of delivering some rather creepy information in an accurate but calming way. And honestly, anything that’s spooky automatically has my whole heart.

Bella is really good about staying active and interactive with her listeners, both on her personal Twitter as well as her pod Twitter, and through other social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook.

I love listening to a podcast that is so eccentric, especially one hosted by somebody that is so charismatic. Bella puts in so much effort to researching, recording, and editing. She is so talented, especially for such a new podcast. Each episode is an improvement from the last, even though they’re all still so good.

Bella herself is such a kind-hearted and hilarious human. I absolutely adore her, she genuinely is a beautiful soul. She is so friendly, as well. There really isn’t anybody in the world quite like Bella.

At the moment, Creepsville has 11 reviews on iTunes that equates to three stars. I personally give it five out of five, because I just love and adore it so much! You can find Creepsville on iTunes and most other podcasting platforms, as well as on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Bella, sweet pea, please never change! You are such an amazing podcast host, a wonderful friend, and just all around a lovely human. Thank you for all that you do and all that you contribute to the podcasting community! I love you dearly!

 

Thinking Sideways Podcast – Zimbellina

Thinking Sideways Podcast

5/5 stars

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Thinking Sideways mostly deals with weird and mysterious happenings. The hosts cover a wide range of stories, history and mysteries. They go through the story in chronological order which helps with complicated stories. They have smart insights into intents and motives, such as when talking about killers. The three hosts have a great chemistry together and never talk over each other which is great. This means there isn’t a chaotic feel to the pod which can happen when you have a higher number of hosts. Going through the theories shows these hosts intelligence. They go through theories and posit different ideas, which I really enjoyed. They obviously do a lot of research and know a lot about a wide range of topics which makes the debates and conversations very fulfilling and full of facts.

Standout episode – The Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. I’ve been into Poe since I was young so this was a favourite of mine. I’ve never looked into his death in much detail but I’ve heard rumours of it over time. Learning about it properly was good, even though there’s still mystery surrounding Poe’s death. The records are sketchy so there’s a lot of mystery and speculation around Poe’s death. He didn’t die in the gutter drunk though which is what I thought happened before. The story was changed a few times but you’ll have to listen to the episode to know what the stories are! They also go into his life so it was a really well rounded, well researched episode.

I really appreciate the way the stories are all told in the same way, in a sequence that stays the same. It’s an interesting and easy way to listen, it gives you all the history you need and then goes on to the theories and everything else. The hosts give well thought out answers to questions and have done their research. And they’ve been going since 2013 so there is an immense back log that I’ll be making my way through as quickly as I can. 5 big ass stars! Great mystery and weird happenings pod!