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.

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!

The Unwritable Rant

If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of thoughts that you want to

1200x630bbwrite down but always end up realising that for whatever reason — you probably shouldn’t do that. The show I’m going to introduce to you today is totally the kind of show I would end up doing if I ever actually start my own podcast and pretty much for the reason previously mentioned. Host Juliette Miranda likely realised this from experiences in their own life, which is what brought us all the creation of The Unwritable Rant podcast. Being an author gives the host an amazing insight into how to tell stories and she uses it well. From food to mishaps in hollywood (and always accompanied with a tasty drink), the stories are definitely entertaining and each kind of listener can find a story that resonates with them.

Usually, storytelling podcasts aren’t often my jam but The Unwritable Rant was like grabbing a drink with a friend during Sunday brunch and just shooting the breeze. Speaking of drinks, do you (like me) know next to nothing about bourbon? That will absolutely change after listening to this show. While still a bourbon novice, I now know so much more about a liquor that I never drink and it almost makes me want to drink it more often (which will probably please a lot of my friends, but that’s for another time and another website).

I recommend this show to all who are looking for an easy listen, but aren’t afraid to hear stories and opinions that may challenge the ones you currently hold.