Forgotten News Podcast Review – Zimbellina

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This podcast tells true crime and interesting stories from way back when. Mostly from the 1800s in America. Which makes sense because the host doesn’t use secondary sources, he goes straight to the source, and mainly uses newspaper articles from the day. I really respect using primary sources because it’s a great way to do research and use resources available to us.

The podcast is a fresh look at true crime and a truly innovative podcast. The stories are unique and won’t be found anywhere else. The podcast uses different voice actors for quotes, story telling and anything else that you can think of. They don’t just tell murder stories but an interesting range of stories such as lynchings, pirates, strange animal sightings and airships. Every second episode is a true crime episode and the alternating episodes are strange or weird news items.

My Standout episode for this podcast is the episode An Assault, A Lynching and An End to Innocence. This story is told through a reading of a journal article which is about an assault on a woman and the lynching of a black man by a mob. He covers this story with great sensitivity, and gives all the right warnings and such. The man was lynched without a trial without any fight from the black man, Bill. Both the assault and the lynching were awful, but are treated with the respect deserved by the host and his sensitivity is very well delivered.

I love this podcast, it’s so interesting and a refreshing look at crime from a different perspective. Sometimes answers can not be found because there’s no follow up in newspapers but the host tries his hardest to find the answers for us. He even looks up census records to find people. I would recommend this podcast to anyone who’s looking for something a little different and a little quirky. The audio quality goes in and out but doesn’t overly detract from the story. It’s definitely worth a listen.

Top 10 Podcasts – Zimbellina

Hello! This is my top ten podcasts in no particular order. It was so hard to pick 10 and actually the majority of my list is audiodramas, which is a surprise because I thought I listened to more true crime. But I do so love a good audiodrama. Can’t go past it! Onto the list!

1. King Falls AM
This was my introduction to podcasts, recommended by a friend. It’s a faux radio show where spooky things happen which the radio hosts try to solve. It’s told all through their show though, which is a very interesting way of telling a story. It’s intriguing and so funny. The show has people of the town call in and the story unfolds through call ins and talk between the hosts Sammy and Ben. I wish the episodes were more than bi-weekly but it’s a great show and there’s a lot to catch up on if you’re new to the show! The show is very comforting and soothing for me. The production value is top notch and the acting is fantastic. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream in rage. All the good stuff an audiodrama brings out of you.

2. Hello From The Magic Tavern

This was also one of the first podcasts I binged. And they have a TON of episodes, they’ve been going 3 and a half years and still going strong so there was a lot of binging involved. This is more of a fantasy comedy where Arnie has fallen into a different dimension which is a high fantasy world. Wizards, Lords, Ladies, magic, scoundrels and all sorts of other shenanigans are found here. It’s extremely funny and is always on the top of my playlist when new episodes are released.

3. Small Town Murder 

If you don’t like comedy with your true crime then turn around right now. This show is hilarious. Each week the hosts Jimmy and James look at a murder from a small town, mostly in America but they’ve branched out a few times to other countries. You won’t have heard of these murders. They don’t do murders that are famous. They look for murders which are unknown and shine the spotlight on it. But in such a funny ass way. I’ve almost cried laughing at this show pretty much every week. They never take a break as well and they are the nicest guys!

4. Attention HellMart Shoppers!

This was a delightful find. It’s about a shop that sits on top of a portal to hell. All sorts of creatures and supernatural beings come through that portal and some even work for the store. It’s funny, imaginative and awesome. The production is amazing, the voice acting is wonderful and the story is engaging. It’s incredibly weird and won’t be for everyone’s type of humour but it fits in with my humour very well so I love it.

5. The Bright Sessions

This audiodrama is in it’s 4th season and has survived so long for good reason. The story is amazing. It’s based around people who have supernatural powers and the therapist they go to who knows they have powers. There’s lots of intrigue and cloak and dagger stuff which makes it very interesting. It’s all told through the recordings of either the therapist sessions or recordings made by other people which makes it interesting. This was also recommended to me and it’s because it rocks. I can’t say it enough, the story is SO interesting if you’re into supernatural stuff. It’s kind of like X Men but with therapy. Production is great! Voice actors are all amazing, they all kill at their characters.

6. Affirmative Murder

This is a newer crime podcast but the two hosts, Alvin and Fran are great. They mostly deal with POC crimes, the crimes that don’t usually get reported on because they don’t involve white people. The two boys are funny and treat the victims with a lot of respect. They can tell a great story. They also have a fantastic segment now called Serial and Cereal where they watch a true crime documentary, watch it while eating a new to them cereal and report back. They let fans know which documentary they will be watching so we can watch too. Watching with them makes the episodes much more enjoyable but they’re funny as all hell even without knowing the movie. The boys try to choose movies which are readily available for free which is always a plus. I can’t say how much I love this podcast and the boys, they’re natural storytellers and their chemistry is fantastic.

7. Getting Off Podcast

This is a new true crime podcast by two lawyers, Jessa and Nick. They do ‘deep dives’ into famous cases and explain exactly what happened and why certain decisions were made due to the laws. It’s entirely fascinating even to someone who doesn’t live in the same country as them. I now know more about the American legal system than I do of my own country! They are just so informative and you can tell they deeply care about the law. They’re both defensive lawyers but have been on both sides of the bench. They care about the accused rights but also are absolutely, wonderfully supportive of victims. It’s very interesting to hear the side of a defence lawyer because it’s rare to hear things from their side. Much recommended!

8. The Blood Crow Stories

Audiodramas round out my list guys, sorry for the true crime buffs! This series tells a different story every season. The first season was a great horror story, very creepy and told through recordings. It dealt with a kind of supernatural story on a cruise ship. So there’s no escape! But the ending is a real shocker. The second season is more of a murder mystery set in a wild west setting and is about half way through. The writing on this show is phenomenal and it’s both funny and intriguing. The mystery is interesting and the suspense is great. I love this show and get very excited when they drop new episodes.

9. Deadly Manners

The first season of this was AWESOME. It’s a locked room mystery! Well sort of. Everyone’s in a house for a party and someone is killing them one by one throughout the night. It’s riveting and wonderful and I loved it. I’m not sure what they plan to do for the second season but I can’t wait to find out. This is a top production and even features Ru Paul as the fortune teller which made me happy. The production is great and the voice actors are wonderful. Everyone plays their part very well. This is definitely on my re-listen list!

10. Wooden Overcoats 

This is a story about a brother and sister team who run a funeral parlour when a new funeral parlour opens up across the street from them and gives them a run for their money. This is quirky, farcical and silly at times but it’s perfect. The new season starts in late Feb so I’m super excited for that! Antigone (the sister) is my favourite character, she’s just so sweet and nervous. She’s much more comfortable with the cadavers than people. She stands out for me as the best of a wonderful lot of people! The audio production is again wonderful, fantastic vocal acting and a wonderful silly story. It’s won awards apparently but I didn’t know that, I just know it’s a bloody good podcast.

Whew! Thanks to anyone who made it to the end of my list. Hopefully I’ve given you some new pods to listen to or some pods to re-listen to!

Lots of love,

Zimbellina

Film Roast

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From the catchy theme tune and upbeat hosts (Hannah and Julia), I knew I would really like this show. Admittedly, I had to skip around to avoid spoilers for movies I haven’t seen yet (lookin’ at you, The Last Jedi episode). Film Roast is a fun show that will make you think you’re talking with your friends about pretty much anything and everything pop culture has to offer.

I started with an episode set called, “I Know a Lot of Deadpools” (Parts 1 & 2), and contrary to the episode title it’s all about coming of age films which is something of a guilty pleasure of mine, so I can recommend these episodes and many of the films mentioned in them (Mean Girls, Princess Bride, Sandlot…just to name a few). They get on tangents a lot, which I totally appreciated because I am a queen of tangents. I also really appreciate a good episode with good guest hosts and hearing Steven from Is This Adulting? was such a treat because I also enjoy that podcast and appreciate a great crossover!

In addition to full episodes, Film Roast also has episode categories called “Mini Movie Moments” and “Coffee Corner”. These episodes are shorter (around 30 minutes in length) and more informal. My first experience with a “Coffee Corner” episode was one all about Taylor Swift, who used to be a guilty pleasure of mine — I can’t lie. I can’t agree with the hosts about being in love with Taylor Swift’s single “Look What You Made Me Do”, but I can really appreciate hearing their process of how they came to love the song and like how Swift is taking her career from this point.

My two favourite “Coffee Corner” episodes are the ones titled “Assault in Hollywood” and “Ed Kemper is the Worst (Mindhunter)”. “Assault in Hollywood” is all about all of the light being shed on people in power using that power to assault others in Hollywood/the film industry. I really appreciated this episode because it was well-spoken and positive, while affirming to the victims/survivors who are speaking out and also those who choose to remain silent. “Ed Kemper is the Worst (Mindhunter)” was a fun episode for me because I haven’t had the opportunity to listen to a non-true crime podcast about both Ed Kemper and Mindhunter, so I really appreciated getting more of a pop culture read on the show instead of just staying in the true crime world. Also, in the spirit of “Coffee Corner” I have to tell you what caffeine I’ve consumed today: one cup of black coffee with a bit of salt rather than sugar.

For “Mini Movie Moments” I have to recommend the episode titled, “The Exorcist (1973)” because it’s all Hannah and Julia talking about their experience watching The Exorcist for the first time; I absolutely love hearing about people seeing a film for the first time and The Exorcist is one of my favourite films, so it’s like this episode was absolutely made for me.

Overall, this podcast is well put together and a ton of fun to listen to; it was like sitting down with friends and just shooting the breeze about pop culture and life. I definitely recommend you give this podcast a go and add it to your subscriptions.

 

 

Podcast Review: Color Me Dead

Hi! This is Ren, here to talk about my first podcast assignment: Color Me Dead. This is an amazing podcast! I ran through the list of episodes to find one I thought would give me a feel for the show. The first podcast I chose to listen to was “Jodi Arias” (disclaimer: I picked this one because I was/am OBSESSED with this story). Before the first five minutes were over I wanted to make the hosts, Angel and Nikki, my new best friends! They’re my kind of gals.

The first thing to make me decide we should be life long friend is they hate Jodi Arias, as do I and clearly as much. They both knew a lot about the subject matter and remembering I am obsessed with this crime I know my facts! They were honest and ballsy with their take and I loved it. Political correctness can be checked at the door. I enjoyed them telling personal stories or “squirrel hunting” as they called it. They would get off track, but I didn’t mind. I actually liked it. As a woman who loves ID channel and true crime stories, it says a lot when I say I enjoyed the times we went off topic.

I learned a new term I plan on stealing “heart meets asshole” for when you’re shocked or scared. That is hilarious way of describing things. They do curse a lot, but they warn you they do this and I appreciated the warning though, I didn’t mind it at all. It let me know to put the ear buds in and enjoy some adult conversation.

The second podcast episode I listened to was “Current Events”. They talked about several current topics. They were again honest with their opinions and their facts were on point. When they got upset about some of the stories so did I. It’s nice to have people who aren’t ashamed of their feelings or try to hide them. I found myself drawn into the conversation and connecting on another level with the material and the hosts.

They discussed several true crimes currently in the news: they started with Corey Feldman and his crusade to name names of child molesters in Hollywood. Next up was the 13 children held hostage by their parents. Sick. They did a local to them story I hadn’t heard which was excellent and drew me in about a Mother who killed her children and then herself. And the last story was the gymnasts who were violated by their doctor. I found this to be a nice conversation.

They engage the audience and I often wanted it to be a call in show! I have opinions to share and wanted to dish with the ladies. While admittedly, this might not be the podcast for everyone it is a good listen and the ladies know they aren’t for everyone.

Listening to this podcast is like sitting at a friend’s kitchen table and talking. You will laugh, you might cry, but you will definitely learn about true crimes. There’s a chance you will learn some new words or saying and if you’re like me you might want to be life long friends with Angel and Nikki.

Trace Evidence

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First post of 2018, woo!

I ended 2017 with the flu, started 2018 with the flu, and then spent the last two weeks with the flu. Since there are two strains going around, it only makes sense that I would catch both, right? Sigh, my life.

But we’re not here to talk about me and we all know that. Today, we’re here to talk about Trace Evidence. I’ve been really excited to get to this, and I’ve been waiting to get a moment to really give this the attention and effort it deserves.

I try to be as neutral as possible, and for the most part I can contain my bias, but there are quite a few pods (as you can see from previous reviews) that I just love more than life, and this is one of them.

Steven is the kind of person that you wish could host any and all of your favorite pods. He has the perfect voice, the perfect pacing, the perfect enunciation. When I listen to Trace Ev, it’s such a soothing experience for me, even though the topics themselves are morbid and dark. Steven just has the kind of voice that can make you feel calm in any circumstance.

Trace Evidence as a show is the epitome of everything you’d ever want out of a true crime podcast, specifically unsolved mysteries ranging from murders to disappearances. Most episodes average between an hour and an hour and a half long, which means he has plenty of time to really get into detail about these cases. I will say that Trace Evidence is not for the faint-hearted. Steven divulges details about these cases that can be disturbing or troubling and uncomfortable. I feel that goes for all true crime podcasts, but it’s important to mention specifically for this pod, because Steven really doesn’t leave anything out.

One of the things I look for when it comes to reviews is accuracy of information, so this review has been in the making for a while because the episode lengths combined with the amount of information made for a lot of studying on my part. But I’ll be damned if Steven hasn’t gotten everything right. He is dedicated, moreso than a lot of pods in the same genre. You turn on any episode, and you can hear the passion he has for these cases, for the victims and the lack of justice. However, he is professional in his delivery; regardless of how he personally feels, his cadence rarely changes. He will not overwhelm the information by allowing his voice to give away his emotions. It’s a very calculated, measured way to go about divulging this information. I personally appreciate this, because I love being able to form my own opinion about the case without the inflection of the host’s voice swaying me one way or the other. Steven is pretty consistent with saving his personal opinions for the end of the episode, which adds to not having my opinion swayed prematurely.

He is also really good about picking cases that haven’t been discussed to death. He’s bringing attention to cases that deserve recognition. Not to say that other cases don’t deserve such attention, but I’m a firm believer that all should be covered equally. He does a great job at putting that into practice. Like I’ve mentioned, you get a sense that he genuinely cares about the victims and their families, he cares about seeing justice for these cases. And to care that much equally across the board is so incredibly important.

Another thing that is incredibly important, especially to me when it comes to these reviews, is how much a podcaster interacts with their listeners. Steven is incredibly engaged with his listeners, to the point where you can see there is a legitimate friendship between him and his listeners.

He’s active on Twitter, he posts & comments often in the Facebook group. He keeps the website up to date and puts a lot of content up on Patreon. He is quick to respond to questions and observations, and he is incredibly approachable. That’s why it’s no surprise to me that his 364 reviews on iTunes have led to a perfect five stars. He completely deserves it.

To step back from the show itself, and to venture into something more personal, Steven is genuinely the sweetest human. I adore him for always being so kind, always having something nice to say. For a brief but very difficult time, Steven was the only person who showed me any kindness. I have a very special place in my heart for him, because he’s always treated me like a friend. When you find yourself in a dark and lonely place, and someone comes along and helps ease that loneliness, you don’t let that go.

So, Steven, thank you. Thank you for having respect for these cases, the victims, and their families. Thank you for treating your listeners like friends. Thank you for your unending kindness even to strangers. You are inspiring and unforgettable. You leave an impact on everyone you talk to. There aren’t enough words to describe just how important and amazing you are.

Good Nightmare

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Hello friends.

It has been a moment, but here I am. It is so amazing how fast time will pass when you are busy dealing with life, but that is a digression. The purpose of this is to write a quick little mini-review for my dear friend and her podcast, as a way to help her celebrate hitting 1,000 downloads!

So if you can’t tell (???), tonight I’m gonna be talking about Good Nightmare. This pod is pretty special to me, for a multitude of reasons. The first (and most important) – Sarah has effectively become my absolute best friend. I have never met anyone more kind, encouraging, and inspiring.

Another reason, however, is because of the topics that Sarah discusses. It is an array of fact and fiction, the strange to the macabre. From Lizzie Borden to Marie Laveau to the origins of The Little Mermaid, there really is something here for everybody.

What I love about each episode (aside from Sarah’s fabulous Aussie accent – I mean, it’s heavenly), is how detailed Sarah manages to be in under fifteen minutes. My commute to work, depending on which job, ranges from ten to fifteen minutes. I generally prefer pods with longer episodes, but it is incredibly refreshing to be able to listen to an entire episode on my way to or from work – sometimes it can be really hard to pause in the middle of an episode after getting to work, and then having to remember the details when I press play again.

Sarah also has an incredibly soothing voice, so it isn’t uncommon for me to queue all the episodes and just listen until I fall asleep. I am one of those weird people that has to have background noise to fall asleep, and this pod is low-stakes enough that I can relax while still remaining engaged. That’s important to me.

But podcast aside (although it is incredibly amazing and I am so proud of her!!!!), Sarah is just genuinely a wonderful person. She is friendly, funny, and incredibly lovely. I am just so thankful that I have gotten to be here since episode one, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for her!

(As of 10:11pm, the time of writing this, Sarah’s pod just hit 1,000 downloads. I am so proud of her!)

You can find Good Nightmare just about anywhere you can find podcasts (there are only two or three places I haven’t checked. You can also follow the podcast account on Twitter. She is so kind, and she’s very interactive with anyone that reaches out to her, so send her a tweet or a DM.

Sarah, sweet pea, I’m so proud of you! I told you that you could do it. ❤

Generation Why

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Life happens to all of us, and though I debated opening this review with a detailed explanation of how life happening to me has kept me from reviewing as frequently as I want to, I’m just gonna bypass that completely. I’d rather discuss some guys who sit down and talk about the strange and often terrifying things that occur when life happens.

Aaron and Justin – the hosts of The Generation Why Podcast – pick out the strangest mysteries, most compelling conspiracies, and terrifying true crimes, then dive into all the details. I’m talking the who, what, when, where…and, often the most important piece of the puzzle, the why.

If I’m remembering correctly, this is the first podcast that really sparked my interest in listening to pods. Sure, I had listened to My Favorite Murder & similar pods (all of which are incredibly good – do not misread me!!) but none of them had caught my attention the way Gen Why did. The first episode of Gen Why that I heard was episode 234: Dee Dee & Gypsy Blancharde. Ironically, this was a few weeks after I’d ever heard about that case at all, and I wanted to hear what somebody else thought of it.

And oh boy, that started a damn addiction.

I spent weeks listening to Gen Why in between shifts at work, during my commute, while eating, doing laundry, cleaning the house, literally all the damn time. I was hooked. How? Why?

Because Justin and Aaron are damn good at what they do, that’s why.

As of writing this, there are 259 available episodes of Generation Why – including the archived episodes. That is hours upon hours upon hours of researching, recording, and editing. Regardless of the content, that is true dedication & passion – you can tell that Justin and Aaron care about what they’re doing.

Part of my reviewing process is cross-referencing the research that pods do for their content. And I have not, in the multiple episodes I’ve listened to, found any fallacies or inaccuracies. Is it possible that there are some? Of course. We’re all only human. I’m just saying that I personally haven’t found any. After looking through several episodes, I just resigned myself to the fact that they research, and they make sure their shit is straight before they post it.

The thing about Justin and Aaron that also sets this podcast apart is that they are both serious and witty, with just the perfect blend of somberness & humor to keep a listener engaged but not be disrespectful to victims or anyone otherwise effected. Their conversations, speculation, and opinions are presented in a way that is not only passionate and insightful, but also makes you as the listener feel like you are a part of the conversation.

If you are a fan of true crime/mysteries/conspiracies, or if you’ve ever watched and enjoyed Unsolved Mysteries, this pod is for you. I’m not exaggerating when I say it is one of my favorites – one of the pods that I am always excited to listen to, that I have no problem with listening to the same episode repeatedly, and one that I’m always excited to see pop up when they release new episodes.

Their social media presence is strong, too. You can like them on Facebook, join the Facebook group, as well as follow them on Twitter Instagram. They also have a YouTube Channel. On their website, there is a blog. According to the site, the blog is run by a lovely lady known as Miss Lindsay, who is a blogger from England who runs her own very impressive (and frankly beautiful) blog called Real Life Is Horror. And just to make sure I’m not leaving anybody out, I also want to acknowledge Jessica S. – the researcher for Gen Why. Aaron, Justin, Lindsay, and Jessica are obviously a great team considering how successful all facets of this pod are. Thank you guys for working so hard.

Any and everything else you’d ever want to know can be found on the Gen Why site; you’ll find the aforementioned blog, archived episodes, links to Patreon & merchandise, a list of sponsors, along with a few other links. Check out the site, honestly – it’s impressive how nice and user friendly it is.

As of this moment, Gen Why has 2129 ratings on iTunes, coming to a 4.5 out of 5 stars. They also have 13.3k followers on Twitter. They’re very interactive with and appreciative of their listeners, which is always a good thing as well.

I genuinely can not think of a better way to spend my time than listening to Gen Why. As a podcast that covers all of my favorite topics, with well rounded research and hosts that are passionate & also incredibly friendly, there really is something here for everybody. I don’t know if I’d ever be able to find a reason to dislike this pod, to be honest. And that says a lot, in and of itself.

So to Aaron, Justin, & anybody involved in this podcast – thank you. Thank you for taking the time & effort to make something that isn’t only interesting & educational, but also for building a community that is friendly and welcoming to like-minded people. Thank you for all that you do.