It’s About Damn Crime

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I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: I really love true crime podcasts. Specifically true crime podcasts that are hosted by women, either inebriated or on the road to it, and/or crimes that really don’t get the attention that they deserve. Bring in It’s About Damn Crime – a podcast about true crime, but with a twist. Brittney and Justine, as minorities themselves, like to focus more on crimes related to minorities.

These are crimes that are often less discussed than crimes against predominately white victims, however they deserve just as much attention. Brittney and Justine bring these cases to the surface, sharing all the grizzly details that are generally not discussed without being incredibly overbearing.

“We are slightly unfiltered and sometimes sure to be a little offensive. If you are here looking for hard hitting reporting of these cases; this is not the place! We are just here to get out some stories that have been less talked about and do a little something more productive with our spare time.” – IADC’s website

Brittney and Justine manage to maintain a great sense of humor (i.e. Justine’s crazy dating life) while still providing clear detail and accurate information. My personal favorite episode is episode 22 – La Mataviejitas. (That is actually the episode that I live tweeted while listening to it on my main Twitter, hah!)

I was also really intrigued by the episodes on the Shafia Family Murders. That was a case that I’d heard about briefly from independent research, but it didn’t really get a lot of media coverage – at least, not here in North Alabama. Brittney and Justine provided a lot of good information about the case, divided into two episodes.

They also have a special “listeners’ stories” segment called Stranger Danger. There are ten episodes, all related to listeners’ stories regarding strangers – the weird, the terrifying, and sometimes even the helpful. This shows that Brittney and Justine have a genuine interest in their listeners and their lives.

They are incredibly interactive with their listeners, as well. Their Twitter is full of comments and reaction gifs in response to tweets from their listeners. There are 138 likes on their Facebook page, as well as 144 people actively following the page. They even have a Snapchat (which I feel all podcasts should have, but I digress): iadcpodcast. The hosts also have personal Twitters as well. You can follow Justine here. You can follow Brittney here.

There are 42 reviews for IADC on iTunes, which equates to 4.5 stars for the podcast. All of the individual reviews I saw on iTunes – excluding three of them – are 5 stars. Of the others, one is four stars, one is three stars, and one of them is one star (but I have a feeling that person is just a tad stupid). I myself personally give these ladies five stars, because they are covering topics that aren’t typically discussed and they do it in a way that is both entertaining and true to the information.

Beyond all of this, Brittney and Justine are such sweethearts. They also are a dynamic duo – their friendship is admirable and they have a connection that you can feel even through listening to their podcast. I love these ladies, and they definitely have a lifelong listener in me!

Check out their website, itsaboutdamncrime.com. Listen to them on iTunes. You can also support them by donating to their Patreon.

Give them a listen. I promise you won’t regret it!

We’re All Mad Here

Whoo, first post! Let’s do this.

Today, I’m going to talk about a podcast that is very near and dear to my heart. It’s a newer podcast – We’re All Mad Here. There are several reasons I really love this podcast, so let’s get into that, shall we?

We’re All Mad Here is a podcast about the history of mental health and the practices around treating disorders such as depression, the history of mental institutions, and more interesting information pertaining to the psychology field.

Rachel is very well spoken and articulate in the delivery of this information, and it shows that she really does her research and cares about this podcast. Her delivery of the information and the inflection in her voice is also both intriguing and soothing – it’s not stressful to listen to, but it’s still going to capture your attention and hold you there.

My particularly favorite episode is episode number nine: Rosemary Made All the Difference. I was amazed at all of the background about Rosemary Kennedy that I didn’t know. People don’t really discuss much of the (mis)treatment of Rosemary. Rachel provides a pretty detailed look into Rosemary’s life, for better and for worse.

We’re All Mad Here has ten five-star ratings/reviews on iTunes. There are also a plethora of reviews from other places, such as Twitter and Facebook, all sporting very positive ratings.

I myself have left a five star rating as well, because I am enamored by this podcast, the topics, and how wonderful Rachel is. Not only is the podcast itself really great, but the interaction with listeners is also frequent and delightful. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this podcast, and that says a lot, because I don’t really find a lot of things this enjoyable.

Keep doing what you’re doing, because it’s working. And it’s working well!

Visit the website, allmadpod.com. Follow the podcast on Twitter. Support the podcast by donating to the Patreon page.